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Seattle’s First Inspector General for Public Safety Confirmed

Monday’s Vote Will Formalize Nomination of Lisa A. Judge   Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), as Chair of the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education committee, together with her committee colleagues, voted unanimously in support of the nomination and appointment of Lisa A. Judge as the City of Seattle’s first Inspector […]

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Seattle City Council Proposes a Progressive Tax on Business

Task Force Co-Chairs González, Herbold Explain Details of Legislation Intended to Help Seattle Structurally Address Homelessness   Seattle, WA — Following more than four months of deliberation and stakeholder engagement, Council introduced legislation and a companion spending plan resolution today outlining the details of a progressive tax on business, which would generate additional revenue necessary […]

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Sawant Congratulates “Tax Amazon” Movement Urges Attendance at Monday’s City Council Public Hearing

SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) congratulated the Tax Amazon movement in Seattle for having put decisive pressure on the City Council and the Mayor’s office with the demand to tax big businesses like Amazon to fund affordable housing and homeless services and address the unprecedented housing crisis in Seattle. “Our Tax […]

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Council President Harrell’s Statement on the Passing of Rev. Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney

Council President Bruce A. Harrell (District 2 – South Seattle) released the following statement after receiving word of the passing of Rev. Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney: “Seattle lost a great leader today with the passage of Rev. Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney.  I’ve always known Rev. McKinney as a person who uplifted others and worked tirelessly to advance […]

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Councilmember González, Search Committee Nominate Seattle’s First Inspector General for Public Safety

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), along with members of the Office of Inspector General Search Committee, announced the nomination of Lisa A. Judge to be the City of Seattle’s first Inspector General for Public Safety (IG). The Office of the Inspector General for Public Safety (OIG) was created by the full Council in […]

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Councilmember O’Brien: One Center City Proposal Misses an Opportunity for Safer Bike Network

Councilmember Mike O’Brien (Northeast Seattle – District 6) issued the following statement in response to SDOT’s announcement regarding One Center City: “Throughout the country, we have seen that when city bike networks are expanded and connected, ridership increases and people are safer. “While I appreciate the much-needed transit improvements, I’m extremely frustrated that the One […]

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Council Votes to Eliminate Subminimum Wage

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda’s (Citywide – Pos. 8) first piece of labor policy passed with a vote of 8-0 by the Seattle City Council, codifying the City’s commitment to eliminate a subminimum wage for workers with disabilities. C.B. 119220 ends the archaic practice of allowing people with disabilities to be paid a subminimum wage, and codifies […]

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Councilmember Johnson on Council’s Passage of Efficient, Flexible Approach to Parking

Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle), Chair of the Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee, issued the following statement following a vote of 7-1 in support of Council Bill 119221, a measure intended to update and improve off-street parking regulations in Seattle: “We know that an over supply of cheap parking has a negative […]

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Councilmember Herbold Praises Halting of Streetcar Project

SEATTLE – Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & Highland Park), issued the following statement regarding this afternoon’s announcement from Mayor Jenny Durkan to “stop work” on the Center City Streetcar: “I thank Mayor Durkan for pressing the ‘pause’ button on the Center City Streetcar through her executive order to stop work. “This step […]

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Seattle City Council Opposes Federal Changes to 2020 Census

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) initiated a council letter signed by all members of Seattle City Council to Secretary Wilbur Ross at the U.S. Department of Commerce opposing the proposed changes to the 2020 census. “We have a duty to represent the over 700,000 people who live in Seattle, and without accurate data from […]

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