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Virginia Galle Subject Files, 1970-1989

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Galle, Virginia
Title
Virginia Galle Subject Files
Dates
1970-1989 (inclusive)
1983-1989 (bulk)
Quantity
4 cubic feet, (10 boxes)
Collection Number
4630-02
Summary
Virginia Galle served on the Seattle City Council between 1981 and 1989. This collection contains her subject files on topics such as solid waste, smoking policies, and domestic partnerships.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Virginia Galle served two terms on City Council between 1981 and 1989. The daughter of career Salvation Army officers, she was a librarian and high school English teacher in the Midwest before moving to Seattle. Influenced by the women’s movement, in 1965 Galle went back to school to earn a master’s degree at the University of Washington’s Graduate School of Public Affairs, writing her thesis on King County’s home-rule charter. She began working in the City of Seattle’s new Citizens Service Bureau, an agency which served as a resource for information and a clearinghouse for complaints about the city. Galle worked her way up through the ranks to become the head of the agency.

In 1973, she became the first woman department head in Seattle city government when she was appointed director of the Department of Licenses and Consumer Affairs. She eventually was fired from that position by Mayor Wes Uhlman after her aggressive pursuit of companies she perceived to be swindling the public. She served as executive director of the Girl Scouts Totem Council from 1977 until she resigned in 1981 to run for a City Council seat vacated by Randy Revelle.

While on the Council, Galle chaired the City Operations and Utilities (1982-1983), Environmental Management (1984-1987), and Finance and Personnel (1988-1989) committees. In 1987, she testified before a U.S. Congressional subcommittee on municipal solid waste issues. She lost her seat to Tom Weeks in the 1989 election. After leaving the Council, Galle worked as a consultant and remained active in community affairs.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, surveys, newspaper clippings, and other materials relating to Galle’s work on various City Council committees. Materials have been organized into topical categories relating to issues of concern to the City Council.

A large portion of the materials reflects Galle’s extensive work on solid waste issues. One major initiative documented in the files is a proposal to demolish the West Point secondary treatment plant and build a new plant in Interbay. The files contain a large number of citizen comments about this plan. Another key topic is solid waste management, including issues surrounding a proposal to build a mass burn incinerator.

Another set of materials focuses on the development of smoking policies for City employees. Files chronicle the development of the policy, from recruitment of smoking and non-smoking employees to serve on the Citywide Smoking Policy Development Committee through employee input and legal challenges.

Domestic partnership was another issue Galle worked on. Files relate to two Council Bills addressing domestic partner benefits and use of sick leave and funeral leave for domestic partners. Materials include correspondence, news clippings, constituent letters, and background information.

