Success! One BLOCK at a Time

December 11th, 2017

Last year, my visionary architect friend Rex Hohlbein and his architect daughter Jenn LaFreniere left their jobs and created the Block Project.  Thanks to their vision, Seattle homeowners are now saying, “YES in my backyard!” to solve homelessness. The BLOCK Project is more than your typical low income housing effort to move people out of […]

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One Table = Thousands More Homes

December 6th, 2017

It’s been over two years since the King County Executive and the Seattle Mayor declared a state of emergency around homelessness. We have developed new policies, awarded contracts, and argued vociferously about approaches. Gratefully, we will now shift away from arguments toward a coordinated regional system to solve our homelessness crisis. We have made critical […]

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Highlights of Our 2018 Budget

November 22nd, 2017

On Monday, November 20, we City Councilmembers held our final vote on the 2018 budget. This was my 8th budget as a Councilmember and it proved to be a challenging one. With many admirable programs deserving funding within the balanced budget, we had hard decisions to make. I approached the budget with four key priorities […]

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Enough Is Enough: We Need to Do More for Gun Responsibility NOW

October 4th, 2017

On Monday morning, our nation woke up to reports of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. We grieve for the 59 people who lost their lives and the hundreds injured in the attack in Las Vegas. As new evidence and details emerge we learn that the shooter brought in 23 guns along with […]

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Want to Improve Neighborhood Safety? Invest in Public Health

October 4th, 2017

Like most other states, we in Washington spend millions of dollars prosecuting and incarcerating drug users every year. If, instead, we invested that money in treatment and public health, we would see progress in tackling the opioid addiction crisis, reducing the spread of diseases such as HIV, and in improved public safety outcomes. This is exactly what I will propose in […]

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UPDATE Creating a Community of Care for TC5

September 25th, 2017

We received excellent news from the Human Services Department about the future of Tent City 5! Here is their statement: “We are pleased to partner with the Port of Seattle to lease their Tsubota property for the Tent City 5 Interbay City permitted encampment, which is scheduled to move from its current location before their […]

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New Heights and Celebration: Uptown Rezone, Welcoming Our 55th Mayor, Budget Season, International Peace Day

September 21st, 2017

This week has been a whirlwind—and it’s only Thursday! Here are a few reflections on the progress we made this week on issues important to District 7 and our entire City. Our New Mayor:   “What’s happening at City Hall?”   Oh my. It’s true we’ve had three Mayors in a week and the transition has been […]

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Creating a Community of Care for Tent City 5

September 11th, 2017

We have come a long way since Tent City Five (TC5) first came to Interbay two years ago. I am deeply grateful to the compassionate Queen Anne, Magnolia, and Interbay residents and businesses who have built this caring community together. On Wednesday, September 6, I attended a meeting at the Magnolia Community Center hosted jointly by […]

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Our Moral Compass:  Responding to Charlottesville, DACA and Taking Regional Action  

September 6th, 2017

The hatred on display in Charlottesville in August was a shock felt around the world.  Journalists, academics, activists, engaged community members and many thoughtful politicians in our nation — including those of us who have learned from history — continue to think about the implications. Despite the ugliness, the response has been significantly uniform in […]

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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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