Posts for May, 2014

The North Rainier rezone

May 20th, 2014

City Council is currently considering a rezone of the North Rainier area surrounding the Mt. Baker Transit Center. Development of the North Rainier area is an issue that the City and community have been working on for over 15 years. The North Rainier Neighborhood Plan was adopted in 1999, and formally updated in 2010. In […]

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Update on Small Lot Legislation

May 16th, 2014

I’m writing today with an update on the small lots legislation. The Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee voted out an amended version of the legislation at our last meeting (May 6), and I will explain some of the main provisions of the amended bill below. The final bill will be in front of the […]

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Let’s Give Seattle Voters a Chance to Save Transit Service

May 12th, 2014

Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen, Mike O’Brien and Sally Bagshaw issued the following statement today: “Metro bus service is critical to the people of Seattle. It is necessary for those who cannot afford cars and depend on buses to get around. It is essential for our environment that people have multiple options for mobility and it is essential to reducing traffic congestion […]

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Revisiting public financing for local elections

May 7th, 2014

The voters of Seattle recently approved a charter amendment to change the way we elect candidates to City Council. Starting in 2015, Seattle will elect a majority of City Council members by district—seven will be elected by district and two will remain at-large. In my view, the strongest reasons to support the move to districts […]

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