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    Seeking Ethics and Elections Commission Applicants

    The City Council is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC). The deadline to apply is this coming Tuesday, June 30. The SEEC ensures an honest electoral process and an ethic of principled…

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    Lowrise Multifamily Code Updates: Balancing Design and Density

    Legislation a Council committee discussed earlier this week has been characterized by one side as a dramatic giveaway to developers and, by the other side, an unnecessary and dangerous downzone. Both characterizations are false. The Council’s land use committee considered…

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    Seattle’s Advanced Industries

    Source: The Brookings Institution The Brookings Institution has produced an interesting report about “the Advanced Industries Sector,” the 50 industries that spend higher amounts in research and development and focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs. It categorizes…

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    The Power of Books

    The following article was sent out in my City View Newsletter, which you can sign up to receive here. Wednesday I traveled to Emerson Elementary in the Rainier Beach neighborhood because they have partnered with Page Ahead to provide free…

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    Our Tax System: The Worst in the Country

    The special session of the Washington State legislature will end today with no resolution to our state’s budget dilemma. Yet another special 30-day session will begin immediately. What a mess. The facts about the need for a complete top-to-bottom overhaul…

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    State-by-State Preschool Rankings

    The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its 2014 State of Preschool report this week. It rates states on preschool access, public funding, and quality measures. Washington’s report card is here. Our state ranks 33rd in access for…

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    Media Coverage on Arena

    There was media coverage over the weekend about the proposed SODO arena and I want to provide some context for my comments. The City, King County and the Hansen group have a legally binding agreement related to the SODO arena….

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    Tomorrow is Denim Day

    Tomorrow the City Council will wear jeans for #‎denimday, part of Sexual Violence Awareness month. Join us! Councilmember Godden’s office provided the following background on Denim Day: For the past 16 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day…

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    April City Inside/Out: Council Edition

    This month I joined Councilmembers Godden and Harrell for Brian Callanan’s City Inside/Out Seattle Channel Show. We talked about minimum wage enforcement, filling the Council vacancy, encampments, and other topics. You can watch below:

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    Transportation Progress

    Two separate efforts by the Seattle Department of Transportation that have received attention recently should be celebrated. First, the Council received an update earlier this month about the School Zone Traffic Safety Cameras. Nine Seattle schools currently have these cameras…

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