Scorecard 2019 - Updated! for One Bellevue Forum

One Bellevue Scorecard

One Bellevue Scorecard

With a booming economy and hot real estate market, Bellevue is facing challenges such as traffic woes, lack of affordable housing, increasing property taxes, and prolific development activity without sufficient infrastructure improvements. We need strong leadership to make Bellevue a great place to live for all our residents.

One of the goals of One Bellevue is to educate the Bellevue voters about the candidates and their position on local issues of importance. This November, the Bellevue citizens will vote on four of the seven council positions. Councilmembers serve a term of four years. We are not endorsing candidates; however, by sharing known data and facts we hope to encourage the voters to do their own research and vote this November.  Click here for a printable version (PDF).

Ballots mailed

Wednesday, October 16th

Deadline to register or update your registration online or by mail.

Monday, October 28th

Election day: Ballots by mail postmarked

Tuesday, November 5th

Election day: Ballots drop off by ballot box

Tuesday, November 5th by 8pm

 

 

Position 1

Position 3

Position 5

Position 7

John Stokes

John Stokes

Holly Zhang

Holly Zhang

Jeremy Barksdale

Jeremy Barksdale

Stephanie Walter

Stephanie Walter

Janice Zahn

Janice Zahn

JD Yu

JD Yu

Jennifer Robertson

Jennifer Robertson

James Bible

James Bible

Which strategies do you support to accommodate Bellevue’s overall growth?

No Response

Mandate affordable housing

Affordable housing fee

Upzone benefits public

No Response

Represent neighborhood when balancing with business

Include seniors in city vision

Help people stay in affordable housing

Housing easier to build

Variety of housing choices

Affordable housing fee

More transit oriented development

Upzone benefits public

Multi-family tax exemption for affordable housing

Grow where supported by infrastructure

Affordable housing fee

More transit oriented development

Upzone benefits public 

Which strategies would you support to develop Bellevue’s economic growth? 

No Response

Diversity first

Expand “tech startups” program

Increase minimum wage

No Response

No unnecessary tax increases

No income tax, no head tax

Outstanding service for lower cost

Support innovation & growth: artists, entrepreneurs, businesses

Invest, grow, and “made in” Bellevue 

Grow existing businesses first

Balance job sectors

Expand “tech startups” program

Business development

Consistent Eastside regulations

Encourage family-wage jobs

Diversity first

Fill workforce gaps

Increase minimum wage

Which strategies do you support to accommodate Bellevue’s residential growth?

No Response

 

Complete neighborhood planning Increase Affordable Housing Goal

Allow Backyard Rental Units 

No Response

Advocate for affordable housing

See above

Complete neighborhood planning

Lower code standards

Housing innovations

Complete neighborhood planning

Maintain our growth corridors

Neighborhoods decide on DADUs: “backyard cottages”

Increase Affordable Housing Goal

Lower code standards

Duplexes/triplexes in Single Family

Which changes do you support to improve Bellevue’s neighborhood character & livability?

No Response

Allow DADUs: “backyard cottages”

Allow rooming houses citywide

More upzones

No Response

Fund first responders: highest level of service

Allow DADUs: “backyard cottages”

More “Mother-in-law” units

More shopping center re-development

Allow rooming houses citywide

Encourage ownership

Increase residential in growth corridors to keep neighborhoods stable

Allow DADUs: “backyard cottages”

Allow rooming houses citywide

More upzones

Which strategies do you support to reach Bellevue’s tree canopy goal?

No Response

Plant in new suburban

Tax cuts for trees

Plant in new urban

No Response

No Response

Planting partnerships

Trees giveaways

Higher cutting fines

Planting partnerships

Tax cuts for trees

Plant in new urban

Planting partnerships

Trees giveaways

Buy open space

Planting partnerships

Tax cuts for trees

Buy open space

What projects will you support using the 2020-2025 King County parks levy ($4.4m for Bellevue, with $200m in available grants)?

No Response

High use parks

Grand Connection

Neighborhood parks

No Response

Protect, preserve, and maintain existing

Regional aquatic center

Grand Connection

Cultural Center

Cultural center

High use parks

Neighborhood parks

Regional aquatic center

Open space

Cultural center

Cultural center

Open space

Regional aquatic center

How would you reduce traffic congestion?

No Response

Improve I-405

More sidewalks

Charge developers more

No Response

Leverage technology

Innovative & creative solutions

 

Coordinate multimodal plans

Mitigation during transportation construction 

Build a robust multimodal system

More car lanes

Charge developers more

Improve I-405

Improve I-90

Improve & increase mobility for ALL modes

Improve I-405

More bike lanes

Charge developers more

How should we address the backlog of motor vehicle congestion projects?

