Posts for 'Government'

MARRIAGE EQUALITY AFFIRMED AT SUCCESSFUL NLC CONFERENCE

November 22nd, 2013

The business meeting of the National League of Cities (NLC) was the concluding event at last week’s annual conference, which we hosted in Seattle this year. The business meeting approves policy positions that comprise the legislative platform for NLC, and also elects the new officers for the coming year. A key highlight in the policy […]

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NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES IN SEATTLE

November 14th, 2013

This week the National League of Cities (NLC) is holding its annual conference in Seattle. As a member of the Board, I worked with the NLC to get them to commit to visiting our City. This visit gives us the opportunity to showcase the great things Seattle is doing while engaging Mayors and Councilmembers from […]

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MARRIAGE EQUALITY ENDORSED BY NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES

June 27th, 2013

The Supreme Court was the big story on Wednesday, striking down DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act. However, on the same morning the Board of the National League of Cities (NLC) took a major stride towards equality by approving “A RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE FREEDOM TO MARRY AND FEDERAL NON-DISCRIMINATION FOR GAY AND LESBIAN COUPLES”, after […]

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PUBLIC FINANCING OF CAMPAIGNS PROPOSAL GOES TO BALLOT

June 25th, 2013

On Monday, June 24, the City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance sending a proposal for public financing of campaigns to the November ballot. If adopted by the voters, the proposal would authorize the Council to authorize a small property tax increment (about $4 per household) in order to provide the opportunity for candidates to secure […]

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FARM CITY ROUNDTABLE

June 6th, 2013

Last week King County invited me to present at the second South County Farm/City Roundtable, sponsored by the County in cooperation with the King County Agriculture Commission and the King Conservation District. The meeting, at Green River Community College, brought farmers and City representatives from Auburn, Kent, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Tukwila together to talk […]

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PROGRESSIVE CHANGE AGENTS IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES

December 6th, 2012

The venerable National League of Cities (NLC), which represents almost 2000 municipalities around the country, is evolving into an even more active change agent on behalf of urban areas.  NLC has historically been a moderately progressive organization, focused on securing federal resources for cities.  NLC’s membership includes many smaller and more conservative cities, and the […]

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A WEEK IN REGIONAL POLICY

October 4th, 2012

Councilmembers have a lot of responsibilities at City Hall – serving on and Chairing Committees, writing legislation, responding to constituents and handling complaints, thinking, writing, and talking with each other about major issues, and so forth.  But we also have specific responsibilities in the region – most of us serve on several regional entities, and […]

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WATERFRONT DRAFT PLAN APPROVED BY COUNCIL

August 14th, 2012

On Monday, August 13, the Council unanimously adopted Resolution 31399, which creates the framework for the new Seattle downtown waterfront.  The resolution supports the direction developed by the citizen group that has been working for years on this project, the Central Waterfront Committee, lays out a funding plan, and delineates the timeline for the next […]

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SHOULD THE CITY INVEST IN THE SODO ARENA?

August 7th, 2012

The City Council is considering whether it should approve public financing to support the construction of a new arena south of Safeco Field.  It appears likely that constructing a new arena to bring an NBA basketball team to Seattle can be done without City participation.  The land is zoned to permit its construction, and the […]

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DEMOCRACY AND CORPORATE ‘PERSONHOOD’

May 15th, 2012

On Monday, May 14, the Council unanimously adopted resolution 31380, joining some 100 other cities and other governments calling for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Supreme Court decision that granted corporations political rights as ‘persons’.  The 5 to 4 decision, in the case known as ‘Citizens United’ (the name of the corporate front organization that […]

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