My experience in the Parks Commission and as a parent have shown me opportunities that Burien can take to strengthen its community engagement. Our volunteer commissions can be more involved in outreach, especially when complex or controversial decisions have to be made at a city level. We can and would greatly benefit by creating a system for sharing information with the public and bringing in the feedback that each commission member draws from their own personal network. I often wished for a more direct city council presence in Burien’s various commissions, and would advocate for this on council. And if Burien is to support our youth, we must strengthen ties between the city and the Highline school district, and between the city and the many not-for-profits that serve our youth.