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Would you be interested in attending a City Citizen Academy?

You might know that we have the Police Citizen’s Academy each year – and the next class will begin in March. It has become very popular, and this year’s class filled quickly. Would you be interested in a Citizen’s Academy that focused on how our City operates – sessions from Public Works, Community Development, Economic Development, Mayor’s Office and more? We have been tossing around the idea of trying this, and I would really like to hear your thoughts.
Feedback survey on trust, town hall meetings and spending

Do you trust your local officials, how should be spend our money and would you be interested in town hall meetings?
Do you believe the media reports the events fairly, or do they work to sway opinions?

With all of the media coverage of the recent violence in parts of our country, I'd like to know what you think. Do you believe the media reports the events fairly, or do they work to sway opinions?
Do you believe there is a gender gap in regards to pay?

This week I was invited to join Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, Councilmember Jean Godden, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci and others for a regional discussion on Gender Pay Equity. I would love to know if you believe pay inequities still occur between males and females, and if so, your thoughts on what to do to change that.
What should the City's priorities be in 2015?

As we begin to look to the new year, I would like to know what you believe the priorities of this City should be.
What does the term "inclusive city" mean to you?

A few years ago, Auburn was designated by National League of Cities to be an "Inclusive City." What does the term "inclusive city" mean to you? And what do you think Auburn should do to better emulate that?
What do veterans mean to you?

In honor of our Veterans, I would like you to share your thoughts on what veterans mean to you.
What types of funding would you support for road funding?

I think I'm safe to say that a majority of us agree that our roads need help! Are you supportive of a regional approach to transportation funding? Are you supportive of a statewide approach? What types of funding sources would you support?
What is the City's role in helping the homeless?

What do you see as the City's role in helping the homeless?
Do you hold Federal, State & Local electeds to different standards? Why or why not?

It seems in today’s world the word “politician” can conjure up a less than positive impression. There is seemingly some distrust and/or disappointment with our representation in Washington, D.C. and even at the State level. Do you put all levels of elected officials in the same category, or do you hold Federal, State & Local electeds to different standards? Why or why not?
How important to you is it to keep the public health clinic in Auburn open?

How important is it to you that we continue to work with KC to find a short-term (two year) and long-term solution to the revenue shortfall so that we can keep our Auburn clinic open?
Why did you vote the way you did on the King County Proposition 1 transportation measure?

During the Regional Transit Summit, we heard a presentation from a research and polling firm that shared the reasons why King County Proposition 1 did not pass county-wide in April. Reasons ranged from “A $60 per vehicle car tab is just too much money.” to “The measure wouldn’t have benefitted me or my family.” to “This measure was unnecessary because the economy is improving and Metro’s revenues are going way up.” I would appreciate your thoughts on why you did or didn’t vote to support Proposition 1.
What should we program in the new teen/community center?

What type of programming would you like to see at the future Teen & Community Centers at Les Gove Community Campus?
How important is it for you to have your city council (and mayor) involved in regional, state and national organizations?

You have a very active city council! They are engaged in the community and also outside the community – sharing Auburn’s message and fighting for what’s best for our community. This includes being involved in funding for the recently completed M St Underpass. How important is it for you to have your city council (and mayor) involved in regional, state and national organizations?
Is it reasonable for the City to have high expectations for businesses to maintain their properties and to take immediate enforcement action when they don’t?

The City has standards for how businesses should maintain buildings, parking areas and landscaping. The attention that these businesses give to maintenance affects not only how their business looks, but how the entire City looks and is perceived by residents, visitors and other businesses. Does this issue matter to you, and if so, is it reasonable for the City to have high expectations for businesses to maintain their properties and to take immediate enforcement action when they don’t?
What do you see as the function or role of transit in your community?

What do you see as the function or role of transit in your community? What types of improvements do you think would increase access to transit in Auburn?
What are your thoughts about coal and oil trains running through Auburn?

