Great City is hosting a City Council Candidate Potluck as a “thank you” to our fantastic donors and leadership. This is an opportunity to meet and greet candidates in a casual atmosphere while enjoying great food.

Candidates will bring dishes made from local ingredients, and a handpicked “Celebrity Chef/Foodie Panel of Judges” will evaluate the candidates’ entries using criteria entirely unrelated to the candidates’ ability to get elected! Prizes will be awarded.

The event will take place at Weber Thompson’s innovative LEED Platinum headquarters in South Lake Union. Tours of the building will be offered.

Who: Great City Donors and Leaders
Where: Weber Thompson, 225 Terry Ave N
When: Wednesday, June 24th, 5:30 – 7:30

Please RSVP to


Richard Conlin, Sally Bagshaw, Dorsal Plants, Marty Kaplan, Nick Licata, Jesse Israel, Mike O’Brien, Robert Rosencrantz, Jordan Royer, David Miller, Bobby Forch, David Ginsberg

Celebrity Chef/Foodie Judges:
Tamara Murphy (Chef/Foodie: Brasa, Elliott Bay Café, Burning Beast, James Beard Award recipient)

Seth Caswell (Chef/Foodie: Stumbling Goat, Chef’s Collaborative, Emmer & Rye, Burning Beast)

Sue McCown (Pastry Chef/Foodie: W Hotel, Earth and Ocean, Coco La Ti Da)

Dean DeCrease (Local Food Systems Advocate/Foodie: The Fourth Element, Festivore, Re:Vision Labs, Burning Beast)

Erica C. Barnett (Journalist/Blogger/Foodie: Publicola, news editor, formerly with the Stranger, C is for Cocina)


I have been reading some articles about bike helmets for quite some time, but Mikael over at Copenhagenize really riled me up this time over the Matthew Modine controversy. The truth of that matter is that mandatory helmet laws are a problem. They negatively impact cycling use and are a scapegoat for any real cycling safety issues. Luckily its an incredibly easy thing to fix and a few cultural and political changes could help us establish a true cycling culture here in Seattle. My suggestions for our fair city:

- Due away with the King County Helmet Law

- Encourage the inclusion of both helmeted and non-helmeted cyclists photos in advocacy materials.

- Do not include helmets as a priority in safety materials.

- Do not put blame helmets for cycle injuries or deaths

- Use the non-helmeted cycle lane symbol

I am interested to hear people’s thoughts and comments but first, I suggest reading some of the following:

Get the Torches! Its a bike helmet Witchhunt!

Evaluating the Health Benefits of Bicycle Helmet Laws

What’s Wrong with Bicycle Helmets?

Don’t Get Scared, Get the Facts

Helmets or Health?

Culture of Fear – Cykelhjelm Society


Thursday, June 11th
12:00 – 1:30 pm
GGLO Space at the Steps (enter through door located about ¼ of the way down the Harbor Steps)
1301 First Ave, Level A

What does a Housing Levy funded building look like?
Who lives there? How are these projects financed?
Are they green?

Panelists from non-profit housing providers will answer these questions and more.

Housing Levy Overview: Anna Markee, Seattle Outreach Director, Housing Development Consortium. HDC is the 21 year old association of the affordable housing community in King County. They have played a lead role in passing the last two housing levies in Seattle.

Kate Stineback, Housing and Community Developer, Capitol Hill Housing. Kate currently leads a community and economic development effort focused on the 12th Avenue corridor, spanning both the Capitol Hill and Central Area neighborhoods.

Eric Pravitz, Director of Real Estate Development, HomeSight. HomeSight develops affordable homeownership opportunities for low-income first time homebuyers. They concentrate in the Rainier Valley and Central Area.

Jessica Cohen, Housing Developer, Downtown Emergency Service Center. DESC serves chronically homeless adults and saves public resources through their nationally acclaimed Housing First model.

Great City’s brownbag lunch forum series is generously hosted by GGLO


Join hosts Richard Conlin, Bill Farmer, Rob Gala, Matt Lincecum, Michael McGinn, Brady Montz, Sara Nelson, Mike, O’Brien, Linda Patterson, Jeff Reibman, Cathy Tuttle, Frank Video and Sally Wolf
for food, drinks, and to learn about the Seattle Green Bag Campaign!

Time: June 18th from 6pm to 8pm
Location: Fremont Brewing Company
Street: 3409 Woodland Park Ave. North, Seattle, WA

$35 to attend – but remember, the plastic lobby and Big Oil are ready to spend $2 million to defeat this measure. Please contribute what you can, large or small.
RSVP to Ansley at or 206 300 5169

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