HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS:
- BUILD MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Commit to building 5,000 units of affordable housing in three years by working with State, County, and non-profit partners through the “Home and Hope” plan; and work with King County to build 195 modular affordable housing units with County money on County land at no expense to the Seattle tax payer.
- ASSIST STRUGGLING TENANTS: A recent report by the King County Bar Association found that the average amount owed for a person facing eviction was $1,236.36. We need to expand subsidies to tenants at risk of eviction through an increased rent stabilization fund, which will keep people in their homes and reduce public expense.
- REFORM AND EXPAND NAVIGATION TEAMS: Provide navigation teams with the personnel, resources, and support services to effectively transition people from unsanctioned encampments into shelter and stable housing. Emulate successful programs in San Francisco and Austin that rely more on outreach by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) than police to make contact with their neighbors experiencing homelessness.
FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT:
- ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AUDITS: Adopt an annual performance auditing plan similar to King County, which has found $127 million in budget savings over the last three years. Andrew wrote an editorial for Crosscut Public Media calling for this reform in the fall of 2018.
- HIRE MORE PERFORMANCE AUDITORS: Increase the number of personnel in the Office of the City Auditor with a focus on specializations to meet emerging needs. For example, the City’s IT expenses rose 188 percent between 2008 and 2017, we need more auditors with an IT background to assess their performance.
IMPROVING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
- BUILD MORE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN DISTRICT 7: The Seattle School District estimates 12 new schools will need to be built to accommodate projected enrollment. Andrew will fight to make sure every neighborhood in District 7, including Downtown and South Lake Union, have convenient access to public K-12 schools.
- HIRE MORE PATROL OFFICERS: Based on 2016 data Seattle has 19.8 officers per 10,000 residents, fewer than the average for an American city with over 500,000 residents. We need to commit to hiring more officers to walk a beat, respond to neighborhood calls, and build lasting relationships with the communities they serve.
- SUPPORT STRONG CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT OF POLICE: Support the new Office of Police Accountability and Office of the Inspector General for Public Safety to ensure professionalism and Constitutional policing.
- EXPAND DIVERSION PROGRAMS: Strengthen partnerships with community-based diversion programs like Choose 180, which has had only 8 out of 245 City of Seattle referrals criminally recidivise. Partner with Legacy of Equality Leadership and Organizing (LELO) to break down barriers to employment and driver re-licensing to prevent recidivism and build strong communities. And adopt pre-file versions of jobs training diversion programs like the Trades Related Apprenticeship Coaching (TRAC) program, which has placed hundreds of people into trades career paths and has a less than 5% criminal recidivism rate.
- ESTABLISH A DRUG COURT: Too many defendants fall through the cracks of Seattle Municipal Court without access to treatment and programming to address underlying substance dependency issues. A dedicated drug court can provide defendants the option to engage in treatment as an alternative to a criminal conviction.
- CREATE A HIGH-FREQUENCY OFFENDER TASK FORCE: Fund a team of prosecutors to focus on building strong cases against high-frequency offenders.
- ESTABLISH A SUPPORTIVE RELEASE CENTER: Cook County Illinois established a Supportive Release Center to provide optional assistance to help indigent defendants transition back into society. The Center provides people with a place to stay for up to 24 hours, the opportunity to sign up for subsidized health insurance, and get referrals to housing and wrap around services. Let’s create a similar center in partnership with King County and the services available from the Seattle Municipal Court Resource Center.
- A NEW MAGNOLIA BRIDGE: Work with State, County, Port, and Federal stakeholders to build a one-for-one replacement to the Magnolia Bridge.
- EXPAND LIGHT RAIL: Support a light rail route west of 15th Avenue in Interbay in collaboration with Sound Transit and the Port of Seattle. Advocate for a light rail tunnel underneath the ship canal to guarantee efficient service schedules and avoid disrupting our critical maritime industry.
- CREATE A CONNECTOR BUS SERVICE: Invest in a system of connector buses to link distant neighborhoods with Rapid Ride bus service.