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Magnolia Bridge Planning Study Results Released

June 6th, 2019

Dear Neighbors, For over one year my office has been working to ensure the Magnolia Bridge Planning Study is coordinated with the many projects planned and envisioned in Interbay. Last year we organized the Interbay Regional Transportation Corridor workgroup including State, County, Sound Transit, Port elected officials and staff to seek a State funding package.  […]

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Block the box

March 21st, 2019

I was disappointed to learn that the “Block the Box” bill sponsored by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon failed to gain a floor vote in the House earlier in this Legislative Session.  This bill would provide a crucial tool to reduce congestion and improve safety at key Downtown intersections, especially for pedestrians.  Perhaps it can be resurrected […]

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System Failure and System Improvements

March 6th, 2019

Last week several Seattle community leaders released a report called “System Failure”.   The report focused on 100 individuals, most of whom had been booked into King County jail four or more times in a rolling 12-month period. Scott Lindsay, the writer of the report, acknowledged that our criminal justice system is not working as any […]

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Opening Day for the Waterfront Tunnel — Ground Hog’s Day Comments

February 3rd, 2019

Here are my comments from the ribbon cutting ceremony for our SR99 tunnel on February 2, 2019. There are moments in each of our lives that change everything. You might think about: • The day you received a fat envelope to the college of your choice. • The day you volunteered to be helpful and […]

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Livable Community Series – Mobility and Transportation

January 8th, 2019

As we kick off 2019, I am doubling down my commitment to making Seattle an Age Friendly City that is safe and livable for everyone in our community, young and old, for all ages and abilities. Seattle’s Age Friendly Seattle program is already making progress. We are focusing on improving the lives of Seattle residents […]

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2019- The Year of Action

December 26th, 2018

2018 Budget and Looking Forward to 2019 After a robust and respectful budget process, the Seattle City Council voted to approve a $5.9 billion 2019 City Budget on November 19, 2018. It was my privilege to serve my colleagues and the city as Budget Chair.  While this was my first year in that role, it […]

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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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