City of Seattle http://www.kplu.org en Worried About Landslides? Seattle Has A Map For That http://www.kplu.org/post/worried-about-landslides-seattle-has-map <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147645723&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In the wake of the deadly disaster in Oso, many people may be worrying about the potential for mudslides in their neighborhoods.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16380 at http://www.kplu.org Worried About Landslides? Seattle Has A Map For That Seattle Council Mulls Supporting Ban On Routine Feeding Of Antibiotics To Livestock http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-council-mulls-supporting-ban-routine-feeding-antibiotics-livestock <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142605995&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle may join several other cities in a campaign calling for a federal ban on the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A&nbsp;</span><a href="http://clerk.seattle.gov/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=&amp;s3=31514&amp;s2=&amp;s4=&amp;Sect4=AND&amp;l=20&amp;Sect2=THESON&amp;Sect3=PLURON&amp;Sect5=RESNY&amp;Sect6=HITOFF&amp;d=RESF&amp;p=1&amp;u=%2F~public%2Fresny.htm&amp;r=1&amp;f=G" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">resolution on the issue</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has passed out of committee, and will be considered by the full council on Monday.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The resolution calls for an end to routine feeding of antibiotics to animals, which critics say is leading to drug-resistant superbugs that harm human health.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:46:57 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 15590 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Council Mulls Supporting Ban On Routine Feeding Of Antibiotics To Livestock Symposium On Income Inequality Pushing Seattle Toward $15 Minimum Wage http://www.kplu.org/post/symposium-income-inequality-pushing-seattle-toward-15-minimum-wage <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141820902&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle is getting serious about the possibility of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. A symposium on income inequality called by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray honed in on the option as a key policy question. &nbsp;</p><p>Several hundred people gathered at Seattle University for Thursday's symposium, which is part of the work of the mayor’s Advisory Committee on Income Inequality.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:39:59 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 15408 at http://www.kplu.org Symposium On Income Inequality Pushing Seattle Toward $15 Minimum Wage Who You Should Call If You Trip On A Tree Root In Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/who-you-should-call-if-you-trip-tree-root-seattle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle is well-known as a city that loves its trees.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city even has <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codesrules/changestocode/trees/whatwhy/default.htm" target="_blank">a plan to increase its tree canopy</a> to cover 30 percent of its open skies by the year 2037.</span></p><p>But the trees can sometimes get out of hand. Their powerful roots can be downright treacherous when they push through sidewalks.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 13946 at http://www.kplu.org Who You Should Call If You Trip On A Tree Root In Seattle Seattle Sues To Get Rid Of Wall Billboards http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-sues-get-rid-wall-billboards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle is suing Total Outdoor, a national advertising company, over the giant ads the company puts on the sides of buildings in the city. Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes says the signs are a flagrant violation of a long-standing Seattle ordinance meant to limit billboards in the city.</span></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:07:09 +0000 Paula Wissel 12944 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Sues To Get Rid Of Wall Billboards Seattle's New Gay Mayor, Socialist Council Member To Be Sworn In http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-new-gay-mayor-socialist-council-member-be-sworn <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As many as 2,000 people are expected to attend the inauguration of the city's first gay mayor and its first modern-day socialist council member at City Hall today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both candidates were officially sworn in during a private ceremony on Jan. 1. Today's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ceremonial event&nbsp;is open to the public, and takes place in the City Hall lobby at 3:30 p.m.</span></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 12231 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's New Gay Mayor, Socialist Council Member To Be Sworn In Workers March from SeaTac to Seattle to Push for $15 Min. Wage http://www.kplu.org/post/workers-march-seatac-seattle-push-15-min-wage <p>Dozens of fast-food workers and activists took to the streets Thursday for a day-long march in support of $15 minimum wage.</p><p>The march began in SeaTac, where <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seatac-voters-ok-15-minimum-wage-opponents-request-recount">voters approved a $15 minimum wage</a> this year, and headed for Seattle City Hall as a symbolic push for Seattle to follow SeaTac’s suit and adopt the higher wage.</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:44:38 +0000 Ashley Gross 11436 at http://www.kplu.org Workers March from SeaTac to Seattle to Push for $15 Min. Wage Bill McKibben of 350.org to Lead Climate Change Rally in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/bill-mckibben-350org-lead-climate-change-rally-seattle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Saturday, environmental activist and author Bill McKibben</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will lead a rally&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">against fossil fuel exports and the Keystone XL pipeline in Seattle.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Known as one of the first voices to warn of the dangers of global warming,&nbsp;McKibben is on tour with his new book, <a href="http://www.billmckibben.com/index.html" target="_blank">Oil and Honey</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is also the founder of an international organization called <a href="http://350.org/" target="_blank">350.org</a>, which he created to fight climate change.