Taking Care of Those Who Take Care of Us

December 1st, 2014

I am a major fan of my downtown neighborhood.   Here are a few of my favorite businesses and neighbors within a few blocks of my downtown home: ANCIENT GROUNDS:  I buy superb coffee from Roland Crawford (and occasionally some of his amazing art) at Ancient Grounds on 1st Avenue just south of University Street.  Here’s […]


Mary’s Place and Crowdfunding Toward Solutions for Homelessness

November 14th, 2014

We are about to pass a budget in the City of Seattle that truly puts people first. I am proud of the additional $1+ million my colleagues and I added to help people who are homeless get safe housing, to clean their clothes and shower, to charge their phones, to move off our city streets […]


Green Seattle Day 2014

November 10th, 2014

  Thank you, everyone who volunteered during the 9th Annual Green Seattle Day this past Saturday! I joined almost 200 people to plant nearly 1000 native trees and shrubs in our Cheasty Forest. The Cheasty volunteers had  removed mountains of ivy and other invasives over the past year and Saturday was the fun part — planting […]


The Westlake Cycle Track: A way we all can get where we need to go

November 5th, 2014

I had the opportunity to attend the third and final open house hosted by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to discuss a multi-model transportation project happening in our Westlake Community: the new Westlake Cycle Track. The implementation of the Cycle Track will be an important step forward to make our streets bike-able, walk-able, drivable […]


Thank You Seattle Voters!

November 5th, 2014

I woke up this morning proud that I live in Seattle. Thank you Seattle voters for voting to protect public safety by requiring criminal background checks on gun transactions, to invest in transit, and to improve access to quality preschool for the children in our city.  Thanks especially to all who worked on these successful campaigns […]


2015-2016 Budget Update

November 3rd, 2014

My colleagues on City Council and I are working together to review Mayor Murray’s budget for 2015-2016. We’ve heard from hundreds of people at the two Public Hearings and many more people have written to suggest investments in programs we want to support—thank you for your active participation in the process! My primary budget priorities for this year […]


Safe trick or treating

October 31st, 2014

Happy Halloween! Seattle Police Department has some recommendations to keep your family and our community safe this Halloween. Ensure that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters. As adults there are some very simple things we can do to make the evening safe everyone. Turn on your porch light. Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the […]


From Streets to Shelter

October 30th, 2014

Even though we provide millions of dollars for supportive housing, according to the One Night Count last January 3,123 people remain on our streets county-wide, without permanent shelter. This is a public health and public safety crisis–for those who are unsheltered and for everyone in the community. I heard powerful testimony from those who attended […]


Smart on Crime

October 28th, 2014

I am focused on creating safe, equitable programs in our criminal justice system. As a former King County Prosecuting Attorney, I’ve seen how alternatives to long jail time can change lives. These alternatives are also cost effective for the taxpayer. We on the City Council have been discussing “alternatives to incarceration” as research comes in demonstrating their effectiveness. I support these […]


Where to go when you gotta go

October 23rd, 2014

I’ve been hearing concerns from many that our downtown public spaces feel unwelcoming. As someone who lives and works downtown, I am committed to creating a civic center that is safe, healthy and welcoming to all. I’m working on several ideas including making it easier to access a restroom for everyone who lives, works and […]