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    Update on Backyard Cottage Legislation & Next Steps

    Affordability in housing is one of the biggest issues we face in Seattle today. The City of Seattle has identified the need for more housing at prices accessible to people at all levels of income, both for homeowners and renters. In May of 2016, I released a proposal that would make it easier for more […]

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    Age Friendly Seattle: Moving people of all ages, reducing congestion.

      Recently I spent a week in Washington DC with the National League of Cities members. One of my primary goals was to learn what other cities are doing to address the needs of our senior neighbors, and as a tangential bonus I met transportation engineers who are addressing traffic congestion in the DC area for […]

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    Downtown/South Lake Union MHA; South Park Crime and Public Safety Survey; Harbor Ave SW and SW Spokane Street intersection improvements; Chief Sealth High School Walkway Improvements

    Downtown and South Lake Union MHA  On Tuesday, 3/21/2017, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee discussed eight amendments to the proposed South Lake Union (SLU) and Downtown Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) legislation. The amendments ranged from a. providing a carrot to developers not covered by MHA (because their projects are already through the design process) to voluntarily […]

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    More Taxes: Fair and Effective?

    To do better for the people of Seattle we can raise more revenue, or, alternatively, we could shift funds from underperforming programs to those that in fact do better. Alas, we almost always go for more revenue. Our property tax…

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    Equality Act Resolution, Herbold Policy Letters and Statements This Week, Fauntleroy Project tour public walk-through on Saturday the 18th, Delridge Rapid Ride H Line online survey/town hall and outreach events , D1 events coming up next week

    Equality Act Resolution On March 13 the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Equality Act Resolution, naming the day Equality Act Day. This Resolution calls upon Congress to reintroduce and enact the 2015 Equality Act, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to existing protected classes in our federal civil rights laws, including protections from discrimination […]

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    My Speech at the Umoja PEACE Center Defense Protest

    Yesterday, I wrote Mayor Murray, Sheriff Urquhart and Chief O’Toole to urge them to immediately halt the physical eviction of the Umoja PEACE Center, one of the pillars of the Central District and Seattle’s black community. Nothing demonstrates the unacceptable impacts of gentrification and de facto redlining taking place in Seattle like the eviction of […]

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    Councilmember Herbold’s Statement on Proposed Federal Cuts to Arts and Corporation for Public Broadcasting Funding

    Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park), chair of the Council’s Arts Committee, issued the following statement in response to the President’s announced proposal to eliminate federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB): “When President Trump chooses massive expansion of the military industrial […]

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    Community Center Operations – New Hours 2017

    Last year the Department of Parks and Recreation released a Community Strategic Plan where they identified some community centers that needed additional operating hours. As part of the budget process the council requested a report back on what hours were allocated to which community centers and what process was used to determine how the hours […]

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    Do Not Evict the Umoja PEACE Center! A Letter to Mayor Murray & Sheriff Urquhart

    On March 15, 2017, I sent the following letter to Mayor Murray, Sheriff Urquhart, and Chief O’Toole, opposing the eviction of the Central District’s Umoja PEACE Center. Dear Mayor Murray, Sheriff Urquhart, and Chief O’Toole; I am writing to urge you to immediately halt the physical eviction of the UmojaFest PEACE Center House, a pillar of […]

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    Council Urges Congress to Approve the ‘Equality Act’ for LGBTQ Rights

    Seattle City Council unanimously approved a resolution today urging Congress to introduce and adopt “The Equality Act,” which would grant equal protection to LGBTQ residents across the United States.  Currently, individual states are able to deny access to housing, employment, education, public accommodations, and more because of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. […]

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