These are the issues most important to District Six, based on the hundreds I’ve spoken to.
- Good government;
- Affordable housing;
- Strong communities;
- Sane transport;
- Living-wage jobs;
- Sustainable city;
- Respect for human rights and dignity.
Transparent, responsive, and efficient. Good government helps people help themselves. It plans ahead for the people’s well-being. Our city’s Comprehensive Plan, for example, works to coordinate all street repairs. With a plan, we can install pipes, sidewalks, chipshield paving, sidewalks, and curbs, all at one time. This reduces both costs and street closings. I am proud to live in a city that helps us by looking forward while saving money. It will be an honor to collaborate with Mayor Wheeler and the City Council in all efforts to help us help ourselves. Good government can improve our quality of life.
House prices keep going up, while chances of a young Bremerton couple buying a Bremerton house decrease. I support Mayor Wheeler and City Council’s pilot program that loans low-income families the downpayment to buy their first house. The loan comes due when they sell the house, in two or ten or 30 years. I will work to obtain more grants like this.
Rents keep going up. Rents rose 10% every year for the past five years. I support the Mayor and Council’s program to stop homelessness before it happens, by helping households who have to move with first, last, and security deposit costs.
I’m deeply concerned with housing quality. I’ve knocked on doors where the stench of mold rolls through the hinges. My family are builders — I know shoddy construction when I see it. My first priority as Councilor will be to enforce a warranty of habitability, to make sure that every human in Bremerton has a decent roof overhead.
Good neighborhoods make strong communities. The better we know and trust our neighbors, the safer we are. I propose regular small meet-ups to prepare for natural disasters. I’ll help blocks organize to prepare for those times, like the Snowpocalypse, when we need to help and be helped by the people near us.
I’ll keep working to improve community spaces, like Haddon Park. This July, I urged the Council and Mayor to repair safety hazards on the play area there, and Bremerton Parks stepped up. They repaired equipment, added nets to the basketball hoops, and generally cleaned, trimmed, and painted. Thanks to all!
Bremerton is designed for cars, and there are many fast and furious drivers out there. It is wrong that kids walking to school have to jump into a muddy ditch to avoid speeders. Let’s make our side streets safe for children, families, elders, and all the differently abled, while keeping our main streets smooth for traffic. I see us going for a walk, or a bike ride with the kids, after dinner on Corbett, or Wycoff, or Marine Drive. Going downtown by frequent, convenient bus service, even on Sundays. I’ll collaborate with Public Works to design and install safe streets with more sidewalks and bike lanes. I’ll work with Kitsap Transit to increase bus service.
I support union labor. Workers have the right to organize and negotiate for a living wage, secure scheduling, and basic human respect. I will protect union jobs in Bremerton, and make sure that workers can organize in all workplaces without fear. I’ll help workers publicize their struggles, because I believe that all of us want to help. If told of a picket, I will be on the picket line too.
In day to day City operations, when the City buys, it should buy union. Contracts should include requirements for union labor, right down to the smallest sub-contractor.
And let’s follow the example of many cities and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Let’s give families the chance to spend time together, instead of rushing from one low-paying job to the next.
Bremerton is growing. We want to grow sustainably. Climate change is happening, and we have a chance to slow it, maybe even halt it, while working jobs that help us in the present, building a future for the next generations. We can keep on being the city we love, with straightforward people working real jobs. That’s a good legacy for the future.
How? Plant trees, attract green manufacturing, decimate fossil fuels.
Planting trees slows global heating enormously. We have many heritage trees; I want to reward the people who maintain them. Let’s honor them with plaques and tax breaks and parking passes. Let’s plant more trees. They’ll shield us from the worst of the climate crisis — as if any Northwesterner needed a reason to like trees.
Bremerton is uniquely positioned for green manufacturing jobs. Our state’s new legislation calls for a move away from fossil fuels, toward a future of renewable energy and a new electric grid. We have a highly skilled workforce of machinists and other artisans, and many below-market industrial buildings. These jobs are made for us.
Fossil fuels are on the way out. That’s just a fact. We thought big timber would be here forever, but we were wrong. Same thing with fossil fuels. We have to plan a future without them. We did it before, we can do it again. I will propose regulations that reward conservation and renewable energy. I’ve written public materials that help water-users reduce usage, and make them proud to live in a city like ours, that has pure water you can drink from the tap, that comes from lakes surrounded by forest in the hills above us.
It’s because we’re who we are that we will lead on evolving in response to change.
Transparent, responsive city government
Many voters have said they want to know beforehand about construction projects in their area, or other scheduled work. This information is available on City of Bremerton website. What more can government do to help? What would make it easier to find this information? What else do you want a heads-up about?
Let me know about your concerns:
Or meet me, every second Monday, 5-7 pm, at the Pancake House on Kitsap Way, front party room.
Do you have concerns about the Tribal Trust Land on Wycoff that weren’t answered at the Charleston Baptist Open House? Or at subsequent city council hearings?
Do you have concerns about the intersection at 13th and Wycoff, or 13th/Wilbert and Kitsap Way, or another intersection?
Do you have concerns about speeding along Marine Drive? Or Lafayette? Or Corbet? Or elsewhere?
Let me know. I’m in this to represent you.
Respect for human rights and human dignity.
The foundation of all the other elements.