Budget Committee Recommends City Budget with Emphasis on Human Services, Social Justice and Labor Standards

November 14th, 2014

The City Council’s Budget Committee today recommended approval of the 2015 annual budget by a vote of 9-0 today, thereby enhancing the proposed budget Mayor Ed Murray delivered on September 22. In a letter to the Mayor in early August, the Council identified human services, public safety and transportation as the Council’s highest priorities for […]

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Mayor Announces Public Symposium on Medical Marijuana

November 13th, 2014

I believe that for I-502 to be successful, the medical marijuana industry needs additional regulation.

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Capitol Hill Arts District

November 10th, 2014

Capitol Hill becomes Seattle’s first official arts district. And, it’s about time!

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November Council Edition: City budget, homeless encampments and more

November 7th, 2014

Check out the November episode of City Inside/Out: Council edition, where I appear with Council President Tim Burgess and Councilmember Kshama Sawant. With host Brian Callanan we discuss the city budget, homeless encampments, and more.

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Poetry on Buses

November 3rd, 2014

The next time you’re crammed into an overcrowded bus, there may be poetry on board to help pass the time.

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Musings on Transparency, Accountability, and the Public Benefit of Conferences

October 24th, 2014

The issues of transparency, accountability, and public value are each at the heart of good government and grappling with them is essential to its life blood. – See more at: http://licata.seattle.gov/2014/10/24/musings-on-transparency-accountability-and-the-public-benefit-of-conferences/#sthash.WSIl94HI.dpuf

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Artists and Vacant Buildings?

October 22nd, 2014

Vacant Seattle Buildings Explode with Art & Music Before Demolition!

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Budget Update: Public Hearing Thursday @ 5:30 p.m., Issue ID

October 20th, 2014

The City Council will hold its second budget public hearing on Thursday, October 23 at 5:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall at 4th and James. The sign-in sheet will be posted at 4:30 p.m. Additional details are listed on the official notice. The Council will begin Issue Identification […]

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Update on City Actions in Response to Immigration Resolution

October 15th, 2014

What I thought was equally important for the City of Seattle was that the resolution also looked at our own practices and committed the City of Seattle to redouble efforts.

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Indigenous People and Columbus Day

October 14th, 2014

At the core of the current controversy surrounding Columbus Day is the question: what are we celebrating?

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