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    Councilmember González’s Statement on Daniel Ramirez Medina Hearing

    Councilmember M. Lorena González (Pos. 9, Citywide) issued the following statement following this morning’s status conference at the U.S. District Courthouse: “I’m disappointed that Daniel wasn’t released today. That was the hope. However, Judge Donohue’s comments indicate that he understands the gravity of the situation for both Daniel and DACA recipients across the nation. I’m […]


    Solidarity Letter to Security Workers at Amazon

    On Thursday, February 16, 2017, I sent the following letter to security workers at Amazon and their labor allies who are organizing for workplace rights and against Islamophobia. These workers will hold a pray-in demonstration tomorrow, February 17, 12 pm, at Amazon HQ. Dear Amazon security officers and allies: As a Seattle City Councilmember, a socialist, a […]


    10% Affordable Housing Requirement in the U-District Rezone

    The Council is preparing to vote on the University District Rezone this coming Tuesday, February 21st.  This is the first legislation that will incorporate the Mandatory Housing Affordability legislation, which will require developers to contribute to affordable housing.  While we passed the framework legislation for commercial and residential buildings in 2015 and 2016, this will be […]


    We are a Welcoming City

    At a recent Transit Talks meeting, I said “It’s really disturbing for me when I hear somebody talking about how glad they were to see the neighborhood district councils stand up for single-family zoning and then in the next breath disparage the president for wanting to build a wall between the US and Mexico. I see those two things […]


    Moving forward with the first Seattle Navigation Center

    Last week the Mayor announced that our first  Navigation Center will be housed in the International District in the Pearl Warren Building. I have heard some concerns about location, and I will say that nearly every neighborhood initially has concerns about the location of human service facilities.  That said, we have seen in Seattle over the past […]


    U-District Rezone & Amendments, Police Accountability Legislation, Mandatory Housing Affordability Meetings, African-American History Month, and In-District Office Hours

    University District Rezone and Upcoming Vote on Important Amendments Coming Up On Tuesday, 2/7/2017, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee voted on amendments to the proposed legislation to change the zoning in the University District and require all developers to contribute to affordable housing. This is the first area-wide rezone that, if passed […]


    Councilmember Bagshaw on Navigation Center Siting

    Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (District 7, Pioneer Square to Magnolia) issued the following statement about the siting of a new Navigation Center in Seattle: “Everyone needs stable housing – including those who are struggling with mental illness or substance abuse or those who are camping out in this winter weather.  The new Navigation Center will provide […]


    My Speech on Our Victory in Seattle to Divest $3 Billion from Wells Fargo

    On February 8, 2017, the movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline won a significant victory when the Seattle City Council unanimously voted on the bill I wrote with activists to divest Seattle from Wells Fargo. Below are my closing remarks. Thanks to all the Councilmembers for voting Yes on this legislation. As far as I […]


    Councilmember Sawant’s Wells Fargo Speech (as prepared)

    Councilmember Kshama Sawant delivered the following remarks at the Seattle City Council’s Tuesday meeting regarding her legislation to lapse the City’s contract with Wells Fargo: “Thanks to all the Councilmembers for voting Yes on this legislation. As far as I know, Seattle is the first city to have divested from Wells Fargo. The example that […]


    Seeking Justice for Greenwood Businesses Blown Apart by PSE

    Nearly one year ago an explosion rocked the Greenwood neighborhood early on the morning of March 9.  The Puget Sound Energy (PSE) gas line explosion traumatized the neighborhood and decimated local businesses. Recently I had the opportunity to stand with five area business owners who shared their stories about the devastating effects on the neighborhood, […]

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