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Urban Politics #176: Two Key Votes On Monday

March 12th, 2004

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.


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 #169: A Review Of The 2004 City Budget

December 2nd, 2003

Last week, the Seattle City Council passed the 2004 budget totaling $2.6 billion, of which $666,079,571 were in General Fund revenues and $666,078,194 in General Fund expenditures. The balance of the budget consists of funds outside the general fund. This mostly consists of funds within the “enterprise” departments of City Light and Seattle Public Utilities. Their revenues and expenditures are kept separate from the rest of the City’s budget since they are supported by their ratepayers and not the general taxpayers of Seattle.


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 #130: Paying For Sound Transit’S CDF

April 15th, 2002

On Friday, April 13th, the City Council’s Transportation Committee voted 2 to 1 (McIver & Conlin vs. Licata) to pass Council Bill 114115, giving Sound Transit’s Community Development Fund (CDF) $43 million. Half of the money will come from our public utilities: $17.5 million from City Light and $4 million from the Water Department. The other half will come from our general fund or Community Development Block Grant funds if they are available.


Urban Politics #70: City Light Rate Increase

September 11th, 1999

Seattle City Light has proposed overall electric rates to increase by an average of 3.1% in each of the next three years. For more than half of Seattle’s residential customers, bills would increase less than a dollar per month in 2000. For 37% of the users it would be twenty-five cents a month and the rate climbs steeply for those who consume the most electricity. Qualified low-income customers would continue to receive low-income rates that are half of the regular residential rates.


Urban Politics #31: Should Key Tower Be Sold?

March 29th, 1998

I’m using this UP edition to look at the proposed sale of the Key Tower and share my thoughts about it with you. The City Council meeting of March 16th held off a decision to test the market to find out how much the building could sell for. Council Members Tina Podlodowski, Jan Drago, Sue Donaldson and Margaret Pageler voted to halt any further exploration of the sale.


Urban Politics #24: Council Committee Assignments

January 19th, 1998

Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs are listed below. Note that some of the committee names have changed to allow each Committee Chair to be involved in concerns of interest to that Chair. In my particular case, I’ve titled my Committee “Culture, Arts and Parks” to broaden the involvement of the committee from parks to cultural and arts activities throughout the city, including libraries. The library bond issue itself will be handled by a City Council Committee of the Whole, chaired by City Council President Sue Donaldson. I’m also the Vice-Chair for the Neighborhoods Committee, a member of the Utilities Committee and the Alternate on the Transportation Committee.