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Creating a Community of Care for Tent City 5

September 11th, 2017

We have come a long way since Tent City Five (TC5) first came to Interbay two years ago. I am deeply grateful to the compassionate Queen Anne, Magnolia, and Interbay residents and businesses who have built this caring community together. On Wednesday, September 6, I attended a meeting at the Magnolia Community Center hosted jointly by […]

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Our Moral Compass:  Responding to Charlottesville, DACA and Taking Regional Action  

September 6th, 2017

The hatred on display in Charlottesville in August was a shock felt around the world.  Journalists, academics, activists, engaged community members and many thoughtful politicians in our nation — including those of us who have learned from history — continue to think about the implications. Despite the ugliness, the response has been significantly uniform in […]

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The Next Big Move to Get Off the Streets: Seattle’s Navigation Center

July 25th, 2017

“Everything is double-hard out here, including being clean.” This bit of wisdom came from Sidney who spoke in May with the Seattle Times.   He was living in a tent on South Dearborn at the time.   He’d been homeless for two years and was struggling to survive.  He was trying to figure out on a daily […]

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Expanding the Jewel of Seattle: Pike Place MarketFront opens its doors!

July 12th, 2017

Pike Place Market has long been the jewel of Seattle—110 years next month to be exact. I live just five blocks away from the Market, and I relish my time selecting fresh fruit and flowers from market vendors every week.  Seattle is fortunate, indeed, to have such a vibrant, historic piece of our legacy for […]

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Expanding Treatment for Opioid Addiction

June 23rd, 2017

The lead of an article in the Washington Post the morning of June 20, 2017 read, “The coast to coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year.” We also learned this past week that Congress is […]

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Homelessness:  We Know the Problem and We Know How to Solve It.

June 19th, 2017

Last month All Home issued its comprehensive count identifying the number of people who are homeless in Seattle and King County.  King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles and I held a joint committee on May 31, 2017 where the results were issued publicly for the first time.  You can watch the presentation on the King County […]

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Success! New Firearm Surrender Laws are Working

May 8th, 2017

Names are changed but the situations are real:  Elizabeth from Magnolia, Marguerite in Queen Anne, and Shaun in Pioneer Square have something in common.  They are all victims of domestic violence.  A partner, a wife, a husband — people of all ages and incomes in our community are impacted by intimate partner violence. Tragedies like […]

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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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