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    Upcoming Office Hours and Legislative Updates

    Upcoming Office Hours We are once again bringing City Hall to District 6 on Wednesday April 5! Please join me at the Ballard Public Library from 4:30-6:30pm. Bring your questions and concerns about your neighborhood. There is no official sign-up and one-on-one meetings will be available based on first-come, first-serve. Greenlake Community Center The Green […]

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    Update on Backyard Cottage Legislation & Next Steps

    Affordability in housing is one of the biggest issues we face in Seattle today. The City of Seattle has identified the need for more housing at prices accessible to people at all levels of income, both for homeowners and renters. In May of 2016, I released a proposal that would make it easier for more […]

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    10% Affordable Housing Requirement in the U-District Rezone

    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 […]

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    Seeking Justice for Greenwood Businesses Blown Apart by PSE

    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, […]

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    Shattered Greenwood Businesses, Verging on Collapse Seek Support, Justice One Year Later from Puget Sound Energy (PSE)

    “Negligence blew a hole in our home. But it doesn’t have to kill our dream.” Contact: Dana Robinson Slote, Council Communications, 206-615-0061 Seattle, WA – Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) joined Greenwood-area business owners nearly one year after the March 9 explosion which traumatized the neighborhood and decimated local businesses. While some attendees […]

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    Sustainable Solutions for Unsheltered Residents

    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 […]

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    Addressing Effective Strategies Towards Encampments

    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    Seattle Sound Transit Board Members Propose Improvements to ST3 Package

    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 […]

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    District Office Hours Update

    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 […]

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