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Fire Rings by xinapray. From our Flickr pool.

Fire Rings by xinapray. From our Flickr pool.

Tomorrow morning at 9:00 am (Wednesday, July 8th, to be precise), there will be a special meeting of the Seattle City Council Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee. On the agenda is land use and zoning for the Qwest Field North Parking Lot, which might be of interest to the sporty among us. Also on the agenda, besides the usual boring amendments, corrections, and updates, is a report from the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee (and others) on the process of updating Seattle’s neighborhood plans. We all live in a neighborhood, yes? Yes!

The NPAC briefing and discussion is item six, slotted for about 45 minutes of the 2.5-3 hours that the committee will be sitting. You can attend in person to comment, or you can call or email:

Phone: 206-684-8888
Agenda PDF:

This is your chance to bitch and moan about sidewalks, speeders, crosswalks, street lighting, et cetera.


On Friday, July 10th, the Seattle City Council Special Committee on Open Government will hold a special meeting, at 2:00 pm. Way back in January, the Seattle City Council made creating an online Citizen Engagement Portal one of its 2009 goals. Towards that end, they have improved the online Council calendar (Press Release)(Calendar).

Friday’s meeting is part of the process to make City government more open and accessible. On the agenda (PDF) are discussions about on recording executive sessions, the creation of ombudsman positions, and the Citizen Engagement Draft Plan.

I have previously pointed out that council and committee meetings are incredibly inconvenient for the average working stiff, but if you can get Friday afternoon off, you might as well spend two hours being alternately bored and outraged for a good cause.


On the national front, our legislators are pretty much keeping their heads down. Senator Cantwell had been pretty mum about a public option for health care insurance, but she seems to be responding to an intense letter writing campaign. Cantwell was the sole Seattle-ish hold-out waffling on the issue, until last week; although she still hasn’t come out with a firm position, she’s at least mentioned the public option, publically, in a nominally supportive fasion.

A vague disclaimer is nobody’s friend: After my recent experience in a local ER, I became one of the foaming, letter-writing, email-sending, phone-call-making masses that contacted Senator Cantwell’s office to urge her to support a public option. During the 4.5 hours that I spent, mostly eavesdropping, in the ER, I was the ONLY person there who had a primary care physician and health insurance. Nothing like a little personal experience to politicize one.

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