Posts for 'Budget and Economic Development'

The Kingdome and the Arts

January 26th, 2015

Remember the Kingdome, its falling tiles, and its implosion in 2000?


Business Improvement Area proposed for University District

January 16th, 2015

On Wednesday the Finance and Culture committee discussed a proposal to create a new Business Improvement Area (BIA) in the University District, and approved three resolutions to initiative consideration of the BIA. BIAs are authorized under section RCW 35.87A of state law, which allows for the establishment of special assessments within an area, if those […]


Participatory Budgeting Forum, January 27

January 13th, 2015

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget. The City Neighborhood Council and I will co-host a forum on Tuesday, January 27 about how participatory budgeting has worked in other cities, and discuss how it could work here in Seattle. It’s scheduled from […]


Reducing General Fund debt: it adds up

January 9th, 2015

“Debt Management Policies” is one of those dry budget terms that often generates a yawn. Say it at a party and see how far it gets you. Perhaps it’s better just to say that how the city manages debt made a $29 million difference in 2014. That’s what the city had available for services due […]



December 3rd, 2014

On December 10 I’ll be participating in a public forum hosted by the Seattle Public Bank Coalition, “The Possibilities for a Public Bank in Seattle.” The forum takes place at 7 p.m. at the University Methodist Church at 1415 NE 43rd in the University District. Other panelists include Gwendolyn Hallsmith of the Public Banking Institute, […]


2015 Seattle Park District Budget

December 1st, 2014

The Seattle Park District has approved its 2015 budget and appointed the City’s finance director as its treasurer.


Council passes 2015 budget with emphasis on human services, social justice and labor standards

November 24th, 2014

Today the City Council passed the 2015 City budget, and endorsed a 2016 budget. I’d like to thank members of the public for their involvement in helping the Council craft the 2015 City budget. Public involvement resulted in a more responsive city budget that emphasizes human services, social justice and labor standards. In an effort […]


Council Conversations at Hugo House

November 21st, 2014

I appear in the November edition of Council Conversations, filmed at Hugo House. Host Josephine Cheng and I discuss the City budget, creating the Office of Labor Standards, homelessness, medical marijuana, and Seattle governance once districts arrive in 2016.


Motion to Consider Limited Fossil Fuel Divestment Passes

November 21st, 2014

The intent is to do only what’s responsible to the pension-system and t0 those invested in it, using the most cost-efficient timing.


Budget Committee Recommends City Budget with Emphasis on Human Services, Social Justice and Labor Standards

November 14th, 2014

The City Council’s Budget Committee today recommended approval of the 2015 annual budget by a vote of 9-0 today, thereby enhancing the proposed budget Mayor Ed Murray delivered on September 22. In a letter to the Mayor in early August, the Council identified human services, public safety and transportation as the Council’s highest priorities for […]