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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30 years of experience in business and government, including as a teacher, consultant, environmental manager, planning manager, utility director, and small business owner. 8 years on the Shoreline City Council.
When Shoreline incorporated, we inherited aging and poorly maintained infrastructure from King County. We need to continue to improve our roads, sidewalks, stormwater, and sewer infrastructure. There is never enough funding to do everything, so we must be strategic in our investments. Light rail and a booming regional economy will bring growth to Shoreline. We need to make sure the infrastructure is in place to support it. We also have to replace a swimming pool that is almost 50 years old and falling apart, and make sure that our parks and community centers are maintained and expanded to serve the whole community.
Shoreline should continue to promote permanent affordable housing as well as transitional housing for people experiencing homelessness. We also need to work with our community partners to provide support services to help people avoid becoming homeless and to help people rapidly recover from homelessness.
Seniors are the fastest growing segment of our population. Shoreline needs to continue providing services to our entire community. I am committed to making sure senior citizens have access to the full range of services and activities available in our city, regardless of their age or ability.
There are many different services that local governments are required and expected to provide. Immigration and border control are not local responsibilities. We want Shoreline to be a safe and welcoming community, and we passed a resolution earlier this year to emphasize that point. We should cooperate with law enforcement at all levels, but we do not have the responsibility or resources to tackle immigration issues at the local level.
Protecting and enhancing the natural environment while we experience population and economic growth in the region. Providing better transit and transportation options for people who can’t or don’t want to drive alone on our region’s heavily congested roads. Providing the high level of service expected by the community while keeping taxes and fees low. Stopping the crisis of opioid addition. Adding sidewalks along roads that are unsafe for pedestrians. Keeping housing affordable in a booming regional economy. Improving 145th street so that pedestrians and busses can get to the future light rail stations.
If we jump from urgent issue to urgent issue, we run the risk of failing in the long term. I think it is critically important that we address each of these issues in the context of our long term vision for the City of Shoreline. We have a vision to be a sustainable city in all respects, so we must address each urgent challenge with an eye to the long term.
We have well-established protocols for the relationship between council and our city manager. I keep the city manager fully informed about any emerging issues or initiatives, and she keeps all councilmembers equally informed.