If you’ve read past editions of my newsletter or if you’ve ever met me in person you know I’m a big proponent of responsibly managing Seattle’s transition (some would say growing pains) into the large, modern city it’s becoming. I believe in unique, vibrant neighborhoods where everyone has nearby access to basic services and amenities. And I believe in using public space – streets, parks, water – to make our city more accessible, livable and inclusive. That’s why I’m excited to discuss work we’ve done to re-envision Ballard Avenue with a more human-centric lens of public space as a model for what we can do city-wide.
Unfortunately, I must also discuss my frustrations with the Mayor’s departments for not spending the dollars we allocated in last year's budget to build shelter and housing capacity for our unsheltered neighbors. I'll send out a special edition newsletter entirely focused on addressing homelessness soon to dig deeper into the details.
I also share rental assistance resources for tenants and small landlords, the Ballard Locks Fish Ladder Viewing Gallery event, and speaking of public spaces, good news: Ballard Pool is re-opening soon!
We are expecting to receive the Mayor's proposed 2022 budget on September 27th and hope to have a final budget ready by November 22nd. Your input is an essential part of the budget process. In my next newsletter, I’ll walk you through the budget creation process and how to stay engaged with me during this critical period.