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District Office Hours Update

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Once again, City Hall is coming to District 6 in another series of drop-in office hours!

  • Thursday, May 26th, 3pm – 6pm
    Green Lake Public Library
  • Wednesday, June 8th, 3pm – 6pm
    Fremont Public Library
  • Thursday July 7th, 4pm – 7pm
    Greenwood Public Library


In the four sessions we’ve held so far, over 80 people came in to discuss a range of topics, from specific issues to more general concerns, including:

  • Increased development (both generally and specific projects)
  • The need for more affordable housing
  • Public safety
  • Expanding the LEAD program – referring those afflicted with addiction to services instead of jail
  • Recreational vehicles policy
  • Increasing services and housing for the homeless
  • Allowing electric bicycles on trails
  • Ride the Ducks safety – an update on the legislation, which ultimately passed
  • Sound Transit 3
  • Assistance for home damage from the Greenwood explosion
  • Encouraging more backyard cottages
  • Encouraging electric vehicle ownership
  • Freight Advisory Board appointments

For those who had specific requests or cases, my staff is looking into the issues and is following up with each constituent. Our responses have included engaging with departments for increased outreach and community policing in the Sandel Park area, inquiring into more parking areas for RV’s, connecting residents impacted by the Greenwood explosion to assistance from the Phinney Neighborhood Association, and working to create consistent policies between our Parks, Transportation, and City Light departments for electric bicycles on trails. In another blog post I discuss my efforts around affordable housing and preventing displacement in Seattle.

And as the City continues to grapple with addressing our homelessness crisis, I invite you to please join me on July 27th for a Public Forum on Safe and Healthy Communities, co-hosted by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ballard. More details to come soon.

Thanks again for those who have been able to stop by my office hours!


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Comment from Ruth Schaefer
Time May 24, 2016 at 11:57 am

Thanks for holding office hours! I just wanted to let you know I’ve been riding my electric bike on Seattle’s bike trails since 2004, when I bought my first electric bike without any problems or incidents whatsoever. I hope people aren’t trying to ban this, because e-bikes are a great way for out of shape people to get in shape, and to get up Seattle’s dreaded hills like the one I live on (Magnolia).

Comment from susan
Time May 24, 2016 at 6:18 pm

I am wondering when our city streets are going to be repaved – there are so many potholes it is difficult to drive small cars on our streets. We passed the big bond issue for transportation and hope that some of that money will be used to improve the quality of our streets.

Comment from Michael Wolf
Time July 18, 2016 at 12:58 pm

The poster has “TBD” as a location, and the text says more “details to follow”. I’m betting that these could be updated.

Comment from john
Time July 26, 2016 at 7:43 pm

seattle only cares about bike riders and taking away car access to downtown seattle. that’s why you only see the best paved roads are for bikes or walking. they only fill pot holes, good luck

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