Seattle City Council http://kplu.org en Seattle City Council Mulls Creating Park District To Fund Repairs http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-mulls-creating-park-district-fund-repairs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143604173&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The city of Seattle says its parks need major repairs and it doesn’t have the money to pay for them.</p><p>On Monday night, the Seattle City Council will hear from the public on the idea of creating a special park district that could levy its own taxes.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:14:17 +0000 Ashley Gross 15770 at http://kplu.org Seattle City Council Mulls Creating Park District To Fund Repairs Seattle Police To Buy Facial Recognition Software — Should Citizens Be Worried? http://kplu.org/post/seattle-police-buy-facial-recognition-software-should-citizens-be-worried <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following a decision by the Seattle City Council this week, t</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Seattle Police Department will soon use facial recognition software</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The ACLU of Washington doesn't think the move will encroach on citizens' rights, but privacy advocates, including Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant, aren’t fond of the new policy.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:05:36 +0000 Kyle Stokes 14774 at http://kplu.org Seattle Police To Buy Facial Recognition Software — Should Citizens Be Worried? Mayor: Seattle To Stay On Weekly Trash Pickup Schedule http://kplu.org/post/mayor-seattle-stay-weekly-trash-pickup-schedule <p>Seattle will not switch its trash pickup schedule to every other week following an unpopular pilot program.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Ed Murray asked the Seattle City Council to shelf the proposed plan and keep the city on its current weekly pickup schedule.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:06:28 +0000 Ed Ronco 13945 at http://kplu.org Mayor: Seattle To Stay On Weekly Trash Pickup Schedule As Ballard Complex Residents Face 75 Percent Rent Hike, Licata Calls For Future City Action http://kplu.org/post/ballard-complex-residents-face-75-percent-rent-hike-licata-calls-future-city-action <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Options are running out for tenants of an apartment complex in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood who are facing much higher rents once the new owner renovates their units. Seattle City Council members say more needs to be done to make sure other renters don’t face a similar plight.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:59:44 +0000 Ashley Gross 13908 at http://kplu.org As Ballard Complex Residents Face 75 Percent Rent Hike, Licata Calls For Future City Action Seattle May Soon Have A Citywide System Of Lockers To Serve Homeless Residents http://kplu.org/post/seattle-may-soon-have-citywide-system-lockers-serve-homeless-residents <p>Seattle city leaders are working to establish a citywide system of lockers for the city’s homeless residents, council members Sally Bagshaw and Bruce Harrell announced in a <a href="http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/02/11/want-to-help-homeless-people-prosper-provide-lockers" target="_blank">guest blog post in The Stranger</a> on Tuesday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lockers, the council members wrote, would free homeless residents from having to “drag your possessions with you to your interview, on your back, in bags, whatever you have,&nbsp;stigmatizing you for sure as homeless.”</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:11:31 +0000 Martha Kang 13524 at http://kplu.org Seattle May Soon Have A Citywide System Of Lockers To Serve Homeless Residents Not Yet In Office, Sawant Promises $15 Minimum Wage In 2014 http://kplu.org/post/not-yet-office-sawant-promises-15-minimum-wage-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle’s newly-elected Socialist city council member </span>Kshama<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Sawant<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> isn’t wasting any time. At a news conference Tuesday, </span>Sawant<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;boldly </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">promised&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“2014</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be the year of the $15-an-hour minimum wage.”</span></p><p>Sawant, who won’t be sworn in until January, has already been meeting with council members and labor leaders. But she says she’s also looking for support from ordinary people on the street.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:51:41 +0000 Paula Wissel 11816 at http://kplu.org Not Yet In Office, Sawant Promises $15 Minimum Wage In 2014 As Seattle Voters Mull Amendment 19, Tacoma Serves as Example http://kplu.org/post/seattle-voters-mull-amendment-19-tacoma-serves-example <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many people who live in Seattle probably have a hard time naming their city council representatives. There are nine at-large positions that govern the entire city. Charter Amendment 19 on the November ballot wants to make politics more local in Seattle by having seven of those positions look out for the needs of specific districts.