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September 17, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Affordable housing: Add requirement to add parking spots

I am not opposed to the development of high-density housing (apodments, micro-housing, etc.) in Seattle ["Seattle weighing new tax on builders for affordable housing," Local News, Sept. 16]. My concern is about parking. I live in the Eastlake neighborhood, where street parking is quite difficult. My plea to the Seattle City Council: allow high-density…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: apodments, Bob Palmer, Eastlake

September 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Reproductive rights: Praise for the Seattle City Council

As someone who moved from Kansas City, Mo., to Seattle five years ago I was disappointed, though not shocked, to read the article “Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period” [Nation & World, Sept. 11]. I am proud, however, that Seattle City Council members voted unanimously in support of repealing the Hyde Amendment’s ban on…

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Comments | More in Womens rights | Topics: Hyde Amendment, Kansas City, Mo.

September 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Columbus Day: City Council should change holiday

Activists for the substitution of Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day pressed City Council Tuesday to a vote [“Seattle City Council delays vote on Indigenous Day,” Local News, Sept. 2]. It would seem like an opportunity to rectify a misromanticized portion of our nation’s history. But I wonder whether substitution would correct it. Schools and…

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Comments | Topics: native american, Seattle City Council

July 25, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Seattle Prop. 1: District would create unbridled board without accountability

I would like to voice my opinion on the proposed Seattle Park District [“Seattle’s Proposition 1 is not the last resort for parks,” Opinion, July 22]. In my opinion, this is a very bad idea that the voters should reject. I support and use Seattle parks, and I agree that they need help and…

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Comments | More in Parks | Topics: parks, Seattle City Council, Seattle Park District

July 17, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Prop. 1 for a parks district: Not the right funding plan

A bicyclist rides around the north end of Green Lake Park early on a fall morning. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

The Seattle Times was right in its editorial on the proposed Seattle Parks District [“The Times recommends to reject Prop. 1, Seattle’s Park District measure,” Opinion, July 8]. I, and many others, believe this is a bad choice, as I have said to the City Council.

I would be glad to vote for an increased levy over the mayor’s plan.

There will be other levies on the ballot. Many homeowners might not be able to

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Comments | More in Parks | Topics: Leonard Larson, Seattle City Council, Seattle Parks

July 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Include term limits in public financing

Cynicism and disgust are my conclusions after reading that the Seattle City Council decided to defer the ballot measure for public financing, to a time when the public could more easily be swayed to approve it [“Public financing of city elections won’t be on November ballot,” Politics Northwest, June 30]. (The measure was…

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Comments | More in Election | Topics: campaigns, elections, public financing

June 24, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Seattle police reforms: Walk a mile in police officers’ shoes first

In Stephen K. Rice and Karen Collins Rice’s guest column on changing the Seattle Police Department’s culture they ask, “How have I contributed to, or detracted from, success?” ["How to change the culture of the Seattle Police Department," Opinion, June 20]. I have one suggestion to the writers, as well as to City Council…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Karen Collins Rice, police, Richard Askren

June 3, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Use inclusionary zoning to preserve affordable housing

William Brown / Op Art

Guest columnists David Bloom and John Fox hit the nail on the head [“Where is affordability and livability in the rush to build more housing?” Opinion, May 30].

Developers need to do more to stymie displacement in this city, and the answer is mandatory inclusionary zoning. Housing projects are regularly approved that demolish affordable units and replace them with high-end units — and that’s putting a squeeze on middle-income and working families. Too few units have been

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: Affordable Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Seattle City Council

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