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Dear Neighbor,  

Happy Spring! The sun is coming out and I’m looking forward to spending more time outdoors. My office has been working hard for the district, and I’m looking forward to connecting with many of you at my town hall tomorrow evening.  

In this newsletter, you’ll read about a Seaview Avenue walking tour I recently attended, an update about the opening of my district office, the Prince of Sweden visiting Ballard, Tree Ordinance legislation that recently passed, and the status report on Woodland Park.  

If you have any questions about this newsletter, please come to my town hall or reach out to my office directly.  If you live in D6 and would like to meet with me, please sign up here.     


Town Hall This Thursday 

Meeting with constituents is one of the best parts of being your city councilmember. For those that don’t already know, I’m hosting a virtual town hall tomorrow! If you haven’t already, you can RSVP here. My team will be sending out the link to the event before it begins

Seaview Avenue Safety Update 


Last Friday, my staff members and I joined a few Ballard residents to discuss pedestrian safety improvements on Seaview Avenue. I have been working with neighbors since last fall about their concerns regarding speeding drivers and a lack of safe crossings across Seaview Avenue. Improvements will be implemented in this spring/summer including demarcating driving lanes from parking lanes, a new crosswalk, and additional signage at the "S" curve. After many, many virtual meetings it was nice to meet people in person. Thank you to those who joined, both for their time and expertise!

These improvements to Seaview Avenue were a product of D6 resident meetings. If you live in District 6 and would like to meet with me or members of my team to share your ideas and/or concerns, you can do so on my website.

Re-Opening My District Office


As I mentioned earlier, I’m looking forward to connecting with folks again in person, so I’m excited to be re-opening my district office, coinciding with Mayor Harrell’s return to office protocols. I opened my district office on my 2nd day as your D6 councilmember and had to close it during my 9th week on the job due to the pandemic and public health guidelines. We will continue to monitor and adjust our office protocols based on public health data and information.  

My district office is located at the Ballard Customer Service Center which is in the same building as the Ballard Library, though uses a separate door just to the south of the elevator to the parking garage.

If you would like to meet with me, you can sign up here.  

Prince of Sweden visits Ballard 


(Left to right: Governor  Inslee, CEO Erik Nelson, His Highness Prince Daniel)

Earlier this month I joined the Prince of Sweden, along with 50 Swedish business leaders and entrepreneurs who are visiting the US. His Royal Highness Prince Daniel bestowed Erik Nelson, the CEO of the National Nordic Museum with the honor as Knight First Class, Royal Order of the Polar Star. Erik Nelson received this recognition in 2020 and was presented last week for his leadership in our community. He led the funding and the construction of the museum's current building, the place it now calls home. His efforts led to a world class building, evening gaining national recognition as the National Nordic Museum. With Erik Nelson serving as CEO, the museum has transformed from being the Nordic Heritage Museum to the National Nordic Museum, and from being in an old school to a state-of-the-art building.

Tree Ordinance 

This week the City Council passed Council Bill 120207, which requires that tree service providers register with the City and holds bad-actors accountable for illegal cutting. As I shared in my last newsletter, this legislation was sponsored by Councilmember Pedersen and me. It's one of four current proposals to strengthen tree protections in Seattle. The other three proposals, proposed by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, are currently on hold pending a legal challenge. 

In passing the tree service provider registry legislation, we also adopted several amendments to make the new law stronger. Councilmember Pedersen and I partnered on amendments to establish a clear timeline for tree service providers to register by November 10th; to require that permits for the removal of a hazardous, exceptional tree be submitted by a different tree service provider than the one conducting the removal; and to remove tree service providers from the registry for one year if two violations are committed. I also sponsored an amendment to strengthen the public notice requirements for tree removals to three business days, rather than just three days. 

Woodland Park Update 

In early January, Mayor Harrell’s team and I intensified homelessness outreach efforts in Upper Woodland Park to address ongoing public health and safety concerns and restore community access to the park. To closely coordinate, my office has been hosting weekly operations meetings with the Mayor’s office, King County Regional Homelessness Authority, REACH outreach workers, the HOPE Team, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and community leaders at the Phinney Neighborhood Association.   

Where we are on March 30th 2022: We have completed the by-name list of about 60 people living onsite at the park and we have begun moving people inside. So far 19 individuals have come into shelter and outreach workers are actively working to move 4 more people into shelter this week. The timeline to complete this work is still dependent on shelter availability and we are working as fast as possible to restore the park to its intended use.  

Hearing From You

Every week I meet with D6 residents to hear about issues affecting you daily. I love talking directly to D6ers, it is often the best part of my week. If you would like to meet with me, please use this form to set up a time. I meet with residents during the day and evening too. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

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Videos on My Website

Every Monday morning, I update the City Council on issues in District 6 and the work my office is doing that week. These updates are a helpful way to follow along with our work. I also post these videos weekly on my website and social media. You can view the latest updates and past videos on my website here.
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