On July 27, in what felt like one of our warmest evenings of the summer, I joined almost 200 neighbors and community members in Ballard to have a conversation about the issues I’ve been hearing most about in recent months – homelessness, property crime, and drug addiction. The Safe and Healthy Communities Public Forum (video […][More]
Posts for 'Public Safety'
As you may have heard, last Saturday afternoon a young man, believed to be using methamphetamine, smashed a window of La Isla Restaurant in Ballard and proceeded to use a shard of glass to attack and injure two people on the sidewalk outside. It is upsetting to see this happen in our community, and I […][More]
Last week we joined our fellow Councilmembers, the Mayor, and several local business leaders on a trip to Portland to learn more about their transportation system. One of our favorite parts – and not just because we got to ride our bikes – was a tour of Portland’s “Neighborhood Greenways.” Portland has connected specific neighborhood […][More]
Two nights ago King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced that he would not be filing criminal charges against Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk. Birk shot and killed John T. Williams on August 30, 2010. This is very discouraging and undoubtedly sends another signal to the community that our police and public safety system is broken. […][More]
At a press briefing on Tuesday, I shared some of my current thinking about cost overruns on the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project. The conversation with press was a good chance to step back from the sound bites being thrown around and to talk in plain terms about the risk being assumed – by both […][More]
Esta mañana vi el video de un polícia de Seattle usando palabras completamente inaceptables y racistas mientras que detenía y pateaba a una persona que al final era inocente. Ya está desarollandose una investigación y, aunque es difícil imaginar otra manera de interpretar ese video, se garantiza el derecho de un proceso legal en nuestra […][More]
I am kicking this off with a discussion of the Aggressive Solicitation ordinance. If the volume of e-mails my office received in the last week is any indication (over 600!), this definitely falls into the controversial category. Councilmember Tim Burgess’s Public Safety and Education committee work plan started with discussion of his five point plan […][More]