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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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    Seattle Moves Toward Tax Fairness with Tax on High Income; SPU Strategic Business Plan, Update; Priority Hire Legislation; Fair Chance Housing Legislation; Duwamish Head Greenbelt Restoration; High Point Farm Stand is Open

    Seattle Moves Toward Tax Fairness with Tax on High Incomes The City Council has unanimously voted to begin addressing the regressive nature of our tax system, and move toward tax fairness.  On Monday, July 10 the Council passed legislation that I co-sponsored to establish a tax on high incomes. This vote occurred after a public […]

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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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    Seattle Taxes the Rich! Onward to Rent Control! My Speech at the Final Vote

    Since I first ran for office, Socialist Alternative and I have organized for a $15 minimum wage, taxing the rich, and rent control. We won $15/hour, and now our growing movement has taxed the rich! But we know our work is far from over. Big business, the super-wealthy, and the right-wing plan on taking our […]

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    Expanding the Jewel of Seattle: Pike Place MarketFront opens its doors!

    Pike Place Market has long been the jewel of Seattle—110 years next month to be exact. I live just five blocks away from the Market, and I relish my time selecting fresh fruit and flowers from market vendors every week.  Seattle is fortunate, indeed, to have such a vibrant, historic piece of our legacy for […]

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    Harrell, González Statement on Committee Approval of Bias-Free Policing Law

    Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) and Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement following the Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee’s approval of a bias-free policing law in Seattle: “This legislation sends a strong message that the City is committed to ensuring constitutional policing now and […]

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    Sawant to Republicans and the Billionaire Class: ‘Our Tax the Rich Movement is Ready to Fight in the Courts’

    Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) issued the following statement after the tax the rich vote in City Hall and in response to the Washington State Republican Party’s press conference announcing their opposition to the tax: “Today, Seattle’s movement to tax the rich just won a powerful victory in City Hall! Congratulations to all […]

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    City-Wide Income Tax Vote

    On July 10th, I joined the rest of the City Council in voting yes on the city-wide Income Tax ordinance. This unanimous vote of the Council is just the first step in what will be a long legal battle. There is no disputing that our tax system in Washington is regressive and is hitting low-income […]

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