Seattle Seahawks

10,000 Birds

The Seattle Seahawks are, of course, a professional (American) football team, known as much for the inability to win it all as for anything else. The seahawk that I refer to is, of course, the Osprey , a magnificent, fish-eating raptor that can be found not only catching and eating fish in Seattle’s extensive waterways but nesting as well. Seahawks in Seattle! For more information about the namesake of Seattle’s football team check out this post.

Back from Seattle

10,000 Birds

We had a blast, the family and I, and experienced some amazing natural places, to say nothing of the fine city of Seattle. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be detailing the birding aspects of the trip out west but thought I would take a couple of moments to write ten quick thoughts on what it is like for a family of three New Yorkers visiting the Seattle area… 1. The Lucky Diner on First Avenue in Seattle has delicious food. GO TO SEATTLE!

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The Seattle Times’ Four Critiques of Honest Elections Seattle…

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The Seattle Times recently editorialized against I-122 Honest Elections Seattle. The truth is that Honest Elections Seattle projects and counts on more people giving to local campaigns than ever seen in Seattle or anywhere else in the United States. Vouchers start from a baseline of political giving that could hardly be lower: In Seattle’s 2013 elections only 1.5 Honest Elections Seattle does not assume apathy.

Who Funds Seattle’s Political Candidates?

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Overwhelmingly, rich, white people who live in Seattle’s waterfront and view homes fund Seattle’s political candidates. If enacted by voters in November, Honest Elections Seattle (Initiative 122) could spread the funding of campaigns from elite neighborhoods to the whole city. The report analyzes the pattern of political contributions in the 2013 city elections to explore how Honest Elections Seattle might affect giving.

Video: Who Funds Seattle’s Political Candidates?

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Ever wondered who funds Seattle’s political candidates? For your convenience and viewing pleasure, we condensed the report into a two minute video that paints a picture of Seattle’s money in politics. To win elections, local candidates depend on a tiny share of the people who live in Seattle: mostly, rich, white people in view homes. Related Stories Interactive Map: Who Funds Seattle’s Political Candidates?

Honest Elections Seattle Is legal

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I’ve explained how Honest Elections Seattle works (for voters , candidates , and election officials ) and that it’s fraud-repellent and cheap. That’s what Honest Elections Seattle does. And that’s the main reason the Honest Elections Seattle Initiative is legal. Honest Elections Seattle tightens existing contribution limits, for example, and indexes them to inflation, as some court decisions suggest. Seattle’s will be among the longest at three years.

Honest Elections Seattle Tames Lobbying Money

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In 2013, during the last municipal election campaigns in Seattle, the ridesharing company Lyft was fighting for its life in a dispute over local taxi regulations. Meanwhile, Clise Properties, a developer involved in an enormous set of construction projects north of downtown Seattle for which it sought city permission to take over alleys and install a new district energy system, spent $48,000 lobbying city officials that year. Who Funds Seattle’s Political Candidates?

I’m A Seattle-Bound Birder

10,000 Birds

Seattle’s Discovery Park, a 534-acre jewel on Puget Sound, is described in A Birder’s Guide to Washington as “Seattle’s best one-stop birding venue&# so, clearly, a visit there is in order. The Olympic Peninsula should also provide pure Northwestern Crows and assuming that the numerous published reports of all the crows in Seattle being American Crow hybrids are accurate I will need to get out of the city to get my crow.

Seattle’s Vision Zero Plan

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Seattle became the second major Northwest city this week to promise to end all traffic deaths and serious injuries by embracing Vision Zero , a transportation approach that prioritizes keeping people alive and building streets that work for everyone. ”—Seattle’s Vision Zero Plan Vision Zero holds that people driving, people walking, people biking, people driving trucks, people using wheelchairs on our streets will all, from time to time, make mistakes.

Declining Traffic Through Seattle

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Last week, I wrote about the surprising (and largely unheralded) decline in vehicle traffic on Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct in 2012. According to data from the Washington and Seattle departments of transportation, traffic through downtown Seattle actually peaked all the way back in 1998 , and has declined steadily since then. A lot of folks still slog through rush hour traffic in Seattle; many have little choice.

Seattle Gets Even Greener with New Climate Action Plan

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Seattle’s Climate Action Plan has a goal to make the city completely carbon neutral by Read More The post Seattle Gets Even Greener with New Climate Action Plan appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes Environment News Top News climate change seattle The city that’s proud to be green is about to kick it up a notch.

