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Don’t mess with Beacon

Seattle Magazine earned the scorn of Beacon Hill residents with a recent mock love letter from a frenemy.  The writer feigns disappointment in Beacon Hill, but in an oddly condescending way. “And we had such high hopes for a special friendship… You have your very own superslick Link light rail station and are just so [...]

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Utility Screening Legislation Approved

On Monday, February 28, the Council unanimously approved legislation that I sponsored to set standards for landscaping and screening for solid waste transfer stations and utility service buildings. This issue came to my attention when I was Chair of the Committee overseeing Seattle Public Utilities.  As we moved forward with a rebuild of the North [...]

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Biocidade (“Biocity”) Curitiba: The Urban Forest in Curitiba, Brazil

Seattle has adopted a goal of restoring and increasing our urban forest.  We have created an Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) that is reviewing current policies and developing new approaches.  I would like to see  developed a new set of policies that will emphasize native vegetation, habitat restoration, and the benefits of trees in natural drainage.  [...]

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Council Overrides Mayoral Veto on Tunnel Agreements

On Monday, February 28, the Council voted 8 to 1 to override Mayor McGinn’s veto of the agreements with the state that protect the people of Seattle during construction of the SR 99 bored tunnel.  Six votes were needed to override the veto.  The Council took our override vote at 10:44 AM, exactly ten minutes [...]

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South Park Bridge Agreement Approved

On Monday, February 28, the City Council approved an Interlocal Agreement with King County that sets the timeline for the City to fulfill its $15 million commitment of funds for the replacement of the South Park Bridge.  The Council was the first entity to pledge funds for this project, and we applaud the progress that [...]

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Housing Domestic Violence Survivors

The City Council identified domestic violence as one of our priority issues for 2010.  We acted on that priority in response to the Mayor’s proposed cuts in domestic violence programs in his 2011 budget.  The Council unanimously voted to restore Victim Advocate positions in the Seattle Police Department, and funding for the treatment of indigent [...]

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Excellence through honest self-reflection

A few weeks ago I wore my Seattle Police Department sweatshirt at the City Hall Open House.  I bought it last fall on a sunny day at the SW Precinct community picnic. The precinct parking lot and sidestreet were packed with neighbors and officers who work together day in and day out to make life [...]

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Carbon Neutral Seattle, Blog Post 10: How to Adapt

The climate is already changing and will keep changing no matter how rapidly we are able to turn around greenhouse gas accumulation.  So we will need a strategy of adaptation to the expected impacts, which were reviewed in the previous post.  Here is what Seattle is doing. The outstanding example of the City’s work to [...]

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Recession Resources for Seattle Residents

Help with Employment, Housing, Human Services, Debt Relief and Foreclosure Need Help With: Housing Your Money Jobs Families Small Business Other resources: Washington Information Network 2-1-1 Resolution 31135 City Council Approves 19-Part Action Plan to Promote Economic Recovery – Press Release Housing Foreclosure Find information about Seattle’s Foreclosure Prevention program Access free, effective help to...

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Neptune to rise again

I know the Neptune’s future may be bright as a live performance venue under Seattle Theater Group’s new guidance, but I’m sad to see the Neptune movie theater go to Davy Jones’ locker.  Like a lot of other UW students over the years I sat under the gaze of the blue-eyed Neptune masks waiting for [...]