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    Resolution regarding the North Seattle Precinct

    Thank you for your advocacy regarding the new North Seattle Precinct police station. On Monday, August 15th, the Seattle City Council took action passing a resolution to re-shape and provide much needed guidance regarding the new station moving forward. Replacing the failing station is a necessary, Seattle’s City Charter clearly calls out public safety as […]


    Observers’ Bill of Rights, Council Capital Project Oversight Committee proposal, North Precinct

    Observers’ Bill of Rights Across the country, recordings of police activity by the public have increased the public’s ability to witness police behavior and hold police accountable. However, the act of recording, observing, or verbally criticizing police has also at times led to arrests and legal challenges to those arrests on First Amendment grounds. Our […]


    My Thoughts on the North Precinct

    On Monday, the Council took action on a resolution regarding the North Precinct, a proposed new facility that would serve most of the residents of District 4. Though much as been made of previous Council discussions on the project, I’ve heard from many constituents that they want to build the new precinct, but that the […]


    Councilmembers Call for Special Committee on City Capital Project Oversight

    Councilmembers Rob Johnson and Lisa Herbold called for creation of a special Council committee to oversee City-funded capital projects following recent capital expenditures that exceeded initial budgets, including the North Precinct Police Station, the downtown waterfront Seawall, and the New Customer Information System which handles billing issues at the City’s utility departments. Councilmember Lisa Herbold […]


    Why I Support Building a New Police Facility in North Seattle

    The City Council will vote this afternoon on legislation advancing the proposed new police facility in north Seattle at the intersection of 130th and Aurora Avenue North and requiring additional cost analysis and community review. Here are the reasons I…


    The City Must Not Sweep Camp Second Chance

    Yesterday, my office visited Camp Second Chance, a well-organized, self-managed, clean and sober homeless encampment in Seattle. It is currently located on unused city-owned land, in one of the Myers Way Parcels. At the beginning of August, with only 72 hours’ notice, the City almost evicted them with a characteristically inhumane homeless sweep. Homeless activists, public […]


    Paid Family Leave Symposium at the UW

    In 1979 when I had my second child, I worked at a local university. I gave birth to my son early Wednesday morning, and had to be back to the office the following Saturday morning to finish a legal brief. Yes, I had some unpaid time thereafter to stay home with him, but those six weeks passed […]


    Council Passes Source of Income Legislation; Delridge Day; 35th Avenue SW follow-up; SW Spokane Street re-paving

    Council Passes Source of Income Legislation On Monday the Full Council unanimously voted in support of an important new comprehensive tenants’ rights bill. The legislation proposed by the Mayor was a Source of Income Discrimination protection bill enacting recommendations from the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda task force.  The legislation that was passed Monday […]


    Do No Harm and Do the Most Good

    On July 27, in what felt like one of our warmest evenings of the summer, I joined almost 200 neighbors and community members in Ballard to have a conversation about the issues I’ve been hearing most about in recent months – homelessness, property crime, and drug addiction. The Safe and Healthy Communities Public Forum (video […]


    University of Washington, Councilmembers Convene Paid Family Leave Symposium

    Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw, Lorena González and Lisa Herbold joined with the University of Washington to co-host a Paid Parental Leave Symposium at UW yesterday, where elected officials, business leaders, worker advocates, and researchers convened to discuss the scope and tools available to consider paid family leave policies for Seattle workers.  Over 60 people participated in […]

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