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    Don’t be a Jerk.

    There’s one posted rule at the Seattle Center Skate Board Park. A small sign says simply “Don’t be a Jerk.” I love this rule.  It’s a rule – if followed by us all — would make our city a much improved place. My pet peeve of the week is the number of times I have […]

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    Expressing Regret for 19th Century Seattle Anti-Chinese Legislation

    On Wednesday, the Finance and Culture Committee discussed a shameful period in Seattle’s history: Seattle’s treatment of Chinese in the late 19th century. This included discriminatory legislation passed by the Seattle City Council, an anti-Chinese riot, and the expulsion of Chinese residents. To address this history, a resolution was brought forward by the Organization of […]

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    Councilmember Sawant Calls for Accurate Accounting of Net Affordable Housing Units Resulting from HALA Committee Recommendations

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/31/2015
    Councilmember Sawant Calls for Accurate Accounting of Net Affordable Housing Units Resulting from HALA Committee Recommendations
    SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant has requested that the Department of Planning an…

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    How many affordable housing units will HALA Recommendations produce?

    On Wednesday, July 20, 2015, I asked representatives from the Department of Planning and Development and the Office of Housing to provide Councilmembers with an accurate accounting of the net number affordable housing units that will result from the implementation of the HALA Committee’s recommendations. The HALA Committee had announced that their recommendations would either produce or preserve 20,000 […]

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    Rethinking School Discipline

    By Laura Robinson When you walk into the honors and advanced placement classes at my Seattle alma mater you see predominantly white faces. Garfield High School is located in the middle of Seattle’s Central District and has a very diverse and talented student population, but its diversity was not and is not reflected in its […]

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    Rent Control is Not the Answer (Just Look at SF)

    Originally posted at http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/rental-control-is-not-the-answer-just-look-at-sf/ Rent control is not the answer to Seattle’s housing crisis. But as housing demand outpaces housing supply, renters are bearing the resulting brunt of rent increases. Understandably, for renters who want to halt these rising costs, rent control sounds like an appealing idea. Some politicians are seizing upon the heated emotions […]

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    Councilmember Licata Introduces Resolution Expressing Seattle’s Regret for Historical Anti-Chinese Legislation

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/28/2015
    Councilmember Licata Introduces Resolution Expressing Seattle’s Regret for Historical Anti-Chinese Legislation
    SEATTLE – Council’s Finance and Culture Committee will consider a resolution introduced by Councilmember…

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    More on Housing Recommendations

    The City Council has begun consideration of the 65 recommendations from the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Advisory Committee (HALA). We will spend 18 to 24 months learning about, discussing, and considering these recommendations. They involve a wide range of…

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    UP #372 – A Progressive Democrat Joins the Right-Wing ALEC Organization

    It’s true. I plopped down my $50 and became a member of ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), dedicated to the three principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. This is the basis of a right-wing movement in America to repeal existing government legislation that promotes social justice and economic equity, and stop any […]

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    Data: It’s Sexier than You Think

    Data has a story to tell.  In Seattle, that story is about equity – about communities struggling to get an education, to be healthy, to get jobs.  The story goes something like this.  Only about half of Samoan, Native American, Latino and African American students graduate from Seattle Public Schools.  Obesity is at least twice […]

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