Prepare to Care: Start the Conversation and Where to Find Tools to Help

January 22nd, 2019

Since the establishment of Age Friendly Seattle two years ago I have championed making Seattle a more age-friendly city for all of our residents. An important part of this work is our day to day effort to include our seniors and disabled neighbors when making decisions.  This goes for major decisions like transportation options and […]

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Livable Community Series – Mobility and Transportation

January 8th, 2019

As we kick off 2019, I am doubling down my commitment to making Seattle an Age Friendly City that is safe and livable for everyone in our community, young and old, for all ages and abilities. Seattle’s Age Friendly Seattle program is already making progress. We are focusing on improving the lives of Seattle residents […]

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2019- The Year of Action

December 26th, 2018

2018 Budget and Looking Forward to 2019 After a robust and respectful budget process, the Seattle City Council voted to approve a $5.9 billion 2019 City Budget on November 19, 2018. It was my privilege to serve my colleagues and the city as Budget Chair.  While this was my first year in that role, it […]

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Prepare to Care: Start the Conversation

December 10th, 2018

November was National Caregiver Month. To celebrate, we hosted an Age Friendly Seattle “Lunch and Learn” on November 28th to build public awareness around the supportive services that are available to all unpaid Primary Caregivers and care receivers regardless of economic need. To promote our Age-Friendly city, we have preparatory tools available to support our […]

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Kicking off the 2019/2020 Budget Season

September 24th, 2018

Earlier today Mayor Durkan transmitted her 2019 / 2020 budget to the City Council.  On Wednesday of this week the Council will begin our budget deliberations, which last until the week of Thanksgiving. As the Chair of the Select Budget Committee I want to take some time to introduce the budget process to you as […]

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Lid I-5: Reconnect Seattle

August 24th, 2018

  Image courtesy of Patano Studio Architecture Seattle is growing fast, and if the number of people moving here did not make that clear, the number of cranes that can be seen over our skyline does. As fast as we want to build, what limits us in Seattle is the amount of available land. Recently, […]

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A Coordinated Response to Addressing Elder Abuse

July 19th, 2018

Imagine you learn that a trusted relation has drained your grandfather’s bank account, leaving him without resources and his home mortgage about to be foreclosed. Or that a drug-addicted sister has moved back in with Mom and Dad and has insisted –repeatedly — that your parents withdraw money from their ATM.  She has invited her drug addicted […]

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My Stance on Safe Consumption Sites

June 14th, 2018

I would like to address concerns I have heard about a conversation we had at our June 7 Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee. During a discussion on a safe consumption site, or community health engagement location (CHEL), I said people assume a safe consumption site means the government will provide the drugs on […]

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Magnolia Bridge Update

May 24th, 2018

  The morning after the community meeting this week, I received an email from a neighbor asking very pointed questions about what’s next for the Magnolia Bridge. The neighbor’s questions reflected the deep frustrations voiced at the community meeting this past Monday night. Many people in Magnolia know a great deal about the history of […]

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Age Friendly: Respect and Social Inclusion

March 16th, 2018

*Originally Published in the Queen Anne and Magnolia News “Every time I read or hear the words “the elderly,” I feel a lump in my throat,” writes Adrienne Ione, Founder of Silver Linings Integrative Health. Adrienne goes on to say, if we were to reference any one group as “the ____” it would be “so […]

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