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Seattle City Council Confirms Carmen Best as Seattle Police Chief

Today the Seattle City Council – by a unanimous vote – confirmed Carmen Best as Chief of Police for the Seattle Police Department during its regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Councilmember M. Lorena González (Pos. 9, Citywide), chair of the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans & Education Committee, oversaw the confirmation process during the course […]

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Preserving the Showbox: Councilmember Sawant to Bring Resolution, Urges Community to Keep Fighting

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) responded to reports that the Showbox had been purchased by a corporate developer, who intended to build a high-rise apartment, with an open letter. While the Vancouver-based Onni Group has signaled their intention to nominate the Showbox for landmark status, it remains unclear if that protection would be […]

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Herbold’s Bill Broadens Definition of ‘Reasonable Accommodations’ for People with Disabilities

City Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park), and Chair of the Council’s Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee, issued the following statement today following the unanimous passage of Council Bill (CB) 119316, a bill to broaden the responsibility for providing reasonable accommodations to tenants with disabilities: “Thank you to […]

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Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda’s Domestic Workers Legislation Signed into Law by Mayor

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda’s legislation on domestic workers, known as the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, was signed by Mayor Jenny Durkan today during a bill signing event at Casa Latina. Seattle is the first city in the country to pass a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which guarantees workers earn minimum wage, rest and meal […]

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Seattle First City to Pass Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda sponsored the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which the Seattle City Council passed unanimously this afternoon, making Seattle the first city in the country to create laws that specifically protect nannies, caretakers, house cleaners, gardeners, and other domestic workers. Council Bill 119286 establishes the following labor standards for domestic workers: Hiring entities […]

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Council Honors Activist Alan Sugiyama through Street Naming

The City Council passed Resolution 31827 today to honor the legacy of community activist Alan “Al” Sugiyama. 15th Avenue South between South Nevada Street and South Columbian Way will have an honorary designation of “Alan Sugiyama Way.” Mr. Sugiyama, a life-long Seattle resident, community activist, and educator lived over 40 years in the Beacon Hill […]

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Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda Advances Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Out of Committee

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) advanced the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights through her Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee, legislation that requires domestic workers receive a minimum wage, rest and meal breaks and privacy protections. “Domestic workers are the backbone of our economy. They look after our children, assist our aging seniors, […]

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O’Brien Highlights Community Support For ‘Complete Streets’ Bike Network

Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee, introduced Resolution #31826, which memorializes the Seattle Center City Bike Network and establishes an 18-month implementation schedule for creating a connected, protected bicycle lane network in downtown Seattle by 2020. The resolution was introduced to the Committee during a special hearing on Wednesday, […]

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Councilmember Mosqueda’s Statement on Adoption of City Light Strategic Plan

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Pos. 8 – Citywide) and Chair of the Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Seattle City Council passage of Resolution 31819 adopting the 2019-2024 Seattle City Light Strategic Plan. “Today’s 8-1 vote adopted the Seattle City Light Strategic Plan and the rate path […]

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Councilmember Herbold Responds to Janus v AFSCME Supreme Court Decision

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today in the Janus v. State, County and Municipal Employees (16-1466), Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle, South Park) released the following statement echoing the frustrations and concerns of workers everywhere that this ruling will have long-term detrimental effects on public sector unions: “The Court’s stunning reversal of […]

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