Other topics covered in this collection include the redevelopment of Seattle Center, including files relating to a proposal from Disney to take over the site; management compensation; the admissions tax; the City Light customer information system; and the Seattle/Kent Good Neighbor Program.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Virginia Galle Subject Files, Record Series 4630-02. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Virginia Galle Subject Files, 1970-1989Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Civil Rights & Education: Domestic Partners - CB 107337
1989
1/2
Civil Rights & Education: Domestic Partners - CB 107337 - Background Material
1987-1989
1/3
Civil Rights & Education: Domestic Partners - CB 107337 - Correspondence
1989
1/4
Civil Rights & Education: Domestic Partners - CB 107337 - Hearing Testimony
1989
1/5
Civil Rights & Education: Domestic Partners - CB 107337 - Legal Correspondence
1989
1/6
Civil Rights & Education: Domestic Partners - CB 107337 - News Items
1989
1/7
Civil Rights & Education: Domestic Partners - CB 107342
1989
1/8
Civil Rights & Education: Domestic Partners - CB 107342 - Background
1986-1989
1/9
Civil Rights & Education: Domestic Partners - CB 107342 - Correspondence
1988-1989
1/10
Civil Rights & Education: Domestic Partners - CB 107342 - Initiative 35
1989
1/11
Civil Rights & Education: Domestic Partners - CB 107342 - Letters
1989
1/12
Civil Rights & Education: Domestic Partners - CB 107342 - Letters
1989
1/13
Civil Rights & Education: Domestic Partners - CB 107342 - Public Hearing
1989
1/14
Energy: Seattle City Light - City Light Customer Information System Reports
1989
1/15
Finance: Admissions Tax
1988-1989
2/1
Finance: Budgets - Major Funding Priorities - Correspondence
1988
2/2
Finance: Budgets - Major Funding Priorities - Materials
1988-1989
2/3
Finance: City Pension Fund - South African Investments
1988-1989
2/4
Land Use & Urban Development: Seattle / Kent Good Neighbor Program
1986-1989
2/5
Parks, Recreation & Culture: Seattle Center - Disney News Clippings
1986-1987
2/6
Parks, Recreation & Culture: Seattle Center - Disney Proposal
1987
2/7
Parks, Recreation & Culture: Seattle Center - Disney Proposal
1987
2/8
Parks, Recreation & Culture: Seattle Center - Disney Proposal and Legislation
1986-1987
2/9
Parks, Recreation & Culture: Seattle Center - Disney Resumes
1987
2/10
Parks, Recreation & Culture: Seattle Center - Seattle Center Alternatives Commission
1986
2/11
Parks, Recreation & Culture: Seattle Center - Seattle Center Plan
1984-1987
3/1
Personnel: Charitable Campaign
1988
3/2
Personnel: Charitable Campaign
1988
3/3
Personnel: Charitable Campaign
1989
3/4
Personnel: Management Compensation
1988-1989
3/5
Personnel: Management Compensation Study
1989
3/6
Public Safety & Health: City Smoking Policy
1983-1989
3/7
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Applicants for Smoking Policy Development Committee
1985
3/8
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Cessation Programs, Survey of Program Formats
1985
3/9
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Committee Report and Recommendations, Drafts
1985
3/10
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Committee Report and Recommendations, Drafts
1985
4/1
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Committee Report and Recommendations, Final
1985
4/2
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Committee Report and Recommendations, Minority Report.
1985
4/3
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Compliance and Enforcement
1984-1985
4/4
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Departmental Approaches to Compliance
1985
4/5
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Employee Input
1984-1985
4/6
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Employee Survey
1985
4/7
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Health Effects
1984-1985
4/8
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Medical Data
1984
4/9
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Newspaper Clippings
1983-1985
4/10
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Policy Drafts
1984
4/11
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Reference Materials
1983-1985
4/12
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Reference Materials
1985
4/13
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Smoking in the Workplace Data
1984
4/14
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Smoking in the Workplace Policies
1984-1985
5/1
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Smoking Policies, Other Jurisdictions
1983-1985
5/2
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Smoking Policies, Other Jurisdictions
1983-1985
5/3
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Smoking Policy Development Committee Meetings
1984-1985
5/4
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Smoking Policy Development Committee Meetings
1984-1985
5/5
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Tobacco Institute Propaganda
1983-1985
5/6
Public Safety & Health: No Smoking Ordinance: Washington State Smoking Law
1984-1985
5/7
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Drainage - Budget
1985-1986
5/8
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Drainage - Citizen's Advisory Committee
1987
5/9
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Drainage - Delridge
1986
5/10
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Drainage - Information
1976-1987
5/11
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Drainage - Spot Improvements
1987
5/12
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Drainage Problems - Correspondence
1986
5/13
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Grading and Drainage Code
1986-1987
5/14
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Recycling
1988-1989
6/1
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Recycling
1988-1989
6/2
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Recycling - Recycling Pilot Program
1985-1987
6/3
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Recycling - Recycling Pilot Program
1985-1987
6/4
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Recycling - Recycling Pilot Program
1985-1987
6/5
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Recycling - Recycling Reports
1988
6/6
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Seattle Engineering Department - Drainage and Wastewater Utility
1988-1989
6/7
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Secondary Treatment - Citizen Comments
1985-1986
6/8
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Secondary Treatment - Citizen Comments
1986
6/9
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Secondary Treatment - Citizen Comments
1986
6/10
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Secondary Treatment - Citizen Comments
1986
6/11
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Secondary Treatment - Citizen Comments
1986
6/12
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Secondary Treatment - Citizen Comments
1986
6/13
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Secondary Treatment - Citizen Comments
1986
7/1
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Secondary Treatment - Citizen Comments
1986
7/2
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Secondary Treatment - City / County Meetings Materials
1985-1986
7/3
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Secondary Treatment - City / County Meetings Materials
1985-1986
7/4
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Secondary Treatment - City / Metro Correspondence
1985-1986
7/5
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Secondary Treatment - Memorandum of Agreement
1986
7/6
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Secondary Treatment - Public Hearings
1986
7/7
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Sewage - Sewer Drainage Capital Improvement Project, 1988
1987-1988
7/8
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Charities and Garbage Rates
1987-1988
7/9
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Disposal Alternatives
1986
7/10
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Distant Landfills
1989
7/11
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery - Letters and Information
1987
7/12
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery - Letters and Information
1987
7/13
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery - Letters and Information
1987
7/14
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery - Letters and Information
1987
7/15
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery - Letters and Information
1987
7/16
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery - Public Hearing
1987
7/17
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery - Responses
1987
7/18
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery Project Development City Light Substation Annexation
1970-1986
8/1
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery Project Development Information
1986-1987
8/2
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery Project Development Information
1986-1987
8/3
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery Project Development Information
1986-1987
8/4
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery Project Development Information
1986-1987
8/5
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery Project Development Information
1986-1987
8/6
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery Project Development Information
1986-1987
8/7
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery Project Development Public Relations Efforts
1987
8/8
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery Project Development Scope and Schedule
1987
8/9
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Energy/Resource Recovery Project Development Scope and Schedule
1987
8/10
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Identification and Screening of Potential Energy Markets
1983
8/11
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Implementing Legislation
1987
8/12
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - King County Solid Waste Interlocal Forum
1988
8/13
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Privatization
1987-1988
9/1
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan, Citizen Correspondence
1986
9/2
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan, Council Meeting Materials
1986
9/3
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan, Inter - Agency Correspondence
1986
9/4
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan, News Articles
1986
9/5
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan, Proposals
1986
9/6
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Solid Waste Information
1984
9/7
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Tulalip / Puget Sound Regional Resource Recovery System Proposal
1987
9/8
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Tulalip / Puget Sound Regional Resource Recovery System Proposal
1987
9/9
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Tulalip / Puget Sound Regional Resource Recovery System Proposal
1987
9/10
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Tulalip / Puget Sound Regional Resource Recovery System Proposal
1987
9/11
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Management - Environmental Impact Statement Materials
1985
9/12
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Management - Hazardous Waste
1984
10/1
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Management - Interagency Letters
1984-1986
10/2
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Management - Interagency Letters
1984-1986
10/3
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Management - Interagency Letters
1984-1986
10/4
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Management - News Articles
1984-1985
10/5
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Management - Pro/Con Letters
1984-1986
10/6
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Management - Pro/Con Letters
1984-1986
10/7
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Management - Public Announcements
1984
10/8
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Management - Public Hearing / Meetings
1984-1985
10/9
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Management - Reading Materials
1984-1985
10/10
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Reduction and Disposal Options
1987-1989
10/11
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Reduction and Disposal Options
1987-1989
10/12
Utilities, Water, & Waste Management: Solid Waste - Waste Reduction and Disposal Options
1987-1989