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A2 WEDNESDAY9 OCTOBER 21, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Four candidates are vying for two City Council seats on the Nov. 3 ballot. The can- didates discuss their positions on various local issues, limiting their answers to 25 words or less. What is the No. 1 issue faring the city of Issaquah that your leadership will impactt To date, what has been your single, largest volunteer effort in Issaquaht What solutions do you propose to help .the city save money amid the economic downturn How can the City Council bett. er en .gag. e residen, ts in its decision-making proeess As Issaquah works to hPowromote sustainability, can polities and practices be more eco- endly How can .the city encourage econonnc development Do you support city funding of the zHome projectt Wh# What decision has the council made in the last two years that you would changet What future infx'astructure improvements would you das as the most urgentt Which is more important m -g- you know, or what constituents wantt How can the city help fund a new museum for IssaquaM What are Issaquah residents most concerned about this dection yeart Who are the top three contributors to your other campmgn, ol em fem What is the one thing you want voters to remember when they vote in Novembed / .( CITY COUNCIL, POSITION 5 Haureen M ny The economy. Through my leadership, this council has approved lean budgets and refused to increase taxes. I organized my neighbors and succeeded fighting King County's proposal to develop land next to Squak Mountain State Park. We need to define objective measurements for city staff and facilities. This provides assessment tools for the budget process, resulting in better services to citizens. Social networking is the future of communication. Citizens don't have to leave home, just use their phone or computer at their convenience for instant communication. As the number of protected creeksides and wetlands increases, the role of wetland biologist is more important. That position was cut and should be rehired. I am a board member of Enterprise Seattle. I would ask for increased funding to $5,000 (Visionary Level). The city would get expert analysis and visibility. No. There are already many zero-energy demonstration projects built without public help. Better would be to fund work on existing homes to reduce costs. Taking a harder look at the budget and trying harder to predict the worst case scenario so we wouldn't have to lay off needed staff. Transit on Squak and circulator bus into highlands and Talus; quiet paving for 1-90; pubfic-private storm water detention to increase density for central area plan. My decision making is a blend of what I know and because I always want to know more, I will continue to listen and discover. Issaquah has two wonderful museums. We need to know what type of additional space is needed, how much, and if outside funding was available. The overall economy, keeping jobs and improving the quality of our schools. Steve Strong, a college friend; Chris Hysom, a highlands resident; and Connie Marsh, a Squak Mountain resident who owns and runs a local business. I will not support any tax increases. Joan Probala Creating a vision for our community that encompasses quality of fife. Organizing my community, South Cove, to annex into the city. This required forming a committee, surveys, mailings and working with the city to justify annexation. Going paperless as much as possible, using volunteer efforts, prioritizing and elimi- nating unnecessary expendi- tures. Create public-private partnerships. Take the opportunity to meet the residents at their meetings or gatherings to establish relationships that prove beneficial when problems arise and decisions are necessary. The city's departments are all working together to find ways to implement eco-friendly practices. They are doing a great job. Creating a vision and working towards it, complete review of permitting processes and codes, infrastructure ready, joining the chamber of commerce to promote. Yes. It teaches the community that saving energy is necessary, easy and puts Issaquah on the map as a forward-thinking community. Council decisions are after a long process of vetting and are always a consensus vote. 1-90 Undercrossing, Newport (Sunset to Maple), 43rd at Providence Point. Creating a real plan for future improvements to the central area. Finding out constituents' needs and wants but making sure that those constituents know the real facts before any decisions and are given comment opportunity. Grants, public-private partnerships, coalitions and private investments. Credibility of their elected officials, transportation, jobs, increasing taxes that impact family budgets. Seattle King County Association of Realtors, Eastside Business Alliance, Chris Hysom, of Port Blakely Communities. Problems facing Issaquah are complicated and need creative solutions. My ideas have already been incorporated into the city and are producing results. Tola Marts Developing and spearheading a vision of the city that addresses and motivates all the stakeholders -- businesses, working families, long-time residents and the environmental community. The many weeks spent crafting the most recent Issaquah School District boundary review. I helped make it one of the least contentious in recent memory. Quarterly public financial reports to track actual versus planned revenues and expen- ditures, and departmental performance metrics to see how we're performing versus other Eastside communities. Retool the Web site to provide potential volunteers more information on upcoming activities and how to get involved. Volunteers are more important than ever! Develop a baseline in terms of environmental impact -- know what we're doing currently -- and then establish and drive towards attainable improvements. Streamline and speed up the permitting process, and reduce startup fees. Measure and make sure we're the best business "incubator" on the Eastside. It doesn't make sense in the current economic climate. Many other things the city can do for less money would have a greater environmental impact. The city should have grown spending and headcount more slowly as the recession developed. Layoffs and rainy day fund depletion could have been avoided. Those that reduce traffic congestion -- the undercross- ing, completion of the Intelligent Transportation System, improvements to Newport Way and funding of the Talus-highlands bus. Officials are elected to make difficult and necessary but sometimes-unpopular decisions. The verdict on those decisions comes every four years at the ballot box. This has to wait until finances improve. Until then, the historical society could work with the DownTown Issaquah Association to establish historical displays around town. Taxes and budget cuts. We need to protect core services -- police, fire, rescue and winter road maintenance -- while resisting tax increases to struggling families. John Rittenhouse, Maureen McCarry and Ian Terry. Thank you, all three! I'll bring 20+ years of professional and volunteer experience, and a deep passion for Issaquah, to the challenge of keeping our city unique and strong. CI'IY COUNCIL POSITION 7 Nathan Perea Utilizing my relationships with elected officials at the county and state levels will help us tap state and regional resources for capital improvement projects. Working with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and the new "Shop Issaquah" initiative have been and will be big commitments for me. One solution will be to utilize the wonderful volunteer base we have in Issaquah to help fill gaps left by budget cuts. I plan to engage and listen to residents in their groups, homeowners associations, businesses or community gatherings in order to build relationships. I hope to continue Issaquah's efforts in building the infrastructure to support electric and alternative-fueled vehicles while working regionally to enhance transit options. The council can support a vibrant downtown with affordable and predictable permitting so that as the highlands commercial area develops, downtown stands strong. Yes, the investment into energy efficiency keeps Issaquah at the cutting edge, environmentally conscious and thinking globally and acting locally. I will be looking forward, not backwards. Through active conversations, I will learn from the incumbents about what has worked and what hasn't. Projects to alleviate traffic congestion and improve mobility will be most urgent when it comes to infrastructure. Since listening to constituents should always be part of a decision, increasing what I know about issues and potential outcomes will be most important. Any future museum in Issaquah should offer a vari- ety of attractions so it is not reliant upon one single source of revenue. After knocking on doors throughout the city, the most common issues people have mentioned to me are relieving traffic congestion and adding trails. I can't pick just three because I have had unbelievable support from many of my neighbors. Their willingness to help has been astounding. I hope voters will truly understand that I value relationships and thrive on meeting people. I'll be accessible, understanding and can't wait to know them!