Posts for 'Energy'

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 #362 – We can do something about Global Warming

February 2nd, 2015

As the chair of the Council’s Budget Committee I also chair the Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) Board.  At the request of the which is fighting global climate change, SCERS asked our investment consultant NEPC (of Boston) to give its recommendation on how the city might divest from fossil fuel stocks, commonly referred […]


Revising Seattle’s Green Building Standard

July 2nd, 2014

Should the City scrap its green building regulations in favor of Europe’s Exemplary Buildings or Passivhaus programs?


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 […]


UP #353 – Is City Light CEO’s Raise Justified?

June 18th, 2014

Does the city’s highest paid employee deserve a 45 percent pay hike? Here, I explain my vote on the City Light CEO salary.


Pass It On Campaign

October 9th, 2013

About 13,000 people are currently in the program, but we know there are at least 20,000 people out there who would qualify.


Urban ArtWorks + Sci-Fi Writing Contest

February 4th, 2013

Sci-Fi Short Story Contest: winners announced March 1st; Urban ArtWorks: 70% of at-risk youth who complete an Urban ArtWorks project do not re-offend.


Urban Politics #281: City Light Rate Increase

November 11th, 2009

No one likes higher utility rates but one is certain to come next year. Given that Seattle City Light is in a budget crisis, it will run out of cash early next year and will need to issue a significant amount of debt ($200 million) to fund its capital program. The Council must decide this week what their rates will be for 2010.


Urban Politics #74: Restaring Hanford Nuclear Reactor

October 17th, 1999

This Monday (10/18/99) I will be introducing a Resolution at the Full City Council Meeting urging the United States Secretary of Energy to halt efforts to restart the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) nuclear reactor and the proposed Plutonium processing at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. I have 5 other co-sponsors on the resolution so I expect it to pass.