Homeless Encampments Update

September 11th, 2018

Hello D5,

Over the last few weeks my office has received about thirty emails and calls regarding unauthorized homeless encampments at the Lake City Post Office/Grocery Outlet and the Kingfisher Natural Area along Thornton Creek.

On behalf of my constituents I have reached out to the City’s Navigation Team, and they have responded to both of these locations. The City is now conducting intensive outreach to both of these locations with the goal of housing and sheltering their occupants, and will be removing human waste and debris from these areas as well.

I have attached my email correspondence from Fred Podesta, the head of the Navigation Team, to this post. I look forward to working with Mr. Podesta and others around our city to improve our homelessness crisis response. This issue will remain a top priority of my office.

Fred Podesta Correspondence


Seattle Asian Art Museum Expansion is approved

January 22nd, 2018

I am pleased to announce that today, January 22nd, the Seattle City Council passed Council Bill 119150 and Council Bill 119146 to authorize the expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. The beautifully designed Art Deco building in which the SAAM is housed has been a fixture of Volunteer Park and the SAM for over 85 years, but extensive renovations and an expansion have been needed for a long time. Today’s vote was the finalization of plans 10 years in the making to renovate the SAAM and increase its education and exhibit capacities. The public benefits of this expansion will include:

  • A partnership with Seattle Public Schools which includes 7 in-school education programs and 75 free school group field trips annually.
  • Eight workshops, 3 day-camps, and 15 free lectures and panel discussions
  • A $50,000 scholarship assistance fund with annual escalation
  • An annual public cultural event

I and my peers on the Council are proud to support public art and art education, and I hope you will join me in my excitement for the future re-opening of the beautifully renovated and expanded SAAM. Thank you for your correspondence and support for this bill and I hope you will continue to speak up on matters that are important to you.

See you at the re-opening!


FINAL 2018 Budget Wins for D5

November 22nd, 2017

Hello District 5 Community,

Monday, November 20th, the City Council voted to approve the 2018 City budget. I am excited to report the final 2018 City Budget and what it means for D5! Working with my colleagues, I was able to secure funding for District 5 priorities and citywide priorities. I have included a selection of those new investments below. Overall, we had an 86% success rate for investments I worked to achieve in this budget and a 96% success rate for new investments in District 5!


District 5 – New Investments = $6,274,910

$5,000,000 – Lake City Community Center Rebuild

$35,000 – Hubbard Homestead Park neighborhood planning

$60,000 – Sound Generation: Expansion of the Lake City and Northgate “Senior Center Without Wall”

$60,000 – Aurora Commons: Expansion of outreach and drop-in services

$369,910 – Sweetened Beverage Tax – Increase funding for food banks (Some of this funding will also be used to support food banks in other Council Districts)

$750,000 – Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Expansion to SPD North Precinct


Citywide/Multi-District – New and Continuing Investments = $11,100,000

$100,000 – Chief Seattle Club pre-design funds for future affordable housing project

$11,000,000 – Maintain commitment to North Precinct Police Station

SLI – Worker Retention and Job Security Initiative


Collaborations = $1,875,000 (these investments include programs and projects that were sponsored by other Councilmembers and that require investment from other government and/or nonprofit partners)

$1,300,000 – Community Health Engagement Locations

$500,000 – Youth Opportunity Center and Housing Project

$75,000 – Home and Hope – Housing pre-development (Northgate & Citywide)


This budget also includes funding for pedestrian improvements throughout our community through the Move Seattle Vision Zero initiative:



Project Spending Plan Projected Design Projected Construction
Sand Point Way Safety Corridor $970,000 2018 2019
Aurora Ave N Safety Corridor (in partnership with WSDOT) $580,000 2017-2019 2018-2019
Lake City Way Intersection Improvements $500,000 2017-2019 2020


A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to write in, call and show up to provide public comment to support these critical investments. District 5 has long needed enhanced investments and I will continue to advocate for our communities. I am very proud of the work we were able to accomplish this budget session.




Round 1 in the 2018 Budget!

November 1st, 2017

Thank you to those that have been writing in, calling our office and coming out to the budget public hearings. We have had great success in the first round of the budget review and I could not have done it without you!

