UP #372 – A Progressive Democrat Joins the Right-Wing ALEC Organization

July 27th, 2015

It’s true. I plopped down my $50 and became a member of ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), dedicated to the three principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. This is the basis of a right-wing movement in America to repeal existing government legislation that promotes social justice and economic equity, and stop any […]

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Council passes marijuana regulations, policies

July 14th, 2015

On Monday, July 13 the City Council passed Council Bill 118419, to create a new marijuana regulatory license. All marijuana-related businesses will be required to attain this license by July 1, 2016. On the same date, state law will require a license from the Liquor and Cannabis Board in order for businesses to continue operations. […]

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UP #371 – June 30 Arts Reception for Council Candidates

June 25th, 2015

Art and Democracy don’t need to be separate. Check out this reception for non-profit arts organizations, the Seattle Arts Commission, and Seattle City Council candidates.

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June Council Edition

June 19th, 2015

The June episode of Council Edition is available online. Councilmembers Harrell, O’Brien and I discuss affordable housing, the proposed transportation levy, public safety, and the Port of Seattle and Shell oil.

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Municipal Broadband Lunch’N’Learn

June 15th, 2015

On the heels of the City’s just-published broadband study, come listen to what one expert has to say about municipal broadband in Seattle this Thursday at noon in City Hall.

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Arts Community Reception for Candidates

June 9th, 2015

What do you see as the most challenging arts issues facing Seattle? If you were a Councilmember, how would you advance the arts in Seattle?

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UP #369 –  Why The Call From Some For Rent Control?

June 5th, 2015

Housing affordability in Seattle has become a crisis with the highest rent increases of any major U.S. city in 2012 and 2013.  Seattle is now among the nation’s ten most expensive cities.  More than 45% of Seattle rental households are now considered rent-burdened. A 2015 Washington State Housing Needs Assessment found there are only 34 […]

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UP #368 – Move Seattle Transportation Levy

May 27th, 2015

Move Seattle Transportation Levy In early May, Mayor Murray proposed a “Move Seattle” transportation levy. The levy would be funded with $930 million in property taxes over nine years, with an annual cost of $275 for the owner of a $450,000 home. You can examine the details at the Move Seattle website; materials from the […]

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UP #367 – Fair Trade Music Seattle

May 18th, 2015

Are you aware that musicians must often “pay to play” or play for “zero minus expenses” – the venue pays them nothing while they must cover their own costs? Does that seem fair?

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Growth and Displacement Vulnerability Risk Index

May 6th, 2015

What will it say about us as a City if, in doing so, we select the alternative that has the greatest displacement impacts on low income and people of color?

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