New Heights and Celebration: Uptown Rezone, Welcoming Our 55th Mayor, Budget Season, International Peace Day

September 21st, 2017

This week has been a whirlwind—and it’s only Thursday! Here are a few reflections on the progress we made this week on issues important to District 7 and our entire City. Our New Mayor:   “What’s happening at City Hall?”   Oh my. It’s true we’ve had three Mayors in a week and the transition has been […]

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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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Seattle Must Do More to Help Former Prisoners Get Housing

August 7th, 2017

We all need a second chance at some point in our lives. Many of us have done something in our past we regret. That said, our mistakes should not define us, especially when we’ve paid the price for what we’ve done. Council Member Herbold has been championing in her Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and […]

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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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10 Reasons to Love a Bike Lane – Another Age Friendly Move 

May 13th, 2017

I have a grumpy neighbor who hates bicycles.  We are surprisingly good friends despite our differences, and we regularly debate this issue. He drives his BMW to go a few blocks to the grocery store, and he thinks all bicycles should be banned from city streets. I remind him that I am a bicycle rider, and I pay […]

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Homelessness – Addressing the Immediate Crisis and the Path Forward

May 11th, 2017

I frequently meet with neighborhoods to talk  about what we are doing to end homelessness.  This post — albeit lengthy — offers  updates you can share with your neighbors.  If you read this to the end and follow the hyperlinks, you may be surprised at how much is really happening and the scope of the efforts to […]

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