Seattle City Council

Coming out gay
11:32 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Seattle councilwoman dying of cancer comes out at 66

Former Seattle councilwoman Cheryl Chow said she feared the reaction of the Chinese community and her mother
The Associated Press

Former Seattle councilwoman Cheryl Chow has brain cancer and says she has one more thing she wants to do before she dies.

She told KING-TV 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.

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NBA back to Seattle
5:43 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Seattle Council member worries arena deal could set bad precedent

The proposed site for Seattle's new NBA arena.

More questions are being asked about the proposal for a new arena in Seattle to lure back the NBA. A public hearing on the deal takes place Thursday evening and Seattle’s City Hall is expected to be packed with people giving testimony for and against it.

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Public policy
3:25 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Seattle council protects public breastfeeding

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.

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Public policy
8:00 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Seattle law to protect breastfeeding moves on to final vote

Does public breastfeeding bother you?
The Associated Press

About a dozen women testified in favor yesterday of the Seattle City Council proposed rule to add protection for breastfeeding mothers.

A committee considering the new law voted 3-0 to pass it onto the full council, which will vote on the bill on Monday. The committee is expecting unanimous support of the bill.

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Environment
1:26 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Plastic bag ban back on Seattle council's agenda

The city of Seattle would like this to never again be a view for Seattle and the region.
Gwen Harlow Flickr

"Paper or plastic?"

Seattle wants to take that choice away in order to save the environment and money. The city council is considering a ban on single-use plastic bags, because they are harmful to marine wildlife as well as to recycling machinery.

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Seattle museum proposal
5:35 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Should Bruce Lee get his own Seattle museum? Council wonders

Bruce Lee in 'Way of the Dragon.'

The Seattle City Council has unveiled a new proposal to create a museum memorializing martial arts star Bruce Lee.

In June, plans for a museum at Lee’s former residence in Hong Kong were scrapped. Now, The Lee Family Foundation has released a concept for a Seattle-based museum.

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Education
2:45 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Seattle low-income students to get high-speed Internet access

Students who qualify for the free lunch program are now eligible for reduced Internet rates through the Great Student Initiative.
Tom Woodward flickr

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to provide high-speed Internet to low-income students for less than $10 a month. The Great Student Initiative is expected to help 16,000 of the 47,000 students in Seattle Public Schools who are on the free lunch program.

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Public Spaces
3:30 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Update: Chihuly, city break ground for exhibition at Seattle Center

Dale Chihuly mans a shovel at the ceremonial groundbreaking for a new exhibition of his artwork at the Seattle Center. Next to Chihuly is Billy O'Neill, VP of operations of Chihuly studios.
Robin Cedar KPLU

What was once a Fun Forest will soon be “ Chihuly Garden and Glass.”

Artist Dale Chihuly officially broke ground today on a 1.5 acre exhibition space in the Seattle Center. The gallery will include a garden, bookstore and café. It’s set to open in the spring of 2012. Just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair.

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Regulating pot
6:06 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Medical marijuana measure passed to Seattle City Council

A committee has passed on a proposed ordinance to regulate the sale and distribution of medical marijuana.
Flickr

The city of Seattle is getting closer to regulating medical pot dispensaries.

The Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee of the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a measure that would require the marijuana shops to comply with city building codes, zoning ordinances and fair employment laws.

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PUBLIC SPACES
10:30 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Chihuly glass exhibit for Seattle Center gets OK'd by city council

Rendering of the Chihuly art-glass gallery planned for Seattle Center. The exhibit was given the green light by the Seattle City Council Tuesday night.
Studio 216 Owen Richards Architects

[UPDATE/CORRECTION: Bumbershoot's Visual Arts Exhibits will move from the Northwest Rooms to Seattle Center Pavilion and the adjacent courtyard.]

The Space Needle’s owners get a Chihuly museum, a community radio station gets a new home and Bumbershoot’s visual art space gets, well, nobody seems to be sure.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement
3:06 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Legal questions confront proposed Seattle referendum on tunnel

Seattle's Alaskan Way viaduct remains the focus of political controversy.
AP

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has filed a legal challenge to a citizen referendum on Seattle's proposed deep-bore waterfront tunnel.

Holmes has asked a judge to rule on whether the construction agreements between the city and the state that targeted by the referendum are “administrative actions” which can't be overturned by the vote. 

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Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement
7:22 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Tunnel vote likely in Seattle, but it may not resolve anything

A conceptual drawing of the proposed deep bore tunnel slated to replace Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct.
WSDOT

Opponents of the tunnel proposed to replace Seattle’s aging Alaskan Way Viaduct say they’ve gathered more than enough signatures to force a public vote. But a new poll suggests that won’t settle the contentious issue. 

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Transportation Policy
11:30 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Restaurateur Tom Douglas vs. Mayor Mike McGinn on changes to Seattle parking rates

Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas says changes in transportation policy are making it hard for him and others in the business community to know what to expect.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Seattle's downtown restaurant owners are still grumbling about rate hikes for metered street parking.

The city's new scheme has been in place for a little over a month. But the controversy hasn't gone away. One of the city's most famous restaurant owners is going public with his concerns.

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E-GOVERNMENT
12:03 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

City of Seattle launches customizable web portal

Chief Sealth compass at 4th and Pine
City of Seattle website

Need to report a pothole in your neighborhood? Or pay a parking ticket? The City of Seattle has launched a new one-stop website that it hopes will improve customer service and foster public participation.

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Civil rights legislation
11:32 am
Tue January 25, 2011

Seattle expands definition of service animal

Miniature horses can be trained to assist people who are blind. The Guide Horse Program says the animals perform many of the tasks seeing-eye dogs do.
guidehorse.org

When you think of a service animal, you probably think of a dog sitting next to someone who’s blind.  But under new civil rights legislation in Seattle,  the city defines " service animal” as:

"any animal a doctor deems medically necessary."

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