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Pierce CITY PUY-1 Council Dist. 1 Pos. 2

Term: 4 yrSalary: $14,043The 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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    John Hopkins (NP) Commercial Property Management

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

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

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

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

What are other major issues facing your city or town?

Of those listed above, which one is the most urgent?

What methods will you use to work with the mayor (if you have an elected mayor) or the city manager or administrator(if you have an chief administrator hired by the council)?

Phone (253) 973-7069
Town where you live Puyallup
Experience (300 characters max) Puyallup City Council 2012-Present and current Mayor. Numerous current committees. These include Pierce County Flood Advisory Vice Chair. Community Connections Homeless, Affordable Housing, and Citizens Advisory boards. Past Chair Landmarks Commission and President of Puyallup Main Street Assn.
Major connections are lacking. 167 extension and widening through Auburn. Shaw Road widening. 66 th st bridge. 410 interchange. Pioneer rebuilding and East side improvements. These are primarily grant funded but require a local match. Our neighborhood street rebuilding program is underfunded. We need to spend about $5 million per year, but are spending about $1 million. We will get there with the current debt reduction plan. Our miscellaneous spending on repairs and sidewalks is fine.
We are responding well in regard to reducing the impacts of the homeless population on our City. We are working hard with our legislators and County Council for providing more services [ mental health, addiction, training, affordable housing, supportive housing.] We must all continue our lobbying efforts. we have our own lobbyist and also use A.W.C. and Pierce County Regional Council. Our City funds families, and would fund individuals, if the two "sides' compromised with a win win solution.
I promoted and was successful in making Puyallup the first age friendly A.A.R.P. City in Washington. This means more than a cool plaque. We are now obligated to promote and implement age friendly measures. The list is fairly extensive. Staff and Council is committed to implementation. The result is that we are attracting such facilities as Wesley Homes.
This is really not a hot button issue for us. I am an immigrant, and personally love the way that we are transforming from ' cow town ' to a very diverse community. We support our farming heritage and recognize the need for migrant labor. We also see many highly paid professional jobs being filled by immigrants. I consider us to be a "Welcoming City." People of all races, religions, and sexual orientation should be accepted and treated equally.
The biggest issues are the infrastructure.[ as previously mentioned. ] The Homeless problem. Capital projects....New Public Safety Building, Van Lierop Park, rebuilding the Memorial Center and the Recreation Center, and connecting trails. Reduction of property crimes, traffic and speeding in the neighborhoods. The forgotten issue is that the Puyallup River will flood. This means supporting the Corp of Engineers projects.
All can be completely or partially addressed by continuing our debt reduction plan. This frees up money for the various projects. The most urgent is the homeless issue. The most important Is the flooding potential. The infrastructure is the biggest most solvable one.
Currently I am a Ceremonial Mayor. My roll would revert to Council Member. There is really no difference in how things get done. It's a matter of relationships. I personally like the "one on one" chats I have with Council and City Manager. Some Council Members do not have that much time so we chat on the phone.
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