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    My letter to the Woodland Park Zoo regarding the Retirement of Chai and Bamboo

      Earlier this week four of my colleagues, the Mayor and I signed a letter that we sent to Dr. Deborah Jensen, the President and CEO of the Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ). While everyone wants the best for the elephants, our letter encourages the Woodland Park Zoo Board to follow the recommendations of their 2013 Elephant Task […]

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    Action Summary, Monday, January 26, 2015

    Action Summary of the Seattle City Council Full Council Meeting Monday, January 26, 2015  All Councilmembers were present.   FULL COUNCIL: 1. C.B. 118305 PASSED (9-0) Relating to City employment; authorizing the execution of a memorandum of understanding between the City of Seattle and the Washington State Council of County and City Employees Local 21-PA, AFSCME; […]

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    The Kingdome and the Arts

    Remember the Kingdome, its falling tiles, and its implosion in 2000?

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    The False Promise of the Death Penalty

    Two high-profile death penalty trials are underway in King County Superior Court: the 2009 assassination of Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton and the 2007 Christmas Eve mass murders of three generations of the Anderson family in Carnation. Both crimes were…

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    Participatory Budgeting Forum to Explore Public Selection of City Budget Dollars

    City of Seattle
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/26/2015

    Participatory Budgeting Forum to Explore Public Selection of City Budget Dollars

    SEATTLECouncilmember Nick Licata and the City Neighborhood Council will host a forum regarding Participatory Budgeting on Tuesday, January 27 and explore how such a program would function in Seattle. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget.  Seattle would join Chicago, New York, Boston and San Francisco, which use Participatory Budgeting at the district level.

    The event is hosted by Councilmember Nick Licata, chair of the Finance and Culture Committee, and the Council’s Budget Committee.  A representative from the Participatory Budgeting Project will review how Participatory Budgeting has performed in other U.S. cities, Europe and South America.

    Food and beverages will be provided.  More information about the event is available online.

    WHAT:  
    Participatory Budgeting Forum

    WHEN:
    Tuesday, January 27
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    WHERE:
    Seattle City Hall
    Bertha Knight Landes Room, First Floor
    600 4th Ave., Seattle 98104

    WHO:
    Councilmember Nick Licata, Chair of Budget Committee
    City Neighborhood Council
    Public

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    One Night Count Numbers Jump 21%

    Each year the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, organizes a one night count of people all over King County sleeping in their cars, in doorways, under bridges, in greenbelts, and in doorways.  This year 1000 people participated in the count.  This year, these volunteers counted 3,772 people without shelter in King County last night.  This […]

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    Equal Pay Opportunity Act

    OlympiaWomen are working together here and in Olympia so we aren’t paid only 80 cents on the dollar of what men make here in Washington state. I was honored and inspired to stand with Senator Annette Cleveland and Representative Tana Senn, and so many other women legislators yesterday  to support their proposed state-wide Equal Pay Opportunity Act.

    Here in Seattle, the wage gap is worse: women earn 73 cents for every dollar men make.  I’ve been working with my Council colleagues and the Mayor to address our wage gap and ensure our region is one where all people can thrive and earn what they are worth.

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    Councilmember Rasmussen Will Not Seek Re-Election

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/23/2015
    Councilmember Rasmussen Will Not Seek Re-Election
    SEATTLE – Councilmember Tom Rasmussen released the following statement regarding serving another term on the Seattle City Council:

    “During the last several week…

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    Councilmember Licata Will Not Seek Re-Election

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/21/2015
    Councilmember Licata Will Not Seek Re-Election

    SEATTLE – Councilmember Nick Licata released the following statement regarding serving another term on the Seattle City Council:
    “I’ve been lucky to have an excitin…

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    I will not seek re-election

    Today I announced that I will not seek re-election. I want to thank all the community people I’ve worked with for their support. I intend to be fully engaged for the rest of this year—there is much to be done. My statement is below. Councilmember Licata Will Not Seek Re-Election SEATTLE – Councilmember Nick Licata […]

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