Seattle Asian Art Museum Expansion is approved

I am pleased to announce that today, January 22nd, the Seattle City Council passed Council Bill 119150 and Council Bill 119146 to authorize the expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. The beautifully designed Art Deco building in which the SAAM is housed has been a fixture of Volunteer Park and the SAM for over 85 years, but extensive renovations and an expansion have been needed for a long time. Today’s vote was the finalization of plans 10 years in the making to renovate the SAAM and increase its education and exhibit capacities. The public benefits of this expansion will include:

  • A partnership with Seattle Public Schools which includes 7 in-school education programs and 75 free school group field trips annually.
  • Eight workshops, 3 day-camps, and 15 free lectures and panel discussions
  • A $50,000 scholarship assistance fund with annual escalation
  • An annual public cultural event

I and my peers on the Council are proud to support public art and art education, and I hope you will join me in my excitement for the future re-opening of the beautifully renovated and expanded SAAM. Thank you for your correspondence and support for this bill and I hope you will continue to speak up on matters that are important to you.

See you at the re-opening!

FINAL 2018 Budget Wins for D5

Hello District 5 Community,

Monday, November 20th, the City Council voted to approve the 2018 City budget. I am excited to report the final 2018 City Budget and what it means for D5! Working with my colleagues, I was able to secure funding for District 5 priorities and citywide priorities. I have included a selection of those new investments below. Overall, we had an 86% success rate for investments I worked to achieve in this budget and a 96% success rate for new investments in District 5!


District 5 – New Investments = $6,274,910

$5,000,000 – Lake City Community Center Rebuild

$35,000 – Hubbard Homestead Park neighborhood planning

$60,000 – Sound Generation: Expansion of the Lake City and Northgate “Senior Center Without Wall”

$60,000 – Aurora Commons: Expansion of outreach and drop-in services

$369,910 – Sweetened Beverage Tax – Increase funding for food banks (Some of this funding will also be used to support food banks in other Council Districts)

$750,000 – Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Expansion to SPD North Precinct


Citywide/Multi-District – New and Continuing Investments = $11,100,000

$100,000 – Chief Seattle Club pre-design funds for future affordable housing project

$11,000,000 – Maintain commitment to North Precinct Police Station

SLI – Worker Retention and Job Security Initiative


Collaborations = $1,875,000 (these investments include programs and projects that were sponsored by other Councilmembers and that require investment from other government and/or nonprofit partners)

$1,300,000 – Community Health Engagement Locations

$500,000 – Youth Opportunity Center and Housing Project

$75,000 – Home and Hope – Housing pre-development (Northgate & Citywide)


This budget also includes funding for pedestrian improvements throughout our community through the Move Seattle Vision Zero initiative:



Project Spending Plan Projected Design Projected Construction
Sand Point Way Safety Corridor $970,000 2018 2019
Aurora Ave N Safety Corridor (in partnership with WSDOT) $580,000 2017-2019 2018-2019
Lake City Way Intersection Improvements $500,000 2017-2019 2020


A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to write in, call and show up to provide public comment to support these critical investments. District 5 has long needed enhanced investments and I will continue to advocate for our communities. I am very proud of the work we were able to accomplish this budget session.



Round 1 in the 2018 Budget!

Thank you to those that have been writing in, calling our office and coming out to the budget public hearings. We have had great success in the first round of the budget review and I could not have done it without you!

I have put together a list of all the budget actions that have been included in the Initial Balancing Package. Please keep in mind this is only the first round of budget reviews. Council will be making more changes and I am dedicated to holding on to all the funds that have been allocated so far! In this Initial Balancing Package, we have secured $6,524,910 with $6,205,000 going directly to new District 5 investments! Those new investments include:

  • $5,000,000 for the Lake City Community Center – these funds are the foundation for a larger capital campaign to raise all the money we will need to build a brand new Lake City Community Center. (The Mayors budget also includes $270,000 for staff to manage the current center)
  • **$1,000,000 for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) expansion into the North Precinct – these funds would pay for case managers, a base of operations, a nurse and outreach workers in the North Precinct**
  • $60,000 for senior services – these funds will add another day of service in Lake City and start a new program in Northgate
  • $35,000 for Hubbard Homestead Park – these funds will be for community planning to identify new park improvements to be made in the upcoming years
  • **$60,000 for Aurora Commons to provide services along Aurora Ave North – these funds will go to support low-barrier drop-in services along Aurora to help people find support and stability**
  • $369,910 for food banks citywide – these funds, from the Sweetened Beverage Tax, will go to support food banks across the City including programs like Family Works and North Helpline in District 5
  • Worker Retention – Statement of Legislative Intent – This report back will be used to build worker retention policy for the City of Seattle. I want to make sure workers are protected and have a right to stability when jobs are transferred or subcontracted

