Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Seattle City Councilmember O’Brien attending We The People Power Festival
O’Brien will promote upcoming plastic bag ban and speak about money in politics
Seattle – On Saturday, June 16, immediately following the Fremont Solstice Parade, Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien will be on hand at the Fremont Arts Council’s We the People Power Festival at Gasworks Park to help raise awareness about Seattle’s upcoming plastic bag ban, going into effect on July 1, and to speak on limiting the impact of money in local politics.
Bag ban awareness
Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, will be joined by Zero Waste Seattle, Environment Washington, Seattle’s Bag monsters, and the Plastic Bottle Dragon (100 feet long, 8 feet wide)
Photo and interview opportunities on the upcoming bag ban
1:30 – 2 p.m., following the Fremont Solstice Parade
Gasworks Park, near the Zero Waste Seattle table
To raise awareness of Seattle’s upcoming plastic bag ban
Seattle’s plastic bag ban was adopted by City Council in January 2012 and goes into effect on July 1, 2012.
Speech on money in local politics
Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Speech and audience question and answer
2 – 2:20 p.m.
Gasworks Park, on the plaza southeast of the old gasworks, in front of the giant-sized U.S. Constitution
Councilmember O’Brien will speak to two ideas to address the influence of money in local elections: limiting the surplus campaign funds incumbents can carry over from one campaign to the next and shortening the time candidates can solicit and accept campaign contributions, as described in his recent a guest editorial in the Seattle Times.
Legislative Aide Josh Fogt will be the day-of contact for this event and can be reached at 206-330-6659.
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