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City of Bellevue Council Position No. 2

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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    Conrad Lee (NP) Bellevue City Councilmember

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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 (425) 747-0468
Town where you live Bellevue
Experience (300 characters max) B.S. in Engineering, U. of Michigan; MBA, U. of Washington Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councilmember, City of Bellevue Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration Boeing Engineer/Sales Manager Manager, Seattle Solid Waste Utility Real Estate Investor/Property Manager Cub Scout Master Coach
Bellevue has been well managed to have excellent infrastructure such as great parks, roads and human service programs. We are known as "City-in-a-Park". We just recently completed the Downtown Park and added new Inspiration Playground, a joint Project with Bellevue Rotary, for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. We have built roads over the years to provide good access to our businesses and residents. We have worked well with human service agencies and providers to care for our various community needs. Of course, as the city grows, community needs are increasing, and more rapidly, we have to be more nimble and innovative to meet these challenges. Housing affordability has always been a challenge for Bellevue. Neighborhood quality of life, particularly traffic congestion and regional transportation system have to be improved. Last but not least, with the city's growing diversity, we must have adequate human infrastructure to engage our new immigrants in our solutions.
This is a huge problem. We must listen to our community and work to determine the very complex issue and come up with a solution that serve both the homeless and the residents. It cannot be "one-shoe-fits-all" solution. It will involve many parties, private and public and many jurisdictions. Funding will be a major issue. The city has to place this as a top priority for the community to address and determine and recommend the appropriate solutions and its timeliness. I believe this is part of the overall housing challenge for the city to allow young people to come to live and raise family in Bellevue and to retired seniors who have lived all their lives here and can continue to do so and all those in between. We have created citizen advisory groups to work on this. We must be sure they do their job right and well.
I am a senior citizen myself. Transportation, housing and appropriate social services are important to us. We are still active in many ways, needing only the appropriate support. But young people who provide the services and programs do not understand them or well enough. Therefore, we need to be included in the program and service decisions and perhaps even implementations. I am committed to making sure senior needs are met and carried out in a dignified way and collaboratively way.
I am a first generation immigrant myself. I am proud to be an American by choice through naturalization. I am immensely thankful to be accepted and have the opportunity to succeed and even to become a trusted citizen representative as a city councilmember. I also have challenges, first to be labeled as an "alien", and other stereotypical negative perceptions and unequal barriers and requirements and standards. This has continued to this day. Immigration issues continue to divide our country, including currently legal and illegal issues. My position and the city's is that "Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength. We embrace the future while respecting our past." The city enforces laws on its books. Our duties are to make our city safe. We are one of the safest in the country. Our law enforcement is not involved in situations as long as individuals are not breaking laws in our city, and we are not part of any law enforcement operations.
Government Accountability and Neighborhood Quality of Life, including Traffic Congestion, Transportation Infrastructure, Low Taxes and Responsible Growth and Citizen Engagement are some of the issues facing us short-term and long-term we have to deal with. The transformation of Bellevue into a global innovation and technology hub has given us tremendous opportunities as well as challenges. We are at the center of growth on the Eastside. Great global talents live and work here because of work opportunities and wonderful environment. It has great schools. Bellevue is at the crossroad from being good to becoming great. As its one-time mayor and long-time councilmember, I have been part of getting Bellevue to where it is. I want to be part of making it a great city. It can be great if we do it right, do it the Bellevue way. Many challenges have to be dealt with. I believe I can help with my Proven Experience, Responsible Decisions and Trusted Judgement.
Neighborhood Quality of Life is the most important. However, getting to it requires Listening to the people which is Government Accountability, the most urgent.
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