Bellevue Council Candidates - 2017 General elections

Bellevue Council Candidates 2017

 

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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 increasing 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. The winner of Position 5 will serve out the last two years of Vandana Slatter’s term. 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.  

Voter Registration Deadline Monday, October 9th
Ballots mailed Wednesday, October 18th
Election day: Ballots by mail postmarked Tuesday, November 7th
Election day: Ballots drop off by ballot box Tuesday, November 7th by 8pm

 

In September, One Bellevue sent each council candidate a list of questions and asked them to provide a YES or NO answer with an optional personal statement. We have collated all responses in a table to provide a quick overview of the candidate positions. If the candidate's response has qualifications or conditions, it is annotated with an *. Clicking on the links displays each council members personal statements.

Bellevue City Council Candidates Position Comparison

Council Position Position 2 Position 4 Position 5 Position 6
Would you: Randy Grein Conrad Lee Karol  Brown Jared Nieuwenhuis Phillip
Yin
Janice Zahn Steven Fricke Lynne Robinson
Avoid Emergency Homeless Shelters near residential and school areas? yes* yes yes* yes yes yes* yes yes*
Continue Safe Injection Site ban in Bellevue? no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Update Bellevue’s utility policies (electrical, telecommunications) to address neighborhood priorities? yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Manage growth and traffic by building needed infrastructure before approving development? yes yes yes* yes yes yes yes yes
Parks zoned separately and not sold without broad community support? yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes*
Allow community groups to schedule time on City Council agenda? yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes*
Allow residents to appeal land use decisions to City Council? yes * yes yes yes yes yes yes

 

Still not sure?

Listen to the candidates' positions and vision for Bellevue to learn more.

 

 


 

Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 2

Would you avoid Emergency Homeless Shelters near residential and school areas?

 

Randy Grein

Randy Grein

Conrad Lee

Conrad Lee

Candidate Response "Yes, to a point. Shelters need to be very strategically planned and placed. Shelters need to put homeless people near enough to the resources they need to get back on their feet, but they also need to be put in places where the surrounding community is comfortable. This comfort needs to consider that homeless people are already in the neighborhoods rather than a new group brought in by a shelter. We need to consider space that is available for use, and finally we need to involve the community in site selection – with the clear understanding that we must move forward on this." "Yes."

Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

 

Randy Grein supports locating the permanent low barrier men's shelter at the Eastgate location

He voted in favor of Eastgate location at the Lake Hills Neighborhood Candidate Forum held on September 14th, 2017. (1)

Conrad Lee does not support locating the permanent low barrier men's shelter at the Eastgate location

He voted against the Eastgate location at the Lake Hills Neighborhood Candidate Forum held on September 14th, 2017. (1)

He voted no for the Eastgate location at the council meetings on April 17th, 2017. (2) (3)

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 4

Would you avoid Emergency Homeless Shelters near residential and school areas?

 

 

Karol Brown

Karol Brown

 

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Candidate Response "Yes, to the greatest extent possible. There are many factors that need to be considered, and we must always balance our priorities. Wherever they decide to put it, we need to make sure that any possible negative consequences are addressed before they have an opportunity to arise. If that means increasing police patrols or hiring more officers, then that must be done before the shelter opens." "Yes. Bellevue needs to provide real solutions to fix homelessness in our community but we need to balance that with the concerns of our neighborhoods.  Instead of placing low-barrier homeless shelters near daycare centers, schools, parks and neighborhoods, we need to find better, safer, and more sensible locations for those who are experiencing homelessness and set them on a path to self-sufficiency and independence.  We need to work together as a community to make homelessness a brief, rare, and one-time occurrence in Bellevue."

Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

 

Karol Brown supports locating the permanent low barrier men's shelter at the Eastgate location.

She voted in favor of Eastgate location at the Lake Hills Neighborhood Candidate Forum held on September 14th, 2017. (1)

Jared Nieuwenhuis does not support locating the permanent low barrier men's shelter at the Eastgate location

He voted against the Eastgate location at the Lake Hills Neighborhood Candidate Forum held on September 14th, 2017. (1)

He publicly spoke against the Eastgate location and proposed one alternative location for the shelter at the city hall council meeting on April 3rd, 2017. (2) (3)

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 5

Would you avoid Emergency Homeless Shelters near residential and school areas?

