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Posts for 'Budget and Economic Development'

Budget Update; Budget Investments in Homelessness Response; HOMES Tax Update; Encampment Removals Process; 2018 Investments in Reducing Congestion

December 1st, 2017

Budget Update Last week, Council approved the City of Seattle’s 2018 budget. This year’s budget process was memorable for the urgent emphasis on our homelessness crisis, rigorous debate, and the bold actions taken by Council to fund solutions. In addition, as Chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee, I am proud to have sponsored […]


Proposed changes to upcoming Alaskan Way Viaduct agreement

July 19th, 2010

A quick update on the next steps on the deep-bore tunnel contracts the city is preparing to sign with the state. Today (7-19) the weekly viaduct committee will convene after our regular council meeting around 2:30pm. There is no confirmation on when legislation will be introduced, but I expect it will be either today or […]


40% Chance AWV Tunnel will go over budget

July 15th, 2010

This entry discusses the potential risks the State is exposing Seattle to with the Alaskan Way Viaduct deep bore tunnel project. There are limitations in current agreements that should concern people because it would leave Seattle on the hook for these overruns.


Managing Risk vs. Managing Costs

May 26th, 2010

At a press briefing on Tuesday, I shared some of my current thinking about cost overruns on the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project. The conversation with press was a good chance to step back from the sound bites being thrown around and to talk in plain terms about the risk being assumed – by both […]


Combined Sewer Overflows – why we should care

April 28th, 2010

Seattle Public Utilities manages 90 combined sewer overflows, and will be considering an extensive capital project to update and improve the system as part of their permit renewal process under federal laws.


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