Archive for 'Councilmember O’Brien'
The Council is preparing to vote on the University District Rezone this coming Tuesday, February 21st. This is the first legislation that will incorporate the Mandatory Housing Affordability legislation, which will require developers to contribute to affordable housing. While we passed the framework legislation for commercial and residential buildings in 2015 and 2016, this will be […][Full Post]
Posted: February 16th, 2017 under Councilmember O'Brien.
Nearly one year ago an explosion rocked the Greenwood neighborhood early on the morning of March 9. The Puget Sound Energy (PSE) gas line explosion traumatized the neighborhood and decimated local businesses. Recently I had the opportunity to stand with five area business owners who shared their stories about the devastating effects on the neighborhood, […][Full Post]
Posted: February 7th, 2017 under Councilmember O'Brien.
Yesterday in the Human Services and Public Health Committee, Council discussed the “Sustainable Solutions for Unsheltered Residents” ordinance, and I’m writing to give an update on the Council deliberations so far. Many of the comments I’ve been hearing in the last few weeks continue to be reflected in the conversation in Committee. Some of the […][Full Post]
Since the declaration of the State of Emergency on Homelessness last November, the City has conducted 441 cleanups, or “sweeps” of unsanctioned encampments. Current City protocol provides homeless residents 72 hours’ notice before each cleanup occurs and access to outreach workers to connect to shelter and services. In reality, the notice can be as little […][Full Post]
Posted: September 6th, 2016 under Councilmember O'Brien.
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 […][Full Post]
SEATTLE – Sound Transit Board members Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Rob Johnson introduced amendments to the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) plan during today’s Board meeting in conjunction with other board members around the region. The amendments effectively expand light rail and other transit services throughout the region. “These changes are big wins for […][Full Post]
Posted: May 26th, 2016 under Bagshaw, Councilmember Bagshaw, Councilmember González, Councilmember Harrell, Councilmember Herbold, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember O'Brien, Gonzalez, Harrell, Herbold, Johnson, Obrien.
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Once again, City Hall is coming to District 6 in another series of drop-in office hours! Thursday, May 26th, 3pm – 6pm Green Lake Public Library Wednesday, June 8th, 3pm – 6pm Fremont Public Library Thursday July 7th, 4pm – 7pm Greenwood Public Library In the four sessions we’ve held so far, over 80 people […][Full Post]
Posted: May 20th, 2016 under Councilmember O'Brien.
While our City continues to boom, attracting new jobs, development, and infrastructure, we know that not all members of our community benefit equally. In fact, the increased pressures of our booming economy exacerbates our current housing affordability and homelessness crisis, and disproportionally harms low-income communities and communities of color. But I remain hopeful about our […][Full Post]
SEATTLE – Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) released a proposal today that would make it easier for more homeowners to build backyard cottages and mother-in-law units in Seattle. As the city faces an affordable housing crisis, Councilmember O’Brien developed the legislation to increase the housing supply by encouraging low-impact housing options that fit […][Full Post]
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 […][Full Post]