Posts for September, 2012

On today’s arena vote

September 24th, 2012

I am pleased that after months of discussion, we are seriously considering a new arena for our SuperSonics and potentially an NHL team. I have moved from “Really? Spend public money on yet another sports arena?” to a qualified, “Yes.”  The proposed plan can work for the people and entities that concern me deeply: the City […]

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Parks and Neighborhoods committee recap

September 21st, 2012

Yesterday was our last committee meeting before our annual 6-week plunge into the budget, so we had a longer agenda than usual.  Councilmembers Godden and Conlin joined me at the table this week. You can see the Seattle Channel video of the whole meeting here. After Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams gave us his Superintendent’s Report, we […]

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Don’t forget: Ride free area ending and Metro routes changing

September 13th, 2012

If you ride the bus, please get ready for what we call a “period of transition” in early October. By now you’ve probably already heard that the downtown ride free area (or RFA) is ending on Saturday September 29.  It was eliminated (after 40 years of service) by the King County Council to help the […]

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DON’s Public Outreach and Engagement Program: A respectful first contact with government

September 6th, 2012

One of the programs I am especially happy to see taking shape is the Department of Neighborhood’s work to make city government accessible and intelligible to traditionally underrepresented communities, that is to say, immigrants and refugees, seniors, people living with disabilities, renters, small businesses, youth and more. DON’s director Bernie Matsuno, and employees James Bush […]

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