Seattle Voters, meet Democracy Vouchers

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Last time , I described the Honest Elections Seattle Initiative ’s tough new rules for preventing corruption and giving ordinary voters a louder voice in local elections. In January of a municipal election year, if you’re registered to vote in Seattle, you’ll get an envelope in the mail from the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC). Related Stories Introducing: The Honest Elections Seattle Initiative Voter Suppression is Exorbitantly Expensive.

Oil Train Derails in Seattle

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Multiple news accounts just now that a loaded oil train derailed under the Magnolia Bridge, about a mile north of downtown Seattle. Comments The Seattle Weekly just happened to post this a day before! by Matt the Engineer Related Stories A Downtown School Just Dropped in Seattle’s Lap A Move to Ban the Most Dangerous Oil Trains Industry To Feds: We Will Keep Using Old Unsafe Tank Cars For Three More Years, or Longer If We Feel Like It.

Seattle Seahawks to get largest solar energy roof- 2.5 Acres of it

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Professional sports teams the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC have announced they will install the largest solar energy array to date in the state of Washington. It will be on the roof of Qwest Field Event Center. The huge solar installation will cover over 2.5 acres, or approximately 80% of the Event Center roof. Made from 3,750 individual solar panels , made by Solyndra in the US, the installation will use a thin-film technology that captures both direct and reflected sunlight.

Interactive Map: Who Funds Seattle’s Political Candidates?

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Simply click the image below and explore the tabs to see how Seattle’s largest political contributions overlap with the wealthiest and whitest neighborhoods with view homes. The alarmingly small number of contributors that dominate Seattle’s political game demonstrates the need for democracy reform. What would political contributions look like if Honest Elections Seattle (Initiative 122) is enacted in November? Check out the interactive Seattle Times map here.

Seattle Government, Meet Democracy Vouchers

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Similarly, despite many people’s perception that Honest Elections Seattle’s system of Democracy Vouchers is complicated, it is actually simplicity itself , even if the official text of Initiative 122 approaches 9,000 words. I’ve already walked through Honest Elections Seattle from the perspectives of voters and candidates. Think of Seattle’s curbside recycling program, with its Byzantine sorting rules. Monopoly by Mark Strozier used under CC BY 2.0

Introducing: The Honest Elections Seattle Initiative

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A coalition last week filed a citizens’ initiative 122 in Seattle that assembles into a single package some of the toughest corruption prevention and clean-election laws found anywhere in the United States and adds one startlingly original feature: a campaign funding system called Democracy Vouchers , which give every voter $100 of coupons to hand over to the candidates of their choice. Honest Elections Seattle clamps down on secret money. The City of Seattle’s budget is about $4.8

Seattle’s Green Stormwater Goals

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Roadside rain garden in Seattle, Lisa Stiffler. Recently, the city of Seattle announced a goal to dramatically increase the amount of water treated by rain gardens, green roofs, green streets, permeable pavement and other alternatives that seek to treat stormwater more naturally instead of carry it away in pipes. Source: City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability (Click on graphic to enlarge.).

Event: Lawrence Lessig at Town Hall Seattle

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What : Seattle premier of “Killswitch” and post-screening discussion with Dr. Lawrence Lessig and Marianne Williamson. Where : Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA ( map ). Tickets : $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door, available via Town Hall Seattle. Good news: professor Lawrence Lessig, the greatest orator of democracy reform, is Cascadia-bound. He’s helping to launch a new film.

Seattle to Residents: Compost or Be Fined

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Read More The post Seattle to Residents: Compost or Be Fined appeared first on Ecorazzi. The city passed a new ordinance allowing it to fine residents whose trash has a large amount of compostable waste. Causes Environment News Top News bill de blasio

Seattle Has Plans for Nation’s Largest Community Food Forest

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Washington state, a longtime leader in sustainable culture, has plans to add a seven acre urban food forest right in the middle of Seattle. Read More The post Seattle Has Plans for Nation’s Largest Community Food Forest appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes Environment Featured News People

F*ck It List 2.0: Seattle. ~ Kathleen Emmets {Adult}

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I could have crossed that off along with Seattle, Washington. Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Health & Wellness WAYLON: Editor''s Picks Z ADMIN Wellness Featured Today cancer chemotherapy F** it list Kurt Cobain nirvana Pearl Jam Seattle Washington This is the joy of traveling with a chemotherapy port. It means I get to have a stranger cup the underside of my breasts and slide her hands up and down my thighs.

