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    Resolution on High-Earner Income Tax, SPU SBP Committee Update, West Seattle Bridge Studies, And speaking of Bridges, South Park’s Green Walls to Clean Air

    Resolution on High-Earner Income Tax Seattle is a growing and prosperous city that should offer better schools and healthier communities, yet our City faces many urgent challenges, including a homelessness state of emergency, an affordable housing crisis, overcrowded classrooms, education equity and racial achievement gaps, inadequate provision of mental health services, and severe traffic congestion. […]

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    Demand affordable housing now – pack City Hall May 3rd!

    Sign Ethiopian Community in Seattle’s petition demanding Council fund their affordable housing project! While developers rake in huge profits, outrageous rents are driving ordinary people, especially immigrant families, seniors, and communities of color, further out of Seattle and away from existing services, schools, and community support. With the average Seattle apartment renting for $2,100/month, a person must […]

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    Councilmember Juarez’s Statement on $30M from Allen Foundation

    Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle) issued the following statement today after the Allen Foundation announced $30M to support homeless families: “It’s not every day our city receives word of a multi-million-dollar partnership that will help to alleviate a decade-old crisis.  But today, due to the Allen Foundation’s tremendous generosity, families and young children […]

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    Councilmember Bagshaw’s Statement on $30M Investment from Allen Foundation

    Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (District 7, Pioneer Square to Magnolia) issued the following statement after the Paul G. Allen Foundation announced a $30 million investment and partnership with Mercy Housing to help house homeless families in Seattle: “I’m truly thankful to Paul Allen and his foundation for reinvesting $30 million in our community. When $5 million […]

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    Councilmember Burgess’ Statement on $30M from Allen Foundation

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide), chair of the Council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Allen Foundation’s $30M investment in housing for homeless families: “This strategic investment is a great example of what Seattle’s philanthropic and business community can accomplish when they creatively partner with city […]

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    Councilmember González’s Statement on Federal Judge’s Block on Sanctuary City Order

    Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge William Orrick blocked the Trump administration’s order to withhold federal funds from so-called “sanctuary cities”: “Today’s victory in court proves once again that when cities stand with their immigrant and refugee communities, they win. Trump is not only on the […]

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    Unanimous Vote in Favor of May Day Resolution: City Workers Can Now Rally for Immigrant and Workers Rights on May 1 Without Fear of Retaliation

    On April 24, 2017, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution brought forward by the May 1 Action Coalition, the Coalition of City Unions, immigrant rights activists, and me, proclaiming City of Seattle workers have the right to take the day off on May 1, 2017 without retaliation. The resolution further asks that all […]

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    Revised Short-Term Rental Legislation Advanced

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) announced revised short-term rental legislation today, which would address regulations for a growing industry that includes companies like Airbnb and VRBO.  Following Council consideration of an earlier draft in 2016, Councilmember Burgess worked with neighborhoods, renters, hosts, and affected companies to develop updated legislation to meet the underlying issues […]

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    Duwamish Greenbelt Tree Settlement; Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month + Denim Day; Spring Clean 2017; Office Hours May 5th

    Duwamish Greenbelt Tree Settlement If you haven’t heard already, this week City Attorney Pete Holmes announced a settlement of the case against some of the parties involved in the illegal cutting of trees in the Duwamish Head Greenbelt on City property.  I wrote about this late last March and again in June. As a reminder […]

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    My Speech on the Creation of a Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants Detained by ICE

    On April 17, 2017, the Seattle City Council voted to allocate $1 million to create a Legal Defense Fund for immigrants detained by ICE. It’s essential that we back legal action with mass political action. See my full remarks below. I am very happy to be able to vote in favor of this ordinance to allocate $1 […]

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