Strengthening Seattle’s Tree Ordinances

September 20th, 2023

“There is a magic machine that sucks carbon out of the air, costs very little, and builds itself. It’s called a tree.” – George Monbiot INTRODUCTION: We call ourselves the “Emerald City” within the “Evergreen State” and yet our City laws have many loopholes that enable the removal of scores of trees each year, including healthy, […]


Tiny Home Village Helping People Experiencing Homelessness in our District 4 Will Transform to More Permanent Low-Income Housing in Future

August 15th, 2023

Here are updates on the new Tiny Home Village helping people experiencing homelessness in our District 4. Located in the heart of the U District at NE 45th Street and Roosevelt Way NE, Rosie’s Village has 35 temporary tiny homes in place for at least 2 1/2 years, thanks to the City of Seattle, Sound […]


Time for Tax Fairness in Seattle – Time to Repeal the Tax on Your Drinking Water

June 7th, 2023

Recent History (in reverse chronological order):   August 18, 2023: Seattle Times Editorial Board Calls Pedersen’s Tax Reform “a solid idea.” The Seattle Times editorial board called Pedersen’s tax reform proposal “a solid idea.” Here’s the excerpt: “Big picture, I don’t believe City Hall has a revenue problem. It has a spending problem,” said Councilmember Alex […]


Plan to Phase-Out Harmful Gasoline-Fueled Leaf Blowers in Seattle

May 26th, 2023

After conducting research and conferring with constituents, I have concluded that gasoline-fueled leaf blowers should be phased out in Seattle because they harm public health and the environment. Leaf blowers powered by clean electricity and batteries have become more powerful and effective. Our city government should lead by example in converting to cleaner, less noisy […]


Malik Davis Day in Seattle

March 10th, 2023

WHEREAS,    Malik Nkrumah Davis made his hometown of Seattle a better place for all, serving the city with distinction, energy, and love throughout his life and career; and WHEREAS,    Malik Davis was first and foremost a family man — a devoted husband, father, brother, and son; and WHEREAS,   Malik Davis was born in Seattle on […]


Loss and Hope in Seattle

February 27th, 2023

Friends and Neighbors, The Biggest Loss for Colleagues Family, Friends, Seattle We were all devastated by the passing of our esteemed colleague and dear friend Malik Davis. For those of us who knew Malik and his passion for public service, for Seattle, and for family, we are experiencing a deeply painful sadness with this sudden loss. […]


To Lower Property Taxes, a Popular Revenue Source is Available to Seattle: Impact Fees from Developers

February 11th, 2023

Summary & Introduction:  Problem: The Seattle city government continues to struggle to collect revenues sufficient to cover its costs, including for its infrastructure. This fiscal problem is caused by a combination of factors: some revenue sources declining, city government officials struggling to manage existing costs (such as personnel and pensions), and City Hall taking on […]


Tent City 3 in Northeast Seattle: Questions & Answers

October 26th, 2022

Context: For the City government’s ongoing and increasing efforts to reduce homelessness, please see Mayor Bruce Harrell’s Homelessness Action Plan (CLICK HERE) and the website of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (CLICK HERE). This blog post about a single entity and site (Tent City 3) should be considered within the broader context of the […]


West Seattle Bridge Updates

September 13th, 2022

The sudden safety closure of the West Seattle “High-Rise” Bridge in March 2020 has been a major challenge for Seattle and Washington State. Even though the West Seattle Bridge is not in Seattle’s District 4, Councilmember Alex Pedersen provides periodic updates on the closure, stabilization, repairs, and other issues impacting the bridge because he was […]


Disappointing Decision by Kroger Company to Shut Down 2 Seattle QFC Stores; Future Plans for Key Wedgwood Site

July 28th, 2022

APRIL 4, 2023 UPDATE: Wedgwood Community Council hears again from new developer of the shopping center The Wedgwood Community Council again hosted the local real estate developer that has big plans to construct a 5-story housing project with street-level retail and underground parking, anchored by a new grocery store on 35th Ave NE at NE […]


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