Paid Family Leave Symposium at the UW

August 12th, 2016

In 1979 when I had my second child, I worked at a local university. I gave birth to my son early Wednesday morning, and had to be back to the office the following Saturday morning to finish a legal brief. Yes, I had some unpaid time thereafter to stay home with him, but those six weeks passed […]


The NRA and I Finally Agree

July 21st, 2016

Today at our Public Health Board meeting I learned a fact that may help me build my first bridge with the NRA: State wide in 2014, 1119 people took their own lives.  Nearly half —  551 — of these people shot themselves. Sadly, King County has one of the highest firearm suicide statistics in the […]


San Francisco Trip Part III: Pit Stops

June 28th, 2016

I must have said this a thousand times: Seattle needs more public restrooms. We have them in some of our parks.  Why not Downtown? Yes, I am well aware that we have “tried this before”.  We should try it again and look south to San Francisco for a successful model. The City of San Francisco […]


Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day — even a little about Dux4

June 20th, 2016

This day, June 20, 2016 we are recognizing  worldwide Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) Awareness day.  Why, you might ask? Muscular Dystrophy causes the progressive deterioration of the muscles in the arms, back, legs and face, often robbing its victims of their health and independence. Most people who are affected by FSHD are unable to lift their arms […]


San Francisco Trip Part II: Addiction Treatment and Options to Improve Public Health and Public Safety

June 20th, 2016

After our visit to the San Francisco Navigation Center, our Seattle coalition — including King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, representatives from the Human Services Department, the Neighborhood Safety Alliance, the If Project, and Columbia Legal Services — walked to the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Integrated Buprenorphine Intervention Service Center (IBIS Center) The opioid […]


Building connections in the East Duwamish Greenbelt

June 17th, 2016

“You make me feel like a human again,” a woman confided to a Union Gospel Mission’s Search & Rescue Team  member after receiving a new blanket, some fresh bottled water and something to eat. Speaking fondly and respectfully of the people that he’d met in Greenbelt, UGM Team member Brian proudly showed off a necklace […]


San Francisco Trip Part I: The Navigation Center — and now a Navigation Center in Seattle too!

June 9th, 2016

Last month King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles and I went to San Francisco with a number of local friends to learn more about how San Francisco is assisting people who are living on the streets and struggling with behavioral health and drug addiction. A small group of us with representatives from Columbia Legal Services, the […]


Saving ourselves from Gun Violence: Do Not Stand Idly By

June 3rd, 2016

My anger boiled over on December 14, 2012 when a young man shot 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and later turned the gun on his mother and himself.  I grieved for the families and could only begin to imagine the empty places in their hearts that might never heal. I […]


Seattle Sexism: It’s Real and It Has To Stop

May 12th, 2016

We women have made great strides toward equality in many ways, but this past week we learned a sad lesson: Scratch the surface in Seattle and some serious anti-women sentiment begins brewing. For those who haven’t followed the local story, the Seattle City Council denied a public street vacation in SODO to support a developer’s […]


Sound Transit Needs Your Input!

April 29th, 2016

Seattle voters will soon have an exciting opportunity to consider a ballot measure asking whether we will support a regional light rail system, including a light rail line connecting Downtown to Ballard, with stops at South Lake Union, Seattle Center, and Interbay. The most recent openings of the Capitol Hill and University District light rail […]


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