HUMAN SERVICES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
- Preserved nearly all human services funding in 2010-2014 City Budgets, and secured over $10.5 million in additional human services funds in the 2013-2014 budget.
- Invested $1.68 million to expand the Youth Violence Prevention Initiative in the 2013-2014 budget, gaining 450 new available slots for youth.
- Leveraged city advertising dollars and nationwide attention in support of underage youth and against Backpage.com. As a result of our efforts the web site is no longer affiliated with the Village Voice and other free art weeklies, including the Seattle Weekly.
- Passed legislation to provide churches more flexibility to host encampments.
- Vetoed aggressive panhandling legislation.
- Supported and implemented Paid Sick Leave ordinance.
- Passed Rental Housing Inspection Legislation protecting the rights of vulnerable tenants to report unsafe living conditions to their landlords.
- Passed Library Levy, allowing expansion of collections, programs, restoration of Sunday hours, and ending the weeklong library closure.
- Passed legislation limiting towing rates.
PUBLIC SAFETY AND POLICE REFORM
- Implemented Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program (LEAD), which diverts non-violent drug offenders to community-based treatment and support services rather than arrest.
- Established Community Police Commission to support the development of reforms, the establishment of police priorities, and mechanisms to promote community confidence in the Seattle Police Department.
- Negotiated court approved and enforceable agreements with the Department of Justice to address community concerns and build a greater police force in Seattle.
- Launched reform plan SPD 20/20: A Vision for the Future, committing to significant changes to training, oversight and accountability. Many reforms, including implementation of a new Force Review Board process, have already been completed and progress can be tracked by the public at seattle.gov/2020.
- Between 2009 and today violent crimes and property crimes declined, and the overall crime rate is at the lowest level in decades.
- Launched the Youth and Families Initiative, holding 131 neighborhood meetings with over 2,800 residents to gather community input.
- Doubled Families and Education Levy to $230 million to help Seattle children graduate from high school ready for college by expanding and improving programs for early learning, after school activities, schoolbased health centers, mentorship, and academic interventions for at-risk youth.
- Launched the Be Here Get There attendance campaign, a partnership with Seattle Public Schools and dozens of companies large and small across Seattle, from Amazon and Google to Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Top Pot Doughnuts, the Seattle Symphony, KEXP, and many others
- Created a citywide partnership to launch Pathways to Careers, an initiative to accelerate and increase the completion of professional and technical training by low-income Seattle residents over the next three years.
- Began process of divesting city funds from fossil fuel companies.
- Called for comprehensive, statewide review of coal train impacts, released a Seattle-specific study of traffic and safety impacts of coal trains in October 2012, and initiated another study of economic impacts, to be completed in 2013.
- Created Seattle’s Food Action Plan, laying out actions for healthy food for all, growing food locally, and strengthening the local food economy.
- Worked with County, Port, Boeing to develop a Duwamish cleanup plan to send to the EPA. We have already begun cleanup efforts that will remove 50% of the pollution in the Duwamish.
- Developed a new Transit Master Plan that works to connect Seattle’s neighborhoods with high capacity transit and priority bus service, including
- a connection between the South Lake Union Streetcar and the First Hill Streetcar,
- Madison Street,
- the University District to Downtown via Eastlake.
- Ballard to Downtown corridor.
- Ensured the new 520 bridge was physically designed to accommodate light rail from the eastside to the Montlake Cut.
- Launched “Be Super Safe” road safety campaign using education, enforcement and environmental tools to improve safety for everyone using the roads, with the goal of zero fatalities or serious injuries on our streets.
- Created nearly 147 miles of bicycle facilities from 2010-2012, including neighborhood greenways in five neighborhoods in 2012-2013: Wallingford, Beacon Hill, Ballard, Delridge and Northeast Seattle.
- Put an additional $28 million over the last two years in basic street repairs.
- Selected the route and began construction on the First Hill Streetcar, extended route to Pioneer Square and secured funding for study of a Broadway extension.
- Worked with Mayors around the state and King County to develop a bipartisan proposal for local funding for city street repairs and county bus service. Our proposal has passed the state House of Representatives and is now before the Senate.
- Moved forward on the Elliott Bay Seawall replacement, releasing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement in November 2012, shortly after voters approved a $290 million bond measure.
- Disbursed $71.4 million in financing to 110 businesses, resulting in 1,242 jobs created or retained.
- Committed $2 billion in capital improvements, which created or retained 6,204 jobs.
- Visited 1,268 businesses and connected 577 businesses with resources to solve problems and grow their companies.
- Secured regulatory changes allowing mobile food vending on City streets.
- Established the Seattle Tourism Improvement Area to increase leisure tourism to Seattle by advertising and promoting Seattle as a vacation destination.
- Tripled the use of women-and minority-owned business enterprises from $11 million to $34 million by strengthening requirements.
- Worked to upgrade Seattle’s broadband infrastructure through use of dark fiber and public/private partnership with Gigabit Squared.
- Hosted or attended 120 Town Halls since taking office, reaching over 9,000 community members in every part of the city.
- Redesigned Seattle.Gov; supports better customer service and ease of use, won a national award for best municipal website as well as best use of social media by a city government.