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Seawall Design Alternatives Completed

Replacing the seawall that protects downtown Seattle is a complex project, but it has now moved one step closer to construction as the City has completed defining the range of alternatives that will go into the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.  The two alternatives bracket the options, from a relatively lower cost project that provides basic [...]

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Antioch Seattle Triumphs in Recyclemania!

In only its second year of participation in the competition, Antioch University Seattle (AUS) surpassed its 2010 record by winning second place nationally in Recyclemania’s Grand Champion category.   AUS competed with 287 other schools in various categories, and also came in third in Waste Minimization. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college [...]

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Healthy Vending Machines? Yes, Says Board of Health!

On Thursday, April 21, the Board of Health of Seattle-King County (BOH) adopted a set of guidelines for getting healthier food choices into vending machines.  The guidelines are not binding on either the vending machine owners or those who contract with them, but are designed to set a path and give guidance and direction to [...]

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Do NOT do this

Yes, people are hurting as they seek to survive the slow, job-weak recovery from recession.  However, do not steal and do not steal copper from a live transformer. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2011 CONTACT: Scott Thomsen, Phone: 206-615-0978 BOLD THIEVES RISK DEATH TO STEAL COPPER FROM ENERGIZED TRANSFORMER Vandals Cut Down Utility Pole with [...]

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Legislativepalooza April 25: Sodo Zoning – Wage Theft – Chihuly

On Monday, April 25, the City Council met for over two hours, and unanimously approved three major pieces of legislation – reflecting the wide range of issues that we deal with as a Council.  The SODO zoning legislation is designed to encourage good development while protecting the character of our South Downtown neighborhoods.  A new [...]

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Technology Saves Money!

The City Clerk is required to post a number of legal notices, including about all legislation approved by the Council.  Some types of legislation are required to be printed in full in a “daily newspaper of general circulation”, to be selected by competitive bid.  Over time, the two requirements had evolved into the policy of [...]

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Economic Recovery Initiative Launched by Council

On Monday, April 18, the Council unanimously adopted Resolution 31282, which outlines guiding principles, key priorities and actions for achieving economic renewal and development in Seattle.  Our goal is to use this action plan to advance City and regional recovery, as the recession wears on.  In previous recessions, Seattle has lagged behind the national recovery [...]

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Council to Address Gaps in City-Provided Homeless Services

Over the past two years, homelessness in Seattle has decreased by 15 percent – an extraordinary achievement in the face of this recession, and a testament to the success of the Seattle community’s ‘Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness’.  Of the 1,753 people found outdoors rather than in shelters in the 2011 One-Day Count, many [...]

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Parks Levy Making it Happen: Expanding Community Gardens

I led the effort to include more money for community gardens when the Council put together the renewal of the Parks Levy in 2008.  We wound up including $2 million, which may sound like a lot, but given how expensive land can be, we were only able to conservatively promise adding four more gardens. But [...]

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Neighborhood Disaster Planning

Three Seattle District Councils and neighborhoods created communications hubs and community outreach on emergency preparedness in 2009, using $21,000 that I secured in the Council’s 2008 budget.  In 2010, these three groups convened a planning summit for other communities to learn from their experience, and a number of other groups are seeking to develop systems [...]