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 […]


Mental Health & Art

January 7th, 2015

Can art reduce the stigma of mental illness? The answer may lie in the current City Hall exhibit running through February 27th.


A New Bumbershoot For 2015

January 5th, 2015

Can One Reel save the Bumbershoot Arts Festival by partnering with Showbox Presents/AEG Live?


December Council Edition

December 19th, 2014

The December episode of Council Edition is available online. Councilmembers Godden, Harrell and I join host Brian Callanan to discuss Downtown protests, the Viaduct, medical marijuana, cleaning up the Duwamish river, and more.  


LGBTQ at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

December 15th, 2014

Bearing Witness at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute on December 17th.