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    Comprehensive Plan 2035 Community Involvement, Next week in the budget, Budget proposals

    Comprehensive Plan 2035 Community Involvement On Monday the Council approved the 2035 Comprehensive Plan update. In committee, the Council approved amendments I sponsored relating to Seattle Public Utilities, Arts, Economic Development and Growth, and then this week in Full Council amendments I sponsored to the Community Involvement element were also approved. I worked with neighborhood […]


    Transitioning From Tents to Stability: Moving Faster to Get People Inside

    Homelessness is the most talked about issue in town right now. At dinner parties, community meetings and even at a friend’s wedding Saturday night, people want to talk about how to shift from tents in their neighborhoods or along their drive home, to building more homes and stable shelters for people experiencing homelessness. Guests peppered […]


    Councilmember Sawant Invites Public to Third Annual People’s Budget Town Hall this Evening: Let’s Build 1,000 Affordable Homes

    Highlighting the need for an alternative to business-as-usual budgets, Councilmember Kshama Sawant will host the third annual People’s Budget Town Hall this evening. Activists will call for the $160 million previously allocated for the North Precinct project to be used to build 1,000 affordable homes for low-income Seattleites instead. Speakers will present specific recommendations both […]


    The Conversation about Encampments and Sweeps Continue

    Last Friday, October 14, 2016, in my Human Services and Public Health Committee we discussed two substitute versions of CB 118794 about encampments and sweeps.  If you missed the four hours of controversy, you can catch up: watch Seattle Channel’s   Video link here. Links to the underlying legislation, and two substitutes — one offered by […]


    The Task Force on Unsanctioned Encampments — 17 Principles

    On October 3, 2016, the Task Force on Unsanctioned Encampments issued its report.  The sixteen members and leaders offered the following 17 Principles.  I am grateful to all who were involved, including co-chairs Sally Clark and David Moseley, and the facilitator Kjris Lund.  The names of the sixteen participants are listed below. When it is necessary […]


    Coalition to Build 1,000 Homes – Frequently Asked Questions

    On Tuesday, Oct 18, activists, human service providers, and community members will be gathering for the People’s Budget Town Hall at City Hall, to organize and fight for a budget that meets the needs of ordinary people in Seattle. At the heart of this year’s demands is an amendment to reallocate the $160 million once […]


    Urgent Action Needed on Tenants’ Rights Vote (Monday, 10/17, 2 PM, City Hall)

    Councilmembers May Try to Kill our Tenants’ Rights Bill by Sending it Back to Committee Come tell Council: “Tenants Can’t Wait!” We Need to Limit Move-In Fees Now! On September 27, our legislation limiting move-in fees unanimously passed through committee with a 5-0 vote! This legislation limits security deposits and non-refundable fees, and requires landlords to give tenants […]


    Homeless Encampments: A Better Solution

    Last night, I joined Mayor Murray, and Councilmembers Bagshaw and Juarez in announcing a much better solution to the challenges of ad hoc camp sites popping up across Seattle. Here’s a very brief outline of what we announced: City government…


    Councilmember Bagshaw’s Statement on Mayor’s Announcement Regarding Homeless Response

    Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (District 7, Pioneer Square to Magnolia), Chair of the Council’s Human Services and Public Safety, issued the following statement following Mayor Murray’s announcement of forthcoming investments in human services: “Everyone deserves a stable place to call home. I am thrilled that the Mayor has announced today his decision to open four new […]


    Encampment Legislation, Next Week in the Budget, Police Accountability Legislation Submitted to Federal Judge, SOID Legislation Rulemaking Public Comment

    Encampment Legislation Earlier today I sent the following e-mail to people who’ve written me about homeless encampments: Thank you for writing to me about proposed Council Bill 118794.  Like you, I care deeply how the City manages public land for use of the general public as well as how our policies impact our ability to […]

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