Posts for 'Budget and Economic Development'

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 […]


City Council 2015-6 Budget work begins soon

September 5th, 2014

City Council work on the 2015-2016 budget begins later this month; I’ll be serving as Chair of the Budget Committee. The Council’s budget deliberations will begin when Mayor Murray presents his proposed budget to the Council on Monday, September 22. Seattle’s adopted 2014 budget is $4.4 billion, of which $2 billion is for utilities. The […]


Arts Office Wins NEA Cultural Space $

July 21st, 2014

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture just nabbed a $50k grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for cultural space work.


Council Passes Resolutions about Investing in Fossil Fuels and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

June 30th, 2014

Today the Council voted on two resolutions that I had the privilege of sponsoring.  Below are short summaries on both. I. Resolution 31525 Resolution 31525 strengthens the City’s commitment to greenhouse gas reductions by formalizing the City’s policy begun under the previous administration to not invest the City’s cash pool in corporations and other entities […]


City Council Budget Workshops May 6, 7, 8 and 14

May 2nd, 2014

As Chair of the City Council Budget Committee I’d like to invite you to Community Budget Workshops to help the City Council develop priorities for the 2015-6 budget. The Council will hold four meetings from May 6 to May 14, as listed below. All meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m. Holding the meetings during […]


Urban Politics #349: A Seattle Park District

April 21st, 2014

I proposed changes to the Council’s Seattle Park District legislation that call for a more diverse citizen oversight committee and increased funding for recreation programs.


Boycott Poverty Tomorrow

February 19th, 2014

 Tomorrow, on January 20, Seattle fast food workers and their supporters will be boycotting the big burger chains — McDonald‘s, Burger King, and Wendy’s.  If you want to join them, you can pledge to Boycott Poverty on February 20th. If you want to do more, you can sign up to join a boycott line. The folks […]


History and Background on the Minimum Wage

January 17th, 2014

Increases in the minimum wage are being considered at a variety of levels, from the federal to the city. As part of the city’s consideration of an increase in the minimum wage, I’ll be occasionally sending out a series of short essays/blog posts to add depth and background to the ongoing discussion. History & Background […]


Finance and Culture Committee; new 2014-5 Council committees

January 10th, 2014

On Monday the Council voted to pass Resolution 31499 to create a new committee structure for 2014-5. I will be chairing the Finance and Culture Committee. Councilmember Godden will be vice-chair, and newly elected Council President Burgess will also serve on the committee. In addition I will also be vice-chair of the Public Safety, Civil […]


Raising the Minimum Wage in Seattle

December 20th, 2013

Yesterday I participated in Mayor-elect Ed Murray’s press conference announcing his Income Inequality Advisory Committee. The Mayor-elect appointed me, along with Councilmember-elect Sawant and Councilmember Harrell to serve on the 23-member committee, charged “with delivering an actionable set of recommendations for increasing the minimum wage within Seattle.” The committee includes members from business, labor, and […]