Councilmember Licata left office on January 1, 2016.
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Posts for 'Government'

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:


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.


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?


UP #356 – Seattle Park District Next Steps

August 27th, 2014

What’s next, now that the Park District ballot measure has passed?


City Council Budget Workshops May 6, 7, 8 and 14

May 2nd, 2014

As Chair of the City Council Budget Committee Iā€™d like to invite you to Community Budget Workshops to help the City Council develop priorities for the 2015-6 budget. The Council will hold four meetings from May 6 to May 14, as listed below. All meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m. Holding the meetings during […]


My statement at Mayor’s minimum wage press conference

May 1st, 2014

Mayor Murray released a proposal this morning to increase the minimum wage in Seattle, developed with the Income Inequality Advisory Committee he convened. I spoke at the press conference. My comments are below; you can view them on the Seattle Channel here, or click on the image to the right. My comments: I want to […]


April Council Edition: police reform, minimum wage in Seattle, gender wage gap, and more

April 18th, 2014

Check out the April episode of Council edition, where I appear with Councilmember Jean Godden and Councilmember Mike O’Brien. With host Brian Callanan we discuss police reform, the minimum wage, the gender wage gap, and public campaign financing.


Comcast Cable Franchise Renewal

March 31st, 2014

You have until May 31st to give the City a piece of your mind regarding Comcast’s cable service in Seattle.


Income Inequality Symposium Video

March 28th, 2014

Yesterday’s Income Inequality Symposium was well attended, and had several interesting forums and discussions. Presenters ranged from academics to low-wage workers and business owners. If you weren’t able to attend, or would like to see it again, you can view it on the Seattle Channel webpage, or below: Welcome and Keynote Address What is Income […]


March 27 Income Inequality Symposium

March 21st, 2014

March 27 Income Inequality Symposium On March 27 I will join Councilmembers from Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, San Diego, and San Jose and participate in an all-day symposium at Seattle University to address income inequality. The event is co-sponsored by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle University, and Local Progress, a network of local […]