 

Phil Yin

Philip Yin

Janice Zahn

Janice Zahn

Candidate Response "Yes - we should definitely avoid the emergency shelters near residential and school areas.  Neighborhoods and their associations need to be respected.  As a city council member, I will ensure that the neighborhood voices are heard loud and clear." "Yes. Homelessness is a real issue in Bellevue, that requires shelter and necessary supportive services to give the un-sheltered a path out of homelessness. I support the regional response from the Eastside communities to address both the homelessness and the underlying root causes that can lead to homelessness like lack of affordable housing. I also believe any shelter built must be located near transit, supportive services and resources that would greatly serve the needs of those experiencing homelessness. With that said, it is essential that the location, site/building design and operating conditions of the shelter adequately address and mitigate the safety and security of the neighborhoods. This will require that the city partner with the neighborhoods and the subject matter experts to identify best practices and guiding principles for the shelter."

Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

 

Phillip Yin does not support locating the permanent low barrier men's shelter at the Eastgate location. 

He voted against the Eastgate location at the Lake Hills Neighborhood Candidate Forum held on September 14th, 2017. (1)

Janice Zahn abstained from voting on locating the permanent low barrier men's shelter at the Eastgate location.

She abstained from voting on the Eastgate location at the Lake Hills Neighborhood Candidate Forum held on September 14th, 2017. (1)

She submitted a public comment in support for the Eastgate location and spoke in favor of it at the Champion Center public meeting on September 29, 2016. (2)

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 6

Would you avoid Emergency Homeless Shelters near residential and school areas?

 

Steven Fricke

Steven Fricke

Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson

Candidate Response "Yes.  I think it is imperative to get neighborhood involvement prior to any decision regarding homeless shelters.  Based upon my interactions with the neighborhoods, the vast majority of residents do not want a homeless shelter located near residential and school areas.  The best location for Emergency Homeless shelters are near transit and close to social service providers.  Bellevue has at least two places that fit this criteria and they are not next to residential areas." "Yes, if they posed a danger to the surrounding community. I don’t believe in putting anything or anyone that is dangerous, anywhere in Bellevue, and particularly not near residential and school areas."

Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

 

Steven Fricke does not support locating the permanent low barrier men's shelter at the Eastgate location. 

He voted against the Eastgate location at the Lake Hills Neighborhood Candidate Forum held on September 14, 2017. (1)

Lynne Robinson supports locating the permanent low barrier men's shelter at the Eastgate location with conditions.

She voted in favor of the Eastgate location at the council meeting on April 17, 2017. The meeting notes state: "She said the City needs to find a way to clearly identify and address the needs of the homeless as well as the needs of neighbors in determining whether a well-managed facility and services program for the homeless can work effectively in the Eastgate area without adversely impacting the neighborhood." Additionally, it states: "Ms. Robinson said she wanted to get rid of the premise that the City cannot site the facility near neighborhoods or schools or anywhere else where people live, work, or congregate." (1) (2)

On June 5, 2017, she urged the City to get the community involved and "expressed concern that the project will never materialize if the City does not move toward the Eastgate site.” She is concerned about the time frame for building supportive housing and its viability at other sites. (3)

On Oct 2, 2017, she questioned a city-owned site in BelRed but agreed that the shelter should not be in the middle of nowhere. (video)

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 2

Would you Continue Safe Injection Site ban in Bellevue?

 

Randy Grein

Randy Grein

Conrad Lee

Conrad Lee

Candidate Response "No, I would not continue a ban on Safe Injection Sites. If police reports are to be believed (among others) heroin use is on the rise in the city  - in homes, behind schools, in parks. Pretending otherwise will not make it go away. Safe Injection Sites may help save lives and be a useful tool to help pull addicts back to normal life. Until we know they cannot work I am unwilling to take them off the table entirely. We should wait for positive evidence of benefit of course, and if it were the case that it were the right solution for the people of Bellevue, I would advocate and vote for it." "Yes."

Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

 

Randy Grein will not continue the ban for Safe Injection Sites in Bellevue. 

He did not sign the I-27 Petition.

 

Conrad Lee voted for a permanent ban of Safe Injection Sites in Bellevue on October 16, 2017. (video)

He voted in favor of the ban at the council meeting on August 7th, 2017. (1)

He signed the I-27 Petition to ban safe injections site in King County.

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 4

Would you Continue Safe Injection Site ban in Bellevue?

