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2014 in Review

December 30th, 2014

What an exciting year it has been to be a Councilmember in Seattle. We passed historic legislation to raise wages for over 100,000 workers in the City and saw the voters support two progressive initiatives to establish a universal preschool program and expand transit service in Seattle. There is so much more to be proud […]

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2014 Year in Review

December 20th, 2014

What an exciting year it has been to be a Councilmember in Seattle. We passed historic legislation to raise wages for over 100,000 workers in the City and saw the voters support two progressive initiatives to establish a universal preschool program and expand transit service in Seattle. There is so much more to be proud […]

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Affordable Housing Linkage Fee Proposal

October 14th, 2014

City Council is currently considering a new way to help fund workforce affordable housing in Seattle. It is called the Affordable Housing Linkage Fee. The basis of the proposal is that the rapid growth and new development we are experiencing in Seattle is causing an even greater need for more affordable housing. This new fee […]

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My proposal for new microhousing regulations

August 13th, 2014

As Chair of the Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee (PLUS), I recently convened a working group of neighborhood residents—including people who live in or near microhousing buildings—and developers of microhousing to help dig into the micro-housing regulations that were proposed by the Department of Planning and Development earlier this spring. We convened this group because it […]

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Setting minimum density requirements in areas where we want density

August 13th, 2014

Today, on Wednesday August 13th, the PLUS Committee will receive a briefing on Council Bill 118167, related to minimum density requirements in the city’s most dense and walkable neighborhoods. Density helps create better pedestrian environments because it means more people on the street–whether they are coming from home or work, or out shopping in local […]

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Guest blog post: The dangers of gas-powered leaf blowers

July 30th, 2014

[Note: The following is a guest blog post. Let us know in the comments or via email what you think Seattle City Council ought to do about the issues Maddy raises here: mike.obrien@seattle.gov.] Hi, my name is Maddy and I have recently graduated from my senior year of high school. After reaching out to Councilmember O’Brien […]

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O’Brien, City Council Seek Emergency Order Prohibiting Transport of Flammable Crude Oil through Seattle

July 23rd, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/23/2014   Councilmember Mike O’Brien O’Brien, City Council Seek Emergency Order Prohibiting Transport of Flammable Crude Oil through Seattle First nationwide action by a City Council to call for immediate end to oil train transport near neighborhoods SEATTLE – City Councilmember Mike O’Brien and all eight of his council colleagues signed a letter calling for the U.S. […]

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The importance of preserving bus service in Seattle

July 17th, 2014

As a board member of the Seattle Transportation Benefit District, I am casting my vote today in support of Resolution 12, which would ask Seattle voters to approve a funding package to help retain bus service in the City when Metro starts making cuts next year. If we are serious about our climate goals and […]

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Explaining my no vote on the new taxi, for-hire and TNC regs

July 14th, 2014

Today, I was the lone vote against Council Bill 118140. This bill was worked out by the Mayor’s office in a negotiated deal with industry stakeholders from the Transportation Network Companies (TNCs, such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar), the taxi industry and the for-hire vehicle industry. There was no opportunity for the public to vet this bill, […]

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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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