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Councilmember González’s Statement on the Employee Hours Tax (EHT) Repeal Proposal

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement in response to the Employee Hours Tax (EHT) repeal proposal: “Our tax system is upside down, placing the burden on low-income and middle-class households to pay a disproportionate share of taxes — as compared to corporations — to fund basic human needs.  That is […]

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Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda’s Statement on the EHT Repeal Proposal

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Citywide, Position 8) issued the following statement regarding the Employee Hours Tax Repeal Proposal: “My office has heard a lot of concern regarding the Employee Hours Tax (EHT). I have concerns as well, but I cannot back a repeal without a replacement strategy to house and shelter our neighbors experiencing homelessness. “While […]

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Council President Harrell Schedules Special City Council Meeting to Consider Repealing Employee Hours Tax

Council President Bruce Harrell has scheduled a Special City Council meeting for Tuesday, June 12, and will sponsor legislation that repeals the Employee Hours Tax Legislation.  A City Council vote is expected to occur during the special meeting. The legislation will repeal Ordinance 125578, passed on May 14, 2018 and signed by the Mayor on […]

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Vehicle Noise Legislation; Additions for Admiral Bus Service; MHA; Map of D1 Constituent Accomplishments; In-District Office Hours

Vehicle Noise Legislation: Relief for Alki Coming SOON As a beachside neighborhood and a regional destination, the Alki neighborhood and nearby areas face unique public safety and health challenges, especially during the warm-weather months. Residents, community groups, and visitors from elsewhere have expressed concern about public safety, and the growing impact of motor vehicle-related noise […]

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Homelessness Investments Outcomes; Public Comment Meeting re: SR 99 Tolls; Books for Teachers

Homelessness Investments Outcomes A couple weeks ago, I promised an update on how funds invested by the Human Services Department were spent on in homelessness in 2017 and what were the outcomes. In 2017, HSD invested $54 million in prevention, emergency and housing services for people experiencing homelessness.  CBO identifies $61M in total spending for […]

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Open Letter to Seattle Mayor Durkan and City Council on the Screening of Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back

On Thursday, May 24th, I co-sponsored the screening of the film “Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back” with the City of Seattle LGBTQ Commission and the Commission for People with Disabilities. In response, Mayor Durkan, the Seattle Times editorial board, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle expressed concern about the film. The Federation argued that the […]

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My exchange with UW President Cauce to support Academic Student Employees’ struggle for a living wage, healthcare, and workplace protections

Below is a letter I sent to UW president Ana Mari Cauce on May 31 in support of UAW Local 4121 and the 4,500 academic student employees (ASE’s) at the University of Washington, fighting for a fair contract that provides a living wage and addresses concerns about fees, affordability, healthcare, and workplace protections. In the […]

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Ship Canal Water Quality Project Update; Committee Briefing on Navigation Team; UNESCO City of Literature

Ship Canal Water Quality Project Update On Tuesday my Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, and Arts (CRUEDA) committee received another update from Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) on the Ship Canal Water Quality Project (SCWQP).  You can watch their presentation here. The SCWQP is a joint project with King County (with a 65% City/35% County cost […]

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A More Transparent, Efficient, and Equitable Street Vacation Policy

This week, I am proud to share that we passed updated street and alley vacation polices, as well as a resolution defining and recognizing the value of Equitable Development Agreements (EDAs). Street vacations allow property owners to petition City Council for private use of the public right of way. These decisions permanently change the right-of-way […]

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Magnolia Bridge Update

  The morning after the community meeting this week, I received an email from a neighbor asking very pointed questions about what’s next for the Magnolia Bridge. The neighbor’s questions reflected the deep frustrations voiced at the community meeting this past Monday night. Many people in Magnolia know a great deal about the history of […]

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