Neighborhood Safety

As a father of three, neighborhood safety is a top concern for me, as it is for many of our residents.

Let’s build bridges between our diverse community, police, and first responders to restore trust, and make SeaTac a safer place to live, work and raise a family.

We can fight crime by improving response times and expanding community crime prevention programs by creating partnerships with police, the port, small business, and community members.


Equitable Economic Growth + Affordability

I will promote economic growth that benefits all residents.

Small Business Support:

We need an equitable economic development plan that benefits our community, not just hotels and big businesses around the airport. We need to make sure small businesses and communities of color stay in core urban areas and continue to thrive. Now, small local businesses in SeaTac, particularly minority and immigrant-owned, face gentrification, the onslaught of rising commercial rents and an un-level playing field with mega-corporations around the airport receiving free passes and preferential treatment over the vibrant small local businesses. We need to support, retain, and expand small businesses.

Equitable Development + A Strong Local Economy:

We need more mixed land use development policies that allow combined affordable housing with commercial space for small and medium businesses. This keeps dollars in the local economy, creates good jobs and prevailing wages, promotes entrepreneurship that benefits the local community and puts SeaTac on sustainable future. We need to invest in job training and educational opportunity for all residents. We also need to be conscious about impacts of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) - not to displace existing residents in the area, but to create opportunities for mass public transportation and our city’s economic growth.

Workers’ Rights:

We need make sure that all workers, including gig economy workers, earn a prevailing wage, benefits to support self, family and live a better life.

We should use any opportunity to work with SeaTac Airport to create a workforce center to train SeaTac residents for good paying jobs at the airport so that they earn prevailing wages, live around where they work, grow and enjoy life.

Affordability: 

SeaTac is becoming unaffordable for many working families with the highest rents in South King County. We need

  • rent stabilization to prevent the displacement of working-class families and low income tenants, especially seniors.

  • All new developments should have apartments that low-income and working families can afford.

  • All mixed-use buildings should include ground level spaces for our small local businesses.

We need to develop bold policies that will keep SeaTac affordable and ensure housing for all. We can build a collection of regional stakeholders to get things done to keep SeaTac affordable.


Livability + Strong Schools

Livability

We need to plan for a livable city, where SeaTac achieves its greatest potential and realize its values - walkable neighborhoods, safe streets, sustainability, a good quality of life, equity and transparent governance. With just about 10 square miles, SeaTac faces many challenges including low air quality, low property values around the airport, traffic congestion, and lack of access to human services. We need better planning at all scales- every block, every neighborhood, and citywide.

  • We must ensure our kids can walk to school safely - that sidewalks and crosswalks are available and accessible in our neighborhoods, and that bus services meet the needs of families and children getting to school.

  • Expand regional collaboration to make SeaTac people-oriented, environmentally friendly and the most livable city in South King County.

  • Work together with teachers, parents and the school district to improve local schools and empower families.

Parks and Open Spaces

SeaTac families need access to a wide range of clean, quality, safe, and attractive parks and recreational spaces. We need to invest in improving and maintaining existing parks, recreational and open spaces, and ensure that everyone has access to them.

There is also ample available city-owned property that is under-developed and under-utilized. Let’s be thoughtful about using this land, and use it to improve our City’s quality of life.

I want to work with the SeaTac airport on building and maintaining our parks and open spaces, in an effort to offset the high negative impacts the airport has on our city’s environment.


Representation + Community Voice

As your Councilmember, I will make inclusion and diversity a fundamental part of our decision making process; and create a welcoming space for more community participation in our city government.

Ensuring Diversity, Representation and Community Voice: 

SeaTac is a minority-majority city, and one of the most diverse cities in the country. As an immigrant from an underrepresented community, I will make sure disfranchised and underrepresented community members have a voice and are being heard by their government. I will make sure that City Hall is welcoming and open to everyone regardless of their background and unique walks of life.

We need to make sure the city’s services are in multiple languages. We need to expand cultural services so that they reflect our community values and respect many heritages in our city. We need to make sure our diversity, culture, language, identity are being reflected in a relationships between our police and our community to serve SeaTac residents better.