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    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 […]


    Council Approves Funds for Firearm Surrender from Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

    Council unanimously approved legislation today dedicating funds to enforce the 2014 state law that enabled courts to require domestic violence abusers to surrender their firearms. The funding was sought because, in spite of the state law, enforcement of surrender orders has been weak. In 2016, 56% of orders in Seattle were completely ignored, while, for […]


    UDP Medicare Rule, Trump-Proof Seattle Thursday, May 4th, Duwamish River Opportunity Fund to provide funds for community projects, Sound Transit debuts ST3 timeline, Good news for NEA funding in federal budget

    UDP Medicare Rule Last October a constituent brought to my attention that Medicare Part B premiums were included as a source of income towards qualification to the Utility Discount Program (UDP).  The UDP, if you’re not familiar with it is City program for lower-income customers and offers about 60% on your Seattle City Light bill […]


    Success! New Firearm Surrender Laws are Working

    Names are changed but the situations are real:  Elizabeth from Magnolia, Marguerite in Queen Anne, and Shaun in Pioneer Square have something in common.  They are all victims of domestic violence.  A partner, a wife, a husband — people of all ages and incomes in our community are impacted by intimate partner violence. Tragedies like […]


    Councilmember Rob Johnson Statement on Secured Federal Transit Dollars

    Sound Transit Board Member Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) issued the following statement after Congress approved $100 million to support Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Extension, and $50 million for the Seattle Center City Streetcar Connector, both which were slated to be slashed in President Trump’s proposed budget: “I didn’t expect I’d be saying […]


    My letter to Office of Labor Standards: Please investigate retaliation claims by Amazon/SIS security workers

    On May 3, 2017, I sent the following letter in solidarity with Abdinasir Elmi and Betiel Desta, two Amazon security workers being targeted for retaliation by an Amazon contractor, Security Industry Specialists (SIS). Elmi and Betiel were part of a delegation on May 1, International Workers’ Day, that included faith leaders, security officers, and supporters […]


    Wanted: Smart, Transparent, Fair, and Adequate Tax Policy

    Washington State’s tax system is terribly unfair. Our lowest income households pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than do our highest income households. This is wrong. Don’t believe it? Read all about it here and here. It…


    Resolution on High-Earner Income Tax, SPU SBP Committee Update, West Seattle Bridge Studies, And speaking of Bridges, South Park’s Green Walls to Clean Air

    Resolution on High-Earner Income Tax Seattle is a growing and prosperous city that should offer better schools and healthier communities, yet our City faces many urgent challenges, including a homelessness state of emergency, an affordable housing crisis, overcrowded classrooms, education equity and racial achievement gaps, inadequate provision of mental health services, and severe traffic congestion. […]


    Demand affordable housing now – pack City Hall May 3rd!

    Sign Ethiopian Community in Seattle’s petition demanding Council fund their affordable housing project! While developers rake in huge profits, outrageous rents are driving ordinary people, especially immigrant families, seniors, and communities of color, further out of Seattle and away from existing services, schools, and community support. With the average Seattle apartment renting for $2,100/month, a person must […]

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