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    City Adopts Education Action Plan

    Council unanimously adopted the Seattle Education Action Plan today, which will guide City investments toward eliminating opportunity gaps in Seattle’s education system. The Education Action Plan is the culmination of a citywide community effort to end the disparities in school achievement between white students and African-American/Black and other students of color who have traditionally been […]


    A Better Tax System

    Last week, I offered recipients of my E-Newsletter an opportunity to participate in a quick poll regarding a city income tax on high-income residents. The response was very impressive: the survey received about 5,800 responses over four days. Clearly, this…


    Public Hearing on the Shooting of Charleena Lyles; Good Economic Indicators for Employers and Employees; Rental Inspection Ordinance; Pride Parade

    Public Hearing on Officer Involved Shooting of Charleena Lyles The tragic shooting death of Charleena Lyles, a mother of four young children, last weekend is a stark reminder of how the calls for police reform nationally must continue to be addressed by Seattle locally. On Tuesday I attended the vigil for Ms. Lyles and heard […]


    Expanding Treatment for Opioid Addiction

    The lead of an article in the Washington Post the morning of June 20, 2017 read, “The coast to coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year.” We also learned this past week that Congress is […]


    Petition: Justice for Charleena Lyles! We demand an independent, community-based investigation into Charleena’s killing!

    We, the undersigned, have no confidence that an internal police investigation will find justice for Charleena. We demand Seattle’s Mayor and City Council appoint an independent, community-based committee, empowered to investigate Charleena’s killing, with full access to case evidence, witnesses, and department policies. Nationwide, of 1,155 people killed by police in 2016, only 13 officers […]


    Seattle Committed to Paris and the Climate

    After President Trump announced his intentions to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord earlier this month, Mayor Murray announced Seattle’s intention to meet or exceed Seattle’s target of the federal Clean Power Plan, joining with dozens of cities and several states in the effort. If the United States Government and Donald Trump aren’t going to […]


    Questions for SPD on the Killing of Charleena Lyles

    Earlier today, my office asked the Seattle Police Department (SPD) questions about the horrific killing of Charleena Lyles.  Charleena was killed by police in her home, in front of her children. This horrific killing happened just two days after the officers who killed Philando Castile were found ‘not guilty’ in Minnesota. Let’s stand in solidarity […]


    Councilmember González’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Rescinding of Immigrant Parent Policy

    Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement following the federal government’s announcement that it will rescind the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) policy, which would have offered protection to undocumented parents of children who are lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens had it gone into effect: “Trump thinks that […]


    Homelessness:  We Know the Problem and We Know How to Solve It.

    Last month All Home issued its comprehensive count identifying the number of people who are homeless in Seattle and King County.  King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles and I held a joint committee on May 31, 2017 where the results were issued publicly for the first time.  You can watch the presentation on the King County […]


    Councilmembers González and Johnson’s Statement on Officer-Involved Shooting at Magnuson Park

    Councilmember M. Lorena González, Chair of the Council’s Safe Communities Committee, and Councilmember Rob Johnson, Council representative for District 4 (Northeast Seattle), issued the below statements following the fatal officer-involved shooting at Magnuson Park yesterday: Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) said, “I am incredibly saddened by the death of Charleena Lyles and my […]

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