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Clark County City of VANCOUVER Council - Position 2

The city council sets the general policies of the city, which are implemented by the city manager and staff. One of council's main duties is the adoption of policies and the enactment of the city's annual budget. City council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending , whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for city employees.

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  • Maureen McGoldrick

  • Erik Paulsen

Biographical Information

What experiences have you had that qualify you for this position?

How would you describe your vision for your city?

What are the obstacles in the path of achieving your vision?

What do you think is your city/town’s role in dealing with issues surrounding the environment?

What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastructure?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

How would you propose the council communicate with the citizens of your city or town?

Phone (503) 241-9457
Town where you live Vancouver, WA
Experience (300 characters max) : Practiced law in Southern California in civil, criminal and Children’s court. Served my county as Judge Pro Tem in Small Claims Court and Civil Appeals. Worked as a computer programmer in Southern California and the Northwest. Now retired.
I practiced law in California so I have that knowledge to contribute. And I have attended many city council meetings, both here and elsewhere and known many city workers, councilpersons and mayors. I know many of the people in the town who work with/for the homeless and disabled. Hearing some of the questions asked by councilmen themselves, a party with legal knowledge and experience present would be helpful. I believe the people of Vancouver are the nicest, most welcoming people I have ever met and it would be a privilege to work for them. As a matter of fact, they are always willing to work for someone.
I would like thriving small businesses that add to the vibrancy of a city. Have large clean businesses that provide family wage jobs like those we had in the 90’s. Enjoyable safe parks and streets for all especially children, with easy access for the disabled. A place with affordable housing for all. A town where everyone can enjoy a good quality of life.
Despite years of an additional 6 million a year to provide help for the homeless and affordable housing, we haven’t made a dent in the problem- We need to work harder on this. Recent additional taxes and fees imposed on city businesses and removal of the 20-minute free parking has had a chilling effect on many small businesses. We must see that businesses suffer no additional burdens and look at alleviating some of them. In the 90’s we enjoyed 4 large corporations that provided good clean family wage jobs, we have lost all but a greatly reduced Hewitt Packard because the county and city changed their focus, we need to change it back. We were once a community that appealed to these corporations and drew these businesses here, we must present that again.y neighbor who works with those who advocates for the disabled has been unable to get the talking crossing signals put in intersections used by some unsighted people-a lack of funding is the reply they get. We must find funding.
Lake Vancouver is a vital part of our community providing an area for recreation and community events, ex.: Dragon boaters recently took blind children for an outing on the lake. Its water quality and usability is threatened by Milfoil-an invasive species which stagnates the water and also causes warming of the water which stimulates algae growth. We must support Friends of Vancouver Lake in their efforts to eradicate Milfoil. Last year we had two spills of untreated sewage flow into the Columbia River. On the first occasion, the person in charge said he was not surprised that the back-up system failed. Both main and back-up systems must be upgraded with the latest technology and an annual inspection be established to insure that both systems remain in working order.
Many streets could use repaving. Our highway 500 has some exits that are too short and require dangerously quick stops. Some intersections do not have enough time allotted to safely cross especially for someone who is slowed up by children, strollers or walkers-this should be adjusted. We currently have two bridges in our town crossing the adjoining Columbia river. We could build a third bridge between the two existing ones-one of the newer up and over designs that are not affected by river traffic; this is the most sensible solution to the traffic crowding we now experience. With talk of federal funding for infrastructure, our representatives working together should easily be able to secure the needed funds for a third bridge crossing the Colombia River in our town.. Additionally, plans for a possible fourth crossing could be formulated working with the cities and towns downstream.
Homeless has increased 21% in Clark County this past year. The fasting growing group again is women Veterans. An immediate solution would be to utilize one of the recently replaced fire stations as a women’s shelter. Currently the city has none. This would be the fastest way to get the women off the streets. This while we work on long term plans to secure available Federal funds and build sufficient single apartments on available Fort Vancouver property. The other replaced fire station could be used for a cooling or warming center as the weather demands. Ridgefield currently uses their community center and city for these purposes-we have established none. The city and county have a lot of available empty land and unlike other cities we have the 6 million a year for 7 years set aside for this, so for the winter we could build small huts on platforms with portable showers, etc. available like Walla Walla did. We need to get as many people as possible off the streets.
This should be left to Federal law and Federal enforcement. However, a recent case where an illegal alien was arrested for rape and murder of a child brings the need to fully enforce our local laws as strictly as possible in lieu of leniency. This was his fourth arrest in our state. He had been arrested 3 times for child rape. He of course, was deported. Reliable statistics tells us that many serial killers begin as rapists and child abusers. He should have served 20-30 years for the first assault and then been deported lessening the likelihood that he would return to our state. I feel he came back to our state because he was less likely to be punished here.
Listen-I have met many people while campaigning that have spoken to the council and felt that they were facing people whose “minds were already made up”. We have good neighborhood associations here-they should be included as early as possible in any changes that affect their area. Recently, at a city council meeting regarding dedicated bike lanes, the chair was asked if she spoke to or included the parking committee about the plan. It had not occurred to them although their plan removed several blocks of parking from both sides of the street on a well-traveled stretch of Columbia Blvd, a main corridor across town and to the freeway. The neighborhood association was not consulted and showed up to voice strenuous objections. All possibly interested parties should be included early on to insure changes work for all. The people of Vancouver are some of the nicest I have met and I believe would work for the benefit of all.
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