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Posts for 'Seattle Public Utilities'

Portland’s Neighborhood Greenways Worth Emulating

March 9th, 2011

Last week we joined our fellow Councilmembers, the Mayor, and several local business leaders on a trip to Portland to learn more about their transportation system. One of our favorite parts – and not just because we got to ride our bikes – was a tour of Portland’s “Neighborhood Greenways.” Portland has connected specific neighborhood […]


Carbon Neutrality Community Forum Video Link

September 16th, 2010

Just a quick note to let you know the video of Tuesday night’s community forum is posted on the Seattle Channel. Click here to view: Thank you to everyone who attended or contributed to the success of this event! We have quite a bit of work ahead of us, and I look forward to […]


Recycling Report released today

September 2nd, 2010

The punchline: We are doing well, but we still have a way to go to meet 60% goal in next two years. 2009 Recycling Rate Report Recycling Report Press Release


Phone Book Update

July 20th, 2010

I wasn’t sure whether people would respond to my call to bring in their unwanted phonebooks, but respond you did!  People brought them in by the vanload and one at a time.  When the phone book industry representatives came to my office last week, there were over 600 unwanted phonebooks waiting for them.  Dex came […]


News from SPU – Restaurant recycling and composting go into effect this Thursday

June 30th, 2010

We are spreading the word about an exciting new ordinance going into effect Thursday, July 1. Below is the official press release from SPU. NEWS RELEASE June 30, 2010 For Immediate Release:                   Seattle Restaurants Switch to Composting and Recycling Thursday New city ordinance requires all single-use, throw-away food packaging to be compostable or recyclable by July […]


Phonebooks: Good or Bad?

June 23rd, 2010

Dex Phonebook company delivers phone books knowing that most people don’t use it, and for those small percent that uses the phonebook can do without the three copies they receive. What do you think?


Utility Assistance in Seattle

June 18th, 2010

Last night the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee and Energy, Technology and Civil Rights Committee hosted a joint Special Committee on utility assistance programs at Chief Sealth High School. This spring, our office has worked with several families facing water shut-offs, navigating the various agencies and programs offering assistance. Trying to comprehend the network […]


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.


Opportunities on Linden Avenue

March 31st, 2010

On Friday, I took a walking tour of Linden Ave. N between 130th and 145th -partof the Broadview/Bitter Lake/Haller Lake neighborhood that is scheduled for a neighborhood plan update in 2010.  I was joined by members of the community, staff from the Department of Neighborhoods (DON), and Deputy Mayor Daryl Smith, among others.  I have […]


Water, water everywhere

March 26th, 2010

On Tuesday, I participated in a forum hosted by Publicola with Representative Deb Eddy, 48th LD to discuss the future of SR 520.  The audience included Rep. Judy Clibborn, 41st LD and chair of the house transportation committee, and fellow councilmember Tim Burgess.  I enjoyed discussing this project, and my concerns about the future of […]


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