 

 

Karol Brown

Karol Brown

 

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Candidate Response "Yes. A Safe Injection Site (aka Community Health Engagement Location, or CHEL) is not appropriate for Bellevue. We should be directing our resources to treatment and prevention. Luckily, the county will only pursue placement of a CHEL where it is positively asked for, so all we need to do to avoid having one in Bellevue is not ask for it. I will never vote to bring one to Bellevue, and I will vote to continue the ban if it comes up again." "Yes.  I’m strongly opposed to heroin injection sites and absolutely opposed to bringing these unsafe injection sites into Bellevue. These heroin injection sites do a terrible disservice for those struggling with addiction. The clear data and common sense show these sites make problems worse, not better. We need better education about the dangers of opioids, further development and training for doctors regarding pain killer prescriptions, more community outreach, and better treatment options - without putting drugs in the hands of our most vulnerable."

Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

 

Karol Brown will continue the ban for Safe Injection Sites in Bellevue.

She has not provided a written confirmation on the status of her I-27 Petition signature. She has stated that she did not sign the I-27 Petition at the Newport Hills Candidate forum.

Jared Nieuwenhuis will continue the ban for Safe Injection Sites in Bellevue.  

He signed the I-27 Petition to ban safe injections site in King County.

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 5

Would you Continue Safe Injection Site ban in Bellevue?

 

Phil Yin

Philip Yin

Janice Zahn

Janice Zahn

Candidate Response "Yes - While I am sympathetic towards those that are need, we must first ensure that our neighborhoods are protected from potential crime and related activity.  There is not a detailed proposal yet for Bellevue, but I would say these facilities need the proper support from police, and guidance from the community.  They should not be near schools or residential neighborhoods." "Yes. After reading the 101 page Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force Final Report and Recommendations, it is clear that opiate addiction is a complex issue that is multi-faceted. I believe the city should focus on primary prevention and treatment expansion and enhancement. Awareness of the highly addictive nature of prescription pain medication and the potential over-prescription by doctors and dentists must be of paramount importance along with expanding treatment and access to opioid treatment programs. As an engineer with public policy expertise, I understand the importance of being data-driven in understanding the issues, identifying root causes and working together in partnership to solve problems. The opioid issue will take a broad coalition to work through the complexities toward solutions."

Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

 

Phillip Yin will continue the ban for Safe Injection Sites in Bellevue. 

He signed the I-27 Petition and publicly stated his position against the sites at the council meeting on August 7th, 2017. (1)

Janice Zahn will continue the ban for Safe Injection Sites in Bellevue.

She did not sign the I-27 Petition and has stated that each city council should get to decide the solution for their city.

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 6

Would you Continue Safe Injection Site ban in Bellevue?

 

Steven Fricke

Steven Fricke

Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson

Candidate Response "Yes.  I signed the petition to get Initiative 27 on the ballot, whereas my opponent did not.  When I was Deputy Criminal Prosecutor, the Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, Social Service Providers, and the Courts developed a Drug Court in which drug addicts could get treatment and if they stayed clean and followed the conditions of probation officer, they would not have a conviction on their record.  This method was both legal and compassionate.  I would like to see this implemented for the users of heroin too." "Yes. I voted to ban safe injection sites in Bellevue. We have more effective ways that we can treat and prevent Opioid addiction in our City. I asked that the City set up a task force to address the ways we can do just that."

Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

 

Steven Fricke will continue the ban for Safe Injection Sites in Bellevue.

He signed the I-27 Petition to ban safe injections site in King County.

Lynne Robinson voted for a permanent ban of Safe Injection Sites in Bellevue on October 16, 2017. (video)

She voted in favor of the ban at the council meeting on August 7th, 2017. (1)

She did not sign the I-27 Petition to ban safe injection site in King County based on her public statement at the Lake Hills Candidate Forum on September 14th, 2017.

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 2

Would you update Bellevue’s utility policies (electrical, telecommunications) to address neighborhood priorities?

 

Randy Grein

Randy Grein

Conrad Lee

Conrad Lee

Candidate Response "Yes, absolutely. Bellevue’s neighborhoods are organized and vocal- the only good solutions are community solutions." "Yes, I would update Bellevue’s utility policies if I find them wanting and not meeting neighborhood priorities."
Key differences & Past Statements/Actions Randy Grein supports updating utility policies to address neighborhood priorities.

Conrad Lee supports updating utility policies to address neighborhood priorities.

