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    Age Friendly Resolution, West Seattle Bridge Encampment Cleanup, SPU Contract Amendment, Fauntleroy Project Update

    Age Friendly Resolution On Monday, the Full Council adopted the Age Friendly Resolution 31739, expressing Seattle’s commitment to being a more age-friendly city and committing to several areas of continuous improvement across every function of City government. In August 2016, AARP designated Seattle as the 104th community in the U.S. to be a part of […]


    Why I Support Arts and Culture

    Next week, Seattle’s Pacific Science Center will open its doors to the exhibit Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, transporting viewers back 2,200 years to discover the story of the First Imperial Dynasty of China and the untouched tomb of the first Emperor. I was honored to work with the Pacific Science Center during the […]


    Councilmember Tim Burgess’ Statement on the U.S. Senate Repeal of Worker Savings Rule

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) issued the following statement following the United States Senate’s vote today (50-49) to repeal a new federal rule that would have allowed cities like Seattle to establish automatic retirement savings accounts for people who work in the city: “This is a profound disappointment. We have been working on creating […]


    Councilmembers González and Burgess, Mayor Murray Announce $1 Million for Immigrant Legal Defense Fund

    Councilmember M. Lorena González, Councilmember Tim Burgess and Mayor Ed Murray today announced their intention to dedicate $1 million to establish a “Legal Defense Fund” (LDF) to aid Seattle immigrants and refugees.  Following expanded federal enforcement targeting all immigrants, the officials announced the creation of the LDF to support Seattle residents and workers with limited […]


    Councilmembers González and Juarez’s Statement on Seattle’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Lawsuit

    Councilmembers M. Lorena González (Pos. 9, Citywide) and Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle) issued the following statement following the City’s announcement that it will sue the federal government over President Trump’s Executive Order targeting so-called, “Sanctuary Cities”: “We’re all-in on this lawsuit. Make no mistake, the City of Seattle will not be coerced into […]


    Defund Keystone XL! Fill City Hall for the Final Council Vote on 4/3 at 2 pm!

    On March 24, 2017, President Trump announced his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, and our local activist community did not hesitate to begin building the fightback! Organizers from 350 Seattle, indigenous leaders, and members of the #Defund DAPL coalition reached out to my office and asked me to co-author a resolution calling on the City of […]


    Building Connections and Offering Work 

    I have received many emails from friends and neighbors asking “Why don’t we do what Albuquerque and Portland, Maine are doing – HIRE people who are homeless?” Good news, we do. In Albuquerque, New Mexico the city started a program called  “There’s a Better Way” which reaches homeless people and connects them to jobs throughout Albuquerque. […]


    Update on Backyard Cottage Legislation & Next Steps

    Affordability in housing is one of the biggest issues we face in Seattle today. The City of Seattle has identified the need for more housing at prices accessible to people at all levels of income, both for homeowners and renters. In May of 2016, I released a proposal that would make it easier for more […]


    Age Friendly Seattle: Moving people of all ages, reducing congestion.

      Recently I spent a week in Washington DC with the National League of Cities members. One of my primary goals was to learn what other cities are doing to address the needs of our senior neighbors, and as a tangential bonus I met transportation engineers who are addressing traffic congestion in the DC area for […]


    Downtown/South Lake Union MHA; South Park Crime and Public Safety Survey; Harbor Ave SW and SW Spokane Street intersection improvements; Chief Sealth High School Walkway Improvements

    Downtown and South Lake Union MHA  On Tuesday, 3/21/2017, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee discussed eight amendments to the proposed South Lake Union (SLU) and Downtown Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) legislation. The amendments ranged from a. providing a carrot to developers not covered by MHA (because their projects are already through the design process) to voluntarily […]

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