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Mercer Island Reporter, Becker versus Nice

Salim Nice answers Mercer Island Reporters Questions on Upcoming Election Issues

“I voted for increasing diversity within our police and fire departments, adding Asian, Latino, Black, and female police officers and, for the first time, a female firefighter to our ranks this year.

I voted to launch a pilot project equipping three Mercer Island police patrol vehicles with automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology to increase officer safety and aid in the identification of missing persons, stolen vehicles, and persons with warrants.

I proposed, and the council approved in a 7-0 vote, the modest conversion of the former Tully’s Coffee building into a Town Center police precinct in 2022. A MIPD precinct staffed with volunteers will hub officers and their equipment steps away from the new transit station.

I support and voted for Ordinance 21C-02, which protects our parks, open spaces, and rights-of-ways and connects people experiencing homelessness to the critical services and shelters they need, none of which are available in Mercer Island.

I will continue to work with our police chief, firefighters, and public safety staff to identify and resource additional tools necessary to ensure the levels of public safety Islanders expect.

When an emergency happens, we must have an immediate, local response. This is a non-negotiable priority for me, and I know our community shares this value.” said Nice, in response to questions posed by, Andy Nystrom of the Mercer Island Reporter on October 5, 2021.

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City Council to Partner with Area Shelters

Anderl and Nice Propose Funding Partnership with Area Shelters

“Councilmembers Lisa Anderl and Salim Nice led a discussion in requesting an appropriation of about $20,000 to go toward the city’s potential work with The Sophia Way and Congregations for the Homeless, and council hopes that city staff can present this passage as an agenda bill at an upcoming meeting.” reported, Andy Nystrom of the Mercer Island Reporter on September 8, 2021.

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M4SMI Letter

M4SMI Letter

M4SMI wrote a letter to the editor published in this week’s edition of the Mercer Island Reporter. M4SMI wrote this to share with fellow Islanders the reasons why Councilmember Nice’s reelection is so important to our city and its residents. M4SMI wrote, “We have worked hard on many public safety and accessibility issues on the island, and having council members who are aligned with our mission is imperative to making good policy.

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Mercer Island Reporter Letters to the Editor

Mercer Island candidate letters | Election 2021

“Salim heard citizen concerns about public safety, and strongly supported policies that devoted resources to MIPD. Salim conducts himself with the highest ethical standards, and has led the council to improve ethics, transparency, and accountability in all city government…” said Ryan Rahlfs, Mercer Island, in a letter published in Mercer Island Reporter on October 4, 2021.

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Hate has no Place here

Hate Has No Place Here

Salim joined other elected officials to the editor of the Seattle Times on March 23,2021, speaking out against anti-Asian hate crimes.  The issue is personal for him.

https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/anti-asian-hate-crimes-all-cities-must-work-together/

In July 2020, Salim joined the Mercer Island City Council in summarily proclaiming that hate crimes have no place on Mercer Island.

“WHEREAS, since the outbreak of COVID-19, immigrant and refugee community leaders and civil rights organizations have reported a regional and national increase in bias, harassment, and hate crimes, particularly against Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black and African American, Hispanic and Latino, and others…” See the full Proclamation here:

https://www.mercerisland.gov/sites/default/files/fileattachments/city_council/page/23201/proclamation_no._252.pdf

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Salim Nice Announces Re-Election Campaign on March 21, 2021

Salim Nice Announces Re-Election Campaign on March 21, 2021

Nice elaborated on what a second term might include: “I am running for re-election with the experience and understanding of what the city and its residents have endured over the past several years due to the budget crisis and the pandemic. As an experienced City Council member, I support programs and services that will bring Islanders together. We will continue to stabilize the government and advance our community’s priorities.”

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Public Safety And Quality Of Life

Public Safety and Quality of Life

Behind the Scenes, Salim went right to work for you creating Senior hours at local grocery stores.  In the early days of the 2020 Pandemic, Salim worked tirelessly to organize new practices for daily living.  One of the most important first changes was encouraging grocery stores to be available to seniors in their opening hours of when they had been freshly cleaned.

“I thought that this would be something useful to work with our island retailers.  I didn’t realize I’d have to go high up in the corporate chains to get it done,” Nice said. “I kept urging them (to) keep it simple (and) to do it fast, that’s the key to being effective with this strategy.”

In February 2021, Mercer Island unfairly made the national news with accusations that the Council wanted to “Criminalize” homelessness.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. The truth is that this small addition of language to a current ordinance simply added sidewalks and other public spaces to existing restrictions on overnight camping on public property.  MIPD has never, repeat never, in 30 years, arrested anyone for being homeless on MI.  As our Police Chief explained, MIPD is committed to compassion and to helping people get to the services they need.  Salim agrees, and he is quoted here:

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Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation

Salim commits to being a strong steward of our community resources for future generations.

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Development

Development

Development decisions are permanent.  Decisions made in the next four years will determine answers for the next generation of Islanders.   There has never been a more important time to have someone on the City Council who is personally invested in the future of our Community. 

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Financial Sustainability

Financial Sustainability

In three years, the city has faced a budget crisis, development moratorium in Town Center, and adoption of a new Ethics Code.

Salim has worked to find budget efficiencies, abnormalities and innovative funding sources for services. 

Expanding support for the Thrift Store and Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, a valuable resource for residents, was extremely important to Salim, not only as the need increased during the pandemic, but for the future sustainability of services for residents. 

With unique and critical experience and expertise – Salim was instrumental in guiding the City through the challenging budget process, as the City grappled with the defeat of Prop 1. The City’s financial stability has been strengthened with Salim’s guidance.

The City has re-focused on priorities, reduced costs across the board, and has become more efficient in every department.

Salim was instrumental in the repeal of the Multi-Family Tax Exempt (MFTE) program.  Originally designed for dense, urban communities, MFTE granted substantial tax breaks to developers in exchange for modest rent reductions.  The developer’s unpaid tax liability was then transferred to every local homeowner.  Salim undertook a cost-benefit analysis which revealed the MFTE program was a bad fit for Mercer Island.  Had MFTE not been repealed, residents would have borne a heavier tax burden in the future.