Posts for 'Government'

Comcast Cable Franchise Renewal

March 31st, 2014

You have until May 31st to give the City a piece of your mind regarding Comcast’s cable service in Seattle.


Income Inequality Symposium Video

March 28th, 2014

Yesterday’s Income Inequality Symposium was well attended, and had several interesting forums and discussions. Presenters ranged from academics to low-wage workers and business owners. If you weren’t able to attend, or would like to see it again, you can view it on the Seattle Channel webpage, or below: Welcome and Keynote Address What is Income […]


March 27 Income Inequality Symposium

March 21st, 2014

March 27 Income Inequality Symposium On March 27 I will join Councilmembers from Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, San Diego, and San Jose and participate in an all-day symposium at Seattle University to address income inequality. The event is co-sponsored by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle University, and Local Progress, a network of local […]


Civics for All Resolution

March 17th, 2014

My blog today is on the importance of civics education for young students.


City Council to begin meeting on minimum wage

March 14th, 2014

The City Council has formed a special committee to consider increasing the minimum wage in Seattle. It’s called the Select Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality, and it will begin meeting next week. The first meeting will be on Friday, March 21 in the City Council Chambers at 9:30 a.m.; the full meeting schedule […]


Implementing I-502 in Seattle

February 21st, 2014

In December of last year the Council passed legislation to incorporate part of Initiative 502 into state law. I-502, which legalized marijuana in Washington State, included a provision setting a fine at $50 for public consumption of marijuana; special assessments could increase the fine total to just over $100. The fine is a civil infraction […]


Cultural Access Bill

February 3rd, 2014

“Cultural Access” bills have been introduced in the state legislature, House Bill 2212 and Senate Bill 6151, allowing counties to provide dedicated funding to non-profit arts, heritage and science organizations.


Two More Years!

January 6th, 2014

Today, I was sworn in to my fifth term as a Seattle City Councilmember by my wife, Andrea Okomski. I look forward to a very exciting term.


Ping Pong Pals

November 25th, 2013

Once upon a time, there was a table tennis league operating in the basement of the old Public Safety Building…until the building was demolished in 2005.


Crisis in Bus Service Funding, Continued

November 22nd, 2013

The crisis in bus service funding I wrote about earlier this year has not been resolved. King County Metro continues to face an annual shortfall of $75 million beginning in mid-2014. If new funding is not attained, service will need to be cut at that time. Metro released proposed service cuts in the event new […]