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    The Rapid Evolution of Transportation

    New technologies are revolutionizing transportation in Seattle and elsewhere. It is becoming easier and easier to live, work, shop, learn and play in the city without owning a car, a change that makes Seattle more affordable as car ownership carries... [Full Post]

    Study Shows Gun Violence Begets Gun Violence

    With a City Council vote in June of 2013, Seattle became the first city in the nation to fund direct research on gun safety. The Council took this action because the National Rifle Association consistently blocks research funding at the... [Full Post]

    UW Harborview Doctors Link Gun-Related Hospitalizations to Future Injuries, Crime and Death

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/7/2014 Council President Tim Burgess UW Harborview Doctors Link Gun-Related Hospitalizations to Future Injuries, Crime and Death Study Funded by City Council Pinpoints Where to Focus Violence Prevention Efforts SEA... [Full Post]

    Public Campaign Finance Statement

    Consistent with my earlier blog post on this topic, I shared the following statement at the Full Council meeting this afternoon explaining my vote to not move forward a public campaign finance system this year: We face a tough choice... [Full Post]

    City Council to Vote on Seattle Preschool Program

    The following article was sent out in my City View Newsletter, which you can sign up to receive here. It’s not very often that local elected officials get to advance public policy with the potential to change our society so... [Full Post]

    Public Campaign Finance: Right Idea, Wrong Time

    There has been news coverage recently about how as City Council President I won’t introduce legislation that would send a measure to establish public financing of political campaigns back again to the voters in November.* The Stranger has a story... [Full Post]

    Bravo Starbucks!

    Earlier this week, Starbucks announced that they would help their “partners” (employees) complete their college education by covering tuition costs for those in their junior or senior years and partial tuition for freshmen and sophomores through Arizona State University’s online... [Full Post]

    City Council Hires New Central Staff Director

    City of Seattle FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/12/2014

    Council President Tim Burgess

    City Council Hires New Central Staff Director

    SEATTLE - Council President Tim Burgess announced today the hiring of Kirstan Arestad as Director of the Council's Central Staff team of policy analysts. Arestad brings more than 15 years of public policy, budget and management experience to the Council.

    Kirstan Arestad"Kirstan Arestad is a strong leader with extensive experience in government," said Burgess. "She has the right skillset and personality to provide sound policy advice to the Council. She will be an effective leader of a wonderful team of analysts."

    Arestad comes from Governor Jay Inslee's Legislative and Policy Office. She served previously in the State Department of Transportation, in Governor Christine Gregoire's Office of Financial Management and as non-partisan staff for the State Senate.

    "I'm excited to join the talented members of the Council's Central Staff team who do so much for this great city," said Arestad. "I will do my utmost to bring my past experiences and skills working with the State's legislature, agencies and governors to benefit the people of Seattle." 

    The Central Staff Director manages an 18-member policy unit, which provides policy analysis for all nine councilmembers and their aides, develops legislative initiatives and reviews legislative proposals from the Mayor, City Attorney and Municipal Court. The Director also oversees the finance function for the Legislative Department.

    "I also want to thank Rebecca Herzfeld for stepping into the Interim Director role over these last six months," added Burgess. "Her steady leadership has been appreciated in a time of significant transition for Central Staff."

    Over the past few months, the Central Staff has welcomed three new members who bring expertise to the unit. Erik Sund joined the team to focus on finance and budget matters having performed a similar role for the King County Council and the State Legislature. Calvin Chow crossed the street from the Seattle Department of Transportation and brings utilities and transportation knowledge. Mark Baird comes most recently from Snohomish County and has extensive experience in the public safety arena as both an analyst and practitioner.

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    Two Vigils

    Last night at 7 p.m. there were two simultaneous prayer vigils for victims of gun violence, one a quick response to yesterday’s tragedy at Seattle Pacific University and one in the Central District for the two young men—Dwone Anderson-Young and... [Full Post]

    Seattle City Council seeks candidates for Ethics and Elections Commission

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/3/2014 Council President Tim Burgess Seattle City Council seeks candidates for Ethics and Elections Commission SEATTLE - Council President Tim Burgess announced today that the City Council is seeking candidates to fill a ... [Full Post]