Posts for 'Budget and Economic Development'

Budget 2015

November 20th, 2014

We’re just about to end our work adopting a City budget for 2015. Each year we go through hours of review and discussion about available revenue, efficiency, effectiveness and values. This year’s review, wrapping with a Full Council vote Monday, Nov. 24, like most others I’ve had the privilege to be part [More]


Field trips during 2015 budget review

November 12th, 2014

Councilmembers have been locked in 2015 city budget review for the past few weeks on our way to a final vote the Monday before Thanksgiving. It’s a little difficult to schedule other work during this time because we’re in three-hour sessions morning and afternoon, but breaks do come up to give staff [More]


Seattle is raising its minimum wage

May 29th, 2014

Over the past several months of minimum wage debate I’ve been told to adopt $15 now “because the rent won’t wait.” I’ve been told raising the minimum wage will cost jobs. In meetings I’ve heard questions, positions, opinions, pleadings, demands and accusations. I’ve heard about what was compromised, what was horse-traded and [More]


2014 Budget Review Wrap Up

November 26th, 2013

Thank you to everyone who shared thoughts about budget priorities this fall. At its best the City budget is a reflection of our priorities and, often, our compromises with each other as we determine how to spend a finite amount of money. Yesterday we took final votes on the City budget for [More]


‘Spoke too soon

July 12th, 2013

Last week I sent out an e-newsletter in which I profiled some great small business stories. These were stories of the City helping to solve small but significant problems experienced by small businesses in different parts of the city. One of these quick bits told of a café in the Othello neighborhood [More]


Good morning from the Paris Airshow.

June 19th, 2013

Good morning from the Paris Airshow. The Trade Development Alliance/Seattle Chamber delegation spent the day here today checking out the displays and visiting vendors who do or should do business in Washington. Takeaways so far: Washington has a great pavilion, but we're not alone here. Some 20 states are here looking to [More]


Blessing of the Fleet – happy and safe fishing

March 5th, 2013

Every year at the start of the commercial fishing season Ballard First Lutheran Church holds a ceremonial Blessing of the Fleet at Fisherman’s Terminal. This is a great opportunity to recognize the hard, often dangerous work of commercial fishing and to thank the people on and off the boats for being a [More]


National Save for Retirement Week

October 24th, 2012

This week is National Save for Retirement Week. If you’re like many people, thinking about retirement makes you a little anxious; like you’ve fallen way behind in class homework and the test is tomorrow. Worse, some of you reading this may be out of work with no income to carve up into [More]


Budget thoughts.

October 2nd, 2012

How best to turn Seattle’s always-limited resources into efficient services over the next two years?  That’s the question my Council colleagues and I deal with this fall as we examine the 2013-2014 proposed City budget.   The process started for City Council last Monday. In a rare Seattle moment of required protocol, Councilmember [More]


Mid-point check-in

July 6th, 2012

Somehow we got into July and I’m not sure how that happened. At the top of this year the Council went through our annual agenda priorities exercise which yielded this 2012 Action Agenda and I thought, “Great. We finished this relatively quickly at the start of the year. Now we have the [More]