No Response

Construction fees

Loans

Grants

No Response

No Response

Evaluate increasing funding to accelerate congestion relief projects

Get feedback from communities

Grants

Bonds

Construction fees

State & Federal grants

Construction fees

Increase property tax

Grants

What would you change to help people out of homelessness more quickly?

No Response

Housing First

Employment First

More housing

No Response

No Response

Partner with Eastside cities

Partner to increase services

Partner for strategies for services resistant individuals

Evaluate providers

Expert studies

Realtime data analysis

Provide shelter, drug/alcohol treatment

Provide job, mental health, housing assistance

Housing First

Employment First

 

How should the city ensure the safety of both the people experiencing homelessness and the surrounding community when an individual refuses services or is banned from a shelter?

No Response

On-site behavior management

Enforce laws

Police plan

No Response

Bellevue parks: no camping or substance abuse

Work with social services agencies, law enforcement & professionals with experience working with the services-resistant individuals on protocol & strategies

Enforce laws

Shelter resistant reports

Shelter security

Enforce laws

On-site behavior management

Police plan

Enforce laws

On-site behavior management

City emergency service group

Position 1

Position 3

Position 5

Position 7

John Stokes

John Stokes

Holly Zhang

Holly Zhang**

Jeremy Barksdale

Jeremy Barksdale**

Stephanie Walter

Stephanie Walter

Janice Zahn

Janice Zahn

JD Yu

JD Yu

Jennifer Robertson

Jennifer Robertson

James Bible

James Bible

FROM THE ONE BELLEVUE FORUM LIGHTNING ROUND

(** Did not use the option to comment)


 Transportation Modes

Level of Service is roughly the same as capacity. Level of Service is approved by Council. 

Raise your hand if it is acceptable to reduce capacity for vehicles on arterials to improve capacity for non-motorized travel.

 

No

No

No

No

No

See video for Janice Zahn's Comments

No

No

No 

2. Transportation Planning

When an area is upzoned, traffic and congestion do not always seem to be integral to planning.

Raise your hand if you will strongly support a public hearing focused on traffic and transportation before approving any major upzone.

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

3. Traffic Congestion

Eastgate has proven deep traffic studies identify specific projects that reduce vehicle congestion.

Raise your hand if you strongly support Studies for highly congested neighborhood areas and Funding projects that reduce vehicular congestion first

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes 

See video for JD Yu's comments.

Yes

See video for Jennifer Robertson's comments

Yes

   4. Affordable Housing

Bellevue provides incentives to developers to build more affordable housing (ex. Multifamily Tax Exemption). However, affordable housing is still an issue.

Raise your hand if you support mandatory affordable housing requirements for new multifamily development.

No

No

No

No

See video for Stephanie Walter's comments

Yes

No

No

Yes

5. Sleeping in Cars

Homeless shelters are for many a last resort. Some stay in their cars because they feel safer. Some in Safe parking lots, some where they find a good place to park.

Raise your hand if you feel that the city should intervene and find solutions that do not require people living in cars.

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

See video for James Bible's comments

6. Neighborhood Planning Outreach

Great Neighborhoods planning is focused on ground up vision for each neighborhood. While this is valuable, it seems to ignore the known issues in the current Neighborhood Area Plan documents.

         Raise your hand if you will strongly support creating a “toolkit” to form a baseline of questions for any neighborhood,  together with neighborhood leaders.

 

Yes

See video for John Stokes' comments

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

7. Neighborhood Planning Schedule

14 Neighborhood plans are scheduled to be completed at two per year. The update for the Comprehensive Plan is scheduled to be completed by 2023.

Raise your hand if you will strongly support funding completing a majority of Neighborhood plans before the comprehensive plan work is  in full swing (2022).

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

8. Neighborhood Character

In single-family neighborhoods, some allowable footprints are out of scale with the existing homes, resulting in the McMansion effect.  \On the other hand, restricting what could be built in the future would reduce the property value.

Raise your hand if you feel that the city should restrict building scale in keeping with the existing homes and character of the neighborhood.

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

9. Code Compliance

Council has directed Code compliance not to act unless there is a complaint. Neighbors are uncomfortable calling out neighbors. Those called out feel it is unfair when they see similar violations in other parts.

Raise your hand if you would direct Code Compliance to act proactively by creating a list of common issues and to enforce as well as prevent these issues.