Another Look at Declining Seattle Traffic

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Every year, the Seattle Department of Transportation tracks traffic at 19 select bridges across the city, and presents the resulting traffic count as a rough-and-ready gauge of citywide traffic trends. And based on these counts, SDOT believes that traffic across the city fell by a whopping 10 percent between 2003 and 2012: From the 2012 Traffic Report , Seattle Department of Transportation. Comments From this story: “Meanwhile, transit ridership in Seattle.

Seattle Candidates, meet Democracy Vouchers

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The Honest Elections Seattle Initiative is a pioneering local initiative that would provide a whole new path to office, a path through dozens of house parties and grassroots outreach, not posh downtown offices and hours of dialing for dollars. If it works in Seattle, it may spread to other places. Seattle has 415,106 registered voters. Seattle City Hall is not yet as bad as the US Congress.

Sightline on Shell’s Presence in Seattle

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Shell’s Polar Pioneer oil rig, incoming to Seattle Port’s Terminal 5. For those following the controversy of the Port of Seattle hosting Shell’s Arctic drilling rig, I recommend this 45-minute interview I did recently on KBOO , a community radio station in Portland. Photo by a friend of Sightline, used with permission.)

Seattle’s $28 Million Hole

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If you said, “Roman Catholicism,” your knowledge of Seattle mayors is exceptional! In 2005, the old Public Safety Building was torn down, and the city sold the vacant 57,000 square foot lot to Seattle-based Triad Development for $25 million. Following a nearly two-year deliberative process by the City Council, the measure was finally approved , and Seattle was set to have a new landmark join its skyline. The heart of downtown Seattle.

Seattle Goes Backward on Micro-housing

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Yesterday, to my dismay, the Seattle city council tightened rules on micro-apartments, the neo-rooming houses I lauded last year in Unlocking Home. The rules will likely prevent construction of hundreds of inexpensive living spaces from Seattle’s most-walkable neighborhoods over the next decade. As I wrote a year ago in the Seattle Times , SEATTLE should stop lying to itself about affordable housing. Exclusionary Is a Land-Value Tax Illegal in Seattle?

Seattle to fine residents, businesses for wasting too much food

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Seattle wants its residents to compost food scraps so much the city will begin fining homes, apartment buildings and businesses that throw away too much food mixed with their garbage, according to new rules passed by the city council. Starting in January, trash collectors “can take a cursory look each time they dump trash into a garbage truck,” the Seattle Times reported.

Portland, Seattle, San Francisco.

Eco-Vegan Girl

And also to Seattle for the second time, but it will be my first experience at the VegFest. I've already been to the following places in Seattle: Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe Hillside Sandwich Shop Might O' Donuts - must go back! portland travel SeattleI'm about to head to Portland and San Francisco for the first time! Afterwards I'm taking a roadtrip back to Los Angeles, stopping in San Francisco and a some other places along the way (like the Azna Gluten Free bakery).

Pan Pacific Seattle hotel: model of corporate social responsiblity.

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A very brief history of green wine Info News Views Our favs Useful resources Travel blogs we like Contact Pan Pacific Seattle hotel: model of corporate social responsiblity (CSR) 22 March 11 · 0 comments | Green Travel News | M olly Phillips , one of the Pacific Northwest ‘s most experienced sustainability leaders, is leading the transformation of the Pan Pacific Seattle hotel into a model of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Event: Yoram Bauman at Town Hall Seattle

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Book Cover, The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change Sightline Institute fellow and stand-up economist Yoram Bauman will introduce his new book, The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change , at a talk at Town Hall Seattle on Monday, June 9. Where : Town Hall Seattle (downstairs auditorium), 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA ( map ).

What Coal Trains Would Cost Seattle

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It must be election season because this morning the Seattle Times managed to contort the publication of a small-scale economic analysis into a Shocking Scandal in the Mayor’s Race ! The first draft of the report—an economic analysis of the impact to Seattle of coal exports—was simply not very good. Even weirder, coal export proponents seem to have seized on the Seattle Times election season spin as evidence that the report is somehow good news for them.

