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    Councilmember González’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Rescinding of Immigrant Parent Policy

    Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement following the federal government’s announcement that it will rescind the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) policy, which would have offered protection to undocumented parents of children who are lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens had it gone into effect: “Trump thinks that […]

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    Councilmembers González and Johnson’s Statement on Officer-Involved Shooting at Magnuson Park

    Councilmember M. Lorena González, Chair of the Council’s Safe Communities Committee, and Councilmember Rob Johnson, Council representative for District 4 (Northeast Seattle), issued the below statements following the fatal officer-involved shooting at Magnuson Park yesterday: Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) said, “I am incredibly saddened by the death of Charleena Lyles and my […]

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    Councilmember Johnson on Funding Seattle Public Schools’ Bell Times Switch

    Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) issued the following statement after Council unanimously approved funds to support Seattle Public Schools switching to a two-tier bell system: “As a Councilmember and a father of two daughters in the Seattle Public School system, I believe students’ health and academic welfare will be bolstered by supporting the […]

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    Councilmember Harrell’s, Burgess’ Statement on SPS Bell Time Funding

    Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, Southeast Seattle) and Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) issued the following statement after the Full Council moved to hold legislation which would have repurposed $2.3 million in Families & Education Levy dollars to pay for school bus transportation services: “When Seattleites approved the Families and Education Levy, they […]

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    Seattle Defies Trump, Maintains Commitment to Paris Climate Accord

    Council unanimously approved a resolution today committing the City of Seattle to uphold its portion of the United States’ former commitment to the Paris Climate Accord, and reaffirming Seattle’s target to reduce City greenhouse gas emissions 58 percent below 2008 levels by 2030.  After President Trump announced his intentions to withdraw from the Paris Accords […]

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    Councilmember Sawant Introduces Bill Requiring Voter Registration Cards Be Provided to All New Tenants

    Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) introduced a bill to require that landlords include a voter registration form and voter registration information among the required documents provided to all new tenants in Seattle.   Seattle’s voters need to update their registration every time they move to participate in Washington’s vote-by-mail system. Renters move more […]

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    Councilmember Bagshaw’s Statement on 2017 “Count Us In” Tally on Homelessness

    Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (District 7, Pioneer Square to Magnolia) issued the following statement following the release of the 2017 “Count Us In” comprehensive tally of people who were sheltered and unsheltered in Seattle and King County.  The new, more comprehensive count for Seattle found 4,619 people living in either emergency shelter or transitional housing, and […]

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    Council Approves “Observer Bill of Rights”

    Council unanimously approved an “ Observer Bill of Rights” yesterday, establishing, by law, that the public has the right to observe and record police activity. The adopted legislation codifies existing Seattle Police Department Policy, which was partially developed in response to 2008 recommendations from the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) Auditor after it wasfound people […]

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    Council Passes Historic Police Accountability and Reform Legislation

    Seattle, WA — By a vote of 8-0, Council unanimously approved Council Bill 118969, a measure related to Police Accountability.  The legislation, primarily sponsored by Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), is the first of its kind in the country and creates new, powerful, civilian- and community-led oversight systems that will effectively ensure constitutional […]

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    Councilmember Johnson Announces Developers Voluntarily Entering into Mandatory Affordable Housing Program

    Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) announced today that, in the past month, developers from seven already-permitted building construction projects have begun the process to opt-in to the new Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program in Downtown and South Lake Union.  Contingent on Department approval, those projects could result in a staff-estimated $25 million of […]

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