Boise City Council, seat 4: Jill Humble

October 7, 2013 

Name: Jill G. Humble

Age: 65

Occupation: Newly retired nurse educator

Education: Post Masters Certificate in Nursing Education (CAS), Nebraska Methodist College, Omaha, Neb.; Master of Science in Adult Education (MSEd), Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill.; Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill; Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS), Elgin Community College, Elgin, Ill.; Certified Counselor (NCC) from National Board of Certified Counselors

Prior political experience: This is my first run for a political office.

Civic involvement: Since retirement I am on the Board of Nursing Advisory Committee, Program for Recovering Nurses (PRN) and the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) of Idaho, Region 4 Volunteer.

Years living Boise: 8

Family: Spouse, Allen L. Humble; two sons, Brandon and Koby Dauel; stepsons Graham and Travis Humble; stepdaughter Dana Humble; and four grandchildren.

Website: none

Email: humble7733@msn.com

1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?

By voting for me versus my opponents the public will get a person who has 40 years working in the nonprofit public service arena (healthcare, accreditation, higher education and government). I have worked with hundreds of acute care hospitals to make care safer for patients; this experience offers the city my expertise in critical thinking and systems development. While working in quality improvement and system design/redesign I gained valuable experience in understanding the importance of listening to process owners, those that own/work the processes. I will take those lessons learned and will apply that knowledge to policy development and implementation. Psychiatric nursing skills will serve me in working with difficult people to reach positive outcomes in various situations. I believe I offer a unique set of skills that complement the incumbent council members and offer citizens a council member that will work to reach the best end product for the greatest number.

2. If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them? Please provide specifics.

My three priorities are my promise of fiscal responsibility, service quality, and integrity. I will listen to Boise citizens, as issues are brought before the council I will consider the significance to our tax base, the impact on the greatest number for the greatest good, long range implications to our city and its citizens. You work hard for your money and I will work hard for you. Examples to how I will approach the tough issues and my application of my priorities are spelled out in the questions below.

3. What is the one thing your city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?

I see my role to optimize the dollars spent to support city services, while keeping as much money as possible in taxpayers' pockets. What city council can do is to use the allocated dollars wisely and develop policies that support all of Boise. If everything goes right it is not only good for the current residents that live here, but will attract new people, resulting in economic growth. After all is said and done, much of what we work with is given to us through legislative policymaking, the Federal Reserve practices and private business decisions.

4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 years from now? How should it change?

My vision: In the next 10 years Boise will have a regional transportation plan functioning and the beginnings of the transportation system reaching to Nampa. Our preschool program will win national honors. We will be know nationally for community enrichment, excellent schools, strong environmental protection on the books, higher wages for low/middle income families, low crime rate, diverse opportunity of jobs and healthcare for everyone. By the year 2033, Boise will be the number one city nationally in forward thinking, a place to work and play, poverty low levels, openness to economic development, and a reputation for small business success through community support.

5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters? How would you get more people involved?

I am not worried about public apathy as it relates person to person, but how it relates to city council. Are council members meeting the community needs? Are they listening to stakeholders messages, concerns and possible suggestions? What are the metrics for measuring how they are doing? There is not an open forum at the end of the city council meetings, I believe that creates a barrier to gaining a pulse on the city. Boise is a vibrant city because of its progressive citizens, lets here what they have to say.

6. Do you support either or both bonds for open space, public safety and parks? Why?

As a registered nurse, I believe we all benefit from supporting the public safety and improvement of emergency response services. Since the plan relocates Fire Station 8, lets examine the possibilities for use with the homeless or some other positive use for the community. Park availability is important to have in all neighborhoods and will allow all families equal access opportunities, but the bond for parks and open spaces is a disappointment to me. I would have requested that the bond be separated for parks and open spaces as it was for public safety. I encourage the acquisition of open spaces, but not through a bond. How will those with less means have the ability to get out and enjoy those spaces?

7. Should the city upgrade its shooting range, leave it as is or do something else entirely? Why?

The police are the experts in Boise regarding upgrading the shooting range or doing something else. The police department decision to review its plans and meet with trail users, neighborhood representatives and other stakeholders is the right approach. The department showed consideration to be a good neighbor by negotiating hours and days was a win-win solution for all. '

8. Should Boise raise Downtown metered parking rates? How much? Why?

The city should not raise Downtown metered parking rates. Parking revenue does not necessarily optimize the downtown experience. Is the use of downtown businesses less important then what profits might be made on the meters? Wouldn’t raising the rate make it more difficult for one to have a meal and linger about town to shop, bank, etc? We have a special downtown that is vibrant, clean, safe and beautiful. Downtown offers something for everyone to enjoy. An active downtown brings in dollars to support city services. Ease of parking is a significant plus to utilization of Downtown businesses and services. I would not want anything to lessen shopper experience.

9. If elected, what would you do to change the public transportation system in Boise?

The circulator will not pay for itself. Who will absorb the cost? Citizen made clear they do not want to pay for such a venture. How often would it be used for an average family? It is a fixed transportation system. The suggestion to starting with the “last mile” worries me, a regional system to the Depot that is completed first makes more sense. What is the value of going to the Depot as it stands now? It is being said that people could get downtown without bringing their car, really? Legislators are building a parking garage, guess that will eliminate them. Many downtown workers are from outside Boise. Think they will use the circulator? Boise needs a comprehensive transportation system, but flexibility and usage are paramount. Let’s continue to optimize busing and bike paths. Busing and bike transportation are environmentally positive and offer affordable transportation for a majority of citizens that need inexpensive transportation.

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