&nbsp;</span></p><p>McKibben says 350 is "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the most important number in the world, but nobody knew it until 2008,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">when Jim Hansen and his team at NASA published a paper saying we now know enough about carbon to know how much in the atmosphere is too much."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10060 at http://www.kplu.org Bill McKibben of 350.org to Lead Climate Change Rally in Seattle Seattle Park is Giant Storm Drain http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-park-giant-storm-drain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent summer storms have many locals concerned about urban flooding, or fast-flowing water overwhelming storm drains.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood, outdated infrastructure led to a tragic death in 2006, but the city says the chronic flooding there should be fixed now.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9900 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Park is Giant Storm Drain Seattle Setting Example for Community Gardens Nationwide http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-setting-example-community-gardens-nationwide <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle started its first city-sponsored P-Patch program 40 years ago. To help mark the anniversary, the American Community Gardening Association (</span>ACGA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) is holding its </span><a href="http://communitygarden.org/conference/schedule/schedule.html#day1" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">national conference here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Gardeners from more than 30 states and six foreign countries are attending.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 22:34:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9584 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Setting Example for Community Gardens Nationwide Study: In Seattle, Women Paid More in Lower-Paying Jobs http://www.kplu.org/post/study-seattle-women-paid-more-lower-paying-jobs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Women who work for the city of Seattle earn more money than men in some jobs. The reverse is true for other jobs. The problem is the classes of jobs in which women earn more are lower-paying than the ones in which men earn more, according to</span><a href="http://mayormcginn.seattle.gov/launching-a-gender-justice-initiative/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=launching-a-gender-justice-initiative" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">&nbsp;a new study</a>&nbsp;conducted by the city's own Personnel Department.&nbsp;</p><p>The study compared the wages of workers by gender in 871 job classes.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">While there was some inequity between women and men within the same job classes, the larger disparity involved men earning more in higher-paying jobs, according to the report&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">first reported by&nbsp;</span><a href="http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2013/07/16/report-confirms-that-seattle-pays-female-city-employees-less-than-men-for-the-same-type-of-work" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">The Stranger</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:43:04 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & Hayat Norimine 9354 at http://www.kplu.org Study: In Seattle, Women Paid More in Lower-Paying Jobs Seattle, Microsoft team up to make buildings more energy-efficient http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-microsoft-team-make-buildings-more-energy-efficient <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Already known as a leader in sustainable architecture, Seattle is </span><a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft-green/archive/2013/07/09/microsoft-brings-smart-buildings-to-seattle.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">teaming up with Microsoft</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to take green building to the next level with the help of big-data computing.</span></p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 03:13:52 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9302 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle, Microsoft team up to make buildings more energy-efficient For 'refugees from urban farming craze', a backyard to call home http://www.kplu.org/post/refugees-urban-farming-craze-backyard-call-home <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Urban farming sounds like a great idea to many people. You can grow your own vegetables and put in a chicken coop, or keep some ducks to make it all come full circle.</span></p><p>But a Seattle woman behind an operation called <a href="http://ducksandclucks.com/blog/2013/06/11/current_cast/" target="_blank">Ducks and Clucks</a> says many folks are biting off more than they can chew when it comes to the birds. It is she who often comes to their rescue.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9138 at http://www.kplu.org For 'refugees from urban farming craze', a backyard to call home Expert: Downtown Seattle streets 'extremely dangerous' for bicyclists http://www.kplu.org/post/expert-downtown-seattle-streets-extremely-dangerous-bicyclists <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 38px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Seattle consistently ranks high on top-10 lists for bike-friendly cities.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt; line-height: 38px;">But the keynote speaker at an urban cycling symposium taking place at the University of Washington this week gives Seattle a scathing review.</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:14:49 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9120 at http://www.kplu.org Expert: Downtown Seattle streets 'extremely dangerous' for bicyclists Cycling symposium: Seattle’s primer for more urban biking http://www.kplu.org/post/cycling-symposium-seattle-s-primer-more-urban-biking <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Experts on urban cycling are</span><a href="http://faculty.washington.edu/abassok/bikeurb/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> convening at the University of Washington</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this week to talking about how to get more people out of cars and onto bikes. And the experts say Seattle is poised to get to the next level.</span></p><p>Seattle is about half way through its ten-year <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster_materials.htm">Bicycle Master Plan</a>. An update is under way and expected to be approved by the Seattle City Council this fall. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9107 at http://www.kplu.org Cycling symposium: Seattle’s primer for more urban biking