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Reuven Carlyle, State Senator
36th District: South Lake Union, Queen Anne, Ballard, Magnolia, Belltown,
Blue Ridge, Greenwood, Fremont, Crown Hill

Olympia Office (during legislative session) 


213 John A. Cherberg Building
PO Box 40436
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7670

Seattle Office


Office of Sen. Carlyle, Rep. Tarleton, Rep. Frame

1818 Westlake Ave N
Suite 317
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 216 – 3185

Official Legislative website:
Legislative Assistant:

40 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2009 5:36 am

    Hey Reuven,

    Great site!! Thanks for being so accessible to “your people”. I keep hearing your name come up in the community- what a positive response you are getting.

    I just wanted to touch base and see if you have any availablity next Wednesday morning, June 17th, for the Read On planning retreat. We will be meeting from 9:15am- 12:30. I think it would be awesome if you could stop by for 30 minutes and share with us about Senate Bill 6016 and answer questions, touch base and give us additional political insights that would be helpful to our issue!! Thanks so much for your tremendous support!!! Is there a time that works for you? I look forward to hearing from you.

    Lynn Gilliland

  2. Jean Darsie permalink
    June 11, 2009 5:01 pm

    Hi Reuven,

    I notice there is nothing posted on your blog under the issue of “Homelessness”. I’m wondering what your position is on the issue and how you as a State Representative can help to address this critical problem.

    A number of us have been contacting the Governor and Transportation Secretary Hammond regarding the siting of “Nickelsville” (I didn’t make up the name) at its current location between Highland Park Way, 2nd, and W Marginal Way SW. The Nickelodeons could use your help in finding a more permanent site to establish their camp.

    You speak of entrepreneurship. The Nickelodeons were being entrepreneurial when they made the decision to band together to provide a safe, secure and sanitary site to build on. Such a ‘hooverville’ is not ideal of course but until something better comes along it is better than the alternative of continuing to live on the street, being harrassed and kicked around, having their belongings stolen or destroyed, and all too often dying.

    I encourage you to visit Nickelsville and talk with some of the residents.


  3. reuvencarlyle permalink
    June 12, 2009 3:30 pm


    Thanks for the comment. I really appreciate the issue and struggle with the right action from a state perspective given that we’ve added a lot of money for the Housing Authority. But of course it’s not enough. We need to provide support to cities that are on the front lines.

    What are your thoughts about the most effective strategies at the state level to support service providers, cities and of course individuals directly? Reuven.

  4. Jean Darsie permalink
    June 12, 2009 10:34 am

    Actually, in the case of Nickelsville or any of the other tent cities for that matter, what they need most is land. Those of us who have opted to help Nickelsville, do so because we feel it is the right thing to do. So, we are a self selecting group of people who have chosen to “tax ourselves” to provide assistance.

    It doesn’t always have to boil down to money though a little bit certainly helps – for example, a few thousand dollars to pay for portable toilets. At this point, there really is no good alternative to these from a health stand point.

    The land is crucial however. Portland has allowed Dignity Village to stay in one location for some time now and those folks, as a result, are way better off than the Nickelodeons. If you haven’t visited there, I highly recommend it. They even have a small business started (Dignity Dogs) to help defray some of the cost of water and electricity.

    I think if the State, County, or City can see its way clear to collaborate with folks who are trying to help themselves in addition to funding established agencies, that can unleash a lot of entrepreneurial energy. It also has the added benefit of turning a dependent relationship into a partnership instead.

    On a policy level, Jeanne Kohl-Welles’ state income tax would be a great start to establishing a more stable funding source for some of the crucial services disadvantaged people need.

    Now that I’m thinking about it, what about microloans to help homeless people start small businesses (like Dignity Dogs)? This has proven to be quite effective in third world countries. Why not here?

    Thanks so much for listening.

  5. Roy Bueler permalink
    July 20, 2009 7:03 am

    Real sorry to see the Ballard Chamber of Commerce is joining up to file a lawsuit to stop the missing link in the Burke Trail from being completed. Bikers bring a lot of business to Ballard. On Sunday as I was returning from a ride another biker hit the dirt while crossing the tracks on the missing link. A father was attending his son on the side of the road. Roy Bueler

  6. July 20, 2009 12:38 pm


    I know, it’s strange given that we know we need to find a win-win pathway for freight/commercial and bikes. I was really surprised by this move as well.

  7. Mauri Moore permalink
    October 28, 2009 7:10 pm

    Your education series is terrific. Would you like to address the state’s Trustees again? I would like your questions posed to us.

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  9. Randy Dutton permalink
    December 8, 2009 9:00 am

    You want systems change? Consider your own decisions, and whether they actually were for the better or worse. For example, Gregoire is forcing consumers to pay a hidden expense and thus more sales tax, perhaps the press hasn’t noticed but have you Rep Carlyle?

    By increasing the ethanol mandate to the fuel supply, consumers must now buy more gallons to travel the same distance. Ethanol has less energy than regular gasoline, and thus reduces the miles per gallon. That is an undisputable fact. That represents more sales tax income.

    Second, ethanol accelerates the deterioration of open cycle gasoline engines (off road vehicles, power tools, chain saws, boat motors, generators, etc.). Don’t believe me? Read the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s report Or how about reading the Boat Owners Association of the US

    And third, the WA State Department of Ecology personally told me last year that any more than 2% ethanol in the fuel supply meant Seattle would not meet EPA ozone attainment levels. Is that the systems change you sought? Do you know why the phrase “from wonder fuel to blunder fuel” is becoming more popular?