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Jennifer Wing 10601 at http://kplu.org As Seattle Voters Mull Amendment 19, Tacoma Serves as Example Seattle to Require its Bank to be Socially Responsible http://kplu.org/post/seattle-require-its-bank-be-socially-responsible <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Occupy Wall Street movement has faded from the news, but the Seattle City Council invoked its memory Monday with the passing of a banking ordinance.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The city council wants the bank where it deposits money to reinvest back into the community.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 23:49:31 +0000 Ashley Gross 9609 at http://kplu.org Seattle to Require its Bank to be Socially Responsible Plan to carve city council into districts likely headed for ballot http://kplu.org/post/plan-carve-city-council-districts-likely-headed-ballot <p></p><p>Seattle voters will likely get a chance to consider a new way to elect the city council. Supporters of a <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CC0QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fseattledistrictsnow.org%2F&amp;ei=Cbm3UcLpGOf0igL-6YGoCw&amp;usg=AFQjCNEPG2xkooFzgmQjm1Xq0S3KWLrBGQ&amp;bvm=bv.47810305,d.cGE">district-elections amendment </a>delivered 10 boxes of petitions to the city clerk, containing 46,633 signatures – more than enough to grab a place on the November ballot.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:58:46 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9047 at http://kplu.org Plan to carve city council into districts likely headed for ballot Burgess exits Seattle mayoral race http://kplu.org/post/burgess-exits-seattle-mayoral-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle City Council member&nbsp;Tim&nbsp;Burgess has bowed out of the mayoral race.</span></p><p>Burgess&nbsp;said recent polling showed his campaign lacked the sparkle he needed to win, and he posed a risk of splintering the vote in the crowded race.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 23:30:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & The Associated Press 8820 at http://kplu.org Burgess exits Seattle mayoral race Seattle city council president says state may have to raise taxes to fund schools http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-president-says-state-may-have-raise-taxes-fund-schools <p></p><p>The president of the Seattle City Council says the state needs to make sure it adequately funds schools – and that may mean the state has to raise taxes.&nbsp;</p><p>The state of Washington faces a grim budget deficit – more than $2.5 billion over the next two years, by one estimate. At the same time, the state also has to boost money for schools, according to a state supreme court decision.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:20:39 +0000 Ashley Gross 7276 at http://kplu.org Should Seattle require all landlords to register rental units? http://kplu.org/post/should-seattle-require-all-landlords-register-rental-units <p>The city of Seattle wants to crack down on problem rental buildings by requiring landlords to register and get inspections of their units. Tenants’ advocates say they’re hopeful the new system will mean fewer people living in unhealthy or dangerous housing.</p><p>Jonathan Grant runs the non-profit group Tenants Union of Washington State. He says he hears from tenants all the time about the poor conditions of their apartments.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 6291 at http://kplu.org Should Seattle require all landlords to register rental units? Seattle councilwoman dying of cancer comes out at 66 http://kplu.org/post/seattle-councilwoman-dying-cancer-comes-out-66 <p>Former Seattle councilwoman Cheryl Chow has brain cancer and says she has one more thing she wants to do before she dies.</p><p><a href="http://is.gd/hWJkiL">She told KING-TV</a> she is coming out and telling people she is gay after being secretive for more than 60 years. She wants to encourage others to not be afraid to tell their parents or children the truth.</p><p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:32:04 +0000 The Associated Press 6064 at http://kplu.org Seattle councilwoman dying of cancer comes out at 66 Seattle Council member worries arena deal could set bad precedent http://kplu.org/post/seattle-council-member-worries-arena-deal-could-set-bad-precedent <p>More questions are being asked about the proposal for a new arena in Seattle to lure back the NBA. A <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/council/newsdetail.asp?id=12935&amp;Dept=28">public hearing</a> on the deal takes place Thursday evening and Seattle&rsquo;s City Hall is expected to be packed with people giving testimony for and against it.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:43:14 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5635 at http://kplu.org Seattle Council member worries arena deal could set bad precedent Seattle council protects public breastfeeding http://kplu.org/post/seattle-council-protects-public-breastfeeding <p>The Seattle City Council has made it illegal for businesses and others to ask mothers to stop breastfeeding, to cover up or move to a different location.</p><p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 22:25:24 +0000 The Associated Press 4693 at http://kplu.org