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    Councilmember Johnson Announces Developers Voluntarily Entering into Mandatory Affordable Housing Program

    Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) announced today that, in the past month, developers from seven already-permitted building construction projects have begun the process to opt-in to the new Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program in Downtown and South Lake Union.  Contingent on Department approval, those projects could result in a staff-estimated $25 million of […]

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    Councilmember González’s Statement on Federal Judge’s Ruling Affecting Immigrants’ Legal Access

    Councilmember M. Lorena González  (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement after Federal Judge Richard Jones issued a nationwide order that temporarily prevents the Department of Justice from issuing cease and desist orders to immigration lawyers: “Today’s ruling demonstrates that lawyers and advocates defending immigrants and refugees will not back down in the face of […]

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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 Rob Johnson Statement on Secured Federal Transit Dollars

    Sound Transit Board Member Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) issued the following statement after Congress approved $100 million to support Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Extension, and $50 million for the Seattle Center City Streetcar Connector, both which were slated to be slashed in President Trump’s proposed budget: “I didn’t expect I’d be saying […]

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    Councilmember Juarez’s Statement on $30M from Allen Foundation

    Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle) issued the following statement today after the Allen Foundation announced $30M to support homeless families: “It’s not every day our city receives word of a multi-million-dollar partnership that will help to alleviate a decade-old crisis.  But today, due to the Allen Foundation’s tremendous generosity, families and young children […]

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    Councilmember Bagshaw’s Statement on $30M Investment from Allen Foundation

    Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (District 7, Pioneer Square to Magnolia) issued the following statement after the Paul G. Allen Foundation announced a $30 million investment and partnership with Mercy Housing to help house homeless families in Seattle: “I’m truly thankful to Paul Allen and his foundation for reinvesting $30 million in our community. When $5 million […]

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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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    Councilmember González’s Statement on Federal Judge’s Block on Sanctuary City Order

    Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge William Orrick blocked the Trump administration’s order to withhold federal funds from so-called “sanctuary cities”: “Today’s victory in court proves once again that when cities stand with their immigrant and refugee communities, they win. Trump is not only on the […]

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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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    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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