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    Creating More Affordable Housing: The Right and Wrong Way

    Seattle city government is on a path to create 20,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years, the biggest surge in the supply of affordable housing we’ve ever seen in Seattle. To accomplish this ambitious goal, we placed a…

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    Caring for Seattle’s Children

    “Child poverty is an open sore on the American body politic. It is a moral failure for our nation that one-fifth of our children live in poverty,” so wrote Nicholas Kristof in Sunday’s New York Times. Of course, he’s right….

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    Homeless Encampments: A Better Solution

    Last night, I joined Mayor Murray, and Councilmembers Bagshaw and Juarez in announcing a much better solution to the challenges of ad hoc camp sites popping up across Seattle. Here’s a very brief outline of what we announced: City government…

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    Homeless Encampments: An Update

    It has been four weeks since my colleagues’ introduced legislation that would create a right to camp on public property throughout the city. I opposed introduction of this legislation. This photograph was taken last Friday at University Playground on Northeast…

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    North Precinct: We Listened

    We listened. Based on what we have heard from a wide variety of community members, and the Council’s review of the cost projections, we want to take another look at the component parts of the building and even redesign some…

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    Improving Safety on Our City Streets

    Councilmember O’Brien and I announced the next step in achieving Vision Zero—zero fatalities and serious injuries on Seattle streets and sidewalks by 2030. Speed kills. And that’s why we will introduce legislation that reduces default speed limit on unsigned city…

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    Homeless Encampments: What Do You Think?

    The City Council voted Tuesday afternoon to begin considering legislation (Council Bill 118794) that would, in my view, establish a new right for people struggling with homelessness to camp in tents or vehicles on public property across Seattle. What do…

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    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…

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    Growing the Professional Early Learning Workforce

    One of the most important elements of high-quality preschool is a professional teaching workforce. As the Mayor and the Council researched and developed the standards for the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), requiring professional degrees was a common thread among other…

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    Seeking Seattle Youth Commissioners

    The City is currently looking for new applicants to the Seattle Youth Commission, a 15-member body made up of youth ages 13-19. The application deadline is Friday, August 5 at 5:00 p.m. This is a great way for young people…

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