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VEHICLE LICENSE FEE FOR TRANSIT AND ROAD MAINTENANCE

August 30th, 2011

On Tuesday, August 16, the Seattle City Council (sitting as the legislatively authorized Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) Governing Board) unanimously sent a $60 vehicle licensing fee (VLF) that would be in effect for ten years to the November 8, 2011 ballot.  Voters will have the opportunity to decide whether this is the right time […]

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ZERO WASTE — FRUGALITY WORKS IN SEATTLE

July 7th, 2011

In 2010 Seattle sent 335,600 tons of solid waste to the Columbia Ridge Landfill in eastern Oregon.  That’s what we need to target for reduction.  The good news is that we continue to make great progress, and a recent study of residential waste demonstrates how well we are doing, and where we have opportunities to […]

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ROOSEVELT NEIGHBORHOOD AND TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT

June 23rd, 2011

In 2008, voters approved the Sound Transit II ballot measure, which funds light rail from the University District through the Roosevelt neighborhood in Northeast Seattle, continuing on to Northgate and Lynnwood.  Light rail transit stops are great places for additional housing and job development, and the Roosevelt neighborhood has recently endorsed an update to neighborhood […]

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LEGISLATIVEPALOOZA APRIL 25: SODO ZONING – WAGE THEFT – CHIHULY

April 28th, 2011

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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Invitation: City Hall Open House, Sat., 1/29 11 – 2:00 p.m.

January 27th, 2011

If you’ve never been to City Hall, now’s your chance.  This coming Saturday,  the public is invited to tour the mayor’s and councilmembers’ offices, visit the Council Chambers, enjoy live music — and much more!  Unfortunately, I will still be out of town but my office will be open and staffed by my aides. When: […]

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BUDGET 2011: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR (October 19)

October 19th, 2010

On Monday, September 27, Mayor McGinn delivered his proposed budget for 2011-2012 to the Council.  Details of the Mayor’s budget are usually not revealed in advance of the formal presentation, but this budget process was somewhat less transparent than past budgets have been.  Key policy proposals were not discussed with Councilmembers in advance, and outside […]

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Green Jobs to the Max: “Community Power Works”

September 23rd, 2010

With several pieces of implementing legislation having been adopted, Seattle is poised to launch a dramatic new initiative this fall that will save energy and create up to 2000 green jobs. “Community Power Works” is a $140 million program to retrofit residential, commercial, hospital, and municipal buildings in Central and South Seattle.

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GETTING FOOD TO SEATTLE’S HUNGRY: TAPPING INTO FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

September 20th, 2010

The lines for food at Seattle’s food banks have increased dramatically. The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides certainty to those in need. Using the City’s innovative PeoplePoint web benefit portal, the number of people who enrolled for SNAP benefits increased from 146 in 2008 to 423 in 2009. That means that city services helped 277 families receive an average of $2,174 in benefits that they otherwise likely would not have known about.

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CLIMATE NEUTRALITY: EVALUATING BIG TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

September 15th, 2010

One of the most formidable challenges in climate policy is to design a transportation system  that minimizes the consumption of carbon.  That challenge is compounded when regional and state leaders are the final arbiters of major capital-intensive projects, and the City’s role is to influence and guide rather than make the final decision. It’s easy […]

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NEW TREE REGULATIONS PROPOSED BY DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

September 7th, 2010

In response to the City Council’s request for a comprehensive approach to protecting Seattle’s trees, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has proposed draft tree regulations.  You can review the proposal at: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/SeattlesTreeRegulationUpdate/Overview/ Comments are being taken until October 31. The Council has just begun its review of these proposals, and we do not […]

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