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 […]


Town Hall about Rising Rents with Councilmember Sawant

April 15th, 2015

Next week, on Thursday, 4/23, at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers, Councilmember Kshama Sawant and I are co-hosting a Town Hall to discuss the impacts of rising rents on Seattle residents and what we can do about it.  I hope that you can join us.  Sponsoring organizations include the Community Housing Caucus, the Church […]


April Civic Cocktail

April 10th, 2015

The April edition of the Seattle Channel’s Civic Cocktail features three Councilmembers who will not be seeking re-election: Sally Clark, Tom Rasmussen, and me. With host Joni Balter we discuss Seattle politics, the impact of district elections, encampments, and more before an audience at the Palace Ballroom. Our discussion begins at 28:40 of the show; […]


Apply to Ethnic Artist Roster by May 18!

April 8th, 2015

We’re creating dialogue on race, culture, gender & equity via diverse exhibitions by regional artists of color.


Supporting a $15 Minimum Wage on April 15

April 6th, 2015

The City Council today passed a resolution I sponsored supporting workers across the country calling for a $15 minimum wage and the right to organize, as part of a national mobilization on April 15th. I’ve copied the text of the resolution below: A RESOLUTION supporting the establishment of a dignified and robust wage for employees […]


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 […]