Posts for August, 2011

My Big Idea

August 31st, 2011

Seattle Magazine recently asked a number of people throughout the city to contribute big ideas to their annual Big Idea issue, including Seattle City Council. Below is my submission, which you can find online along with the other ideas submitted (part 1 and part 2). The prompt we were asked to respond to was: “If […]

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Council in recess…

August 22nd, 2011

City Council is in recess for the next two weeks, meaning no committee meetings and probably very little news to share on the blog. I’ll be in and out of the office as I spend some time with my family and rest up for the next big item on the Council calendar–budget! And before we […]

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Guest Post: Tyree Scott Freedom School

August 12th, 2011

Today we have another guest blog post, this one from Miles Mitchell, a student in the Tyree Scott Freedom School.  The Freedom School is a 9-day social and racial justice training program for young people in Seattle. I am sponsoring a forum in the Bertha Knight Landis room at City Hall where Freedom School students […]

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Public hearing on car tab proposals tonight

August 10th, 2011

We need to hear from you tonight! The Seattle City Council, acting in its capacity as the Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) Governing Board, will hold a public hearing for residents to provide feedback on the specific investment package proposals, contributing to the continued discussion on Seattle’s possible vehicle licensing fee. WHEN: Wednesday, August 10, 5:30 p.m. WHERE: […]

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Guest blog post: Council Member Inspires Youth Voice

August 9th, 2011

The following post was written by high school interns employed through the Seattle Youth Employment Program. Their summer job at the YMCA of Greater Seattle is to produce media about their neighborhoods and to spark conversation via PugetSoundOff.org. Back in July, the group met with Mike to share ideas about their neighborhoods and how to […]

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Why I support an $80 Vehicle License Fee

August 8th, 2011

The Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) is considering asking you, the voters of Seattle, to approve an $80 increase on your vehicle license fee (aka, “car tabs”). I firmly believe additional revenue is needed to not only maintain Seattle’s transportation infrastructure, but to expand it to provide improve mobility for all residents in Seattle. Investments […]

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Climate Change Resolution Introduced

August 4th, 2011

I have been working closely with Council President Conlin to introduce this resolution to adopts new climate protection goals for Seattle, which was introduced yesterday in the Regional Development and Sustainability Committee. The resolution sets bold new targets for reductions in vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse has emissions-including net zero greenhouse has emissions by 2050! […]

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Bernie Matsuno Confirmed AND Neighborhood Matching Funds Awarded!

August 1st, 2011

Today the City Council passed two important things related to our Department of Neighborhoods (I chair the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee). First, we confirmed Bernie Matsuno as the new Director of the Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Congratulations, Bernie! Council looks forward to your leadership and stewardship of the department. I am especially interested […]

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