City Council District 5
Three candidates running for this position responded to our questionnaire:
Joanne Babic Primaried Out
Janis Clark Primaried Out
Two candidates did not respond to our questionnaire:
Justin Van Dyk Primaried Out
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Do you support Sanctuary Status for the area you would represent? Please explain.
Yes. There are a lot of immigrants in my district. Some are struggling families. Having the threat constantly hanging over them that at least one of the parents may be taken and deported causes strains that are unimaginable and leads to problems at work, home, and at school. Knowing that their community is a safe haven and that they are protected eases this strain.
No. On or about February 2017, Mayor Marilyn Strickland asked the City Council to “not declare Tacoma as a Sanctuary City, although the city already engages in many similar practices”. I would have voted with the Mayor because the federal funding that the City of Tacoma receives supports the needs of our most vulnerable populations.
Yes. For years now, imperialist US trade and economic policy has created a global scale crisis wherein US multinational corporations have ruined the economies of growing nations such that people must seek out better economic futures. I view immigration largely with the lens of economic exploitation over the issue; many ‘illegal’ immigrants are, in my view, economic refugees. Not only should we be a sanctuary city, but we, as a local government, actively resist ICE deportations and incarcerations.
PCYD & WA Democrats Resolutions
What resolutions from PCYDs or the WA Democrat State Party do you align with?
(PCYD: Decline to Sign I-1552, Petition: Tacoma City Council: Protect Undocumented Immigrants #HereToStay)
Decline to sign I-1552, $15 Now, pretty much all of them.
I support resolutions that will “Empower young people through voter registration, campaign activities, petitions, and grass-roots lobbying efforts”,” Provide your members with valuable skills and information about jobs and internship opportunities”, and “Ensure that the youth related concerns are addressed by elected officials at all levels of government”.
I 100% support the Decline to Sign I-1552 campaign and support the rights of all of our community, including those who identify as transgender. Its a dangerous, discriminatory initiative that will set our state back. I also support the protection of undocumented immigrants and, as the Chair of the Tacoma Planning Commission, supported the ban on private ICE detention/deportation facilities the City Council considered (but did not adopt).
Goals & Needs of Constituency
If you could achieve three accomplishments in your coming term, what would they be?
Establish Tacoma as a Sanctuary City, though I hope the current council takes care of that ASAP, Establishing effective transitional housing plans to deal with homelessness, and raising the minimum wage and the number of paid leave days.
1. Restoring previous cuts in Public Safety - (Police, Fire and other emergency services). By involving the leadership to help reprioritize the budget to involve more “on-street” patrols in our neighborhoods, which will maintain healthy relationships with our neighborhoods.
2. Developing a strategic plan that will have current and future investments in infrastructure. To create a dedicated source of funding and a line item in the budget that can be only obligated to ensure our streets, curbs and sidewalks are repaired quickly.
3. Ensuring Tacoma is a destination for companies that provide livable wage jobs. Lead efforts to bring business, government and labor leaders together to strengthen Tacoma’s ability to bring innovative companies to our city that also agree with the “priorities of government”.
1) Sending out an affordable housing and homelessness services bond measure to the voters. This would be aimed at improving human, mental health, housing and drug treatment services for those experiencing homelessness;
2) establishing a community workforce agreement policy for public projects. This would achieve living wage job growth and work training objectives.
3) Increase funding for Safe Routes to Schools funding to ensure all school children have a safe way to make it to school and home.
What are the top five needs of your constituency?
The 5th District is a food desert. We have no grocery stores in South Tacoma. Most of the jobs in the 5th are retail or restaurant jobs, notoriously low-paying. While we have a lot of apartment complexes in the district, the rents are high for low-income earners. We need more subsidized housing. Some of the streets are badly in need of repair and upgrades. Lack of curbs and gutters causes road disintegration and patching only makes it worse. Traffic flow through some areas is unsafe and intersections need stop signs or lights to improve flow and lower carbon emissions.
1) Public and Community Safety,
2) Affordable Housing and Human Services,
3) Livable Wage Jobs and Workers’ Rights,
4) Sidewalks and Streets Repair, and
5) Youth Homeless Shelters.
1) Living wage job opportunities;
2) public safety;
3) Safe walking and biking facilities;
4) Additional affordable housing; and,
5) Social services.
Connecting with Young People
How do you plan to involve the voices and needs of young people?
I will regularly visit the Pierce County Young Democrats for updates and input and I will visit schools and local colleges for the same.
