With one year behind him, District 7 Seattle City Councilmember Andrew Lewis has made inroads in acquainting himself with the neighborhoods and people he represents.

Neighborhood leaders, however, are keeping track of his progress, as well as the issues they believe  should be prioritized in the forefront.

In Magnolia, one of the continued concerns is the fate of the Magnolia bridge and whether the structure is going to be replaced.

“I think that he should make sure that the in-kind, or 1-1 Magnolia bridge replacement, is identified as the preferred alternative, and that will help get us out of the limbo of wondering what we’re going to do next,” Janis Traven, a member of the Magnolia Community Council, said.

Beyond that, Traven said she hopes Lewis will do what he can to lessen the financial and societal impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think there’s just going to be a ton of repair work, economic repair work, needed to get us to a better place after COVID is handled,” she said.

Circumstances are dire for many people right now, Traven said.

“Economically, we have a lot of problems that have only been made worse or exposed with the pandemic,” she said.

Traven said one thing she would like Lewis to work on is converting vacant downtown commercial office space into housing.

“And that’s something that would affect his district that I think would be a huge boon to address the homeless situation,” Traven said.

Queen Anne Community Council member Bob Kettle, who is the chairman of the public safety committee, said he would like Lewis to acknowledge crime’s impacts when considering public safety legislation.

“I’d ask him to give voice to the victims, be it the lady who lost her job since the store she worked in closed due to shoplifting or the single mom fearful of another home break-in and on edge with every car prowl,” Kettle said. “Reform is needed, yes, and compassion is needed, yes, but not at the expense of those suffering from crime.”

Former attorney and Magnolia resident Bruce Carter said he has been paying close attention to how the city is responding to public safety and police needs in light of the shake up following last summer.

He said he doesn’t necessarily oppose Lewis’s ideas to make the police force more efficient, but he thinks city leaders need to take a different approach when considering the problems.

“Police reform is sometimes a good idea, but you don’t automatically start by looking at the dollars. You start by looking at what you want them to do to improve the situation,” Carter said.

He also does not like the idea being considered by some City Council members of passing legislation that would reduce or eliminate penalties for some misdemeanors — mostly theft —  if the person accused of a crime can prove it was done out of need.

“I think the courts have discretion to take appropriate steps with criminal defendants to try to get them on a road to recovery rather than just telling them to go ahead and walk on after stealing people’s property,” Carter said.

While Queen Anne Community Council member Don Harper would like Lewis to meet his campaign promise of hiring more police officers and prosecuting attorneys, he also wants him to continue to push for the completion of parks projects in his district.

“I need him to support parks,” Harper said.

He said the city needs to fulfill its commitment of completing Smith Cove Park, which has been on the books for a number of years and even has money dedicated toward it.

“We were promised that,” Harper said.

He also mentioned that Lewis needs to ensure other parks projects are completed, as well, such as the field and light project at Big Howe Park. He also would like Lewis to advocate for a bigger off-leash dog area in Queen Anne.

“I mean there are so many dogs, and the dogs are ruining our parks and fields,” Harper said. “You can just see it, and it’s not one dog. It’s not one person’s dog. It’s because of 50 dogs.”

Community Council member Justin Allegro said he would like Lewis and the council to improve the city’s finances.

“Step one is I’d like Councilmember Lewis and the council to avoid austerity and pass new progressive revenue that can be put toward helping our community become more equitable and respond to the coronavirus epidemic,” Allegro said.

He also wants Lewis to lean in further on the capital gains tax proposal he introduced last fall, which entailed creating a tax that applied specifically to high earners. Allegro said Lewis pulled back on his idea locally to advocate for a capital gains tax at the state level when Democrats announced they would seek one during this legislative session.

“Every day that gets wasted while we wait for someone else to do something is another day that gets lost,” Allegro said.

Other organizations also have highlighted things they would like Lewis to focus on this year.

The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce recently sent a letter to Lewis outlining issues of importance in the community.

Chamber Executive Director Jason Thibeaux said one area of concern is the rise in property crimes, especially at businesses.

He said in an email that, as the chair of the Select Committee on Homelessness Strategies & Investments, Lewis would be “very interested in the number of repeated thefts and vandalism impacting employees, customers and owners’ livelihoods, which is an ongoing concern to many of our members and other business owners in Magnolia.”

Thibeaux said the chamber is pleased Lewis continues to support intervention, treatment and services for people dealing with homelessness or other issues that can contribute to the rise in property crimes.

“Policies and ongoing investment will improve the lives of those in need,” Thibeaux said in his email. “It will also help support the recovery of small businesses in Magnolia’s retail and service districts, including the light industrial/manufacturing/craft-artisanal businesses in the Ballard-Interbay Manufacturing Industrial Center area.”

In an email, Rick Hooper of Uptown Alliance, outlined areas of concern for committee members in the neighborhood they would like to see city leaders help address. A main concern is improving housing options and services for people experiencing homelessness, given an increase in encampments in the neighborhood.

Uptown Alliance members would also like city officials to be responsive to and engage with the community as the new Climate Pledge Arena nears completion and address transportation issues that are still unresolved.

In his email, Hooper said the Uptown Alliance will continue to track the city budget and impacts to Uptown in particular.

Members are advocating for city officials to continue to offer rental relief for Seattle Center tenants until the center fully reopens, as well as economic support for small businesses, specifically restaurants.

They also want continued recognition of the Uptown name.

“We need City Council approval of our proposed resolution to clarify and continue to support our community name ‘Uptown,’ ” Hooper said in his email.