Posts for 'UP'

UP #361: A Progressive Movement Arises

December 9th, 2014

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


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 […]


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 […]


UP #353: Is City Light CEO’s Raise Justified?

June 18th, 2014

Does the city’s highest paid employee deserve a 45 percent pay hike? Here, I explain my vote on the City Light CEO salary.


Urban Politics #352: Seattle’s Minimum Wage makes us a World Class City

June 5th, 2014

This week the Seattle City Council’s passage of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage legislation, Ord_124490, positions Seattle as a national leader in promoting sustainable economic development while also providing decent paying jobs. Seattle will show what a true world class city is: a city where all classes live in the same world, where they receive fair […]


Urban Politics #341: Medical Marijuana Land Use Rules

October 14th, 2013

Approving marijuana land use regulations in Seattle has proven uniquely challenging.


Urban Politics #340: Don’t Give Up

October 7th, 2013

I have often found that change doesn’t come as quickly as I’ve hoped for, despite my best efforts. Hard to say why that’s true.


Urban Politics #337: The Rise and Fall of Seattle’s Monorail Movement

June 3rd, 2013

I was recently handed Dick Falkenbury’s “Rise Above it All” book and found it a compelling personal story of one man’s attempt to install his vision of what the future for Seattle should be. Aside from the over-sized drama that Falkenbury portrays, some serious questions are raised about the effectiveness of government initiating and financing […]


Urban Politics #330: Public Financing of Election Campaigns in Seattle

January 8th, 2013

PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTION CAMPAIGNS IN SEATTLE I believe that Seattle residents should have the opportunity to vote on whether our local elections should receive public financing. Councilmembers are beginning efforts to explore a public financing system for Seattle. If this effort moves forward, the Council will place this decision on either the primary or […]


Urban Politics #327: SODO Arena Vote

September 25th, 2012

The City Council voted 6-2 yesterday in favor of a revised Memorandum of Understanding for a basketball and hockey arena in SODO. Below are the remarks I made explaining my vote.