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PRIORITIES

HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS:

  • BUILD MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Commit to building 5,000 units of affordable housing in three years by working with State, County, and non-profit partners through the “Home and Hope” plan; and work with King County to build 195 modular affordable housing units with County money on County landat no expense to the Seattle tax payer.

  • ASSIST STRUGGLING TENANTS: A recent report by the King County Bar Association found that the average amount owed for a person facing eviction was $1,236.36. We need to expand subsidies to tenants at risk of eviction through an increased rent stabilization fund, which will keep people in their homes and reduce public expense.

  • REFORM AND EXPAND NAVIGATION TEAMS: Provide navigation teams with the personnel, resources, and support services to effectively transition people from unsanctioned encampments into shelter and stable housing. Emulate successful programs in San Francisco and Austin that rely more on outreach by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) than police to make contact with their neighbors experiencing homelessness.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT:

  • ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AUDITS: Adopt an annual performance auditing plan similar to King County, which has found $127 million in budget savings over the last three years. Andrew wrote an editorial for Crosscut Public Media calling for this reform in the fall of 2018.

  • HIRE MORE PERFORMANCE AUDITORS: Increase the number of personnel in the Office of the City Auditor with a focus on specializations to meet emerging needs. For example, the City’s IT expenses rose 188 percent between 2008 and 2017, we need more auditors with an IT background to assess their performance.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

  • BUILD MORE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN DISTRICT 7: The Seattle School District estimates 12 new schools will need to be built to accommodate projected enrollment. Andrew will fight to make sure every neighborhood in District 7, including Downtown and South Lake Union, have convenient access to public K-12 schools.

SAFE COMMUNITIES:

  • HIRE MORE PATROL OFFICERS: Based on 2016 data Seattle has 19.8 officers per 10,000 residents, fewer than the average for an American city with over 500,000 residents. We need to commit to hiring more officers to walk a beat, respond to neighborhood calls, and build lasting relationships with the communities they serve.

  • SUPPORT STRONG CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT OF POLICE: Support the new Office of Police Accountability and Office of the Inspector General for Public Safetyto ensure professionalism and Constitutional policing.

  • EXPAND DIVERSION PROGRAMS: Strengthen partnerships with community-based diversion programs like Choose 180, which has had only 8 out of 245 City of Seattle referrals criminally recidivise. Partner with Legacy of Equality Leadership and Organizing (LELO) to break down barriers to employment and driver re-licensing to prevent recidivism and build strong communities. And adopt pre-file versions of jobs training diversion programs like the Trades Related Apprenticeship Coaching (TRAC) program, which has placed hundreds of people into trades career paths and has a less than 5% criminal recidivism rate.

  • ESTABLISH A DRUG COURT: Too many defendants fall through the cracks of Seattle Municipal Court without access to treatment and programming to address underlying substance dependency issues. A dedicated drug court can provide defendants the option to engage in treatment as an alternative to a criminal conviction.

  • CREATE A HIGH-FREQUENCY OFFENDER TASK FORCE: Fund a team of prosecutors to focus on building strong cases against high-frequency offenders.

  • ESTABLISH A SUPPORTIVE RELEASE CENTER: Cook County Illinois established a Supportive Release Center to provide optional assistance to help indigent defendants transition back into society. The Center provides people with a place to stay for up to 24 hours, the opportunity to sign up for subsidized health insurance, and get referrals to housing and wrap around services. Let’s create a similar center in partnership with King County and the services available from the Seattle Municipal Court Resource Center.

TRANSPORTATION:

  • A NEW MAGNOLIA BRIDGE: Work with State, County, Port, and Federal stakeholders to build a one-for-one replacement to the Magnolia Bridge.

  • EXPAND LIGHT RAIL: Support a light rail route west of 15th Avenue in Interbay in collaboration with Sound Transit and the Port of Seattle. Advocate for a light rail tunnel underneath the ship canal to guarantee efficient service schedules and avoid disrupting our critical maritime industry.

  • CREATE A CONNECTOR BUS SERVICE: Invest in a system of connector buses to link distant neighborhoods with Rapid Ride bus service.  

  • EXPAND SOUND TRANSIT LIGHT RAIL AND RAPID RIDE SERVICES:  The Seattle City Council has positions on the Sound Transit Board. I will advocate for grade separated transportation options that we need today, not in 20 years, to quickly increase our city’s light rail capacity. We need to build a sense of urgency to get these projects off the ground and moving, and I support a clear proposal for a cap and trade law that will invest the proceeds exclusively in transportation improvements, like light rail expansion, to address potential funding issues. Even if this takes another attempt at a statewide initiative, we need to make it clear that the public benefit to a tax that will almost exclusively fall on big polluters and big oil will far outweigh any taxpayer investments.

  • On Rapid Ride services, the connections and transportation oriented development opportunities presented by Rapid Ride routes are a huge boon to business districts. Whatever may be lost in parking is more than gained in increased passenger traffic and more locally sited housing to provide a steady base of consumers to business districts. Two-thirds of Seattle households are now within a 10 minute walk of mass transit that comes every 10 minutes or faster. That’s a great achievement, but we need to get to that last third. I have a sinking suspicion that the transit deserts underserved by the current TBD are probably producing the largest share of those single occupancy vehicle trips. Expanding the TBD when it is up for renewal will be a high priority for me, and is instrumental to driving down the single vehicle trips greatly impacting Seattle’s GHG footprint.

ENVIRONMENT:

  • Expand The Use of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT): 14% of global carbon emissions are caused by the use of concrete and steel in construction. CLT would dramatically reduce this carbon footprint - in fact acting as a carbon sequestration resource. The use of CLT would additionally save the city money on construction projects ranging from community centers to affordable housing, and opening funding for other crucial public works projects. You can read my Op-Ed published last November in the Urbanist for more details.

 

  • Electrify Seattle's Light-Freight Fleet: As vehicles are graduated out of the light-duty fleet (civilian cars used for city business) we should be one-for-one replacing them with appropriate electric vehicles with a goal of total conversion within 5 years. The City’s light vehicle fleet is already 20% electric vehicles. The price of acquiring the fleet will more than be offset by the maintenance reduction. Electric vehicles require 40% less maintenance cost than traditional fossil fuel ones. As a prosecutor, I know first and foremost the needs of our first responders to get the job done. Sometimes that requires vehicles where an electric option is not currently market available, like police, fire, and some heavy public utility trucks. We need to keep our eye on the market for commercially available vehicles adaptable for those purposes, but in the meantime roles that can be adapted to commercially available all electric vehicles should be. It is attainable, and we can do it in the aforementioned time frame.​​

 

  • Realize Seattle's 2018 Climate Action Plan Building Emission Goals: Most of the action recommendations within the Council's 2018 plan rely on incentives rather than mandates. I would be interested in pursuing a building heating and energy efficiency mandate similar to the one recently imposed by Bill DeBlasio in New York. The large decrease in CO2 emissions attributable to building heating can be linked to the reduction in cost and proliferation of technology making efficient heating practices more attainable and implementable. There is no excuse for inaction. We need to set a standard as a city and expect commercial buildings to comply. Fines for failure to comply can be used as part of a subsidy fund to help non-profit and landlords or businesses working on slim margins to meet the standards set out by the mandate.