Grays Harbor Hoquiam Council Ward 2 Position 4
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.
CHOOSE TWO CANDIDATES FROM BELOW TO COMPARE
Jim George (NP)
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)?
Town where you live
Experience (300 characters max)
Years as a consultant to governments and corporations doing improvements to operations of many types.
Balancing infrastructure spending to both meet immediate needs and longer term goals.
Support those churches and charities that volunteer to help, including camps, as have been sponsored before by local churches. But basically homelessness is not so much a city issue as one that needs to be addressed at a broader level. Homeless people should always be treated with respect as human beings.
I am one. Seniors need laws against abuse to be enforced. They need to be safe crossing the street and we have had some serious injuries and death related to that. Improved crossing points and more crossing points should be considered all over the city.
Immigration is a national issue we can do little about. Again, respect for individuals and their rights is paramount.
Deterioration of housing stock and the look of the City.
Drug problems and the other problems they cause.
Cooperation between the City government and its citizens and civic organizations.
Setting financial and infrastructure priorities.
A key issue to me is the deterioration of properties and the resulting impact on neighborhoods and the City's image. Property owners have rights but also responsibilities. I don't know answers yet but would look for ways to reverse physical deterioration of our housing stock. I would look for ways to encourage people to invest in our City's housing stock.
Open and continuous communication is the key. Always assume all involved are trying to work for the good of the City, even when they disagree.
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