New bus service coming to Seattle starting in June

February 13th, 2015

On Tuesday, February 16 the City Council will vote on an agreement with King County Metro to add 225,000 hours of new bus service in Seattle during 2015. The funding comes thanks to Seattle voters’ approval of Proposition 1 last year. The increases will come online in June and September. Service will be increased to […]


KC Metro begins work on Long Range Plan

February 6th, 2015

What should our transit system look like in 25 years? That’s what King County Metro is asking as it begins work on its Long Range Plan. There are numerous ways you can get involved. You can take a survey, send in a comment, or apply to join a community advisory group. More information is available […]


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 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 […]


Participatory Budgeting update

January 30th, 2015

On January 27 we held the first forum on Participatory Budgeting, a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget. We’ll look to hold a second meeting within the next month or so. We saw a presentation by Ginny Browne of the Participatory Budgeting Project, and she […]


The Kingdome and the Arts

January 26th, 2015

Remember the Kingdome, its falling tiles, and its implosion in 2000?


One Night Count Numbers Jump 21%

January 23rd, 2015

Each year the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, organizes a one night count of people all over King County sleeping in their cars, in doorways, under bridges, in greenbelts, and in doorways.  This year 1000 people participated in the count.  This year, these volunteers counted 3,772 people without shelter in King County last night.  This […]


I will not seek re-election

January 21st, 2015

Today I announced that I will not seek re-election. I want to thank all the community people I’ve worked with for their support. I intend to be fully engaged for the rest of this year—there is much to be done. My statement is below. Councilmember Licata Will Not Seek Re-Election SEATTLE – Councilmember Nick Licata […]


Business Improvement Area proposed for University District

January 16th, 2015

On Wednesday the Finance and Culture committee discussed a proposal to create a new Business Improvement Area (BIA) in the University District, and approved three resolutions to initiative consideration of the BIA. BIAs are authorized under section RCW 35.87A of state law, which allows for the establishment of special assessments within an area, if those […]


Participatory Budgeting Forum, January 27

January 13th, 2015

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget. The City Neighborhood Council and I will co-host a forum on Tuesday, January 27 about how participatory budgeting has worked in other cities, and discuss how it could work here in Seattle. It’s scheduled from […]


Reducing General Fund debt: it adds up

January 9th, 2015

“Debt Management Policies” is one of those dry budget terms that often generates a yawn. Say it at a party and see how far it gets you. Perhaps it’s better just to say that how the city manages debt made a $29 million difference in 2014. That’s what the city had available for services due […]