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

10. Trees

The City committed to a 40% tree canopy but does not have a plan to attain this goal. A tree Master Plan would allow 

Timely and effective decisions, Setting a minimal standard for all neighborhoods, Neighborhoods to have a shared direction, Mature trees from the being removed before Great Neighborhoods reaches them

Raise your hand if Bellevue should complete a city-wide Tree Master Plan.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Position 1

Position 3

Position 5

Position 7

John Stokes

John Stokes

Holly Zhang

Holly Zhang

Jeremy Barksdale

Jeremy Barksdale

Stephanie Walter

Stephanie Walter

Janice Zahn

Janice Zahn

JD Yu

JD Yu

Jennifer Robertson

Jennifer Robertson

James Bible

James Bible

FROM THE BRIDLE TRAILS COMMUNITY CLUB FORUM LIGHTNING ROUND.

 

BTCC 1. Affordable Living Costs

Our entire region, including Bellevue, has seen a dramatic rise in the cost of living over the past 15 years.

Some long-time Bridle Trails residents have had to leave their homes due to increased costs such as rising property taxes.

Raise your hand if affordability for current and future residents is a priority for you.

Yes

Yes

See Video for Holly Zhang's comments

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

BTCC 2. Natural Disaster Readiness

If a large natural disaster strikes, Bellevue residents may not have access to critical city services and first responders for days or even weeks.

Do you think the City Council is doing enough to prepare Bellevue residents for a natural disaster?

<<Video not available>>

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

BTCC 3. Gun Control
Some cities in our area have introduced legislation on tighter gun control within city limits.  Kirkland is considering restrictions on discharge of guns on private property, with exemptions for licensed gun ranges.

Do you believe Bellevue should introduce similar legislation?

Yes

No

Yes

See Video for Jeremy Barksdale's comments

No

Not exactly 

See Video for Janice Zahn's comments

No

No

Yes

   BTCC 4. Access to City Council
It can be challenging for residents to connect with the City Council when issues or concerns arise.  We don’t get to write or rewrite the code that impacts our lives.

As a City Council member, will you commit to providing better accessibility to residents?
 

Yes

See video for John Stokes' comment.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

See video for JD Yu's comment.

Yes

Yes

  

 

 

Position 1

John Stokes

John Stokes

Holly Zhang

Holly Zhang

Which strategies do you support to accommodate Bellevue’s overall growth?

No Response

Mandate affordable housing

Affordable housing fee

Upzone benefits public

Which strategies would you support to develop Bellevue’s economic growth? 

No Response

Diversity first

Expand “tech startups” program

Increase minimum wage

Which strategies do you support to accommodate Bellevue’s residential growth?

No Response

 

Complete neighborhood planning Increase Affordable Housing Goal

Allow Backyard Rental Units 

Which changes do you support to improve Bellevue’s neighborhood character & livability?

No Response

Allow DADUs: “backyard cottages”

Allow rooming houses citywide

More upzones

Which strategies do you support to reach Bellevue’s tree canopy goal?

No Response

Plant in new suburban

Tax cuts for trees

Plant in new urban

What projects will you support using the 2020-2025 King County parks levy ($4.4m for Bellevue, with $200m in available grants)?

No Response

High use parks

Grand Connection

Neighborhood parks

How would you reduce traffic congestion?

No Response

Improve I-405

More sidewalks

Charge developers more

How should we address the backlog of motor vehicle congestion projects?

No Response

Construction fees

Loans

Grants

What would you change to help people out of homelessness more quickly?

No Response

Housing First

Employment First

More housing

How should the city ensure the safety of both the people experiencing homelessness and the surrounding community when an individual refuses services or is banned from a shelter?

No Response

On-site behavior management

Enforce laws

Police plan

 

Position 3

Jeremy Barksdale

Jeremy Barksdale

Stephanie Walter

Stephanie Walter

Which strategies do you support to accommodate Bellevue’s overall growth?

No Response

Represent neighborhood when balancing with business

Include seniors in city vision

Which strategies would you support to develop Bellevue’s economic growth? 

No Response

No unnecessary tax increases

No income tax, no head tax

Outstanding service for lower cost

Which strategies do you support to accommodate Bellevue’s residential growth?

No Response

Advocate for affordable housing

Which changes do you support to improve Bellevue’s neighborhood character & livability?

No Response

Fund first responders: highest level of service

Which strategies do you support to reach Bellevue’s tree canopy goal?

No Response

No Response

What projects will you support using the 2020-2025 King County parks levy ($4.4m for Bellevue, with $200m in available grants)?

No Response

Protect, preserve, and maintain existing

How would you reduce traffic congestion?

