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Snohomish County City of Lynnwood Council Position 4

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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    Van AuBuchon

  • Jim Smith

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 (425) 210-8538
Town where you live Lynnwood, WA
I spent 4 yrs. on The City Council, previous to that I was on The Planning Commission for three years and previous to that I was on The Mayor’s Visioning Committee for four years. In addition to these experiences I hold a BA in Business from the UW and have over 20 yrs. of small business background.
As stated in The City’s Vision, which I helped to write, Lynnwood would be a regional model, leading the way and supporting other south county municipalities in such areas as Public Safety, IT, Parks and Rec.
A complete lack of leadership at the top level of the administration, as well as poor council leadership!

Reduce its carbon footprint. What it should be doing is taking a lead in electric vehicles. Both in terms of using more EV’s for city business use as well as providing charging stations and requiring more charging stations in new development.
Roads/sidewalks must be made a priority again. In the last quarter of the last century roads amounted to as much as 22% of the General Fund…today it is less than 5%. In addition, I seriously question our backup capability for our water supply. Currently we have only one day of average usage stored within the city.
In order to be able to do anything of major consequence Lynnwood needs to become a charter city, population more than 50k, in order to qualify for Federal Funds. This means annexation, which the current leadership has refused to address.
Immigration, legal or otherwise is not within the purview of a second class city in The State of Washington. Other than passing resolutions of disgust with what’s going on at the federal level, we can and should maintain our lack of support for any and all illegal policing activities within our city by not cooperating with any authority we do not have to.
Better than what it is doing now! First, I would begin by returning the City Council Chamber designation on the monument sign in front of city hall which the current administration had removed on taking office 6+ yrs. ago. Next I would have put in the council budget a fulltime council assistant, capable of efficiently using the tools available, software and other digital resources, of the city to get the message out for more two way communication. Lastly I would look at establishing one or more Community reader boards to inform the public of current council activities
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