PubliCalendar: Education, Health, and Transit

Today's picks for civic nerds

By Kristen Farnam September 24, 2014

For Today

Universal Pre-K

Two competing prekindergarten measures will be on the upcoming November ballot—one, Prop. 1A, would mandate a $15 minimum wage for childcare workers and set a goal of reducing child care costs to no more than 10 percent of family income; the other, Prop 1B, would fund pre-K for about 2,000 3- and 4-year-olds. Only one can pass. Proponents of each measure will talk about what funding will look like and how it could impact families and educators if it passes in November.  

According to the League of Education Voters, only three out of 10 three- and four-year-olds were enrolled in a pre-K program last year.

PubliCola has done a lot of coverage on the pre-K issue.

Universal Pre-K, Wed, Sept 24, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, free

For Thursday

An Expert's Guide to Medical Marijuana

Michael Backes will be speaking about his book, Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana and discussing his vision of the future of cannabis in this country. Backes is head of research and development for the medical marijuana clinic Abatin Wellness Center, and also founded Cornerstone Collective, California's first research-based medical pot collective.

Washington state legalized recreational marijuana earlier this summer, throwing the future of the state's largely unregulated medical marijuana stores into legal limbo. Except for Colorado, all other states that have legalized pot have only made it legal for medical uses.

An Expert’s Guide to Medical Marijuana, Thu, Sept 25, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

For Friday

Learn About the U District Light Rail Station

Sound Transit, Metro, and Seattle Department of Transportation will be presenting plans for the University District light rail station and answering questions from the community about what the new station will look like, how nearby street use could change when light rail opens, and what impact the new rail stop will have on light rail and Metro service.

Construction has already begun at the U District station, which is set to open in 2021.

UDP Urban Design Committee Meeting, Fri, Sept 26, 8–10am, University Heights Center, Room 209, 5031 University Way NE, free

Advance Notice for October 8

One Year of ObamaCare

Learn how the Affordable Care Act, which launched a year ago with the goals of improving public health, improving the patient experience, and cutting health-care costs, has impacted Washington state from this panel of experts, including Washington state health secretary John Wiesman and Dorothy Teeter, director of Washington Health Care Authority director.

Health Benefit Exchange is Washington's health benefits marketplace that was created under the Affordable Care Act.

One Year of ObamaCare, Wed, Oct 8, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

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