When I decided to run for the Seattle City Council, it was not because I simply wanted to be a part of city government. Rather, I wanted to help address the issues of concern to Seattle by proposing specific, workable plans to get this city moving in the right direction.
To solve our transportation problem, all parts of the system must work together to form a cohesive, comprehensive approach. My plan would use Monorail to serve our neighborhoods and more densely populated areas while incorporating simplified and improved bus routes, the Flex Car program, and increased parking and bicycle lanes. I oppose the current Sound Transit plan, but Light rail can be used effectively in the outlying areas like the Eastside. Each of these systems would be linked at centralized transportation centers where people could transfer easily between systems.
Proper police reform must focus on community and race relations as well as the inability of the Seattle Police Department's management to prepare for and execute large scale events. To increase the public trust in our police, I
strongly support plans for an independent citizen review board with broad powers to investigate police wrongdoings. For public events, the job of crowd control must start before the crowd gets there. We must set the stage, create an atmosphere and communicate with the crowd. Basic event planning and proper preventive policing can avoid the recent tragedies of these events.
Last but not least, Seattle currently has as many as 6,000 homeless citizens with capacity for less than half of these individuals in existing shelters. Yet, the city currently owns many buildings which are vacant and unutilized. I strongly support proposals for the city to make these properties available to private and non-profit organizations for conversion to low-income housing and shelters. However, rather than simply offering hand-outs, the shelters would empower those individuals who truly want to better themselves by requiring work training programs, health and human services, and, if necessary, drug rehabilitation in exchange for residency.
I believe that my experience as a community activist and volunteer, my previous successes in working together with elected officials, and my skills as an event planner will allow me to be an effective leader and representative of the
residents of Seattle. Together, we can move forward toward a renewed Seattle, improving our city's livability and ensuring strong economic growth. Let's get this City moving!