UP #365: Minimum Wage in Effect April 1 – No Foolin’

March 30th, 2015

WHAT’S NEW? On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the City of Seattle’s historic new minimum wage law goes into effect.   All employers will have to pay their employees a minimum of $11 an hour, but those employers with 500 or fewer employees can count tips and medical benefit payments to help them reach the $11 minimum […]


March Council Edition

March 27th, 2015

The March edition of Council Edition is available online. Councilmembers O’Brien, Sawant and I join host Brian Callanan to discuss the city’s housing crisis, including tenants’ rights, encampments, and linkage fees. We also discuss participatory budgeting and Seattle’s minimum-wage increase.


March 25: Public Hearing on University District BIA Boundaries

March 23rd, 2015

The Finance and Culture Committee will hold a second public hearing on the proposed University District Business Improvement Area (BIA) on Wednesday, March 25, at 2 p.m. in the City Council chambers at City Hall. Sign-up begins at 1:30 p.m. City Hall is located at 600 4th Avenue, between Cherry and James. Based on public […]


UP #364: Anti-Union Policies on the Rise

March 19th, 2015

With the iconic Needle looming in the background, employees gathered to voice concern over not having received a sensible raise in 3 years.


Apply for Funding by March 27!

March 2nd, 2015

Are you a community group with ideas for advancing racial equity?


FCC Reverses State Authority to Preempt Municipal Innovation

February 26th, 2015

The FCC prevents states and private companies from restricting new ways cities can connect people to the information they need.


MFTE Changes to Increase Affordability and Number of Rent Controlled Units in Some SEDUs

February 25th, 2015

On Monday, the Full City Council approved a change to the Multifamily Housing Property Tax Exemption Program (MFTE) for developments of Small Efficiency Dwelling Unit (SEDUs), sometimes called Apodments or microhousing.   The MFTE program exempts property owners from paying a portion of their property tax when they agree to provide income-restricted units (what I […]


Public Hearing on University District Business Improvement Area February 25

February 23rd, 2015

The Finance and Culture Committee will hold a public hearing on Council Bill 118302 on Wednesday, February 25 at 2 p.m. This bill would create a new University District Parking and Business Improvement Area (BIA).  The hearing will take place in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 600 4th […]


Participatory Budgeting Forum, March 12

February 20th, 2015

The Seattle Human Services Coalition and I will co-host a forum about Participatory Budgeting, and discuss how it’s worked in other cities, and how it could work here in Seattle. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget. The forum will be on […]


UP #363: Comcast-Time Warner Merger and the Public Interest

February 17th, 2015

A Resolution calling for public-interest obligations to be required of any merger between Comcast & Time Warner Cable.