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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.


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, […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]