February Civic Cocktail
Higher education is the primary topic of February's Civic Cocktail, presented by CityClub, Crosscut and Seattle Channel. Washington State University president Elson Floyd will discuss education funding under Supreme Court mandate.
Floyd is joined by Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48, Medina) and Sen. Steve Litzow (R-41, Mercer Island), who will forecast the issues Washington state legislators will undoubtedly squabble over in the coming months.
February Civic Cocktail, Wed, Feb 4, 6pm, Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave, $25
The communities of West Seattle and South Park are about to get their first official seat on the Seattle City Council, and at least three candidates want that seat. Do they want it enough to partake in a winner-take-all midnight death match? Almost certainly not. Enough to share a stage for an introductory community forum? Absolutely.
The three official candidates (Amanda Kay Helmick, Chas Redmond, and George Capestany) will field questions suggested by West Seattle Blog readers, as well as partake in an audience Q & A session. The event will be moderated by WSB editor Tracy Record.
But what's going to change, really, when District 1 already had representation in councilmember, local Tom Rasmussen? "He has not by any measure been West Seattle-centric," says Record, pushing back on my assertion that Rasmussen was a 'de facto' West Seattle council member. "This is the first time West Seattle and South Park will have a city council member it can hold accountable for this area's unique challenges and concerns in a time of transition."
Seattle City Council District 1: First Look, Thu, Feb 5, 7pm, Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, Free
Advance Notice for February 10
Hack the Commute is a community project presented by the City of Seattle and Commute Seattle, where teams of digital wizards are invited to come together and "hack" tech-based solutions for problems arising from our city's constant growth. Mainly: transportation.
New apps, improvements on existing apps, data management solutions, design ideas—all are welcome so long as they help improve biking, walking, parking, driving, or using public transit. Tech solutions developed by each team will be judged and winners decided in March.
Next week's kickoff event will provide more information, including scheduling and registration details. Make sure to RSVP.
Hack the Commute Kickoff Event, Tue, Feb 10, 4pm, WeWork, 500 Yake Ave N, Free