Priorities for District 7
Michael has been working on affordable housing and transportation projects for 15 years. He has also volunteered on countless community development projects aimed at making Seattle work for people of all ages and incomes.
A Bright Future
There is a direct connection between the opportunities we provide our children and the success of our City now and in the future.
I served on both the “Seattle Public Schools Facilities Master Task Force” and the “Capacity Task Force “for the last School Levy, and saw the severity of overcrowding and underfunding in our public schools. I have also spent the last seven years working to bring more public school capacity to District 7.
There is also a shortage of daycare space for working families in Seattle. As a parent with young children in District 7, I’ve been personally affected by the challenge of daycare facilities daycare waitlists that are over a year long. There are a number of steps we could take to encourage more daycare capacity.
As your Council Member, the following are a few of the steps I would put forward to resolve these issues.
We need to expand our supply of daycare centers. Let’s alleviate unnecessary regulatory barriers and restructure the day care licensing process. Create a public low/no interest revolving loan fund for existing daycare facilities to enable them to meet the additional building requirements needed to expand from half-day to full-day care.
We need to find creative ways to get more use out of our limited public spaces. Meeting outdoor space requirements is both difficult and costly in urban areas. I would propose a plan to build urban playgrounds (and/or possibly use existing playgrounds) that are open to the public on evenings and weekends, but are available to daycares during weekday business hours.
We need creative solutions to our lack of supply. Support the expansion of alternative, low cost daycares like “Tiny Trees” which partner with public parks to create class space.
K-12 Public Schools
We need a downtown high school. I would work in partnership with Seattle Public Schools to bring to bring a comprehensive high school to District 7.
We need a downtown elementary or K-8 school. Work in partnership with Seattle Public schools to create downtown elementary school to serve the growing downtown school age population. This is not only important for Downtown families, but would also relieve overcrowding in surrounding elementary schools.
We need more routes to alternative education paths. From carpentry to tech, many of Seattle's high paying industries face a severe lack of skilled labor. I would partner labor and business groups to expand apprenticeship programs and ensure Seattle students are prepared to get these family wage jobs.
Both the Queen Anne and Magnolia Community Centers need serious renovation, upgrades, and possibly replacement, and the adequate budget for necessary services and maintenance. These are two of the most heavily used community centers in Seattle. Both have long wait lists for daycare and need more room for daycare/childcare.
We need more community centers. Downtown is made up of many of Seattle’s fastest growing neighborhoods. The only community center serving downtown was not designed to meet the needs of the community and was recently shut down. Downtown desperately needs a well designed community center, and I will push to make that happen.
A Place to Live
A City is its people. Rising housing costs are gutting Seattle of the very diversity that makes it special.
As a Councilmember, I will
Push for more housing at all income levels, particularly housing targeted at young adults, families with children, and seniors.
Incentivize more opportunity-connected housing around transit stations.
Prevent homelessness before it starts by expanding programs aimed at transportation and utility assistance, legal and job support services, and short-term rental assistance.
Work with the State to enact requirements that all cities in the region be responsible for solving the housing affordability crisis. Seattle can lead, but other cities must follow.
Work with state, county, and local governments to fund mental health and drug rehabilitation beds across the region. People need to be moved off the streets and into care.
Require robust release plans for inmates transitioning out of King County’s Correctional Facility downtown. Releasing people onto Seattle’s streets with inadequate support adds to Seattle’s homeless crisis.
A Way to Get Around
Whether driving, riding transit, walking, biking or moving freight, we all need safe, reliable, and affordable ways to get around.
As a Councilmember, I will
Work tirelessly to relieve congestion and better leverage our transit investments.
Focus on the basics, like potholes and failing bridges.
Advocate for more sidewalks, curb-cuts, crosswalks, and other pedestrian improvements across the city.
Consider the unique needs of seniors, families with strollers, and people with disabilities when building new infrastructure.