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Urban Politics #341: Medical Marijuana Land Use Rules

October 14th, 2013

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


Urban Politics #340: Don’t Give Up

October 7th, 2013

I have often found that change doesn’t come as quickly as I’ve hoped for, despite my best efforts. Hard to say why that’s true.


Urban Politics #337: The Rise and Fall of Seattle’s Monorail Movement

June 3rd, 2013

I was recently handed Dick Falkenbury’s “Rise Above it All” book and found it a compelling personal story of one man’s attempt to install his vision of what the future for Seattle should be. Aside from the over-sized drama that Falkenbury portrays, some serious questions are raised about the effectiveness of government initiating and financing […]


Urban Politics #330: Public Financing of Election Campaigns in Seattle

January 8th, 2013

PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTION CAMPAIGNS IN SEATTLE I believe that Seattle residents should have the opportunity to vote on whether our local elections should receive public financing. Councilmembers are beginning efforts to explore a public financing system for Seattle. If this effort moves forward, the Council will place this decision on either the primary or […]


Urban Politics #327: SODO Arena Vote

September 25th, 2012

The City Council voted 6-2 yesterday in favor of a revised Memorandum of Understanding for a basketball and hockey arena in SODO. Below are the remarks I made explaining my vote.


Urban Politics #326: Basketball Arena Vote

September 14th, 2012

We have to prepare for all events. We cannot count on the past as fixed guide to the future.


Urban Politics #323: Towing Update

May 11th, 2012

Here’s the latest on towing laws in Seattle


Urban Politics #322: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Arts

May 7th, 2012

“If we have a generation of kids who can’t think for themselves, our whole country is in trouble.”


Urban Politics #321: Social Media and Urban Politics

April 17th, 2012

I wonder how many of you remember receiving my first e-newsletter, Urban Politics (UP) #01, back in 1996? It addressed transferring the Freeway Park garage to the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. In 1996, one would start their modem, wait 30 seconds to log on, check email, perhaps spend a few minutes chatting with an AOL buddy. One could browse, but there was no YouTube, Huffington Post or Wikipedia. There was no FaceBook, Twitter or Google Search to browse to. There was no such thing as a blog.


Urban Politics #320: Arena Review Panel Looks Into Funding a Basketball and Hockey Arena

April 6th, 2012

Urban Politics #320 4/6/12 By City Councilmember Nick Licata with Newell Aldrich, legislative assistant ARENA REVIEW PANEL LOOKS INTO FUNDING A BASKETBALL AND HOCKEY ARENA This past Wednesday, April 4th, the Arena Review Panel, a citizen group referred appointed by Mayor McGinn and County Executive Constantine, released their final report. The panel examined an agreement […]