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Councilmembers O’Brien, Harris-Talley Announce ‘HOMES’ Proposal aimed at alleviating factors fueling homelessness

SEATTLE – Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) and Councilmember Kirsten Harris-Talley (Pos. 8, Citywide) together announced a proposal intended to help meet the costs associated with alleviating the factors contributing to Seattle’s homelessness crisis – namely, places for people to live in the short- and long-term. Three critical changes to the City’s approach […]

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Harrell, O’Brien Announce Updates to Community-led Forum, Council Vacancy Schedule

SEATTLE – Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) and Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) announced updated dates for the community forum as part of a process to fill the vacancy in Council Position 8. During today’s Full Council meeting, Council formally endorsed the 20-day vacancy process through Resolution 31778. At the […]

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Councilmember O’Brien Unveils Proposal to Aid People Living in Vehicles

Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee, issued the following statement regarding his proposed legislation intended to help respond to the needs of people living in their vehicles: “In 2016, City of Seattle funding helped thousands of people exit homelessness and move into permanent housing, and I’m […]

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Seattle Defies Trump, Maintains Commitment to Paris Climate Accord

Council unanimously approved a resolution today committing the City of Seattle to uphold its portion of the United States’ former commitment to the Paris Climate Accord, and reaffirming Seattle’s target to reduce City greenhouse gas emissions 58 percent below 2008 levels by 2030.  After President Trump announced his intentions to withdraw from the Paris Accords […]

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Councilmember O’Brien Responds to City Auditor’s Affordable Housing Program Review

Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) received findings today from the City Auditor regarding the City’s decades-old Incentive Zoning program. Since 1985, Incentive Zoning in Seattle has allowed developers to gain extra floor area in exchange for providing affordable housing units or paying into a fund for affordable housing production. O’Brien requested that the […]

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Council Urges Congress to Approve the ‘Equality Act’ for LGBTQ Rights

Seattle City Council unanimously approved a resolution today urging Congress to introduce and adopt “The Equality Act,” which would grant equal protection to LGBTQ residents across the United States.  Currently, individual states are able to deny access to housing, employment, education, public accommodations, and more because of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. […]

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Councilmembers’ Statement Following Shooting of Deep Rai, Sikh Kent Resident

SEATTLE – All nine Seattle City Councilmembers issued the following statement after India-born Kent resident, Deep Rai, was attacked in his driveway in Kent on Friday, allegedly being told “go back to your own country” before being shot: “Seattle is home to thousands of South Asian community members.  We began last week by condemning anti-Semitic […]

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Councilmembers’ Statement of Support Following Threat to Jewish Community Center

All nine Seattle City Councilmembers issued the following statement after yesterday’s bomb threat to the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island: “We are horrified by yesterday’s bomb threat against the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island and the anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found in Ballard. As leaders of Seattle and neighbors to Mercer […]

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Councilmembers’ Bill to Create a ‘Seattle Renters’ Commission’

Three City Council members—Tim Burgess, Lisa Herbold and Mike O’Brien—announced today they will introduce legislation creating the Seattle Renters’ Commission. The Commission is designed to give renters—approximately half of Seattle residents—a stronger voice at City Hall. If the proposed legislation is approved by the Council, the 15-person volunteer commission would address topics ranging from housing […]

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Shattered Greenwood Businesses, Verging on Collapse Seek Support, Justice One Year Later from Puget Sound Energy (PSE)

“Negligence blew a hole in our home. But it doesn’t have to kill our dream.” Contact: Dana Robinson Slote, Council Communications, 206-615-0061 Seattle, WA – Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) joined Greenwood-area business owners nearly one year after the March 9 explosion which traumatized the neighborhood and decimated local businesses. While some attendees […]

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