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that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, also known as the program benefiting DREAMers, had been rescinded by the Trump administration.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 →

Equity and Social Justice

Many in our region are prospering and thriving, and for many, this is a great place to live, learn, work and rear a family. In fact, King County is home to some of the most economically successful communities and businesses in the world. However, for many King County residents, the story is completely different. In... Continue Reading →

Preventing Homelessness: Focusing on Children, Youth and Families

Homelessness in King County has reached alarming numbers. Since declaring a state of emergency in November 2015, King County has made great strides in providing additional affordable housing and emergency support services for vulnerable populations. The Best Starts for Kids levy includes $19 million for a Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative to support and shelter children,... Continue Reading →

The DEA’s Inexplicable Decision

Below is a copy of my August 26 letter to the editor in the Seattle Times on the recent inexplicable decision by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to continue classifying marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which prohibits the ability for it to be prescribed and research to be conducted on it. I point out... Continue Reading →

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