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 →

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 →

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