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    Councilmembers Pursue New Plan to Build Affordable Housing, Utilize Bonds

    Six Councilmembers introduced a new proposal today intended to create up to 500 new units of affordable housing for Seattle residents. The housing production would be funded by newly utilizing the City’s existing bonding capacity and paid off over a 30 year term. Councilmembers Bagshaw, González, Herbold, Johnson, O’Brien, and Sawant have signed on to […]

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    Councilmember González’ Statement on Delivery of Draft Plan for SPD Reform

    Councilmember M. Lorena González, Chair of the Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities & New Americans Committee, issued the following statement after City Attorney Pete Holmes filed a draft police reform proposal with U.S. District Judge James Robart for his review: “After four years, it’s heartening to see that a draft police accountability plan, developed collaboratively […]

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    Councilmember González’ Statement on Investigation into SPD Digital Surveillance

    Councilmember Lorena González, Chair of the Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities & New Americans Committee, issued the following statement regarding Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) Director Pierce Murphy’s announced preliminary investigation into the Seattle Police Department’s acquisition and utilization of Geofeedia software, which is designed to monitor the public’s social media communications: “I am disappointed […]

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    Mayor Murray, Councilmembers applaud unanimous adoption of secure scheduling legislation

    Council unanimously (9-0) adopted Secure Scheduling legislation today, adding stability and predictability to Seattle shift workers’ hourly incomes and schedules. The legislation, developed collaboratively between Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Lorena González and Councilmember Lisa Herbold, is intended to address retail and food service employees’ unpredictable working conditions by requiring employers to provide workers with a […]

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    Councilmember González’ Statement on Introduction of Encampment Legislation

    Councilmember Lorena González issued the following statement regarding today’s upcoming decision to introduce legislation to revise the City’s encampment clear out policy: “In two months, the City of Seattle will be recognizing the one-year anniversary of the declaration of a State of Emergency on Homelessness.  Sadly, in the almost twelve months since that declaration, we […]

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    University of Washington, Councilmembers Convene Paid Family Leave Symposium

    Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw, Lorena González and Lisa Herbold joined with the University of Washington to co-host a Paid Parental Leave Symposium at UW yesterday, where elected officials, business leaders, worker advocates, and researchers convened to discuss the scope and tools available to consider paid family leave policies for Seattle workers.  Over 60 people participated in […]

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    Council Committee Unanimously Approves Gay Conversion Therapy Ban, Mayor Declares Support

    SEATTLE – The Council committee handling civil rights affairs unanimously approved an ordinance today banning conversion therapy for minors in Seattle.  The legislation, sponsored by Councilmember M. Lorena González (City-wide), would add a new chapter to the City’s existing human rights code and would prohibit licensed mental health providers from practicing conversion therapy on minor […]

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    Councilmembers’ Statement on County Allocation of Affordable Housing, Transit-Oriented Development Dollars

    Council President Bruce Harrell and Councilmembers M. Lorena González and Debora Juarez, issued the following statement regarding Tuesday’s action by the King County Executive and County Council to issue revenue bonds totaling $87M, which will be backed by future hotel/motel revenues: Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) said, “I thank the King County […]

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    City Releases Report Detailing Worker Scheduling Practices in Seattle

    The City of Seattle released an independent study on employee scheduling practices in the retail and food service industries in Seattle. The report, commissioned by the City Council and the Mayor in May of this year, summarizes responses from hundreds of workers and business managers from a number of industries on a wide range of […]

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    Councilmember González’ Statement on US Supreme Court Immigration Deadlock

    Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez issued the following statement today regarding the United States Supreme Court immigration ruling against President Obama’s executive order: “We are a nation of immigrants. Our greatest national monument, the Statue of Liberty, is etched with the words: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” Today, those […]

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