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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, […]

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UP #354: Should we build rail on First Avenue downtown?

July 7th, 2014

This past Monday, the Council granted my request to delay voting on Resolution 31526, relating to the proposed Center City Connector (CCC) street rail project slated for First Avenue. The resolution would have both adopted the City Connector Transit Study Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) and would have endorsed efforts to pursue federal funding for the […]

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North Rainier Hub Urban Village and the Mount Baker Station Area Overlay District

June 24th, 2014

This past Monday, June 23rd, Council Bill 118111 was approved by the Full Council. Specifically, the legislation does four things:   1. Rezones land in the North Rainier Hub Urban Village; 2. Expands the Mount Baker Station Overlay District; 3. Amends development standards; and 4. Implements incentive zoning obligations for affordable housing and open space. […]

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Unanimous Committee Vote on New Minimum Wage and on to Full Council on Monday.

May 29th, 2014

The passage today of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage legislation is a national game changer. Seattle, and other cities, are taking direct action to close our nation’s huge income gap because the Federal and state governments have failed to do so. Seattle’s new law opens the way for many workers to earn enough to meet their […]

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Find Out If You Are Eligible For A Break on Your Property Tax Bill

May 7th, 2014

The King County Assessor’s office wants me to let you know that State law provides two tax benefit programs for senior citizens and the disabled: property tax exemptions and property tax deferrals. More than 26,000 qualified seniors and disabled persons have not registered for the exemption, and only 1 in 100 of those eligible for […]

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Urban Politics #348: Public Hearing on Seattle’s Police Accountability System

April 16th, 2014

The City Council and the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB) will jointly sponsor a public hearing as directed by Ordinance 122809, adopted in 2008 and sponsored by myself and Councilmember Tim Burgess.  The hearing will allow us to hear directly from the public before the City begins labor negotiations with the Seattle Police […]

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Council Support Statewide and National Ban on Nontherapeutic Uses of Antibiotics in Livestock Production.

April 7th, 2014

80% of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used in livestock production, with human antibiotic use accounting for only 20% of total antibiotic use

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Police Discipline Disappears Into the Twilight Zone

March 6th, 2014

Over the past two weeks there has been much confusion and concern raised about findings of police misconduct made by the Office of Police Accountability (OPA) being overturned by Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey. After I inquired in a letter dated February 20, the Chief initially explained that it was his intention to change only […]

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Legislation to Help Renters Introduced in Olympia

January 24th, 2014

Not only do rent increases in Seattle lead the nation, but some rent increases are actually used to circumvent other tenant protections

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SPD Chief Appointment Restriction Lifted

January 15th, 2014

Today the City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee voted to send to the Full Council a bill to repeal the following 1978 Municipal Code provision:  “Above the rank and position of Police Captain in the Police Department shall be made by assignment from the ranks and positions of. . . Captain or […]

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