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Focusing on Homelessness Solutions that Work

It’s no secret that I oppose wasting taxpayer money on sweeps. “Sweeping” people, without a place for people to go, is an ineffective and wasteful way to address our homelessness crisis. The successes we’ve seen in transitioning people into housing have been due to additional low-barrier shelter options and permanent housing. And, to be clear, […]

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Councilmembers O’Brien, Harris-Talley Announce ‘HOMES’ Proposal aimed at alleviating factors fueling homelessness

SEATTLE – Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) and Councilmember Kirsten Harris-Talley (Pos. 8, Citywide) together announced a proposal intended to help meet the costs associated with alleviating the factors contributing to Seattle’s homelessness crisis – namely, places for people to live in the short- and long-term. Three critical changes to the City’s approach […]

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One Step Closer to Lowering Barriers for ADUs – We Want Your Input!

Housing affordability is one of the biggest issues we face in Seattle today. The City has identified a need for providing a mix of housing types at prices accessible to people at all levels of income for homeowners and renters alike. I believe lowering the barriers to creating accessory dwelling units (ADUs) is an important […]

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Harrell, O’Brien Announce Updates to Community-led Forum, Council Vacancy Schedule

SEATTLE – Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) and Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) announced updated dates for the community forum as part of a process to fill the vacancy in Council Position 8. During today’s Full Council meeting, Council formally endorsed the 20-day vacancy process through Resolution 31778. At the […]

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Seattle Committed to Paris and the Climate

After President Trump announced his intentions to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord earlier this month, Mayor Murray announced Seattle’s intention to meet or exceed Seattle’s target of the federal Clean Power Plan, joining with dozens of cities and several states in the effort. If the United States Government and Donald Trump aren’t going to […]

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Upcoming Office Hours and Legislative Updates

Upcoming Office Hours We are once again bringing City Hall to District 6 on Wednesday April 5! Please join me at the Ballard Public Library from 4:30-6:30pm. Bring your questions and concerns about your neighborhood. There is no official sign-up and one-on-one meetings will be available based on first-come, first-serve. Greenlake Community Center The Green […]

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Update on Backyard Cottage Legislation & Next Steps

Affordability in housing is one of the biggest issues we face in Seattle today. The City of Seattle has identified the need for more housing at prices accessible to people at all levels of income, both for homeowners and renters. In May of 2016, I released a proposal that would make it easier for more […]

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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 […]

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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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Shattered Greenwood Businesses, Verging on Collapse Seek Support, Justice One Year Later from Puget Sound Energy (PSE)

“Negligence blew a hole in our home. But it doesn’t have to kill our dream.” Contact: Dana Robinson Slote, Council Communications, 206-615-0061 Seattle, WA – Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) joined Greenwood-area business owners nearly one year after the March 9 explosion which traumatized the neighborhood and decimated local businesses. While some attendees […]

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