Smartypants guide to April's Civic Cocktail

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Next Wednesday's Civic Cocktail will feature veteran City Councilmembers Sally Clark, Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen, all of whom decided not to seek re-election this year. Host Joni Balter will delve into the council members' years of experience to discuss the challenges facing the next City Council, why they decided not to run again, and what all the first-time candidates this year could mean for the city.

Port Commissioner Tom Albro will also be there to discuss topics involving the port, including the recent decision to lease port space for use by Shell's Arctic drilling fleet.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. on April 1 at the Tom Douglas' Palace Ballroom, and program starts at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event, co-sponsored by Crosscut with Seattle Channel and Seattle City Club, 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.

Whether you attend or watch later on TV, here's some background reading to turn you into a smartypants on Seattle City Council and the Port of Seattle.

Seattle City Council

"Meet the Districts," Crosscut, Dec. 9, 2013.

"Why Councilmember Nick Licata won't run again," Crosscut, Jan. 21.

"Ed Murray's transportation plan: Is everybody happy?" Crosscut, March 2.

"Seattle City Council could use some progressives, business owners," The Seattle Times, Feb. 23.

Port of Seattle

"Can a new CEO make a good Seattle port great?" Crosscut, Dec. 10.

"Will Seattle take a stand or a cut of the Arctic drilling action?" Crosscut, Feb. 19.

"Port of Seattle: Challenges coming in by sea, by air," Crosscut, November 19, 2013.

 "Where should port draw line on oil?" Crosscut, March 3.

"Seattle worries Arctic drilling would impact its port," McClatchy DC, March 23.


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Cody Olsen

Cody Olsen was an editorial intern with Crosscut. He has a degree in Political Science from WWU, a passion for Journalism and a love for making movies on the side. This past summer he spent a few months traveling around South America and is now a bit of a travel junkie. He can be reached at