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 35 tiny homes and be in […]

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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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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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Saving History: a team effort stopped the sale of the vital, but aging National Archives Building on Sand Point Way NE

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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Your City Government is Here for You!

April 6th, 2021

Here are some helpful links and phone numbers to handle some common requests: Call Seattle’s Customer Service Bureau: 206-684-CITY (2489) to get help from your city government’s 40 departments or CLICK HERE. Use Seattle government’s Find-It, Fix-It App to report issues, including trash and obstructions: CLICK HERE. Apply for Economic Relief during COVID: CLICK HERE. […]

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Environmental Protection: Ship Canal Water Quality Project Updates

March 28th, 2021

SUMMARY: The Ship Canal Water Quality Project is a “mega project” planned over many years due to the state and federal governments requiring the city and county governments to prevent harmful stormwater and wastewater from polluting our local waterways. With a cost estimated at $570 million (shared with King County), this environmental protection project includes […]

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Councilmember Pedersen follows through on the audit he ordered on Seattle’s Bridges — need more investments in our bridges for safety, regional economy.

March 11th, 2021

NOTE: This blog post focuses on the audit of Seattle bridges I ordered in the wake of the safety closure of the West Seattle Bridge in March 2020. For more about the West Seattle Bridge, CLICK HERE. For more about the funding needs and opportunities for Seattle bridges including bonds for bridges, CLICK HERE. March […]

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Reasons for Voting NO on Home Occupation Bill (CB 120001)

March 10th, 2021

March 12, 2021 Update: ALERT: The full City Council is voting on this land use bill this coming Monday, March 15, 2021. I’m disappointed this bill was rushed to the full City Council by invoking an exception to our parliamentary procedure rules which state, “If a committee recommendation is not unanimous: Unless otherwise authorized by […]

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