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    Council Approves Fair Chance Housing Legislation: Councilmember Herbold’s Remarks as Delivered

    Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park) shared the following remarks as delivered today during deliberation by the Full Council of the Fair Chance Housing ordinance, which passed 8-0.  The legislation, co-sponsored by Council President Bruce Harrell, prohibits landlords from screening applicants based on past arrests or criminal convictions: “I first want […]

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    Councilmember O’Brien Unveils Proposal to Aid People Living in Vehicles

    Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee, issued the following statement regarding his proposed legislation intended to help respond to the needs of people living in their vehicles: “In 2016, City of Seattle funding helped thousands of people exit homelessness and move into permanent housing, and I’m […]

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    Councilmember Burgess’ Statement on Supreme Court Upholding Seattle’s Gun Violence Tax

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide), chair of the Council’s Finance Committee, issued the following statement after the Washington State Supreme Court upheld Seattle’s Gun Violence Tax.  Burgess introduced the legislation at Council in 2015: “I’m thrilled to see our Supreme Court so strongly uphold Seattle’s Gun Violence Tax. We knew from the start that […]

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    Council Committee Approves Fair Chance Housing Legislation

    The Council committee responsible for civil rights legislation recommended approval of the Fair Chance Housing ordinance by a 6-0 vote today.  The legislation, sponsored by Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park) and Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle), prohibits landlords from screening applicants based on past arrests or criminal […]

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    Councilmember Johnson Celebrates Magnuson Park Community Investments

    Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) celebrated Council’s unanimous vote to dedicate funding toward Magnuson Park community improvements today.  Through the Council’s quarterly supplemental budget, Councilmembers dedicated $75,000 toward increased park security at Magnuson Park and enhanced human services for low-income residents there. Further, the City has committed to enhancing lighting at Magnuson Park, […]

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    Councilmember González’s Statement on President Trump’s Proposed RAISE Act

    SEATTLE – Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), Chair of the Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee, issued the following statement after the President expressed his support for the federal RAISE Act immigration legislation which would, according to the New York Times, “cut legal immigration to the United States in half within a decade by […]

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    Council and Mayor Murray Nominate Appointees for the Seattle Renters’ Commission

    Today the Seattle City Council and Mayor Ed Murray announced their appointees to the new Seattle Renters’ Commission (SRC). Created by Ordinance 125280 in March 2017, the 15-member commission will advise the City on priorities, policies, and strategies related to all issues concerning renters across the City of Seattle. It will also monitor and provide […]

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    Council Approves Strongest-in-Nation Surveillance Technology Transparency Ordinance

    Council unanimously approved Surveillance Technology Acquisition legislation today to enhance public awareness and involvement when the City considers implementing new surveillance technology or software. Currently, City departments are only required to obtain Council approval before acquiring and using surveillance hardware. The legislation approved by Council today, sponsored by Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), […]

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    CEO Weis Will Not Receive Annual Bonus of $28K

    Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee, issued the following statement in response to a letter she received from the Mayor’s Director of Operations to tell her that a bonus will not be given to City Light CEO Larry Weis: “On July 6th […]

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    Councilmember Johnson’s Statement on Council’s Central Area Rezone Vote

    Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee, issued the following statement after Council’s 7-0 approval of the 23rd Avenue rezone and Action Plan: “The strength of the Central Area planning process is a result of the community engagement that has occurred over the last several […]

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