Homeownership expansion policy

Excerpts I wrote for mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston: I am a renter, and I’ve been one my entire life. Though while Seattle is a majority-renter city, I recognize that homeownership is the fastest way to generational wealth. That history is drawn along racial lines. America, since its inception, has entrenched wealth in the abilityContinue reading “Homeownership expansion policy”

Retake the right-of-way policy

Excerpts I wrote for mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston: …Right-of-ways—usually that random grassy space typically between a sidewalk edge and the curb all the way to the same thing on the other side of the street—take up 26% of Seattle’s land. A quarter! Most of it isn’t space taken up for people, it’s space weContinue reading “Retake the right-of-way policy”

Updating the MHA policy

Excerpts of what I helped write for mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston: [Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA): also known as the “Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Grand Bargain.”] …the battle for affordable housing to be nearly as ugly as it was. With a disagreement around setting 6% of the city’s land for inclusionary zoning (on-siteContinue reading “Updating the MHA policy”

Freelancers Aren’t Free policy

The excerpts I wrote for mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston’s freelancers rights policy: Freelancers aren’t free When it comes to steady work expectations, let’s just say that independent contractors, also known as freelancers, don’t really have that. “Freelancers” is a wide-ranging term, from full-time freelancing through website design or journalists to part-time work like dog-walking,Continue reading “Freelancers Aren’t Free policy”

Universal Pre-K Policy

The excerpts of what I wrote for mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston’s free preschool policy: Childcare is personal…[AGH’s] family pinching pennies to make sure we were all taken care of while my mom worked as a public school teacher. Childcare was expensive then, and today it’s more so. In King County, the 2019 median costContinue reading “Universal Pre-K Policy”

Safe Consumption Sites Policy

The following are excerpts of what I wrote for mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston’s SCS policy: We’ve known for a long time that the War on Drugs is actually a war on Black and Brown people—a costly one that’s been used as a reason to inflate police budgets from up here in Washington state downContinue reading “Safe Consumption Sites Policy”

Public restrooms in my backyard policy

Excerpts I wrote for mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston’s campaign policy proposal: …our unhoused neighbors don’t have that [“hopefully-I-make-it-home-before-I-have-to-go“] luxury, and because we don’t have publicly accessible bathrooms, we nearly incentivize further criminalizing homelessness because the City made it so people have nowhere to go. Across our whole city, we have six (6) public bathroomsContinue reading “Public restrooms in my backyard policy”

Public WiFi policy

Excerpts I wrote for mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston’s campaign policy proposal: We’ve reached a point where internet access is a utility: it’s required for job applications, housing applications, school research, and more…we require digital access for nearly everything, including school attendance, without providing that access for those who can’t afford it. If we areContinue reading “Public WiFi policy”