Home Page
Link to Mayor McGinn Blog Home Link to Mayor McGinn Web Site Home Page Link to Mayor McGinn About Us Page Contact Us

Mayor Mike McGinn left office on January 1, 2014.
This website is for archival purposes only, and is no longer updated.

City of Seattle

November 18, 1:39 PM click here to comment > 0

The Reader – Working to build better broadband

From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
News, Updates, and Information
Click here to receive this via email.


Partnering with UW and private sector on high-speed fiber broadband

In partnership with the University of Washington and the national Gig.U initiative, for the first time Seattle will offer to lease access to its unused “dark fiber” to private companies for broadband networks up to 100 times faster than what is currently available. Gig.U is a national initiative to spur innovation and economic growth by bringing high-speed fiber to neighborhoods and business districts near 37 universities across the country.

The City has more than 500 miles of dark fiber, and we are inviting the private sector to make use of it. By leasing City fiber, private providers could connect service to residents and businesses in neighborhoods near UW facilities. The leases could help the City recover the costs of installing the fiber.

We are encouraging companies interested in leasing fiber from the City and UW to respond to the Request for Information by December 2.

For more details, see our blog post, Gig.U’s statement, or coverage by GeekWire or Crosscut.

Occupy Seattle update
Mayor McGinn released a statement following the Tuesday night’s protests related to Occupy Seattle, which has been attracting media attention. You can see his full statement on the blog.

KEXP and Seattle Center sign lease
Mayor McGinn announced on Tuesday the signing of a ground-breaking lease agreement between KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle and Seattle Center that provides a home on the Seattle Center campus for the public radio station for many years to come. The agreement, which makes available the Northwest Rooms and adjacent courtyard to KEXP in exchange for rent and in-kind services, brings key elements to Seattle’s civic living room: radio broadcasts and performances from the KEXP studios of music that matters to the greater community and beyond.

“It was Seattle’s love for great music that brought us here today,” said Mayor McGinn. “Since the idea of hosting KEXP at Seattle Center was first introduced, I have heard from thousands of supportive fans by letter, phone, and email. As a result of this lease, beginning in 2013 KEXP listeners all around the world will hear ‘Live from KEXP at Seattle Center’ and share a little bit of what makes our city so exceptional.”

Final Road Safety Summit forum Monday

How can we make Seattle roads safer? Share your ideas with us:
Monday, November 21st, 6-8 pm
Southwest Community Center
2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126
RSVP here.

The forum will consist of a short presentation of background data and then small group discussions. Submit your comments at the end of the discussion period.

Can’t make it on Monday?
By the end of the day on November 23rd, provide your thoughts and ideas on how to improve safety on Seattle streets. Or host your own meeting and report back to the workgroup.

The Summit workgroup will present its recommendations on Monday, December 12th in the Bertha Knight Landes room at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Ave, Seattle WA 98104). This final meeting will be an opportunity to hear what the next steps are for Road Safety in Seattle.

Preparing for winter weather

Local weather forecasters are predicting below freezing temperatures this weekend, and now is a good time to prepare for winter weather. In the event of ice or snow, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews will patrol elevated structures and known icy spots, and treat them with liquid de-icer. SDOT has plows ready, along with salt and salt brine in case they are needed.

The City will do what it can in the event of ice or snow, but residents need to be prepared in case conditions deteriorate quickly. Give yourself more time and know the winter storm routes in case you have to change your plans due to the weather. During a storm event, residents can see the progress of SDOT plows and check real-time traffic cameras at the new Winter Weather Response website.

You can also help prepare for winter storms by adopting a local storm drain or drainage ditch by keeping it clear of leaves, snow and other debris. We also joined Cliff Mass and UW Atmospheric Sciences to develop Seattle RainWatch, which gives neighborhood-level precipitation forecasts to help you see what’s happening around you and plan ahead.

Upcoming Events (for more see

Nov 21: 6 p.m. – Road Safety Summit public forum #3, Southwest Community Center (2801 SW Thistle St)

Nov 25: 12p.m. – Stormwater: Life in the Gutter, Carkeek Park (950 NW Carkeek Park Rd)

Dec 3: 11 a.m. – Neighborhood Town Hall with Mayor McGinn, Cafe Flora (2901 East Madison St)

What we’re reading:
Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases

More Small Businesses Are Pulling Their Accounts Out Of Big Banks

Coal Exports Are Bigger Threat Than Tar Sands Pipeline

Study: One in Seven Blacks in Washington State Disenfranchised

To subscribe to The Reader via email, click here.

Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill