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    My reflections on the People’s Tribunal on the Juvenile Justice System

    This past weekend I attended the People’s Tribunal on the Juvenile Justice System, hosted by Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC), Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) and their community partners. It was an inspiring day. Several hundred activists, concerned neighbors and community leaders came together to deepen our understanding of the systems that result in […]

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    Council OKs Transitional Homeless Encampments, Authorizes $375K to Serve Need

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/30/2015
    Council OKs Transitional Homeless Encampments, Authorizes $375K to Serve Need
    SEATTLE – City Council unanimously adopted legislation today allowing for new interim use permits for as many as three transitional homel…

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    Council Opposes Fast Track Consideration of International Trade Deal Directly Impacting Trade-Dependent Seattle

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/30/2015
    Council Opposes Fast Track Consideration of International Trade Deal Directly Impacting Trade-Dependent Seattle
    SEATTLE – City Council adopted a resolution today opposing Trade Promotion Authority, more commonly kno…

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    UP #365: MINIMUM WAGE IN EFFECT APRIL 1 – NO FOOLIN’

    WHAT’S NEW? On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the City of Seattle’s historic new minimum wage law goes into effect.   All employers will have to pay their employees a minimum of $11 an hour, but those employers with 500 or fewer employees can count tips and medical benefit payments to help them reach the $11 minimum […]

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    March Council Edition

    The March edition of Council Edition is available online. Councilmembers O’Brien, Sawant and I join host Brian Callanan to discuss the city’s housing crisis, including tenants’ rights, encampments, and linkage fees. We also discuss participatory budgeting and Seattle’s minimum-wage increase.

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    Seattle Channel Panel Discussion on Preschool

    The Seattle Channel’s City Inside/Out program has a new show on the implementation of the Seattle Preschool Program. I joined host Brian Callanan on a panel that included School Board Director Stephan Blandford, Jonathan Knapp of the Seattle Education Association,…

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    Action Summary, Monday, March 23, 2015

    Action Summary of the Seattle City Council Full Council Meeting Monday, March 23, 2015 Councilmember Bagshaw was excused.    PARKS, SEATTLE CENTER, LIBRARIES AND GENDER PAY EQUITY COMMITTEE 1. Appt 00021 CONFIRMED (8-0) Reappointment and Oath of Office of Robert L. Nellams as Director of Seattle Center. PUBLIC SAFETY, CIVIL RIGHTS, AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE 2. […]

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    Council to Host Pedestrian Zone Public Hearing

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/23/2015
    Council to Host Pedestrian Zone Public Hearing
    SEATTLE – The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee, chaired by Councilmember Mike O’Brien, will hold a public hearing tomorrow evening regardi…

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    March 25: Public Hearing on University District BIA Boundaries

    The Finance and Culture Committee will hold a second public hearing on the proposed University District Business Improvement Area (BIA) on Wednesday, March 25, at 2 p.m. in the City Council chambers at City Hall. Sign-up begins at 1:30 p.m. City Hall is located at 600 4th Avenue, between Cherry and James. Based on public […]

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    Council Amends Cable TV Code to Improve Competition, Customer Service

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/23/2015
    Council Amends Cable TV Code to Improve Competition, Customer Service
    SEATTLE – City Council unanimously approved legislation today to modernize the deployment of cable television franchises, provide Seattle residen…

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