Posts for 'Government'

Participatory Budgeting update

January 30th, 2015

On January 27 we held the first forum on Participatory Budgeting, a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget. We’ll look to hold a second meeting within the next month or so. We saw a presentation by Ginny Browne of the Participatory Budgeting Project, and she […]


I will not seek re-election

January 21st, 2015

Today I announced that I will not seek re-election. I want to thank all the community people I’ve worked with for their support. I intend to be fully engaged for the rest of this year—there is much to be done. My statement is below. Councilmember Licata Will Not Seek Re-Election SEATTLE – Councilmember Nick Licata […]


The Nation magazine feature on Local Progress

December 12th, 2014

The Nation magazine published an interesting feature on Local Progress, a network of progressive urban elected officials from around the country that I wrote about recently. You can read it here.  


UP #361: A Progressive Movement Arises

December 9th, 2014

Let’s make democracy more responsive by removing artificial hurdles that hinder voting.


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.


Musings on Transparency, Accountability, and the Public Benefit of Conferences

October 24th, 2014

The issues of transparency, accountability, and public value are each at the heart of good government and grappling with them is essential to its life blood. – See more at:


Update on City Actions in Response to Immigration Resolution

October 15th, 2014

What I thought was equally important for the City of Seattle was that the resolution also looked at our own practices and committed the City of Seattle to redouble efforts.


Indigenous People and Columbus Day

October 14th, 2014

At the core of the current controversy surrounding Columbus Day is the question: what are we celebrating?


UP #356: Seattle Park District Next Steps

August 27th, 2014

What’s next, now that the Park District ballot measure has passed?


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 […]