Posts for 'Government'

Preserve green open space – and get a tax break!

June 15th, 2012

In last week’s Parks and Neighborhoods committee meeting, we gave four homeowners some good news – we approved their applications for a program that preserves green space in return for a tax break. The program, called “Current Use Taxation,” or CUT, gives tax relief to property owners who agree to maintain their property as open […]

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PACE pilot community leadership program off to a great start

May 7th, 2012

If you’ve been following this blog, you already know that I’m a champion of the Department of Neighborhood’s (DoN) People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE). This pilot program, which is designed to provide leadership training for new community leaders, kicked off on April 26. Classroom space has been donated by Seattle University. (Thank you, Seattle University, […]

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Missed opportunity for dialogue on LGBT issues

March 19th, 2012

By now the word has spread: Last week, the City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Commission abruptly cancelled a reception with a delegation of six LGBT citizens from Israel. The commission cancelled the meeting because certain activists who are vocal opponents of the Israeli government’s policies lobbied them into submission. This was wrong. The visitors […]

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Come visit us at City Hall this Saturday!

January 25th, 2012

We’re having an open house this weekend at your City Hall, and I would love to invite you to attend! City Hall will be open Saturday, January 28th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Please come on down and enjoy local music and food, learn about resources the City provides, meet me, my colleagues, and […]

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Crossing the Cascade Curtain: Seattle for Washington

January 17th, 2012

Yesterday I went to Olympia with fellow Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen, Richard Conlin, and Sally Clark as part of our Seattle for Washington strategy. Being in Olympia yesterday was like being inside a snow globe. Outside, that is. Inside the Capitol Building, it was abnormally calm and quiet because of the weather forecast. We Councilmembers divided […]

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Coffee with Two Sally’s is tomorrow in Pinehurst

March 25th, 2011

Sally Clark and I have booked our second coffee chat for 2011, and we’re on the road to Pinehurst tomorrow morning. Join us from 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. at the Starbucks inside Pinehurst Safeway for coffee and conversation. Grab a cup of joe or a pastry and come talk with us about the city […]

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Join me at City Business Casual on Thursday

March 8th, 2011

The Office of Economic Development and the City of Seattle are hosting their monthly City Business Casual event this Thursday, March 10th. I’m in good company as one of the event’s special guests, and I’ll be joined by Jill Wakefield, Seattle Community Colleges Chancellor, John Gardner, Washington State University’s Vice President for Advancement & External […]

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Saturday: Coffee with Two Sallys & City Hall Open House

January 26th, 2011

Saturday’s going to be a great day to connect with constituents at two public events. Sally Clark and I will kick off the day at First Hill’s Corner Cafe from 9am to 11am for coffee and conversation. Grab a cup of coffee or a pastry and come talk with us about the city issues that are important […]

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Upcoming vacancy on Board of Park Commissioners

October 28th, 2010

The Council is looking for applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Board of Park Commissioners, a seven-member volunteer advisory board that consults with and makes recommendations to the Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Mayor and the Seattle City Council on matters relating to the planning, development and use of Seattle’s parks and recreation facilities.  To […]

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Putting the “Dis” into Discourse

May 21st, 2010

I’m not surprised that hundreds of people from across the nation have sent me and my council colleagues e-mails after we took a stand for national unity, for treating all people in our country compassionately and fairly, and for calling on our Congressional leaders to undertake comprehensive immigration reform now.   I’ve been bemused, however, by […]

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