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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 […]


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


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 […]


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


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 […]


Resolution 31495 Moves to the Full Council Monday

December 12th, 2013

Principal Reduction may aide in our economic recovery by returning some of the money that is going to the banks back in people’s hands to put back into the economy through increased consumer spending.


Can Principal Reduction Help Homeowners?

November 13th, 2013

Check out this interesting article in Equal Voice, about how the City of Richmond is working to help homeowners with underwater mortgages.  It’s a great read by former Seattle Times report Maureen O’Hagan.  It takes a complex problem and makes it not simple, but at least easier to understand. You may recall that in September […]


A. Philip Randolph Institute Elected Leader Community Service Award

October 23rd, 2013

It was a particularly meaningful year to be the recipient of such an award, considering that The A. Philip Randolph Institute was also celebrating the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington.


Please take a moment to read my piece in Crosscut today

September 18th, 2013

Here’s an article I’ve authored, written especially in observation of the first year anniversary of the implementation of Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance. Here is an excerpt as a teaser: “The Employment Policies Institute’s (EPI) approach is to focus on half-truths that pose as unbiased research.” Here is the whole thing:  Seattle sick […]


We Can’t Wait

July 19th, 2013

Surely we can find the political will and the resources to fulfill our promise that these families with children should not have to sleep in cars, in abandoned buildings or outdoors.