I have put together a list of all the budget actions that have been included in the Initial Balancing Package. Please keep in mind this is only the first round of budget reviews. Council will be making more changes and I am dedicated to holding on to all the funds that have been allocated so far! In this Initial Balancing Package, we have secured $6,524,910 with $6,205,000 going directly to new District 5 investments! Those new investments include:

  • $5,000,000 for the Lake City Community Center – these funds are the foundation for a larger capital campaign to raise all the money we will need to build a brand new Lake City Community Center. (The Mayors budget also includes $270,000 for staff to manage the current center)
  • **$1,000,000 for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) expansion into the North Precinct – these funds would pay for case managers, a base of operations, a nurse and outreach workers in the North Precinct**
  • $60,000 for senior services – these funds will add another day of service in Lake City and start a new program in Northgate
  • $35,000 for Hubbard Homestead Park – these funds will be for community planning to identify new park improvements to be made in the upcoming years
  • **$60,000 for Aurora Commons to provide services along Aurora Ave North – these funds will go to support low-barrier drop-in services along Aurora to help people find support and stability**
  • $369,910 for food banks citywide – these funds, from the Sweetened Beverage Tax, will go to support food banks across the City including programs like Family Works and North Helpline in District 5
  • Worker Retention – Statement of Legislative Intent – This report back will be used to build worker retention policy for the City of Seattle. I want to make sure workers are protected and have a right to stability when jobs are transferred or subcontracted

I am so proud of this first step and I will be working hard to make sure all these investments make it into the final budget. Below I have listed some additional budget actions I was proud to co-sponsor, and I hope these actions made it into the final budget as well:

  • $150,000 to restore funding for the Summer Parkways Program
  • $500,000 for pedestrian improvements in South Park
  • $69,000 to open up all wading pools during the summer months
  • $138,353 to add 3 staff at Magnuson Community Center
  • $200,000 for Tenant’s Union to conduct tenant education and outreach
  • **$400,000 for Childcare Resource’s homeless childcare program**
  • $200,000 to support teacher workforce diversity and bilingual teacher pipeline
  • **$500,000 for the Youth Opportunity Center and Housing Project in Capitol Hill**
  • $75,000 for the Home and Hope project to identify future affordable housing and early learning locations in Northgate and citywide
  • **$161,000 to fund an additional prescriber for addiction recovery medication at Public Health facilities**
  • $150,000 for a Navigation Team nurse
  • **$550,000 for Community Health Engagement Locations to support people struggling with addiction**
  • **$200,000 for emergency shelter and support services for survivors of domestic violence**
  • $150,000 to assist parents to regaining custody of their children
  • **$400,000 for additional services to survivors or domestic violence and sexual assault**
  • $450,000 to support authorized encampments and tiny house villages

Thank you again for all your support so far. Please continue to write us letters and attend Council meetings to advocate for what is important to you and District 5. The next round of budget reviews begins November 7th. The final vote on the budget will be on November 20th and December 11th.


**The funds for these budget additions are from the potential proceeds from the proposed employee hours/employee head tax which has not yet been approved by the Council or the Mayor.


Aurora Licton Urban Village Legislation

September 29th, 2017

Council Bill 119093 is scheduled for a Full Council vote on Monday Oct. 3rd at 2pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.

The purpose of this legislation is to encourage more housing and pedestrian friendly development in the C1, C2 and NC3 designations within the boundaries of the Aurora Licton Urban Village (ALUV). The goals of this legislation are consistent with the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the Aurora Licton Urban Village neighborhood plan and the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) citywide re-zones, all of which have had community and council review over the last several years, with more review to come in 2018.

The legislation will disallow certain types of heavy commercial being developed inside the ALUV boundaries. No businesses will be asked to leave or relocate as a result of the legislation. Any new business development that has recently been permitted or is in the permitting process will still move forward.

When the new upzones go into effect (expected in 2018) these heavy commercial uses will no long be allowed in ALUV anyway, so this is trying to build a bridge. Housing and more pedestrian friendly development will still be allowed on those lots and we are hoping this will encourage those owners, if they plan to develop, to do so by creating housing and/or pedestrian friendly commercial spaces.

The ALUV community has been welcoming to potential dense zoning changing and more pedestrian friendly development. However, since they are part of the citywide re-zone they will have to wait, and this is a way for us to not lose too much development capacity with things that are incompatible with the vision for that neighborhood and will be legally incompatible in the future.

