MAKING IT WORK
The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information, inspire involvement, and make things work in this great city. You can request additional information or comment on the newsletter by emailing email@example.com.CONTENTS:
SEATTLE SIGNS UP FOR HEALTH CARE
On Monday, May 13, the Seattle City Council adopted a resolution enlisting City departments to develop outreach strategies to educate and inform the public about new healthcare coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACA is the national health insurance legislation approved by Congress in 2010, which goes into full effect in 2014. The Affordable Care Act requires that most members of the public enroll for healthcare coverage by January 2014. Departments will coordinate with the efforts of community partners to enroll all newly eligible residents in the new healthcare coverage options. Read more
STREET TREE ORDINANCE ADOPTED
On Monday, April 29, the Council unanimously adopted a new Street Tree ordinance. This is the first revision of Seattle's Street Tree Ordinance since 1961, and the result of several years of work by the Seattle Department of Transportation in cooperation with other Departments, Council staff, and the Urban Forestry Commission. Read more
BELLEVUE SOUND TRANSIT ROUTE APPROVED
On Thursday, April 25th, the Sound Transit Board approved a final plan for the route for East Link through Bellevue. East Link runs from downtown Seattle to Redmond via the I-90 Bridge, and is one of three extensions currently underway for the Sound Transit light rail system. The final plan is the end product of a collaborative process between Sound Transit Board members and staff and City of Bellevue Councilmembers and staff and I served as one of the three Sound Transit Board members on the negotiating team. Read More
STARTUP SEATTLE SUPPORTS NEW TECH COMPANIES
Seattle has launched a new project called "Startup Seattle" to support the growth of the Seattle technology startup community. The project, which is being developed in cooperation with leaders of the tech and venture communities, is another step in keeping Seattle's economy growing. It is part of ensuring that Seattle continues to be one of America's leading cities in fostering technology jobs and making the technology sector work as part of our economic development strategy. Read more
FOOD ACTION PLAN ADOPTED BY COUNCIL
On Monday, April 29, the City Council unanimously adopted Seattle's first formal Food Action Plan. The goal of the Plan is to increase access to healthy food, support local food production and strengthen the local economy. The Plan builds on my Local Food Action Initiative (LFAI), adopted by the Council in 2008 in response to the growing public interest in local, healthy food. Read more
NORTHGATE STATION PED BIKE ACCESS WORKS!
Sound Transit has completed its initial study of the potential ridership benefits from investing in pedestrian and bicycle access around the Northgate Link Light Rail Station. The great news is that the investments proposed by the Sound Transit Board and Seattle City Council deliver large numbers of riders to the station and look like they would be cost effective choices as part of the access strategy for Northgate. Read more
INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT ADVANCES
The first three proposals have been received and evaluated for the Industrial Development District (IDD). The IDD is a partnership involving the City of Seattle, King County, and the State of Washington that seeks innovative proposals for industrial development that have been challenging to implement due to regulatory, policy, or financial issues. I and my staff developed this idea as a project to add new vitality to Seattle's industrial sector. The Office for Economic Development has selected two of the proposals to advance as pilot projects. Read more
DUWAMISH CLEANUP JOB TRAINING PROGRAM
The Duwamish Superfund cleanup is moving into the next phase of activity, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its preferred alternative. Comments are being taken on the proposal until June 13 and we expect EPA to make a final decision in the next few months. In the meantime, I have been working with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (DRCC) and other active parties to try to ensure that whatever cleanup program is adopted will have complementary elements that will support the communities of Georgetown and South Park. Last fall the EPA announced that it would create a Lower Duwamish Waterway Job Training Initiative, and this spring EPA is offering the first opportunity for participants to apply for an enroll in a job training program. Read more
TRANSIT COMMUNITIES POLICIES ADDED TO COMP PLAN
On Monday, May 13th, the Council unanimously adopted the 2012-2013 Comprehensive Plan Amendments. Under State law, the Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) can only be amended once a year (with a few specific exceptions), and the process involves a lengthy and thorough review of proposed amendments. The Comp Plan is not taken lightly by the City, and we are cautious about changing it. The most significant addition are the new "Transit Communities Policies". These policies augment the City's Urban Village strategy by adding new sets of criteria to ensure that transit investments and housing development are more closely linked. Read more
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