Celebrating Victories of the 2018-2019 Budget Process

As the chair of the Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee and as the representative for District 4, I have heard a lot this year about ways that we can support livability as our city grows. Funding infrastructure improvements for mobility, parks, and public safety are critical to meet the needs of current and future […]

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This Week in Budget; Lincoln Park Play Area Renovations; Reversal of Decision from SDOT on Sealth/Denny Trail

This Week in Budget I’ve been writing each week to bring you news of the City Council’s budget deliberations. This week, the Budget Committee met to consider and vote on a “revised” balancing package based upon the potential amendments Councilmembers proposed on Tuesday, November 7 to my “initial” October 31 proposed balancing package. These balancing […]

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Speech by Councilmember Kshama Sawant for Charleena Lyles Press Conference with Andre Taylor and Other Activists

SEATTLE – On November 17, 2017 I made the following remarks after a press conference held by Andre Taylor and other Activists in reaction to the Force Review Board’s preliminary results in the pending investigation of the death of Charleena Lyles: “The decision of the Seattle Police Department’s Force Review Board is shameful. According to […]

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Councilmember González’s Reaction to Force Review Board Investigation of Lyles’ Death

SEATTLE – Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement in reaction to the Force Review Board’s preliminary results in the pending investigation of the death of Charleena Lyles: “The preliminary results of the Force Review Board’s (FRB) pending investigation into the tragic death of Ms. Charleena Lyles were reported on Tuesday […]

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Disappointing Setback in Progress Towards Police Accountability

I am deeply saddened and frustrated that SPD’s Force Review Board found that killing Charleena Lyles was within department policy; it is both devastating and unacceptable that our policies can lead to this kind of tragedy. There still remains an investigation by the Office of Police Accountability, and the King County Prosecutors Office will be […]

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Councilmembers González’s, Herbold’s Response to Account of Immigration & Enforcement Agents in South Park

SEATTLE – Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) and Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park) issued the following statement in response to an account earlier today of a South Park incident during which U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (I.C.E.) agents attempted to enter the apartment building at the intersection of 14th and […]

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This Week in the Budget; Help Make a New Gatewood Playfield Possible; South Park Landfill Cleanup, Public Comment; SDOT Winter Weather Response

This Week in the Budget The Budget Committee met last week to consider potential Council amendments to the “initial” proposed balancing package I released the week before last as Chair of the Council’s Budget Committee. The Budget Committee is scheduled to meet on November 14 and 15, to consider a “revised” balancing package. Per the Budget […]

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Responding to our Homelessness Crisis

At Tuesday’s Budget Committee meeting, I brought forward an alternative to the employee hours tax. I think each of my colleagues feels heartbroken seeing our homelessness crisis continue to grow, and we agree that we must respond with increased funding. And many, if not all of us, support the package of investments that the proposed […]

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Call and Email your Councilmember to Say: Stop the Sweeps and Pass the HOMES Tax!

Phone Script: Dear Councilmember ______, Hundreds of Seattle’s ordinary people – your constituents – spoke resoundingly, with one voice, at the budget committee public hearing on Nov 1st. We told City Council to Stop the Sweeps and pass the HOMES Tax in this year’s city budget! We said the inhumane and ineffective sweeps of human […]

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This Week in the Budget; Re-entry Lunch and Learn; D1 Events This Saturday; Free Extra Yard Waste Pickup in November

This Week in the Budget It’s been a busy week in the City budget. On Wednesday, the Council met as the Budget Committee to hold its second public hearing on the 2018 budget. On Tuesday, as Chair of the Council’s Budget Committee, I released an initial proposed balancing package for the City budget from among […]

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