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Council to Host Second of Two Evening Public Hearings

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia) and Chair of the Select Budget Committee, together with her colleagues will host the second of two  evening public hearings regarding the Mayor’s proposed budget on Tuesday evening, October 23. Mayor Jenny Durkan transmitted her budget to Council on Monday, September 24.  The Council began […]

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Councilmember Sawant Responds to Amazon’s Announcement on $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage, Monthly Bonuses: ‘Worker Organizing Works, Time to Step up the Struggle!’

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) released the following statement in response to Amazon’s announcement on Wednesday October 10th that it will put in place additional pay raises to those workers who would have lost monthly bonuses and stock grants.  The announcement came on the heels of Amazon’s initial decision to eliminate bonuses and […]

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EIS Report Confirms: Backyard Cottages Are Key to Building Inclusive, Multi-generational Neighborhoods

On Thursday, the Seattle City Council released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that evaluates the potential environmental impacts of proposed changes to the City’s Land Use Code intended to remove barriers to the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family zones (also known as backyard cottages or in-law apartments). The results of the […]

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Council Vote Prioritizes City-owned Properties for Affordable Housing

The Seattle City Council voted 9-0 to adopt updated policies that set affordable housing as a priority for City surplus and underutilized property. Resolution 31837, sponsored by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) and chair of the Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee, updates policies and procedures related to City surplus property. “This policy […]

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Council Votes to Approve OVG’s Plans to Renovate Arena

ArenaCo. arrangement ‘unprecedented’, uses no public funding   The Seattle City Council approved final transactions documents by a vote of 8-0 to fully renovate the Arena at Seattle Center and formally approve Oak View Group’s (OVG) plan to privately finance. Taken together, the two ordinances – CB 119344 which revises use of the admissions tax; […]

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Johnson, Herbold & O’Brien Lay Out Path Forward on Tree Protection Legislation

Commit to protecting exceptional trees, maintaining Seattle’s reputation as a ‘truly Emerald City’ Seattle, WA – Members of the Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee issued the following statement specific to the City’s forthcoming tree ordinance earlier today: “The benefits of tree canopies are numerous: a cleaner, more resilient environment, and a more […]

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Mosqueda Orders Audit of Seattle City Light Billing Practices

Audit will cover how department responds to customers who appeal ‘catch up’ bills   SEATTLE – Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) and chair of the Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee, has requested the Seattle City Auditor’s Office to look into billing practices at Seattle City Light over “catch up” bills caused by […]

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Council to Begin Confirmation Process for City Light CEO Nominee

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Pos. 8, Citywide), chair of the Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee, will oversee the confirmation process for the appointment of Debra Smith as Seattle City Light’s next Chief Executive Officer and General Manager. Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the nomination of Smith earlier today. Smith has worked in the public utility […]

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Councilmember Sawant Urges Solidarity with Striking Operating Engineers Local 302

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) released the following statement in solidarity with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 (which includes construction crane operators), whose members just voted to go on strike after rejecting the latest contract on the Western Washington Master Labor Agreement: “After months of negotiations, members of Operating Engineers […]

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Councilmember Sawant Stands in Solidarity with Seattle Educators Rallying for Strong Contract

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) issued the following statement in solidarity with educators in the Seattle Public School District who are organized with the Seattle Education Association (SEA). Members of SEA are fighting for pay raises commensurate with the city’s cost of living. They are also demanding the District take steps toward addressing […]

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