He voted on May 4, 2015, in a quasi-judicial hearing with the majority (6-1) to approve the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) project between the Lake Hills and Phantom Lake substation, based on the Hearing Examiner’s recommendation, which includes removing nearly 300 trees. Only evidence from PSE was in the record. (1)

After the East Bellevue Community Council’s (EBCC)  won in an appeal of the ruling to King County Superior Court, the King County Court of Appeals overruled, favoring PSE. (2) In order to petition the State Supreme Court for review, Council must approve the funding. He voted on Feb 21, 2017 with the Council majority to approve the funds. (3) (4)

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 4

Would you update Bellevue’s utility policies (electrical, telecommunications) to address neighborhood priorities?

 

 

Karol Brown

Karol Brown

 

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Candidate Response "Yes. We must balance the need of upgrading our infrastructure with the concerns of the residents affected." "Yes. The elected city council officials owe it to our citizens to look at ways to enhance and ensure that neighborhoods have consistent and safe energy and telecommunications service. Additionally, when certain utilities can cost two or three times more than neighboring similar cities, it is up to the city council to bring this to light, and make strides to understand why this is, and how we may mitigate or adjust such cost."

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 5

Would you update Bellevue’s utility policies (electrical, telecommunications) to address neighborhood priorities?

 

Phil Yin

Philip Yin

Janice Zahn

Janice Zahn

Candidate Response "Yes, facilities are fine to updated as long as the neighborhoods and it's supporting businesses are the beneficiaries.  Keeping Bellevue at the forefront of the necessary technology and electrical infrastructure is important.  I would like to see additional competition and ensure our energy is as "green" as possible." "Yes. The City of Bellevue has the authority to regulate land use and, under the Growth Management Act, the requirement to consider the location of existing and proposed utilities and potential utility corridors in land use planning. The city must also plan for the provision of essential public utilities such as electrical facilities consistent with the goals and objectives of its Comprehensive Plan, taking into consideration the public service obligation of the utility involved. With that said, neighborhood input is important to understand the concerns and needs of our residents as the city reviews and approves permits for utility infrastructure projects. There are many areas within Bellevue with poor internet service. I believe the city must work with the residents and the service providers to address the gap in broadband services available. With our Bellevue schools using laptops for homework and learning, our families must have access to reliable services."

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 6

Would you update Bellevue’s utility policies (electrical, telecommunications) to address neighborhood priorities?

 

Steven Fricke

Steven Fricke

Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson

Candidate Response "Yes.  I have continued to run on transparency and accountability issues.  As a result, decisions affecting neighborhood livability issues require neighborhood input.  The utility policies should be updated to accommodate neighborhood concerns and to make sure the polices comport with all regulations." "Yes. To the extent that we have the regulatory authority, the City of Bellevue should always update Bellevue utility policies to address neighborhood priorities whenever necessary and possible."
Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

Steven Fricke supports updating utility policies to address neighborhood priorities.

He assisted the East Bellevue Community Council (EBCC) in filing an appeal with the State Department of Ecology (DOE) in the matter of the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) project on 148th. (1) The EBCC opposes the project because of its concerns of environmental impact, lack of compliance with the Comprehensive Plan, and lack of credible reliability improvements. (2) Community members objected to the project because it removes nearly 300 trees and has safety concerns.

After the EBCC won in an appeal of the ruling to King County Superior Court, the King County Court of Appeals overruled, favoring PSE. (3) In order to petition the State Supreme Court for review, Council must approve the funding. On February 21, 2017, he spoke, urging "the Council to support the EBCC's request for necessary expenses” to allow EBCC to appeal its position to the State Supreme Court. (4) The Bellevue Council ultimately voted to approve the funds. (5)

Lynne Robinson supports updating utility policies to address neighborhood priorities.

She voted on May 4, 2015, in a quasi-judicial hearing with the majority (6-1) to approve the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) project between the Lake Hills and Phantom Lake substation, based on the Hearing Examiner’s recommendation, which includes removing nearly 300 trees. Only evidence from PSE was in the record. Although she questioned whether other technologies could be considered, no additional evidence could be heard. She stated that her decision was based on the fact that she saw no reliable alternative and "to delay the project any longer will put citizens at risk each winter." (1)

After the East Bellevue Community Council’s (EBCC)  won in an appeal of the ruling to King County Superior Court, the King County Court of Appeals overruled, favoring PSE. (2) In order to petition the State Supreme Court for review, Council must approve the funding. She voted on Feb 21, 2017 with the Council majority to approve the funds. (3) (4)

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 2

Would you manage growth and traffic by building needed infrastructure before approving development?

