Seattle Must Do More to Help Former Prisoners Get Housing

August 7th, 2017

We all need a second chance at some point in our lives. Many of us have done something in our past we regret. That said, our mistakes should not define us, especially when we’ve paid the price for what we’ve done. Council Member Herbold has been championing in her Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and […]

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The Next Big Move to Get Off the Streets: Seattle’s Navigation Center

July 25th, 2017

“Everything is double-hard out here, including being clean.” This bit of wisdom came from Sidney who spoke in May with the Seattle Times.   He was living in a tent on South Dearborn at the time.   He’d been homeless for two years and was struggling to survive.  He was trying to figure out on a daily […]

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Expanding the Jewel of Seattle: Pike Place MarketFront opens its doors!

July 12th, 2017

Pike Place Market has long been the jewel of Seattle—110 years next month to be exact. I live just five blocks away from the Market, and I relish my time selecting fresh fruit and flowers from market vendors every week.  Seattle is fortunate, indeed, to have such a vibrant, historic piece of our legacy for […]

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Expanding Treatment for Opioid Addiction

June 23rd, 2017

The lead of an article in the Washington Post the morning of June 20, 2017 read, “The coast to coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year.” We also learned this past week that Congress is […]

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Homelessness:  We Know the Problem and We Know How to Solve It.

June 19th, 2017

Last month All Home issued its comprehensive count identifying the number of people who are homeless in Seattle and King County.  King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles and I held a joint committee on May 31, 2017 where the results were issued publicly for the first time.  You can watch the presentation on the King County […]

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10 Reasons to Love a Bike Lane – Another Age Friendly Move 

May 13th, 2017

I have a grumpy neighbor who hates bicycles.  We are surprisingly good friends despite our differences, and we regularly debate this issue. He drives his BMW to go a few blocks to the grocery store, and he thinks all bicycles should be banned from city streets. I remind him that I am a bicycle rider, and I pay […]

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Homelessness – Addressing the Immediate Crisis and the Path Forward

May 11th, 2017

I frequently meet with neighborhoods to talk  about what we are doing to end homelessness.  This post — albeit lengthy — offers  updates you can share with your neighbors.  If you read this to the end and follow the hyperlinks, you may be surprised at how much is really happening and the scope of the efforts to […]

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Success! New Firearm Surrender Laws are Working

May 8th, 2017

Names are changed but the situations are real:  Elizabeth from Magnolia, Marguerite in Queen Anne, and Shaun in Pioneer Square have something in common.  They are all victims of domestic violence.  A partner, a wife, a husband — people of all ages and incomes in our community are impacted by intimate partner violence. Tragedies like […]

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Building Connections and Offering Work 

March 29th, 2017

I have received many emails from friends and neighbors asking “Why don’t we do what Albuquerque and Portland, Maine are doing – HIRE people who are homeless?” Good news, we do. In Albuquerque, New Mexico the city started a program called  “There’s a Better Way” which reaches homeless people and connects them to jobs throughout Albuquerque. […]

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Age Friendly Seattle: Moving people of all ages, reducing congestion.

March 26th, 2017

  Recently I spent a week in Washington DC with the National League of Cities members. One of my primary goals was to learn what other cities are doing to address the needs of our senior neighbors, and as a tangential bonus I met transportation engineers who are addressing traffic congestion and pedestrian safety in the […]

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