June Council Edition

June 19th, 2015

The June episode of Council Edition is available online. Councilmembers Harrell, O’Brien and I discuss affordable housing, the proposed transportation levy, public safety, and the Port of Seattle and Shell oil.


Municipal Broadband Lunch’N’Learn

June 15th, 2015

On the heels of the City’s just-published broadband study, come listen to what one expert has to say about municipal broadband in Seattle this Thursday at noon in City Hall.


Arts Community Reception for Candidates

June 9th, 2015

What do you see as the most challenging arts issues facing Seattle? If you were a Councilmember, how would you advance the arts in Seattle?


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 […]


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 […]


UP #367 – Fair Trade Music Seattle

May 18th, 2015

Are you aware that musicians must often “pay to play” or play for “zero minus expenses” – the venue pays them nothing while they must cover their own costs? Does that seem fair?


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?


Turning Commitment into Action for the Arts

May 4th, 2015

What steps can we take to remove barriers to racial equity within arts organizations?


Live-Work Units in Commercial Areas

April 27th, 2015

A 2011 survey of live-work units my office performed revealed that few units had the required business license.


Council selects eight finalists for Position #9 vacancy

April 20th, 2015

The Council voted today to select eight finalists for Council Position #9, vacated by Sally Clark, who resigned on April 13. Below are the finalists, listed in alphabetical order, with links to their cover letters and resumes: Jan Drago Noel Frame Sharon Lee Sharon Maeda David Moseley John Okamoto Sheley Secrest Alec Stephens The finalists […]