Lid I-5, Connect our City

January 25th, 2017

Last evening I met with Scott Bonjukian, John Feit, and other leaders of the Lid I-5 project.  I have known and worked with many on their board for over a decade – some were with me when we on the Allied Arts board created the Waterfront for All charettes, and look what has happened since! […]

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Putting an End to the Death Penalty

January 23rd, 2017

In our nation, we have chosen to legally sanction hundreds of peoples’ deaths by shooting, hanging, electrocuting, lethally injecting, or gassing in jail. In the State of Washington, we have a moratorium to execution called by Gov. Inslee three years ago. However, without legislation abolishing the death penalty, those on death row could again face either lethal […]

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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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Finally — Affordable Lockers Now on Site at Roy Street Shelter!

January 4th, 2017

January 4, 2017 Waking up and still having our shoes within reach is something many of us take for granted. But for those who are homeless it is not so simple. Many people experiencing homelessness have told me that whether they are in shelters or on the streets, they must sleep with one eye open, […]

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A New Kind of Pipeline: Learning from Germany’s Education System

December 19th, 2016

This past week, eighteen of us from the City of Seattle and the Port of Seattle went to Hamburg, Germany to see how their city has rebuilt and transformed into the vibrant community it has become.  We met with leaders who are addressing urban transformation and inner-city development, port partnership and trade development, educational and […]

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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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Transitioning From Tents to Stability: Moving Faster to Get People Inside

October 18th, 2016

Homelessness is the most talked about issue in town right now. At dinner parties, community meetings, and even at a friend’s wedding Saturday night, people want to talk about how to shift from tents in their neighborhoods or along their drive home, to building more homes and stable shelters for people experiencing homelessness. Guests peppered […]

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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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