 

Randy Grein

Randy Grein

Conrad Lee

Conrad Lee

Candidate Response "Yes! Managing growth and development are the central pillars of my whole campaign."

"Yes."

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 4

Would you manage growth and traffic by building needed infrastructure before approving development?

 

 

Karol Brown

Karol Brown

 

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Candidate Response "Yes. I don’t know if the infrastructure needs to be entirely built before the development is approved, but it should certainly be completed prior to the completion of the development to minimize the impact on traffic and the neighborhood." "Yes. Creating the infrastructure, we need for sustainable growth is of paramount importance. This plays into not only a quality of life issue for our Bellevue residents, but this makes sense for our businesses and neighborhoods as well. We need planned, and well-paced growth, with consistent consideration for the areas and the people it will affect."

Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

 

Karol Brown supports managing growth and traffic but is undecided whether  completing needed infrastructure is required before approving development.

Jared Nieuwenhuis supports managing growth and traffic by building needed infrastructure before approving development.

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 5

Would you manage growth and traffic by building needed infrastructure before approving development?

 

Phil Yin

Philip Yin

Janice Zahn

Janice Zahn

Candidate Response "Yes - we need to ensure that the affected neighborhoods have a say in how these developments are planned.  I will work hard as an advocate for the community to ensure your voice is heard and that it is part of the planning process in relation to city hall." "Yes. Issues of growth and transportation are deeply interconnected. It is quite obvious to our residents that the concurrency model for evaluating whether transportation infrastructure is needed to support development does not work. Plus allowing 6 years after development to complete transportation infrastructure is unacceptable. While Chair of the Transportation Commission, we worked with staff to develop a new Quality of Travel criteria to measure if the our roadway corridors were adequate to support upzoning in the Eastside neighborhood. This approach showed that while upzoning still met the concurrency model, the Quality of Travel was unacceptable. This resulted in two roadway improvement projects to be approved along 148th/150th to support the proposed Eastgate land use code amendments. As an engineer with public policy expertise, I will be a strong voice on council to ensure we manage growth smartly."

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 6

Would you manage growth and traffic by building needed infrastructure before approving development?

 

Steven Fricke

Steven Fricke

Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson

Candidate Response "Yes.  Bellevue is in a time of unprecedented growth in a variety of areas.  As a result, more businesses are considering expanding job opportunities inside Bellevue.  But they will only do that if the infrastructure keeps up with demand.  Right now, we are taxing the infrastructure which is affecting growth and enjoyment of the residences.  Without proper management, jobs will leave the area (e.g., Amazon) or people will not want to move to Bellevue.  Both are unacceptable." "Yes. I believe in managing, planning and preparing for growth with appropriate infrastructure and traffic management."

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 2

Would you have Parks zoned separately and not sold without broad community support?

 

Randy Grein

Randy Grein

Conrad Lee

Conrad Lee

Candidate Response "Yes, public parks belong to the communities they are in, the communities who care for and enjoy them. Community support is paramount. We may need, from time to time to trade parcels to achieve a greater good – but only carefully, and never without the full support of the surrounding community." "Yes, community support is very important in what we do."
Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

Randy Grein supports zoning parks separately and would not sell them without broad community support.

Conrad Lee supports zoning parks separately and would not sell them without broad community support.

At the July 18, 2016 council study session, he concurs with staff to reject Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPAs) (1) that would protect parks because it does not meet threshold criteria. (2) (3)

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 4

Would you have Parks zoned separately and not sold without broad community support?

 

 

Karol Brown

Karol Brown

 

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Candidate Response "Yes. Our parks are one of our city’s greatest assets, and they contribute to the quality of life that makes Bellevue such an amazing place to live. I will fight for our parks. " "Yes. As your councilmember, I would seek to re-zone park land from residential to parks.  Additionally, if the city were ever to suggest the selling of parks land that was paid for by tax payers dollars (i.e. Parks Levy) that this would be put to a vote by the people of Bellevue.  I cannot emphasize enough the importance of community involvement when it comes to decisions that have a direct and real effect on neighborhoods. Issues like park zoning and sale are one of these, and we should, and need to hear the voices of the neighbors, mothers and fathers that these decisions impact."

