On Monday, January 6th, 2014 I had the great pleasure of beginning my second term representing you as a Seattle City Councilmember. I wanted to say a few words about some of what I want to accomplish for you over the next few years.
First, a healthy, clean and vibrant city, both in our downtown and in our neighborhoods where everyone feels safe and welcome. I have already begun to work with leaders of our Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion team, human service providers, and public and private stakeholders to create a network that offers help to people who are on our streets, rather than penalizing them for being poor or sick or addicted
Second, I will continue work with my colleagues at King County and across the state for a smart state wide transportation package. If necessary, we will bring a separate measure to the local voters next spring to maintain and enhance Metro Transit service. We cannot run a growing city without growing transit.
Third, we will enhance neighborhoods across the city to jointly fund sidewalks, and create a network of Neighborhood Greenways for all ages and abilities
Fourth, we will continue to support our fabulous parks system by adequately maintaining our 6000 acres of parks, urban forests, ball parks, community centers and more. This year voters may have the opportunity to address that deferred maintenance backlog. For me, this is a major social justice issue: free access to parks and excellent programming for all.
Bringing people together for the common good is my North Star. For me, this approach to politics is more than hope or just sweet words; it’s how I choose to live my life.
I look forward to working with all of you in 2014 and beyond!