Letter to the Editor: Why I am supporting Adrienne Fraley-Monillas

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The November election is quickly approaching and I’m writing to encourage everyone to exercise their freedom to vote. The higher the vote count, and the more we participate, the closer we get to “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

And speaking of democracy, I’d like to say why I support Adrienne Fraley-Monillas for Edmonds City Council, Position 3.

Adrienne has spent the past 4 years on the council working hard to keep Edmonds an enviable place to live. “How,” you say? She gets out regularly into the community with council business, volunteering and meetings, and listens to the citizens. Then she brings their interests back to the council. She truly represents residents, not outside developers and special interests.

Adrienne has been fiscally responsible on the council. Edmonds is currently working with a surplus, one of only a few cities around in that financial position. No easy task considering the economic conditions over the last four years.

Adrienne knows that Edmonds doesn’t need to “sell out” to meet the needs of future growth and to maintain and improve the city. She will continue to vote “no” on raising building heights in downtown Edmonds and to protect it and the waterfront from “Kirkland style” heights and high-density. If the skyline and character disappear…how would we ever get them back?

Her opponent, Ron Wambolt, supports raising heights along the edges of the downtown business district, which is one of his ideas, in working with developers, to increase revenue.

As one of the few council members who lives outside the downtown “view corridor” of Edmonds, Adrienne brings a different perspective on revenue generation, favoring a sensible development plan that considers the whole of Edmonds. She has been a strong voice for redevelopment along our section of Highway 99. Businesses along the highway currently bring in about five times the revenue as the rest of Edmonds’ businesses combined. The Hospital District continues to grow and is bringing in good paying jobs. There is even a proposed extension of light rail that Edmonds has the opportunity to capture. I agree that this is our best opportunity for development. Opening this area up to a community style development that includes mixed housing, shopping centers, and green space would provide valuable revenue streams in property and sales taxes.

Adrienne represents working citizens, families, senior citizens, and not special interests.
Keep Edmonds a charmed place to live, work, and visit!

Please vote for Adrienne Fraley-Monillas for Position 3, Edmonds City Council on the November ballot.

Julie Hauf
Edmonds

8 COMMENTS

  1. Julie, I agree wholeheartedly on every point you make! We love in a very special place and raising building heights anywhere in the downtown area would take away from that!

  2. First, let me be on record with saying that I appreciate Adrienne’s efforts and her willingness to serve – though I’m not as impressed with her record or results – Is there a reason why most of her support, as reflected in the PDC, comes from outside of Edmonds and includes special interest?

  3. Ron Wambolt was originally elected due to his declared strong support of the then current building heights, After safely elected, he began showing his true colors by quietly working with developers in secret meetings, and promoting “compromises”. His building heights flip flop plus being an original supporter of the unpopular cat leash caused his first loss to Adrienne. Ask him to clarify his building heights to hear a good line of doubletalk

    Adrienne has been a big part of a stronger and much more effective City Council in recent years. We need her and others like her to maintain and continue to improve our city’s leadership. Let’s keep going forward, not backwards,

  4. From my viewpoint, this council has not been effective – the council is divided, is NOT “non-partisan” and has attempted to advance its own agenda. Showing up is not a measurement of success.

    What is consistent with this council is that several on the council are quick to label anyone who opposes their way of thinking as one who is for building heights.

  5. I completely agree with the letter writer about Adrienne, I appreciate her views on development and I also approve of her approach as a consensus builder. I’d rather have consensus than fractious any day.

    I would argue the point that she has little to show for her work on the Council. Over the past 4 years, there has been very few effective gains by the Council by most measures, and in my view this has been due to the economy and the barest of funding for anything by the City. They have had to cut staff and programs; gone through a bruising transition from one mayor to the next; shifting Finance Directors; and the contract dispute over Haines Wharf. I am sure I’m forgetting a few big ones too. My point is – keeping the ship afloat through tough times can be difficult and under-appreciated hard work. For me, I’m glad we still have decent Parks, Arts and Rec; the new road on Main St and I’m looking forward to the re-designed 5-Corners.

    I appreciate all the work done by our Council and our Mayor, plus the staff who have hung in and have gone through a lot as well. I’m voting for Adrienne.

  6. From my viewpoint, this council has not been effective – the council is divided, is NOT “non-partisan” and has attempted to advance its own agenda. Showing up is not a measurement of success.

    What is consistent with this council is that several on the council are quick to label anyone who opposes their way of thinking as stuck in the past and
    rigid on the building heights issue.

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