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 5

Would you have Parks zoned separately and not sold without broad community support?

 

Phil Yin

Philip Yin

Janice Zahn

Janice Zahn

Candidate Response "Yes - parks should have their own zoning - and we should not sell them without proper guidance from the affected community." "Yes. Absolutely. Our parks are our most valuable assets in Bellevue and must be preserved for future generations to enjoy. It is both good for the environment and for us as humans. I believe we must use every tool we can to continue to protect our parks and ensure that Bellevue stays true of our vision of being a “city in a park”. I am committed to every neighborhood within Bellevue having a park within walking distance of their home to enjoy with family, friends and neighbors. Parks are our third place for building community that is essential to a healthy city - for our families, seniors, everyone!"

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 6

Would you have Parks zoned separately and not sold without broad community support?

 

Steven Fricke

Steven Fricke

Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson

Candidate Response "Yes.  I have been consistent in that decisions that affect neighborhoods need to have neighborhood involvement in the process.  Parks are no exception and probably their locations have some of the biggest impacts on people enjoyment of their neighborhoods.  Therefore, I think it imperative that voices of the neighborhoods be heavily weighed prior to any selling of park lands.  I would support zoning parks separately." "Yes, if the park land has been purchased using local tax dollars, like a Park’s Levy fund or the City’s CIP fund, it should remain park land unless the majority of the community approves change. Park lands that are donated by the State, come with a caveat that says if you cannot use this particular piece of land as a park, then you must replace it with an equal or greater value piece of park land. I believe in exercising this flexibility when necessary."

Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

 

Steven Fricke supports zoning parks separately and would not sell them without broad community support.

Lynne Robinson supports replacing park lands donated by the State with equal or greater value park lands when necessary.

She does not support changing the Comprehensive Plan to require public approval before selling park lands purchased by park bonds.

At the July 18, 2016 council study session, she concurs with staff to reject Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPAs) (1) that would protect parks because it does not meet threshold criteria. The meeting notes state: "Councilmember Robinson expressed support for staff’s recommendations regarding the two park lands policies CPAs. She noted her past service on the Parks and Community Services Board. She said the City’s ability to be nimble with regard to park properties has worked well, particularly for the parcel in the Mercer Slough that was exchanged. The exchange enabled the placement of light rail farther from the Enatai neighborhood and provide property to complete the Mercer Slough Nature Park." (2) (3)

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 2

Would you allow community groups to schedule time on City Council agenda?

 

Randy Grein

Randy Grein

Conrad Lee

Conrad Lee

Candidate Response "Yes, I love this! Bellevue is very organized, but not always collaborative. I would love to hear from community organizations and groups that feel they have something to say at meetings when I'm on the City Council, they should have the opportunity to be on record. Further, I intend to spend time with community groups to both understand their needs and desires and to explain important issues before final decisions are made."

"Absolutely yes. I value and welcome community/citizen input that I am elected to represent."

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 4

Would you allow community groups to schedule time on City Council agenda?

 

 

Karol Brown

Karol Brown

 

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Candidate Response "Yes. The Council should take every opportunity to hear from the public. If elected, I pledge to hold regular office hours and town halls so my fellow citizens can easily bring me their concerns and get them addressed." "Yes.  Absolutely! Right now, I am going door to door hearing from members of our community, as a City Councilmember, it will be my privilege and my duty to make the time available to hear from the people who voted for all of us on the council."

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 5

Would you allow community groups to schedule time on City Council agenda?

 

Phil Yin

Philip Yin

Janice Zahn

Janice Zahn

Candidate Response "100% yes and yes!" "Yes. A cornerstone of my campaign is the need to bring more direct community engagement into our city’s legislative process. Our neighborhood residents experience first-hand the consequences (both good and bad) of our city council’s actions. I believe that failure to plan is planning to fail. The best way to plan is to engage early and often to ensure that all perspectives are heard and considered. This absolutely includes the voices of the community groups. Early engagement allows the city to identify both the risks and the opportunities while the plan is being shaped. I will engage our community groups in the civic process in an open and transparent and inclusive way. The 3 minute maximum public testimony is not engagement and does not work. I commit to finding ways to allow community groups to get their voices heard and issues addressed in a transparent and accountable way."

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 6

Would you allow community groups to schedule time on City Council agenda?

