Streets need to be accessible to all types of transportation options. They must be family and disability friendly, public transit ready, and sustainable and attractive for building our economic future.
Funding the city master bike plan and a pedestrian plan will create a more welcoming, sustainable, and prosperous Yakima, one that includes everyone in our community.
Yakima needs to learn from the mistakes of other growing urban areas. We need to grow sustainably and affordably. We need to re-think the restrictive zoning code and move to a market-based system that gives families their choice of housing. We need to improve truck routes. We need to set goals to become a carbon neutral city and adopt transportation and housing polices that will attract the next generation of entrepreneurs and workers.
- Prepare for updates to the Urban Areas Comprehensive plan, expiring in 2025, that will account for climate change and move the city to a more sustainable future, while making all neighborhoods more pedestrian, bike, and public transit friendly.
- Set realistic and consistent goals with the City Manager as a City Council.
- Ensure the most qualified and appropriate organizations receive city grants. We should limit all city grant scorers from being on a board of a grantee for a minimum of two years.
- Ensure open government laws are followed and reduce number of Executive Sessions. City decision-making must be public and out in the open.
Adopt a principal of 15-minute neighborhoods: on bicycle, all residents should be able to reach necessary services and amenities, within their home neighborhood.
Draft a more comprehensive and in-depth strategic plan that looks four and ten years into the future.
Divide the Council Economic Development Committee in two:
- One committee focused on society equity and development in our amenity and business-poor neighborhoods.
- A second attracting outside investment and encouraging organic and sustainable community development in our already burgeoning neighborhoods.
A “Can Do” Attitude
- Identify significant sites of historical preservation and enhance those sites.
- Yakima faces a perpetual budget crisis. Raise revenue by attracting business organically rather than continuing to put money into failed policies. Responsibly invest in infrastructure, public transit, affordable housing, and human health.
- Engage in fiscal responsibility and ensure taxpayer dollars are being used wisely. If a levy cap is lifted by voters, evaluate where this money is going, and communicate clearly with stakeholders.
- Require performance audits of city grantees and county grantees utilizing city property.
- Develop a “can do” attitude towards the business permitting process.
- Encourage small business entrepreneurship by cutting red tape for food carts and pop-up retail shops.
Encourage new industry to expand agricultural related businesses, such as large-scale industrial hemp production.
Support housing and zoning codes that support all of our farm labor with safe housing, while re-imagining zoning to support multi-family units and increase housing stock for all residents.
Officially affirm our support for the Latino community and finally ratify our status as a sanctuary City.
A Safe Yakima
We can make Yakima safer by treating crime as a public health problem, support our Police Union and bring accountability and transparency to any new Police hiring processes, enforcing gun laws already on the books against violent criminals, ensuring domestic violence and sexual assault victims have more resources inside the police department, ensuring we spend our dollars for homelessness rooting out its causes, and getting the state to find the money for what police and citizens want: body cameras and public records officers to secure the footage.
Highest priority goals will be:
- Treat drug addiction as a public health crisis and offer programs for drug addicts to come out of the shadows and get help. Take away the profit motive of violent drug gangs.
- Restore trust with low-income communities, by creating a Human Rights Commission, and an independent citizen Police board.
- Approach homelessness holistically by addressing root problems, without criminalizing the status of homelessness. Support emergency shelters but expand, as they are not the most cost-effective way to deal with homelessness.
- Install traffic speeding cameras and re-allocate valuable police resources.
- Work with Superior Court to provide an in-house Domestic Violence facilitator’s office for city residents and humanize the DV restraining order process in order to prevent senseless tragedies against children and families.
Paid for by Committee for Liz Hallock for Yakima City Council.
Candidate for Yakima City Council, District 5
420 S 72nd Ave, Suite 180, Box 189, Yakima, WA 98908