On the Issues

Puppies abandoned near my home.

ANIMAL CONTROL

There are too many dumped, abandoned animals in our county. These animals pose threats to our public safety and add to negative perceptions of our county. 

What can be done? We need public awareness campaigns, support for low cost spay and neuter clinics, and more enforcement of and enhancement for our current ordinances.

Litter dumped on our roads.

LITTER CONTROL

Yakima County is one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth. It’s a shame that there is so much trash dumped on our roads and open spaces. Not only is the litter an eyesore, it poses health risks.  It may also deter people from wanting to visit and/or settle in our county.

What can be done? Again, public awareness campaigns are a must. We could implement a program where we support local non-profit programs to help clean up roads and dump sites. We must enhance our current litter control enforcement.

CURRENT ISSUES

COVID-19

Let’s trust that business owners, employees and patrons are able to make informed decisions to act without posing blatant disregard for the health and safety of others.

Littered waste abandoned on our trails.

HOMELESSNESS

Our local officials need to present a tough stance against the negative effects that are brought on by those who live in outdoor areas in our county. Those who live in these situations add to our litter and animal control problems. The waste left behind makes it more difficult for others to enjoy our beautiful outdoor areas. The general public should be able to access our public spaces without the worry of coming across all too common dangerous situations. Yakima County Care Center will provide a place for those living outdoors a safe place where treatment can be provided as well.

Now and in our Future~

Growth

Growth is inevitable in our county. Growth should be welcomed when managed in regard to our natural and agriculture land. The East-West Corridor is a perfect example of an opportunity to develop housing and businesses. Zoning should provide for new restaurants, retail and leisure/entertainment options to be viable along with opportunities for manufacturing and warehousing.

Let’s work together for a better Yakima County.