Strengthening Seattle’s Tree Ordinance

September 24th, 2021

INTRODUCTION: We call ourselves the “Emerald City” within the “Evergreen State” and yet our City laws have many loopholes that enable the removal of scores of trees each year, including healthy, large conifer trees that city law defines as “Exceptional.”  Trees provide numerous benefits including carbon sequestration, absorption of rainwater to reduce harmful runoff into Puget […]

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New Tiny Home Village to Help People Experiencing Homelessness in our District 4

September 23rd, 2021

Here are updates on the new Tiny Home Village to help people experiencing homelessness in our District 4. Located at NE 45th Street and Roosevelt Way NE, thanks to the City of Seattle, Sound Transit, and the Low Income Housing Institute, the Tiny Home Village will have up to 36 tiny homes and be in […]

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West Seattle Bridge Updates

July 14th, 2021

The sudden safety closure of the West Seattle “High-Rise” Bridge in March 2020 has been a major challenge for Seattle and Washington State. Even though the West Seattle Bridge is not in Seattle’s District 4, Councilmember Alex Pedersen provides periodic updates on the closure, stabilization, repairs, and other issues impacting the bridge because he was […]

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Updates for King County Metro Bus and Sound Transit Riders

June 15th, 2021

OCTOBER 1, 2021 UPDATE: New bus routes starting October 2, 2021 The “North Link Mobility Project” is one of the largest service changes King County Metro has planned to date, helping connect bus service with the three new Light Rail stations coming online this month in the University District, Roosevelt, and Northgate neighborhoods. In crafting […]

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Seattle Policy Changes Impacting Residential Tenants and Housing Providers (Landlords): 2020 and 2021

June 7th, 2021

Introduction: During the past two years, the Seattle City Council has passed several new policies and funding to benefit residential tenants. Some of this legislation I supported and some I did not, depending on the specifics of each proposal. In general, if the proposal was targeted to serve those in financial need during the COVID […]

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City Council unanimously passes “Internet for All” to expand affordable internet access in Seattle (updated)

May 17th, 2021

Original Resolution sponsored by Councilmembers Gonzalez, Juarez, and Pedersen; Action Plan delivered by Seattle’s Information Technology Department COVID crisis reinforced need for universal broadband access to address inequities INTRO to “Internet for All”: This ongoing blog post provides updates on the implementation of the Internet for All Action Plan which was launched the Resolution 31956 […]

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“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere”

May 17th, 2021

Black Lives Matter INTRODUCTION: During the spring and summer of 2020, I received over 38,000 e-mails, including over 2,000 from constituents in Seattle’s District 4 about police accountability, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the police response to protests here in Seattle, and the long history of institutional racism here and throughout […]

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Town Hall for District 4 (Spring 2021)

May 12th, 2021

May 11, 2021 Thanks to everyone who attended our District 4 Town Hall! I’m grateful to the professionals at our City’s Human Services Department who participated to answer many of our constituent questions about the city government’s approach to homelessness in 2021 and the upcoming shift to the new Regional Homelessness Authority. In case you […]

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New Funding Option to Increase Protection of Seattle’s Aging Bridges

May 10th, 2021

May 10, 2021 Update: The full City Council adopted Council Bill 120042 as we had amended it in my Transportation Committee. The Seattle Times requested a statement from me and here is what I provided: “The legislation we adopted today is a strong step toward stronger bridges and can boost the aging infrastructure that connects […]

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Vital, but aging National Archives Building on Sand Point Way NE at risk of sale by federal government

April 8th, 2021

Since 2019, federal government agencies have been advancing the sale of this important historical asset located at 6125 Sand Point Way NE here in Northeast Seattle, which has been very disappointing to many of us. As someone who taught history, majored in history, and worked for the Clinton Administration, I recognize the value of these […]

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