Tackling Our Region’s Affordability Crisis

We all know we are facing an affordability crisis in King County. Rents in King County have increased 57 percent in the last six years, and home prices in King County have increased by $100,000 in just one year. We are blessed to live in such a desirable place with thousands of new, well-paying jobs…

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…

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…

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…

No Safe Level for Lead in Humans

According to Public Health – Seattle & King County, there is no safe level for lead in humans. Although it’s found frequently in our environment, it has no known purpose in our bodies. When lead gets inside the body, the body confuses it with calcium and other essential nutrients. This confusion can cause permanent damage…