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Nick Licata

Nick Licata was a Seattle City Councilmember for 18 years, the Nation named him as Progressive Municipal Official of the Year and he is the Founding Board Chair of Local Progress, a network of a thousand urban progressive elected officials. He authored Becoming a Citizen Activist, www.becomingacitizenactivist.org

REVIEW: “Seattle’s Medic One: How We Don’t Die”

Before Medic One, Seattle firefighters had responded to thousands of medical emergencies. But residents needed a faster and more effective life-saving service regardless of their location or ability to pay, and there needed to be an equitable way to cover the costs of this new service.

A Thoughtful Defense Of Sawant as City Council Sparkplug

Sawant’s faults are real, as is evident by the rise of challengers to her reelection this Fall. But it's unfair to make her a scapegoat.

Think local to fight Gerrymandering

By Nick Licata and Roger Scott The Supreme Court recently gave the green light to 29 states (with 46%...

Teed Off: What’s Best Use for Seattle’s Public Golf Courses?

A recently released city study and comments from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan have stirred up a conversation about whether our public golf...

Nick Licata: I Watched Extremism Blow Up The SDS

Fifty years ago, this June, the Students for a Democratic Society held its last united National Convention. It was torn apart by...

A New Book Deplores How Real Estate Rules Most Cities

Urban planners are either praised or criticized for designing our cities. Planner Samuel Stein’s Capital City – Gentrification and the Real Estate...

Trump’s ‘collusion trap’ and how to avoid it

Democrats and critics of President Trump have accepted a false premise that has blinded them to his actual wrong doing. By focusing on “collusion” they provided a...

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Overtime pay for arts workers: the debate continues

"I believe that if right now there is a huge increase in salaries forced by the government, the organization I know best will have to do the very thing that will kill it: cut its quality."

Exploring the Guns-Race Connection

It’s no wonder that gun rights, racism, white nationalism and issues of masculinity continue to swirl together in a toxic brew.

Hip Portland Confronts Its Nihilists

Portland has not become a micro version of Hong Kong; most of the activity is not directed against a repressive government. It’s primarily a staged event for social media, used to recruit for a motley assortment of fascists and white nationalists on the right and masked and violence-prone pushback on the left.

REVIEW: “Seattle’s Medic One: How We Don’t Die”

Before Medic One, Seattle firefighters had responded to thousands of medical emergencies. But residents needed a faster and more effective life-saving service regardless of their location or ability to pay, and there needed to be an equitable way to cover the costs of this new service.

Two Writers: One Bernadette

If ever a film was sure to raise cries of “It’s not like the book,” Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is that film.