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    Weekly Update 8/14-8/18

    Today at Full Council There was 1 item from the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee: Lake Washington Moorages Agreement, for management of the public moorages on Lake Washington (Approved at Full Council 5-3) Also on the Full Council Agenda we has the KeyArena Resolution. This resolution memorializes the agreements and benchmarks we have laid […]

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    Council Approves Fair Chance Housing Legislation: Councilmember Herbold’s Remarks as Delivered

    Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park) shared the following remarks as delivered today during deliberation by the Full Council of the Fair Chance Housing ordinance, which passed 8-0.  The legislation, co-sponsored by Council President Bruce Harrell, prohibits landlords from screening applicants based on past arrests or criminal convictions: “I first want […]

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    On Tyranny

    I’m reading Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. It’s an analysis of democratic surges in Europe following World War I, World War II, and the fall of communism in 1989. And then the abject failure of…

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    MHA DEIS Issues for District 1; Landslide Mitigation Funding; Fair Chance Housing Legislation; Code Interpretations No Longer Required; Southwest Precinct Community Picnic; Alki Seawall; Results: 2017 Your Voice, Your Choice Parks and Streets

    MHA DEIS Issues for District 1 Last week I encouraged you to get your comments on the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Citywide Rezone Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) into the Office of Planning and Community Development before the Monday 8/8 deadline.  I hope that you did.  I also let you know that I was working […]

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    Councilmember O’Brien Unveils Proposal to Aid People Living in Vehicles

    Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee, issued the following statement regarding his proposed legislation intended to help respond to the needs of people living in their vehicles: “In 2016, City of Seattle funding helped thousands of people exit homelessness and move into permanent housing, and I’m […]

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    Councilmember Burgess’ Statement on Supreme Court Upholding Seattle’s Gun Violence Tax

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide), chair of the Council’s Finance Committee, issued the following statement after the Washington State Supreme Court upheld Seattle’s Gun Violence Tax.  Burgess introduced the legislation at Council in 2015: “I’m thrilled to see our Supreme Court so strongly uphold Seattle’s Gun Violence Tax. We knew from the start that […]

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    Council Committee Approves Fair Chance Housing Legislation

    The Council committee responsible for civil rights legislation recommended approval of the Fair Chance Housing ordinance by a 6-0 vote today.  The legislation, sponsored by Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park) and Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle), prohibits landlords from screening applicants based on past arrests or criminal […]

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    Councilmember Johnson Celebrates Magnuson Park Community Investments

    Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) celebrated Council’s unanimous vote to dedicate funding toward Magnuson Park community improvements today.  Through the Council’s quarterly supplemental budget, Councilmembers dedicated $75,000 toward increased park security at Magnuson Park and enhanced human services for low-income residents there. Further, the City has committed to enhancing lighting at Magnuson Park, […]

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    Seattle Must Do More to Help Former Prisoners Get Housing

    We all need a second chance at some point in our lives. Many of us have done something in our past we regret. That said, our mistakes should not define us, especially when we’ve paid the price for what we’ve done. Council Member Herbold has been championing in her Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and […]

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    Comp Plan Docketing Amendments; MHA Update; No Big Salary Bonus for 2016; In-District Office Hours Update

    Comp Plan Docketing Amendments In the Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee this Tuesday we discussed and voted on the Comprehensive Plan docketing resolution. An important inclusion in the resolution for “docketing,” or study and consideration in the 2018 Annual Comprehensive Plan Update, is direction to city departments to analyze and propose amendments to our […]

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