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Council President Harrell’s Statement on the Passing of Rev. Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney

Council President Bruce A. Harrell (District 2 – South Seattle) released the following statement after receiving word of the passing of Rev. Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney: “Seattle lost a great leader today with the passage of Rev. Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney.  I’ve always known Rev. McKinney as a person who uplifted others and worked tirelessly to advance […]

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Councilmember González, Search Committee Nominate Seattle’s First Inspector General for Public Safety

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), along with members of the Office of Inspector General Search Committee, announced the nomination of Lisa A. Judge to be the City of Seattle’s first Inspector General for Public Safety (IG). The Office of the Inspector General for Public Safety (OIG) was created by the full Council in […]

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Councilmember O’Brien: One Center City Proposal Misses an Opportunity for Safer Bike Network

Councilmember Mike O’Brien (Northeast Seattle – District 6) issued the following statement in response to SDOT’s announcement regarding One Center City: “Throughout the country, we have seen that when city bike networks are expanded and connected, ridership increases and people are safer. “While I appreciate the much-needed transit improvements, I’m extremely frustrated that the One […]

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Council Votes to Eliminate Subminimum Wage

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda’s (Citywide – Pos. 8) first piece of labor policy passed with a vote of 8-0 by the Seattle City Council, codifying the City’s commitment to eliminate a subminimum wage for workers with disabilities. C.B. 119220 ends the archaic practice of allowing people with disabilities to be paid a subminimum wage, and codifies […]

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Councilmember Johnson on Council’s Passage of Efficient, Flexible Approach to Parking

Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle), Chair of the Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee, issued the following statement following a vote of 7-1 in support of Council Bill 119221, a measure intended to update and improve off-street parking regulations in Seattle: “We know that an over supply of cheap parking has a negative […]

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Councilmember Herbold Praises Halting of Streetcar Project

SEATTLE – Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & Highland Park), issued the following statement regarding this afternoon’s announcement from Mayor Jenny Durkan to “stop work” on the Center City Streetcar: “I thank Mayor Durkan for pressing the ‘pause’ button on the Center City Streetcar through her executive order to stop work. “This step […]

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Seattle City Council Opposes Federal Changes to 2020 Census

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) initiated a council letter signed by all members of Seattle City Council to Secretary Wilbur Ross at the U.S. Department of Commerce opposing the proposed changes to the 2020 census. “We have a duty to represent the over 700,000 people who live in Seattle, and without accurate data from […]

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Council Halts Rent Bidding Apps, City to Evaluate Impacts to Housing Access

Council adopted Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda’s first piece of Council-developed legislation by a vote of 8-0 today, putting a moratorium on “rent bidding” platforms in Seattle. This burgeoning new technology allows landlords to competitively auction rental housing units to the highest bidder via applications.  The “rent bidding” legislation gives Seattle the opportunity to understand the applications’ […]

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Progressive Revenue Task Force Issues Final Recommendations

The Progressive Revenue Task Force (PRTF) released its final report today with the unanimous consent of its 17 members. The City Council formed the PRTF to explore potential new progressive revenue options including an employee hours’ tax (EHT) and to identify potential investments that address Seattle’s homelessness State of Emergency. The PRTF members highlighted the […]

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Councilmember Sawant to Hold Hearing to End Cuts to Women’s Homeless Services and Advocate for Big Business Tax to Fund Publicly-Owned Affordable Housing

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) will host a Council meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall Chambers to discuss recent cuts to women’s shelters and homeless services after the Seattle Human Services Department recently rebid their homeless services contracts. Sawant and committee members will engage directly with providers from the Women’s Housing, […]

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