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    Launch of Legal Aid Pilot to Prevent Housing Evictions

    Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle and South Park) celebrated news today that a full complement of attorneys has been hired to implement a new City-sponsored legal aid pilot program created to prevent people from losing their housing when they are in the midst of a legal defense for an unrelated offense.  The creation […]

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    Councilmember Gonzalez To Mayor Murray: ‘Cloud Of Serious Allegations’ Merits An Unprecedented Response

    Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement in response to Mayor Ed Murray’s letter stating his intent to fulfill his full term as Seattle’s Mayor: “Last Monday I expressed my concerns about Mayor Ed Murray’s ability to simultaneously defend himself from public allegations of sexual abuse and to effectively serve our […]

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    Councilmember González, Board Of Health Vote To Approve New Rule For County’s Limited Service Pregnancy Centers

    Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement following a vote of 11-1 to approve BOH17-04 “relating to the disclosure of information by limited service pregnancy centers” in her capacity as a member of the King County Board of Health: “Limited service pregnancy centers’ aren’t health care clinics and anyone entering a […]

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    Council President Harrell’s Statement on Jaywalking Tickets Disparity

    Council President Bruce A. Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) issued the following statement in response to the Seattle Times report about the disproportionately high rate of jaywalking tickets issued to African American pedestrians in Seattle: “The recent report showing a disproportionate percentage of jaywalking tickets issued to African Americans reinforces the importance of the bias-free […]

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    Councilmembers’ Statement In Response to Allegations Against Mayor

    SEATTLE – Council President Bruce Harrell and Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw, Lisa Herbold and Debora Juarez issued the following statement in response to allegations of abuse in the Seattle Times against Mayor Ed Murray: “Allegations of abuse must be taken seriously at all times. Despite serious allegations that Mayor Ed Murray committed acts of misconduct, there […]

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    Council Approves Bias-Free Policing Law

    SEATTLE – Council approved legislation today by a vote of 8-0 to codify the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) policies on bias-free policing, making it a permanent part of the City of Seattle’s Municipal Code. Seattle will be one of the first major cities to, and will for the first time, codify the SPD’s policy: Prohibiting […]

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    Council President Harrell’s Statement on Body Camera Executive Order

    SEATTLE – Council President Bruce Harrell issued the following statement following the announcement of the Mayor’s Executive Order on Body Cameras: “I support the Mayor’s decision today to use his executive order authority to immediately begin equipping police officers with body cameras. While we respect the collective bargaining process and have been very patiently working […]

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    Councilmember González Responds to Release Of Documents Related To Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Mayor Murray

    Seattle,  WA – Councilmember M. Lorena Gonzalez (Position 9, Citywide) released the following statement in response to the release of documents related to sexual abuse allegations about Mayor Ed Murray: “Since April, our City has reeled in the aftermath of sexual abuse allegations made against Mayor Ed Murray.  I, like many in our community, take […]

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    Councilmember Burgess, Director Davis Statement On Consideration of Fossil Fuel Divestment

    SEATTLE – Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) and Chair of the Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System Board, and Jeff Davis, Executive Director of the SCERS Board, issued the following statement at the conclusion of today’s Board meeting, during which time fossil fuel divestment was discussed: “Today’s Board meeting was well attended by community members […]

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    Council-Approved $29m Affordable Housing Bonds Open for Business

    SEATTLE – Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park) expressed her appreciation to the Office of Housing today that some of the funds from the Council-approved $29 million in bonds for affordable housing will be available this Fall via the Office of Housing’s (OH) annual competitive funding process. The bond funding will […]

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