Posts for 'Government'

PEOPLES GREENSTREET PROJECT ON SOUTH ORCAS

April 19th, 2012

On a day of driving rain and snow in March, which perfectly demonstrated the effectiveness of the project, a hardy gathering of neighbors, design professionals, and city and county staff celebrated the official opening of the South Orcas Greenstreet project.  The South Orcas Greenstreet is an innovative, community-driven natural drainage project developed by Cari Simson, […]

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LIGHT RAIL STATION AT 130TH STREET AND I-5

April 17th, 2012

The Sound Transit II (ST II) vote in 2008 funded an ambitious plan to build a light rail line all the way to Lynnwood.  University Link between downtown and the UW is under construction; Northgate Link from the UW to Northgate is in final design; and Lynnwood Link from Northgate to Lynnwood is completing scoping […]

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SEATTLE CAN DO PROCESS RIGHT. IF WE DECIDE TO.

March 20th, 2012

Maligning ‘Seattle Process’ is somewhat of a cottage industry in our town, although it may not generate much economic development.  We have some processes that drag on way past their sell-by date.  And sometimes people deride process because it didn’t go their way.  Seattle has a history of effective engagement, but often we don’t design […]

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COUNCIL SETS 2012 PRIORITIES

February 24th, 2012

Council President Sally Clark has led us through a priority setting process for 2012, and the Council has identified an ambitious agenda of thirty initiatives, organized in five core priority areas.  We will all have involvement in the entire list in the course of the year.  Each Councilmember will lead on certain issues, usually those […]

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DELIVERING ON OUR 2011 PRIORITIES

February 16th, 2012

During my four years as President, I led the Council through a priority setting exercise each year, designed to identify the core issues to focus on for the year.  Council President Clark plans to continue this plan.  In 2011, Councilmembers identified 17 priorities.  Here’s a report on how I think we did, from one to […]

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COUNCIL GOES TO OLYMPIA ON MLK DAY

January 19th, 2012

On MLK Day, January 16th, a group of Councilmembers braved the threatening weather and trekked to Olympia for our first visit of the session.  Led by Council President Sally Clark, Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen, Sally Bagshaw, and I joined our Office of Intergovernmental Relations staff and split up to visit some two dozen legislators to talk […]

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MY TOP TEN LIST FOR 2011

January 13th, 2012

2011 was the last of my four years as Council President.  In 2012, I will Chair the Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee, while Councilmember Sally Clark will become President for 2012-2013.  As President, my goals have been: To build a strong and assertive Council that works to create a more just and sustainable […]

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WHAT ELECTION 2011 TELLS US

November 10th, 2011

Voters have reelected all five Council incumbents, three of four School Board members, and approved the Families and Education Levy.  That’s a pretty incredible vote of confidence in Seattle’s political leadership – especially in the midst of deep voter discontent and anxiety about the direction our country is headed. This Council has worked hard to […]

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THE “SEATTLE FOR WASHINGTON” STRATEGY

September 21st, 2011

In 2010 the City Council launched a project to change the relationship between Seattle and the rest of the State.  We call this strategy ‘Seattle for Washington’.  Our goal is to reach out to local governments and state legislators around the state to emphasize the importance of Seattle to Washington – and to emphasize that […]

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SEATTLE’S LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY WORKED

July 1st, 2011

This year Seattle set out to challenge a saying that’s often quoted about how the legislature operates:  “It’s Republicans against Democrats, East of the mountains against West of the mountains, and everyone against Seattle.”   We worked closely with our legislative delegation, reached out around the State with our Seattle for Washington campaign, spent a lot […]

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