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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 [More]


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:   http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/03/opinion/clark-seattle-wage/index.html [More]


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 [More]


High Point Commons Park all a-buzz

May 20th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_1796" align="alignright" width="300"] The Bee Garden. Thanks to Katie Myer at the West Seattle Blog.[/caption] 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 [More]


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” [More]


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 [More]


Seattle For Washington Goes to Tacoma

October 30th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_1762" align="alignright" width="300"] Councilmember Bagshaw, Deputy Mayor Lonergan, Mayor Strickland, Council President Clark, and Councilmember Woodards in Tacoma.[/caption] 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 [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]


Medical Marijuana Zoning

September 18th, 2012

  “They’re popping up like Starbucks!” That was the take from a patient in the waiting area of one of the dozen medical marijuana shops I surveyed the Monday of Labor Day weekend. (And, no, “surveyed” does not mean “patronized.”) Councilmember Nick Licata and I have been working with staff from the [More]


ALERT: A happy visitor!

August 31st, 2012

I know we have a lot of happy visitors to Seattle and the Northwest, but sometimes I lose sight of that when reading emails from someone who received a parking ticket while here or who felt unsafe in some part of town. Once in a blue moon (literally right now), I get [More]