We have more work to do.

 

I am not seeking re-election to the Port to preserve the status quo. There is just too much urgent social, political, and economic change that is needed. I am working hard on my campaign for re-election to the Seattle Port Commission, through grassroots campaigning, and by reaching out to underserved communities in King County to address racial inequalities, environmental justice, COVID relief and equitable economic recovery.

 

At the port I as Commissioner I have consistently provided strong, principled, and experienced leadership and as Port Commission president (2020), during the worse human crisis in a century. My goal is to build on

my leadership record and accomplishments of the last three years as Port Commissioner, including creating executive level Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, establishing Juneteenth as a paid port holiday, creating opportunity and thousands of livable wage dock jobs at our terminals, the establishment of a 10 million dollar South King County Community Equity Fund, a comprehensive carbon reduction plan (GTAP) for Sea-Tac airport, shore power and electrification of the seaport, leading a comprehensive assessment of port policing practices, and achieving higher

accountability and transparency in government at the port through institutional reforms.

There needs to be more attention to exposing and remedying systemic racial inequalities, injustices, and income disparities that continue to plague our country. I am passionate about my work at the Port, and I love to tell the port's story of how we are building the port of the future: to be the region's driver for equitable living wage jobs and closing the income gap, to end institutional racism, inequity, and discriminatory practices, become greener and environmental leader among seaports worldwide, to demonstrate sound financial management, accountability, and transparency. I have also worked hard to improve conditions at port facilities and Sea-Tac Airport for People with disabilities, flight kitchen workers, and Taxicab drivers, many of whom are from BIOPOC and immigrant communities.

Creating Family Wage Jobs

Prior to the pandemic, Sea-Tac Airport, an international hub for air travel, was one of the fastest growing in the U.S. It is one of the largest employment centers in the state, and directly supports over 20,000 mostly living wage jobs and hundreds of small businesses.

 

No one knows what the post COVID “new normal” will look like, and whether global growth in air travel trends will resume their former trajectory. However, the facilities are badly in need of modernization to become more energy efficient, and to accommodate greater passenger volumes that the 50-year-old facilities were not designed for, including airport access, ticketing, baggage, claim and security needs.

 

As Port Commissioner, I have increased oversight of large capital projects that were already underway, including the $1 billion International Arrivals Facility (IAF), baggage system, and Central Terminal modernization. Before moving to authorize future capital projects at the airport, I will insist on updated air travel demand forecasting, and continue to monitor and re-evaluate the future of air travel as it relates to our transportation facilities and environmental impacts. At our NW Seaport, which supports thousands of local living wage jobs, we are serving movement of good and agricultural products both import and export, as an integral part of the global supply chain. international shipping everywhere took a big dive because of the combined economic impacts of the pandemic, and odious Trump era trade wars.

 

Cargo volumes are rebounding now, and even surging at some West Coast Ports. But because much of the import cargo is discretionary, and 80 percent of the cargo is destined for other inland markets by truck and rail it can be shipped to other ports. If we value the thousands of living wage jobs and enormous economic benefit supported by our Seaport, we must remain highly competitive with other West coast ports.

Leading On Climate Change

Climate change is the existential global threat of all time, and time is running out. It is imperative we act now. I am passionate about environmental sustainability and have devoted much of my political and professional life to leading the change we know is necessary to save our planet, people, and the environment.

 

Communities of color, especially in Duwamish Valley and south MLK Jr County have been hardest hit by air and water pollution, noise, ill-health, and historical environmental injustices. That is why in my first year on the Port Commission in 2019, I established, with the full support of my colleagues, the $10 million-dollar South King County Community Fund to support disproportionately impacted airport area communities with environmental grants, we have since added economic support as part of equitable COVD relief.

 

At Sea-Tac airport, I worked to pass a ground transportation policy (GTAP) to reduce vehicle trips and GHG emissions and at the seaport, as part of 2020 NW Clean Air Strategy we are committed to fully electrifying the north and south harbors by 2030 and phasing out seaport related air and GHG emissions entirely by 2050. In addition, we are piloting two solar panel projects, and has established a Sustainability Framework for all major capital projects, to green our buildings, sites (with habitat restoration and more trees!) and infrastructure. In the historically impacted Duwamish valley, I and the commission supported the adoption of the Duwamish Valley Community Benefits Commitment (Resolution 3767, 2019) to advance equity through economic development, promote community partnerships, healthier communities, and economic prosperity. It has become a model nationwide for how institutions and disproportionately impacted communities can work together. In other areas, I have advanced environment stewardship at the port with a first ever port tree canopy inventory (now

completed) and proposed adoption of a tree stewardship policy and management plan.

 

Still, there is more work to do! I have actively supported, along with the port commission efforts to reduce unsheltered homelessness through the establishment of the Interbay Tiny Home Village on port-owned land. We are all in this together, which is why we are committed to supporting efforts by the city of Seattle and King County to finding more opportunities for reducing homelessness.

Priorities