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    Council President Burgess, Councilmembers Rasmussen and Godden release statement on Seawall project

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/21/2015
    Council President Burgess, Councilmembers Rasmussen and Godden release statement on Seawall project
    SEATTLE – Council President Tim Burgess, transportation committee chair Tom Rasmussen and Alaskan Way seawall commi…

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    Rent Control Petition – Click Here For the Link to Sign!

    Rent Control Petition – Click Here For the Link to Sign!      

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    Seattle for Washington in Action

    Several years ago, former Council President Richard Conlin created the Seattle for Washington program. Councilmembers met with elected officials from around the state to build relationships and to discuss mutual interests and areas of concern. The message was simple: Seattle…

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    Council President Burgess’ Statement on Seattle Public Schools Decision to Operate Seattle Preschool Program Classrooms

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/19/2015
    Council President Burgess’ Statement on Seattle Public Schools Decision to Operate Seattle Preschool Program Classrooms
    SEATTLE – Council President Tim Burgess issued the following statement in response to the decis…

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    Council Dedicates Property Sale Proceeds Toward Affordable Rental Housing

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/17/2015
    Council Dedicates Property Sale Proceeds Toward Affordable Rental Housing
    SEATTLE – Council unanimously adopted legislation today which dedicates the proceeds of a surplus City property sale toward developing low-in…

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    Education Funding: The State in Contempt

    Yesterday the Washington State Supreme Court found the State in continued contempt of the Court’s order to provide full funding for education. Good for the Court! “Ample provision for the education of all children” is the State’s “paramount duty” according…

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    Seattle Poetry: From Populist to Civic

    See and hear the city’s first Civic Poet read during the Mayor’s Arts Awards at Seattle Center, September 4th at 4 p.m.

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    Mayor to move forward on acquisition of NE 130th Street beach

    City of Seattle
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/13/2015

    Mayor to move forward on acquisition of N.E. 130th Street beach

    SEATTLE – Mayor Ed Murray today announced that the City plans to purchase portions of two properties that make up the former N.E. 130th Street beach from the current owners and restore waterfront access for the public.

    “For decades, generations of Seattle residents enjoyed lakefront access from the N.E. 130th Street beach,” said Mayor Murray. “I have directed the Parks Department to begin the process of restoring that access by acquiring the properties using all tools at our disposal.” 

    The two properties lie at the end of N.E. 130th Street and Rivera Place, near the Burke-Gilman Trail in the Cedar Park neighborhood in the Lake City area. Earlier this year, the private property owners restricted the public from accessing the waterfront.

    “This parcel bordering Lake Washington has been used by the public to gain access to the water for over 80 years. It was very unfortunate to have access denied,” said Councilmember Jean Godden. “It’s great news that the City is now taking affirmative steps to restore this property to the public and to neighbors who know how much it matters to save this beach.”

    “Privatizing public property based upon an 82 year-old records error is a disservice to the neighborhood,” said Councilmember Nick Licata. “I commend the Mayor for joining the Council in reclaiming what has long served as the only public access to Lake Washington between Matthews Beach and the northern city limits.”

    “I visited the 130th Street beach with neighbors and community members and stand firmly behind them in their desire to have the beach end returned to its original use—a neighborhood park,” said Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. “Many congratulations to the community who worked hard to ensure this space is open and welcoming to the community.”

    “When public access to Lake Washington was taken away, community activists pushed the City to recover it,” said Councilmember Kshama Sawant. “Generations in Lake City will be able to swim in the neighborhood due to their organizing efforts.”

    Under the Mayor’s direction, Seattle Parks and Recreation will send a purchase and sale agreement to the current owners. The owners will then have 30 days to agree with the terms, counter-offer, or decline. In the event a negotiated purchase of the portions of the properties cannot be reached, the Mayor will transmit an ordinance to City Council authorizing the use of eminent domain to acquire the parcels for public use and benefit.

    “The 130th Street beach has provided recreational access to Lake Washington for residents since 1932,” said Dave Pope of the Friends of 130th Street Beach community group. “As Seattle continues to grow, more parks are needed, not fewer. I applaud Mayor Murray and City Council for taking the first steps in restoring beach access for those who do not have the luxury of owning waterfront property.”  

    “Shoreline access is precious everywhere in Seattle,” said Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation. “We constantly strive to increase park and recreation opportunities for our residents and restoring this property to public use provides critical access for the community.”

    In June, the City Council sent Mayor Murray a letter urging him to condemn the properties. The letter was signed by all members of the Council.

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    Don’t be a Jerk Part 3: Pedestrians too.

    Relieving traffic congestion and moving everyone around our city efficiently and safely is one of the biggest challenges our city faces. I’ve focused my last two blog posts on how we can all make it easier and safer to get around.  First with cars, second for bikes. My solution –as they say in the skate […]

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    Opiate Addictions: They’re Increasing and We Need to Get Ahead of It

    By Laura Robinson, Intern to Sally Bagshaw* Heroin-induced overdose deaths have risen steeply in King County and the United States in recent years. In the King County Board of Health report delivered in March 2015, heroin involved deaths jumped from 21 in the first half of 2010 to 69 in the first half of 2014. […]

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