Posts for 'Public Safety'

Downtown Safety

August 7th, 2013

Last week the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) sent a letter to the mayor and City Council expressing their concerns about the negative activity that has occurred over the last several weeks in the core of our city. The letter was eloquent and full of frustration, understandably. No one wants to see or feel the intimidation […]

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Supporting a Second Chance

June 10th, 2013

While attending an event this weekend, a long time friend and business owner approached me and said “I cannot understand why you people (viz: Seattle City Councilmembers) insist on passing laws that make it harder to do business in this city.” He was referring to the Job Assistance Legislation, C.B. 117796, which passed out of […]

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Our latest Public Health crisis — and what we can do to get well.

January 28th, 2013

Another domestic dispute  — and again — people were shot and killed in Seattle.  One more family fight, tempers and guns involved, more deaths. Add these to the statistics we know nationwide from the latest annual data: 12,179 people murdered. 18,223 people committed suicide. 592 people killed accidentally. 326 killed by police intervention. 273 died […]

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Tragedy in Connecticut: How will we respond?

December 15th, 2012

I have had tears in my eyes all day thinking about the little hands and faces of those children slain in Connecticut and the others who witnessed it.  Every one of us has a child, a grandchild or KNOWS a child this age. Can you even imagine getting that call from the school?  It is […]

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The Crisis Solutions Center – a much better alternative to jail or ER

August 6th, 2012

A few weeks ago I wrote about LEAD, an innovative program for diverting low-level offenders from the criminal justice system and into needed services. Now I want to thank and congratulate the great team who last week launched another new program designed to help, rather than simply incarcerate or briefly hospitalize, people who suffer from […]

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We’ll Leave the Light On! Register now for Night Out Against Crime (August 7 2012)

July 31st, 2012

In a time when so many are talking public safety, one of the easiest ways to make our communities safer is simply to get to know our neighbors. The first Tuesday in August, you can block off your street and have a party to do just that. Tuesday August 7 will mark the City of […]

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The LEAD program saves money and changes lives

July 16th, 2012

In February, my colleague Councilmember Nick Licata wrote an excellent blog post about an innovative program designed to divert low-level drug and prostitution offenders from arrest: LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion). LEAD is a pre-booking program, which means that individuals enter the LEAD program rather than being processed through the criminal justice system. Evidence has shown […]

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Are we serious about public safety? Here are sixteen things we can actually do.

June 1st, 2012

I am deeply saddened by the shootings in Seattle. All of them. The ones that occurred months ago; the ones that are still unsolved; the ones that just occurred and are practically too raw to talk about. Every shooting results in heartbreak. We have witnessed lives cut short; families and friends bereaved. The loss of […]

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More public safety tips: How to make a good 911 call

January 27th, 2012

I was at the Thorton Creek Alliance (TCA) meeting for provocative community meeting last night, where neighbors had a productive conversation about public safety. Terrie Johnston, a neighborhood liaison from the Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct, spoke.  The neighbors in this area are concerned – as is everyone in our city – about how to […]

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Neighborhoods take action against crime

January 25th, 2012

On Monday night I joined a nighttime walk-about with the Southeast Seattle Crime Prevention Council (SSCPC), a nonprofit community group committed to addressing crime and public safety issues. Roughly 25 neighbors from the Rainier Beach, Beacon Hill, Mt. Baker, and Othello neighborhoods joined security officers from Sound Transit and Seattle Police officers from the South […]

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