Posts for February, 2013

Is that a banana in your vending machine?

February 26th, 2013

The Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee is discussing healthy vending options tomorrow; today The Seattle Times huffed a bit and ran a front page article concluding “Good luck with that.” I think there IS hope for all of us snackers. Our Department of Parks and Recreation showed that we can take little healthy […]


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 […]


The year behind and the year ahead at Department of Neighborhoods: Committee Recap

February 22nd, 2013

The highlight of yesterday’s Parks and Neighborhoods committee meeting was the Director’s Report from Department of Neighborhoods (DON), the first one we’ve heard this year. DON oversees a wide array of programs, including the following: Public Outreach and Engagement (POEL) Neighborhood District Coordinators P-Patch Community Gardening Program Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Major Institution Master Plans […]


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 […]


Octopus update and preview of sights and events for Octopus Week

February 12th, 2013

In honor of Seattle Aquarium Octopus Week, February 14-24, I want to give you an update on the effort to ban recreational harvest of giant Pacific octopus (GPO) off of Seacrest Park. You might remember that last Halloween a state-licensed SCUBA diver caught an octopus off of Seacrest Park and brought it out of the water at Cove 2. […]


Neighbor Appreciation Day on the Waterfront

February 11th, 2013

We few, we hearty few, we band of neighbors.  Thanks to Linda Mitchell for organizing the event; thanks to everyone who showed up and picked up trash; thanks to Bob Donegan from Ivar’s Acres of Clams and Kyle Griffith from the Great Wheel and Sour Dough Bakery for the breakfast and lunch, and thanks, to […]


Neighbor Appreciation Day has arrived! Join me at the Waterfront

February 8th, 2013

I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow’s Neighbor Appreciation Day. I’d have to say it’s my favorite Day of the year. I helped organize and will be participating in a clean up project along the Waterfront. I would love to see you there! We’ll meet at 9 a.m. (hopefully in great weather at the Alaskan Sourdough Bakery […]


Toughening encroachment enforcement, talking CSOs, and catching up with Parks: Committee Wrap up

February 7th, 2013

Today in the Parks and Neighborhoods Committee meeting, we did the following: Passed two pieces of legislation on to full council, Held a public hearing on the partial transfer of jurisidiction of two pieces of subterranean property from Parks to SPU, Heard from our wonderful Parks Trusts volunteers, and Got caught up on events and […]


Ratifying a little bit of aloha spirit in West Seattle – Marination Ma Kai at Seacrest Boathouse

February 5th, 2013

This week in committee we’ll be looking at a six-year concessions agreement between DPR and Marination LLC (C.B. 117704) to manage and operate the Marination restaurant and boat and recreation equipment rental facility at Seacrest Park – a hidden jewel in West Seattle. Marination Ma Kai (which means, in Hawaiian, in the direction of the […]


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