The Smartypants Guide to February's Civic Cocktail

Ed Murray on that new job. And a panel on making downtown family friendly.
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Go-slow Murray is fast-tracking a progressive agenda.

Ed Murray on that new job. And a panel on making downtown family friendly.

New Mayor Ed Murray has been in office less than a month, but he's already joining us at Civic Cocktail, Crosscut's first-Wednesday civic community dialogue with City Club and the Seattle Channel, for audience and media questions. Also joining us for a discussion of efforts to create a safe and family-friendly Downtown Seattle is a special panel, featuring Downtown Seattle Association's Kate Joncas, Seattle Metro Chamber CEO Maud Daudon and City Councilmember Tim Burgess, a former Seattle police officer. 

Host Joni Balter will lead the discussion and a panel of journalists will toss in their own questions: Tim Harris of Real Change News; Steve Scher of KUOW and Crosscut's Berit Anderson. 

So join us at a special location — the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. on Wedneday, Feb. 5. (We will be back at Tom Douglas' Palace Ballroom in March, although that will be on Thursday, March 6. Details later.) Doors open at 5:30, event begins at 6. Register here with co-host CityClub. Seattle Channel will broadcast it later; you can find all their past Civic Cocktail broadcasts here

And, whether you attend or not, here's a quick guide to keep you well-informed on the two issues:

Mayor Murray's new administration

"Hizzoner: A working class kid makes good," Bill Lucia, Crosscut. 

"10 Big Challenges Await Mayor Murray," David Brewster, Crosscut. 

"A mayoral to-do list for Ed Murray," Knute Berger, Crosscut.

"Murray and Sawant: Allies or antagonistas?" Knute Berger, Crosscut.

"Police leadership shaken up as Murray presses reform," Bill Lucia, Crosscut.

Downtown Seattle

"Seattle's dirty little secret of downtown safety," Jordan Royer, Crosscut.

"Five ways to end homelessness," Sandy Brown, Crosscut.

"Ingredients for designing a family-friendly downtown," AIA Seattle, summary of a forum the architects group co-sponsored. 

"Pitching a bigger tent," Aaron Burkhalter, Real Change, on ending homelessness.

"Private garages, parking apps and the quest to save waterfront parking," Bill Lucia, Crosscut.

We hope to see your there for great conversation and some great snacks and drinks catered by Tom Douglas. 

This story has been updated since it first appeared to correct the location of the event.


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