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    Arena proponents, neighboring teams reach scheduling and access agreement

    The Council received language today from representatives of ArenaCo, the Seattle Seahawks/First & Goal, Inc., and the Seattle Mariners that places conditions on the scheduling of events if a new arena is built in Sodo. At the Council’s request, the parties came together to draft the mutually agreeable language regarding scheduling and access. “At the […]

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    T5 Letter to the Port, Directed Investigations, Update on Fannie and Freddie, Friday Office Hours

      T5 Letter to the Port Tucked behind the Chelan Café, Terminal 5 (T5) has sat empty since late 2014 when the Port Commission authorized $4.7 million for modernization of the terminal.  A draft environmental impact study (DEIS) will be coming out in mid-May.  It will present three options with varying costs and improvements that […]

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    UPDATE! 130th Street Station Call to Action

    I will be at the Sound Transit Board meeting to provide comments. I am your elected official but I am also a resident of D5 in the Pinehurst Neighborhood. I will be attending the Sound Transit Board meeting to provide public comment tomorrow and I want you to join me! Please arrive at Union Station […]

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    If we are going to get the 130th Street Station, we need to work together!

    If we are going to see some an amendment to the Draft ST3 Plan we need you to write in and tell the Sound Transit leadership that we need a commitment to build the 130th Street Station! I am not sitting around hoping there will be a change, I am out here pushing every button […]

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    Encouraging Safe Environments

    As you may have heard, last Saturday afternoon a young man, believed to be using methamphetamine, smashed a window of La Isla Restaurant in Ballard and proceeded to use a shard of glass to attack and injure two people on the sidewalk outside. It is upsetting to see this happen in our community, and I […]

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    Office Hours in District 7

    Last Wednesday, I hosted District 7 Office Hours in the Belltown Community Center. I was pleased to hear from community members on topics ranging from housing, transit, HALA, recreational marijuana licenses and homelessness. Each person brought a unique perspective, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to speak informally and in depth about their issues. Specifically, […]

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    Housing Levy, Water Quality, Viaduct Closure, ST3, Bridge Report and Office Hours

    Today’s Vote: Update on Preservation, The Missing Piece of our Affordable Housing Strategy. The Council voted this morning in the 2016 Housing Levy Select Committee to pass the amendments supporting the new housing preservation program first proposed by myself and then supported and developed with the help of Councilmember Mike O’Brien and his staff. I […]

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    Council Committee Dedicates $30 Million Toward Housing Preservation in Housing Levy Proposal

    The Council’s Seattle Housing Levy Select Committee unanimously (8-0) voted to dedicate up to $30,000,000 for affordable housing preservation in an effort to prevent further displacement of low-income communities. The $30 million amendment, sponsored by Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Mike O’Brien, will be used for a new program intended to preserve existing affordable multi-family subsidized […]

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    SODO Arena Street Vacation Committee Vote

    The City Council’s Transportation Committee voted 4-1 (O’Brien, Johnson, Harrell and myself voting “yes,” Bagshaw voting “no”) this week on whether or not to approve a conditional street vacation on Occidental Ave S in SODO. A street vacation is a…

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    The Occidental Street Vacation is a Seriously Bad Idea

    I recognize the time and money that has gone into this street vacation proposal and I very much appreciate my council colleagues and applaud our sport fans and supporters who have come to dozens of meetings and events since 2012, making their wishes and recommendations known loud and clear. That said, I cannot fathom why […]

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