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 […]


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 […]