The following is an email from Councilmember Mike Grady to fellow City Councilmembers and others.
I hope today brings you hope and encouragement that we can work together to improve our community, and our planet!
For ... the work goes on, the cause endures, and the dream will never die! ...
As many of you know, I made a promise to my family and to you to fight for your causes and to work hard to ensure the needs of those less fortunate, and the environment are represented on the City Council.
When I began my first term, the Council was debating the definition of "sustainabiliity." Now we have clear climate change goals, programs at the city and schools, and a staff person hired to oversee these efforts.
Mercer Island had never hosted Tent City. We did and without incident.
Identifying new bike and pedestrian paths had been contentious. Now we have an updated citywide plan to improve and expand our biking and walking network!
And we balanced the budget every year — while working hard to minimize the impacts on those with fixed incomes!
My promise also included serving two terms — ONLY! Many now know I will keep that promise too, for I believe that representative government means that many should have the opportunity to represent their community. I am very pleased that candidates are stepping forward already.
Now, I am not lame (yet), nor am I a duck fan. There are many issues worth fight for this year, specifically:
• Tolling I-90: A fully funded federal facility should NOT be tolled to pay for the state's inability to fund their projects. Congestion would increase in other areas, leading to an increase in greenhouse gases and asthma rates in communities less fortunate than Mercer Island — that is wrong!
• Increasing energy and water conservation on the Island. We can be the leaders in the region!
• Improving our Shoreline Master Program — it needs work to ensue we have a no net loss on shoreline habitats needed for fish and wildlife!
Finally, as you ponder who to vote for in November, please choose a candidate who listens to your needs, cares for those less fortunate, and works hard to protect Mother Earth!
Thanks so much for your encouragement and support, and for all you do to make our community and planet a better place for all of our neighbors.
Let's all go forward and do what's right for our planet, for "... some work of noble note may yet be done ..." (Tennyson)!