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    University District Rezone Adopted by Council

    Tuesday afternoon, the Council unanimously approved the U District rezone which is part of the city government’s effort to increase density and housing affordability in our urban centers and villages, such as the U District. I voted in favor of…

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    Councilmembers’ Bill to Create a ‘Seattle Renters’ Commission’

    Three City Council members—Tim Burgess, Lisa Herbold and Mike O’Brien—announced today they will introduce legislation creating the Seattle Renters’ Commission. The Commission is designed to give renters—approximately half of Seattle residents—a stronger voice at City Hall. If the proposed legislation is approved by the Council, the 15-person volunteer commission would address topics ranging from housing […]

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    Court Victory, Highland Park Mudslide, Landmarks Preservation Board, Update on $29 Million Housing Bond, Delridge Action Plan Tour Follow Up, Guaranteed OLS Funding, African-American History Month, In-District Office Hours

    Court Victory With pronouncements, unconstitutional Executive Orders, alarming nominations, and immigration raids coming from Trump administration, many of our neighbors, family, and loved ones are rightly feeling vulnerable.  In light of these daily events, today’s news was a huge victory for the values of nondiscrimination, in particular beneficial to members of the LGBTQ community. Today’s […]

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    A Bystander’s Guide to Standing up Against Islamophobic Harassment (and Other Types of Harassment, Too)

    This post is not original to me but is especially well done.  It was written by a Paris-based  illustrator and filmmaker who goes by the handle Maeril on Tumblr .  She has posted a short and helpful illustrated how-to guide for bystanders  who want to help someone being bullied in a public place.  I found it first in […]

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    Councilmember Herbold’s Statement on Protection of Transgender Students

    Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park) issued the following statement upon learning of the Trump administration’s plans to rescind incentives that protect transgender students in schools: “It’s outrageous that the federal government won’t help protect students against discrimination based on their gender identity.  We’re one country, and protection from discrimination can’t […]

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    Inside the SeaTac Airport Shutdown

    Since Trump’s inauguration, millions of people have protested in opposition to Trump’s xenophobic, Islamophobic, racist, and bigoted agenda. Civil disobedience and temporary shutdowns of airports nationwide on January 28 won the release of immigrant detainees, and played a decisive role in defeating Trump’s attempted Muslim Ban. The success of such non-violent direct actions shows that […]

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    Councilmember Herbold on University District Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Legislation

    Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park) issued this statement after Council’s adoption of the University District MHA Rezone: “As I considered the U District Rezone and the new MHA requirements, my top priority was insuring that the new requirements to contribute to affordable housing were adequate to meet the need.  The […]

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    Councilmember Johnson on University District Upzone Legislation

    Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle), Chair of the Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee, issued the following statement following Council’s unanimous adoption of the University District upzone: “Today’s passage of the University District Upzone represents a huge step in living our values as a welcoming, sustainable, and inclusive city.  These zoning changes are […]

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    Paid Family Leave Program for City of Seattle Employees

    On Friday, February 17, 2017,  Mayor Murray signed legislation assuring that no City employee will have to choose between taking care of a loved one or earning a paycheck. When a new child is born or adopted, City of Seattle employees will now have a minimum guaranteed twelve weeks of paid assistance, and when a […]

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    Councilmember González’s Statement on Daniel Ramirez Medina Hearing

    Councilmember M. Lorena González (Pos. 9, Citywide) issued the following statement following this morning’s status conference at the U.S. District Courthouse: “I’m disappointed that Daniel wasn’t released today. That was the hope. However, Judge Donohue’s comments indicate that he understands the gravity of the situation for both Daniel and DACA recipients across the nation. I’m […]

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