Accessible Parks — Seattle Center Wow!

May 26th, 2015

Creating parks that are accessible for all abilities has been a goal of mine for years.   In 2011 when I chaired the Parks and Seattle Center Committee I wrote:   “At the core of Seattle Parks & Recreation’s mission statement is a vow to provide all citizens with safe and welcoming opportunities to play, […]


Collaboration will be the key to figuring this all out.

May 11th, 2015

“Collaboration will be the key to figuring this all out.” Thus concludes a recent article by my colleague Dave Gering from Seattle’s Manufacturing and Industrial Council (MIC).  Although he and I approach the problem of permitting Shell Oil to do business in Seattle very differently, his conclusion is the right one for a decision as […]


Calling all gardeners!

April 17th, 2015

Biking through Vancouver B.C. last summer I enjoyed its many greenways and became enamored with the bright, lush and creative street side gardens. Its Green Streets Program encourages neighbors to adopt a planting area; some are marked as “available for adoption”, and other sites are created by the individual community members themselves. The gardens aren’t […]


First Avenue Mainstreet Meetups: Working Together to Find Solutions

February 27th, 2015

On a windy, overcast evening in February, a group of business owners, human services providers, community advocates, Seattle Police Officers, Economic Development experts, and other community members gathered at Ancient Grounds on First Avenue to discuss economic development in our Downtown Community. This meeting, called the First Avenue Mainstreet Meetup, brought together a variety of […]


Healthy & Safe Communities: DON Grants, Neighborhood Policing and Crime Reduction

February 10th, 2015

In my Council Committee, I oversee both Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Although it is one of our smaller city departments, DON is mighty. It offers many possibilities to “strengthen Seattle by actively engaging all communities.” DON’s work has far reaching benefits, including crime reduction, one of the most important issues […]


My letter to the Woodland Park Zoo regarding the Retirement of Chai and Bamboo

January 27th, 2015

  Earlier this week four of my colleagues, the Mayor and I signed a letter that we sent to Dr. Deborah Jensen, the President and CEO of the Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ). While everyone wants the best for the elephants, our letter encourages the Woodland Park Zoo Board to follow the recommendations of their 2013 Elephant Task […]


The Year in Review: Oh the Places We’ve Been and the Path We’re on for 2015!

January 9th, 2015

Thank you so much for helping make 2014 such a powerful year.  It is no secret how much I love this city and my job, and I am proud of the work and accomplishments we are achieving together.  It is an enormous privilege to represent you on City Council. I would like to share with […]


Meeting our South Lake Union Neighbors

December 29th, 2014

Earlier this month I attended a meeting of the South Lake Union Community Council, a very well organized and committed group of people who work and live in the rapidly growing South Lake Union community. Thanks to chairman Mike McQuaid, and more than a dozen residents from Mirabella alone, I appreciated the turnout and involvement […]


Taking Care of Those Who Take Care of Us

December 1st, 2014

I am a major fan of my downtown neighborhood.   Here are a few of my favorite businesses and neighbors within a few blocks of my downtown home: ANCIENT GROUNDS:  I buy superb coffee from Roland Crawford (and occasionally some of his amazing art) at Ancient Grounds on 1st Avenue just south of University Street.  Here’s […]


Mary’s Place and Crowdfunding Toward Solutions for Homelessness

November 14th, 2014

We are about to pass a budget in the City of Seattle that truly puts people first. I am proud of the additional $1+ million my colleagues and I added to help people who are homeless get safe housing, to clean their clothes and shower, to charge their phones, to move off our city streets […]