Expressing Regret for 19th Century Seattle Anti-Chinese Legislation

July 31st, 2015

On Wednesday, the Finance and Culture Committee discussed a shameful period in Seattle’s history: Seattle’s treatment of Chinese in the late 19th century. This included discriminatory legislation passed by the Seattle City Council, an anti-Chinese riot, and the expulsion of Chinese residents. To address this history, a resolution was brought forward by the Organization of […]


UP #372 – A Progressive Democrat Joins the Right-Wing ALEC Organization

July 27th, 2015

It’s true. I plopped down my $50 and became a member of ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), dedicated to the three principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. This is the basis of a right-wing movement in America to repeal existing government legislation that promotes social justice and economic equity, and stop any […]


Council passes marijuana regulations, policies

July 14th, 2015

On Monday, July 13 the City Council passed Council Bill 118419, to create a new marijuana regulatory license. All marijuana-related businesses will be required to attain this license by July 1, 2016. On the same date, state law will require a license from the Liquor and Cannabis Board in order for businesses to continue operations. […]


June 30 Arts Reception for Council Candidates

June 25th, 2015

Art and Democracy don’t need to be separate. Check out this reception for non-profit arts organizations, the Seattle Arts Commission, and Seattle City Council candidates.


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.


UP #371: 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.


UP #370: 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?