Bill Bradburd Seattle City Council, Pos. 9 46th LD Additional Question Q: In a few paragraphs, what is your vision for your jurisdiction? For Seattle City Council, we would like to hear specifically about your vision for North Seattle. As an at-large candidate, my jurisdiction is the city as a whole. Overall, I my priorities for the city will be: To reestablish broader community voice in neighborhood planning and defining how we grow, increasing public oversight of how capital investments are made and budgets are set, and expanding grassroots participation on boards, commissions and advisory groups that are now dominated by special interests. To implement progressive housing and transportation policies, including incenting deeper affordability, increasing city ownership of housing stock, and using city financing mechanisms to fund increased production of affordable housing (all to expand availability and affordability of housing in the city), and to move to non-regressive transportation funding that efficiently serves the needs of our residents. To aggressively enforce policing accountability. We are failing to get effective public safety, the largest portion of our budget. The City needs to ensure that ‘progressive discipline’ procedures are part of the next contract so that bad behavior is punished, up to and including firing and criminal charges. Various other reforms should include local hiring and ensuring officers live in Seattle, and reinstituting community service officers. I would insist on these changes as a prerequisite for adding more officers (which Seattle needs). Additionally, I will empower the Districts by seeking to change Council Rules so that every District has a voice on each Council Committee by allowing the Councilmember’s staff to attend and participate in Committee meetings (legislative voting only by Councilmember). This will allow all Districts the opportunity to engage in matters that affect their districts and encourages staff to be well versed in District issues. I will also seek to change Council Rules so that no council activity occurs one day per week. This will allow Councilmembers to spend the day in their district meeting with constituents, observing transportation and business activity, and inspecting public buildings and open spaces. It is important for Councilmembers not to lose touch with their districts and the people to whom they are accountable. For District 5, I will ensure that growth is supported equitably. I support the 130th Street Link station, however we need to ensure the community is fully engaged in the planning process, that affected homeowners and businesses receive fair and meaningful mitigation, that growth around the station builds a ‘complete neighborhood’ with schools, public open space and parks, public amenities such as community center and library, and a thriving commercial and jobs center. All Urban Villages should meet these standards. I will also strive to find solutions to problems that are found in other districts, but are particularly pronounced in District 5, including: the lack of safe pedestrian infrastructure, a growing homeless population, better planning for school capacity, implementing a strong urban forest policy, and protecting the unique character of our north-end neighborhoods.
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