Some thoughts from the plane ride to Seattle

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On the plane to AERE Conference in Seattle I read Adamowicz's " What's it worth? " " review article: The present paper reviews activity in environmental valuation by examining trends in publication rates over the past three decades. It also provides an overview of the demand for environmental valuation by academic markets and by policy markets.

New Fund Will Help More Seattle Residents Build Rain Gardens

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RainWise garden Image by Lisa Stiffler Seattle’s RainWise rain-garden program is spreading green stormwater solutions across the city, but the rebate program has been out of reach for some homeowners with more modest incomes. RainWise is a joint program of Seattle Public Utilities and King County Wastewater Treatment Division. RainWise started in 2010 and has helped pay for more than 600 green stormwater projects in select Seattle neighborhoods.

Some thoughts from the AERE Conference in Seattle

Environmental Economics

The AERE Conference in Seattle was awesome*. It was well organized and well run, the papers and presentations were excellent. I attended four high quality valuation sessions. But still, I have a quibble or two. And, as usual, all quibbles are an increasing function of my own limitations. After the AERE Luncheon on Thursday I attended a session that was an extension of the pre-conference workshop on choice experiments (which I heard was really good).

Seattle Aquarium cancels octopus sex over cannibalism

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We know that humans are bizarre and voyeuristic, and this news out of Seattle is a glaring example. The Seattle Aquarium had invited guests to come and watch the octopus (octopi?) For the females and other creatures living at the Seattle Aquarium, freedom doesn’t look like something officials are willing to grant. mate for Valentine’s Day, because animal sex is a totally romantic date.

Car-less in Seattle

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There’s an automatic cost calculator at Edmunds.com , a manual one at Seattle’s One Less Car Challenge , and a guidebook about car costs –if you want to understand the data—at Todd Litman’s invaluable website for Victoria Transport Policy Institute.). by Jennifer Seattle is a very place to live carless. by Elisa Murray Related Stories Cargo bikes Unlocking Spare Bedrooms: Occupancy Limits Innovative Green Building at Seattle’s Via6.

It’s Accountability Time for Seattle Port Commissioners

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The oil drilling ship Noble Discoverer, seen April 5, 2012 in the Port of Seattle before its trip to Alaska for the summer Arctic drilling season. The irony oozing from the Port of Seattle these days is thicker than crude oil. During his election, Creighton even produced a video titled “Why should voters consider the environment a priority in the Port of Seattle race?”

Seattle Life Expectancy Soars

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Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score Seattle Life Expectancy Soars Posted by Clark Williams-Derry 12/13/2010 01:35 PM The surprising role of AIDS in the Emerald Citys health trends. Life expectancy in the city of Seattle has positively soared over the last couple of decades! Today, if Seattle were an independent nation, its life expectancy would rank second in the world, just a month behind Japans.

Seattle: The city I grew up in and long for

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Here’s how I’ve gauged how good it feels to come home in the past: Landing at SeaTac airport and swelling with pride as I see the familiar landscape come into view below the clouds. Driving north from a weekend in Portland or a longer excursion and coming up on the first outstanding view of downtown […].

Charts: Honest Elections Seattle is an Incredible Bargain

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Honest Elections Seattle , the citizens’ initiative to hold elected officials accountable and give ordinary voters a stronger voice in local elections, is financed by a special property tax levy of $3 million per year. For a city like Seattle, though, it’s “budget dust,” in the words of Bill Finkbeiner, former Republican leader of the Washington State Senate. Seattle’s 2015 budget is $4.8 Honest Elections Seattle will increase that by 0.062 percent.

Murray Compromise Lifts Seattle Rideshare Caps

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urbanists, flickr With everyone facing something to lose, representatives from Seattle’s new(ish) ‘rideshare’ industry stood alongside vehicle-for-hire owners and taxi owners and drivers Monday to announce a compromise brokered by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray that they all can apparently live with. Companies like Lyft, UberX, Sidecar, and any other competitors would be allowed to operate legally in Seattle, albeit under the scrutiny of city regulators.

Chris Evans and Chris Pratt Visit Seattle Children’s Hospital

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The two actors (and superheroes) named Chris had a Super Read More The post Chris Evans and Chris Pratt Visit Seattle Children’s Hospital appeared first on Ecorazzi. Chris Pratt may have lost his Super Bowl bet to Chris Evans, but it’s the children who won in the end. Causes News People Top News chris evans chris pratt