Posts for 'Housing, Human Services, and Health'

Linkage Fees

October 17th, 2014

Councilmember O'Brien and I submitted a guest opinion piece to the Seattle Times about linkage fees.  If you haven't seen it yet, you can read it here:   Guest: Seattle needs a linkage fee to make housing more affordable for lower-income residents [More]


Home, it’s where I want to be.

September 23rd, 2014

Just got back from the official launch for our new housing affordability and livability plan. The plan, outlined in this resolution, convenes an advisory committee to establish a Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, due to Council and the Mayor in May. There’s more information in the Mayor’s press release. Below are [More]


Momentum building for a housing strategy

September 4th, 2014

One of my top priorities when I took over the Council’s housing committee this year has been to ignite development of a housing strategy for Seattle. We have master plans for pedestrian and bicycling improvements. We have a comprehensive growth strategy. We have neighborhood-level growth plans. We have a transit plan. We, [More]


Seattle is raising its minimum wage

May 29th, 2014

Over the past several months of minimum wage debate I’ve been told to adopt $15 now “because the rent won’t wait.” I’ve been told raising the minimum wage will cost jobs. In meetings I’ve heard questions, positions, opinions, pleadings, demands and accusations. I’ve heard about what was compromised, what was horse-traded and [More]


Just say hello

April 9th, 2014

A few years ago architect Rex Hohlbein arrived at his office on the ship canal in Fremont and saw a guy sleeping, a few possessions around him, on the grass by the canal wall edge. That proved to be the end of his architecture career. Rex built a friendship of sorts with [More]


One Night Count 2014

January 28th, 2014

Another One Night Count to end homelessness has come and gone.  Every year, more than 900 volunteers in the Seattle/King County area take to the streets the last Friday morning of January, 2 a.m.-5 a.m., to count those who are living without shelter on our streets. This year, I was assigned to [More]


My team found Kathryn Ann Blair during the One Night Count

February 6th, 2013

I participated in the annual One Night Count of unsheltered people in King County in the early morning hours of Jan. 25. Hundreds of volunteers participate each year to count and witness. Each year I’ve done the Count I’ve been dispatched with other volunteers to city streets, green spaces, parks and under-passes. [More]


See It, Send It… Do something

October 11th, 2012

The recent launch of the See It, Send It campaign by the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau Street Scene Task Force has generated a new run of debate over Seattle’s attitudes and responses to disorder Downtown. “Disorder” takes many forms depending upon your threshold.  So far the campaign has forwarded eight (as [More]


Why I voted for paid sick leave for Seattle workers

September 12th, 2011

Over the weekend I zipped down to visit my mom who is suffering through pneumonia. I didn’t have to miss work, but I also didn’t stress about whether I might miss work. Last year I had pneumonia and missed almost two weeks of work. I stressed about what I wasn’t getting done [More]


High school health centers

March 30th, 2011

Growing up my mom would take my sister and me to see Dr. Whittemore for regular check-ups.  The office he started is still there on N.W. Lovejoy Street in Portland. He could hear the pneumonia in my chest over the phone in the night when I was five. I was a lucky [More]