Posts for January, 2013

Tonight: Join the conversation about campaign finance reform

January 31st, 2013

At Council we’re talking about how to improve our elections and how campaigns are financed. Everyone can agree that we want interested people to be involved and yes,  run for office if that’s their calling. But we go about this reform is a complicated puzzle with many pieces. Financing local elections is just one of those pieces. In November […]

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Our latest Public Health crisis — and what we can do to get well.

January 28th, 2013

Another domestic dispute  — and again — people were shot and killed in Seattle.  One more family fight, tempers and guns involved, more deaths. Add these to the statistics we know nationwide from the latest annual data: 12,179 people murdered. 18,223 people committed suicide. 592 people killed accidentally. 326 killed by police intervention. 273 died […]

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How to participate in Neighbor Appreciation Day

January 25th, 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013, is Seattle’s 19th annual celebration of Neighbor Appreciation Day. Neighbor Appreciation Day began in 1995 when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate “a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other.” Then-Mayor Norm Rice […]

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Take action for parks on Martin Luther King Jr. Day/Day of Service

January 15th, 2013

I would like to highly recommend that on January 21, you consider spending a day ON (instead of taking a day off) volunteering with the Green Seattle Partnership. Here’s a calendar of events taking place around the city over the entire MLK Day weekend. Last year on this occasion I participated in Green Seattle Partnership’s […]

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Safe and affordable housing — and a job opening to help make it happen

January 11th, 2013

I believe that everyone in our city has a right to safe and healthy housing. The facts are that while most of the rental housing stock in Seattle is sound and habitable, we know there is a significant percentage that is not. That which is not habitable tends to disproportionately impact low income people and […]

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A sunny and auspicious welcome to 2013

January 2nd, 2013

On the first day of 2013, I joined many neighbors and Seattle visitors by taking a long walk in the glorious sunshine along Myrtle Edwards Park. I got there on the new Thomas Street Bridge from Uptown and I am happy to say, it was packed! I loved seeing all the people out in regular […]

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