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I Believe in You, I Believe in Us

Friends, It’s been almost two weeks since we found out who the 45th President of the United States will be. In the wake of the presidential election, many members of our community have expressed fear and concern with the uncertainty of how this new president will govern based on the divisive language he used and […]

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You City Dollars at Work

With the fall days getting darker and darker we’ve been burning the midnight oil at City Hill to craft a budget that is attuned to the needs of all Seattleites. As we head into another round of negotiations I want to give you a quick update of where we are in the process, and my […]

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Revisiting the North Precinct Project

I continue to believe that the existing North Precinct police station must be replaced to meet the needs of North Seattle residents and the operational needs of North Precinct officers. However, after reviewing hundreds of pages and hearing from a wide variety of community members, it is clear that we must take a step back […]

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Responsibly Moving Forward with the North Precinct

Over the past several months, my committee has had three hearings regarding the design, operations and cost of a new police precinct that would serve all of North Seattle (Council Districts 4, 5 and 6). Today, the Safe Communities committee, which I chair, received an update on several issues related to this public safety capital […]

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Council Committee Unanimously Approves Gay Conversion Therapy Ban, Mayor Declares Support

SEATTLE – The Council committee handling civil rights affairs unanimously approved an ordinance today banning conversion therapy for minors in Seattle.  The legislation, sponsored by Councilmember M. Lorena González (City-wide), would add a new chapter to the City’s existing human rights code and would prohibit licensed mental health providers from practicing conversion therapy on minor […]

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Fighting for Families / Luchando para Familias

En Español In English We are a nation of immigrants. Our greatest national monument, the Statue of Liberty, is etched with the words: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” Today, those words are weighing heavily on my mind and heart. This morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued a […]

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Seattle Sound Transit Board Members Propose Improvements to ST3 Package

SEATTLE – Sound Transit Board members Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Rob Johnson introduced amendments to the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) plan during today’s Board meeting in conjunction with other board members around the region.  The amendments effectively expand light rail and other transit services throughout the region. “These changes are big wins for […]

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Councilmember Gonzalez’s Response to Pronto Bike Share Vote

Thank you for taking time to write in about Pronto Bike Share.  Over the past several weeks, I have received hundreds of calls and e-mails both expressing support for and opposition against saving the existing bike share system. I will be frank: I struggled with this decision.  That struggle was wedged between my belief that […]

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Fencing off The Jungle will not help our homelessness crisis

The growing crisis of homelessness in our region is larger than the reach of a single solution, implementation of a single strategy, or responsibility of a single elected official or human-services provider. It’s a shared crisis rooted in interrelated problems of poverty, addiction and mental illness. It is larger than a single city, region or […]

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Tackling the Homelessness Crisis & Public Safety

One Night Count 2016 I never expected this job to be easy, I don’t think anyone does. This week has proven especially challenging as an elected official, as an advocate for the underrepresented and, frankly, as a fellow resident. Last night, I joined 1,000 volunteers in the Seattle-King County One Night Count organized by the […]

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