Tag: Budget and Economic Development

Participatory Budgeting Forum, March 12

The Seattle Human Services Coalition and I will co-host a forum about Participatory Budgeting, and discuss how it’s worked in other cities, and how it could work here in Seattle. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget. The forum will be on […]

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Visiting YouthBuild.

Guest post by LaTonya Brown, Legislative Aide Sally and I visited YouthBuild, a nationally recognized pre-apprentice construction training program housed at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle College. This was an amazing and heartfelt tour that every public agency contractor and labor group should invest the time to attend. We were joined on the tour […]

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Participatory Budgeting update

On January 27 we held the first forum on Participatory Budgeting, a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget. We’ll look to hold a second meeting within the next month or so. We saw a presentation by Ginny Browne of the Participatory Budgeting Project, and she […]

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The Kingdome and the Arts

Remember the Kingdome, its falling tiles, and its implosion in 2000?

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Business Improvement Area proposed for University District

On Wednesday the Finance and Culture committee discussed a proposal to create a new Business Improvement Area (BIA) in the University District, and approved three resolutions to initiative consideration of the BIA. BIAs are authorized under section RCW 35.87A of state law, which allows for the establishment of special assessments within an area, if those […]

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Participatory Budgeting Forum, January 27

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget. The City Neighborhood Council and I will co-host a forum on Tuesday, January 27 about how participatory budgeting has worked in other cities, and discuss how it could work here in Seattle. It’s scheduled from […]

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Reducing General Fund debt: it adds up

“Debt Management Policies” is one of those dry budget terms that often generates a yawn. Say it at a party and see how far it gets you. Perhaps it’s better just to say that how the city manages debt made a $29 million difference in 2014. That’s what the city had available for services due […]

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The Year in Review: Oh the Places We’ve Been and the Path We’re on for 2015!

Thank you so much for helping make 2014 such a powerful year.  It is no secret how much I love this city and my job, and I am proud of the work and accomplishments we are achieving together.  It is an enormous privilege to represent you on City Council. I would like to share with […]

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DECEMBER 10 FORUM: POSSIBILITIES FOR A PUBLIC BANK IN SEATTLE

On December 10 I’ll be participating in a public forum hosted by the Seattle Public Bank Coalition, “The Possibilities for a Public Bank in Seattle.” The forum takes place at 7 p.m. at the University Methodist Church at 1415 NE 43rd in the University District. Other panelists include Gwendolyn Hallsmith of the Public Banking Institute, […]

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2015 Seattle Park District Budget

The Seattle Park District has approved its 2015 budget and appointed the City’s finance director as its treasurer.

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