To create spaces/places for effective communication that will allow their input and participation.
I plan to remain involved in my community through various forms of outreach, including regular town hall meetings, regular door knocking and various opportunities to input on policy issues through social media.
Do you have any plans for improving police-minority relations? Please explain your response.
Yes. I will research plans and programs that have been successful in other areas and recommend training in the ones that are most successful, such as the deescalation training in Salt Lake City which has been so successful. I would also strive to hire more officers so there is less tension among our police force members who are overworked.
Yes. As a minority woman with residence in Tacoma over three decades, I have always been involved at the grass-roots level in ensuring open communications with police and the communities that I have lived, worked and played. I will continue to support the Tacoma Peace Project. I will help instill the need for Police to address issues they see important to building stronger police-minority relations.
Yes. I would like to explore further the possibility of citizen based oversight committees on police conduct.
How will you advocate for the homeless population? Including in regards to city camp sweeps and voting rights?
I plan to develop transitional housing so camps will not be necessary. It does absolutely no service to anyone to raid and "clean up" the camps when the people who live in those camps have no where else to go.
I personally know the issues of homelessness all too well. It is important to know the issues and to connect with other organizations that are helping to get people off the streets.
A strategic plan should be adopted with the support of local elected officials, homeless service providers and individuals who have experienced homelessness, to include the voice of youth. The media should be involved, as well as, our legislators.
Bottom-line, if the systems work towards prevention and rapid re-housing; those that remain may need deeper solutions to other environmental issues, such as having a criminal record where a number of landlords may not accept their rental applications. Landlord Solutions can play a major role with assisting with “knocking-down barriers “that prevent housing of this vulnerable populations. With respect to their voting rights, once the people see that you care enough to ensure housing placement; voting will not be resisted.
However, we must keep in mind that the voting rights cannot be the main subject in dealing with the homeless. What they need is shelter.
I will be a champion for those citizens who are experiencing homelessness; we need to provide multiple types of housing solutions to get those who live 'out of doors' off the street, or at least in a temporary situation that provides the basic services, such as running water, showers, trash cans, and sanitation services. My goal will be to provide services to all of those who experience homelessness in our community a chance to improve themselves and get out of street living.
Net Neutrality & Internet Privacy
Would you advocate for Net Neutrality on a Federal Level? Please explain your response.
Note: There was an error when creating the questionnaire that originally required a 2250 character response. Any additional characters candidates added as filler only have been removed.
Yes. Net neutrality is incredibly important. The internet is no longer the purview of scientists, the government, and the wealthy, but a necessity for the education of our children and increase in potential job sources and the quality of life in general. It is inexcusable that anyone would even consider creating a level of service structure that would keep anyone from using unrestricted internet service.
No. There is much to do in Tacoma with our Click Network, on the local level, where our citizens have to go to an ISP to complete their internet experience. Even Tim Wu, the man who coined the term net neutrality, will tell you that the fast lane idea isn’t what it seems. “The fast lane is not a literal truth,” he says. “But it’s a sense that you should have a fair shot.”
On the modern internet, as Wu indicates, the real issue is that such a small number of internet service providers now control the pipes that reach out to U.S. consumers—and that number is getting even smaller.
The real issue is that the Comcasts and Verizons are becoming too big and too powerful. Because every web company has no choice but to go through these ISPs, the Comcasts and the Verizons may eventually have too much freedom to decide how much companies must pay for fast speeds.”
Yes. Net neutrality and internet privacy are very important issues to me and my constituents. I will, in any forum, advocate for privacy protections.
How would you protect people in your area from having their info sold through ISP?
My doing so illegal.
I believe if I had the single measure to protect the people from having their info sold through ISPs, it would be a paradigm shift. However, I agree that we must hold the ISP’s accountable to have internal controls to prevent theft and human error, as much as possible.
I will support the retention of Click! to ensure that the municipal level broadband provider is net neutral in terms of selling data. I believe that upholding and retaining Click! will be key to this strategy.
Incumbency, PCYD's Involved & Campaign Consultants
Are you an incumbent to this position?
Do you have any staff from PCYDs currently working or volunteering for you? If so, what are their names?
No, I don't, though I have asked.
Not at this time, however I would encourage them to become more marketable and diverse.
What consultants for this current campaign have you worked/collaborated with?
None, but not for lack of trying.
I have not sought consultants on this current campaign.
Archway Consulting; KHB Campaign Management