Council Approves 2016 City Budget

November 24th, 2015

On the Monday the Council approved the 2016 City of Seattle budget. As Chair of the Council’s Budget Committee, I was responsible for assembling a balancing package for consideration by the City Council. The budget passed by the Council focuses on urgent, immediate needs. I believe that when more people have a chance to reach […]


Letter to Ethics and Elections Commission Requesting Ethics Code Fix

October 20th, 2015

Below is a press statement from earlier today regarding a request to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission re: closing a loophole Councilmember Licata Calls for Fix to Ethics Code in Response to Developer Shakedown SEATTLE – Councilmember Nick Licata delivered a letter to the Seattle Ethics & Elections Commission (SEEC) today, asking that the […]


Urban Politics #383 Explaining the Mystery of the City Budget

October 16th, 2015

This may sound like a boring topic with a title that is trying hard to make it exciting. However, if I were to title it “How to spend a million dollars,” you might read it. And, hopefully you are right now. So here it is in a nutshell. The City’s 2016 Budget determines how your […]


UP #382 – A Proposal for New Tenant Protection Legislation

October 15th, 2015

Early yesterday, on October 14, 2015, I joined Councilmember Sawant in announcing our new proposal for protecting tenants facing rent increases. Our current law (Seattle Municipal Code 7.24.030) was a result of legislation passed 17 years ago, which I sponsored. It contains a range of protections for tenants. It requires landlords to give a minimum […]


City Council 2016 Budget Schedule

September 28th, 2015

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today released his proposed 2016 budget and proposed 2016-21 Capital Improvement Program. The City Council’s Budget Committee will begin its consideration of the budget on Thursday, October 1, with an overview provided by the City Budget Office. Public input is vital to Council review and helps Councilmembers develop a budget that […]


Urban Politics #381: Council passes resolution in support of lifting state ban on limiting rent increases

September 21st, 2015

The City Council did the right thing by passing a resolution (8-1, Okamoto) in support of local control of rent regulation, and asking the state legislature to lift the ban on cities limiting rent increases. The Council also requested that the Office of Intergovernmental Relations incorporate this position into the City’s forthcoming 2016 State Legislative […]


UP #380 Resolution to Lift State Ban on Limiting Rent Increases

September 16th, 2015

I want to thank the 43rd Legislative District Democrats for voting unanimously last night to pass a resolution in support of legislation Councilmember Sawant and I are sponsoring to ask the state legislature to repeal or modify the state prohibition on restricting rent increases. I give a special thanks to Colin Maloney for submitting the […]


UP #379: Public Pension Coal Divestment Vote by California Legislature; SCERS Board Meeting Next Week to Hear Groundbreaking Mercer Report

September 3rd, 2015

BREAKING NEWS Yesterday, the California State Assembly voted to divest the state’s public pension funds, from coal. I have been asking Seattle’s own public pension board to consider doing the same. In support of the bill, pro tem Senate President Kevin de León said: “Coal is losing value quickly and investing in coal is a […]


UP #378: Seattle Poetry: From Populist to Civic

August 13th, 2015

See and hear the city’s first Civic Poet read during the Mayor’s Arts Awards at Seattle Center, September 4th at 4 p.m.


UP #377 – ALEC Conference Part 6 // Will ACCE become the ALEC for Cities and Counties?

August 7th, 2015

In coming to the ALEC/ACCE conference my big question was, would the American City County Exchange (ACCE) be able to duplicate ALEC’s success in getting hundreds of bills passed around the country that cripple worker and environmental protections? Would it open the floodgates to corporate influence in shaping our urban political environment? It seemed to […]