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Signing Off

April 14th, 2015

Seattle View – Signing Off Eight-ish years ago an outstanding advocate for the power of good government (I’m looking at you, Gerry Johnson) said he suspected my role at Seattle City Council would be as the Australian Shepherd, nipping at the heels of other councilmembers to turn the work in particular directions. I like to […]


Tax credits at work in the neighborhoods

February 26th, 2015

The City’s Office of Economic Development (OED) has a range of tools to assist businesses and industries in Seattle, with creating jobs, vitalizing neighborhoods, and growing an ever-stronger economy. One of those tools is financial support through allocation of federal New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC). The City’s New Markets entity, the Seattle Investment Fund (SIF), […]


Why I love being on the Beacon Alliance of Neighbors email list

June 30th, 2014

The Beacon Alliance of Neighbors list, like many neighborhood lists in the city, provides great information sharing opportunities about neighborhood clean-ups, crime news, new businesses in the area and more. They’re the modern equivalent of the photocopied newsletter on the porch or the bulletin board at the corner store. I learn a lot from these […]


Why We Raised The Minimum Wage

June 3rd, 2014

I just wrote an article for CNN about why we raised our minimum wage in Seattle.  Take a look:


The intern experience at Council President Clark’s office.

August 16th, 2013

I host high school level interns every summer. Today’s post is a guest blog from intern Dan Lamkin (left).  Dan is an incoming senior at Holliston High School in Holliston, MA. Also pictured is intern DeJaun Rose (right), an entering junior at Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School. If you are interested in interning or know […]


High Point Commons Park all a-buzz

May 20th, 2013

Seattle has a new parade to add to the calendar of summer events. Yesterday the residents and gardeners of High Point and greater West Seattle welcomed bees to the new Neighborhood Matching Fund-supported hive enclosure at the High Point Commons Park P-Patch, the new West Seattle Bee Garden! Though I was not in costume, I […]


Farmers Market Season Approaches

April 23rd, 2013

As chair of the City Council’s Committee on Economic Resiliency and Regional Relations I get to advocate for farmers markets across Seattle and the multiple benefits they bring – neighbor-to-neighbor social action in neighborhoods once a week, a sales outlet for farmers east and west of the mountains, opportunities for “value added” products like cheese, […]


More important than I thought.

February 4th, 2013

Note: This post contains graphic language. Apologies in advance. I spoke with an AP reporter last Friday about a subject from a few years ago working its way to completion – adapting state codes to use more gender neutral language. Former Councilmember Jan Drago and I came across the word “fireman” when looking at the […]


Seattle For Washington Goes to Tacoma

October 30th, 2012

Pop quiz: Which Washington city is the City of Destiny? If you said Tacoma, you are correct. Tacoma was the destination for four of us last Friday as we dropped in for a quick chat on mutual priorities. The visit was part of the Council’s on-going Seattle For Washington effort to find more points of […]


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 Harrell and I […]