    What about the costs of safety? Ethanol causes chainsaw kickback, stalled boat motors, emergency generators that won’t start, inefficient operations, fuel that must be drained and dispose of, and prematurely damaged equipment that must be discarded into the landfill. These are all part of the systems failure the Legislature has imposed. And now you want to increase the percentage?

    If you think Gregoire is smart, then you have to assume she knows that sales tax revenue will increase as consumers struggle to replace failed equipment. Of course, that reduces the savings of consumers, but why should she care, she’ll be out of office in 3 years.

  10. Bob Hamm permalink
    January 9, 2010 10:28 am

    Hi Reuven. Many thanks for comming to Sunset Fiore this morning and having a session at our round table. I’m
    gratified to have a state legislator that isn’t too jaded to have enthusiasm. I support many of your progressive
    goals and hope we can all see a need for balance in our society, not paranoia or cheap political gain that only
    works for the short term.
    -Bob Hamm

  11. Harry Pierce permalink
    March 21, 2010 6:05 pm

    Hi Reuven,
    I want to thank you for continuing your efforts on our children’s behalf. You have been tireless in your efforts to improve education in our community. Your recent blog posting on our problems with district administrative overload is so appreciated. We work hard at fundraising to give our children the education that should be funded by the state. To have this effort lessened by unfair “taxation” is just not right.
    We will work hard at our local levels to stop this unilateral decision. Your work at the state level is so refreshing. Hopefully we as allies can work to bring our state education to where it should always be.
    Thank you, again.
    Harry Pierce

  12. September 13, 2010 1:04 pm

    CoCo Communications has aleady built and tested a system that meets your requirements. I was asked to be on a panel on 01 SEP in Washington DC to present how CoCo could help supply wireless network technology and software to the build out of the national public safety broadband network.

    Keep up the fight. There are much better ways for public safety to communicate at a much reduced cost per user.

    I was the former CEO of U.S. West Cellular.

  13. Tyler permalink
    January 24, 2011 9:28 am

    Thank you for saying what so many of us liberals have been saying to ourselves about Washington State’s tax issue. Hopefully someday republicans in this state will realize that their rural lifestyle is massively subsidized by us liberals in Seattle.

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  15. Ellie permalink
    July 3, 2011 7:55 pm

    What is courageous honesty?

  16. July 11, 2011 7:26 pm

    I don’t know Ellie, I really don’t. Perhaps Courageous honesty is the simple willingness to engage with people in a deeper dialogue about real issues; an ability to engage directly about pressing concerns without hiding behind stale rhetoric of destruction; to identify proverbial sacred cows for real in productive and thoughtful ways. To give voice to issues and ideas that stand alone without allies. To question, to ponder, to wonder aloud how we can empower ourselves to own the hard work of change. To be the change we wish to see in the world.

  17. September 28, 2011 8:32 am

    I am the VP of Sales for Relm Wireless Corporation a USA Manufacturer of Public Safety Radio, based out of Melbourne, Florida.
    I came across a piece you wrote almost a year ago regarding Public Safety Radio in your State, I agree with your position and vision.
    Are you aware that there are other Manufacturers, USA manufacturers that are out here trying to reduce the cost dramatically on these APCO P25 Digital radios from the $5,000 price tag you correctly cite, to a more reasonable $1,000 price tag as an iterim solution along the way to a broadband network, you would think agencies would be beating our doors down, yet just the opposite is taking place at a time when budgets are shrinking and deficits are exploding.
    I am convinced this is due to the fact that companies like ours do not have the political clout to get our voices heard. Hopefully you are listening.

    Best Regards,
    Ken Klyberg

  18. November 18, 2011 12:13 am

    Great testimony on the Port’s Enterprise Fund. Please stay on this issue. Along with regionalism and prioritization, we need full-time Port Commissioners who are paid a living wage. Since gross revenue is >$25 million this is possible. The Ship Canal industries need new jobs, re-investing in maritime industries at Maritime Training Academy, using Aviation High School as a template for PPP in the name of education.

  19. bsinging permalink
    March 20, 2012 1:08 pm

    Reuben: So, proud to have you in your position speaking truth to power. Thank you for standing up for the minority voice (in your Evergreen piece)

  20. Don Steinke permalink
    August 2, 2013 10:10 am

    Thank you Representative Carlyle for standing with us to fight coal exports. I’m a full time volunteer organizer with Power Past Coal in Vancouver USA.

    Last weekend, a independent organization called Rising Tide, staged an exciting symbolic river blockade under the I-5 bridge crossing the Columbia. They had 150 people in Kayaks, and 450 people on the bridge holding a banner saying:
    Coal Oil Gas
    None shall pass.

    Here’s a picture of the event.

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  40. Elizabeth Stanton permalink
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    Thank you for your support of Fred Felleman for Port Commissioner. I have a history of connections with the port and Fred is my dream candidate but I think is up against a machine and the public as a rule does not pay much attention to the port. My other dream has been to have someone whose primary reason for seeking election is to address that issue I see big money going after him. On another note I think democrats,myself included have paid little attention to the Lt Givernors race. Because of other activism I have been involved in, I am on alert about this position. I am particularly concerned. About electing someone who will be a “real Progressive” on trade and agriculture.I offer that we ne Ed to start early on this and would like. To discuss further.

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