LETTER: Nancy Tosta is running for reelection to Council Position #5

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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:]

Dear Burien Residents –

I’ve served you as a City Councilmember for the last four years and respectfully request your vote for four more. I’ve learned a lot from you about what you want in your city and what it takes to make a city work. I do my best to listen and respond to you, actively participate in and promote our community, and research and advocate for needed policies and practices to improve the quality of life for all of us.

Several areas where I’ve focused over the last four years include:

  • Work to change the way we fund social services to help address homelessness,
  • Advocate for the Council to stand up to the Port and FAA, along with Quiet Skies;
  • Promote the arts and after-school programs for teens,
  • Discuss issues related to the build-out of SR 509,
  • Explore options to promote locally-owned businesses, including changing parking requirements,
  • Support approaches to save the greenhouses in North Burien,
  • Support our local animal control (CARES),
  • Advocate for neighborhood playgrounds and community gardens, and
  • Work to identify cost-effective means to ensure public safety.

You are all my constituents, with your many different views, and I make decisions such to benefit as many of you as possible. While we may not all agree on how to get things done, everyone I meet wants safety in our neighborhoods and downtown, a clean city, quiet neighbors, places to play and shop, a place to live that’s affordable, and the ability to get around town easily – without speeding cars on our streets. Providing for these is at least partly the responsibility of city government. We do this with limited resources and must prioritize to cover as many needs as possible. I take the responsibility of developing policies and setting priorities very seriously, while ensuring we balance our budget.

In the last four years, I’ve learned how complicated the job is, how much I need to know about everything from airports to police to pavement and zoning. I am not a “one-issue” candidate. My years of experience in the public sector and as a consultant have given me skills as a systems thinker to understand how jobs, housing, transportation, access to services, public safety, and environmental conditions are connected. I know how efforts on one front impact others, such as how downtown and neighborhood development and “eyes on the street” contribute to enhanced public safety.

A challenge for us now is how to respond to the accelerated growth in Seattle. What can we do to preserve the small town feel we love, how do we continue to build on the great diversity in our community, what options do we have to create jobs and ensure housing affordability? These are the kinds of problems I have experience with and can tackle. I would much appreciate your vote to continue to work on your behalf.

You can reach me as a candidate at [email protected]. Please check out my website: www.reelecttosta.org or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nancy.tosta.165.

Thank you!
Nancy Tosta

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8 Responses to “LETTER: Nancy Tosta is running for reelection to Council Position #5”
  1. Jan Noorda says:

    Thank you for your willingness to serve inspite of vitriol that is part and parcel of our local politics these days. Our city needs as much thoughtful and intelligent representation as we can get. Go Nancy!

  2. Question Authority says:

    You end up recieving what your actions have warranted.

  3. Maureen says:

    Thank you, Nancy, for the expertise and commitment you bring to your role as one of our City Councilmembers.

  4. rlc says:

    Nancy after reading your letter can you please tell us what your thoughts are on the crime problem seems it did not make your list. The voters would like to know.

  5. Lilly says:

    sorry i messed up on tostas vote to not hire two police officers when the money became avalible when the majority of the citizens in burien wanted them. see the last twenty minutes of the october 3, council meeting where she argues to remove two police from the budget

  6. Sybil Davis says:

    Thank you Nancy for your diligent, thoughtful, and conscientious service to Burien.

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