No Response

Leverage technology

Innovative & creative solutions

 

How should we address the backlog of motor vehicle congestion projects?

No Response

No Response

What would you change to help people out of homelessness more quickly?

No Response

No Response

How should the city ensure the safety of both the people experiencing homelessness and the surrounding community when an individual refuses services or is banned from a shelter?

No Response

Bellevue parks: no camping or substance abuse

 

Position 5

Janice Zahn

Janice Zahn

JD Yu

JD Yu

Which strategies do you support to accommodate Bellevue’s overall growth?

Help people stay in affordable housing

Housing easier to build

Variety of housing choices

Affordable housing fee

More transit oriented development

Upzone benefits public

Which strategies would you support to develop Bellevue’s economic growth? 

Support innovation & growth: artists, entrepreneurs, businesses

Invest, grow, and “made in” Bellevue 

Grow existing businesses first

Balance job sectors

Expand “tech startups” program

Which strategies do you support to accommodate Bellevue’s residential growth?

See above

Complete neighborhood planning

Lower code standards

Housing innovations

Which changes do you support to improve Bellevue’s neighborhood character & livability?

Allow DADUs: “backyard cottages”

More “Mother-in-law” units

More shopping center re-development

Allow rooming houses citywide

Encourage ownership

Which strategies do you support to reach Bellevue’s tree canopy goal?

Planting partnerships

Trees giveaways

Higher cutting fines

Planting partnerships

Tax cuts for trees

Plant in new urban

What projects will you support using the 2020-2025 King County parks levy ($4.4m for Bellevue, with $200m in available grants)?

Regional aquatic center

Grand Connection

Cultural Center

Cultural center

High use parks

Neighborhood parks

How would you reduce traffic congestion?

Coordinate multimodal plans

Mitigation during transportation construction 

Build a robust multimodal system

More car lanes

Charge developers more

How should we address the backlog of motor vehicle congestion projects?

Evaluate increasing funding to accelerate congestion relief projects

Get feedback from communities

Grants

Bonds

Construction fees

What would you change to help people out of homelessness more quickly?

Partner with Eastside cities

Partner to increase services

Partner for strategies for services resistant individuals

Evaluate providers

Expert studies

Realtime data analysis

How should the city ensure the safety of both the people experiencing homelessness and the surrounding community when an individual refuses services or is banned from a shelter?

Work with social services agencies, law enforcement & professionals with experience working with the services-resistant individuals on protocol & strategies

Enforce laws

Shelter resistant reports

Shelter security

 

Position 7

Jennifer Robertson

Jennifer Robertson

James Bible

James Bible

Which strategies do you support to accommodate Bellevue’s overall growth?

Multi-family tax exemption for affordable housing

Grow where supported by infrastructure

Affordable housing fee

More transit oriented development

Upzone benefits public 

Which strategies would you support to develop Bellevue’s economic growth? 

Business development

Consistent Eastside regulations

Encourage family-wage jobs

Diversity first

Fill workforce gaps

Increase minimum wage

Which strategies do you support to accommodate Bellevue’s residential growth?

Complete neighborhood planning

Maintain our growth corridors

Neighborhoods decide on DADUs: “backyard cottages”

Increase Affordable Housing Goal

Lower code standards

Duplexes/triplexes in Single Family

Which changes do you support to improve Bellevue’s neighborhood character & livability?

Increase residential in growth corridors to keep neighborhoods stable

Allow DADUs: “backyard cottages”

Allow rooming houses citywide

More upzones

Which strategies do you support to reach Bellevue’s tree canopy goal?

Planting partnerships

Trees giveaways

Buy open space

Planting partnerships

Tax cuts for trees

Buy open space

What projects will you support using the 2020-2025 King County parks levy ($4.4m for Bellevue, with $200m in available grants)?

Regional aquatic center

Open space

Cultural center

Cultural center

Open space

Regional aquatic center

How would you reduce traffic congestion?

Improve I-405

Improve I-90

Improve & increase mobility for ALL modes

Improve I-405

More bike lanes

Charge developers more

How should we address the backlog of motor vehicle congestion projects?

State & Federal grants

Construction fees

Increase property tax

Grants

What would you change to help people out of homelessness more quickly?

Provide shelter, drug/alcohol treatment

Provide job, mental health, housing assistance

Housing First

Employment First

 

How should the city ensure the safety of both the people experiencing homelessness and the surrounding community when an individual refuses services or is banned from a shelter?

Enforce laws

On-site behavior management

Police plan

Enforce laws

On-site behavior management

City emergency service group

Responses are not in priority order. Some candidates did not complete the questionnaire.