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Category: Seattle City Council
August 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Trimming trees: Is it about to get harder under city law?

An invasion of property rights in new tree-cutting rules I do not like the tone of the new tree-cutting rules [“Tree-cutting rules to get more strict in Seattle,” NWTuesday, August 4]. City Council President Richard Conlin is quoted as saying something about “our urban trees.” That may be true for trees in parks and parking strips,…


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August 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Elections: Who are the right candidates?

Carr has record of success, deserved endorsement As a former Seattle police officer and detective, former chair of the city’s Ethics and Elections Commission, current City Council member and chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee, I’ve had many firsthand experiences with Seattle city attorneys. Tom Carr does an outstanding job as city attorney, ethically representing citizens…


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July 12, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bag tax: Would measure save money or punish elderly?

Green Bag Campaign will save money in the long run The Green Bag Campaign allows Seattleites to responsibly choose to reduce plastic waste in the Puget Sound and do our part in promoting an economy that does not rely heavily upon petroleum-produced bags with a 15-minute shelf life. The fee collected allots for education of the general…


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July 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

City management: Seattle officials rewarding poor performance

Resignations should come over $40k bonus The Seattle Times informed the public of Mayor Greg Nickels inappropriately paying a bonus to Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco. When the city cannot balance its budget and the superintendent allowed City Light to have a $90 million budget gap, there isn’t an acceptable reason to have paid Carrasco…


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July 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Backyard cottages: Is Seattle getting too packed?

City Council’s cottage proposal could make Seattle affordable The Seattle City Council’s willingness to consider allowing backyard cottages throughout the city deserves a hearty “Bravo!” Perhaps with a bit of encouragement, the council could enact the policy without limits on how many are built per year and without owner residency requirements. Even with a downward trend in…


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June 24, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Seattle’s Street division

Costly report just another blunder in mismanagement Reading The Times article “Street-division managers get blame in huge report” [page one, June 20] — a report that cost $500,000 — I was struck by what was not reported in the story. The city’s collective-bargaining system negotiated with its employees obviously has failed. I was a union representative for…


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June 22, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Rainier Club earmark

Subsidizing the wealthy’s windows? Not in this era of change Editor, The Times: President Obama’s call for change in earmark spending found $7.7 billion in earmarks in the first round. But it appears our state’s representatives have still not heard the president’s message. U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott is seeking funding that will help pay for replacement windows at…


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June 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM


Oh the irony: homeless neglected while convicts cared for As a homeless person, I am frustrated after reading Nancy Bartley’s article [“Homeless camp now on state property,” NWWednesday, June 10] on the homeless encampment on state land just outside Seattle city limits. I am not “homeless” by the federal definition, since I have my pickup to sleep…


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June 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM


City acts like a criminal by towing cars I often read funny things about the stupidity of criminals, but I never thought the city of Seattle would fall into that category. I was wrong. Your headline [“Hey, Seattle: Where’s my car?” front page, June 8] has a picture next to it of a parking sticker for which…


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May 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Balkanizing City Council

Beneficial to add more voices Unless the usual union members or activists are called out, Seattle’s City Council meetings are notably quick and bland. Frankly, the city could really benefit from just an ounce of Balkanization. The fact that your editorial [“Don’t Balkanize Seattle City Council,” Opinion, May 14] cited only one expert — from the naysaying…


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