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CVS REDESIGNING PHARMACIES IN UPTOWN AND WALLINGFORD

In September the Council approved emergency legislation that requires new development to meet minimum density standards in our Urban Villages. As I wrote in a previous blog post, the legislation was prompted by the proposal by CVS Pharmacies to construct three new suburban-style drugstores in Uptown, Wallingford, and West Seattle that would be freestanding, single […]

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TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT IN SOUND TRANSIT FEDERAL WAY EXTENSION

The Sound Transit Board has identified the light rail alignment and station alternatives to be studied in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the extension of light rail to Federal Way. The Board advanced two alternatives for the alignment, one following I-5 and one on SR99. A final alignment choice could also be a […]

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RESTAURANT PERMITTING REGULATORY REFORM

Starting a restaurant is one of the most frequent ways that people launch a small business career. It’s especially common in immigrant communities, where it is often the first way newcomers can establish themselves, serving their fellow community members and bringing new variety to the City’s food scene. Yet getting permits for a restaurant is […]

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EXERCISE

Staff from the Office of Emergency Management recently reported back to the Council on their experiences at a multi-day training focused on how the City would respond to an extreme winter storm. The crisis exercise was built around a scenario that combined elements of the Seattle’s worst winter experiences – a 21 inch snowfall that […]

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COUNCILMEMBER CONLIN RECEIVES AWARD FOR DEVELOPING SECURE MEDICINE RETURN PROGRAM

On Monday, October 21, 2013, Councilmember Richard Conlin was honored as one of the four members of the King County Board of Health Subcommittee on Secure Medicine Return receiving the Washington State Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Award in the Local Government category. The honor was conferred for their bold action in designing the second mandatory collection […]

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NEW PARK TO REPLACE LAND USED FOR NEW SR 520

On Monday, October 7, the Council approved legislation creating a new Bryant Park to replace the land that will be taken for the construction of the new SR520 approaches in the Montlake area. The Council unanimously approved three pieces of legislation that exchanged Arboretum property for the new property, accepted funds from WSDOT to develop […]

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STOPPING THE COAL TRAINS

Last week I joined thirty five other elected and tribal officials from Washington, Oregon, and Montana to send letters to President Barack Obama, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington Department of Ecology asking for a broad and inclusive review of the three coal export sites proposed for […]

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130TH STREET STATION ENDORSED BY COUNCIL

On Monday, October 7, the City Council unanimously adopted my resolution calling on Sound Transit to include a station at 130th Street and I-5 in the Preferred Alternative for Lynnwood Link, the light rail line that will run from Northgate to Lynnwood. Lynnwood Link is funded, but is still in the final planning stages. The […]

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PORTLAND LOO AND MIDRISE SINGLE FAMILY TRANSITION

On Monday, September 30, the Council approved legislation that could lead to new housing on a vacant block next to Occidental Park in Pioneer Square — and bring the first “Portland Loo” to Seattle. The legislation, prepared at the request of the Pioneer Square community, modifies an earlier land use action that allowed the developer […]

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SIGN UP FOR HEALTH CARE NOW!

The Affordable Care Act is here, and it is time to start the sign up process! We’re ready to help you find a health plan that meets your needs and fits your budget. Residents of Seattle can get help enrolling at a free event: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2-5 p.m. Garfield Community Center 2323 E. Cherry […]

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