For the past two years in Belltown, more than 100 low-level drug and prostitution offenders have been diverted into drug treatment programs and received job training and housing assistance rather than jail time as part of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program. Spearheaded by public defender Lisa Daugaard, the privately funded pilot offers an alternative to an enforcement-only policy that fuels the arrest treadmill and troubled streets. As a galvanizing member of the Center City Initiative Roundtable and cochair of the new Community Police Commission, Daugaard says she’s working to achieve “a paradigm shift about how to achieve public safety and public order.” With Mayor Mike McGinn’s September request for $1.7 million to roll out LEAD in greater downtown, she’s one step closer to achieving that goal.
The Full List: Most Influential People of 2013
Their finger prints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, these 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year—for the first time in our nine years of compiling this list, it’s a tie!—the impact is on a global scale. We may not always like the direction they are taking us in but it’s hard to deny: these folks are taking us somewhere.