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    Councilmember O’Brien’s Statement on Youth Jail Decision

    SEATTLE – Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) issued the following statement following the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspection’s (SDCI) issuance of a land use decision relating to the King County Children and Family Justice Center: “Mounting evidence reinforces what communities of color have been telling us for years: jailing youth perpetuates a […]

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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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    RELEASE: Council Votes to Enhance Access to Green Careers for Young People of Color

    Council unanimously adopted a resolution today to support the recruitment for and development of green careers for young people of color, both in City of Seattle government and in the Seattle economy as a whole.  Earlier this year the City, via the Workforce Equity Action Plan, committed to improve recruitment, support and advancement of entry-level […]

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    Council Supports Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan, Equitable Development Projects

    Council unanimously adopted two resolutions yesterday that advance community investments and neighborhood planning in Seattle. The resolutions support community work in Rainier Beach and neighborhoods facing high risk of displacement. Resolution 31710 recognizes the Rainier Beach neighborhood community and their coordinated efforts with the City to plan for, and advance, neighborhood priorities through the completion […]

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    Councilmember O’Brien’s Statement on the North Precinct Police Station

    Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) issued the following statement following the announcement that the North Precinct Police Station project will be revisited: “This is a clear example of how community organizing can move mountains. It took the collective action of Seattle activists and members of the Black Lives Matter movement to bring the […]

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    Mayor, O’Brien: 30 Percent Electric Vehicle Use in Seattle by 2030, New Investments in EV Charging Stations

    Council’s Transportation & Sustainability committee today unanimously approved legislation developed by Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Mike O’Brien, which sets a goal to have 30% of all light-duty vehicles in Seattle operate under electric power by the year 2030.  Approximately 4,000 vehicles in the Seattle region are electric. Today Mayor Murray and Councilmember O’Brien announced […]

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    Councilmembers Herbold and O’Brien on U District Rezone

    Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park) and Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Ballard) issued the following statement regarding Mayor Murray’s announcement of a proposed University District rezone and urban design framework: “The University District will be the first rezone since Council adopted the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA-R) legislation last month, requiring […]

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    Councilmembers Unveil Legislation: New Rules for Encampment Clear Outs

    Councilmembers Rob Johnson, Lisa Herbold, Mike O’Brien and Kshama Sawant unveiled legislation today that would revamp the City’s current practice of encampment sweeps, allowing for clear outs after the City fulfils certain conditions. The legislation was developed with the goal of protecting public safety and connecting the unhoused with permanent housing options. Councilmembers intend for […]

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    Council Committee Approves Mandatory Housing Affordability Program, Addresses Displacement Risks

    The Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning committee unanimously (5-0) approved framework legislation today that would require that residential developers provide for affordable housing by either including it in their development or paying into a fund used to support the development of affordable housing in Seattle. The requirement will apply after Council adopts future zoning […]

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    Comprehensive Tenants’ Rights Legislation Passes Council Committee

    “Today’s vote is a significant step towards increasing fair access to rental housing,” said Councilmember Lisa Herbold. According to the Seattle’s Renting Crisis Report from the Washington Community Action Network, “48% of individuals who pay for rent with Social Security Disability Insurance or Social Security retirement income said that discrimination prevents them from having successful […]

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