Councilmember Larry Gossett Council District 2
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
Serving the communities of the Central Area, Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, the Rainier Valley, Seward Park, Skyway, UW, Fremont, Ravenna, and Laurelhurst.
A New Way to Get Health Insurance
Enrollment of Affordable Care Act started October 1, 2013 for coverage that begins January 1, 2014.
There is still time to get information about the various healthcare plans, receive answers to your questions, find out if you are eligible for financial help, and time enroll in a plan that's right for you.
All health plans offered through Washington Health planfinder include basic benefits like doctor visits, emergency care, prescriptions, maternity care, and preventive care like cancer screenings and vaccinations. Free or low cost coverage is available. No one will be denied coverage because they are sick or because they have a pre-existing condition.
King County considers legislation that would restrict detention of undocumented immigrants. Host Enrique Cerna talks with Councilmember Larry Gossett, Sheriff John Urquhart, and Ann Benson from the Washington Defender Association
ICE Immigration Holds
Last Wednesday the ICE detainer legislation was successfully voted out of the Committee of the Whole (COW). Several amendments were passed along with it.
A full council vote will take place on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Public comment about this legislation will also be taken at these meetings and via online testimony.
As a result of the downturn in the economy and those on the margins of society who are having a hard time accessing transportation, we created a Low-Income Fare Advisory Committee to make recommendations to us on a low-income transit fare program and how the County would fund the program. The Council appointed 21 members to serve on an advisory panel that explored the fare structure for low-income county residents who use regional public transportation. Hailing from a spectrum of groups and interests, members include human- service providers, low-income riders, business leaders and local, county and state officials.
The Low-Income Fare Options Advisory Committee has completed its work and issued a report and recommendations. Click here to review the eight recommendations, the first of which is creation of a low income fare program.
Golden Anniversary of the March on Washington
The Council, joined by the members of the King County Martin Luther King Day Celebration Committee, recognized the Golden Anniversary of the march, in the only County in America named after the nation’s foremost civil rights leader. Read the full recognition.
On Monday August 19, the Council recognized the golden anniversary of the March on Washington during the County Council meeting. It is one of the high points of the struggle to end "American Apartheid"—250,000 people of all races, faiths, beliefs, and backgrounds from throughout the nation assembled in the National Mall in Washington, D.C on August 28, 1963.
The events of that day have become known as the March on Washington, with the highpoint of the day being the "I Have a Dream" speech of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our County's namesake.
But the focus of the march was on more than civil rights: Its official title was "The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." We have accomplished much in the 50 years since the rally before the Lincoln Memorial, but there is still much to be done if we are to fulfill the United States of America's full promise of justice and liberty for ALL! Please take time on Wednesday, August 28 to reflect on the past and to think about our future.
Councilmember Gossett hosts elementary school students at the County Council
I was honored to host 15 young boys and girls from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School during their recent visit to the County Council. The youth visited the Council to get hands-on understanding of government and to learn how their Council serves constituents. The students learned about the Council, met with staff, and toured Council Chambers. I had the opportunity to have lunch with the students and talk with them about government- local and national and their understanding of County government. I would like to say a special thank you to staff members of Martin Luther King Jr. School, Ms. Vallerie Fisher and Mr. Michael Melonson, for bringing their youth for the day at the Council.
Expansion of the County’s Mental Health Recovery Model
I have always been in support of services and adequate treatment for those living with mental illness and I am proud the King County Council gave its unanimous support for the expansion of the County’s successful Mental Health Recovery Model to include substance abuse services.
In the past, too many County residents battling mental illness received a jail cell instead of a treatment bed. King County has created a new paradigm in assisting the mentally ill. The establishment of a behavioral health component is a welcome addition to the program. The legislation adopted by the Council will continue the current successful recovery model for mental illness and expand the framework to include substance abuse treatment.
Council Adopts 2013 Equity and Social Justice Workplan
Building on current initiatives and focusing on long-term efforts to promote fairness and opportunity and eliminate inequities for all county residents, the Council unanimously approved its 2013 Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) work plan.
The 2013 work plan was developed through the work of the Council’s Legislative Branch ESJ Team. This team, comprised of representatives from offices, agencies and staff within the Legislative Branch, promotes equity and social justice efforts specifically within the Legislative Branch. Even as we’re starting to see signs of recovery from the Great Recession, the income and opportunities gap continue to grow along economic, racial, geographical, educational, and gender lines. It is extremely important that our government continue to meaningfully incorporate the principles of Equity and Social Justice for every resident of Martin Luther King County.
Launched in 2008 as the Equity and Social Justice Initiative (ESJI), the idea behind ESJ is to eliminate long-standing and persistent inequities and social injustices within King County by applying principles of equity and social justice in the County’s actions, decisions, and policies. In October 2010, the King County Council adopted legislation on equity that establishes definitions and directs implementation steps related to achievement of the “fair and just” principle of the King County Strategic Plan (KCSP). For more information on the County’s ESJ click here.
Fellowship of Reconciliation "Peace Activists Trainees” visited the Council in July. The high school students are in a summer program, doing a survey on homelessness.
King County’s annual Martin Luther King Essay Contest Winners
I want congratulate the three eighth graders who were the winners of King County’s annual Martin Luther King Essay Contest, sponsored by the King County Civil Rights Commission. All three winners are from Seattle’s Lake Washington Girls Middle School which is located in District 2! Congrats to the students, their families and their teachers. (l-r) Chloe Mae Sheppard Shaw, 2nd Place, Quinn Angelou-Lysaker, 1st Place and Ada Bowles, 3rd Place