- Long may she wave: The Pride flag will fly above City Hall June 1st to celebrate the start of Pride 2013:
Mayor Mike McGinn announced today that the Pride Flag will be flown on the City Hall flagpole for the first time on June 1st, to celebrate the beginning of Gay Pride month at a 3:30 pm event at Seattle City Hall. This historic ceremony will be hosted by the Seattle LGBT Commission. The flag will also be raised on the day of the Pride Parade itself, on Sunday June 30th.
“The Pride flag is a symbol that represents Seattle’s longstanding commitment to equality”, said Mayor McGinn. “By flying the flag over Seattle City Hall we honor that commitment to leading by example in the march toward equal rights for all.”
- Seattle pot plan finalized: The Council’s Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee last week agreed on legislation that creates zoning for the growing, manufacturing and retailing of recreational marijuana in Seattle. The full Council will vote on the plan at its June 3rd session.
- Uber rules? The City Council is also considering how the proliferation of technology-enabled ride share and vehicle rental programs should be regulated in the city. You can review a recent presentation on the status of the services in the area here as the Council ponders possible rule sets related to safety, pricing and driver regulation.
- “Take the money out of Seattle politics” — A public hearing will be held this afternoon (Tuesday, May 28th) on proposed legislation to enable the public financing of campaigns in Seattle. The Council has been pushing forward on a plan since the start of the year. “The proposal would, for example, give candidates who raise $15,000 in small contributions of $10 to $25 each a four-to-one match of public money,” according to KPLU.
- RPZ stickers for employees? As hard as it can be to find available street parking near the Capitol Hill core for residents, people who work here can be doubly challenged by the many Restricted Parking Zones designed to open up space for people who live on the edges of the neighborhood’s commercial centers. Publicola reports that the City Council’s transportation committee is considering changes to the zones that would open up the stickering process to employees — but don’t expect things to change on the Hill:
Rasmussen says the legislation factors in that concern, by requiring SDOT to consider whether a neighborhood has easy and plentiful access to transit.
“If a neighborhood is well-served by transit, such as Capitol Hill, then it’s highly unlikely that that would be one of the neighborhoods that would get permits,” he says. Additionally, areas like 15th Ave. on Capitol Hill near Group Health, which operates 24 hours a day, probably wouldn’t be eligible for permits because the residents-out-employees-in daytime model wouldn’t work there.