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 […]


Our reality – We must create affordable housing. Starting now.

October 20th, 2014

I want to make Seattle affordable for every income bracket. We can no longer limp along and hope the market builds and preserves enough affordable housing that helps everyone build a better life. To accomplish this we must encourage those who live and work and build in our community to be part of the solution: […]


Recycling — yard waste, paper, plastics, metals and now — food waste.

September 29th, 2014

I have had many conversations this past week about the City’s new compost requirements.  Friends and strangers alike are asking, ” Why are we doing this?” The answer simply is that we are on the vanguard of recycling, and over two decades ago we set a goal for ourselves of recycling over 60% by 2015 and up to […]


Civil in Seattle: Downtown District Council’s Public Safety Forum

September 26th, 2014

Wednesday night this week I had the opportunity to speak on a panel to a group of downtown residents and other community members about Public Safety and our efforts around making Downtown Seattle a clean, safe, and welcoming place to be. I joined our new police Chief O’Toole and City Attorney Pete Holmes. This forum […]


Creating Clean, Safe, Affordable Places to Live — Tiny Houses and more.

September 16th, 2014

Last spring I visited Quixote Village in Olympia and suggested we should build 1,000 small houses region-wide for those who want to live in compact affordable homes or to bring people who are homeless in from out of the rain. You can read my views here. Panza, a faith-based non profit working with the City […]


Secure Your Truck Loads Part 2.

September 8th, 2014

In the Secure Your Truck Loads Part 1 I spoke about Robin Abel and her tireless work to pass laws to keep us all safer on our roads.   Thanks to Seattle Public Utilities for sending the following information about securing truck loads to its employees: Driving with an unsecured load is against Washington state law. […]


Secure Your Truck Loads! Part 1.

September 3rd, 2014

It’s fall.  Lots of trucks carrying stuff are heading back to school, and lots of leaves and yard debris are heading to the dump. Please SECURE YOUR  LOADS when driving your truck.  It’s a crime not to. Recently I have corresponded with Robin Abel who asked me to remind drivers that loaded trucks must be […]


Oh, the Places You’ll Go with Seattle Parks and Greenways!

April 25th, 2014

You know all this from my previous blog entries (Part I, Part II, and Part III): Our city proudly counts 465 parks spanning 6,200 acres of beaches, forests, fields, playgrounds, ball courts, community centers, and rain-kissed open space. We rely on these parks for respite from city life, room to stretch our legs, space to […]


Make Way for Play! A How-to guide to Take Back Your Street

April 24th, 2014

  Ready for some exciting homemade neighborhood fun inspired by you, your family and your neighbors?  This spring and summer we can take over the streets and expand our neighborhood park space. The point is to celebrate community and culture in every neighborhood through an opportunity called “place-making.”   The asphalt isn’t just for cars anymore.  This […]


Parks – Recognizing Costs Savings, and Energy Efficiencies, and Labor Reductions

April 17th, 2014

We Councilmembers will make a decision next Monday whether and how to create a funding source dedicated to Parks alone. We have loved our parks and greenspaces for more than a century. We look to parks for health, sanctuary, and play.  Unfortunately, we have been unable to maintain them as if they will be around […]