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    NCIS Update from the City Auditor; Pothole Palooza; SPD Use of Force Report; Campbell Building Designated Historic Landmark; The LGBTQ Commission Needs YOU!; Save the Date

    NCIS Update from the City Auditor I wrote a blog post about the New Customer Information System (NCIS) a little over a year ago. NCIS is a joint Seattle City Light (SCL) and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) project to replace the Consolidated Customer Service System (CCSS) – the old SCL and SPU billing system. The old system supported billing […]

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    Councilmember O’Brien Responds to City Auditor’s Affordable Housing Program Review

    Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) received findings today from the City Auditor regarding the City’s decades-old Incentive Zoning program. Since 1985, Incentive Zoning in Seattle has allowed developers to gain extra floor area in exchange for providing affordable housing units or paying into a fund for affordable housing production. O’Brien requested that the […]

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    My response regarding allegations against Mayor Murray

    On April 12, 2017, I issued the following statement. Since Thursday, our city has been shaken by the allegations of sexual abuse brought forward against Mayor Murray. While I cannot speak to the veracity of the claims, allegations of rape and abuse should always be taken seriously and investigated with care and diligence. I also […]

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    Council Majority Shamelessly Vote Down Affordable Housing in South Lake Union

    On April 10, 2017, the Seattle City Council voted in favor of upzoning South Lake Union and Downtown. Councilmember Herbold introduced an amendment to increase the pitiful 2.1% affordable housing requirement included in the bill to 5%. This should have been a straightforward yes vote for a City Council that claims to be progressive. And even 5% […]

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    Councilmember Johnson’s Statement on Council’s South Lake Union, Downtown Rezone Vote

    Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle), chair of the Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee, issued the following statement following Council’s adoption (9-0) of the Downtown and South Lake Union neighborhood-wide rezones: “I’m thankful to my colleagues today for approving the South Lake Union and Downtown rezone, which will result in more affordable […]

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    Councilmembers Burgess’ and González’s Statements on the Seattle Police Monitor’s Assessment of Use of Force

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) and Councilmember Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statements following the Seattle Police Monitor’s assessment that Seattle Police Department (SPD) has achieved initial compliance with the provisions of the Consent Decree between the Department of Justice and City of Seattle: “The Monitor’s assessment is great news for […]

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    My Speech at the March for Health – Build the Fight for Medicare for All!

    On April 1, 2017, I rallied with healthcare providers, labor activists, and ordinary people organizing for world class healthcare to discuss the defeat of Trumpcare and how we can build the movement for “Medicare for All” style single-payer healthcare in Washington and the US. See my speech below (video may not be visible if you are […]

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    Council President Bruce Harrell’s Statement

    Council President Bruce Harrell issued the following statement: “My Council colleagues and I have no intention of commenting on matters of pending or potential litigation. We believe that it is critically important that, together, we remain committed to the business of governing. “All City employees and City departments are focused on our core responsibilities of […]

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    Why Art Matters: April 12 @ Youngstown; City Homelessness Levy Not Moving Forward; South Park Business Roundtable; Terminal 5 Update; Letters re: 35th Avenue SW and Federal Funding Priorities

    Why Art Matters: April 12 @ Youngstown On April 12, KUOW, the Office of Arts and Culture and I will be hosting a forum, Why Does Art Matter, at Youngstown Cultural Center, from 6-8 p.m. The 2018 federal budget released by Donald Trump proposes elimination of federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts […]

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    SPD Found in “Initial Compliance” on Use of Force

    The monitoring team overseeing Seattle’s progress toward compliance with the federal court order related to Constitutional policing has found “initial compliance” with the use of force requirements. “The Monitor finds that overall use of force by the SPD is down…

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