Local News Coverage:






Vacant Building Legislation

September 6th, 2017

Yesterday the Seattle City Council voted unanimously in favor of Council Bill 118971, legislation I was proud to co-sponsor in response to community requests to reform our city’s vacant building regulations. Seattle has seen a significant uptick in hazardous vacant buildings, which can pose serious risks to neighbors, transient occupants, and the first responders who must enter these buildings in the event of an emergency.  Vacant building complaints have increased by 58% city-wide in the in the last five years. District 5 alone has seen over 200 vacant building complaints in the last three years. This legislation will strengthen property owners’ obligation to secure their vacant buildings, hasten the process for removing trash and debris from vacant buildings, and creates a brand-new expedited system for the demolishing of vacant buildings identified as public nuisances.

In committee, I introduced a successful amendment to halve the waiting period prior to demolition from one year to six months. Every month a building lays vacant there is a significant impact on public safety and health of transient occupants and neighbors. This legislation represents a huge step forward in holding property owners accountable as well as addressing our city’s public health and safety needs.

I would like to extend my thanks to the constituents who wrote in to my office regarding these regulations. We couldn’t have done this work without your support!


Weekly Update 8/14-8/18

August 14th, 2017

Today at Full Council

  • There was 1 item from the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee:
    1. Lake Washington Moorages Agreement, for management of the public moorages on Lake Washington (Approved at Full Council 5-3)
  • Also on the Full Council Agenda we has the KeyArena Resolution. This resolution memorializes the agreements and benchmarks we have laid out. This resolution does not commit the Council to approving the MOU and will not in any way impact the Council’s commitment to due diligence and upholding the City’s fiduciary responsibilities. This resolution does say the Council is resolved to review the MOU that is transmitted, the Council will maintain authority to approve all subsequent agreements, and the Council will be ensure the MOU meets the City’s expectations, especially those laid out in the RFP.

Up coming events and activities

  • My staff will be attending the Find It Fix It Walk in Little Brook tonight. Little Brook is a dense and growing community that is just at the edge of the City and District 5. This is a great opportunity for neighbors to identifying new ways for the City to support their community.
  • The Low Income Housing Institute is having a ground breaking ceremony for the new family housing development in Lake City on Tuesday 8/15.
  • On Monday 8/14 Select Committee on Civic Arenas will meet. This discussion will be about the project timeline, including a little more of an overview of what the work for the City will look like after the MOU is drafted. We will also talk about the new Community Advisory Group that has been formed to provide additional feedback to the City as this process moved forward.

City-Wide Income Tax Vote

July 11th, 2017

On July 10th, I joined the rest of the City Council in voting yes on the city-wide Income Tax ordinance. This unanimous vote of the Council is just the first step in what will be a long legal battle. There is no disputing that our tax system in Washington is regressive and is hitting low-income residents the hardest.

During the last few months I have heard from many District 5 community members that they both want to see property taxes decrease but also want to see an increase (not a decrease) in City services for things such as affordable housing and transportation; and would like a tax system with greater fairness. I have also heard a great deal of support for an income tax from District 5 via phone calls and emails to my office. A recent King5/KUOW poll indicated 66% of Seattle residents favor an income tax in our city and 23% oppose.

This is just the beginning, many of you have also heard that there will likely be a long legal challenge. I hope you will stay connected to this issue as it progresses over the next several years.



Community Center Operations – New Hours 2017

March 16th, 2017

Last year the Department of Parks and Recreation released a Community Strategic Plan where they identified some community centers that needed additional operating hours. As part of the budget process the council requested a report back on what hours were allocated to which community centers and what process was used to determine how the hours would be allocated. Last month the department provided a breakdown of the new allocated hours.

 International District / Chinatown Community Center: 20 hours added

Added Saturday hours and more programs (badminton, mahjong, Tai Chi, ESL) and weekday hours were made more consistent.

Day 2016 Operating Hours Strategic Plan Proposed Hours Final 2017 Operating Hours
Monday 11am-9pm 10am-8pm 11am-9pm
Tuesday 3-6pm 10am-8pm 10am-7pm
Wednesday 12-9pm 10am-8pm 11am-9pm
Thursday 11am-2pm 10am-8pm 10am-7pm
Friday 11am-9pm 10am-8pm 11am-9pm
Saturday CLOSED CLOSED 10am-5pm
Total Weekly Hours 35 50 55


Magnuson Community Center: 30 hours added; building staff capacity for an additional 5 hours later in 2017 Afternoon hours were expanded to engage students leaving Sand Point Elementary School. Friday evening was added to provide much-needed late-night programming.

