The beginning of this millennium was marked by the placement of the mysterious monolith at Magnuson Park. As an artist, I learned the skills of setting goals, raising money and delivering on my promises. The monolith is one such example. In the same spirit, as your mayor I would legalize adulthood in the city of Seattle. The problems before, during and after the WTO in this city are constant reminder that the constitutional rights of the people can be suspended when our government is mismanaged. It is more important than ever that we continue to challenge the status quo of the government through the political process. As your mayor, I accept that challenge and give you my word that I can legalize adulthood in this city. The problems facing Seattle extend beyond the city limits particularly issues of traffic and housing.
We need to act now.
Civility in our city can be achieved through tolerance. Being homeless should not be a crime, nor should mental illness and drug addiction. We need to renew the housing levy and to address the rising costs of housing. The job of the mayor according to our city charter is to maintain peace and order.
The mayor directs the police department and can make recommendations on police procedures. The political mismanagement of the police department has created a devastating lack of trust between our law enforcement officers and the citizens of Seattle. Instead of police in riot gear, we need police in normal uniforms walking a beat in a community. This way the police know the people and the people know them. In addition, we need to offer incentives to officers to live in the
neighborhoods they work in.
An immediate solution to some of the traffic problems we face can be by using more police officers to direct traffic and prevent cars from blocking intersections during rush hour. Buses can be doubled in the city within my first year of
office and parking can be increased outside of congested areas next to bus stops. As a long term solution, I support the monorail and would first place it along the I-5 corridor.
Adults, no matter what color, sexual preference, religious background or physical condition need equal access to resources such as housing, jobs, education and health care. When adulthood is legalized equality is exercised.
Vote for me. You could do a lot worse.