have supported monorail technology since my election to the City Council in 1998. At that time I was the only city councilmember who supported the monorail. In 2000, I proposed to fund a study of how a monorail could be built. The Council refused to even consider my measure. Initiative 53 was then introduced and passed by the public, and did essentially the same thing as my proposal. I then served as chair or co-chair of Council committees dealing with monorail issues.[More]
On June 20, the Seattle Monorail Project (SMP) staff released an agreement with the Cascadia Monorail Company to construct and operate the Green Line monorail. The agreement covers the price, the location of the Green Line route and stations, the construction schedule, and the operations and maintenance of the system. The SMP also released a financing plan.[More]
The City Council has recently taken three important actions on the monorail project regarding the alignment, transit-way agreement, and independent financial review. Each action is described below, along with other monorail-related work the Council will take up in the future.[More]
The City Council will most likely take a vote on the Monorail route at its May 3rd Committee of the Whole meeting. However, as it is now there may be portions of the route that the Council will refrain from voting on until a Full Council meeting is held later, most likely in June.[More]
I’m sponsoring three brown-bag forums in the City Hall Council Chambers during the month of April. They will involve local public officials, professionals and citizens in discussing issues that affect our Seattle residents. Attendance is open to all and there will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions of the panelists.[More]
On Monday the City Council will cast two key votes: one on a multifamily housing tax exemption, and another on the Nucor steel City Light contract. They represent shifting millions of tax dollars from developers to homeowners and shifting electrical charges from a single company to other City Light ratepayers.[More]
The City Council will be considering design guidelines for the monorail in the Monorail Committee of the Whole (COW), co-chaired by Jan Drago and myself.
The guidelines address urban design and access issues for all monorail facilities, as well as related improvements to streets and rights-of-way that are incorporated into the design and construction of monorail facilities. The guidelines will not prescribe a specific design; rather they will set expectations for the Seattle Monorail Project (SMP) to meet in the design of its facilities.
Yesterday, the City Council sent comments on the Seattle Monorail Projects Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the monorail Green Line. The comments focus mostly on broad areas, such as mitigation, transportation, neighborhood impacts, impacts on residents and small businesses, trees, and depth of analysis.[More]
On Tuesday, September 2nd I invited representatives from the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) and downtown social service providers to discuss what to do when the social service provider Compass Center closes in January for renovations. It is estimated that during this time 300 to 400 people per day who have been accessing their hygiene services will be on the streets for over a year.[More]
After nearly a year the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), working with the Seattle Senior Housing Program (SSHP) Advisory Committee, will adopt new policies aimed at cutting program costs and moving to a tiered rent structure in an effort to guarantee future access to the SSHP for low-income seniors. This is a victory for the seniors who live in this SHA program since 75% of them are at 30% or below of median income.[More]