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Businessman and owner of Apria Technology. We build electronic instruments used by the communications chip industry. Over the years, Apria has created Engineering and Production jobs in both Washington and Oregon.
My entire career as an Engineer and Businessman has involved problem solving and value creation. I hope to bring a more pragmatic “nuts and bolts” thinking to the Council. Less “theatrics”, More “do”.
We love Bainbridge Island’s natural beauty, excellent schools, numerous parks, trails, hometown center, and rural farmlands. I want to make sure that 10 years from now, we still have this wonderful mix of urban and rural.
80% of our Citizens want safe pedestrian walkways, sidewalks and trails. Yet the City Council has scheduled only one project for the next six years!
They currently spend $4.2M/year on expensive Consultants and Lawyers. I propose that we reprioritize a percentage of those funds to mobility projects. If we invest year-after-year, we can eventually build out Island-wide connectivity. We just need to start.
Let’s give Transit the priority on Rt 305 and entice commuters to leave their cars at the Poulsbo Park-n-Ride. I will work with Kitsap Transit to provide services mid-day so that it will be possible to move around the Island without our cars.
We can also synchronize the traffic lights to smooth the flow of traffic.
Internet and Cellular - Bainbridge should be on the forefront of high-speed cellular and Internet communications. We should support the build-out of the next generation “5G Small Cell” network. The new Small Cell technology will improve our telephone reception and make high-speed Internet accessible to everyone.
Electricity - We can also work to improve Electricity reliability by demanding the redundant interconnect between the Island’s sub-stations and more undergrounding.
Climate Change - The City should move forward to implement the Vincent Road Community Solar Facility. This 2.5MW installation will help lower our Electricity's Carbon content, provide energy for the new Hybrid Ferries and provide Winter time power back up. The site is also large enough for the co-location of grid back up storage.
The City should readjust the new development “density-increase” inducements, so that including affordable units in new apartments and condominium complexes becomes common place.
The City should also work with non-profit groups (such as HRB) to convert surplus and donated properties into housing at little cost to the taxpayer. The City can help facilitate the quick permitting of beneficial housing projects. Accessory Dwelling Units also offer a mechanism to add affordable housing. They are an attractive method for Seniors to downsize and generate some income.
As a member of the Chippewa, White Earth Nation, we have welcomed all immigrants to the American continent; the peoples from Europe, Asia, Africa.
I ask each of you to contact our Congressional Representatives: Maria Cantwell, Patty Murry and Derek Kilmer to roll up their sleeves and develop an immigration system that works for all.
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See first campaign question.
The most relevant experience is that I’m the incumbent; I’ve been a City Councilmember for the last 3.5 years, including serving as Mayor for the last 1.5 years. This “on the job” experience is impossible to match. During my first year on Council, I gained an understanding of how to help a Council be successful. This understanding, coupled with the experiences, collaboration and leadership skills, and intelligence that I bring to this position, make me a very effective Councilmember and are a large reason for the remarkable productivity Council has had the last 2 years.
Skills and experiences? I studied land use and environmental law in law school and practiced land use and environmental law for three years.
As the CEO of the Kitsap Community Foundation, in addition to my other work with nonprofits, I have developed a deep understanding of the social issues facing our communities.
I have lived, worked, volunteered, and deeply invested myself in Bainbridge Island for 18 years.
My vision for the City mirrors the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which I helped to revise during my time on Council. Guiding Principles of the Comp Plan that mean the most to me:
Preserve the special character of the Island, which includes downtown Winslow’s small town atmosphere and function, historic buildings, extensive forested areas, meadows, farms, marine views and access, and scenic and winding roads supporting all forms of transportation.
Manage the water resources of the Island to . . . ensure clean and sufficient groundwater for future generations.
Foster diversity with a holistic approach to meeting the needs of the Island and the human needs of its residents consistent with the stewardship of our finite environmental resources.
The use of land on the Island should be based on the principle that the Island’s environmental resources are finite and must be maintained at a sustainable level.
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the Island’s climate resilience.
The City should complete the process that the Council has set in motion this year. That process will ask the City’s residents to take part in a deep and educated re-thinking of the City’s transportation system. The plan is to hire one or more consultant teams to facilitate a year-long process of asking and helping residents develop a broader “sustainable transportation” plan for the Island.
I believe that one reason for the ballot measure’s failure was that the non-motorized improvements that it would fund were not a package that would create a clearly unified system of non-motorized transportation. A second reason for the failure was the limited focus of the improvements. In the era of climate change, we can’t just focus on non-motorized transportation alternatives. We need to think broadly about how to develop all types of sustainable transportation on the Island – facilities for bikes, pedestrians, electric cars, car sharing, public transportation, electric scooters, etc.
I support the roundabouts being proposed and designed by the Washington Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT). I have been taking part in meetings with WSDOT for three years. While their roundabout plans, and other minor improvements, will not solve all of the difficulties with the HWY, I trust in their expertise and believe that their plan will provide the most improvements possible for the limited dollars available.
You can learn more about WSDOT’s plans here: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR305/winslowferrytohostmarkstsafety/default.htm .
I do not support building a four-lane bridge; although I definitely support retrofitting the current bridge or building a new bridge with non-motorized transportation facilities.
The City must build its new police station and municipal court. I’m pleased to have been a leader in moving that process forward. The new facility should start construction late this year or early next year.
The City’s roadways are in relatively good condition. We need to continue to maintain them on an annual basis.
The City’s wastewater treatment plant needs to have tertiary treatment installed to stop the discharge of drugs and other chemicals into the Sound.
It would be good to develop a graywater system that will take treated water from the City’s wastewater treatment plant and place it back into use on the Island.
We need a solution for downtown Winslow’s parking deficiency. It is choking out certain businesses and leading to Winslow being mainly a home for businesses that cater to tourists. I don’t want Winslow to be given over to tourists. I am in favor of giving serious consideration to constructing a parking garage.
Non-motorized infrastructure is addressed above.
Thankfully, homelessness is not a large problem on Bainbridge. It does exist, certainly, but the numbers are quite low, 10 people in the latest count. So I believe that our City needs to focus its limited resources on preventing homelessness and providing or incentivizing affordable housing.
To that end, I was proud to support the creation of an Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Task Force in 2017. In late 2018, this Task Force provided a superb report and set of recommendations to the Council. The report is here: http://www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us/921/Affordable-Housing-Task-Force.
I have pushed to have the City implement most of the recommendations in the report. We now have a full-time staff member focused on implementing the recommendations. We are working on building affordable housing at Suzuki, adopting an inclusionary zoning ordinance, revising our transfer of development rights ordinance, and loosening the restrictions on ADUs, to name just some of the recommendations.
I was proud to support a sanctuary city resolution for our City in 2017. Our City should not assist the federal government with immigration enforcement issues – doing so would erode the positive relationships that we need our law enforcement to have with residents.
Racism is an issue in our City. This isn’t necessarily an immigration issue, but there is overlap. The City should lead in helping to stand against racism and in taking whatever actions it has at its disposal to fix inequitable systems, programs, or laws in our community.
Aside from that, I don’t see a role for our City government in immigration matters. Certainly no other matters have been brought to our attention. If there is more the City could or should do, I’d be open to considering it.