I will have a District Office in Ballard and office hours across District 6. I will listen to you, help you navigate city bureaucracy, and be an advocate for you in City Hall.
We need to get every person in the city experiencing homelessness into a shelter with four walls and a door they can lock so they can be safe and secure and have access to the services and care they need.
Permanent Supportive Housing
We have to invest in permanent supportive housing with built-in services and caregivers to help people get back up on their feet. Permanent supportive housing is the way to break the cycle of homelessness, and we need to invest in it fully and start building it at four times the current rate.
Homelessness is a regional problem and requires a regional approach. I will work with King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties to make to make sure our regional partners are working together.
Dedicated Bus Lanes
Light rail is coming – but not soon enough. I will create a network of dedicated bus lanes so you can go to your bus stop, wait no more than ten minutes, and get to where you’re going without being stuck in traffic.
Connected Network of Protected Bike Lanes
I was once nearly killed by a driver while biking. People driving and biking need to be separated so that everyone stays in their lanes and moves around the city safely.
The last 50 feet is the biggest challenge for freight delivery. I will push to allow freight to use bus-only lanes at non-peak transit hours.
I will prioritize building more income-restricted homes so that lower-income people and families can afford to live in Seattle and take advantage of the many opportunities and amenities which our city offers.
Spectrum of Housing Options
When I was growing up, Ballard was home to an economically diverse community. If we want to be a city everyone can live in, we need a wider array of housing options, from ADUs and DADUs to duplexes and triplexes.
Protecting our Environment
Tree Canopy Protection
I will prioritize passage of a tree canopy ordinance I am working on at the Council, which creates a tree permitting system similar to Portland. As the world warms, we need to make sure that our trees–and the shade, character, and carbon sequestration they provide–are safe.
Green Building Codes
I will update the building code to require new buildings to be solar-panel ready and contain electric vehicle charging stations. I will also partner with local commercial properties to identify and address energy inefficiencies.
The City needs to lead the way if we are going to be carbon-neutral by 2050. I will convert the City’s vehicle fleet to electric and work to power City infrastructure using 100% renewable energy.
The majority of Seattle’s carbon emissions are from transportation, and congestion pricing is an effective tool for reducing these emissions. As we consider this policy, we must be mindful of the equity impact – congestion pricing can disproportionately impact low-income communities. We also need to ensure the policy accounts for people who work more than one job, late or early hours, or need to use their vehicle as a function of their job, whether it is carrying tools or materials.
Affordable and Accessible Childcare
There is an acute shortage of childcare, especially affordable childcare, in Seattle. I will work to make childcare more affordable and more accessible by incentivizing childcare space in new developments and expanding the childcare subsidy program for low and middle-income families. I will also work to create more childcare options for people who do not work a traditional workday or who have more than one job.
Gun Violence Prevention
I am the only candidate in this race to be a leader on gun violence prevention. I will support and invest in community-based organizations that intervene in the cycle of violence and expand programs like Choose 180, a diversion program which helps youth avoid the criminal justice system.
Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy Implementation
Too often the city and the school district act in silos, not taking advantage of opportunities to increase learning quality and lower costs. We have a unique opportunity to support Seattle schools and the school district through the Department of Education and Early Learning. I’ll work to ensure the levy supports the students and families who need it most and puts our tax dollars to good use.
Safe, Accessible Healthcare Resources
We need to ensure that all students – LGBTQ+, marginalized communities, and others alike – feel safe getting the assistance they need. I helped secure seed funding for the Nova teen health center, which provides LGBTQ+ youth access to safe, quality healthcare where they are, not half a mile away or in a school, where they are vulnerable to bullying or intimidation.
Expand Seattle Preschool Program
I will expand the preschool program to birth-to-5. Early education is critical to long-term success, and giving parents an affordable place for their young children to go will allow them to work a full day.
Access to Healthy Food
Expand the Fresh Bucks Program
Fresh Bucks increases access to fresh food for SNAP recipients through two programs: Fresh Bucks Match and Fresh Bucks Vouchers. Fresh Bucks Match allows SNAP recipients to double their purchasing power for fruits and vegetables, while Fresh Bucks Voucher recipients use the voucher like cash to buy fruits and vegetables. Over 60 retailers region wide participate in this program, and it has significantly increased SNAP spending at local farmers’ markets. Fresh Bucks is well-designed and serves an important need, and I will work to grow the program so more people and families can take advantage of it.