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Guess what landed on my porch last night?

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photoAfter working for three years to reduce the distribution of unwanted yellow pages phone books in Seattle, guess what was left on my porch yesterday?  A re-usable bag with two phone books in it.  Whoops!

In April, the City signed a Statement of Shared Principles with the yellow pages industry, signaling their good-faith effort to not deliver phone books to Seattle residents who have opted-out – via the industry sites or the City’s Municipal Opt-Out System.  Per this agreement, the city is closely tracking this delivery cycle and the industry is schedule to report on their outcomes at the end of the year.

I hope that the mis-delivery to my house yesterday was an exception and not the rule for distribution this summer.  If you opt-ed out of yellow pages through or previously through the city-sponsored municipal opt-out system and you receive a book this summer, please let my office know:, 206-684-8800.


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Comment from Jordan Van Voast
Time July 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Yes, I opted out, and yes, I too received a Yellow pages in a dex bag….

Comment from Mike O’Brien
Time July 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Jordan — Can you contact my office and let me know your address so we can report it to Dex? If you have not already done so, it is also important for you to file a complaint with Dex, which you should be able to do by logging into your account through If that doesn’t work, then definitely contact Josh or Esther in my office so they can report it.

Thanks and sorry you received the books, be sure to recycle them if you haven’t already!

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