Let’s get Seattle Walking! The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is Accepting Applications for New Members!

December 11th, 2014

The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is accepting applications for new members to help make walking in Seattle safer and easier.  The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1993, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project […]


Clearing a Path: Improving Seattle Police’s Towing Practices

November 21st, 2014

On November 12 a crash occurred on the West Seattle Bridge during morning rush hour. Our Fire and Police Departments immediately responded to the scene. There were no injuries, but the disabled vehicle blocked the eastbound left lane. A tow truck did not arrive for nearly ninety minutes, resulting in major delays across West Seattle […]


Encouraging More Young People to Ride Bicycles

October 9th, 2014

Several weeks ago my legislative aide and I joined students at Global Connections High School on their ride with the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Major Taylor Project.  I encourage you to check out their website to learn about this great program that encourages young people, particularly from diverse lower-income families, to embrace bicycling as a form […]


Planting the Seeds for Sharing

October 2nd, 2014

Seattle has many talented and would-be gardeners.  The local food movement has grown rapidly. It is not unusual to find flourishing gardens in planting strips, on the roofs of restaurants, apartments and even on garages. Nearly 7,000 people are tending a plot at one of Seattle’s 89 P-Patch gardens.  Over 1,000 more people are on […]


First Look at the West Seattle Route of the Seattle Bicycle Plan

August 19th, 2014

Often I meet with people to learn more about their traffic and transportation concerns.  For example, I have ridden in a large oil tanker truck to experience the challenges of freight from Ballard to Harbor Island.  I have gone out on boats in the Ship Canal to learn more about maritime and industrial concerns and […]


Taking Action on Oil Trains

August 11th, 2014

Several weeks ago an oil train derailed in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood.  The derailment happened under the Magnolia bridge and alongside a bike path. The outcome truly could have been a disaster but the incident occurred without injury or destruction of property. For years I have been expressing concern about the risks to neighborhoods that are […]


Heads up – Distracted Pedestrians May Spell Danger

June 18th, 2014

PEMCO Insurance will issue a news release tomorrow, June 18, based on the latest results from the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll. We learned that 88% of Northwest drivers say they see pedestrians who are distracted while crossing streets or walking on sidewalks: 90% say the distraction is talking on a cell phone, 86% say they see people […]


Why I Support Increasing the Minimum Wage

June 3rd, 2014

Below are my remarks from Monday’s Council meeting regarding the Mayor’s minimum wage ordinance:   Thank you very much colleagues, for all of your work on this issue, and everyone here in the audience who followed and worked on this legislation as well.   I want to say very clearly that I do support increasing […]


Help get Seattle moving–Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board Seeks New Members

May 19th, 2014

The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB) is accepting applications for new members to advise the City on the concerns and needs of the growing bicycling community. The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1977, plays an influential role in implementing the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and […]


More Opportunities to Serve Seattle!

May 2nd, 2014

Did you know that the City of Seattle has over 50 advisory boards and commissions? Over 300 citizen volunteers are appointed by the Mayor and Council to help shape policy and provide input to City leaders on important issues within the City. As Chair of the Transportation Committee, I work closely with members of a […]