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Redmond Mayor Candidate 2015
Business Owner- Down Pour Coffee Bar
Strategic Adviser- Executive Office- City of Seattle
Strategic Planning, Budget, Management- Executive Office King County
Business Manager- Aerospace and Defense firms
Volunteer- 8 years Redmond youth sports and Nonprofit groups
Redmond needs to “Build Community, not Just Buildings”, promote a smart and sharing city, and plan growth with innovative ideas. Infrastructure investment is lagging behind the pace of new growth and adversely impacting our quality of life. We are seeing a level of traffic congestion that is reducing the health of our community. Listening and engaging with our community is one of the best ways to ensure optimal infrastructure investment. The wisdom of the many is greater than the knowledge of the few. I will work to ensure that Redmond uses the most advanced analytical tools and that we have the best information to guide our decisions. We need to think and plan our growth as a “city for people”. Our buildings, streets, sidewalks, parks, public gathering places should be placed to enhance our everyday lives and the beauty of our built and natural environment. We need to be a responsible city and protect our sensitive environment. Thoughtful infrastructure must accompany development.
Homelessness is a regional issue that will require combined leadership across all levels of government, non-government agencies and businesses to find the locations and services to get people off our streets. and in to homes. The people who live in our community without homes require a variety of different services that work together. In general, these services are already available with our nonprofit and regional partners. The city could easily and relatively inexpensively be a better catalyst and central point to match people with the right help. I advocate an increase in day centers so that our parks, trails, libraries, and local businesses are not the place where people without a house go to start their day. Just the availability of a shower and breakfast is the chance to begin a new life. Day centers are an inexpensive way to help those who want a better chance for a new start each day and can serve as a resource center. We must provide dignity and safety for all of our community.
Senior citizens are at the heart of our community. Being a senior citizen myself who has lived in Redmond for over 30 years I know the contribution that we have made and we continue to make in Redmond. As senior citizens leave the work force and move to fixed income retirement they deserve substantial consideration by our city government. This should include issues of affordability, transportation and access to urban centers, public safety, and lively and interesting community centers and recreational activities. Seniors are especially vulnerable to a poorly planned city infrastructure. When we plan a "City for People" seniors must be especially considered when determining public spaces, safe trails, access for disabled citizens, and things as simplistic as placement of park benches. My commitment to senior citizens includes an adequate supply of senior and assisted living housing units at a variety of convenient locations. Property tax exemptions for seniors should be considered.
The City of Redmond works and partners with regional, state, and federal government agencies to uphold the laws and traditions established concerning immigration. Redmond is a welcoming and diverse community that enjoys and appreciates the contribution of all our residents. Redmond is home to large international firms that enhance our community with cultural diversity as well as creative and highly skilled work force and business owners. Our current Presidential administration has created substantial uncertainty and fear concerning both legal and illegal immigration issues. In particular the potential of rescinding DACA in the near future could create tremendous hardship and anxiety for hundred of thousands of people who's rights may suddenly be taken away. Even simply the public dithering of this issues appears insensitive and careless. Preserving a sense of social justice will be challenging if the federal government rescinds these rights.
Traffic and Transportation
Housing Affordability and Homelessness
Better Support for Small Business
Public Safety and our growing crime rate
These issues are equally important. We should evaluate them from a big picture perspective as they are inter-related to each other. This requires thoughtful city planning that not only address current problems but also works to prevent future problems. For example, the lack of affordable housing risks homelessness and also tends to create excessive commutes that contribute to traffic congestion.
Redmond has a mayor-council method of government where the mayor has a large degree of control and responsibility. It is essential that elected officials work together to serve the people in our city and community. I have a long history of successfully working in local government and large complex organizations by always leading with respect, active listening, and a focus on achieving optimal outcomes in a team approach. My approach to city council is to provide respectful and constructive oversight and work with the community to represent their voice and find the best solutions together with other elected officials.
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Re-elect Byron, a proven CM with over a decade of hands-on community service on local boards and regional advisory committees working issues of housing affordability, human services, transport/transit, and public education. Extensive list of endorsements and civic leadership at ShutzForCouncil.com.
