Kate Kruller For Tukwila City Council
Now I’m out in the community again, doorbelling and talking to people in
Tukwila about what really matters to them – at home, at work and around the city.
Together over the past four years we made a BIG difference in Tukwila! We
are building Tukwila Village, Tukwila Pool is updated and self-managed,
the Sound Transit Commuter Rail Station renewal is complete, we are
putting in sidewalks and paths to our schools, we’re cleaning up the
Tukwila International Boulevard and residents can watch their City Council
live on television or when they want online!
I’m asking you for the power of your vote to re-elect me to Tukwila City
Council, Position 6 – so we can continue to make more progress!
Kate Votes and Takes Action on Important Issues:
Kate differentiates herself in this race by offering herself to voters as a 28-year resident, experienced councilmember that knows how to navigate legislative processes (locally, regionally, statewide and nationally), offering strong political networks at the same levels, listening to what constituents want and being Action-Oriented to what is possible.
Kate Kruller listens to what people in Tukwila want and has worked hard to implement their ideas as much as possible.
“During my time on the Council, key accomplishments include completing a majority of our first major affordable senior housing project, continuing discipline to maintain reserve funds in the budget while moving toward Priority-Based Budgeting that better serves the people of Tukwila, making more investments in our neighborhood streets, completing more sidewalk construction and pathways to our schools, installing flashing crosswalks, road cushions and radar speed signs for traffic calming, just to name a few.” Here are some specifics examples:
Affordable Housing and Safe Neighborhoods:
While Kate chaired the Community Development and Neighborhoods Committee, Tukwila worked together with the King County Housing Authority as it bought up land and housing near our light rail station (Villages at South Station and Riverton Terrace) in order to stabilize and keep the cost of living there reasonable for residents. In addition, Kate supported the development agreement with Non-Profit Bellwether Housing which is advancing toward an upcoming project called “The Confluence” featuring 101 affordable apartments near the Tukwila Light Rail Station.
Kate championed Tukwila Village from before she first ran for office. Now it is becoming a reality, which brings two new state-of-the-art buildings encompassing 193 income qualified senior apartment homes to the region – with two more buildings under construction now. That makes it one of the largest affordable housing developments for seniors in Washington state (another success story of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit from Senator Cantwell). Not to mention a new King County Library and the Sullivan Community Center.
Many have read the headlines on increasing costs, gentrification and displaced small businesses in Tukwila. This is a very serious and complex set of pressures in our community. Kate provided support to the solution side of this, with her Council votes and personal contributions. Examples: Forterra, a non-profit land trust, is working with Abu Bakr Islamic Center of Washington to develop the Wadajir Market & Residences which will feature family housing for 450 and a community marketplace for 85 small businesses (Wadajir means “Together” in Somali). Kate will support further negotiations between interested small businesses forming a coalition proposing to purchase Tukwila-owned property for the purposes of an international market.
Kate supported and voted for the change in the Tukwila City Municipal code to allow Additional Dwelling Units (ADUs) on properties as small as 60 X 100 feet. She remains open-minded on other innovative housing ideas for the future.
Reliable Public Safety Services
Kate advocated before the US Department of Justice, and our Congressional Delegation, Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell and US Representative Adam Smith, in representing Tukwila through the Association of Washington Cities, and the National League of Cities to obtain and bring home Community Oriented Policing grants. These grants added bilingual officers who are trained and whose job it is to work in our community, build relationships and understand how people who live, work and visit Tukwila expect to be protected and supported by Tukwila Police Department.
As a member of the Public Safety Committee, Kate continues to answer the call from residents to reduce and ultimately eliminate adverse activity where people tell us they have had their mail stolen, homes burglarized, cars vandalized/stolen, see drug deals, prostitution or gang related activity. She supported and voted for an increase in our police force numbers to address these issues and we see a drop in all categories. Through other processes involving coordinated regional police efforts Tukwila has eliminated high “service call” areas such as seizing the hotels/motels that were disguising major illegal activity.
Kate voted for, supported and stands behind the Council Resolution directing our Police Department to focus on enforcing municipal laws with our limited police resources and funding – and not perform the work other agencies at the federal level who have their own funding and resources – specifically Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
A new Wadajir Market (a collaboration between the Abu Bakr Mosque and Forterra with City of Tukwila support) will be located across the street from our local mosque, on what was another problem motel site. There are no longer any “entertainment” (strip) clubs in Tukwila, which for decades presented Tukwila with being a source of many of the illegal issues residents and our youth were complaining about. More and more, people feel much safer in our community now – feeling safer about walking or riding a bike to the light rail station, day or night. Tukwila is now increasing its attention on properties it does not own, such as the Sound Transit light rail station parking areas. Kate will continue to address these issues going forward representing you with voice and vote for a safe Tukwila.
Critical services are the last “safety net” people have in times of unexpected personal crisis. It may start with a fire or medical emergency when our Fire Department first responds. Kate stands behind the IAFF 2088 on all strategies – including TFD CARES program. Kate served on the Tukwila Food Bank Board and has been involved in service work there for many years and continues to support it personally. She supported funding increases in all categories that our Human Services Department and Human Services Commission recommended.
Ahead, Kate will be working towards getting the City to greatly improve its outreach to residents, people who work here and visitors to better understand what Tukwila can do if they reach a condition of need. There are endless improvements we can make to better serve our youth and seniors, but at the forefront is to ensure they have support and alternatives in housing.
Improved Transportation Options
After years of advocacy at state and regional levels for transportation and transit funding allocations in our area, we’ve benefited from new Rapid Ride bus lines realized that provide service across the valley – connecting Tukwila with Renton, SeaTac and Burien – including routes to the Sound Transit Commuter Train Station, Westfield Mall (Southcenter mall) and Tukwila International Boulevard Light Rail Station.
Just as important is improving transportation options within our city. We have miles of “transportation desert” areas in Tukwila that those without a personal car cannot overcome by walking. With the new King County alternative fuel busses facility expanding, some headway is being made toward providing routes between Tukwila International Boulevard, the Tukwila Community Center, around Allentown and along the north end of Interurban Avenue. Improved access to transportation options will mean new ways to get to greater retail sources, jobs and schools safely. Kate is able to push at local, regional and statewide levels from boards and commissions she is on – to implement obvious solutions to make life easier for those who live year.
Kate will continue use her support and votes to sustain efforts and improve in these areas.