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  • What is your vision of LFP in 15, 30 years?
    In the next 15-30 years in LFP I envision some big changes, with many important qualities of life remaining the same. Our placement in the Greater Seattle area makes it sensible to continue to build connections bridging across City and County lines in coming decades. We should bring in business (new neighborhood business zoning) and sensible development that suits our LFP character and prioritizes our heavily forested landscape. I can see a few improvements to roadways, safety measures for bikes or pedestrians and the addition of some sidewalks; in particularly for the most dangerous corners, hills and other hazards. All the main roads in LFP are State Highways, so I can see working with highway engineers to slow measured vehicle speeds along SR522 and SR104. I look forward to the completion of the planned roundabout at 40th NE and hope to enact similar interventions. One example is a potential 178th street light, and other measures for equally dangerous corners in future decades.
  • What makes you different from the other candidate?
    My concerns for this city go beyond the standard outlook. I consider the needs and nuances of every part of Lake Forest Park from Ballinger to Brier and Kenmore up to Seattle. I have experience in engaging with folks of all backgrounds and know that we have work to do to make LFP equitable for everyone. I come from a background of environmental work that grounds me, and keeps my focus on where I am. My broader politics may be more progressive but on LFP City Council I will be community driven. Our needs here come first, I plan on shaping the future we want to see through small code updates, engagement and a culture of comradery. I bring my negotiating skills to the council and come from a win-win perspective where no one side should receive everything they want, necessitating a loser. Instead, I hope to work well with the more progressive and more conservative individuals, and find a logical middle ground, as I do in daily life. I have volunteered extensively and continue to implement large scale events. I have an ongoing interest in thoughtful, low-impact development both new construction and renovation. I have completed large renovations, weatherizing and adding insulation wherever possible, laboring in the past as a contracted employee, and with friends and family. I work as an assembly person, server and even do dishwashing to stay in touch with my roots, as well as managing my rentals and real estate business. If I am elected some workhours will necessarily transform into City Council meetings and I will channel my additional energy into community. Lastly, I am the endorsed democrat candidate in this race, thank you to the First District Democrats for your support.
  • What is the most pressing issue facing the LFP community today?
    The issue that I believe will be most pressing when I am elected is the waterfront park funding and implementation. This will forever change the character of our waterfront, and our City, as it currently has no public water access that is swimmable or boatable. It will invite both residents and visitors to recreate in a safe and healthy space, increasing the diversity and perspectives that strengthen our community. I believe the park would be ideal for seasonal swim instruction, small boat rental and potentially even host a rental area for public events. This community needs the space to recreate and build deeper connections! This future park should also be a source of revenue, to sustain its programs. Learning to swim is a life-saving experience, however statistically less Black and Latinx people take swim lessons, or can afford the time/ costs to do so. Drowning rates among these communities are unacceptably higher. As part of a larger push for this park to build equity and community building space I would recommend a percentage of free or lower cost swim instruction lessons are pledged to those in need and build and expand on loaner life vest program. Cities are often known for their hallmark parks, as Edmonds is for its waterfront, we too can support a thriving town-center business district by investing our energy into this new, nearly-adjacent, park.
  • In 4 years, what would you consider a success as a Councilmember?
    After one term on LFP council I would measure it a success if I have listened and acted on the voter’s biggest concerns. I would hope to add to our existing volunteer ethic with more managed/ advertised opportunities that could be undergrad and graduate projects (Livable City Program at UW also known as 15-minute Cities), and add a small business incubator. I would consider it a community-success to secure funding for developing the waterfront park. I would hope in future terms for the City and outside partners to fund purchase of an additional park in the South of the City. I will push for realization of a Southern Gateway Park and support necessary improvements to our existing parks.
  • Future of our urban forest and streams
    Many residents like myself purchased their homes in LFP for the nature that surrounds us. Large trees are needed to reduce “heat dome” impacts on both humans and animals. Salmon streams must be shaded, and their health prioritized to help our endangered Orca populations. We should continue to work with homeowners and in the right-of-way to replace small stream culverts for fish passage. We must also reduce the usage of fertilizers, fungicide and pesticides wherever possible. We are the stewards of this place, and we manage our resources for the benefit of future generations.
  • Current and future budget needs of the City
    We have a regressive system, that fails to meet many City needs so we need creative solutions for funding one-time projects and on-going funding for maintenance of existing amenities. As mentioned previously, the new waterfront park should be revenue neutral operating costs. I also believe that at least a part time, or contracted employee should be available to seek out grant money on a continuous basis. We need locally controlled taxes to keep our level of service and increase our amenities where needed to compare to those of surrounding communities. In my opinion opening a business incubator, bringing in businesses with temporary incentives and creating programs to seek college student’s “professional” volunteer hours are viable solutions to reduce impacts on tax burdened residents.
  • Balance of Growth and Environmental Concerns
    It is incredibly important to develop sensibly, incentives should be employed to encourage developers to use less cement and increase efficiency. Those that use technology like Hempcrete, pile foundations, Structural Insulated Panels (SIP), green roofs or raingardens, tiny-home and passive home engineering should be given more lot coverage bonus, reduced or eliminated parking requirements and lessened set back restrictions for structure placement. Critical areas that are true habitat areas should not be infringed upon, however lower impact construction can be allowed in some critical areas given appropriate mitigation, engineering and environmental survey.
  • Sound Transit/WSDOT Stride
    I am on record at LFP Council with a comment already. I applaud the changes negotiated already that preserve people’s homes on the East side of 522. Concerned about the impact of the wall to both East and West neighbors. I recognize that often in such large scale multi-municipal projects compromise necessitates some unhappiness from all deeply vested parties. I am looking forward to queue jump design report. I hope that Sound Transit and the Department of Transportation will consider other ideas now, like lowering speed limits, reducing lane widths, etc. rather than require that such review after the major project has concluded. If elected I would be beholden to my fiduciary duty to maximize your tax dollars – I would never intend to spend frivolously on unbudgeted legal fees.
  • Conditions and uses of local roads
    Improvements should be made for the safety of both cars and pedestrians. Addressing cracking and potholes early reduces costs and longer closures so both the budget and residents are less impacted (paving plan w/ multimobility overlay – see worksession/COW recently). Speeds should be lowered and traffic laws enforced (NATCO), traumatic brain injuries lessen in car-pedestrian incidents under 25mph. Slowing mechanisms like rumble strips, speed warning signs/ traffic cameras (new law allows in school walk routes, park zones, 2 at-large cameras) and temporary or permanent bumps should be employed in noted problem areas. If elected I look forward to participating in the Pedestrian Streets/Healthy Streets initiative, already in process.
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