Housing & Homelessness
End the Housing Prohibition / Lower Housing Costs
The City Council has effectively outlawed construction of everything except large houses over $1 million and luxury apartments in approximately 90% of the city. Consequently, we now face a severe shortage of affordable workforce housing for anyone making less than about $100,000/year. I will work to end the housing prohibition so that duplexes, triplexes, and other affordable small-unit multi-family homes are available throughout the city at prices affordable to households earning a working wage.
Improve and Expand Homeless Services
We have 12,500 unsheltered neighbors in King County, and only 6,000 shelter beds. As long as we’re short over 6,500 beds, our unhoused neighbors have nowhere to go. Our homeless rate is typical for a county our size, but the Council has—for the last decade—neglected our housing and homeless services systems. Now we’re reaping the consequences. By both spending our money more effectively and investing in services that deliver results, we will help our unsheltered neighbors off the streets and into permanent housing.
Strengthen Renter Protections
No one should live month-to-month at risk of being displaced, nor should renters face drastic consequences for minor issues. Housing stability enhances our entire community and people who rent deserve protections so that their lives are predictable and stable. I will continue to work with our legislators in Olympia to effect improvements to the State’s rental law.
Quality of Life & Mobility
100% Walkable Neighborhoods
We must reduce our auto dependence in Seattle if we hope to avert disastrous climate change. Yet the city council has outlawed the placement of even grocery stores within walking distance of thousands of homes. How can we expect anyone to choose to give up their car if they can’t even get food without one?! I will work to transition Seattle’s neighborhoods to have basic amenities—groceries, child care, and public spaces—within walking distance of every home in the city.
Improve Bike Safety
Evidence indicates that the #1 barrier to cycling is safety. Yet, too many of our bike paths and greenways are dangerously incomplete or suffer from critical design flaws. SDOT’s lower quality scattershot approach to cycling infrastructure is not working, I will work to prioritize usability, quality, and rider safety in our bicycle infrastructure.
Faster Bus Service
When our busses get bogged down in traffic, everyone suffers. I will work with transit authorities to configure our streets so that our bus fleet moves faster through the city, saving money and time.
Eliminate Carbon Pollution Through Electrification
The only way we can avoid global warming is by transitioning from polluting fossil fuels to clean electric power. I will work to make financially responsible Electric Vehicle and Home Heating incentives to ease Seattle’s transition to renewable energies.
Become the First Carbon Negative City
Seattle, through City Light, can become the first city that averts more carbon pollution than it creates. Seattle has a unique opportunity to be a national leader in preventing climate change and show that we can do so economically. Through technical changes in how we operate our electric utility, I will put us on a path to lead in carbon pollution avoidance and sequestration.
Governance & Transparency
Increase Government Oversight
Governance isn’t only about having vision, it’s also about providing the follow through and oversight to make sure the City delivers on its promises. Throughout our city, we see projects that are over budget, half delivered, or just aren’t working properly. We see simple everyday issues, like potholes or curb ramps go unfixed for months or years. I will work with the agencies to set clear goals to maintain and improve our city infrastructure, and followup to make improvements when those goals are not met.
Elevate your voice
You have a right to have your concerns heard by your council member. I will be available to meet with all constituents in D3, both at city hall and at regularly scheduled office hours throughout the district. I will continue to be a regular face at local neighborhood and community group meetings, ready to talk with you about the issues facing the city.