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    UP #356: Seattle Park District Next Steps

    After hearing residents complain they weren’t sufficiently involved in the Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) development of the initial proposal for a Seattle Park District, I proposed a short term 3-year parks levy in its place. My intention was to continue the previous levy’s level of parks funding while allowing more time to involve […][More]

    Gender Wage Gap: A Report Card

    It’s taking time, more time than anyone would like, but we’ve rolled up our sleeves and are laying the ground work necessary to address the region’s jumbo-sized gender wage gap.ReportCard

    Last year, the National Partnership for Women and Families reported that the Seattle area has one of the widest wage gaps in the nation: on average, women make 73 cents for every dollar men earn.  City leaders, responding to a request from the Women’s Commission, studied our own gender wage gap and learned we’re not off the hook:  the City’s gender wage gap is 99 cents on the dollar and much worse in certain departments.

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    Legislation approved by the Seattle City Council on August 11, 2014, and filed with the City Clerk

    Scanned copies of the signed legislation are available in the database records linked below: Ord. 124545 C.B. 118145 AN ORDINANCE relating to the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace; authorizing the execution of Lot Boundary Adjustment #3016027; authorizing an exchange of property between the City of Seattle and the Housing Authority of the City of Seattle to […][More]

    Legislation approved by the Seattle City Council on August 4, 2014, and filed with the City Clerk

    Scanned copies of the signed legislation are available in the database records linked below: Ord. 124541 C.B. 118121 AN ORDINANCE related to the Immigrant and Refugee Commission; authorizing a Get Engaged young adult position to the Immigrant and Refugee Commission; and amending Section 3.14.545 of the Seattle Municipal Code. Ord. 124542 C.B. 118137 AN ORDINANCE […][More]

    Legislation approved by the Seattle City Council on July 28, 2014, and filed with the City Clerk

    Scanned copies of the signed legislation are available in the database record linked below: Ord. 124539 C.B. 118157 AN ORDINANCE relating to the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs; changing the name of the department to the Office of Arts and Culture; providing for the confirmation of certain appointments to the Seattle Arts Commission; and […][More]

    Councilmember Godden Statement on Acting Parks Superintendent Williams

    City of Seattle FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/20/2014

    Councilmember Jean Godden

    Councilmember Godden Statement on Acting Parks Superintendent Williams

    SEATTLE - Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden, Chair of the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Gender Pay Equity Committee, released the following statement in response to Christopher Williams stepping down as Acting Superintendent of the Department of Parks and Recreation:

    "When I became Chair of the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries, and Gender Pay Equity Committee in January, Christopher Williams reached out and was a great help to me.

    "His job as Parks Superintendent is a very visible and stressful one. I have been a great admirer of how well Christopher has handled responsibilities, especially during the great recession, when the Parks Department lost about 20 percent of its general fund support. Even in difficult years, there were some amazing successes – the opening of a Belltown Community Center, the renovation of Kinnear Park and the Maple Leaf Reservoir, just to name a few.

    "I look forward to continue working with Christopher in his role as Deputy Parks Superintendent to build a strong Seattle Parks District and to secure the future of our great parks system for generations to come."

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    First Look at the West Seattle Route of the Seattle Bicycle Plan

    Often I meet with people to learn more about their traffic and transportation concerns.  For example, I have ridden in a large oil tanker truck to experience the challenges of freight from Ballard to Harbor Island.  I have gone out on boats in the Ship Canal to learn more about maritime and industrial concerns and […][More]

    Women in the Workplace: Marination

    What do you do when the world hands you a lemon? Folk wisdom says you make lemonade. The Marination duo had a different answer: Make Hawaiian-Korean tacos.Marination3

    Marination is a crazy, runaway success story that co-owner Kamala Saxton likes to talk about.  The story began five years ago when Kamala and co-owner Roz Edison, had some financial reverses, like many of us who weathered the Great Recession.

    Roz and Kamala became acquainted while both were working in educational programs in Boston. Kamala, a one-time Seattleite who grew up in Hawaii and California, has degrees in education and public policy and a professional background at the Gates Foundation. Roz, who was born in Greece and has lived in Romania, is Chinese and Filipina and … Continue Reading »

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    UP #355: My letter to Congress regarding the Gaza crisis

    Since the beginning of last week, over 1,000 people have contacted my office expressing their thoughts and concerns about the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and whether it is within the role of a Seattle City Councilmember to express their opinion on these kinds of issues. I believe that it is important for Councilmembers to […][More]

    My proposal for new microhousing regulations

    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 […][More]