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Mayor, City Attorney & Council: We Call on Legislature to End Death Penalty in WA State

All nine Seattle City Councilmembers, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes sent a LETTER to Seattle’s legislative delegation today, calling for an end to the death penalty in Washington State.  Washington Senate Bill 6052 and House Bill 1935 would eliminate the death penalty and instead require life imprisonment without possibility of release […]

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City Council’s Statement on ICE Targeting Immigrant Rights Activist Maru Mora-Villalpando

New Americans Committee Chair M. Lorena Gonzalez and Vice Chair Teresa Mosqueda issued the following statement jointly with all nine members of the Seattle City Council in response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s initiation of deportation proceedings against immigrant rights activist, Maru Mora-Villalpando: “We, members of the Seattle City Council, are angered that Seattle’s office of Immigration […]

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Councilmember González’s Statement on ICE Raids at 7-Elevens in L.A., Wash.: Deportation can mean a death sentence

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement in response to reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) have raided various 7-Eleven retail stores targeting undocumented immigrants and checking employees’ immigration status: “It is incredibly frustrating our federal Administration chooses to create political theater through enforcement actions of I.C.E. that threaten the […]

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Councilmember Herbold Response to AG Sessions’ Marijuana Decision

Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park), as chair of the Council’s committee on issues related to economic development, issued the following statement after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his intent to change the federal government’s approach to legalized marijuana: “Seattle, with critical vision and leadership from the cannabis industry, has […]

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Councilmembers González, Mosqueda Respond to AG’s Motel 6 Suit

Councilmembers M. Lorena González (Citywide, Pos. 9) and Teresa Mosqueda (Citywide, Pos. 8) issued the following joint-statement in response to Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court suing Motel 6 for sharing guest information with the federal government’s Department of Homeland Security for over 9,000 Motel 6 guests. As a result […]

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Council Announces Progressive Revenue Task Force Co-Chairs, Members

Councilmember M. Lorena González Councilmember Lisa Herbold FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEATTLE – Following Council’s budget deliberations in November 2017, Council committed to convene an ad hoc Progressive Revenue Task Force (PRT) to identify and recommend progressive revenue options that can be dedicated toward addressing Seattle’s homelessness and affordability crisis.   Today, the Council is announcing […]

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Council Sets 2018-19 Committee Assignments

The Seattle City Council today adopted Resolution 31789 establishing committee assignments for 2018 and 2019. Each Councilmember is responsible for chairing a Council committee and managing legislation related to the committee’s respective subjects. In addition, each Councilmember serves as vice chair, member and alternate on three additional committees. Councilmembers elected Council President Harrell to continue […]

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Mosqueda Casts First Vote as Councilmember in Support of Key Arena Redevelopment

Seattle, WA – Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Citywide, Pos 8) issued the following statement in response to the Council’s approval of C.B. 119088, an ordinance related to KeyArena, by a vote of 7-1: “Earlier today I cast my first vote as a Seattle City Councilmember in support of redeveloping Key Arena. We are experiencing a unique […]

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Council Approves Unprecedented Agreement to Redevelop KeyArena

SEATTLE – Council today authorized Mayor Jenny A. Durkan to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Oak View Group (OVG) to redevelop KeyArena into a world-class multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena. The legally binding agreement commits OVG to project costs, including all project overruns, $40 million in neighborhood transportation improvements, and a bevy of […]

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Council To Form Progressive Revenue Task Force

Prospective Members Encouraged to Apply by Monday (Dec. 4) Seattle, WA — On November 20th, Council passed Resolution  31782 establishing a task force to explore potential new progressive revenue sources, including an Employee Hours Tax (EHT).  The task force will be charged with identifying investments to assist people who are homeless or at high risk […]

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