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Kitsap County City of Bremerton Council District 6

The City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city.

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    Anna Mockler

  • Michael Simpson

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Phone (360) 926-0927
Town where you live Bremerton, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Elected PCO of my precinct, LD26-022. Secretary, 26th LD Democrats. Activist / supporter of Planned Parenthood, ACLU, PEN, Women's Law Project, Environmental Defense Fund, NARAL, Washington Conservation Voters, among others.
• I was a union printer, and the child and grandchild of union organizers and members. I can speak to union members and labor issues. I was a wetland scientist, mostly in King County, so I'm familiar with critical / sensitive areas and land use thereof. I was an adjunct professor at CUNY, so I am familiar with tertiary education -- and the way high schools prepared my students for college taught me a great deal about secondary education too. I've worked for City of Seattle, King County, was consultant to Washington State, and worked for the BLM and the Forest Service, so I'm familiar with the workings of bureaucracy at many levels. And I have a passion for full, informed, and responsive representation of the people, after years of working with neighborhood and community groups on issues like Stop and Frisk, adjunct rights, tenants' rights, anti-war direct action, and disaster response (Hurricane Sandy).
• Bremerton is growing and changing. As the District Six representative to City Council, I can help us grow sustainably. We must evolve, because time's arrow goes in one direction only, so let us evolve into a cleaner, greener Bremerton, a model for other municipalities struggling with growth and the climate crisis.
• Our habits are the main obstacle. We're used to hopping into our fossil-fuel eating vehicles for every need, at any time. We're accustomed to driving as fast as the law allows, or faster. We're in the habit of thoughtless consumption of non-renewable resources, and we heedlessly toss away the wastes. We're used to living in a short-term world, letting the long view take care of itself.
• We can consume less non-renewable energy. We can consume fewer products that must be landfilled. We can conserve resources. • Bremerton has good potable water, provided by a reservoir fed by a protected watershed. We have to keep that intact. Our land cover could be much greener. We can increase pervious surfaces, keeping water in the soil, and plant more trees for soil protection, shade, wildlife habitat and forage, and for delight. We can improve the quality and reduce the quantity of our waste stream, especially since we no longer have our former outlets in China, Malaysia, and other Asian nations. We can improve air quality by providing incentives for transportation and heating driven by electricity, and by complying with recent state laws that demand reduction in fossil-fuel use.
• Too much of it is empty and/or in poor repair. Much of it is old and has been poorly maintained, especially in-wall electric and plumbing, the former the cause of many fires, per the firefighters' union. There is a disjunct between the shipyard/Navy base and the rest of the town -- the former is under tight security that prevents easy connections between and among infrastructure, especially wastewater.
• By providing housing. It is more expensive to provide emergency services, and to maintain homeless shelters, than to house everyone who needs it. It's the ethically correct thing to do, and it's the fiscally rational thing to do.
• I am very proud that Bremerton passed Resolution 1366, mandating and affirming inclusivity for all residents of Bremerton. The police chief spoke to the public at City Council, stating that the police "stayed in their lane". He said that police do not go into workplaces to check for OSHA violations, nor do they take on the Coast Guard's job. As long as people are not committing crimes, the police will not consider their immigrant status, nor their race, creed, sexual orientation, etc. • I agree with the police chief. No public monies should be spent in pursuit of punishing human beings for having come here without proper documentation. Nor should we spend money assisting ICE or other federal agencies in pursuing such people. I side with the Bremertonians who want us to be a sanctuary city, and I hope we are moving in that direction.
• I have monthly meetings at the Family Pancake House on Kitsap Way. Incumbent Council members have town halls at irregular intervals, chiefly when some matter needs explanation, discussion, or public input; one has monthly townhalls. This is an excellent start. Incumbents also respond to constituents by phone or email. A monthly email newsletter might be another good method of communication. All Council meetings are open to the public, and the public may speak to any topic during a scheduled section of the general meetings on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at City Hall.
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