Innovation & Technology
Seattle Should Lead on Innovation
We live in one of the most innovative places on earth and yet our bureaucracy is seen by many innovators as a hindrance to our leadership. In some U.S. cities, plans to roll out 5G technology are expected to take six months. In Seattle, this rollout will take at least three years, and in the meantime, we are losing out on the revenue from the public space rental of all those wireless nodes (which totals in the millions of dollars a year of lost income).
My opponent demonizes leaders in innovation and technology, rather than working to build the productive partnerships that harness creativity and promote the best ideas that can help carry our city forward, keeping Seattle on the forefront of job growth and positive change.
Expand Micro-Mobility Options
Protected bike lanes aren’t just for bikes. Electric bikes and solo wheels use them, and hopefully e-scooters will soon become an option as well. Our mayor has continued to drag her feet on e-scooters, but in other parts of the country and world, this option has led to a revolution in micro-mobility. These will give commuters more options for their first and last mile. We can also create contracts with providers to ensure scooters are placed throughout the city—not just areas deemed most profitable—so that our expanding transportation system becomes more equitable. Plus, the city can benefit greatly from the licensing on e-scooters. Let’s get moving!
Faster Bus Service
To get people out of their cars and into other forms of transportation, at a minimum, our bus system must move quickly and avoid our worst traffic conditions. Changes, from pullouts to signal prioritization, bus-only lanes, and other basic improvements, will get buses moving more quickly and save time and money in the process.
Innovating to Combat Climate Change
Electrify all parts of our transportation system and continue adapting our city, from micro-mobility to flexible scheduling, that reduce the use of internal combustion engine vehicles. Let’s continue providing leadership through City Light and in our business development and political system generally to promote solar and wind. Let’s work with builders, architects and advanced material developers to provide further opportunities and incentives for green building (and green remodels).
Create an Enhanced 3-1-1 System
We can fight the increasing complexity of city services and help people navigate our city bureaucracy by creating an enhanced 3-1-1 system. These app or phone driven systems would have representatives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to better serve all Seattleites.
Internet Access for All
While we explore the viability of citywide Municipal Broadband, we should work to expand internet access to everyone who needs it, particularly low-income residents. We must negotiate with service providers, provide subsidies for our most vulnerable neighbors, and ensure that every low income or affordable housing complex has a stable, free WiFi system available to all.