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The Reader – Council approves mayor’s regulatory reform proposal

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Council approves Mayor McGinn’s regulatory reform proposal
On Monday, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a package of regulatory reforms submitted by Mayor McGinn and composed by community stakeholders.

“Today’s Council vote supports jobs, urban vitality and environmental sustainability by removing outdated and unneeded regulations,” said Mayor McGinn. “I thank the City Council for their due diligence and approval of these regulatory reforms, first announced last summer as part of my Jobs Plan. I especially thank Councilmember Richard Conlin, not only for his leadership on the Council in gaining approval for this package of reforms, but for his dedication to reforming city regulations in a way that helps protect and encourage what makes Seattle a great city.”

Mayor and Executive announce innovative partnership for rural protections and urban densities
Mayor McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed a new development incentive program that will invest millions of dollars in community infrastructure projects in the South Lake Union neighborhood, while preserving the working forests and farms that supply Seattle and its residents with fresh locally grown food.

“This is the definition of win-win,” said Mayor McGinn. “We will continue to concentrate growth in our urban neighborhoods, where the jobs are and where people want to live and work. In return we will receive important benefits for the city and permanently secure more rural areas as forests and working farms.”

“By partnering with Seattle we can help create a healthy urban environment, while preserving 25,000 acres of the region’s working forests and farms – the same farms that supply the City’s restaurants and farmers markets with fresh local food,” said Executive Constantine.

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Mayor thanks Council for helping make broadband fiber available for lease

Since 1998 Seattle has been part of a partnership that has been installing and maintaining fiber optic cable to link facilities around the city. The partnership includes the University of Washington, King County, Seattle Public Schools, Washington State Ferries, Port of Seattle, US Coast Guard and some 10 other government and education agencies. To date that network has more than 500 miles of fiber optic cable in the greater Seattle area.

The legislation, submitted by the mayor, allows the partnership to lease the excess fiber to private third parties to provide high speed internet services and increase competition among service providers.

“The Council’s vote allows us to challenge the private sector to use our unused fiber to provide better service to homes and businesses,” said Mayor McGinn. “To compete in the world economy means that we need better digital infrastructure to support local innovation, create jobs and improve our quality of life.”

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Ask the Mayor live on Seattle Channel, Wednesday, July 25, 7 p.m.
What’s your question for the mayor? Mayor McGinn joins host Brian Callanan for Ask the Mayor on Seattle Channel, Cable 21. Here are the ways you can get in on the conversation:

Upcoming Events (for more see

July 25, 7:00 p.m. – Ask the Mayor (Seattle Channel – Cable 21)

July 26, 6:30 p.m. – Ballard Neighborhood Greenway Open House, Adams Elementary School Cafeteria (6110 28th Ave NW)

July 28, 11:00 a.m. – Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands Community Design Meeting, Rainier Beach Urban Farm (5513 S Cloverdale St)

July 31, 6:00 p.m. – Green Lake Public Meeting for bench pads, Green Lake Community Center (7201 E Green Lake Dr N)

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