Posts for July, 2012

We’ll Leave the Light On! Register now for Night Out Against Crime (August 7 2012)

July 31st, 2012

In a time when so many are talking public safety, one of the easiest ways to make our communities safer is simply to get to know our neighbors. The first Tuesday in August, you can block off your street and have a party to do just that. Tuesday August 7 will mark the City of […]


The kids are all right: Caravan mobile skate shop

July 19th, 2012

I met 26-year old Jeremy Hopwood at the Jefferson Park Jubilee last weekend.  While standing in line at one of the many vendors, he thoughtfully opened a bottle of water for me and we started talking.  “Want to see my van?” he tentatively offered.  Every bit as tentatively, I said, “Hmmmm.”  We were enjoying  a […]


The LEAD program saves money and changes lives

July 16th, 2012

In February, my colleague Councilmember Nick Licata wrote an excellent blog post about an innovative program designed to divert low-level drug and prostitution offenders from arrest: LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion). LEAD is a pre-booking program, which means that individuals enter the LEAD program rather than being processed through the criminal justice system. Evidence has shown […]


Sidewalk cafes bloom with summer sun

July 9th, 2012

Just based on today’s Land Use Information Bulletin, there seems to be an increase in sidewalk café permit applications in Seattle as the summer weather sets in. I’m delighted by this. Sidewalk cafés make our streets more inviting, present opportunities for neighbors to meet and get to know one another at a “third place,” (other […]


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