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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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Center City Streetcar: Pressing the “Pause” Button; Council Considers an Employee Hours Tax: Update and Next Steps; New Green Electric Trucks Coming to Seattle; Domestic Workers Listening Session; March Constituent Emails

Center City Streetcar: Pressing the “Pause” Button I thank Mayor Durkan for pressing the ‘pause’ button on the Center City Streetcar through her executive order to stop work. This step is necessary to ensure that the independent review earlier ordered by the Mayor is meaningful. Had work proceeded as scheduled—especially in awarding a construction contract—it […]

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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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Parking Legislation Update; Alki Vehicle Noise Enforcement; Civil Legal Aid Update

Parking Legislation Update The final vote on the parking update legislation will be this Monday, April 2 at Full Council. My two previous reports about this legislation can be found here and here. The version of the bill that passed out of committee on March 21 can be found here. I proposed a few amendments, […]

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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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Proposed Ethics Code Legislation; In-District Office Hours

Proposed Ethics Code Legislation On Tuesday, the Governance, Equity, and Technology Committee heard legislation regarding an amendment to “the Seattle Municipal Code to require City Councilmembers to disclose financial interests in legislative matters under consideration by the City Council prior to participating in those matters, and creating a limited exception to the requirement that City […]

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