Posts for 'Public Safety'

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 […]

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Checkin’ out the Streets with the MID Outreach Team

April 15th, 2016

I met Jackie St. Louis and Judy Parker at 7:30 a.m. this past Thursday morning at the Metropolitan Improvement District’s (MID) Offices Downtown. Jackie and Judy are incredibly talented outreach workers. Those of us who live and work Downtown know the MID Ambassadors – the 90 women and men who wear bright yellow jackets — […]

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Thank You Seattle Voters!

November 5th, 2014

I woke up this morning proud that I live in Seattle. Thank you Seattle voters for voting to protect public safety by requiring criminal background checks on gun transactions, to invest in transit, and to improve access to quality preschool for the children in our city.  Thanks especially to all who worked on these successful campaigns […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Lockers: One Way to Help

February 11th, 2014

You may have read this in The Stranger, but in case you haven’t, I wanted you to see a letter that Councilmember Harrell and I wrote. Thanks for reading — Sally Imagine you have lost your job, your home, maybe your marriage or long term relationship. You now find yourself alone and homeless in Seattle. […]

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Looking forward

January 10th, 2014

On Monday, January 6th, 2014 I had the great pleasure of beginning my second term representing you as a Seattle City Councilmember. I wanted to say a few words about some of what I want to accomplish for you over the next few years. First, a healthy, clean and vibrant city, both in our downtown […]

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