Posts for June, 2012

Summer Reading: Smallpox and public health funding

June 28th, 2012

Everyone is talking about the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act today, and with good reason.  One thing I know beyond question is that whether our neighbors and fellow citizens have health care insurance affects us all.  Today’s decision isn’t only about public health and fairness.  It goes way beyond that.  Health care […]


Great progress for Seattle Aquarium: 6/21 Committee Wrap Up

June 27th, 2012

We started the June 21 Parks and Neighborhoods Committee meeting with a report from Department of Parks and Recreation’s acting (DPR) Superintendent Christopher Williams. Superintendent’s Report Christopher opened his report with the great news that the Coca-Cola Company gave Beacon BIKES a $10,000 award for the Beacon BIKES Circulation Plan Congratulations to Beacon BIKES! Coming up […]


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 […]


Hoopla for Ballard High School’s Viking Robotics team

June 5th, 2012

Last week the Seattle City Council issued a proclamation recognizing the Viking Robotics Team from Ballard High School for teamwork, excellence and ingenuity in promoting education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. I visited Ballard High School to present the proclamation and meet the team. I LOVE these students. They are really impassioned about their […]


Are we serious about public safety? Here are sixteen things we can actually do.

June 1st, 2012

I am deeply saddened by the shootings in Seattle. All of them. The ones that occurred months ago; the ones that are still unsolved; the ones that just occurred and are practically too raw to talk about. Every shooting results in heartbreak. We have witnessed lives cut short; families and friends bereaved. The loss of […]


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