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    Councilmember Harrell’s, Burgess’ Statement on SPS Bell Time Funding

    Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, Southeast Seattle) and Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) issued the following statement after the Full Council moved to hold legislation which would have repurposed $2.3 million in Families & Education Levy dollars to pay for school bus transportation services: “When Seattleites approved the Families and Education Levy, they […]

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    Council Approves Funds for Firearm Surrender from Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

    Council unanimously approved legislation today dedicating funds to enforce the 2014 state law that enabled courts to require domestic violence abusers to surrender their firearms. The funding was sought because, in spite of the state law, enforcement of surrender orders has been weak. In 2016, 56% of orders in Seattle were completely ignored, while, for […]

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    Councilmember Burgess’ Statement on $30M from Allen Foundation

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide), chair of the Council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Allen Foundation’s $30M investment in housing for homeless families: “This strategic investment is a great example of what Seattle’s philanthropic and business community can accomplish when they creatively partner with city […]

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    Revised Short-Term Rental Legislation Advanced

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) announced revised short-term rental legislation today, which would address regulations for a growing industry that includes companies like Airbnb and VRBO.  Following Council consideration of an earlier draft in 2016, Councilmember Burgess worked with neighborhoods, renters, hosts, and affected companies to develop updated legislation to meet the underlying issues […]

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    Councilmembers Burgess’ and González’s Statements on the Seattle Police Monitor’s Assessment of Use of Force

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) and Councilmember Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statements following the Seattle Police Monitor’s assessment that Seattle Police Department (SPD) has achieved initial compliance with the provisions of the Consent Decree between the Department of Justice and City of Seattle: “The Monitor’s assessment is great news for […]

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    Council and Mayor Murray Seek Volunteers to Serve on New Seattle Renters’ Commission

    Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council are seeking community members to serve on the Seattle Renters’ Commission (SRC). Established by ordinance in March, the SRC will advise the City on policies and issues of interest to renters citywide. The Commission is composed of 15 members – six are appointed by City Council, six […]

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    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 […]

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    Councilmembers’ Statement Following Shooting of Deep Rai, Sikh Kent Resident

    SEATTLE – All nine Seattle City Councilmembers issued the following statement after India-born Kent resident, Deep Rai, was attacked in his driveway in Kent on Friday, allegedly being told “go back to your own country” before being shot: “Seattle is home to thousands of South Asian community members.  We began last week by condemning anti-Semitic […]

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    Councilmembers’ Statement of Support Following Threat to Jewish Community Center

    All nine Seattle City Councilmembers issued the following statement after yesterday’s bomb threat to the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island: “We are horrified by yesterday’s bomb threat against the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island and the anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found in Ballard. As leaders of Seattle and neighbors to Mercer […]

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    Councilmembers’ Bill to Create a ‘Seattle Renters’ Commission’

    Three City Council members—Tim Burgess, Lisa Herbold and Mike O’Brien—announced today they will introduce legislation creating the Seattle Renters’ Commission. The Commission is designed to give renters—approximately half of Seattle residents—a stronger voice at City Hall. If the proposed legislation is approved by the Council, the 15-person volunteer commission would address topics ranging from housing […]

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