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June Council Edition

June 19th, 2015

The June episode of Council Edition is available online. Councilmembers Harrell, O’Brien and I discuss affordable housing, the proposed transportation levy, public safety, and the Port of Seattle and Shell oil.


Town Hall about Rising Rents with Councilmember Sawant

April 15th, 2015

Next week, on Thursday, 4/23, at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers, Councilmember Kshama Sawant and I are co-hosting a Town Hall to discuss the impacts of rising rents on Seattle residents and what we can do about it.  I hope that you can join us.  Sponsoring organizations include the Community Housing Caucus, the Church […]


MFTE Changes to Increase Affordability and Number of Rent Controlled Units in Some SEDUs

February 25th, 2015

On Monday, the Full City Council approved a change to the Multifamily Housing Property Tax Exemption Program (MFTE) for developments of Small Efficiency Dwelling Unit (SEDUs), sometimes called Apodments or microhousing.   The MFTE program exempts property owners from paying a portion of their property tax when they agree to provide income-restricted units (what I […]


One Night Count Numbers Jump 21%

January 23rd, 2015

Each year the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, organizes a one night count of people all over King County sleeping in their cars, in doorways, under bridges, in greenbelts, and in doorways.  This year 1000 people participated in the count.  This year, these volunteers counted 3,772 people without shelter in King County last night.  This […]


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.


Mayor Announces Public Symposium on Medical Marijuana

November 13th, 2014

I believe that for I-502 to be successful, the medical marijuana industry needs additional regulation.


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.


UP #355 – My letter to Congress regarding the Gaza crisis

August 13th, 2014

Since the beginning of last week, over 1,000 people have contacted my office expressing their thoughts and concerns about the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and whether it is within the role of a Seattle City Councilmember to express their opinion on these kinds of issues. I believe that it is important for Councilmembers to […]


First Annual Report on Rental Housing Inspection Program

August 6th, 2014

The program is intended to identify substandard housing and ensure that all rental housing in Seattle is safe and meets basic housing maintenance requirements.


Council Passes Resolution to Use Next Round of SPOG Negotiations to Strengthen Police Accountability

July 25th, 2014

The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG) expired on December 31, 2013.  Soon the parties will be negotiating a new contract. On Monday, July 21, the Council passed Resolution 31535 agreeing to use the next round of SPOG negotiations to strengthen police accountability.  In particular, […]