Tacoma Urbanist

Jul. 27, 2012 at 9:36am

Laurie Jinkins Takes a Stand on the Issues in the Tacoma Sun

Below are the questions and responses sent to Laurie Jinkins candidate for Washington State Legislature District #27.

The questions being asked to Washington State Legislative candidates this year from the Tacoma Sun are very specific and address such issues as the best method rebuilding Tacoma Streetcars, digital billboards, pollution in Tacoma and addressing the Felon Dumping Ground Issue. 

Tacoma Sun Candidate Questionnaire Candidate: Laurie Jinkins Position: Washington State Legislature District #27

1) Education and Experience

Question: What education and experience do you have to qualify to be a member of the Washington State Legislature? What books have you read that you believe that would give you insights as to how to be an effective legislator?

Answer:

I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees  in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law (then the University of Puget Sound School of Law). I also completed executive studies at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  I started my career litigating child abuse and neglect cases for the state Attorney General’s Office. I then shifted my career toward public health, eventually serving as an assistant secretary of health at the state Department of Health before taking the position of deputy director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, where I continues to serve.  I’ve spent 25 years serving the community on numerous non-profit boards and feel that work has really helped me understand the community in important ways.

Books:  RR Anderson’s, Tacomic series; A lesson before dying; Taylor Branch’s MLK biography trilogy; People Magazine subscriber for over 20 years; Profiles in Courage; Autobiography of Robert Moses, Dykes to Watch Out For, A good Rain and The Worst Hard Time both by Timothy Egan; Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl; Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich; Plato’s collected Dialogues; Blink and The tipping point both by Malcolm Gladwell, Backlash by Susan Faludi; The Way We Really Are by Stephanie Coontz; The Social Transformation of American Medicine by Paul Starr; Calvin & Hobbes; King of the World by David Remnick; Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger; The Jewish Book of Why; The hour I first believed by Wally Lamb Live from New York:  An uncensored history of Saturday Night Live; The Ayatollah Begs to Differ and The Ayatollahs’ Democracy both by my brother in law Hooman Majd; Never Work for a Jerk; A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson; Soul of a Citizen by Paul Rogat Loeb; Ann Rule murder mysteries; Everything bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson; Boomerang:  Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis; Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer; Wild:  From Lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl  Strayed; Inside National Health Reform by John E McDonough; Malcolm X:  A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable; and Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle.


2) Growth management:

Question: Over the last 30 years, Pierce County has been known for suburban sprawl which has caused the loss of farmland, pollution, traffic congestion and disinvestment in Tacoma. During the last 10 years, Tacoma has grown less than 5000 residents while Spokane grew by 13,000 and Pierce County grew by 95,000. If you are elected, would you work to add more density to the City of Tacoma? How would your plan, if any, be different from what is in place now?

Answer:

I tend to be a data driven person.  I think that the data speaks for itself, but must be combined with evidence that urban density can work successfully with affordability. In order to increase growth in Tacoma, mixed use development and integration of low income housing throughout a community are imperative. Additionally, we live in a capitalist society.  The only way to increase density, and preserve open space and farmland is if those who own it can make more money by keeping it as farmland than they can by selling it for development.


3) Pierce County Felon “Dumping Ground” Issues

Question: Despite the recent laws passed in the Legislature, Tacoma and Pierce County have a disproportionate number of released felons placed by the Department of Corrections as described in the Tacoma City Club report: 30 Years of DOC in Pierce County, Was It worth It?http://cityclubtacoma.org/images/uploads/DOC_Report_final1.pdf. Have you read this report? What specific steps would you take, if any, to reduce the number of felons being place in Tacoma and Pierce County? Does the Department of Corrections need more oversight as to where they place and/or subsidize felons to live?

Answer:

The “fair share” legislation passed by the legislature a number of years ago is both working and not working at the same time.  It has assured that released offenders return to their “home” county, but, the legislation doesn’t require placement below the county level.  This means that a released offender who identifies Pierce County as their “home” community can locate anywhere within Pierce County.  Locally, this results in some of our neighborhoods having a much higher population of released offenders than is ideal.  My legislative colleagues and I pay a great deal of attention to DOC implementation of this legislation because it was the Pierce County Delegation that spearheaded it.  We need to continue to work with local communities and DOC to assure that particular neighborhoods don’t become dumping grounds for released offenders.  Data does tell us that providing released felons who would otherwise be homeless with housing vouchers for a limited period of time actually decreases recidivism.  However, more oversight about where this subsidized housing is located may be helpful.  Frankly, one of the most important things we can do is make sure that both our incarceration and release policies are based on what research tells us works.

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For more Q&A with Laurie Jinkins, see the article in the Tacoma Sun.

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by fredo on 7/27/2012 @ 10:01am
  "The questions being asked to Washington State Legislative candidates this year from the Tacoma Sun are very specific and address such issues as the best method rebuilding Tacoma Streetcars, digital billboards, pollution in Tacoma and addressing the Felon Dumping Ground Issue. "  

the sun has quite an ability to develop questions of secondary importance and softball questions which don't really address key issues. Two key areas of public interest which the Sun avoids like the plague are:

1. The candidate's stand on tax increases

2. The candidate's stand on organized labor and it's out of control expenses in government.

The books read by the candidate and their position on billboards really is of no concern to the vast majority.

by Erik on 7/27/2012 @ 10:09am
Ask her yourself fredo and report back for us.

As for billboards, the subject was certainly in the top two or three issues in Tacoma over the last few years.





by fredo on 7/27/2012 @ 10:26am
  If we were examining a candidate for a city office I would agree that their position on billboards would be of some import.

Jinkins isn't running for a city office.

The SUN candidate surveys are kind of like the interviews that are in the back of teen magazines. What's your sign?, What's your favorite food? If you had to name your favorite movie what would it be? yada yada yada  

by Erik on 7/27/2012 @ 12:02pm
@fredo:Actually, the billboard issue is very relevant to the legislative office as state legislatures can preempt local regulations of billboards: lawoftheland.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/wi...

If this occurred in Washington, it would make many or all of the discussions on local regulations on billboards moot.

See also an article on:

axley.com/articles/local-billboard-ban-0...

by fredo on 7/27/2012 @ 12:52pm


erik, I'm prepared to grant you that billboards have some importance. Compared to tax increases and union labor problems not that much.

by adb7901 on 7/27/2012 @ 3:20pm
The real possibility of digital billboards and other real population density/sprawl/livability issues for Washington's second largest county are way more important than hypothetical tax increases and non-existent labor union problems.

by low bar on 7/27/2012 @ 3:39pm
she's a data driven person...def not a person fredo wants in government.....

"erik, I'm prepared to grant you that billboards have some importance.
Compared to tax increases and union labor problems not that much." - fredo

what fredo just did there is a little bit of to quoque, a dash of misdirection and a smidgen of his go to fallacy...the bait and switch.

king troll fredo! long live the king!

i've never seen fredo back up any of his arguments with evidence? have you? long live the king!



by low bar on 7/27/2012 @ 3:45pm
"The real possibility of digital billboards and other real population
density/sprawl/livability issues for Washington's second largest county are way more important than hypothetical tax increases and non-existent labor union problems." - abd7901

What this person is doing there is NOT going for fredo's to quoque switch.