School Road Safety is about to get more money. Will we only get more signs?
The School Road Safety Plan is about to have more money to work with. Will we only get more signs?

For Today

School Road Safety Workshop

Starting in 2015 the School Road Safety Plan will dictate millions of dollars' worth of spending priorities to improve school safety.

Be a part of the conversation at the Northeast Branch Seattle Public Library tonight, including a brief presentation from the Seattle Department of Transportation and a walking tour of nearby schools. 

School Road Safety Workshop, Tue, May 27, 6–7:30 pm, Northeast Branch Seattle Public Library, 6801 35th Ave NE, free.

For Wednesday

Can We Beat the Surveillance State? 

Author Ramez Naam will be at Ada's Technical Books to discuss Nexus and Crux, his dystopian novels about government mind control, the surveillance state, international espionage, and how people might use both technology and the political process to move the world toward greater freedom.

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1), who has led a long battle against NSA spying, recently cast a vote against the so-called USA Freedom Act, which will add guidelines to the NSA's metadata surveillance programs. It passed 303-121 despite her concerns that the Act didn't sufficiently protect U.S. citizens from government surveillance. 

Naam's insights may become even more important if Rep. DelBene's concerns turn out to be true. 

Can We Beat the Surveillance State?, Wed, May 28, 7–9 pm, Ada's Technical Books, 425 15th Ave E, free

For Thursday

Unpacking McLeary at Town Hall

Confused by the impact of the State Supreme Court's 2012 ruling in McLeary v. State, which determined that the state legislature has failed in its constitutional obligation to fully fund public education? Town Hall and the Washington State Budget and Policy Center are hosting a meeting to explore the effects of the decision, discuss upcoming funding priorities, and develop methods to maximize educational equity in the state.

The McLeary ruling says the state needs to come up with an additional $3.5 billion to fund basic education by 2018.

Who knows—the state might have to start selling things on Craigslist. We call dibs on George!

Unpacking McLeary at Town Hall, Thu, May 29, 7:30–8:45 pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, $5.


Advance Notice For June 4

June Civic Cocktail

Join Seattle CityClub for cocktails and a conversation with Nick Hanauer, a local entrepreneuer leading the fight to raise the minimum wage both locally and nationally.

Hanauer (who served on Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, Q13 Fox News' C.R. Douglas, Knute Berger of Crosscut, and LA Times Seattle Bureau Chief Maria La Ganga will discuss the minimum wage as well as income inequality, gun control, education reform and other top political issues.

This is your last chance for a while to try to get on Seattle Channel's broadcast of the event, which goes on hiatus until October.

June Civic Cocktail, Wed, June 4, 5:30– 7 pm, Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave, $10–$15.

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