Meeting on Capitol Hill to Consider Neighborhood Preservation Solutions


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/12/2014

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Meeting on Capitol Hill to Consider Neighborhood Preservation Solutions

SEATTLECouncilmember Tom Rasmussen will host a special City Council Transportation Committee meeting on Capitol Hill Monday evening. Monday’s meeting will include a discussion of legislation Rasmussen has introduced to strengthen the City’s’ efforts to retain existing, character-rich, buildings in Capitol Hill’s Pike/Pine neighborhood.

"The legislation (Council Bill 118096) is intended to support new growth, and to encourage the restoration and re-use of historic Capitol Hill buildings that are at risk of being destroyed to make way for new buildings," said Rasmussen.  "This bill strengthens incentives to preserve the pre-1940s buildings that help make Pike/Pine the unique and popular neighborhood it is today.  The legislation is the result of many discussions and meetings with property owners and community members for more than a year.  I thank everyone who has been working with me to develop the proposed legislation and I look forward to hearing public comments at the meeting."

At the meeting, Councilmembers will also discuss traffic volumes, traffic speeds, and collisions that are summarized in the 2012 Traffic Report prepared by the Seattle Department of Transportation.  The committee will also be briefed on a new technique to protect trees in construction zones.

WHAT:
Special meeting of the Seattle City Council’s Transportation Committee

WHEN/WHERE: 
Monday, May 12, 2014, 6:00 8:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue, Seattle (Fellowship Hall)

WHO:
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Councilmember Jean Godden
Public

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Council Approves Bicycle Master Plan Update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/14/2014

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Council Approves Bicycle Master Plan Update

SEATTLE – Following a year-long discussion about safe and comfortable bicycling in Seattle, the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan Update (BMP) was passed by Full Council today with a vote of 9-0.

Resolution 31515, which officially approves the BMP, emphasizes the transformational new way of thinking about bicycle projects within Seattle. The Plan makes safety a top priority for all roadway users, including cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicle drivers. The Plan also makes recommendations for 238 new miles of neighborhood greenways that will create safe, healthy streets in our neighborhoods. The Plan additionally incorporates new and improved bicycle project design standards developed by National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) for intersections, signs and markings, and protected bicycle lanes.

The BMP legislation, sponsored by Transportation Committee Chair Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, expands on the 2007 BMP.  The 2014 Plan Update was developed in partnership with members of the Council’s Transportation Committee, the Executive, and the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB), and reflects comments submitted by stakeholder groups and neighborhood representatives during numerous community open house meetings over the last eighteen months. 

Rasmussen expressed pride following Full Council adoption.  "I want to thank my colleagues and the members of our community who have demonstrated continued interest in the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan.  Your comments have been appreciated, and the adoption of this Resolution ensures bicycling in Seattle is safe and comfortable for users of all ages and abilities," said Rasmussen.  "I also want to thank the local representatives and stakeholders who care deeply about bicycling in their neighborhoods.  I am committed to ensuring that SDOT will include you during the development of bicycle projects in your community."

"Public transportation and safe cycling are two issues that brought me to City Hall," said Councilmember Mike O’Brien, and member of the Transportation Committee.  "I’ve been a steadfast supporter of safe streets and city cycling from the beginning, and updating the BMP is a big step in that direction."

"I am confident that as we move forward with the Bicycle Master Plan, community engagement and input will play an important role in shaping priorities and ensuring the Plan is consistent with the needs of residents," said Councilmember Jean Godden, and member of the Committee.

"With this Plan we will enhance neighborhoods across the city and create a network of Neighborhood Greenways for all ages and abilities," said Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.  "Thanks to Councilmember Rasmussen and to SDOT, our growing Seattle Neighborhood Greenways group is brimming with potential and possibility."

The Plan requires an annual implementation progress report be submitted to Council and reviewed and endorsed by SBAB; and, will be updated every 5-7 years.

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Councilmember Rasmussen to host ‘Little City Halls’ in West Seattle, South Park


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/7/2014

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Councilmember Rasmussen to host ‘Little City Halls’ in West Seattle, South Park

SEATTLECouncilmember Tom Rasmussen will host “Little City Halls” at various locations in West Seattle and South Park over the month of April to chat with anyone interested in engaging with their Seattle City Councilmember. Members of the public can drop-in during any of the scheduled times to talk about any issues of their choosing.

“Getting to City Hall downtown can be pretty inconvenient for West Seattleites, so I thought I should bring City Hall to you,” said Councilmember Rasmussen. “I hope you’ll stop by to chat about any issues important to you.”

The Little Town Halls are free, open to all-ages and no advance registration is required.

WHAT: “Little City Halls” with Councilmember Rasmussen

WHEN/WHERE:
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
SW Branch Seattle Public Library
9010 – 35th Avenue S.W.

Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
West Seattle Senior Center-Cafe
4217 S.W. Oregon St.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
South Park Community Center – North Social Room
8319 – 8th Ave. S.

WHO:
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
Public

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Ceremony to unveil “Rev. Dr. S. McKinney Ave.” honorary street sign


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/28/2014

Ceremony to unveil "Rev. Dr. S. McKinney Ave." honorary street sign

SeattleJoin Seattle City Councilmembers Bruce Harrell and Tom Rasmussen as they honor Reverend Dr. Samuel B. McKinney in a ceremony following Sunday service at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Dr. McKinney, the keynote speaker for the service, will unveil recently-installed street signs to honorarily name a portion of 19th Avenue as "Rev. Dr. S. McKinney Ave." Councilmembers, Executive Constantine, Mayor Murray, and community members will also deliver remarks.

WHAT:
Ceremony to unveil "Rev. Dr. S. McKinney Ave." honorary street sign

WHEN:
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 1:00 p.m. after Mt. Zion Baptist Church services

WHERE:
Corner of 19th Avenue and E. Madison St.
Outside Mt. Zion Baptist Church

WHO:
Reverend Dr. Samuel B. McKinney
King County Executive Dow Constantine
Mayor Ed Murray
Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
King County Councilmember Larry Gossett
Seattle Human Rights Commission
Seattle/King County NAACP
United Black Christian Clergy of Washington
Black Heritage Society of Washington State
The Washington Foundation
Community Members
Public

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City Hall to host inauguration ceremony for Seattle Mayor, Councilmembers, and City Attorney


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/31/2013

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
Councilmember Tim Burgess
Councilmember Sally J. Clark
Councilmember Jean Godden
Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Councilmember Nick Licata
Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
Councilmember Kshama Sawant

City Hall to host inauguration ceremony for Seattle Mayor, Councilmembers, and City Attorney

SEATTLE – City Hall will host the inauguration ceremony for Seattle officials elected in November 2013, including Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Kshama Sawant. Officials will each take an Oath of Office ceremony and provide brief remarks. A reception will be held in City Hall’s Bertha Knight Landes room after the program ends at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Councilmembers will vote on new council committee assignments beforehand, at the regular Full Council meeting at 2:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. The Council meeting and inauguration ceremony will be Webcast live on Seattle Channel 21 and on the City Council’s website.

WHAT: 2014 Inauguration Ceremony for Seattle elected officials

WHEN: Monday, January 6, 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lobby, 1st Floor, Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue)

WHO:
Mayor Ed Murray
Councilmember Kshama Sawant
Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
Councilmember Nick Licata
Councilmember Mike O’Brien
City Attorney Pete Holmes
All Seattleites

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