Day 2016 Operating Hours Strategic Plan Proposed Hours Final 2017 Operating Hours
Monday 4:30-9 pm 9am-9pm 2-9 pm
Tuesday 4:30-9 pm 9am-9pm 2-9 pm
Wednesday 4:30-9 pm 9am-9pm 2-9 pm
Thursday 4:30-9 pm 9am-9pm 9 am-9 pm
Friday 9:30 am-4:30 pm 9am-9pm 9 am-11 pm
Saturday CLOSED CLOSED 9 am-5 pm
Total Weekly Hours 25 60 55


Miller Community Center: 15 hours added

Expanded afternoon hours to retain and build on core programs for toddlers and families.

Day 2016 Operating Hours Strategic Plan Proposed Hours Final 2017 Operating Hours
Monday 4-9 pm 1-9pm 12-8pm
Tuesday 9:30am-2:30 pm 1-9pm 9am-5pm
Wednesday 4-9pm 1-9pm 12-8pm
Thursday 9:30am-2:30pm 1-9pm 9am-5pm
Friday 4-9pm 1-9pm 12-8pm
Total Weekly Hours 25 40 40


South Park Community Center: 15 hours added; currently discussing with partners about adding 3 more hours

Added morning hours to serve more seniors and families who tend to come to the center in the mornings. Added evening hours to serve teens.

Day 2016 Operating Hours Strategic Plan Proposed Hours Final 2017 Operating Hours*
Monday 12-8:30pm 10am-9pm 10am-9pm
Tuesday 12-8pm 10am-9pm 10am-9pm
Wednesday 12-8pm 10am-9pm 10am-9pm
Thursday 12-8:30pm 10am-9pm 10am-9pm
Friday 12-7pm 10am-9pm 10am-7pm
Saturday 9am-3pm CLOSED 9am-5pm
Total Weekly Hours 46 55 61

* Beginning February 1, 2016


Yesler Community Center: 17 hours added

Expanded morning hours to increase programming for seniors. Added Saturday and Sunday hours to accommodate adult basketball and additional youth programs.

Day 2016 Operating Hours Strategic Plan Proposed Hours Final 2017 Operating Hours
Monday 1pm-9pm 10am-9pm 10:30am-8pm
Tuesday 1pm-9pm 10am-9pm 10:30am-8pm
Wednesday 1pm-9pm 10am-9pm 10:30am-8pm
Thursday 1pm-9pm 10am-9pm 10:30am-8pm
Friday 1pm-7pm 10am-9pm 10:30am-8pm
Saturday 10am-5pm CLOSED 10am-5pm
Sunday CLOSED CLOSED 9:30am-5pm
Total Weekly Hours 45 55 62


Van Asselt Community Center: 20 hours added

Opening earlier in the afternoons to accommodate earlier Seattle Public Schools’ bell times. Added Saturday hours and programming at the community’s request.

Day 2016 Operating Hours Strategic Plan Proposed Hours Final 2017 Operating Hours*
Monday 3-8pm 12-8pm 2-8pm
Tuesday 3-8pm 12-8pm 10am-8pm
Wednesday 3-8pm 12-8pm 2-8pm
Thursday 3-8pm 12-8pm 10am-8pm
Friday 3-8pm 12-8pm 2-8pm
Saturday CLOSED 9am-3pm 9am-4pm
Total Weekly Hours 25 46 45

* Beginning February 1, 2016


See the full memo here: Report on Operating Hours at Community Centers 2-3-17


Dive into D5!

February 2nd, 2017

Once again!

Join Councilmember Juarez and local leaders for a community celebration at the Shanty Tavern in Lake City. Learn more about Councilmember Juarez’ 2016 budget wins for North Seattle including significant investment in human services and local infrastructure. Share your thoughts and priorities with the Councilmember Juarez and enjoy the company of your neighbors and friends. Now is the time to embrace community. We are in this together. 

The Shanty Tavern sells beer and wine. The evening will be catered by local Filipino cuisine favorite, Manilla, Manilla. 

RSVP to our Facebook event page 

Learn more about the historic Shanty Tavern here:http://crosscut.com/2016/01/seattles-last-roadhouse-still-rocks-occasionally/


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