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WORK BEGINS ON 2014 BUDGET REVISIONS

The Council is moving into our two month process of reviewing and formally adopting the 2014 Seattle budget. The City budget is in good shape, thanks to careful budgeting during the last several difficult years. As we come out of the recession, there is more money to spend, and the Mayor has proposed a number […]

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PRESCHOOL FOR ALL CHILDREN PLAN ADOPTED BY COUNCIL

On Monday, September 23, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution setting out a work plan for making voluntary high-quality preschool available and affordable to all of Seattle’s children. The resolution calls for an action plan to be presented to the Council in April of 2014 with options for program design and funding sources. It commits […]

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URBAN FOREST STEWARDSHIP PLAN

On Monday, September 16, the City Council voted unanimously to adopt Seattle’s Urban Forest Stewardship Plan to preserve and enhance Seattle’s trees and forests. This far-reaching action is the end product of two years of work by staff, the Urban Forestry Commission, and my office to create a new approach to the urban forest. The Urban […]

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HISTORIC GROWTH MANAGEMENT PARTNERSHIP APPROVED BY SEATTLE AND KING COUNTY

On Monday, September 16, the Seattle City Council and King County Council gave final approval to an agreement that will protect up to 25,000 acres of farm and forest land by transferring development rights into the City of Seattle. The City, in turn, will receive an estimated $17 million to construct infrastructure for the new […]

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VULNERABLE POPULATIONS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Public Health –Seattle & King County has developed a new strategy for ensuring that our most vulnerable populations are protected and assisted in emergencies. The new strategy recognizes that there are many people who cannot be successfully reached by ‘conventional’ methods of communication. Not surprisingly, the strategy is built around creating relationships of trust with […]

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MINIMUM DENSITY REQUIREMENTS EMERGENCY LEGISLATION

On Tuesday, September 3, I introduced emergency legislation to impose interim minimum density requirements in rapidly growing urban centers, urban villages, and station areas designated as pedestrian zones. The purpose of the legislation is to prevent valuable property in these areas from being developed with projects like stand-alone stores with large areas of surface parking. […]

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ONE LESS TRUCK PILOT PROJECT POINTS WAY TO WASTE REDUCTION

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has completed its evaluation of the One Less Truck Pilot Project, which evaluates reducing the number of trucks in our neighborhoods by moving to every-other-week garbage pickup. One Less Truck would save ratepayers up to $5-6 million per year, reduce traffic and encourage recycling and composting. SPU has learned that implementing […]

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LIBRARY LEVY ACHIEVING GOALS IN FIRST YEAR OF IMPLEMENTATION

In August of 2012 63% of Seattle voters approved a special levy to restore library services lost in the recession. The levy also funded expanded hours, new collections, improved computer and online services, and building maintenance, in order to support library services that effectively serve all of Seattle’s population in the 21st Century. In its […]

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PIKE PLACE MARKET, CITY AND KING COUNTY PARTNER TO PRESERVE FARMS

The Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA), the City of Seattle, and King County have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to identify strategies to preserve farmland and increase food production in King County. Phase I will begin immediately, and will analyze options and make recommendations on how to preserve and restore farmland […]

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EAST LINK RAINIER STATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR SEATTLE

Too often transportation planning and land use planning proceed along independent paths and we miss opportunities to get the biggest bang for our buck when new transit facilities come on line. Sound Transit’s East Link line will connect downtown Seattle to Bellevue and Redmond, crossing Lake Washington on the I-90 Floating Bridge. With the conclusion […]

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