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    New Paid Sick and Safe Leave Report Published

    Today in my Finance and Culture Committee meeting, we heard the last of five reports to the Seattle City Council about Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance.  The Ordinance, when passed in 2011, called for an evaluation of its impacts on employees and employers. The Seattle Office of City Auditor contracted with the University […][More]

    Studying Up on the Minimum Wage

    The Council will soon receive a recommendation from Mayor Murray to raise the minimum wage in Seattle. There is a growing consensus in our city and in civic discourse across the country that income and wealth inequality is one of...[More]

    Councilmembers to host spring ‘Community Budget Workshops’ around Seattle

    City of Seattle FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/22/2014

    Councilmember Nick Licata

    Councilmembers to host spring 'Community Budget Workshops' around Seattle

    SEATTLE - City Councilmembers will host four "Community Budget Workshops" in Delridge, the Central District, University District and Columbia City over the month of May. Councilmembers will engage with the public to ask their spending priorities for the 2015-2016 City budget. Members of the public can make suggestions about the specific departments listed for each workshop, as well as identify neighborhood needs and priorities. After a City Budget Office presentation, there will be small group discussions with Councilmembers, and a report back at the end. The public is encouraged to drop in during any of the scheduled times to talk about any issues concerning the City budget.

    "We wanted to reach out into the community and hear what the public has to say about their budget," said Councilmember Nick Licata, Chair of the City Council Budget Committee. "I hope you’ll stop by to talk to us about any issues important to you."

    WHAT: "Community Budget Workshops" with Seattle City Councilmembers


    DATE/TIME: Tues., May 6, 6p - 8p
    DEPARTMENTS: Human Services/Housing/Economic Development
    LOCATION: Rainier Community Center, Multipurpose Room (Columbia City)

    DATE/TIME: Wed., May 7, 6p - 8p
    DEPARTMENTS: Transportation/Land Use
    LOCATION: Garfield Community Center, Multipurpose Room (Central Area)

    DATE/TIME: Thurs., May 8, 6p - 8p
    DEPARTMENTS: Parks/Neighborhoods/Libraries/Arts
    LOCATION: University Heights Community Center, Room 209 (University District)

    DATE/TIME: Wed., May 14, 6p - 8p
    DEPARTMENTS: Public Safety/Civil Rights
    LOCATION: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Room 111 (Delridge)

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    Public Hearing on Seattle’s Police Accountability System

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/17/2014 Council President Tim Burgess Councilmember Bruce Harrell Public Hearing on Seattle's Police Accountability System Tuesday, Apr. 22, 6 p.m. in Seattle City Hall Council Chambers Seattle - City Council and ...[More]

    Community meeting to discuss Mount Baker Neighborhood Rezone announced

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/21/2014 Councilmember Mike O'Brien Community meeting to discuss Mount Baker Neighborhood Rezone announced Seattle - Councilmember Mike O'Brienwill host a Public Hearing on the proposed rezone in the Mount Baker/North Ra...[More]

    Join Seattle Me for “little City Hall”

    Join Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen At the Southpark Community Center 8319 8th Avenue South 2:30pm-4:30pm Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Here’s your opportunity for a one-on-one discussion with the Councilmember and his staff about topics important to you! We look forward to meeting you! Accessibility Accommodations Upon Request Please Call 206.684.5398[More]

    A Seattle Park District

    In support of sending a Seattle Park District proposal to voters this August, I proposed changes calling for a more diverse citizen oversight committee and increased funding for recreation programs.[More]

    Action Summary, Monday, April 21, 2014

    Action Summary of the Seattle City Council Full Council Meeting Monday, April 21, 2014  (No absences)   TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE: 1.  Clerk File  312783 (PDF Version)  GRANTED AS CONDITIONED (6-3) (Do not Grant: Councilmembers Licata, O’Brien, and Sawant) Petition of West Seattle Project X, LLC to vacate a portion of the alley in Block 3, Norris Addition to West Se[More]

    Unfair to Women and the Economy

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski - the longest serving woman in Congress- speaks out about the gender wage gap.

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski – the longest serving woman in Congress- speaks out about the gender wage gap.

    Republicans in the U. S. Senate blocked the measure that would have helped ensure equal pay for equal work. And, to add insult, they did so on Equal Pay Day, April 8, the day when women, on average, caught up to what men, on average earned the previous year. It still takes women better than 15 months to earn what men doing equal work can earn in 12.

    The vote came after Washington’s Sen. Patty Murray delivered a speech on the Senate floor urging … Continue Reading »


    April Council Edition: police reform, minimum wage in Seattle, gender wage gap, and more

    Check out the April episode of Council edition, where I appear with Councilmember Jean Godden and Councilmember Mike O’Brien. With host Brian Callanan we discuss police reform, the minimum wage, the gender wage gap, and public campaign financing.[More]