For Today

West Seattle Transportation Coalition General Meeting

Join the WSTC and mayor Ed Murray's transportation policy advisor Andrew Glass Hastings Tuesday night to discuss transit related issues facing West Seattle and the city as a whole. Several topics will be on the docket, including the fallout from Proposition 1's failure (see yesterday morning's Fizz), and earthquake contingency plans.

The WSTC's new and returning board members will be confirmed at the beginning of the evening, and the festivities will conclude after a quick brainstorm of topics to address with Washington State Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson at the next meeting, June 10. 

WSTC General Meeting, Tue, May 13, 6:30–8:30 pm, High Point Neighborhood House, 6400 Sylvan Way SW, free. 

For Wednesday

Community Budget Workshop

The Seattle City Council is looking for input on 2015-16 spending priorities, and has one more workshop remaining on the schedule.

This final workshop will be focused on public safety and civil rights. The agenda begins with a brief presentation from the City Budget Office before attendees break into small groups to discuss the details with council members.

Community Budget Workshop, Wed, May 14, 6–8pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center Room 111, 4408 Delridge Way SW, free. 

For Thursday

Rabbi Donniel Hartman: Putting God Second

In this installment of Faith and Values in the Public Square, Seattle University hosts Rabbi Hartman– President of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and Director of the Engaging Israel Project– for a discussion of religion in the modern world. 

Despite his title and affiliations, Hartman will discuss how putting god second can help save religion from itself. 

We've never had a two-way conversation with god, but we're pretty confident he, she, it wouldn't resent being second fiddle to making the world a better place. And if he/she/it isn't on board with that, well ...

Having said that, we'll now be avoiding kites, umbrellas, and all other tall, metal objects like the plague. 

Faith and Values in the Public Square Presents Rabbi Donniel Hartman, Thu, May 15, 7–9 pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, free ticket required. 

Advance Notice For June 17

Civic Trailblazers

Seattle City Club's annual benefit luncheon this year celebrates the civic activism of Martha Kongsgard, winner of the 2014 Nancy Nordhoff Civic Leadership Award.

Kongsgard, whose work with the Kongsgard-Goldman Foundation, Washington Women's Foundation, and the UW College of the Environment helped her become chair of the Leadership Council of Puget Sound Partnership and co-chair of the Puget Sound Institute, will recieve the award before a speech from Larry Kramer.

Kramer, formerly the dean of Stanford Law School, has been President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation since 2012. Kramer will speak about the Foundation's current effort to mitigate political polarization across the country.

Civic Trailblazers, Tue, June 17, 11:30 am–1:30 pm, Westlake Westin, 1900 5th Ave, $75–1500. 

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