Families First: A Comprehensive Approach

November 25th, 2015

On Monday November 23, 2015 the City Council passed our budget and voted on two amendments pertaining to parental leave.  It was an emotional meeting. I agree that the call for 12+ weeks of parental leave from the crowded Council chambers is a critical issue for women and families, but that proposal does not meet […]


Don’t be a Jerk Part 3: Pedestrians too.

August 13th, 2015

Relieving traffic congestion and moving everyone around our city efficiently and safely is one of the biggest challenges our city faces. I’ve focused my last two blog posts on how we can all make it easier and safer to get around.  First with cars, second for bikes. My solution –as they say in the skate […]


Opiate Addictions: They’re Increasing and We Need to Get Ahead of It

August 12th, 2015

By Laura Robinson, Intern to Sally Bagshaw* Heroin-induced overdose deaths have risen steeply in King County and the United States in recent years. In the King County Board of Health report delivered in March 2015, heroin involved deaths jumped from 21 in the first half of 2010 to 69 in the first half of 2014. […]


Don’t be a Jerk Part 2

August 4th, 2015

This is the second in a series of blog posts about what we can do to reduce traffic congestion around our city. First, I shook my finger at drivers who were blocking intersections, driving in designated bus and bike lanes and blocking pedestrian crosswalks. Since I wrote that post, I have had multiple conversations with SDOT and the […]


Don’t be a Jerk.

July 31st, 2015

There’s one posted rule at the Seattle Center Skate Board Park. A small sign says simply “Don’t be a Jerk.” I love this rule.  It’s a rule – if followed by us all — that would make our city a much improved place. My pet peeve of the week is the number of times I […]


Rethinking School Discipline

July 30th, 2015

By Laura Robinson, Intern to Sally Bagshaw* When you walk into the honors and advanced placement classes at my Seattle alma mater you see predominantly white faces. Garfield High School is located in the middle of Seattle’s Central District and has a very diverse and talented student population, but its diversity was not and is not […]


Building for the Future

July 9th, 2015

By Laura Robinson, Intern to Sally Bagshaw* Recently I had the opportunity to visit YouthCare’s YouthBuild with Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw and Bruce Harrell. YouthCare is a Seattle-based organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless and at-risk youth. Their model of care is based around three critical steps: engage, stabilize and prepare. The third step […]


Uptown Unites around Arts District

June 29th, 2015

By Sally Bagshaw and Alberta Bleck   Last Thursday evening we hopped on our bikes and headed to Uptown, one of our favorite, fast-growing neighborhoods in the city to discuss Arts & Culture Districts, a designation the City applies to communities with a rich culture and history of art and creativity. You may be asking […]


Our Mission: Making it safer and easier to Move Seattle

June 23rd, 2015

Of the critical issues facing the City of Seattle, transportation infrastructure is one of the most urgent to address.  Relieving traffic congestion and making safer streets are the issues I hear about in every neighborhood. It’s true.   Seattle’s hour glass shape makes it challenging to get people and goods through our city efficiently and safely.   […]


Meet Laura! Guest Post: Change Doesn’t Need to be Painful

June 9th, 2015

This post was written by Laura Robinson, my new Part-Time Temporary Legislative Assistant, who will be helping my office this summer! Laura is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. Laura grew up in the Columbia City neighborhood and attended Garfield High School. She spent four years living and working in […]