ACCOMPLISHMENTS


GROWTH

  • Required a review and update of the Olde Town Plan that resulted in adoption of reduction in maximum building heights and creation of design guidelines for residential construction

  • Adopted a Housing Plan that looks at ways for those who live here to continue to have the opportunity to live here


TRANSPORTATION

  • Requested funding from the 2021 State Legislative Session to fund the first phase of planning and community outreach for the proposed additional crossing of I-90 and co-location of Sound Transits future light rail station

  • Completed and re-opened the I-90 undercrossing near the Post Office and the roundabout near Costco

  • Constructed traffic-calming measures in Olde Town neighborhoods north and south of Sunset Way

  • Advocated to finish widening SR 18 completion to help reduce south-end traffic congestion


ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

  • Established our city’s first Environmental Board to make recommendations for Council action on air quality and greenhouse gas reductions, protection of surface and groundwater, forest health, and wildlife protections, etc.

  • Added resources to enhance our Human Services Division to deal with the pandemic response, as well as to move the needle on housing and homelessness issues, and equity and diversity initiatives both on our city team and within our community


CLEAN & GREEN

  • Hosted community convenings on climate action

  • Stewarding the process of updating codes on how lands are developed or redeveloped, focusing on green building and climate healing solutions


FISCAL RESPONSBILITY

  • Stewarded a community process to create and adopt Issaquah’s first Strategic Plan to inform spending decisions and focus resources on community priorities

  • Updated the City’s budget process and financial systems to ensure transparency, sound fiscal management, and clean audits


EQUITY & HUMAN SERVICES


  • Developed and funded the initiatives included in the Police Accountability and Equity in Human Services Plan

  • Held community convenings on equity and inclusion in Issaquah exploring next steps for our community

  • Added staffing resources to increase our Human Services capabilities for our work on equity and inclusion, and addressing increasing social service needs in our community


COVID-19 RESPONSE

      • Established remote working protocols and a continuation of services plan for the city in March of 2020

      • Reduced expenditures to match the financial realities of the impacts on our economy

      • Established a community Issaquah Recovery Task Force to assist me with reopening plans and investments in new ideas such as the Issaquah Streatery

  • Started a mobile vaccination program for seniors living in congregate settings and construction of a drive thru vaccine site at Lake Sammamish State Park, so that as supply becomes available, we can be ready

  • Granted funds to local nonprofits assisting residents with groceries, basic supplies and rental assistance

  • Developed a small business grant program for struggling local businesses

  • Established a local food collaboration program with the Issaquah School District, local meal programs, and local non-profits to ensure we were collaboratively addressing the increasing needs in our community without duplicating efforts