"Our transition team reflects the best of Seattle. To solve our affordability, housing, and homelessness crisis, we need urgent action and innovative ideas. These community leaders and policy experts from all parts of Seattle will develop key achievable policy recommendations to make differences not just in the short term, but which help build a progressive, innovative and inclusive city for the next generation," said Mayor-elect Jenny Durkan.
Serving on the team will be ADAI Principal Research Scientist Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, who sat on the regional heroin task force that last year recommended a long list of actions to address the opiate crisis, including opening safe consumption sites. In her campaign, Durkan called for "more access to methadone, to bupe [buprenorphine, a drug that reduces cravings and prevents withdrawal symptoms], and to Narcan [an overdose-reversal drug] in every facility."
The group will meet twice before Durkan becomes mayor on November 28 and once in December. Members will "further develop short-term policy solutions focused on housing, homelessness, affordability, and many other [issues]," according to the announcement from Durkan.
Read more and see the full committee in the Nov. 13 issue of The Stranger.