Labor and Sex Trafficking Awareness

Kelly Mangiaracina, King County’s Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Task Force Coordinator can often be heard saying, “trafficking happens, it happens HERE, and we can do something about it.” In January of 2018, the Port of Seattle Commission passed a motion directing staff to implement a Port-wide anti-trafficking strategy, including the development of a trafficking... Continue Reading →

Affordable housing update

Amidst our housing affordability crisis in King County, I’ve heard from many of my constituents about concern for people experiencing homelessness in our region. I appreciate their desire to hold King County accountable to our goal of making homelessness rare, brief and one-time. Homelessness and the inadequate supply of affordable housing are daunting issues to... Continue Reading →

Strengthening King County’s workplace culture

Even though we have made great strides in the wake of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements in exposing major systemic problems in our society, many people are still suffering discrimination, harassment and abuse because of their identity, some examples being their race, gender, and sexual orientation or having disabilities, especially in the workplace.... Continue Reading →

Investing in our region

Every day as I walk or take the bus to and from work, my heart breaks when I see people living on the streets desperately trying to survive. Since arriving at the King County Council in January of 2016, I have been working continuously on policies to secure investments aimed at getting people into stable... Continue Reading →

Watch My Discussion with Councilmember Gossett on New Council Control over 4Culture

Dear Friends, I was disappointed on Monday, March 26th when the County Council voted to impose new Council control over 4Culture. 4Culture is nationally-recognized for its efforts to support arts, heritage, and historical preservation across King County. This ordinance was a “solution in search of a problem,” needlessly politicizing and micromanaging an organization with an... Continue Reading →

How Vancouver, B.C. is Responding to the Heroin Epidemic and Homelessness in the Downtown Eastside

Last week I traveled to Vancouver, B.C. with my colleagues, Councilmembers Larry Gossett and Kathy Lambert, to visit two safe consumption sites, a community resource center, a treatment facility and a day center providing care in various forms to people experiencing homelessness and substance use disorder. All of these visits were located within eight blocks... Continue Reading →

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