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Cowlitz City Of Longview Council Position #7

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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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?

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Address 2017 Elm Street
Phone (360) 200-9636
Town where you live Longview, WA
Experience (300 characters max) I am dedicated, both professionally and personally to building partnerships and fostering relationships that best serve my community. I have chosen careers and participate in activities that focus on health, housing, social justice, and the needs of families and individuals living in Longview.
One of the most important jobs of a city council is to maintain and improve infrastructure including water/sewer and roads/streets. After switching from a river source to an underground aquifer, our water customers reported issues related to taste, color and smell. Complaints decreased as the public works department addressed specific problem areas, but our water supply still contains high amounts of silica causing residue and trouble with appliances. Our sewer system is aging and there is not a strategic plan in place for repairs. Recently, the council prioritized streets and roads, budgeting for an additional road crew and creating a TBD to generate revenue. Although there are two commonly used ways to fund a TBD, the council imposed a car tab fee rather than allowing citizens to vote on a sales tax. Car tab fees have been the subject of several citizen initiatives rejecting any increases. Sales tax initiatives have overwhelmingly passed in cities that utilize that option.
Longview would benefit from a true partnership between the citizens, homeless service providers and city government. This would allow for a clear understanding of citizen needs, the homeless population and what services and housing options are currently offered. There must be a balance between the safety of citizens, meeting basic human needs and utilizing resources in a responsible way. Once there is a basic outline of the current situation, council could set zoning regulations and policies that make sense and meet the needs of the whole community. Increased density for residential areas; appropriate zoning for emergency shelters; and proactive measures to prevent homelessness, such as providing gainful employment opportunities and ensuring that there is affordable housing stock available, will make a difference in the homeless situation in our city.
I spent 8 years working as a certified nursing assistant in memory care, assisted living and in-home care settings and fully understand the issues faced by our elderly population. I have made it a priority to evaluate and improve where appropriate, Longview’s public transportation system as well as accessibility and walkability for all citizens. It is imperative that each Longview resident can reach their desired destinations regardless of their mode of transportation, especially if traveling by foot, scooter or wheelchair. I make an effort to listen to the needs of residents, especially senior citizens that face barriers to getting around. We have a robust system of senior care providers in town and as a councilmember I will respect their input on important issues when they are speaking on behalf of the elderly population.
Any attempt to shift the responsibility of immigration enforcement from the federal government to cities is unacceptable and diverts resources from critical city programs and services. The job of city law enforcement is to build relationships with all community members in order to improve public safety. Longview should remain a place that is welcoming to all, and respects those that are contributing to their communities. ICE agents routinely work in all cities to detain illegal immigrants. Longview does not have the authority, the funding, nor the responsibility to assist in those efforts; and cities in general are not permitted to have policies that interfere or restrict the federal government from enforcing immigration laws.
Despite recent improvements to the jobs outlook, Longview has higher rates of unemployment that other parts of the state. The city was designed to be sustained by the mills, and industry in general has seen a decline in employment due to automation and jobs being moved overseas. Longview has an opportunity to reinvent itself by supporting the companies that currently operate here, attracting green jobs to the area and looking outside of manufacturing to sectors such as healthcare and education. The city has an opportunity to think outside the box and attract companies that will create jobs outside of our normal comfort zone.
Jobs, jobs, jobs. The city of Longview cannot begin to address even its most pressing issues when individuals and families are out of work. We must first address employment which increases home ownership (property tax), local spending (sales tax) and small businesses (B&O tax). Empowering families by providing them with employment strengthens the city as a whole and generates much needed revenue to then address infrastructure, homelessness and quality of place.
As a councilmember I will cultivate and nurture a working relationship with the City Manager in order to receive information, ask questions and communicate with city departments. I will utilize time before and after meetings, phone calls and email correspondence with the City Manager to be proactive in my approach to governing and decision making. logo


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