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Urban Politics #349 – A Seattle Park District

April 21st, 2014

I proposed changes to the Council’s Seattle Park District legislation that call for a more diverse citizen oversight committee and increased funding for recreation programs.


Urban Politics #328: Creating Local Progress

November 26th, 2012

I believe that relevant and important political change can occur at the local, municipal level and I was joined in that belief on November 18th when municipal elected officials from 32 cities in 20 states met in Washington D.C. to declare: We have gathered together to build a coalition of municipal elected officials dedicated to […]


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 #325: The Yesler Terrace Redevelopment Project

September 10th, 2012

It is the Council’s duty to watchdog this legislation as it is implemented and to work with SHA and the community to assure that every requirement that is in this legislation is met.


Urban Politics #324: How Do We Ensure We Aren’t a City with Homeless Children Sleeping Outdoors?

July 19th, 2012

I believe that this is a goal that we can accomplish.


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 […]