PubliCalendar: Metro Funding, Cocktails with Murray, and the Business of Global Warming
Today's picks for civic nerds.
King County Metro Hearing
The King County Council is giving you a chance to speak about the potential Metro cuts, which could—if voters don't approve a new vehicle license fee and sales tax increase—add up to as much as 17 percent of bus service in the county.
How are buses crucial to your daily life? How will the cuts affect you?
Share your story at this hearing, and RSVP to let them know you're coming.
Metro Hearing, Tue, February 4, 6–8pm, Union Station, 401 S Jackson, free.
Wanna ask Ed Murray about the $15 minimum wage or the search for the new police chief? Here's your chance. CityClub is hosting a discussion with our new mayor, moderated by Joni Balter, on Murray's priorities and goals.
Other guests include Seattle City Council president Tim Burgess and Real Change director Tim Harris.
Civic Cocktail, Wed, February 5, 6pm, The Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave, $12 (advance) $15 (door price).
Investing in Global Warming
We all know (and most of us acknowledge) that the earth is heating up, thanks to technology, carbon emissions, and the exurbs!—and it means that our way of life is leaving the planet significantly damaged for future generations.
While you're trying to do everything you can to decrease your carbon footprint, guess what some businesses are doing: banking on profits from the coming apocalypse. McKenzie Funk, author of Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming, will be discussing big business's crass reaction to global warming—buying water companies, investing in storm-blocking technologies—and the profits for some that could create problems for many of us.
McKenzie Funk: Getting Rich from Climate Change, Wed, February 5, 7:30–9pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.
A Non-Depressing Talk
After hearing McKenzie Funk talk about just how screwed we are by global warming and capitalism, you might feel helpless and hopeless. That's where Lynn Fitz-Hugh (350Seattle) and the Common Good Cafe come in.
Calling her talk on climate change "non-depressing," Fitz-Hugh will focus on what can be done about our planet's crisis at every level, including what you can do as an individual citizen.
A Non-Depressing Talk on Climate Change, Thu, February 6, 7pm, 1415 NE 43rd St, free.
Advance Notice for February 28
Dinner for North Helpline
Eat spaghetti and support North Helpline Emergency Services & Food Bank. The Lake City Lions Club is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner event with food, live music, wine and beer, and raffles.
All proceeds go to supporting North Helpline in its 25-year mission to reduce hunger and poverty in Seattle.
Spaghetti Dinner, Fri, February 28, 5–7:30pm, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, $10.
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