Priority 1 - Homelessness: For the past four years, I have stressed the need to develop a strategic plan to address homelessness and the impacts from homelessness. This year, this initiative was outvoted to appear on our workplan for 2019.
Homelessness and the effects of homelessness cannot be addressed with sweeping legislation. Currently, both ordinances we passed for homelessness impacts are in litigation. This is the reason I voted against the Homelessness Services Ordinance – it would not hold up if challenged in court.
To complicate matters, the Ninth District Court of Appeals ruled in September 2018 that cities can’t make it a crime to sleep on a public street or sidewalk when no homeless shelters are available.
The way forward:
Establish a sensible general business nuisance ordinance for all businesses - 1st reading is complete.
Establish a framework for providing shelter and for the impacts of those not seeking shelter.
Work with all stakeholders (business, first responders, faith-based organizations, etc.) to develop a workable strategy for all. All stakeholders will have to give some ground.
Priority 2 – Ethical Leadership: The Puyallup City Council majority is driving the city to increased expenses, causing staff turnover and an uncertain future due to their capricious behavior and authoritarian leadership style. They are emboldened by the political realities at the National level.
I have 23 years of government organizational leadership experience. I started out on the bottom and rose to a mid-level executive. I lead sailors in technical fields, very similar to the employees we have at the city. Very competent and smart. I want to be the voice of reason and continue to provide cover for our employees.
Issue 3 – Litigation Mitigation: The Recall Dale Washam campaign was in litigation 2011 to 2015. Even with Pro Bono attorneys, litigation, is like an anchor for the entire organization.
I argued against all litigation except for the Conway case (39th St Construction). Conway is a contractor who was sighted by the L&I during the construction of a roadway in Puyallup. The contractor put his workers and the citizens of Puyallup at risk. I will stand fast on that litigation in order to disqualify this contractor from bidding on government contracts. If the name sounds familiar, Conway was the contractor who started the fire in Eastern Washington.