2017 Highlights

Seattle City Council | District 4
Councilmember Rob Johnson
2017 Highlights
housing

More Affordable Housing

With the implementation of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in the U District, Downtown/South Lake Union, the Central District and Chinatown/International District, and assuming current growth projections, these areas of the City could result in the production of almost 3,000 units of affordable housing over the next 10 years to help support low income residents across the city.

transit

Reduced Fare for Youth Transit

I was thrilled to work with King County Executive Dow Constantine on a pilot project sponsored by Metro and Sound Transit that made bus and rail travel more accessible for young people during the summer. We were able to offer reduced youth fares to help our region’s young people get to jobs, parks, libraries and all King County has to offer.

stormwater

Investment in Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Because it is important to me that we as a city keep a focus on the health of our city’s tree canopy, address flooding and climate change impacts, and create more long-term green job opportunities, I increased spending by $15 million on green stormwater infrastructure as part of the Seattle Public Utilities Business Plan.

public health

Expanded Commitment to Public Health & Safety

Through the city’s budget process, I worked to ensure the successful Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program will expand to the north end. I also sponsored the investment of $1.3 Million for the creation and operation of a safe consumption site in Seattle. These represent critical steps towards more of a harm reduction approach to our public health and safety.

age friendly

More Age-Friendly Opportunities for Play

As the only councilmember currently with young kiddos, it’s important to me that Seattle has plenty of places to encourage family-friendly fun. This year, I worked with Parks to reopen all seven wading pools that had been closed in 2010 due to budget cuts. I was also happy to work with SDOT on a pilot program supporting families who choose to close their streets to traffic for safer play.

accesibility

Accessibility to Our Constituents and Community

Over the course of the year, either myself or a member of my staff:

  • Hosted over 230 open, drop-in office hours in D4, either at our weekly presence at the U District Farmers Market or at our district office;
  • Attended nearly 60 neighborhood community meetings in our district;
  • And were honored to plant trees with Friends of Burke Gilman, serve lunch at the Wallingford Senior Center, write cards and assemble gift baskets for local veterans, and participate in a clean-up of Magnuson Park.