I am so proud of this first step and I will be working hard to make sure all these investments make it into the final budget. Below I have listed some additional budget actions I was proud to co-sponsor, and I hope these actions made it into the final budget as well:

  • $150,000 to restore funding for the Summer Parkways Program
  • $500,000 for pedestrian improvements in South Park
  • $69,000 to open up all wading pools during the summer months
  • $138,353 to add 3 staff at Magnuson Community Center
  • $200,000 for Tenant’s Union to conduct tenant education and outreach
  • **$400,000 for Childcare Resource’s homeless childcare program**
  • $200,000 to support teacher workforce diversity and bilingual teacher pipeline
  • **$500,000 for the Youth Opportunity Center and Housing Project in Capitol Hill**
  • $75,000 for the Home and Hope project to identify future affordable housing and early learning locations in Northgate and citywide
  • **$161,000 to fund an additional prescriber for addiction recovery medication at Public Health facilities**
  • $150,000 for a Navigation Team nurse
  • **$550,000 for Community Health Engagement Locations to support people struggling with addiction**
  • **$200,000 for emergency shelter and support services for survivors of domestic violence**
  • $150,000 to assist parents to regaining custody of their children
  • **$400,000 for additional services to survivors or domestic violence and sexual assault**
  • $450,000 to support authorized encampments and tiny house villages

Thank you again for all your support so far. Please continue to write us letters and attend Council meetings to advocate for what is important to you and District 5. The next round of budget reviews begins November 7th. The final vote on the budget will be on November 20th and December 11th.


**The funds for these budget additions are from the potential proceeds from the proposed employee hours/employee head tax which has not yet been approved by the Council or the Mayor.

Aurora Licton Urban Village Legislation

Council Bill 119093 is scheduled for a Full Council vote on Monday Oct. 3rd at 2pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.

The purpose of this legislation is to encourage more housing and pedestrian friendly development in the C1, C2 and NC3 designations within the boundaries of the Aurora Licton Urban Village (ALUV). The goals of this legislation are consistent with the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the Aurora Licton Urban Village neighborhood plan and the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) citywide re-zones, all of which have had community and council review over the last several years, with more review to come in 2018.

The legislation will disallow certain types of heavy commercial being developed inside the ALUV boundaries. No businesses will be asked to leave or relocate as a result of the legislation. Any new business development that has recently been permitted or is in the permitting process will still move forward.

When the new upzones go into effect (expected in 2018) these heavy commercial uses will no long be allowed in ALUV anyway, so this is trying to build a bridge. Housing and more pedestrian friendly development will still be allowed on those lots and we are hoping this will encourage those owners, if they plan to develop, to do so by creating housing and/or pedestrian friendly commercial spaces.

The ALUV community has been welcoming to potential dense zoning changing and more pedestrian friendly development. However, since they are part of the citywide re-zone they will have to wait, and this is a way for us to not lose too much development capacity with things that are incompatible with the vision for that neighborhood and will be legally incompatible in the future.

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Weekly Update 8/14-8/18

Today at Full Council

  • There was 1 item from the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee:
    1. Lake Washington Moorages Agreement, for management of the public moorages on Lake Washington (Approved at Full Council 5-3)
  • Also on the Full Council Agenda we has the KeyArena Resolution. This resolution memorializes the agreements and benchmarks we have laid out. This resolution does not commit the Council to approving the MOU and will not in any way impact the Council’s commitment to due diligence and upholding the City’s fiduciary responsibilities. This resolution does say the Council is resolved to review the MOU that is transmitted, the Council will maintain authority to approve all subsequent agreements, and the Council will be ensure the MOU meets the City’s expectations, especially those laid out in the RFP.

Up coming events and activities

  • My staff will be attending the Find It Fix It Walk in Little Brook tonight. Little Brook is a dense and growing community that is just at the edge of the City and District 5. This is a great opportunity for neighbors to identifying new ways for the City to support their community.
  • The Low Income Housing Institute is having a ground breaking ceremony for the new family housing development in Lake City on Tuesday 8/15.
  • On Monday 8/14 Select Committee on Civic Arenas will meet. This discussion will be about the project timeline, including a little more of an overview of what the work for the City will look like after the MOU is drafted. We will also talk about the new Community Advisory Group that has been formed to provide additional feedback to the City as this process moved forward.