Bob Sternoff, Candidate for Kirkland City Council

Bob Sternoff (incumbent)

Kirkland City Council Position 2

Party affiliation: None Occupational background: International Transportation/Technology Development and Real Estate Automobile and Heavy Equipment Sales and Leasing

Educational background: BA University of Washington

Organizational affiliations: KPC, Forgotten Children’s Fund, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Prior Public Experience: City Council 2005-Present, Kirkland Park Board 1997-2005

Websitehttp://www.bobsternoff.com/ EmailBobSternoff@gmail.com

 

1.  WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THE CITY YOU WOULD ADDRESS IF ELECTED?
The foundation for everything we do in this city begins with the development of the biennial budget. Available revenues determine levels of service for everything from Public Safety to Parks. The budget process, priorities and sustainability need to be reviewed and revised. The annexation effort forced council and staff to examine current levels of service and the associated costs. The next logical step involves questions including;

  • why we do what we do
  • are the levels of service realistic
  • are there other more cost effective and efficient alternatives to provide the same or higher levels of service
  • and most importantly, what are our priorities?

Kirkland’s participation in the regional police and fire dispatch consortium NORCOM is a good example of partnering with other cities to provide a higher level of service and long term cost savings. There are other op- portunities to partner with our neighboring cities as well as other cities in King County that need to be explored. I have advocated for many years and the Council agreed in the 2011-2012 bienium budget to provide resources to undertake a community based budget evaluation and improvement process. So called budgeting by priorities processes have been successfully implemented in Redmond, Bellevue and several other cites and King County.

 

 

2.  WHAT OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES WOULD YOU ADDRESS IF ELECTED?

There are many important issues but I’ll list 3 that need immediate attention.

  • Kirkland Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Our existing infrastructure of utilities and roads are aging. Our Pubic Works Department does a great job with what they have but we must address how we will procure long term adequate and reliable sources of funding.
  • Kirkland residents deserve to be able to shop and keep their sales tax dollars in Kirkland. Driv- ing to other cities for goods and services that are not available in Kirkland is understandable but only after we have done everything possible to provide a business friendly environment. I will continue to look for ways to make and keep Kirkland competitive and an attractive choice to locate or expand a business. Kirkland recently eliminated, for a period of time, the change of use impact fee. I was proud to bring this common sense idea to the council after hearing from several businesses. We are already seeing a resurgence in several areas of the city in part because of this change.
  • The other major issue is transportation connectivity between Kirkland’s activity centers. We need to work with our State and local transportation partners to find ways to reduce congestion, maximize and improve our multi-modal transportation corridors and explore innovative solutions.
3.  WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE?

I have lived in and around Kirkland for over 54 years. For the last 15 years I have effectively served the citizens of Kirkland in a variety of positions locally and regionally.

  • Member of the Park Board for 9 years
  • Member of the Downtown Action Team
  • Chair of Parking Committee
  • Skate Board Advisory Committee
  • Lake and Central Steering Committee
  • Park Bond Committee
  • numerous sub-committees

I have been appointed to and serve on Regional Boards and Committees dealing with issues that Kirkland citizens care about. I have worked hard to become a recognized leader in:

  • Growth Management
  • Economic Development
  • Regional Transit and Transportation issues

My involvement locally and regionally provides Kirkland direct input on these and many other issues that affect our citizens quality of life today and in the future. I actively look for and suggest creative solutions, many of which have been implemented to address issues as they arise.

I look forward to continuing to work for all of our citizens and to make Kirkland the best city in the state.

KIRKLAND CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

 

Bob Sternoff Jason Gardiner Jessica Greenway Toby Nixon

Bob Sternoff [ 2, MB, I ]

Jason Gardiner [ 2, KG ]

Jessica Greenway [ 4, NK, I ]

Toby Nixon [ 4, KG ]

Dave Asher Jim Hart

Dave Asher [ 6, NRH, I ]

Jim Hart [ 6, HN ]