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March 2nd, 2015

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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.


New bus service coming to Seattle starting in June

February 13th, 2015

On Tuesday, February 16 the City Council will vote on an agreement with King County Metro to add 225,000 hours of new bus service in Seattle during 2015. The funding comes thanks to Seattle voters’ approval of Proposition 1 last year. The increases will come online in June and September. Service will be increased to […]


KC Metro begins work on Long Range Plan

February 6th, 2015

What should our transit system look like in 25 years? That’s what King County Metro is asking as it begins work on its Long Range Plan. There are numerous ways you can get involved. You can take a survey, send in a comment, or apply to join a community advisory group. More information is available […]


UP #362: We can do something about Global Warming

February 2nd, 2015

As the chair of the Council’s Budget Committee I also chair the Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) Board.  At the request of the which is fighting global climate change, SCERS asked our investment consultant NEPC (of Boston) to give its recommendation on how the city might divest from fossil fuel stocks, commonly referred […]


Participatory Budgeting update

January 30th, 2015

On January 27 we held the first forum on Participatory Budgeting, a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget. We’ll look to hold a second meeting within the next month or so. We saw a presentation by Ginny Browne of the Participatory Budgeting Project, and she […]