Service to My Constituents:
I have served Shoreline for decades. In my time on the City Council, I have worked hard to ensure you have a city government that is focused on civility and productivity rather than politics. Now, our work has paid off and we are at the cusp of bringing back the type of leadership that gets results. My role is more important than ever to ensure your council continues to collaborate in a healthy productive way to make decisions that benefit the people of Shoreline. We are here as a microcosm of our community, with a duty to reflect the will of the people, not impose our own agendas.
The ballot measure for the Community Aquatic Center (CAC) is just the first step in getting a community center for Shoreline. This project is not just a swimming pool but includes a senior center, a commercial kitchen for community use, and various other spaces that can be used by individuals and organizations. This will be a significant investment by the voters and has yet to be up for a vote. It is tentatively scheduled for the November ballot, and if passed, it will be the beginning of a multi-year process of designing and building this center. I have the experience and knowledge needed to guide this process.
I have been a part of the effort to revitalize and infuse life back into the acreage now known as Shoreline Place since the very beginning. It has finally started to see progress and it is of the utmost importance to me that the city/council gets it right. I have been the only council-member who has attended every Planning Commission meeting when it has come up for discussion. I have also made it my goal to keep in contact with the various partnerships that own property there to assist in the process where I can.
Fiscally responsible and prudent use of our resources is one of the primary roles of the city council. As the needs for human services and the homeless increase, the council will have to make difficult decisions in how much and when the budget increases to accommodate that increasing need. Human Services and the homeless crisis are of paramount importance to me. I will focus our investments on evidence-based policies that prioritize efficiency and dignity, such as pre-charge diversion policing programs, zero-barrier mental health & drug treatment, supportive housing, and expanded assistance to prevent eviction and homelessness before people become unsheltered.
I am the only council member that has been on the council since Point Wells became an issue. The area in question is a block off Richmond Beach Road and Richmond Beach Drive. I have been the fiercest advocate on the council for protecting Richmond Beach and Shoreline from the unbridled development of over 3000 units. Poorly planned developments can severely impact all the roads leading out of Richmond Beach as well put a strain on our aging infrastructure. We need to understand the unintended consequences of the vast amounts of traffic from non-residents. I am one of the few council members that have knowledge of the cut through traffic going towards Woodway that will only increase in time. In fact, we may see as many as 4500 additional trips from the bottom of Richmond Beach Drive. My years of experience on the council makes me unique in this race. As a resident, you can rest assured that I have been and will continue to be the strongest and most knowledgeable voice on the council when it comes to the impact of Point Wells and all other proposed development projects.