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Councilmember Johnson’s Statement Regarding Ruling on Mandatory Housing Affordability Decision

Councilmember Rob Johnson (Dist. 4, Northeast Seattle) issued the following statement today after the City of Seattle Hearing Examiner, Ryan P. Vancil, ruled on an appeal to the adequacy of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) proposal. His decision requires the City to conduct additional analysis of historic […]

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Celebrating Victories in the 2019-2020 Budget

On Monday, November 19th my council colleagues and I held our final vote to pass the 2019-2020 City Budget. This was my third budget process, and after an incredibly busy eight weeks, I believe that this package of investments is a direct reflection of community priorities and our city values and I want to highlight […]

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A Message for My Constituents

In the wake of an exciting election night on Tuesday, many will now turn their attention to our district elections next year. With the goal of respectful transparency and a desire to hold the door open for those who might be interested in running for the District 4 seat, I am announcing that I will […]

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Councilmember Johnson’s Statement Regarding Decision Against Seeking Re-Election

Councilmember Rob Johnson (Dist. 4, Northeast Seattle) issued the following statement about his decision against seeking re-election in 2019: “With the goal of respectful transparency and a desire to hold the door open for those who might be interested in running for the District 4 seat, I have announced my decision to not seek re-election […]

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Councilmember Johnson’s Statement Regarding the Families, Education, Preschool & Promise Plan

Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) released the following statement in response to initial returns for the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Plan: “Going back to 1990’s original Families and Education levy, Seattle has a strong history of supporting kids in our public schools.  Today’s vote builds on that foundation of four successful prior […]

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Johnson, Herbold & O’Brien Lay Out Path Forward on Tree Protection Legislation

Commit to protecting exceptional trees, maintaining Seattle’s reputation as a ‘truly Emerald City’ Seattle, WA – Members of the Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee issued the following statement specific to the City’s forthcoming tree ordinance earlier today: “The benefits of tree canopies are numerous: a cleaner, more resilient environment, and a more […]

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Select Committee on Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Move $637.8 Million Education Levy to Full Council

The Select Committee on Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy unanimously voted to advance to Full Council a proposed ordinance to continue the City of Seattle’s investments across the education spectrum. If approved, the levy will expand quality preschool classrooms, continue investments in K-12, and establish tuition subsidies and support for college or post-secondary job […]

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Seattle Council Passes Tax on Business to Help Address Homelessness

Following more than five months of deliberation, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance related to taxation, intended to help address homelessness.  The amended proposal establishes an annual tax of $275 per full time employee on the City’s largest businesses, those with revenues of more than $20 million  (about 3% of all businesses). The measure […]

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My Priorities for an Employee Hours Tax

No matter your view on the proposed employee hours tax, there’s a strong consensus that there is a homelessness crisis that needs to be solved. This crisis facing our city and our region is human and visible and growing. By the last count 8,522 people were experiencing homelessness in Seattle. While I continue to hear […]

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Johnson Releases Draft Framework to Update the City’s Tree Ordinance

Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) released a draft framework for updates to the City’s Tree Ordinance today, the first update in a decade, to proactively manage and steward Seattle’s urban forest. The framework will encourage more tree preservation and planting through incentives and fees. The framework would also gather better data by requiring […]

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