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    Councilmember Burgess, Director Davis Statement On Consideration of Fossil Fuel Divestment

    SEATTLE – Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) and Chair of the Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System Board, and Jeff Davis, Executive Director of the SCERS Board, issued the following statement at the conclusion of today’s Board meeting, during which time fossil fuel divestment was discussed: “Today’s Board meeting was well attended by community members […]

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    Councilmember Burgess’ Statement on Committee Approval of a City Income Tax on High-Income Residents

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide), chair of the Council’s Finance Committee, issued the following statement following Committee approval of a city income tax on high-income residents: “This is a step toward a fairer tax system. We will use the tax proceeds to lower property taxes and to fund essential city services. In a state […]

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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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    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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    Council Approves Funds for Firearm Surrender from Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

    Council unanimously approved legislation today dedicating funds to enforce the 2014 state law that enabled courts to require domestic violence abusers to surrender their firearms. The funding was sought because, in spite of the state law, enforcement of surrender orders has been weak. In 2016, 56% of orders in Seattle were completely ignored, while, for […]

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    Councilmember Burgess’ Statement on $30M from Allen Foundation

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide), chair of the Council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Allen Foundation’s $30M investment in housing for homeless families: “This strategic investment is a great example of what Seattle’s philanthropic and business community can accomplish when they creatively partner with city […]

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    Revised Short-Term Rental Legislation Advanced

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) announced revised short-term rental legislation today, which would address regulations for a growing industry that includes companies like Airbnb and VRBO.  Following Council consideration of an earlier draft in 2016, Councilmember Burgess worked with neighborhoods, renters, hosts, and affected companies to develop updated legislation to meet the underlying issues […]

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    Councilmembers Burgess’ and González’s Statements on the Seattle Police Monitor’s Assessment of Use of Force

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) and Councilmember Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statements following the Seattle Police Monitor’s assessment that Seattle Police Department (SPD) has achieved initial compliance with the provisions of the Consent Decree between the Department of Justice and City of Seattle: “The Monitor’s assessment is great news for […]

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    Council and Mayor Murray Seek Volunteers to Serve on New Seattle Renters’ Commission

    Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council are seeking community members to serve on the Seattle Renters’ Commission (SRC). Established by ordinance in March, the SRC will advise the City on policies and issues of interest to renters citywide. The Commission is composed of 15 members – six are appointed by City Council, six […]

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    Councilmember Tim Burgess’ Statement on the U.S. Senate Repeal of Worker Savings Rule

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) issued the following statement following the United States Senate’s vote today (50-49) to repeal a new federal rule that would have allowed cities like Seattle to establish automatic retirement savings accounts for people who work in the city: “This is a profound disappointment. We have been working on creating […]

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