There has been a lot of interest lately in coal trains and oil trains coming through our State – and through our City. I have been asked by King County Executive Dow Constantine to meet with the Leadership Alliance Against Coal on Tuesday, July 15. In order for me to represent you the very best way possible, please share your thoughts and concerns about coal and oil being transported via rail through our region.
Would you support longer pothole repair response time if we were able to do patching instead?

Currently, Auburn has a policy of responding & correcting notices of potholes and graffiti within 24 hours. Would you be willing to have a longer response time (48 or 72 hours) IF that meant that the money saved would be used to do more road patching that would help maintain them longer?
How important is "walkability" and "bikeability" to you and your family?

As our downtown is redeveloped, and we focus more attention on other areas of our city, how important is "walkability" and "bikeability" to you and your family?
Where would you take a first-time visitor to Auburn?

If you were to give a tour to a visitor who had never been to Auburn, where would you take them first, and why?
Would it be helpful if City offices had later hours?

Would you find benefit in having city hall open late (8:00 or 9:00pm) one day a month? We’re looking for ways to provide you with better customer service, and since our working hours (7:30am-5:00pm) are often your working hours, it’s not always convenient for you to do business at city hall.
How can the City improve communication with citizens?

The City uses a lot of different methods to stay in touch - mail, website, social networks, email and other ways. How do you think we can improve our communication with citizens?
Are there programs that we don't currently offer that you would like us to consider?

Our Parks, Arts & Recreation department offers some great programs! Are there programs that we don't currently offer that you would like us to consider?
How would you spend $1 million to fix anything in Auburn?

If you had $1 million to spend to “fix” anything in Auburn to improve the quality of life, what would you do?
Should we ban smoking in some or all of our parks? Why or why not?

Would you approve of a ban on smoking in all of our City parks? If not, would you approve of a ban in a few specific parks - like Les Gove and Game Farm Park? Why or why not?
How should we fund sidewalk repairs?

At many of our neighborhood meetings, the topic of sidewalks is discussed. Did you know that sidewalks in front of a home are the responsibility of the homeowner? It’s true, while the City has a right of way access, the sidewalks are not owned by the City. Do you think the City should spend public funds to “fix” cracked sidewalks?
What type of businesses should the city pursue downtown?

Auburn’s downtown is “Under Construction.” There will be opportunities for new restaurants and businesses, what type of offerings would you like us to pursue?
Should there be a solid waste transfer station in Auburn?

King County Solid Waste has stated that south King County is in need of a new solid waste transfer station. Three possible sites are still on the list - two in Auburn, and one in Algona next to the current site. What are your thoughts about a new station being located in Auburn?
How do you see Auburn?

Do you see Auburn as a small town, or as a big city? Which do you prefer, and why? How would you plan for the size town that you prefer?
Would you approve the placement of a marijuana related business in Auburn?

Auburn voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana at slightly over 53%. Here’s my question: Would you approve the placement of a marijuana related business in Auburn, and if so, where (how close to schools, homes, etc.)?
What would you like to see developed in Auburn?

We have been asking questions related to how we see our city being developed over the next 10, 20 or 30 years. What would you like to see developed in Auburn? No idea is too big or too small! Use your imagination and let the ideas flow!
What would you be willing to give up or reduce, in order to have more funding available to fix the roads?

I’ve had several requests lately about road improvements, and one today that ended the request with “and I know, all it takes is money.” So, here’s my question to you: What services that the City currently provides would you be willing to give up or reduce, in order to have more funding available to fix the roads?
Should we place surveillance cameras in more public parks?

Currently, a small number of our parks have surveillance cameras in them (the photo above is at Sunset Park). Do you agree with the placement of more cameras within the remainder of our Auburn parks?
Should a speeding ticket be forgiven if limit rules change?

As most of you know, we recently increased the speed limits on West Valley, East Valley and 37th St back to what they were a couple of years ago. A citizen received a speeding ticket in December while the limits were lowered. The citizen is asking if there is any thought by the city to giving a retroactive “forgiveness of tickets” since the limits have now been raised. What do you think?
What do you think of Auburn's juvenile curfew?

A young man from Auburn Riverside sent me a letter stating that he didn’t believe that the curfew in Auburn for minors was fair, and that I should repeal it.