Budget Update; Budget Investments in Homelessness Response; HOMES Tax Update; Encampment Removals Process; 2018 Investments in Reducing Congestion

Budget Update Last week, Council approved the City of Seattle’s 2018 budget. This year’s budget process was memorable for the urgent emphasis on our homelessness crisis, rigorous debate, and the bold actions taken by Council to fund solutions. In addition, as Chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee, I am proud to have sponsored […]

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Council To Form Progressive Revenue Task Force

Prospective Members Encouraged to Apply by Monday (Dec. 4) Seattle, WA — On November 20th, Council passed Resolution  31782 establishing a task force to explore potential new progressive revenue sources, including an Employee Hours Tax (EHT).  The task force will be charged with identifying investments to assist people who are homeless or at high risk […]

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Mosqueda Sworn-In As City Councilmember

SEATTLE – Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) received the Oath of Office earlier today in Council Chambers following the certification of the 2017 election results by King County Elections. Mosqueda joins the Council after more than a decade of effectively advocating for workers rights and immigrants and refugees. She is best known for the […]

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Oath of Office Speech

As Delivered Thank you Council President Harrell, Thank you Mayor Burgess, Thank you council colleagues and esteemed elected officials for your support throughout the campaign, and for being here today. And Thank ALL OF YOU – all of you who worked so hard to help make this day possible. Thank you for your hard work, […]

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Councilmember Johnson Response to FEIS Appeal

Seattle, WA — Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) and Chair of the Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee issued the following statement in response to an appeal of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS): “Two years ago, Seattle City Council committed to the implementation of a mandatory inclusionary zoning program to help […]

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My Thanks; This Week in the Budget/Final Wrap-up; Employee Hours Tax Resolution; Response to ICE in South Park; Seattle Observes National Transgender Day of Remembrance

My Thanks There is much to be thankful for as I write this on Thanksgiving Day eve.  There are individual people to be thankful for their contribution to making Seattle a better city.  There are groups that I am thankful for as well who, in raising their voices together and with my occasional helping hand, […]

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FINAL 2018 Budget Wins for D5

Hello District 5 Community, Monday, November 20th, the City Council voted to approve the 2018 City budget. I am excited to report the final 2018 City Budget and what it means for D5! Working with my colleagues, I was able to secure funding for District 5 priorities and citywide priorities. I have included a selection […]

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Highlights of our 2018 Budget

On Monday, November 20, we City Councilmembers held our final vote on the 2018 budget. This was my 8th budget as a Councilmember and it proved to be a challenging one. With many admirable programs deserving funding within the balanced budget, we had hard decisions to make. I approached the budget with four key priorities […]

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Council Adopts 2018 City Budget

Council Adopts 2018 City Budget Chair Herbold: Budget will ‘meaningfully impact the lives of everyday people in Seattle’   Seattle – City Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park), and chair of the Council’s Budget Committee, issued the following statement today after the Council voted to adopt the 2018 City budget: “Over […]

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Council Votes to Approve Gonzalez’s, O’Brien’s Resolution Supporting ‘Ongoing Progressive Revenues’ in Homelessness Investments

SEATTLE – Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement following the Full Council vote in support of Resolution 31782, which was co-sponsored by Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle).  The resolution is intended to establish a process to identify new and ongoing progressive revenues, including an Employee Hours Tax, with […]

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