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UP #372 – A Progressive Democrat Joins the Right-Wing ALEC Organization

July 27th, 2015

It’s true. I plopped down my $50 and became a member of ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), dedicated to the three principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. This is the basis of a right-wing movement in America to repeal existing government legislation that promotes social justice and economic equity, and stop any […]

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UP #371 – June 30 Arts Reception for Council Candidates

June 25th, 2015

Art and Democracy don’t need to be separate. Check out this reception for non-profit arts organizations, the Seattle Arts Commission, and Seattle City Council candidates.

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UP #369 –  Why The Call From Some For Rent Control?

June 5th, 2015

Housing affordability in Seattle has become a crisis with the highest rent increases of any major U.S. city in 2012 and 2013.  Seattle is now among the nation’s ten most expensive cities.  More than 45% of Seattle rental households are now considered rent-burdened. A 2015 Washington State Housing Needs Assessment found there are only 34 […]

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UP #368 – Move Seattle Transportation Levy

May 27th, 2015

Move Seattle Transportation Levy In early May, Mayor Murray proposed a “Move Seattle” transportation levy. The levy would be funded with $930 million in property taxes over nine years, with an annual cost of $275 for the owner of a $450,000 home. You can examine the details at the Move Seattle website; materials from the […]

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Growth and Displacement Vulnerability Risk Index

May 6th, 2015

What will it say about us as a City if, in doing so, we select the alternative that has the greatest displacement impacts on low income and people of color?

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UP #365 – Minimum Wage in Effect April 1 – No Foolin’

March 30th, 2015

WHAT’S NEW? On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the City of Seattle’s historic new minimum wage law goes into effect.   All employers will have to pay their employees a minimum of $11 an hour, but those employers with 500 or fewer employees can count tips and medical benefit payments to help them reach the $11 minimum […]

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UP #364 – Anti-Union Policies on the Rise

March 19th, 2015

With the iconic Needle looming in the background, employees gathered to voice concern over not having received a sensible raise in 3 years.

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UP #363 – Comcast-Time Warner Merger and the Public Interest

February 17th, 2015

A Resolution calling for public-interest obligations to be required of any merger between Comcast & Time Warner Cable.

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UP #362 – We can do something about Global Warming

February 2nd, 2015

As the chair of the Council’s Budget Committee I also chair the Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) Board.  At the request of the 350Seattle.org which is fighting global climate change, SCERS asked our investment consultant NEPC (of Boston) to give its recommendation on how the city might divest from fossil fuel stocks, commonly referred […]

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UP #361 – A Progressive Movement Arises

December 9th, 2014

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

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