THE ISSUES


YOUR MEDICAL HOME

Health care is a fundamental right of every resident living in Seattle.  You deserve a patient-centered medical and mental health care home that provides compassionate coordinated quality care.

Read this Guest Editorial by Dr. Hisam Goueli from June 14, 2017 on the Stranger's SLOG

Read this Guest Editorial by Dr. Hisam Goueli from June 14, 2017 on the Stranger's SLOG

By investing $25 million a year in preventative healthcare, we can help to turn our system around at the local level. It will allow us to develop solutions leading to improved patient outcomes, and recouping more than $400 million of resources associated with medical waste and charity care at local hospitals.

Given the current political will and climate, Seattle has the unique opportunity to lead the way in creating robust, accessible, affordable, high quality healthcare for all its residents.  We have a strong network of Federal Qualified Health Centers in Seattle, and we have the resources to invest in innovation in those and other local centers.


YOUR PHYSICAL HOME

You deserve an affordable home because you work hard, play by the rules and consider housing a matter of social justice.  Affordable housing is a fundamental right of every resident living in Seattle.

 When we talk about affordability we’re talking about senior citizens living on very fixed incomes who fear losing their homes. We’re talking about people of color being displaced from neighborhoods their communities have built for generations. We’re talking about young people trying to buy their first homes. Middle-income people are finding affordability to be an extreme issue.

Just like in medicine, I am for practical solutions that will work, such as strong partnerships between developers and the City.   Also, just like in medicine, I believe in urgency on this issue and so I’m in favor of strategies to build quality affordable housing NOW in the areas that need it most. Two top recommendations from HALA that I urgently support are:

1. Use surplus city property for low-income housing.

2. Change the design review process to expedite approval and construction.

As our neighborhoods grow, we need to go beyond affordability to ensure Seattle’s livability: this means parks, arts, quality schools, health care, sidewalks and transit. These amenities are not luxuries. They create a culture of empathy and they transmit our community-minded values to newcomers.

25% is a number pulled out of a hat. It can only work under circumstances where the city or other governments put in a lot of additional money, or when height limits are significantly increased in residential neighborhoods. (See New York City and San Francisco.) As a standalone policy, 25% doesn't work, and may backfire, causing market-rate prices to soar, displacing even more middle-class families. We need the right revenue policy for Seattle.


YOUR CULTURAL HOME

You deserve a city that embraces your diversity, uniqueness and talents.  A city committed to building stronger and more resilient communities.

Preserving the culture of Seattle requires responsible development, committing to diversity, retaining the arts and fostering community.  Everyone who lives in Seattle belongs in Seattle.