The recent rate of growth is occurring in a more compact period than Redmond’s long-term and continuously updated planning had accommodated - just as growth has accelerated throughout greater Puget Sound. Nearly every municipality has already seen its 2030-targeted growth capacity, as laid out in the 2010 targets of King County’s Growth Management Act. This regional growth, amid Redmond’s own historical maturing as a city and its own purposeful urban core densification and downtown street grid improvements concluding soon, exacerbates local conditions in the short-term of our location on the way to and from the rapidly paced growth of neighboring Eastside areas. Four light-rail transit stations arriving in 2023-24 with transit oriented development will influence future growth – Redmond is both getting ahead and building capacity to catch up -- soon coming out the other side of the disruptive transition better for it.
Continue our robust, multi-faceted response implemented the last two years: a civic Homeless Taskforce; city-hired outreach coordinator forming one-on-one relationships and solutions daily with homeless individuals and families; daycenters; humane and pragmatic enforcement leading toward services to change individual circumstances; coordinated regional sheltering. safe-parking partnerships and services; coordinating regional-oriented encampment policies; lobby state level mental health services; decreasing displacement by increasing the shelter and permanent housing inventory through a mix of strategies including expanding our current inclusionary 10%-at-80% AMI program; multifamily tax exemption and affordable housing density incentives; easing of ADU regulations; and partnering with large employers to target workforce housing. Affordability of housing is key - I’m working to increase the number and types of housing choices for all ages and income levels; I represent Redmond on ARCH.
I’ll continue to actively support Redmond’s policies that support a goal of Redmond being a great place to live, work and play in every stage of life. My primary areas of council work are human services and affordable housing. In addition to housing work specified above, as Chair of the regional Eastside Human Services Forum, the cuts to senior program funding by public and private entities were my main catalyst to EHSF undertaking its first comprehensive assessment of program fulfillment to identify the gaps in service identification, funding, and delivery – this will provide data-supported advocacy for senior and other services .I’m proud of Redmond’s thriving Senior Center facilities and programs, and the city’s core role of contributing land to the Eastside’s only Providence John Gabriel House of 74 apartments for seniors 62+ under 60% AMI in the heart of downtown Redmond by the Senior Center, the Library, and Transit Center – it houses a Program of All-inclusive Care for Elderly.
All people are welcome in Redmond - I do not validate the “sanctuary city” concept - the enforcement of federal law is not the duty of a municipality. No aspect of Redmond policies or practices violates that premise. Our residents are safe. Furthermore, our City Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1465 this year, re-affirming our commitment to a culturally inclusive community. By law, Redmond and its police officers, as with all Washington State police officers, are not authorized to enforce federal immigration laws. If federal agents were to ask for city assistance in a federal operation involving specific legal enforcement action, Redmond would assist in a support role only, just as it would any federal agency requesting local law enforcement assistance.
Addressing housing affordability - creating choices that everyone working in Redmond may afford, and increase the number and types of choices for all ages and income levels. Increasing engagement with all sectors of the community (residents, businesses and their employees, service providers) as active partners in the evolution of plans, policies, regulations and budget priorities. Ensuring Redmond’s infrastructure and services (housing, transportation, and recreation options) are matched to meet the needs of all its neighborhoods (i.e. traffic, etc.). Promoting delivery of innovative, appealing new buildings / facilities in Redmond’s Urban Centers that are models of sustainable design and livability. Protecting the environment and water – Redmond has only Eastside aquifer underfoot, from which draws 40% of its water – as growth puts pressure on sensible development. Preserving and enhancing Redmond’s green character in open spaces, parks, recreation facilities, and city operations.
Affordability – of housing, and of growth infrastructures impacting the cost of living. Affordability pervades every livability issue, and is pernicious. Affordability.
I will continue to use the well-regarded processes in place that sustain a transparent, predictable working relationship. Over the last decade Redmond Council has developed and refined a functional, purposeful governance process for working constructively and consistently with its elected Mayor and their administration. From daily interactions and weekly meetings, to the development and ratification of legislation and policies, through the robust biannual budget process, Redmond has a formal set of standards and procedures that ensure a legislative and municipal governance environment that best serves its Redmond community. I will continue to respect and practice – and cultivate – one of the most acknowledged municipal interlinked set of governance practices operating in Washington State.