Priorities for District 3

  • To be available and ENGAGED IN our District to address your concerns.

  • Preserve neighborhood diversity, respecting long-term residents.

  • Amend the new MHA legislation, passed unanimously by the City Council, which disproportionately impacts property owners who are POC or low-income, to protect small property owners from excessive property taxes resulting from upzoning, and preserve their ownership.

  • Ensure developers work in partnership with neighborhoods, preserving the character of the community.

  • Facilitate protection of legacy residential tenants and businesses, resulting in a successful project for all concerned.

  • Create more affordable housing, especially for families with children.

  • Assess impact fees so developers pay for infrastructure, thereby reducing taxes for Seattle residents and businesses.

  • Provide on-demand drug rehabilitation, mental health and support services for those living on our streets, getting the homeless into permanent housing as soon as possible.

  • Create a home/condo buying program for teachers, first responders, nurses, tradespeople and families & individuals who have traditionally been denied the opportunity to own a home.

  • Use my extensive knowledge of businesses in Seattle to create living-wage jobs.

  • Facilitate the creation of a community-owned and operated grocery store in the Central Area.

  • Support small businesses and economic development in D3.

  • Always put the interests of Seattle residents before the interests of out-of-state/country corporations.


Transparency

We need to make public testimony at council meetings more transparent, as well as more accessible for residents of Seattle.

When someone testifies at a Council meeting they should provide the following in addition to their name: where they live and the name of their employer. Quite often people are paid for their time to testify on behalf of their employer without divulging the fact. This information should also be required and available for public viewing from anyone meeting with the Mayor or Council Members, regardless of where the meeting takes place.

We need to be respectful of the time folks are required to take out of their day or time off work to testify publicly. I would like to see a video conferencing option for public testimony for Seattle residents, provided their identity has been confirmed in advance.


Response to “Seattle is Dying”

We aren’t properly serving people by standing by idly while people are destroying their lives consuming illicit drugs. Inaction means addicts will move into deeper addiction while they are exposed to dangerous diseases because of squalid living conditions.

We must hold King County accountable for providing on-demand residential treatment programs. The nurses’ dormitory, owned by the county, across from Harborview had been vacant until it was recently put into service as a shelter. It would be a great option for a residential treatment center.

Another option is to purchase a used cruise ship. It would provide instant beds, restrooms, kitchen facility, meeting rooms, private offices, etc. - everything needed for the operation of a treatment center.

We just need the political will to make positive change happen. If one of our family members was an addict, living on the streets, we would want the best for them. We’d want them to live in a safe environment and receive treatment for recovery. We need to treat the people living on our streets as though they were our family members and stop our City’s policy of not properly addressing their dire needs.