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Posts for 'Seattle Public Utilities'

A note about the garbage strike

July 27th, 2012

You may have noticed Seattle is facing a strike affecting garbage and recycling collection in West Seattle, South Seattle, and Northwest Seattle.  This is the service area for Waste Management, which serves roughly 60% of Seattle.  Central Seattle and Northeast Seattle are not affected by the strike; they are served by CleanScapes. You can find […]


Neighborhood Murals

July 23rd, 2012

Increasingly, our City’s murals are falling victim to taggings so relentless they overwhelm a neighborhood’s ability to remove them within the 10 days required by the City. Can the organization Urban Artworks come to the rescue?


City Inside/Out: July Council Edition

July 11th, 2012

The July edition of Seattle Channel’s City Inside/Out: Council Edition is out on the Seattle Channel.  I appear with Councilmembers Burgess and Godden. We discuss issues such as the proposed SODO arena, utility rates, the plastic bag ban, and upcoming library and seawall levies. Keep in touch… Subscribe to my Urban Politics email newsletter. Subscribe to my […]


Urban Politics #184: Zoo Long Range Plan And Operations Agreement

October 12th, 2004

Yesterday, the Council passed Resolution 30701 adopting a Long Range Plan for the Woodland Park Zoo.

The Council also approved Resolution 30709 to create the Thornton Creek Watershed Oversight Council.


Urban Politics #173: Technical Difficulties

February 11th, 2004

Unfortunately there has been two errors made in the last two UP’s sent out.
This one UP173 was sent out with a blank subject line, so recipients may not have opened it. The former UP 172 discussing NUCOR for the first time had a system problem so that I did not receive any replies except those that were specifically addressed to my Council email address: The problem has been fixed so if you wish to resend a reply that had bounced back I will now receive it.


Urban Politics #172: Council Considers City Light Subsidy For Local Steel Mill

February 3rd, 2004

The City Council will consider legislation proposed by the Mayor for Seattle City Light to sign new electricity service contracts between it and Nucor Steel Corporation, City Light’s largest customer. This legislation is controversial because it significantly reduces the company’s financial obligation to SCL. Councilmember Jean Godden’s Energy Committee will be briefed at its meeting this coming Friday on the proposal, with a possible vote.


Urban Politics #160: Resolution On South Lake Union

June 13th, 2003

After much discussion the Council acted last Monday (June 9th) and passed Resolution 30610 affirming the City’s commitment to revitalize South Lake Union (SLU). I believe that the Council worked collaboratively to support a healthier environment for SLU.


Urban Politics #149: Should The SCL Superintendent Be Reconfirmed?

March 5th, 2003

To rework an old Italian politician’s declaration that “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion”, in Seattle today citizens, residents and ratepayers are declaring that “City Light’s Superintendent must be above suspicion.” Caesar divorced Pompeia shortly there after; Gary Zarker’s marriage to City Light is similarly on the rocks.


Urban Politics #144: Alaskan Way Viaduct Update

December 5th, 2002

This edition of Urban Politics is an update on the Alaskan Way Viaduct. I’ll first give an update on events since August, then provide my perspective at the end.


Urban Politics #131: Paying For Sound Transit’S CDF

April 16th, 2002

ST plans on beginning construction in early 2004. Construction should take about three and a half years. The entire 14 mile route will not be under construction at the same time. ST will operate in segments of approximately a quarter mile. However they have begun acquiring properties along the route and in particular MLK to make way for their future work. About 300 businesses, mostly small minority owned ones, will be impacted by the work along the entire route. About 65 have been identified as having to move. The remainder will try to stay open during construction but most will likely suffer a loss in revenue.