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 […]


Guest Post: Building for the Future

July 9th, 2015

By Laura Robinson 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 assists young people in […]


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 […]


Accessible Parks — Seattle Center Wow!

May 26th, 2015

Creating parks that are accessible for all abilities has been a goal of mine for years.   In 2011 when I chaired the Parks and Seattle Center Committee I wrote:   “At the core of Seattle Parks & Recreation’s mission statement is a vow to provide all citizens with safe and welcoming opportunities to play, […]


Collaboration will be the key to figuring this all out.

May 11th, 2015

“Collaboration will be the key to figuring this all out.” Thus concludes a recent article by my colleague Dave Gering from Seattle’s Manufacturing and Industrial Council (MIC).  Although he and I approach the problem of permitting Shell Oil to do business in Seattle very differently, his conclusion is the right one for a decision as […]


Calling all gardeners!

April 17th, 2015

Biking through Vancouver B.C. last summer I enjoyed its many greenways and became enamored with the bright, lush and creative street side gardens. Its Green Streets Program encourages neighbors to adopt a planting area; some are marked as “available for adoption”, and other sites are created by the individual community members themselves. The gardens aren’t […]


First Avenue Mainstreet Meetups: Working Together to Find Solutions

February 27th, 2015

On a windy, overcast evening in February, a group of business owners, human services providers, community advocates, Seattle Police Officers, Economic Development experts, and other community members gathered at Ancient Grounds on First Avenue to discuss economic development in our Downtown Community. This meeting, called the First Avenue Mainstreet Meetup, brought together a variety of […]