Councilmember Licata left office on January 1, 2016.
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Tag: SPD

Ping Pong Pals

November 25th, 2013

Once upon a time, there was a table tennis league operating in the basement of the old Public Safety Building…until the building was demolished in 2005.


Urban Politics #225: Year End Summary

December 29th, 2006

On a serious note, this year posed some unexpected challenges. After chosen for the two-year position of Council President, I immediately faced hiring an outside investigator to review our department’s management-employee relations. That the Council President – among other duties – is essentially the director of the Legislative Department is not well known. Several employees felt that they had been discriminated against. I took their concerns seriously. The investigation conducted 58 interviews and resulted in files of more than 30,000 pages to review. There was no conclusion that any discrimination occurred yet changes in some management policies are definitely needed. Consequently, as Council President, I have initiated a set of new procedures governing our managers and employees to improve communication, evaluation and opportunities for advancement. In addition, new workshops and trainings will be held with required attendance.


Urban Politics #195: A Public Safety Initiative

May 10th, 2005

On April 26, 2005 the Council sponsored a Citywide Neighborhood Crime Summit and Public Hearing where a packed Council Chamber heard each of the Police Precinct Commanders explain how they deployed their police officers in their respective precincts in response to citizen concerns about crime. The Chair of each Precinct Advisory Council also chaired meetings for each of the Precinct caucuses during a breakout session and then reported back to the full group.


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 #143: Budget Summary

November 24th, 2002

Last Monday the City Council unanimously passed the City’s 2003-2004 Budget after having to reduce our expenditures by over $60 million. We received the Mayor’s proposed budget on September twenty-third and by state law we have to pass a balanced budget by December first.