Posts for August, 2010

Back to School: the Final Six Points

August 31st, 2010

Last Friday, I posted some thoughts on the direction we should take in terms of education reform on a local level. To revisit that post, let’s once more acknowledge that our School District is primarily responsible for our students’ public education and we support the District’s efforts to be accountable. A desire for improvement does […]


Back to School: the First Six Points

August 30th, 2010

As referred to in Friday’s post, here’s the first half of my twelve-point outline which I propose after having innumerable conversations with parents, education leaders, and school board members.  I welcome input on this discussion and we will collectively put more meat on the bones in coming weeks: 1. We create a strong relationship between […]


Back to School

August 27th, 2010

“Across the developed world, and across the political spectrum, everybody agrees about the importance of education.  It’s good for society, which needs the contributions and economic productivity – not to mention the tax – of skilled workforce, and it’s good for individuals.  People with more education earn more, are more satisfied with their work and […]


Colorado town’s bike ban and the Road Diet debate

August 25th, 2010

Council’s on recess right now and I’m taking advantage of the break and enjoying a few days away from the office.  As an elected, you never really get time off – there’s always work to be done, and more than likely, elements of policy work or legislation seem to conjure themselves up out of the […]


Greening the Streets

August 17th, 2010

Seattle’s pretty fortunate when it come to our collection of parks and green spaces. We’re blessed with a system many covet and it provides us with a public resource that makes us one of the world’s most livable cities. Over a century ago, Seattle’s civic leaders had the wisdom to hire the Olmsted Brothers and […]


Saturday Night’s Alright

August 16th, 2010

It’s hard to pass up an invitation to spend a late Saturday night out in Belltown, especially in the company of Seattle’s Finest. A couple of weeks ago, I joined Councilmembers Sally Clark and Tim Burgess at 11:30pm on the corner of 2nd & Bell to see what our police officers see on a warm […]


Congratulations, California. And thanks, Judge Downing.

August 5th, 2010

Six years ago this week, Judge William Downing from King County Superior Court issued his opinion in Andersen v. King County.  Judge Downing anticipated the arguments made yesterday by U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker in California, overturning California’s Proposition 8.  Judge Downing’s decision was the first trial court decision in our country to declare […]


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