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Paid Family Leave Program for City of Seattle Employees

February 21st, 2017

On Friday, February 17, 2017,  Mayor Murray signed legislation assuring that no City employee will have to choose between taking care of a loved one or earning a paycheck. When a new child is born or adopted, City of Seattle employees will now have a minimum guaranteed twelve weeks of paid assistance, and when a […]

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Moving forward with the first Seattle Navigation Center

February 13th, 2017

Last week the Mayor announced that our first  Navigation Center will be housed in the International District in the Pearl Warren Building. I have heard some concerns about location, and I will say that nearly every neighborhood initially has concerns about the location of human service facilities.  That said, we have seen in Seattle over the past […]

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Connecting With the Library’s Daily Readers

February 2nd, 2017

The Seattle Public Libraries (SPL) offer a lifeline for people who are experiencing homelessness. Libraries offer community spaces to get warm, rest, access the internet, use the bathroom, and read without being disturbed. SPL has also worked hard to reduce barriers to using the library, like issuing library cards to people without a permanent address […]

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Reversing the heroin and opioid crisis

January 27th, 2017

I fully support of the Heroin and Opioid Taskforce recommendations and appreciate all the work and time the Taskforce put into the report. To reverse the opioid crisis, we must approach heroin and opioid addiction holistically, compassionately, through a public health lens and implement proven best practices.  This is exactly what the Heroin and Opioid […]

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Opioid Addiction Recommendations: Best Practices and a United Front

January 19th, 2017

Seattle and King County face a heroin and opioid addiction crisis. The numbers are staggering–229 individuals died in 2015 from heroin and prescription overdoses in King County alone. Despite the very real need, our region still suffers from a lack of services and treatment beds to address substance abuse. There are only sixteen detoxification beds […]

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2016 In Review!

December 15th, 2016

Representing you on the Seattle City Council is a great honor and I treasure every day of it. I am proud that Seattle continues to be a leader in driving progressive and smart policy–secure scheduling, paid leave for employees, gun responsibility, coordination with city, county and state governments and public health improvements are just a […]

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2017 budget adopted! Addressing homelessness, creating safe communities and devising system-wide reforms

November 23rd, 2016

After many weeks of intense work, Council has adopted the 2017 City budget, and I am very pleased with the priorities we supported next year. We are moving forward in many ways that matter greatly to me. In this budget, I remained focused on three main priorities: to address homelessness, to create safe communities in […]

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The Sun will Rise Again this Morning

November 9th, 2016

I am deeply disappointed by the outcome of the presidential election. The people of this country have elected a man who repeatedly demonstrated his disrespect for so many – to women, Latinos, Muslims, Black Americans, LGBTQ couples, his contractors, his past wives and people with whom he disagrees. The world is shocked by this decision; […]

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The Conversation about Encampments and Sweeps Continue

October 16th, 2016

Last Friday, October 14, 2016, in my Human Services and Public Health Committee we discussed two substitute versions of CB 118794 about encampments and sweeps.  If you missed the four hours of controversy, you can catch up: watch Seattle Channel’s   Video link here. Links to the underlying legislation, and two substitutes — one offered by […]

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Seattle May Be Slow, but We Are Catching Up

September 24th, 2016

In 2011 my friend Rep. Cindy Ryu drafted a bill to give cities authority to reduce city street speeds. The bill was based on research coming out of the UK and our own local friends in Portland among others, confirming why a “20 is Plenty” plan reduces injuries and accidents for all modes of traffic and brings […]

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