Councilmember Licata left office on January 1, 2016.
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Posts for 'Planning and Land Use'

Growth and Displacement Vulnerability Risk Index

May 6th, 2015

What will it say about us as a City if, in doing so, we select the alternative that has the greatest displacement impacts on low income and people of color?


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.


Fences and Schools

February 24th, 2014

Would you like to paint a mural or teach kids art? Apply by March 4th to teach and by March 10th to paint!


Urban Politics #341: Medical Marijuana Land Use Rules

October 14th, 2013

Approving marijuana land use regulations in Seattle has proven uniquely challenging.


High Cost of Renting

October 4th, 2013

I thank the Mayor for his recently stated concern about the proliferation of rent increases, I share that concern and agree with him that we must do something. A related issue we should immediately address is the need to increase assistance under the City’s Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance, received by low-income renters who have to […]


Seattle Isn’t Building Our Way Toward Affordable Rents

July 3rd, 2013

A greater demand for housing translates into higher rent. Until we embrace this reality, we will be a dog chasing our tail.


Update on Marijuana Zoning in Seattle

June 28th, 2013

In the wake of the passage of I-502, the City Council is considering setting limits on where marijuana-related activity can take place in Seattle. Legislation to set zoning limits was discussed on June 24 at the Full Council, and eventually held under July 22. Four committee meetings were held to review the legislation, beginning on […]


The 2013 Americans for the Arts Convention

June 17th, 2013

Last week, my legislative aide attended the Americans for the Arts convention, held in Pittsburgh, which featured sessions on arts, entertainment and cultural districts.


Assistance from the Council for Nickelsville?

May 30th, 2013

For the City to address the health and safety of current residents, address the concerns of neighbors, and support the Food Lifeline project we must work together to find a way to facilitate the relocation of the residents of the Nickelsville encampment.


Update on Marijuana in Seattle and Washington

May 24th, 2013

It’s been an eventful week or so for marijuana news in Seattle. On Wednesday, May 22nd, the Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture committee voted to move a marijuana zoning ordinance to the Full Council meeting on Monday, June 3. In addition, the Washington State Liquor Control Board has released a first draft of rules […]