Posts for February, 2012

Pre-registering young people to vote

February 29th, 2012

Among the numerous bills at play in Olympia that I have been following this legislative session, here is simple change we could make in Washington to improve voter participation and strengthen our democracy. Engrossed House Bill 2205 would allow eligible young people aged 16 and 17 to pre-register to vote. This bill has been championed […]


John T Williams Memorial Totem Pole

February 27th, 2012

Yesterday I participated in the ceremonial raising of the John T Williams Memorial Totem Pole at Seattle Center. It was incredible to see how the raising of this totem pole brought so many communities together. From my spot on the stage, I could see people from Seattle’s native community, homeless community and friends and loved […]


Road safety and economic justice

February 22nd, 2012

This past Monday, President’s Day, I testified in Olympia in support of House Bill 2395, which would classify short-haul truck drivers at the Port of Seattle, known as drayage truckers, as employees rather than independent contractors. This issue has been raised in response to the recent stoppage at the Port when hundreds of drivers walked […]


Three new videos!

February 8th, 2012

Many thanks to Seattle Channel for filming two community events I recently participated in. One was a brown bag on transit oriented communities and updating our Climate Action Plan. The other was a town hall forum in the Maple Leaf community that I particpated in with King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson. Finally, I was also […]


News Release: Seattle City Council establishes Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

February 6th, 2012

Coordinated efforts will provide easier to use services to immigrant and refugee communities SEATTLE – Seattle City Councilmembers today approved 7-0 Council Bill 117394 establishing the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs as an executive department. By creating one location for immigrant and refugee services, this office will coordinate the City’s efforts in reaching and […]


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