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City of Burien Council Position No. 7

Salary: $7200Term: 4 yearsThe Burien city council is responsible for policy making, and for appointing a professional city manager, who is responsible for administration. Under the council-manager statutes, the city council is prohibited from interfering with the manager's administration. The city manager, however, is directly accountable to and can be removed by a majority vote of the council at any time.
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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 (206) 486-0085
Town where you live Burien, Washington
Experience (300 characters max) I have more than a decade of operations and project management experience at various non-profits and organizations, and volunteer in my community to lift up and protect marginalized and targeted communities. A wife, mother of four, and engaged community member, I am invested in Burien's future.
Burien is a growing city, moving beyond our 'small town' days and into a hub of business and activity. As such, our primary issues regarding infrastructure pertain to road maintenance and the addition of sidewalks in north Burien, and adjusting to the impact of increased Hwy 509 and 518 traffic.
Burien's Human Services budget is less than one percent (1%) of our total budget; at a little over $300,000 we are limited in the impact we can make with that alone. Homelessness is, also, not something that can be addressed with any sustainability and dignity for such individuals without working with other South King County cities and nonprofits to address the issue together. I think our best response to homelessness in our city would be to use a portion of our Human Services budget to hire a full-time Staff member that would have the capacity and skill to work on the issue, and be able to more efficiently direct our newly formed Human Services Commission.
My commitment to our senior citizens is to be accessible and to listen to their concerns. By doing so already, I am hearing that they are concerned with the cost of living increasing and how it will impact those on a fixed income, the quality of our streets, crime and homelessness. I commit to including them in the conversations had regarding these issues by actively soliciting their input.
I believe that anyone who wants to live here and contribute to making Burien a successful, safe, enjoyable community should be allowed to do so without harassment or fear. Burien passed an ordinance in January of 2017 with the goal being to send a strong message to our community that public safety is our primary concern, and that it is safe for all our residents to contact law enforcement to report a crime. The policy does not allow or encourage undocumented individuals to commit crimes without punishment. The ordinance ensures our local police force and city staff can focus on their jobs, instead of handling immigration matters best left to federal immigration officers.
Crime (both violent and petty, such as mail theft), as well as air traffic pollution and noise.
Addressing our city's crime rate is the most urgent, as the safety of our community is our primary concern. Unlike my opponents, I do not believe that the answer lies solely in increasing the number of police we have on loan through the King County Sheriff's Office... instead, I believe we have to look at it from multiple angles: 1. Fully engage our community members to take ownership in their neighborhoods, 2. Identify and address the root causes of crime in our city, allowing us to develop programs or eliminate ones that are no longer serving us, 3. Enable our police to get to know the communities they patrol and form relationships, and 4. Keep the community engaged in the entire process.
As a long-time community educator and project management professional, I know the importance of active listening and presenting solutions alongside of problems. I would employ both of those methods when working with our city manager, and be willing to work with them on their preferred action plan as well. logo


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