Homelessness and the lack of police presence in Ballard were central issues at Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s budget meeting at the Phinney Neighborhood Association on Sunday. Comments were heard for over an hour at the meeting, most of which revolved around public safety concerns. Many were urging O’Brien to approve more funding for the police department, […]
In a surprising about-face, Seattle City Council president Bruce Harrell has introduced an ordinance — for a vote in Tuesday’s council meeting — that would repeal the head tax. The announcement was followed by a statement this afternoon from Mayor Jenny Durkan and seven councilmembers. “We heard you,” it said. “It is clear that the […]
The grandson of the founder of Dick’s Drive-in is helping spearhead a new effort to bring a referendum to the ballot that aims to overturn the city’s new head tax. Saul Spady, who runs a Seattle ad agency, is working with the new “No Tax on Jobs” coalition to gather 17,632 signatures by June 12th […]
The Seattle Times is reporting that Councilmember Mike O’Brien was physically removed from an outdoor event at the Pacific Fishermen Shipyard on Friday night. The event was an official after-party of the Nordic Museum’s grand opening. O’Brien said he was asked to leave, and as he looked for his wife, “someone from behind grabbed me […]
Seattle homelessness, housing, taxes and growth are controversial enough on their own, but when you combine them all in a town hall meeting led by Seattle councilmembers, get ready for fireworks. Or worse. That’s what happened Wednesday night at the “North Seattle Town Hall: Progressive Tax on Business” event at Ballard’s Trinity United Methodist Church. […]
As everyone in Seattle is by now well aware, Washington State will decide between Bernie Sanders or Hilary Clinton at the 2016 WA Democratic Caucasus which will be held this Saturday, March 26, at 10 a.m. Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have visited Seattle over the past few days to rally supporters for Saturday’s caucus. If you […]
On Monday, Feb. 15th, the 36th District legislators invite you to spend the day in Olympia. The day will start at 10 a.m. in Room ABC of the John A. Cherberg Building (driving directions, .pdf) on the Capitol Campus. Upon arrival, visitors will receive a legislative schedule for the day. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Reps. […]
State representatives Mary Lou Dickerson and Reuven Carlyle (both D-36th District) held a “telephone town hall” Tuesday evening Jan. 19 to discuss the important issues facing Olympia this legislative session. About 30,000 constituents district-wide were called to enter into the conversation, although the exact number who made it on the line is not known. Questions ranged from Dickerson’s controversial legalization of marijuana bill to broader issues including education, taxes and transportation.
The town hall worked as a sort of large conference call. Everyone on the call could hear the questions and answers, and if so inclined, could enter into a queue to ask questions themselves.
While the focus of most questions was the economy, Dickerson’s bill (HB 2401) to legalize marijuana for those who are 21 and older may prove to be the most contentious issue facing the Legislature. On Wednesday, Jan. 20th, an executive session was scheduled, but no action was taken in the House Committee on Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness. The importance of this bill to Dickerson was expressed clearly in her opening remarks.
Just a reminder that your phone might ring tonight just before 6:30 this evening. State Reps. Mary Lou Dickerson and Reuven Carlyle will be hosting a telephone-town hall. Nearly 30,000 homes in the district will be called, inviting residents to stay on the line and participate. Carlyle and Dickerson will be giving opening thoughts, while […]
As the 2010 Legislative Session begins, state Reps. Mary Lou Dickerson and Reuven Carlyle want to hear from you! The two Seattle lawmakers are holding a telephone-town hall next Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. Nearly 30,000 homes in the district will be called, inviting residents to stay on the line and participate. Carlyle and […]
Representative Reuven Carlyle is entering his second year as a 36th District Representative to the state legislature. Before the session starts next week, Carlyle is reaching out to find out what’s important to you and give you an idea of what he’s planning for the session.
The following is written by Rep. Carlyle:
The bang of the gavel opens the 2010 session of the Legislature on January 11, and the depth of the challenges we face in the 60-day sprint reflect the seriousness that people are feeling in their daily lives.
Before I put my life as a husband, father and entrepreneur on hold to serve in Olympia as your citizen legislator, I wanted to reach out and connect about the pressing issues facing our state as we enter the legislative session.
What are the policy issues that inspire you to act, and what can state government do to be more responsive to your values and interests? Please make suggestions in the thread, spend some time on my active blog at www.reuvencarlyle36.com or email me anytime at email@example.com. Friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter where I’m working to keep you informed from inside your government. My goal is to be the first ‘paperless’ legislative office.
This year, given the difficult economic times in which we live, there is little besides the budget on the table. But how we handle the budget is a moral question not just a financial one. The state’s $32 billion two-year budget (driven by consumer-purchasing related taxes) is staggering under the weight of the economic downturn. This year’s projected $2.6 billion budget deficit–following a projected $9 billion gap last year that we balanced–has forced the most substantive reassessment of our public priorities in generations.
Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Reps. Mary Lou Dickerson and Reuven Carlyle have invited the community to come speak with them about the upcoming 2010 legislative session, which begins on January 11, 2010, at the 36th District Legislative Delegation Holiday Open House. The party is being held tonight at Sen. Kohl-Welles’ and Rep. Carlyle’s district office […]