LETTER: Joel Manning is running for Burien City Council, Position #1


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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff. During this election year, we are allowing each Burien City Council candidate one chance to introduce themselves in this manner as a public service at no charge:]

If we have not yet met in person, I’d like to introduce myself and ask for your support. My name is Joel Manning and I am seeking to represent you in position 1 on the Burien City Council. I have called Burien home for over 16 years. My wife and I bought our first home in what is now North Burien and back then we enthusiastically voted to incorporate because we love this town and believed, as we do now, that it has great potential and we wanted to be a part of it. I earn my living in Burien and we have welcomed all three of our children to the world at Highline Hospital. All of our children attend school in the Highline district and none have ever missed a birthday dinner at La Costa. Burien is my home. I am deeply invested in this community and it’s future matters to me.

Burien is a close-knit city with a nonpartisan council. However, in the past several years, our council has become paralyzed, ineffective and divisive as a result of the extremist agendas of council members more concerned with their ideological visions and future careers than they are with what is best for our city. Our city council should not seek to implement policies of any partisan nature, it should be pursuing what is right for our entire community. It is time for a revival of common sense leadership focused on the real, tangible and immediate needs of our city. I am running for city council because I can bring such leadership.

The safety of our residents should be our council’s top priority. Crime in our community has skyrocketed, primarily as a result of the national opioid epidemic, and our streets and public spaces have been allowed to become a home for transient addicts who support their addiction by theft. We need law enforcement with correctly prioritized direction from our city officials. Our parks and streets are not campgrounds. Our community should be a place for thriving businesses and safe neighborhoods, not a safe-space for illegal drug dealing and policies that enable an addict’s lifestyle. We cannot afford to repeat the failures of Seattle and King County. We need leadership enacting real solutions instead of turning addiction and homelessness into a publicly funded industry. I will not support low-barrier shelters, safe injections sites, or needle exchange sites.

In the first 100 days as council member I will seek the following from the council for the safety of our community:

  • A no panhandling ordinance
  • A no camping ordinance
  • An ordinance firmly rejecting safe injection sites in the city of Burien
  • Removal of any restrictions currently in place that prevent our police from doing their job

Our second priority must be our business environment. A vibrant, healthy business community improves Burien for everyone. As sales tax is the second largest source of revenue for the city, the more successful businesses we have operating in Burien the greater our ability to fund the services Burien’s residents require. It’s a win-win. More businesses in our community providing more retail variety and services that enrich our lives while simultaneously increasing revenue to the city, reducing or eliminating the need to increase current, or implement new taxes. We MUST focus on developing a healthy and competitive business environment.

In the first 100 days as council member I will seek the following from the council for the development of our business community:

  • Reduction or complete repeal of the B&O tax, it makes Burien less competitive when trying to attract new businesses and puts a disproportionate burden on low-margin businesses
  • Immediate review of the Fee-in-Lieu of Parking program

It’s not complicated. Keep our streets safe, evaluate and target the current cause of crime and enable law enforcement. Foster a competitive business friendly environment to attract, build and grow businesses in our community. This is what our city government should be doing. Please help me put our city council back on the right track, focused on Burien first and guided by common sense. I would be honored to serve Burien and I ask that you vote Joel Manning for Burien City Council Position 1.

If you would like to be part of the movement to put Burien First please email me at [email protected] or phone (425)-954-6133.

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