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    Council Supports Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan, Equitable Development Projects

    Council unanimously adopted two resolutions yesterday that advance community investments and neighborhood planning in Seattle. The resolutions support community work in Rainier Beach and neighborhoods facing high risk of displacement. Resolution 31710 recognizes the Rainier Beach neighborhood community and their coordinated efforts with the City to plan for, and advance, neighborhood priorities through the completion […]

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    Councilmembers’ Statement on County Allocation of Affordable Housing, Transit-Oriented Development Dollars

    Council President Bruce Harrell and Councilmembers M. Lorena González and Debora Juarez, issued the following statement regarding Tuesday’s action by the King County Executive and County Council to issue revenue bonds totaling $87M, which will be backed by future hotel/motel revenues: Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) said, “I thank the King County […]

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    Council President Harrell to Discuss New Bias-Free Policing Law

    Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) will discuss the elements of a potential new law codifying the bias-free policing policy adopted through the Department of Justice Consent Decree during the Education, Equity and Governance Committee, which he chairs, on Wednesday.  Bias-based policing is the different treatment of a person by officers motivated by […]

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    Seattle Sound Transit Board Members Propose Improvements to ST3 Package

    SEATTLE – Sound Transit Board members Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Rob Johnson introduced amendments to the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) plan during today’s Board meeting in conjunction with other board members around the region.  The amendments effectively expand light rail and other transit services throughout the region. “These changes are big wins for […]

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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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    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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    Council President Harrell’s Statement on Passage of State Bill to Help People with Criminal Records Secure Vocational Jobs

    Council President Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Education, Equity and Governance Committee, issued the below statement applauding the State Legislature’s passage of SHB 1553 on Thursday with a unanimous vote.  The Certificate for Restoration of Opportunity Program (CROP) will help people with criminal histories gain access to jobs that require a vocational license: “Currently, […]

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    Council Committee to Vote on New Director for Department of Education and Early Learning

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/2/2016

    Council Committee to Vote on New Director for Department of Education and Early Learning

    SeattleCouncil President Bruce A. Harrell‘s Education, Equity and Governance Committee will vote this Wednesday on the appointment of Dwane Chappelle as the first Director of the newly-created Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning. Chappelle is a former principal at Rainier Beach High School.

    The Department of Education and Early Learning is responsible for operation of the Seattle Preschool Program, the Families & Education Levy and the Child Care Assistance Program, among other initiatives.

    Councilmembers held an introductory discussion with Chappelle on January 20; submitted formal questions; and will review and discuss written answers from Mr. Chappelle at Wednesday’s meeting.

    The Committee recommendation will be subject to a Full Council vote, scheduled for Monday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m.

    WHAT:
    Dwane Chappelle Confirmation Vote at Council’s Education, Equity and Governance Committee

    WHEN:        
    Wednesday, February 3
    2:00 p.m.

    WHERE:
    Council Chambers, 2nd floor
    Seattle City Hall
    600 Fourth Ave., Seattle 98104

    WHO:
    Councilmembers
    Dwane Chappelle

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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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    Councilmembers Inaugurated in First District-Based Representation System Since 1910, Harrell Elected Council President

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/4/2016

    Councilmembers Inaugurated in First District-Based Representation System Since 1910, Harrell Elected Council President

    SEATTLE – All nine Seattle City Councilmembers took their oaths of office in the traditional inauguration ceremony in City Council Chambers today, following their successful victories in last November’s election. Newly elected Councilmembers Lorena Gonzalez, Lisa Herbold, Rob Johnson and Debora Juarez joined returning re-elected Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw, Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell, Mike O’Brien and Kshama Sawant in taking their seats at the Council dais.

    Family, friends, colleagues and community members filled the Seattle City Council chambers to celebrate the new and returning local government leadership. Each elected official was sworn in by someone of their choice and gave brief remarks.

    Following their oaths, Councilmembers elected Councilmember Bruce Harrell to the position of Council President. Harrell has served as Seattle City Councilmember since 2008 and most recently chaired the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee.  The Council President is the presiding officer of the Council, sets the Full Council agenda, assigns legislation to committees and is the primary point of contact for external agencies.  When the Mayor is absent from the City or incapacitated, the Council President assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Mayor.

    Today’s historic oath of office ceremony ushered in first district-based representation system since 1910. Seven of the Councilmembers will now each represent a geographical district, while two Councilmembers will each represent the entire city:

    • District 1 (West Seattle, South Park): Councilmember Lisa Herbold
    • District 2 (Southeast Seattle): Council President Bruce Harrell
    • District 3 (Central Area, Capitol Hill): Councilmember Kshama Sawant
    • District 4 (Ravenna, Wallingford): Councilmember Rob Johnson
    • District 5 (North Seattle): Councilmember Debora Juarez
    • District 6 (Fremont, Ballard): Councilmember Mike O’Brien
    • District 7 (Downtown, Magnolia): Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
    • At-Large (city-wide): Councilmember Tim Burgess
    • At-Large (city-wide): Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez

     

    Click here for an interactive tool to help find which Council district you live in.

    Today’s inaugural ceremony also marked a series of notable firsts in Seattle local government history:

    • First Enrolled Native American Councilmember – Debora Juarez
    • First Latina Councilmembers – Lorena Gonzalez and Debora Juarez
    • First Japanese American/African American Council President and first African American Council President since Council President Sam Smith in 1986-1989 – Bruce Harrell
    • First Female Majority City Council since 1998 – Sally Bagshaw, Lorena Gonzalez Lisa Herbold, Debora Juarez and Kshama Sawant

     

    Councilmembers also took their first votes in their 2016-2017 term and assigned committee chairs. Each Councilmember is responsible for heading a Council committee and managing legislation related to that committee’s focus:

    • Council President Bruce Harrell, Chair: Education, Equity and Governance
    • Councilmember Tim Burgess, Chair: Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance
    • Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, Chair: Human Services and Public Health
    • Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez, Chair: Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans
    • Councilmember Lisa Herbold: Chair: Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts
    • Councilmember Rob Johnson, Chair: Planning, Land Use and Zoning
    • Councilmember Debora Juarez, Chair: Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront
    • Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Chair: Sustainability and Transportation
    • Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Chair: Energy and Environment

     

    For more information on the 2016-17 committee assignments click here. To sign up to receive forthcoming committee agendas via email, click here.

    Today’s inauguration ceremony served as an opportunity for the public to witness and participate in their local government. The ceremony was broadcast live on the Seattle Channel and can be viewed beginning tomorrow at http://www.seattlechannel.org/mayor-and-council/city-council/full-council.

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