Yesterday was the last Full Council meeting of 2015 and it was jam packed: 52 agenda items, 3 ½ hours of deliberations. We started with a resolution expressing our support for Seattle’s Muslim community in the wake of increasing anti-Muslim...
I appear on the November edition of the Seattle Channel program Council Conversations. It’s filmed on the Great Wheel on the Downtown waterfront. As host Josephine Cheng and I as travel in a gondola, we talk about my growing up in Cleveland, working in the insurance field, the Seattle Center, rental housing inspection, paid sick [...]
On Monday, September 12, by a vote of 8 to 1 the Council approved legislation requiring Seattle employers to provide paid sick leave days to their employees. I voted against the legislation, although I believe that paid sick leave should be ensured to all people in a humane and just society, and appreciate the work [...]
President Obama is pressing Congress to pass his jobs legislation quickly. Some argue it will help, others suggest it is more of the same and just increases the nation's debt. (I side with the President on this one.) Yesterday, my...
Over the weekend I zipped down to visit my mom who is suffering through pneumonia. I didn’t have to miss work, but I also didn’t stress about whether I might miss work. Last year I had pneumonia and missed almost two weeks of work. I stressed about what I wasn’t getting done and who I [...]
The Seattle City Council today approved Council Bill 117216 with a vote of 8-1 (Council President Conlin voting no), requiring businesses in Seattle to provide paid leave to employees when they or their family members fall ill or victim to domestic violence.
For the past few months as the Paid Sick Leave debate has waged, I have spoken with many business owners about the proposed bill. I’ve repeatedly heard “it’s too complicated.” “This isn’t the right time.” “Why is government interfering in my business?” I have spent weeks meeting with dozens of community leaders including representatives from [...]
A majority of City Councilmembers announced their support today for an amended version of C.B. 117216, a bill that would provide paid leave to employees in Seattle when they or their family members fall ill or fall victim to domestic violence. An estimated 145,000 to 190,000 employees in Seattle currently do not have access to this benefit.