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    Mayor Murray, Councilmembers Announce Update to North Precinct Plan

    Today, Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Debora Juarez and Lorena González announced that the City will review the proposed new North Precinct facility, citing concerns around equity, cost and community needs. The City will follow a recently-passed Council resolution and conduct a Racial Equity Toolkit review of the proposed precinct, and review key […]

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    Councilmember Burgess’ Statement on Homeless Encampment Ordinance

    Councilmember Tim Burgess issued the following statement regarding today’s Council decision on the Homeless Encampment Ordinance: “I agree that the City can do a better job of how we respond to homelessness in Seattle. But, the legislation introduced today is not the answer. “The proposed ordinance is not the balanced approach the people of Seattle […]

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    RELEASE: Councilmember Burgess’ Statement on Passage of Housing Levy

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Citywide) released the following statement on the passage of the Seattle Housing Levy (Proposition 1): “Seattle voters today put their money where their hearts are, compassionately investing their hard-earned money to help our most vulnerable neighbors. The Seattle Housing Levy is an essential part of a holistic response to addressing the affordability […]

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    Councilmember Burgess’ Statement on SPOG Rejecting City’s Contract Offer

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8 – Citywide), chair of the City’s Labor Relations Policy Committee, issued the following statement regarding the reported vote by the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) to reject the City’s contract offer: “The City negotiated with SPOG in good faith. We attempted to accommodate many of the union’s requests without weakening […]

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    Councilmember Tim Burgess’ Statement on Proposed Sale of Pacific Place Garage

    SEATTLE – Councilmember Tim Burgess issued the following statement supporting Mayor Ed Murray’s recommendation that the City-owned Pacific Place parking garage be sold: “The $87 million sale price validates the Council’s decision to put the brakes on the $55 million offer in 2013. By waiting just three more years, the City will receive $32 million […]

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    Arena proponents, neighboring teams reach scheduling and access agreement

    The Council received language today from representatives of ArenaCo, the Seattle Seahawks/First & Goal, Inc., and the Seattle Mariners that places conditions on the scheduling of events if a new arena is built in Sodo. At the Council’s request, the parties came together to draft the mutually agreeable language regarding scheduling and access. “At the […]

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    Council Endorses Prescription Drug Take-Back Program

    City Council unanimously approved legislation today sponsored by Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Lorena González encouraging local pharmacies and police precincts to set up drop-boxes for unused, surplus prescription medicines, including controlled opioid drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Valium and Ritalin. “Prescription drug abuse is a serious threat to our community and often leads to addiction […]

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    Councilmembers to Participate in ‘Workers Voice Summit’ Thursday

    Seattle – Councilmembers will participate in a “Workers Voice Summit” this Thursday to hear experiences and policy ideas from workers from a cross section of low-wage jobs in the region. The event, organized by a coalition of organizations representing workers, was developed to provide employees themselves the opportunity to address public officials regarding challenges relating […]

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    City to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with ‘Unity’ Events

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/13/2016

    City to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with ‘Unity’ Events

    Mayor, Council and Community to Celebrate MLK with Workshops, Musical Performances

    SEATTLE – Mayor Ed Murray, Council President Bruce A. Harrell and members of the Seattle City Council, along with community leaders, and City employees, invite the public to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, and to live out his vision, by participating in the second annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Seattle City Hall.

    Thursday’s all-day event will include exhibits, workshops, remarks from the Mayor, Councilmembers and the City Attorney, as well as a reading by the City’s first-ever Civic Poet, and musical performances.

    The event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

    WHAT: Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘Unity’ Events

    WHEN:  7:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (NOTE: A complete schedule of events is available ONLINE)

    Selected highlights include:

    • 8:30 – 10:55 a.m. Workshop Presenters -Former Assistant Superintendent Erin Jones and Gerald Hankerson, NAACP Director 
    • 11:15 a.m. Walter Kilgore Memorial Color Guard – US National Anthem / Black National Anthem Medley presented by Pat Wright, Seattle’s First Lady of Gospel
    • Remarks by Honorary Chair Mayor Edward Murray, Council President Bruce A. Harrell, Councilmember Tim Burgess, City Attorney Pete Holmes and Former Assistant Superintendent Erin Jones
    • Emcee Isiah Anderson,CaptainJohn Hayes (Seattle Police Department), and featuring the City’s Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna
    • Key Note Speaker – Director Stephan Blanford, Seattle Public Schools
    • Introduction of Musical Guest Josephine Howell

    The celebration will close with music by Gabriel Teodros, D.J. Sureal.

    WHERE: City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA

    WHO: Elected officials, community leaders and the public

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    Council Approves Sustainable City Employee Pension Program, Saves Taxpayers $200 Million Over 30 Years

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/11/2016

    Council Approves Sustainable City Employee Pension Program, Saves Taxpayers $200 Million Over 30 Years

    SEATTLE – Council unanimously approved legislation today that will lead to a new defined benefit retirement plan for City employees expected to save the City $200 million over the next 30 years. The legislation, Council Bill 118604, implements a new collective bargaining agreement with four City labor unions that includes the new pension program alongside salary adjustments and other changes.

    The retirement plan, called Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) II, will be available for new employees hired on and after January 1, 2017.  The new retirement system benefits better align with other public agencies in the Puget Sound region and were developed collaboratively with City labor unions.

    “This new retirement plan is a win-win-win,” said Councilmember Tim Burgess, Chair of the City’s Retirement Board. “We’ve managed to retain a defined benefit pension system, which will help attract top talent to City agencies. Employees will contribute less from their salary, which means more money in their pockets now. And, over time, the City will save hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.”

    Following the 2008 recession, the City’s retirement system faced financial challenges after experiencing a 26.8% loss. In 2011, a City Council-sponsored report defined the challenges facing the system and offered alternatives to ensure the future sustainability of the system.

    “We will maintain a strong defined benefit plan for our retirees, while ensuring that our pension system will be sustainable over the long term,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “City employees’ commitment to public service means they often make far less than they would in the private sector. We reached agreement with our union partners to generate substantial savings for the taxpayer, while also compensating our employees with a stable pension for their lifetime of work.”

    The plan approved today is structured similarly to the current retirement plan, SCERS I, and will still provide an adequate retirement benefit to employees. Both employees and the City will contribute less to the program.  Currently the City and its employees contribute 15.8% of payroll to fund the benefits earned during the year.  In the new plan the contribution will drop to 11.9% of payroll.

    “We’re saving money, ensuring a healthy retirement system going forward, and providing competitive benefits for our employees,” added Councilmember Burgess. “I’m grateful for the collaborative effort by the Mayor, Council and the City’s labor unions to reach this outcome.”

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