Mayor at Civic Cocktail, March 4

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will join host Joni Balter to discuss city priorities, including his efforts to make Seattle a more affordable and equitable city, at Civic Cocktail, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, at Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave. In 2014, his first year as mayor, Murray led a successful effort to raise the city’s minimum wage, hired a new police chief and won voter approval of a city-funded preschool program. What’s next for Murray and our city?

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During the second half of the program, a panel of experts will discuss Gov. Jay Inslee’s environmental policy initiatives, including a plan to cut carbon pollution and a proposed tax on the carbon emissions for Washington’s major polluters. Yoram Bauman, economist and comedian; 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 offer insight into the governor’s agenda on climate change and what it means for taxpayers and the environment.

A journalist panel, including Crosscut’s Knute Berger, KUOW’s Ashley Ahearn and Enrique Cerna of KCTS-9, will offer analysis and pose questions.

Civic Cocktail – presented by Seattle Channel, Seattle CityClub and Crosscut – offers a night of networking, civic conversation, Tom Douglas appetizers and a no-host bar. Register at Seattle CityClub. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m.