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Kicking off the 2019/2020 Budget Season

September 24th, 2018

Earlier today Mayor Durkan transmitted her 2019 / 2020 budget to the City Council.  On Wednesday of this week the Council will begin our budget deliberations, which last until the week of Thanksgiving. As the Chair of the Select Budget Committee I want to take some time to introduce the budget process to you as […]

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Lid I-5: Reconnect Seattle

August 24th, 2018

  Image courtesy of Patano Studio Architecture Seattle is growing fast, and if the number of people moving here did not make that clear, the number of cranes that can be seen over our skyline does. As fast as we want to build, what limits us in Seattle is the amount of available land. Recently, […]

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A Coordinated Response to Addressing Elder Abuse

July 19th, 2018

Imagine you learn that a trusted relation has drained your grandfather’s bank account, leaving him without resources and his home mortgage about to be foreclosed. Or that a drug-addicted sister has moved back in with Mom and Dad and has insisted –repeatedly — that your parents withdraw money from their ATM.  She has invited her drug addicted […]

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My Stance on Safe Consumption Sites

June 14th, 2018

I would like to address concerns I have heard about a conversation we had at our June 7 Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee. During a discussion on a safe consumption site, or community health engagement location (CHEL), I said people assume a safe consumption site means the government will provide the drugs on […]

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Magnolia Bridge Update

May 24th, 2018

  The morning after the community meeting this week, I received an email from a neighbor asking very pointed questions about what’s next for the Magnolia Bridge. The neighbor’s questions reflected the deep frustrations voiced at the community meeting this past Monday night. Many people in Magnolia know a great deal about the history of […]

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Age Friendly: Respect and Social Inclusion

March 16th, 2018

*Originally Published in the Queen Anne and Magnolia News “Every time I read or hear the words “the elderly,” I feel a lump in my throat,” writes Adrienne Ione, Founder of Silver Linings Integrative Health. Adrienne goes on to say, if we were to reference any one group as “the ____” it would be “so […]

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Building a Pathway Home at Fort Lawton

January 30th, 2018

*Originally Published in Queen Anne and Magnolia News Hundreds of community members packed the Magnolia United Church of Christ for a public hearing on the Fort Lawton Redevelopment Plan last Tuesday, January 9th. People came from Magnolia and across Seattle to take part in a discussion about the future of Fort Lawton, land the city […]

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Kicking off Heart Health Month – Wear Red on Friday, February 2!

January 30th, 2018

The leading cause of death in the US — among both women and men– is also one of the most preventable. Heart Disease kills 844,000 people in the US and according to local statistics 830 people died last year in Seattle alone. Nationwide, roughly ¼ of American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular […]

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Success! One BLOCK at a Time

December 11th, 2017

Last year, my visionary architect friend Rex Hohlbein and his architect daughter Jenn LaFreniere left their jobs and created the Block Project.  Thanks to their vision, Seattle homeowners are now saying, “YES in my backyard!” to solve homelessness. The BLOCK Project is more than your typical low income housing effort to move people out of […]

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One Table = Thousands of More Homes

December 6th, 2017

It’s been over two years since the King County Executive and the Seattle Mayor declared a state of emergency around homelessness. We have developed new policies, awarded contracts, and argued vociferously about approaches. Gratefully, we will now shift away from arguments toward a coordinated regional system to solve our homelessness crisis. We have made critical […]

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