Posts for 'Government'

Lockers: One Way to Help

February 11th, 2014

You may have read this in The Stranger, but in case you haven’t, I wanted you to see a letter that Councilmember Harrell and I wrote. Thanks for reading — Sally Imagine you have lost your job, your home, maybe your marriage or long term relationship. You now find yourself alone and homeless in Seattle. […]

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Olympia report: Finding goals in common with other parts of Washington State

February 25th, 2013

We often hear that Seattle is considered that bad guy in Olympia. The phrase “Seattle-centric” is mentioned. “Big, bad Seattle.” Sometimes, too, “Seattle” is shorthand for all of our state’s urban areas, including Bellingham, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, and more. Sometimes it is shorthand for “progressive” or “liberal.” In 2010, in response, our former Council President […]

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Data-driven dreaming: We must match our aspirations for Parks with demonstrated needs and sustainable funding

February 20th, 2013

Yesterday Mayor McGinn delivered his State of the City address. There were several moments of applause, and I found myself clapping as well as he touched on many of the issues Council has been working on, like public safety, and public education, and overall quality of life issues for all of our neighborhoods.   The […]

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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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Parks & Neighborhoods: Committee recap and Year in Review

December 7th, 2012

Yesterday’s Parks and Neighborhoods committee meeting was short, sweet, and efficient. We passed all the legislation before us out of committee and on to full council. The first item of business was a piece of yearly legislation that transfers money into the 2008 Parks Levy Fund from King County Conservation Futures Levy proceeds. First passed in 1989, […]

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On Gratitude for Seattleites

November 21st, 2012

I am feeling especially grateful today for those in our city who make positive contributions to their neighborhoods. Despite the gathering commercial enthusiasm of this time of year, such as Black Friday and lately, heaven help us, CyberMonday, I am especially glad we formally set aside some hours for expressing, celebrating, and reflecting on actions […]

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Beyond Puget Sound: Building economic strength as a region

October 22nd, 2012

Returning to the Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Conference at Suncadia this past week was bittersweet for me. It was here, at this time last year, that we lost a dear friend, Senator Scott White. I was so proud that the Chamber established The Senator Scott White Regional Leadership Award, this year awarded to Rep. […]

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Why I voted in support of campaign finance reform

October 15th, 2012

Early last spring I first heard murmurs about legislation regarding campaign finance reform. I’ll admit, initially, I didn’t know what to make of it. Campaign finance reform means different things to different people and I wasn’t sure what problem we were trying to solve. After speaking to my colleague, Mike O’Brien, I learned what he wanted […]

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Convicted felons have the right to vote – and there’s still time to register in person

October 11th, 2012

Today I learned about a lovely young woman who, years ago, was convicted of a felony.  She has since served her time and has been restored to her community. What she didn’t know is that her right to vote has also been restored. Yes, she can still register and vote in THIS and future elections. […]

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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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