 

Steven Fricke

Steven Fricke

Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson

Candidate Response "Yes.  This is yet another avenue for the neighborhoods to have a voice in City government.  Too often the City Council gives mere “air time” to residents during the Open Communication section of the City Council meetings.  However, more often than not, the Council members are not listening to the speakers and are busy reading things on their computer devices." "Yes, community groups should be able to schedule time on the city council agenda when the subject of consideration is scheduled for that meeting and their input is integral to the decision making process. The council agenda is determined by staff and our current mayor and deputy mayor. Community groups are always welcome to speak during public comment either at the Council meetings, at appropriate board and commission meetings or at public hearings. They are also welcome to meet at any time with individual council members."

Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

 

Steven Fricke supports community groups scheduling time on City Council agenda.

Lynne Robinson conditionally supports community groups scheduling time on City Council agenda: the subject must already be on the agenda.

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 2

Would you allow residents to appeal land use decisions to City Council?

 

Randy Grein

Randy Grein

Conrad Lee

Conrad Lee

Candidate Response

"Yes, with the right plan. After talking with several former Council members I see that no one is very happy with the current system, but the proposal under consideration eliminates even the small amount of appeal quasi judicial hearings provide. I would look for another solution that improves citizens rights to appeal without tying the council’s hands. I cannot approve simply removing the current system until then."

"I strongly believe in the appeal process by residents. I have not made up my mind what is the best way."

Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

 

Randy Grein supports a residential appeal process, but is undecided on the best mechanism.

Conrad Lee has not determined the best mechanism for resident land use appeals.

He voted with the majority (6-1) to enable a public process regarding a Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA) that would remove the ability to appeal land use decisions to Council. (1)

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 4

Would you allow residents to appeal land use decisions to City Council?

 

 

Karol Brown

Karol Brown

 

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Jared Nieuwenhuis

Candidate Response "Yes. As a lawyer, I am fully prepared to perform the quasi-judicial role. Citizens should always be able to bring their concerns to their representatives." "Yes. Again, decisions pertinent to your home, neighborhood or city, should involve your voice. Land use can often become contentious and can create feelings of a community being trampled over by municipalities. As a city councilmember, I will not abide by this status quo. Fostering agendas and forums that create an environment conducive to community and neighborhood cooperation."

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 5

Would you allow residents to appeal land use decisions to City Council?

 

Phil Yin

Philip Yin

Janice Zahn

Janice Zahn

Candidate Response "Yes, residents should have a say in the land use.  City officials work for us, not the other way around.  Any land use that adversely affects it's neighbors or community needs to be discussed and properly mitigated. " "Yes. The Bellevue City Council is designed to serve and represent the people of Bellevue. With this principle in mind, I believe it is unacceptable for the city to remove the quasi-judicial process without identifying an alternative process for how residents can appeal land use decisions.  In my role at the Port of Seattle managing construction contracts total over $2 billion, I know firsthand the high cost to retain lawyers in disputes. We must protect our residents and give them a process without having to retain lawyers to address re-consideration of land use decisions."

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Bellevue City Council Candidates - Position 6

Would you allow residents to appeal land use decisions to City Council?

 

Steven Fricke

Steven Fricke

Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson

Candidate Response "Yes.  I’ve been a strong advocate to retain the quasi-judicial process.  Because Bellevue residents do not directly elect its mayor, some of the executive responsibilities inherently must fall upon the City Council.  Moreover, it is one governmental process built giving Bellevue residents a say in decisions that directly affect the enjoyment of their land and homes." "Yes, I believe that the Bellevue City Council should maintain our quasi-judicial capacity so that residents can appeal land use decisions to the City Council. You elect us to represent you, and I believe that participation in the quasi-judicial process is part of our role."
Key differences & Past Statements/Actions

Steven Fricke supports residents appealing land use decisions by Council quasi-judicial process. 
 
At the July 17 Public Hearing, he spoke in opposition to Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA) (1) that would eliminate the quasi-judicial process, stating that eliminating the Council’s role in quasi-judicial appeals eliminates the public’s opportunity for a speedy appeal process and for having their voices heard. (video 1:34:00)

 

Lynne Robinson supports residents appealing land use decisions by Council quasi-judicial process.

She was the sole dissenting vote when the Council approved enabling a public process regarding a Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA) that would remove the ability to appeal land use decisions to Council. (1) (video 2:25:20)

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