March 27 Income Inequality Symposium

March 21st, 2014

March 27 Income Inequality Symposium On March 27 I will join Councilmembers from Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, San Diego, and San Jose and participate in an all-day symposium at Seattle University to address income inequality. The event is co-sponsored by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle University, and Local Progress, a network of local […]


Civics for All Resolution

March 17th, 2014

My blog today is on the importance of civics education for young students.


City Council to begin meeting on minimum wage

March 14th, 2014

The City Council has formed a special committee to consider increasing the minimum wage in Seattle. It’s called the Select Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality, and it will begin meeting next week. The first meeting will be on Friday, March 21 in the City Council Chambers at 9:30 a.m.; the full meeting schedule […]


Report on Cultural Development Certification

March 10th, 2014

A consultant has been selected to recommend how to establish the nation’s first cultural development certification program.


Police Discipline Disappears Into the Twilight Zone

March 6th, 2014

Over the past two weeks there has been much confusion and concern raised about findings of police misconduct made by the Office of Police Accountability (OPA) being overturned by Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey. After I inquired in a letter dated February 20, the Chief initially explained that it was his intention to change only […]


Update on wheelchair-accessible taxis

February 28th, 2014

Yesterday the City Council voted to approve an amendment I introduced to reduce the requirements for wheelchair-accessible taxi license holders. It’s designed to create a fairer, more level playing field to ensure this vital service continues to operate. Wheelchair-accessible taxis provide a valuable service for disabled persons, who have fewer transportation options than most people. […]


NAACP Town Hall Event – March 6th

February 26th, 2014

Anyone at all who has been impacted by the foreclosure crisis is welcome to attend.


Fences and Schools

February 24th, 2014

Would you like to paint a mural or teach kids art? Apply by March 4th to teach and by March 10th to paint!


Implementing I-502 in Seattle

February 21st, 2014

In December of last year the Council passed legislation to incorporate part of Initiative 502 into state law. I-502, which legalized marijuana in Washington State, included a provision setting a fine at $50 for public consumption of marijuana; special assessments could increase the fine total to just over $100. The fine is a civil infraction […]


Boycott Poverty Tomorrow

February 19th, 2014

 Tomorrow, on January 20, Seattle fast food workers and their supporters will be boycotting the big burger chains — McDonald‘s, Burger King, and Wendy’s.  If you want to join them, you can pledge to Boycott Poverty on February 20th. If you want to do more, you can sign up to join a boycott line. The folks […]