Posts for August, 2012

Help for caregivers goes unused – please help get the word out!

August 28th, 2012

Last month I participated in a brown bag forum in Council Chambers that focused on caregiver issues. It was held as a special meeting of the Housing, Human Services, Health & Culture committee chaired by my colleague Councilmember Nick Licata. I was surprised to learn that King County’s services for caregivers—available through the King County […]


Get ready for paid sick/safe time (PSST)

August 20th, 2012

After many discussions, and much debate, Seattle City Council passed Ordinance 123698 on September 12, 2011. That law, also known as Paid Sick/Safe Time (PSST) takes effect on September 1. While those who worked hard on this issue know about this important date, our job now is to make sure others know about it as […]


This Time It’s Personal – Fighting Muscular Dystrophy

August 15th, 2012

Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, or FSHD, is the most common type of muscular dystrophy. It is caused by a genetic defect that interferes with muscle regeneration.  Why do I care? The major symptoms of FSHD are the progressive weakening and loss of muscles in the face, shoulder and upper arms. The disease then often progresses down […]


STEM-focused schools promise bright futures

August 9th, 2012

During SeaFair I had the pleasure of attending a briefing for potential civilian ridealongs with the Blue Angels. I was picked as an alternate this year, and only as I stood on the tarmac did I learn that the person I was backing up was Deidre Holmberg, principal of Delta High School in Richland, Washington.  […]


The Crisis Solutions Center – a much better alternative to jail or ER

August 6th, 2012

A few weeks ago I wrote about LEAD, an innovative program for diverting low-level offenders from the criminal justice system and into needed services. Now I want to thank and congratulate the great team who last week launched another new program designed to help, rather than simply incarcerate or briefly hospitalize, people who suffer from […]


Adult supervision: Enter Westlake Park play space only if accompanied by a kid

August 2nd, 2012

If you happened to be downtown Monday, July 30, you might have noticed something a little unusual going on at Westlake Park. For example, a bouncy castle fully occupied by bouncing children, a temporary stage where a chicken, a space alien, and other The Bears Upstairs band members traded places at the piano, and a […]


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