Smartypants guide to Civic Cocktail: Ed Murray

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Our Civic Cocktail gathering next Wednesday will feature a special guest, Mayor Ed Murray, to talk about his plans for 2015. But expect him to be open to questions about pretty much all things Seattle from host Joni Balter and the audience.

We will also be talking about one of the big issues in state government: Gov. Jay Inslee's proposals for dealing with climate change. Exploring the issue will be a panel of three experts — Yoram Bauman, sometimes known as The World's First and Only Stand-up Economist; Rod Brown, co-chair of the governor's Carbon Emissions Reduction Task Force and Cascadia Law Group partner; and The Nature Conservancy's Mike Stevens.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. March 4 at Tom Douglas' Palace Ballroom, and the program, cosponsored with Seattle City Club and Seattle Channel, starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Crosscut or CityClub members, $25 for the general public and $25 at the door. You can register here. We hope to see you there, but if for some reason you can't make it, you can catch the program later on the Seattle Channel.

Balter will be joined by a panel of journalists that will include Ashley Ahearn of KUOW, Enrique Cerna from KCTS-9 and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

Whether you attend or watch later on TV, here's some background reading to turn you into a smartypants on the mayor's plans and the climate-change discussions in Olympia.

City Hall

"Mayor Murray's new plans for more Seattle transparency, equity," Crosscut.

"City Council takes first step toward comprehensive privacy plan," Crosscut.

"Seattle looking at paid parental leave," Crosscut.

"Ed Murray's power surge: Council turnover and district elections will increase the mayor's clout," Seattle Weekly.

Climate change

"Inslee wants to limit carbon emissions, help with budget," Crosscut.

"Inslee and Obama are playing a new political game: DOA leadership," Crosscut.

"Governor Jay Inslee looks to climate lessons from Europe, Asia," Crosscut.

"Stand-up economist, illustrator take comic book look at climate change," The Herald.

And, in case you missed our February Civic Cocktail, Seattle Channel has the broadcast on the state budget (Republican Sen. Steve Litzow and Democratic Rep. Ross Hunter were great ) and higher education here.


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