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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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    Hearing from Preschool Providers

    Yesterday at my Council committee a panel of preschool providers spoke to us about their programs, the children they serve, and some of the elements that make their classrooms high-quality. It is always good to hear from those working directly…

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    Good News: Lower Property Tax Rate in 2015

    Seattle property owners may notice some good news in their recently received 2015 tax rate: overall, it is $9.27 per $1,000 of assessed value, a 10% decrease from the 2014 rate. And if you look only at the City’s portion…

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    New Police Command Staff

    Chief O’Toole has taken a significant step toward rebuilding the public’s trust and confidence in our Police Department in the hiring of four new assistant police chiefs and a new chief technology officer. It’s a bold step. A very correct…

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    Preschool Implementation

    My committee received a briefing yesterday morning on the Mayor’s Implementation Plan for the Seattle Preschool Program. While the Council approved the structure and foundations of the program last summer (and these elements were affirmed by voters in November), there…

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    Death Penalty Repeal Receives Hearing in Olympia

    This morning the House Judiciary Committee of the Washington State Legislature held a hearing on HB 1739, legislation that would repeal the death penalty in favor of a sentence of life in prison. As I’ve written previously, the death penalty…

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    Black History Month in Seattle

    February is Black History Month and I encourage you to recognize it by taking time to read stories about Seattle’s African American community on HistoryLink. This is a great resource for biographies of local figures and local history. Here are…

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    January City Inside/Out: Council Edition

    Earlier this month I joined Councilmembers Bagshaw and O’Brien and host Brian Callanan on the Seattle Channel to talk about Bertha, encampments and public safety issues. You can watch the video below.

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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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    Our State’s Regressive Tax Structure

    Washington State continues to earn dubious distinctions in the world of tax policy. The latest report on state taxes comes from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, which ranked Washington’s tax structure as the most regressive in the nation….

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