County Surplus Vans for Nonprofits in Need

Each year I have the privilege to honor a few organizations that serve high-need populations across King County by donating a "retired" King County vanpool van to four of them. This is a really enjoyable part of being a King County Councilmember in providing these community partners with a valuable, much-needed asset. These vans still... Continue Reading →

Defend DACA

On Tuesday, we received the devastating news that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, also known as the program benefiting DREAMers, had been rescinded by the Trump administration. Many of the DREAMers who benefited from this program have only known this country as their home and have made tremendous contributions to our communities... Continue Reading →

Alternatives to Secure Detention

Last month, the first meeting of the King County Council’s Special Committee on Alternatives to Incarceration was held with Councilmembers Claudia Balducci, Reagan Dunn, Larry Gossett, and myself. The purpose of this new committee is to establish and review recommendations to improve the County’s alternatives to incarceration programs, including electronic home detention and work education... Continue Reading →

A Housing State of Emergency

We must reaffirm our commitment to address our region’s housing crisis. A recent news release by the King County Housing Authority underscores the growing and urgent need for housing assistance. Unfortunately, I was not surprise to learn that in just a two-week application period, KCHA received 19,500 applications for Section 8 rental housing assistance. The... Continue Reading →

Women’s History Month in King County

We take for granted in many ways that women are now well represented and achieve in all spheres of life. So much has changed in the last few decades; however, there is still much more to do. As I reflect on National Women’s History Month, which occurs every March and which we proclaimed here in King... Continue Reading →

Why I support CHEL sites

I support the King County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force's recommendation of CHEL or safe consumption sites. Here's why: Community Health Engagement Locations (CHEL) are a place where people suffering from addiction can get health care, social services, and inject under the supervision of a health care worker. First, I agree that prevention... Continue Reading →

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