New Paid Sick and Safe Leave Report Published

April 23rd, 2014

Today in my Finance and Culture Committee meeting, we heard the last of five reports to the Seattle City Council about Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance.  The Ordinance, when passed in 2011, called for an evaluation of its impacts on employees and employers. The Seattle Office of City Auditor contracted with the University […]


A Seattle Park District

April 21st, 2014

In support of sending a Seattle Park District proposal to voters this August, I proposed changes calling for a more diverse citizen oversight committee and increased funding for recreation programs.


April Council Edition: police reform, minimum wage in Seattle, gender wage gap, and more

April 18th, 2014

Check out the April episode of Council edition, where I appear with Councilmember Jean Godden and Councilmember Mike O’Brien. With host Brian Callanan we discuss police reform, the minimum wage, the gender wage gap, and public campaign financing.


Urban Politics #348: Public Hearing on Seattle’s Police Accountability System

April 16th, 2014

The City Council and the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB) will jointly sponsor a public hearing as directed by Ordinance 122809, adopted in 2008 and sponsored by myself and Councilmember Tim Burgess.  The hearing will allow us to hear directly from the public before the City begins labor negotiations with the Seattle Police […]


Dance for Social Change

April 14th, 2014

Dance the Dream aims to create a shared life-affirming experience that brings people together to inaugurate a new era of progress and possibility.


Council Support Statewide and National Ban on Nontherapeutic Uses of Antibiotics in Livestock Production.

April 7th, 2014

80% of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used in livestock production, with human antibiotic use accounting for only 20% of total antibiotic use


Urban Politics #347: My Bold New Plan for Pedestrian Safety Downtown

April 1st, 2014

I’m introducing legislation to wrap foam padding around poles along sidewalks to reduce physical harm to inattentive pedestrian texters.


Comcast Cable Franchise Renewal

March 31st, 2014

You have until May 31st to give the City a piece of your mind regarding Comcast’s cable service in Seattle.


Income Inequality Symposium Video

March 28th, 2014

Yesterday’s Income Inequality Symposium was well attended, and had several interesting forums and discussions. Presenters ranged from academics to low-wage workers and business owners. If you weren’t able to attend, or would like to see it again, you can view it on the Seattle Channel webpage, or below: Welcome and Keynote Address What is Income […]


Council Hears Options for Homeowners Struggling in Seattle

March 26th, 2014

I agree that the City must find new, creative ways to provide assistance to Seattle homeowners who are struggling.