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City of Yakima Council District 4/Ciudad de Yakima Concejo Distrito 4

Term: 4 yrSalary: $12,900The 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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    Kay Funk (NP) Retired Family Physician

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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)?

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Phone 969-05488
YouTube Video The City YPAC channel and the Yakima Herald Republic have both taken video interviews.
Town where you live Yakima
Experience (300 characters max) As a physician and clinic owner, I have a strong background in science, assessment of measurable results, behavioral health, business, taxes, liability law, etc. Medical practice and billing may have more wasteful regulation than any other US industry, so I can balance safety and cost effectiveness.
> Crumbling streets and sidewalks, especially in the older parts of town > The expenses for the Downtown Plaza, Aquatic Center, and roads for the SoZo complex are worrisome. > The replacement of streetlights with LED will be a major positive step.
Homeless persons create safety and sanitation problems for themselves and for other citizens. Homelessness increases the cost of emergency intervention services. Multiple types of shelter and housing programs are necessary to address different needs, and their effectiveness of achieving harm reduction must be assessed by an unbiased measurement of meaningful outcomes. The Yakima County Council of Governments recently redistributed $2.1M in funds, but the process was objectively flawed.
My medical work focused on the long term longitudinal care of patients with chronic multi-system disease. Seniors need a variety of housing options to allow maximum self-sufficiency, affordability, and safety through years of increasing disability and eventual death. Yakima is fortunate to have some very good senior housing, but that need is going to increase. Advance planning saves community money in many ways.
Our Hispanic American citizens, long term legal residents, undocumented immigrants, and their citizen children have intertwined relationships. Policing by racial profiling is illegal because it adversely affects US citizens. Immigration policing is a federal jurisdiction, and not appropriate for City police, because it creates a hostile community. All of the productive and tax-paying residents in our community deserve safe neighborhoods and respect, not racial bias.
Until the beginning of 2017, Yakima had seen a downward trend in violent crime since a high in 1988. We all know that this year has been worse, with more armed robberies, shootings and homicides. Much of that is due to gang (organized crime) activity. We need to have the best police department that we can afford and do everything that we can to support its work. In the doorbelling that I have done, people have been appreciative of the police, and the City’s statement against racial profiling.
Violent crime is the most urgent issue. “Community policing” is a general term to describe an alliance between the police and Yakima residents. A trust relationship has been proven to reduce crime and improve public safety. The City of Yakima has multiple neighborhood support programs, including Block Watch, Crime Free rental contracts, and partnership with youth activities such as YPAL; these can be enhanced and utilization can be increased.
Cliff Moore, our new City Manager, is a big improvement over his predecessor. Each of the City service departments has its own professional staff with their own expertise. Intrusive micromanagement and pet projects from City Council members is not the best way improve basic services. Prudent, evidence-based oversight and positive attention to good results is the path to steady improvement. logo


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