Tag: city council

Urban Politics #124: New City Council Committees

January 21st, 2002

Every two years the City Council has an opportunity to rearrange its committees. Committee Chairs and the subject matter for the committees often change. This year is no different. The current changes were adopted by Resolution 30437 which describes the committee chairs, membership and meeting times of the standing committees of the Seattle City Council for 2002 and 2003.

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Urban Politics #89: The Monorail Report

July 5th, 2000

This issue of Urban Politics (UP) may provide more information than you want to know about the monorail. But if you do read on, you will know the history of how the City got to its present status with regards to its obligation to build a monorail. You will also know what the current political thinking is on the Council and what other options citizens are proposing.

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Urban Politics #82: City Council’s WTO Accountability Review Committee

February 17th, 2000

The following preamble and workplan have been reviewed and shaped by leaders of the faith community, organized labor, police guild and civil rights organizations. It is not perfect but as Kathleen Taylor, ACLU Washington Executive Director has written, “The Council review is appropriately focusing on policy changes needed to prevent civil liberty abuses in the future. The Council rightly will not attempt to resolve specific claims of civil liberties violations. If the panels meet the high expectations set forth by Councilmember Compton’s Accountability Review Committee, the City will be well served.”

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Urban Politics #79: City Council Retreat

January 7th, 2000

There is no question that all of the past yearly City Council Retreats have been subject to the Open Meetings Act, and as such Seattle citizens have legal access to the meetings. However given that January’s retreat is to be held out of town, as many others have been over the last 20 years, such access is limited. Consequently, some citizens have argued that we should not hold retreats out of town unless we can provide an electronic recording of them.

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Urban Politics #78: Canceled Millenium Celebration

December 31st, 1999

The Mayor’s decision, with the City Council concurring, to cancel this evening’s Millenium Celebration at the Seattle Center has rightfully disturbed many citizens.

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Urban Politics #75: Introduction To The 2000 Budget

November 17th, 1999

On Tuesday, (11/16/99) the City Council meeting as the Budget Committee passed the 2000 Year City Budget. The Council will take the final vote on Monday (11/22/99).

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Urban Politics #73: Sand Point / Magnuson Park Design

October 13th, 1999

The Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) was formed earlier this year to address the criticisms raised in a financial feasibility study (the “Randall and Ransom Report”) for the redevelopment of the Sand Point Naval Base. The key findings of this report recommended a “top level task force to review uses under new political leadership” and said that without “cohesive and visionary plans” it would be difficult to find the funding to implement any redevelopment plans. The BRC was charged with identifying that vision.

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Urban Politics #72: Proposed City Budget For 2000

October 3rd, 1999

The City operates on a 2 year (Biennium) Budget. The main portion of the two-year budget (1999 & 2000) was prepared last fall. This fall the City makes adjustments to the budget for the year 2000. The Mayor presents his proposed budget adjustments to the City Council (which he did on 9/27/99) and then the City Council must pass a final budget by November 29th.

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Urban Politics #56: The Parks Dept & Citizen Involvement

January 24th, 1999

There will be 3 Public Workshops to help the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation revise its Public Involvement Policy. These meetings were set up under the auspices of City Council Parks Citizen Participation Resolution 29845, which I sponsored in response to citizen complaints that I had received regarding the Parks Departments development plans for some neighborhood parks.

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Urban Politics #54: Thanks To My Staff

January 3rd, 1999

Every Council Member depends heavily on the skills, commitment and energy of his or her staff. I am very fortunate to have staff who have an abundance of all three. In appreciation of their fine work and to let others know what they work on, I’d like to briefly say a few words about each of them.

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