Posts for November, 2011

Celebrating 20 Years: Mountains to Sound Greenway

November 30th, 2011

I’ll never forget the day that my friend, Jim Ellis, described a “little project” he was working on called the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The decade was the mid-90’s. Jim, of course, is the hero who has been credited for cleaning up Lake Washington, creating Metro, bringing us a major convention center and so much […]

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YES — It’s Time to Ban Plastic Bags

November 21st, 2011

I must confess. In 2009, at the Stranger/WA Bus Candidate Survivor event, I stood in a corner almost by myself against the then- proposed plastic bag fee. Though as a sailor I had seen first-hand the debris in our oceans and was aware of adverse affects plastic bags have on the environment, I just didn’t […]

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Time Out to Appreciate Great Work

November 18th, 2011

I want to take a moment to recognize and thank some dedicated people in the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department and elsewhere in our city who make Seattle’s Park system work.  These folks won Seattle Management Association (SMA) Excellence in Management awards last week:  Park Rangers, led by Brock Milliern, for Management in the Field; […]

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OK, But Really, About That Leaf-blower Noise

November 15th, 2011

Yesterday I wrote about how it’s a bad idea to dump leaves in the street. Since then, I confirmed blowing leaves into the street is not only a bad idea, it’s a violation of the Seattle Municipal Code. (See:  SMC 15.46.030: Deposits in street or gutter. It is unlawful to wash or sweep or otherwise deposit […]

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Ahhhh, the Sounds of Fall: The Relaxing Gas-powered Leaf Blowers!

November 14th, 2011

As I walked to work in the sunshine last Thursday, I noticed something I’ve seen too many times downtown lately – private clean-up crews out with noisy gas powered blowers blowing leaves off of their sidewalks directly into the street. Property owners may think they are doing the right thing by cleaning off their sidewalks, but […]

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Inside/Out: Council Edition

November 14th, 2011

Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw, Tom Rasmussen, and Mike O’Brien sit down with host Brian Callanan for a lively discussion of City issues.

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Thoughts about my friend, Scott White.

November 6th, 2011

Thoughts about my friend,  Scott White. Smart. Kind.  Collegial. Those are three of the first adjectives that come to mind when I think of my dear friend Scott White. Scott and I worked together at King County.  He became chief of staff of the King County Council when I was Chief Civil Deputy for Norm […]

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Homeless families can use what you don’t

November 3rd, 2011

Winter is rolling in, with its dark nights and blasts of Arctic air. It’s the time of year when my worry increases for those on our streets with no warm home to welcome them. This year, as I’ve done for over a decade, I’m focusing my personal efforts to give women and homeless families a […]

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My philosophy on Park Board Commissioner appointments

November 2nd, 2011

It’s that time of year again when we’re making appointments and reappointments to the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners. As Chair of the City Council Parks and Seattle Center Committee, I just wanted to share my philosophy the Board. I’ll be posting this on my web site in some more formal location soon, but I […]

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