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 →

New, Simplified Fares for Metro

This week the King County Council took action on several measures to simplify our fare structure and increase access to affordable transit for our lowest income residents. After a series of public meetings, we heard from residents that the current fare structure of peak, off-peak, single zone, and multi-zone fares was complicated and confusing. Next... Continue Reading →

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the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, also known as the program benefiting DREAMers, had been rescinded by the Trump administration.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

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