Safe And Attractive Community
For most people, “Community” means: living in a safe and attractive place, with opportunities, activities and entertainment; welcoming to all; and neighbors connecting in their neighborhoods. Making Everett safe and livable has been a focus of Paul’s work on the City Council where he has supported jobs, public safety, clean environment, arts, entertainment, better design for buildings and streets, public access for shorelines, improved transportation and open government. But there is another side of community related to housing, homelessness, mental health and drug and opioid issues on our streets that must also be addressed. Paul has been hard at work on both.
Issues On Our Streets
Across our State and nation, communities are responding to issues related to homelessness, mental health, and drug and opioid addiction. Paul has worked with Mayor Stephanson and Council colleagues to address these issues including: advocating for more police and training, court deferral procedures, imbedding social workers with Police, providing housing, and holding drug dealers and drug companies accountable. As President of the Association of Washington Cities, Paul brought “streets” issues to the forefront, in Olympia and Washington DC.
Preparing For Our Future
The dynamic Puget Sound real estate market is forcing changes in cities like Everett. We are the new center for livability in Snohomish County and North Puget Sound, providing housing and activities for this generation and the next one. That is why Paul supported the establishment of a new “Vision Committee” to examine Everett’s future through the fresh eyes of a more diverse group of emerging leaders. He also led open government efforts, establishing City Council procedures and bringing back City Council Committees.
Transportation - Getting From Here To There
Infrastructure is a necessary part of quality of life. Paul has played a leading role providing transportation choices and helping Everett residents cope with some of the worst transportation challenges in the nation. Getting to and from our jobs and our daily activities is more difficult and time consuming than ever. Providing transportation choices and amenities closer to where people live is part of the solution.
Make our neighborhoods and streets safer for everyone
Address the emerging housing crisis at all economic levels
Engage and welcome all our citizens