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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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    Bryan Weinstein (NP) Software Development Engineer

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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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Town where you live Issaquah
Experience (300 characters max) Microsoft employee, respected advocate for Issaquah residents since 2003, member of City Planning Policy Commission, appointed by Mayor and City Council to Traffic Bond Committee, Issaquah High volunteer teacher for five years, former CPA, husband and father.
Issaquah has grown dramatically in recent years; we have met our 2031 growth target, decades ahead of schedule. What has not kept pace is our basic infrastructure and facilities promised to residents. We have to do better. Why should park land acquisition, traffic and road improvements require bonds, when we have grown so much and allowed developers to build out our community? Our community discussions should be about where we will site our next schools, swimming pool, another community center, or a teen center, or building additional capacity with our roads, or preparing our underground utility systems for the future. Our challenge is, we are not having those discussions because our city has not managed growth, or the impact fees collected from new developments to benefit our community. As your city council member, I will insist that developer impact fees and future development pay it’s own way, and bring a public infrastructure benefit to Issaquah.
One component of homelessness in the Eastside is the lack of affordable housing stock. Instead of encouraging the preservation of older homes that are suitable for people as a step out of homelessness, the City has allowed those older homes to be leveled and replaced with new, more expensive housing units. I would like to change that. The City is doing a good job in allowing Accessory Dwelling Units, also a way to provide a first step out of homelessness, and I think we can do more to encourage homeowners to build these units. I will also encourage our city Administration to find new ways of bridging homelessness with programs that are regionally effective within our City and King County as well.
I am committed to seniors who love Issaquah and want to call Issaquah their home, or use our fantastic Senior Center. One aspect of life in Issaquah that affects seniors in particular is the continued build-out of our neighborhoods in ways that encourages more expensive houses; this results in seniors being priced out of their homes. We have to do better. As your city council member, I will work to insure that when growth happens it happens in a methodical way, in places that are designated to accommodate growth and in ways that do not cause our seniors to get priced out of Issaquah.
Ours is a nation of laws, and immigration is a matter for the Federal government. That being said, it should be the policy of our City that where we are ordered to follow properly authorized and constituionally correct Federal law, we must do so. City provided services, police, fire, safety, and all others, should be provided to all people, regardless of their immigration status.

Issaquah residents know we face two significant challenges: growth and traffic. Under the State Growth Management Act, Issaquah must follow it’s comprehensive plan, but it’s not always done so. As a result, some of our growth has been poorly planned, resulting in self-imposed traffic congestion. While a large component of Issaquah traffic is regional, growth we approve brings additional traffic as well, and we have done so without adding capacity. I will demand that the State finish Highway 18 improvements, and will look for additional capacity outside of Issaquah so that we are not used as a regional pass-through. Residents should have mobility alternatives that they can choose from to get where they want, by walking, biking, car, or transit. There are no easy or quick fixes, and the City must be honest with residents about traffic, and how much money, and who will pay, if we decide to add additional capacity.
Growth continues to be a big challenge in Issaquah. Having already met a future growth milestone, it’s my view that the City should begin to deliver on the promises of needed infrastrucutre that has been promised to residents, as well as jobs, schools, parks, trails, and open space. I will also insist that future growth be market driven, be permitted only in our Central Issaquah Plan, pay it’s own way, and bring a public benefit. Growth should also be something that we carefully plan and manage, not simply allow. As we grow, I want to make Issaquah a better place without losing what brought us here in the first place.
I have learned in the many years that I have been advocating for Issaquah residents, that collaboration, cooperation, communication and consideration are necessary to accomplish big goals that benefit our residents. One of the most important things a Council member does is review and monitor the City Budget. As a former CPA I am concerned about wasted tax dollars.  Clear Council Policy and direction is necessary to alleviate much of the ‘wheel spinning’ that I see in the current process.  I pledge that taxpayers will never be our funding source of first resort, and I will be skeptical of budget “emergencies” that come from poor planning. As your city council member, I promise to always listen, keep an open mind, and work tirelessly to represent our Issaquah citizens. logo


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