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One Step Closer to Lowering Barriers for ADUs – We Want Your Input!

Housing affordability is one of the biggest issues we face in Seattle today. The City has identified a need for providing a mix of housing types at prices accessible to people at all levels of income for homeowners and renters alike. I believe lowering the barriers to creating accessory dwelling units (ADUs) is an important […]

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Councilmember González, Mayor Burgess Reaffirm Support of Immigrant Communities, DACA Program with Unanimous Passage of Two Resolutions

SEATTLE – Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) and her colleagues reaffirmed Seattle’s support for immigrant communities and DACA program recipients with passage today of two related resolutions.  Resolution 31779, affirms the City’s support of immigrant communities; and, Resolution 31775, strengthens public safety by affirming the City’s support for immigrant and refugee witnesses, survivors, […]

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Council Receives Vacancy Process Update, Briefed on Applicants By City Clerk

SEATTLE – Councilmember and President Pro Tem Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) and his colleagues received a briefing about the process to fill the vacancy for Position 8, and an update on the application period, which closed on Sunday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m. Seattle City Clerk Monica Martinez Simmons provided a memo to […]

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This Week in the Budget; Alki Public Safety Survey Update; Sound Transit Letters; Neighborhood and Community Arts Grant

This Week in the Budget City Council’s Consideration of the 2018 City Budget On Monday, Mayor Burgess presented his proposed 2018 City of Seattle Budget and 2018-2023 Capital Improvement Program.   With Burgess becoming Mayor last week, his position as Chair of the City Council Budget Committee became vacant; the Council voted to appoint me as […]

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Aurora Licton Urban Village Legislation

Council Bill 119093 is scheduled for a Full Council vote on Monday Oct. 3rd at 2pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. The purpose of this legislation is to encourage more housing and pedestrian friendly development in the C1, C2 and NC3 designations within the boundaries of the Aurora Licton Urban Village (ALUV). The goals […]

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It’s Budget Season Again!

This Monday kicked off my second City budget cycle as Mayor Burgess presented his proposal to the Council (you can watch the budget speech here). Councilmembers and staff are in the initial stages of reviewing the investments detailed in the proposal, but I wanted to call out a few early budget wins and projects included […]

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Herbold Voted by Council Colleagues to Serve as Budget Chair

SEATTLE – Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & Highland Park), released the following statement after today’s Full Council meeting, at which her colleagues voted in favor of her assuming the role as Chair of the Select Budget Committee, a position previously held by now-Mayor Tim Burgess during his time as Councilmember, Position 8: […]

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Harrell, O’Brien Announce Updates to Community-led Forum, Council Vacancy Schedule

SEATTLE – Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) and Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) announced updated dates for the community forum as part of a process to fill the vacancy in Council Position 8. During today’s Full Council meeting, Council formally endorsed the 20-day vacancy process through Resolution 31778. At the […]

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UPDATE Creating a Community of Care for TC5

We received excellent news from the Human Services Department about the future of Tent City 5! Here is their statement: “We are pleased to partner with the Port of Seattle to lease their Tsubota property for the Tent City 5 Interbay City permitted encampment, which is scheduled to move from its current location before their […]

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Hate & Bias Crimes Report; Bus Service Changes; City Hall Updates; Marra Farm Fall Fest; Legal Clinic Celebration; Diaper Need Awareness

City Auditor Releases Hate and Bias Crimes Report As chair of the Council committee with oversight of civil rights issues, I thank the City Auditor’s Office for their report released earlier this week, Review of Hate Crime Prevention, Response, and Reporting in Seattle. Addressing hate and bias crimes is vitally important, especially given the national […]

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