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    District 3 “Tax the Rich!” Town Hall

    On May 18, 2017, my office and the Trump-Proof Seattle Coalition brought together more than 200 people for a District 3 town hall to build a movement to Tax the Rich! For decades, poor and working class people in our state have paid far more of their income in taxes than the super-rich. Now with […]


    Council Approves “Observer Bill of Rights”

    Council unanimously approved an “ Observer Bill of Rights” yesterday, establishing, by law, that the public has the right to observe and record police activity. The adopted legislation codifies existing Seattle Police Department Policy, which was partially developed in response to 2008 recommendations from the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) Auditor after it wasfound people […]


    My Statement in Solidarity with 40,000+ Striking CWA Workers

    On May 19, 2017, the Communication Workers of America (CWA) launched a 40,000+ strong nationwide strike! This is the first major workers’ strike since Trump was elected. Here is the statement I shared with CWA workers in solidarity.   Sisters and brothers of the Communication Workers of America at AT&T, As a socialist, activist, elected […]


    Schneider, Carroll and Allen – Sign Colin Kaepernick!

    On May 19, 2017, I wrote the following letter to Seattle Seahawks General Manager John Schneider, Head Coach Pete Carroll, and Owner Paul Allen, asking them to sign Colin Kaepernick as backup quarterback. Dear Seattle Seahawks General Manager John Schneider, Head Coach Pete Carroll, and Owner Paul Allen: I am writing to convey that Colin Kaepernick […]


    Highland Park Find It Fix It: May 25, Fauntleroy Schoolhouse is Celebrating 100 Years!, Make Art Not Landfill, Office Hours

    Highland Park Find It Fix It: May 25 Next week I’ll be participating in a “Find It, Fix It” Community Walk in Highland Park on Thursday, May 25th, along with the Mayor and City department staff. It all starts at the Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden) at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and information […]


    Councilmember Johnson Announces Developers Voluntarily Entering into Mandatory Affordable Housing Program

    Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) announced today that, in the past month, developers from seven already-permitted building construction projects have begun the process to opt-in to the new Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program in Downtown and South Lake Union.  Contingent on Department approval, those projects could result in a staff-estimated $25 million of […]


    Councilmember González’s Statement on Federal Judge’s Ruling Affecting Immigrants’ Legal Access

    Councilmember M. Lorena González  (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement after Federal Judge Richard Jones issued a nationwide order that temporarily prevents the Department of Justice from issuing cease and desist orders to immigration lawyers: “Today’s ruling demonstrates that lawyers and advocates defending immigrants and refugees will not back down in the face of […]


    10 Reasons to Love a Bike Lane – Another Age Friendly Move 

    I have a grumpy neighbor who hates bicycles.  We are surprisingly good friends despite our differences, and we regularly debate this issue. He drives his BMW to go a few blocks to the grocery store, and he thinks all bicycles should be banned from city streets. I remind him that I am a bicycle rider, and I pay […]


    Observer Bill of Rights, Chinatown and International District Rezone, Commissioner Candidates Needed – Please Apply, Longfellow Natural Drainage Systems Project

    Observer Bill of Rights The Observer Bill of Rights, a bill that I authored and sponsored for introduction last year, passed 4-0 out of committee earlier this week, and is scheduled for a Full Council vote on Monday, May 22. Observation of police activity has always been an important element of accountability.  For instance, Mother […]


    Homelessness – Addressing the Immediate Crisis and the Path Forward

    I frequently meet with neighborhoods to talk  about what we are doing to end homelessness.  This post — albeit lengthy — offers  updates you can share with your neighbors.  If you read this to the end and follow the hyperlinks, you may be surprised at how much is really happening and the scope of the efforts to […]

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