Musings on Transparency, Accountability, and the Public Benefit of Conferences

October 24th, 2014

The issues of transparency, accountability, and public value are each at the heart of good government and grappling with them is essential to its life blood. – See more at:


Artists and Vacant Buildings?

October 22nd, 2014

I came across the article, below, on today, written by Rachel Belle, that I found interesting enough to share with you. In a related effort, I’m working to convince developers to buy visual art from local artists as amenities for new apartment buildings and condos. Look for an update on my progress in a […]


Budget Update: Public Hearing Thursday @ 5:30 p.m., Issue ID

October 20th, 2014

The City Council will hold its second budget public hearing on Thursday, October 23 at 5:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall at 4th and James. The sign-in sheet will be posted at 4:30 p.m. Additional details are listed on the official notice. The Council will begin Issue Identification […]


Update on City Actions in Response to Immigration Resolution

October 15th, 2014

What I thought was equally important for the City of Seattle was that the resolution also looked at our own practices and committed the City of Seattle to redouble efforts.


Indigenous People and Columbus Day

October 14th, 2014

At the core of the current controversy surrounding Columbus Day is the question: what are we celebrating?


Seattle Arts Commission Budget Priorities

October 6th, 2014

The Seattle Arts Commission has prioritized increasing racial equity in Seattle for 2015 and 2016.


Budget Public Hearing Tuesday October 7 @ Garfield Community Center

October 3rd, 2014

The first City Council’s first public hearing for the Mayor’s proposed 2015-6 budget will be Tuesday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. Signup begins at 4:30 p.m. The official notice is below. The Council’s second public hearing will be on October 23. Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM Garfield Community Center 2323 East Cherry Street […]


Incentives for Historic Theaters

September 29th, 2014

Frank Russell, Amazon and Weyerhaeuser decided to locate downtown so employees are close to where the action is.


City Council Budget Review Announced

September 22nd, 2014

Mayor Ed Murray released his proposed 2015-6 budget today. I look forward to examining the Mayor’s proposed budget, keeping in mind the highest priorities the Council expressed in a letter to the Mayor in early August: human services, public safety and transportation. Those priorities were informed by a series of community meetings I hosted earlier […]


“Stepping Forward” May be a Step Backward for Many

September 19th, 2014

“Stepping Forward” May be a Step Backward for Many Proposal to Raise Rent May Make Affordable Housing Programs Out of Reach Here and below is a letter that I sent yesterday to Julian Castro, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In the letter I request that HUD adopt new emergency administrative […]