Writing the Mayor on Defund SPD again

I don’t have a lot of time or energy to write blog posts and I save it for dashing out emails to my elected officials. This morning the mayor of Seattle gave a press conference on what she plans to do in response to the Defund SPD (Seattle police department) movement demand which a super majority of the city council has voiced public support. At this press conference, she made a number of disingenuous claims but I was primarily incensed by the idea that there is “no plan” and the “activists” don’t want anyone responding to 911 calls.

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We ARE Shameless in Seattle on Housing

A friend of mine Jason Hahn who I’ve met in the last couple years “in politics” wrote a short little post called “Shameless in Seattle”. A short quote because a longer one would be the entire post:

Today I read in the Seattle Times that there are 4,280 school-age children living in homelessness in Seattle. This is 45% more than when our city leaders supposedly declared a homelessness emergency in 2015. I say supposedly not because they didn’t really declare it but because they didn’t really do anything about it.

If a natural disaster struck West Seattle and 3 years later we still had almost 5,000 children living without a stable roof over their heads would we be ok with that? No, of course not. But here we are 3 years and countless millions of dollars later and kids are still homeless.

Jason is writing specifically about all the homeless kids in our schools but it’s no less shameless how we’ve responded to the issue in general.

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Chittenden Locks and the Rambunctious Garden

Today we went to Chittenden Locks (aka the Ballard Locks). I’ve been in Seattle for nearly three years and somehow I’d never been. But I really liked it. After reading The Rambunctious Garden, the integrated space of human uses — tourism, recreation and a working lock system — with gardens, parks and most importantly the fish ladder made me think of what our future should hold. Our cities should be a place where all that goes together. And more of us should be in cities and our agriculture have less impact so that we can let the rest of the world be rambunctious. That’s a short summary of the book and probably one that doesn’t do it justice, so go read it. So instead of going on with my ill-formed thoughts, I’ll just leave you with some photos.

Railway bridge west of Chittenden Locks

Ampitheater into the water at Commodore Park

Water leaving as the locks doors swing shut

Rippling water in equalization basin at Chittenden Locks

Red narrow flowers

Fall Colors at Chittenden Locks

I unfortunately didn’t take any pictures of the fish ladder itself. It’s really cool — there’s a viewing chamber where you can see salmon swimming by! But it was too dark in there for good cell phone photos. In any case, I was too entranced by how simple but complicated a thing a fish ladder is that I forgot! The rest of the photos are in my flickr stream. Enjoy!