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    Archive for 'Councilmember Burgess'

    Letters from Second Grade

    This week I visited a 2nd grade classroom in my neighborhood to talk to them about life in the city. They each wrote letters to me expressing their concerns. Here are a few of them: Dear Councilman Burgess, I am... [Full Post]

    A Strong and Sensible Step for Affordable Housing

    This week the City Council took another strong and sensible step toward creating more affordable housing in Seattle. The Council passed a Resolution that should lead to a significant increase in resources for affordable housing. Rents are increasing rapidly. Our... [Full Post]

    Justice for Our Youth

    The City Council voted Monday to pass a land use amendment that will allow the County more flexibility in designing a new Children and Family Justice Center on 12th Avenue in the Central District. (In 2012, King County voters approved... [Full Post]

    Budget Time

    It’s budget time again. The Council received an overview of the Mayor’s proposed 2015-2016 budget this morning from the City Budget Director. You can look at the presentation here and the video here. The Council takes two months to review... [Full Post]

    Microhousing Regulations Move Forward

    On Tuesday the Council’s land use committee passed a new set of regulations for microhousing, providing an avenue for small living units to be designed and built in a safe, healthy, predictable and affordable way. In crafting these regulations, the... [Full Post]

    A New Department of Education and Early Learning

    This afternoon Mayor Murray unveiled his framework for a new Department of Education and Early Learning in city government. I fully support this move and will work for its inclusion in the City’s 2015 budget. The City Council called for... [Full Post]

    Night Out Against Crime

    Tomorrow night is the annual Night Out Against Crime, where block parties around the city bring neighbors together and strengthen community efforts to prevent crime. The police department reports that more than 1,400 neighborhood groups organized for Night Out last... [Full Post]

    A Good and Honorable Man

    The passing of former Mayor Paul Schell this past weekend came as quite a shock because he was such an active, engaged and passionate leader. Above all, I knew Mayor Schell to be a good and honorable man. He was... [Full Post]

    City Inside/Out: Police, City Light and Marijuana

    This month's Council edition of the Seattle Channel's City Inside/Out is now online. Councilmembers Godden, Licata and I talked about the police department, City Light, and marijuana with host Brian Callanan. Take a look below: [Full Post]

    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]