Issues

City Council Achievements:

Phillippa has been a successful champion for the environment, parks and open space. She participated in a new parks plan for LFP, successfully proposed an amendment to increase the size of the parks board to include a high school student, supported the improvement of the tree ordinance, worked to ensure the city’s acquisition of Five Acre Woods, supported the replacement of old culverts with fish friendly culverts on Lyon Creek, and is now passionately advocating for the inclusion of more green open space and better protections for the creek at the Lake Forest Park Town Center.

Phillippa has also been an effective advocate for the city of Lake Forest Park on regional committees. She currently co-chairs the Seashore Transportation Forum, where she is working with LFP Councilmember John Wright to hold Sound Transit accountable to the promises made to voters to deliver a commuter parking garage in LFP and an effective Bus Rapid Transit connection to the light rail.

Phillippa sits on both the King County Solid Waste Advisory Committee and the Metropolitan Solid Waste Advisory Committee, where she successfully advocated for the funding of a study for the long-term plan for waste disposal once the current Cedar Hills landfill is at capacity. Phillippa argued that other solutions would require significant lead time to accomplish and gained support from the LFP City Council to ask the county administration to not “kick the can down the road” to unfairly burden future generations of civic leaders. A study has been funded and the report will be presented to the County and the advisory committee.

Phillippa’s willingness to work hard and study complex issues was recognized by the County. In the wake of China’s surprise announcement that they would no longer accept most recyclables from the U.S. she was appointed to a Responsible Recycling Task Force. This group of Seattle, King County, and local city staff and officials spent 8 months hearing from national and international recycling experts. The task force then proposed a set of action steps, including two bills passed by the 2018-9 Washington State Legislature and signed by Governor Inslee.

  • Deeply alarmed by the levels of toxic plastic pollution in our oceans and rivers, Phillippa testified before the Senate committee on SB 5397 to create a plastic product stewardship program for Washington State. She asked for fairness for the end consumer so that producers share the cost of plastic recycling and disposal, to incentivize better packaging and products, increase recycling of plastics, and strengthen markets for recycled materials. Such programs are working well in Europe and Canada and it is hoped the State of Washington will lead the way in the U.S.

The bill as passed by the legislature will first study plastic impacts in the state and evaluate the role of a stewardship program. The bill requires the Department of Ecology to submit this report to the Legislature by October 31, 2020, along with legislative options to reduce plastic packaging to be implemented by January 1, 2022.

  • Phillippa also helped champion HB 1543 to create a recycling market research center, to educate our Washington State population about smart recycling and provide technical assistance to local governments to reduce recycling contamination.

Phillippa supported the Lake Forest Park ordinance restricting plastic straws, food containers and single-use plastic bags, proposed by her colleague Councilmember Tom French, and hopes this will eventually become the norm state-wide. Phillippa proposed a successful amendment, allowing restaurants and other vendors to provide plastic straws to those who need them for physical or medical reasons. A similar single-use plastics measure was debated in both the Washington State house and senate this year. It failed to find full agreement, though is expected to be back next year.

Phillippa helped pass a Welcoming City ordinance in Lake Forest Park, to ensure that all are welcome and trust is built between the City and Police Department with all our neighbors.

Phillippa also serves on the board of the North Urban Human Services Alliance, which advocates for sustainable and adequate funding for human service agencies across North King County. She has brought a deeper understanding of community needs to the LFP City Council, and with the leadership of Mayor Jeff Johnson, has supported increasing funding from LFP to agencies such as the Senior Center and the Center for Human Services and is currently working on a Winter Shelter and increased services for homeless youth in North King County.

 Phillippa’s continued policy priorities:

  • Encourage a more open, collaborative and communicative local government
  • Support a safe and welcoming city for all residents, including affordable housing for families and seniors
  • Support local business, including exploring the option of municipal broadband
  • Adequately fund responsible city budgets
  • Preserve and protect the ecosystem – especially the trees, natural water sources, wildlife corridors, open spaces, streams and lake-shore that are the defining characteristics of Lake Forest Park
  • Work collaboratively with our neighboring cities, districts and counties to improve transportation access, and preserve the best of our Northwest environment and lifestyle

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  • Phillippa Kassover
    published this page 2015-06-06 15:47:45 -0700