Thank you for your support and for following my blog and Facebook page over the past eight years. It’s a record of almost every Council meeting and important decisions along the way. For my final Councilmember blog post I thought I’d do a “Top Ten” list of favorite accomplishments over the past eight years.
10. Strong advocate for neighborhood planning and engagement, spending years as liaison to the Community Assembly and Plan Commission, attending hundreds of NE neighborhood council and business association meetings, and helping kick-start the Northeast Public Development Authority to guide industrial investment in “The Yard” in East Hillyard.
9. First Councilmember to hold “mobile offices” in the community to meet directly with citizens and get feedback on important decisions.
8. Created the urban utility installation program in the Downtown area and nearby corridors to incentivize reuse of historic buildings. In just two years, eight buildings were renovated and business were able to expand due to this utility upgrade program.
7. Established the City’s first Transportation Benefit District to advance residential street repairs, including oversight by a Citizen Transportation Advisory Board (CTAB).
6. Helped guide multi-sector initiatives like Priority Spokane, which has focused the community’s energy and created lasting change — increasing our high school graduation rate, supporting kids inside/outside the classroom, and preventing family homelessness.
5. Partnered with Council President Ben Stuckart to establish the East Sprague Targeted Investment Pilot, investing public dollars strategically to encourage private investment and revitalization of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Spokane.
4. Championed new policies, state-wide solutions, and a more aggressive City approach to preventing blight and crime due to the proliferation of “zombie” foreclosed homes, especially in the core and Northeast parts of Spokane.
3. Chaired the Public Works Committee for four years, overseeing and guiding the City’s largest infrastructure investment ever to clean up the Spokane River, as well as integrated utility and street projects.
2. Served on the Spokane Transit Board for 8 years, leading the development of the Moving Forward 10 Year Plan and spearheading a successful ballot measure to fund more transit in Spokane County, especially the future Central City Bus Rapid Transit Line.
1. Helped guide the City process to establish the first Joint Council/Administration Strategic Plan — a road map with specific strategies to improve quality of life and economic opportunity for the next 6 years.
I am very proud of my contribution to this community. While you might not have agreed with every vote I have taken, I hope I’ve gotten it right most some of the time! I am confident I am leaving the City organization in a good place financially and with vision and strong leadership for the future. I have aimed to make every decision with great care, and to have served all people with integrity, transparency, and respect.
Thank you for a great eight years. We made it through a recession, a windstorm, and some very divided State/Federal governments. And yet the City of Spokane is stronger now because of the many community leaders, City Staff, and citizens like you who work hard and care about one another. I’m hopeful for my kids’ future here in Spokane. I hope you are, too!