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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 […]


Paid Family Leave Symposium at the UW

August 12th, 2016

In 1979 when I had my second child, I worked at a local university. I gave birth to my son early Wednesday morning, and had to be back to the office the following Saturday morning to finish a legal brief. Yes, I had some unpaid time thereafter to stay home with him, but those six weeks passed […]


The NRA and I Finally Agree

July 21st, 2016

Today at our Public Health Board meeting I learned a fact that may help me build my first bridge with the NRA: State wide in 2014, 1119 people took their own lives.  Nearly half —  551 — of these people shot themselves. Sadly, King County has one of the highest firearm suicide statistics in the […]


San Francisco Trip Part III: Pit Stops

June 28th, 2016

I must have said this a thousand times: Seattle needs more public restrooms. We have them in some of our parks.  Why not Downtown? Yes, I am well aware that we have “tried this before”.  We should try it again and look south to San Francisco for a successful model. The City of San Francisco […]


San Francisco Trip Part I: The Navigation Center — and now a Navigation Center in Seattle too!

June 9th, 2016

Last month King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles and I went to San Francisco with a number of local friends to learn more about how San Francisco is assisting people who are living on the streets and struggling with behavioral health and drug addiction. A small group of us with representatives from Columbia Legal Services, the […]


Seattle Sexism: It’s Real and It Has To Stop

May 12th, 2016

We women have made great strides toward equality in many ways, but this past week we learned a sad lesson: Scratch the surface in Seattle and some serious anti-women sentiment begins brewing. For those who haven’t followed the local story, the Seattle City Council denied a public street vacation in SODO to support a developer’s […]


Sound Transit Needs Your Input!

April 29th, 2016

Seattle voters will soon have an exciting opportunity to consider a ballot measure asking whether we will support a regional light rail system, including a light rail line connecting Downtown to Ballard, with stops at South Lake Union, Seattle Center, and Interbay. The most recent openings of the Capitol Hill and University District light rail […]


Office Hours in District 7

April 25th, 2016

Last Wednesday, I hosted District 7 Office Hours in the Belltown Community Center. I was pleased to hear from community members on topics ranging from housing, transit, HALA, recreational marijuana licenses and homelessness. Each person brought a unique perspective, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to speak informally and in depth about their issues. Specifically, […]


The Occidental Street Vacation is a Seriously Bad Idea

April 19th, 2016

I recognize the time and money that has gone into this street vacation proposal and I very much appreciate my council colleagues and applaud our sport fans and supporters who have come to dozens of meetings and events since 2012, making their wishes and recommendations known loud and clear. That said, I cannot fathom why […]


Street Beans and New Horizons: A Cup of Coffee Overflowing with Compassion

April 19th, 2016

Friday night basketball games, high school proms, college applications, Monday morning math tests, and drama performances–these should be the biggest worries for youth and young adults in King County, not where they are going to sleep tonight. Sadly, hundreds of youth and young adults are simply trying to survive in our region. During this year’s […]


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