It has been my honor to serve as your city councilmember for the last five years. From bringing good jobs to our city, to improving our transportation options, and keeping our streets safe, I am committed to building on our success and making our city an even better place to live.
Having a safe community to raise your family or operate a business is critical to any city. Achieving this goal involves collaboration by nearly every department in one way or another. As a councilmember I have supported:
• Requests for additional officers, equipment and training space.
• Ongoing training to avoid the necessity to use force.
• A number of new initiatives and ordinances to build trust and strong relationships between police and the public.
• The use of a number of enforcement and investigative tools such as the effective use of drones.
• The hiring of superior candidates locally and from across the country.
As the next mayor, public safety will continue to be a top priority to keep our families safe. By hearing their concerns and getting to know our neighbors and neighborhoods the City can do a better job of responding to and preventing crime. I am committed to make Renton a safe place to live and work.
Our Public Works Department is the largest department in the city and includes streets, transportation systems and city utilities including water and sewer services.
I have been hard at work to provide transportation options for all. I, like many of you, am tired of getting stuck in the traffic that surrounds us. Two months after I was appointed as a city councilmember in 2015, I was already testifying in Olympia before the House Transportation Committee and I have not stopped since then. Some of the projects I have been involved include:
• Increased investments for improvements and new roads.
• Metro Connects – Add a frequent service network in growing areas in Renton like the Highlands, Longacres, and the East Valley .
• Sound Transit – $200 million will be spent to build a new transit center planned at Rainier and Grady Way and the addition of Bus Rapid Transit along 405, with two stops in Renton.
• Successfully lobbied the State Legislature for $2 million to finish the Renton Connector, an amenity and a needed linkage between two regional trails that currently are disconnected – the Lake to Sound Trail and the Lake Washington Loop Trail.
• Sidewalk replacements to assist in making Renton a walkable city.
• Updating of The Bicycle Master Plan.
There is still so much to do, but I will continue to fight to relieve our traffic woes and get you out of your car and home with your family.
My goal is to continue saving tax dollars while also improving the environment.
• Convertion of Renton’s lights to LED, saving hundreds of thousands annually in electrical costs.
• Implementation of a water meter reading system for over 18,000 meters. To date, this system has detected 4,612 leaks at homes and businesses that prevented the loss of 126 million gallons of water and further damage.
• Implementation of a comprehensive recycling and composting program. We have diverted nearly 230,000 tons of recyclables and compostable materials from the landfills.
Keep providing quality open spaces and activities for our residents.
I have supported a number of new initiatives and ordinances to maintain our parks, Senior Center, Community Centers, Farmer’s Market, Renton Museum, and more. It’s impossible to mention all the accomplishments over the past 5 years, but here are some examples:
• Successfully lobbied the State Legislature for a million dollar grant for the replacement of the Riverview Bridge over the Cedar River and the repair work taking place at Coulon Park.
• Successfully obtaining over $7 million in grants for local projects
• We began implementation of a city-wide security camera program to help protect city-owned properties
• The construction of the new fire station and the Family First Community Center .
We all want to live in a safe, friendly place. I believe that engaging our community is vital to create the kind of place we enjoy living in. I am looking forward to continue visiting every neighborhood and working together to improve community unity and pride.
Economic & Planning Development
As our economy has boomed, our city has grown tremendously. Attracting and retaining good jobs has been a key component of our Business Plan. As Renton continues to grow and change, we need to make sure that we are attracting quality employers to our city. Good jobs are a foundation of a strong community and by developing a strong local economy, we will be able to work where we live.
My commitment is to support smart growth while protect the character of our neighborhoods.
Diversity and Inclusion
I am committed to build an inclusive informed city with opportunities for all. I am really proud of the work we have done in the last 5 years:
• We have improved communications and services to communities where English is not their first language.
• All city employees receive diversity and implicit bias training so that we have a much better understanding on how to serve our residents.
• We have gone to a “blind” application process that reduces the chance for biases to slip into our recruitment and hiring practices.
• Provide critical and relevant information on a timely basis and facilitate two-way dialogue between city government and the community
I will improve access to city services, programs and employment, and make residents and businesses aware of opportunities to be involved with their community as well as promote understanding and appreciation of our diversity.