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My Stance on Safe Consumption Sites

June 14th, 2018

I would like to address concerns I have heard about a conversation we had at our June 7 Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee. During a discussion on a safe consumption site, or community health engagement location (CHEL), I said people assume a safe consumption site means the government will provide the drugs on […]

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Magnolia Bridge Update

May 24th, 2018

  The morning after the community meeting this week, I received an email from a neighbor asking very pointed questions about what’s next for the Magnolia Bridge. The neighbor’s questions reflected the deep frustrations voiced at the community meeting this past Monday night. Many people in Magnolia know a great deal about the history of […]

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Age Friendly: Respect and Social Inclusion

March 16th, 2018

*Originally Published in the Queen Anne and Magnolia News “Every time I read or hear the words “the elderly,” I feel a lump in my throat,” writes Adrienne Ione, Founder of Silver Linings Integrative Health. Adrienne goes on to say, if we were to reference any one group as “the ____” it would be “so […]

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Building a Pathway Home at Fort Lawton

January 30th, 2018

*Originally Published in Queen Anne and Magnolia News Hundreds of community members packed the Magnolia United Church of Christ for a public hearing on the Fort Lawton Redevelopment Plan last Tuesday, January 9th. People came from Magnolia and across Seattle to take part in a discussion about the future of Fort Lawton, land the city […]

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Kicking off Heart Health Month – Wear Red on Friday, February 2!

January 30th, 2018

The leading cause of death in the US — among both women and men– is also one of the most preventable. Heart Disease kills 844,000 people in the US and according to local statistics 830 people died last year in Seattle alone. Nationwide, roughly ¼ of American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular […]

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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 of 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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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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