for a livable Seattle
WHY I'M RUNNING
Seattle deserves better results from our City Council! I want to bring my PRACTICAL PROGRESSIVE approach to solving the issues we face in District 3. I would be honored to serve as your voice on the Seattle City Council.
After moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, I fell in love with Seattle and chose to live here permanently. The first home I purchased was in the Central Area, not far from Garfield High School.
For 30+ years I've owned and operated a small IT firm. I work with businesses large and small, from a wide array of industries, across the region. I have a deep understanding of the technology sector's importance to the economy in our region.
My husband Shiro, and I have been married for 26 years. We have a son, Ryk. He is enrolled in the Paramedicine program at Central Washington University, and works part-time as an EMT. He graduated from Cleveland High School.
My education: a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington; a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound.
I have lived in District 3 for 40 years. I've lived in the Central Area, Broadway District, Capitol Hill, Leschi and Mt. Baker.
For over 25 years I have dedicated my time to improving Seattle. A few examples of my involvement: in 10th year as President of the South Seattle Crime Prevention Council; President of the Mount Baker Community Club; an active member of the Federation of Community Councils; President of the Cleveland High School PTSA; Vice Chair of the City Neighborhood Council; and engagement in many zoning and equity issues.
In 2006 I founded and led an organization called Many Cultures, One Message. We successfully blocked Mayor Nickels' attempt to declare all of SE Seattle blighted. A blight designation would have given the City the power to force immigrant and modest-income property owners to sell at bargain prices. The City's intent was to later "sell the properties to developers at a discount."
While serving on the Seattle Public Schools Closure Committee I fought to protect schools from closure in areas where population growth was expected, and to ensure equity for low-income students and students of color. I came up with creative solutions of how to best serve student needs, which the District sadly ignored, resulting in disproportionate harm to low-income students and students of color.
As President of the Cleveland High School PTSA, I convinced reluctant parents to host the school's first auction fundraiser in its nearly 90-year history. We raised over six times the national average for school auctions, and used all proceeds to purchase much-needed resources for Cleveland students.
My experience as a civic leader and business owner will bring creative solutions to improve Seattle and tackle our toughest challenges.
We aren't properly serving people by standing by idly while people are destroying their lives consuming illicit drugs. Inaction means addicts will move into deeper addiction while they are exposed to dangerous diseases because of squalid living conditions.
Each time an addict is arrested and convicted of a crime we need to give them an option of going into a residential treatment program or going to jail, where they won’t have an option but to get off drugs. We have to hold King County accountable for providing on-demand treatment and residential treatment programs. The nurses’ dormitory across from Harborview is vacant…that is a great option for a residential treatment center.
If one of our family members was an addict, living on the streets, we would want the best for them. We'd want them to live in a safe environment and get treatment for recovery. We need to do this for the people living on our streets as well.
We need to make public testimony at council meetings more transparent, as well as more accessible for residents of Seattle.
When someone testifies at a Council meeting they should provide the following in addition to their name: where they live and the name of their employer. Quite often people are paid for their time to testify on behalf of their employer without divulging the fact. This information should also be required and available for public viewing from anyone meeting with the Mayor or Council Members, regardless of where the meeting takes place.
We need to be respectful of the time folks are required to take out of their day or time off work in order to testify publicly. I would like to see a video conferencing option for public testimony for Seattle residents, provided their identify has been confirmed in advance.
To be available and ENGAGED IN our District to address your concerns.
Preserve neighborhood diversity, respecting long-term residents.
Amend the new MHA legislation, passed unanimously by the City Council, which disproportionately impacts property owners who are POC or low-income, to protect small property owners from excessive property taxes resulting from upzoning, and preserve their ownership.
Ensure developers work in partnership with neighborhoods, preserving the character of the community.
Facilitate protection of legacy residential tenants and businesses, resulting in a successful project for all concerned.
Create more affordable housing, especially for families with children.
Assess impact fees so developers pay for infrastructure, thereby reducing taxes for Seattle residents and businesses.
Provide on-demand drug rehabilitation, mental health and support services for those living on our streets, getting the homeless into permanent housing as soon as possible.
Create a home/condo buying program for teachers, first responders, nurses, tradespeople and families and individuals who have traditionally been denied the opportunity to own a home.
Use my extensive knowledge of businesses in Seattle to create living-wage jobs.
Facilitate the creation of a community-owned and operated grocery store in the Central Area.
Support the success of small businesses.
Always put the interests of Seattle residents before the interests of out-of-state/country corporations.