Establishes City policies and laws, adopts an annual budget, approves appropriations, contract for services and grants franchises. The City Council chooses a Mayor and Deputy Mayor from among its members at the first meeting of the new year following an election. The Mayor presides at Council meetings and represents the City at ceremonial functions and inter-governmental meetings.
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PhD University of Washington (2012)
Commission Analyst, Snohomish County Charter Review Commission.
Like other cities, we face a deficit in maintaining our infrastructure. Our existing sidewalks need repairs and there are areas without walking paths. We are catching up with road maintenance, but we still need grants to rebuild some of our major arterials. As a Council, we are recommending a plan to improve our surface water maintenance. In Shoreline alone, we identified $360 million in transportation projects.
Across the State, and across the nation, we have trillions of dollars in deferred maintenance. Our State government, and our federal government need to do more to fix our roads and bridges, pipes, locks, and energy infrastructure. We should press our State lawmakers to pass a capital budget and develop a funding mechanism for cities to maintain their assets and safeguard our economy.
Homelessness is a regional issue, that no one city can accomplish alone. Short-term, we should support organizations hosting tent city encampments and overnight shelters. In the medium-term, we need to build housing units for individuals with very-low income. Longer-term, we need to address the macro-economic and health issues that keep people from having shelter.
As a city, we are requiring affordable housing units in new development near our planned light rail stations. We have set aside property from the Aurora project to be used as workforce housing. We invested money into the Ronald Commons project and are setting aside additional funds for future workforce housing projects. I realize that these efforts only scratch the surface, and we continue to face pressures of increases in rent.
Our city provides funding for the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center. They do a great job in decreasing social isolation, providing healthy meals, and encouraging activity. We also regularly promote the Senior/Disabled property tax exemption (http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/assessor/Common-Questions/Seniorss.aspx), and use community development block grants to help with major and minor home repairs.
Enforcing immigration issues is the responsibility of the federal government, not the City of Shoreline. On a daily basis, our law enforcement focuses on working with neighborhoods to prevent crime and responding to property crimes and traffic incidents. I want people to feel safe and comfortable when interacting with the police - and not afraid to report crimes. Our officers are honorable and hard-working, and our policies are designed to deescalate incidents; reducing use of force incidents engendered by fear or misunderstanding.
We have a city-wide goal of expanding park land and restoring our urban forest. We have a goal of increasing the number of successful businesses that operate in Shoreline.
Our priority as a city is to make Shoreline sustainable in all respects - including maintaining a balanced budget to doing what we can locally to address climate change.
It is always important to be collaborative with the other members of the council. Disagreements should not be personal, but genuine policy disagreements are a part of a healthy deliberative body.