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36 years Army and two years volunteer with State Guard as Director of Logistics at State HQ. Retired Lieutenant Colonel. Lead, managed, directed and commander large operations around the world. Included duties as comptroller, adjudicating authority, international treaties, mayor and master planner.
It's a calling. Our government continues to use deceptive practices to fool us and force an agenda upon the populace we do not want. I am better qualified to represent the taxpayers and am undaunted in my pursuit of ethical government.
Transportation - freight mobility and river crossings
Crime and safety
Being a senior citizen I am very much aware of the need to assist and protect our seniors. They will not go hungry and they will not be lonely or brushed aside.
We are a nation of laws and we don not get to pick and choose which laws we wish to enforce. States delegated immigration to congress at the birth of our nation in the U.S Constitution and further enumerated this in the last sentence of the 10th Amendment. While we are not funded to actively enforce immigration law, we will honor all detainers and other requests from our Federal enforcement agencies to include ICE and DHS.
Parking and traffic congestion. The key to moving traffic is to move freight. Business needs to mover it's product in the most economical method possible. Parking is lacking and new construction does not include sufficient parking spaces for tenants, forcing them to park in already crowed streets. Antiquated sewer and water lines need to be maintained as well as our power grid. We need redundancy in our systems in the event of a natural disaster and we need to participate in State exercises
We will always provide for the vulnerable. City used a statistical fallacy, misrepresenting the homeless situation and causing rents to increase by 20%, forcing people below the poverty line and no cause evictions for those who could not afford the increase. Their logic did not pass the Null Hypothesis test (no corollary between population and tax authority) when computing Prop 1. Costing taxpayers almost $2Mil more per year to address the homeless requirement. This needs fixing.
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Vancouver Mayor Pro Tem & Councilmember. Former Chair: C-Tran, Van. Planning Commission, Strategic Plan, Police Resource Team, Reg. Trans. Council, Chamber Public Affairs, Rotary, Nghbrhd Alliance, Shumway Nghbrhd Assoc., Police & Fire Volunteer, 30 years Education; Math Dept Chair
My background and experience put me in the unique position to hear the diverse interests in the City.
For the past 37 years, I’ve worked diligently to help Vancouver become vibrant, safe, welcoming, and prosperous. I’ve a proven record of leading community groups to strengthen our city. A councilor since 2014, I’ve partnered to build a stronger sustainable economy. I understand the importance of listening and working with the citizens of Vancouver to make the decisions necessary for our future.
We need a thriving economy and a sustainable budget. We're competing for jobs with other cities. Attracting diverse employers with living wage jobs is one of my top priorities.
If we're to thrive and move effectively through economic challenges, then we need a safe and welcoming community that attracts small and large businesses.
We need safe, affordable housing options and our homeless need a day center where they can find respite as well as resources to help get them off the street.
A safe and secure community is the most critical. I’ve been working to keep public safety a top priority.
We need property crime detectives and traffic officers to enforce our laws.
That’s why I chose to chair the Police Funding Resource Team and volunteer with the Neighbors on Watch.
We needed to replace our fire stations and improve our service and response times.
That’s why I supported the new station funding and volunteer with the Fire Corps.
I've supported and will continue to financially support and volunteer for these programs:
The Messenger Newspaper - a monthly publication supported by advertising and donations. It's available free to anyone over 50.
The Meals on Wheels program - I financially support MoW so that no senior will go hungry or experience social isolation.
50+ Trips and Activity Programs - This is our Parks and Recreation program that offers a wide variety of activities, including social clubs, dances, classes, sports, and day-long or overnight trips.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program - RSVP matches a volunteer's talents and interests with their interest in our community.
The Affordable Housing Fund: I supported this ballot measure. Voters approved this property tax for the purpose of buying, building, and preserving low-income rental housing and preventing homelessness through rental assistance and housing services. Seniors age 61 and older are eligible for a tax exemption.
The City of Vancouver is not a “sanctuary city.” We are a welcoming city.
Our police do not arrest and detain people for their immigration status. Most of the sanctuary laws center around not cooperating with federal law enforcement on immigration policies and the key word is “detain.”
Our law enforcement feels that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers are “legally insufficient to deprive a person of their freedom and hold them in custody.” I feel it’s a states’ rights issue
After extensive surveys and evaluations of our streets, the City passed a sustainable, long-term solution to help provide the needed revenues. In November 2015, I supported the ordinance to establish a Transportation Benefit District. The TBD is funded to work on our largest physical asset – our street system. Pavement conditions, potholes, and backlogged maintenance are now on a work schedule.
We'll continue to advocate for the replacement of the I-5 Bridge.
Our new Affordable Housing Fund has a promising start, with $5.8 million in project applications, to serve very low-income families, submitted for consideration. In total, they would create 237 new units and rehab/preserve 28 units all for a range of income levels.
We’re changing the Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinances for provide more opportunities for construction.
In our work with the County, we’re hoping to fund and locate another Homeless Day Center and provide a women's shelter.