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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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    Seattle City Council Announces 2016 Committee Assignments

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/18/2015

    Seattle City Council Announces 2016 Committee Assignments

    Councilmembers to elect Council President and assign committees on January 4, 2016

    SEATTLESeattle City Council announced its tentative plan for committee assignments today, in preparation for work in 2016. Each Councilmember is responsible for chairing a Council committee and managing legislation related to the committee’s focus. Councilmembers also serve as a vice-chair on one committee and as a member on another. Councilmembers can also sponsor legislation on other committees under certain conditions. Committee assignments are made official at the first Full Council meeting of the year, on Monday January 4, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Councilmembers will also elect their 2016-17 Council President at the meeting. Committee assignments last for two years.

    Councilmember Sally Bagshaw will chair the Human Services and Public Health Committee. Councilmember Bagshaw will oversee Council’s work on issues relating to services provided by the Human Services Department, including programs that meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable people in our community. The committee will also consider matters involving public health and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), which allows law enforcement officers to redirect low-level offenders engaged in drug or prostitution activity to community-based services.

    Councilmember Tim Burgess will chair the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee. As chair of this committee, Councilmember Burgess will focus on issues relating to housing—investing and promoting the development and preservation of affordable housing, and building strong neighborhoods through outreach and engagement. Councilmember Burgess will also chair the Budget committee, overseeing the review of the Mayor’s proposed budget.
    Councilmember Lorena González will chair the Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee. As chair, Councilmember González will consider policies to address gender equity and help improve the lives of Seattle’s immigrant and refugee residents.  The committee will also focus on fostering safe communities, improving police accountability, crime prevention, criminal justice, emergency preparedness, and fire and medical services.

    Councilmember Bruce Harrell will chair the Education, Equity and Governance Committee. As chair, Councilmember Harrell will focus on issues relating to public schools and improving student success rates, intergovernmental relations, technology, ethics and elections, prisoner reentry and equity issues for underserved communities.

    Councilmember Lisa Herbold will chair the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee. Councilmember Herbold’s committee will manage issues relating to labor standards, civil rights, Seattle Public Utilities, and economic development. The committee will also manage issues relating to arts and culture in Seattle, which includes nightlife issues.

    Councilmember Rob Johnson will chair the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee. As chair of this committee, Councilmember Johnson will take up issues involving City zoning, planning, major institutions, quasi-judicial decisions, community development, and land use regulations.

    Councilmember Debora Juarez will chair the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee. As chair, Councilmember Juarez will focus on issues relating to City parks, community centers, and public grounds, including the Seattle Center.  Her committee will also manage legislation relating to the Seattle Public Library system.  Councilmember Juarez will also chair the Central Waterfront committee.

    Councilmember Mike O’Brien will chair the Sustainability and Transportation Committee. Councilmember O’Brien’s committee will handle matters pertaining to city-wide and regional transportation policy and planning. These issues range from pedestrian and bicycle programs, traffic control and parking policies, and overseeing the City’s coordination with regional and state departments of transportation. The committee will also have a shared-focus on Seattle’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions.

    Councilmember Kshama Sawant will chair the Energy and Environment Committee. Councilmember Sawant’s committee will handle policies relating to Seattle’s energy usage, as well as issues relating to alternative energy sources, air pollution regulation, energy utility rates, and Seattle City Light finances. In addition, Councilmember Sawant will take up matters that relate to climate and environmental protections, conservation programs, and green infrastructure.

     

    Standing Committee

    Committee Members

    Committee Meeting Days and Times

    Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods & Finance

    Chair:  Tim Burgess
    Vice-Chair:  Lisa Herbold
    Member:  Rob Johnson
    Alternate:  Mike O’Brien

    1st and 3rd Wednesdays
    9:30 a.m.

    Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development & Arts

    Chair:  Lisa Herbold
    Vice-Chair:  Kshama Sawant
    Member:  Mike O’Brien
    Alternate:  Bruce Harrell

    2nd and 4th Tuesdays
    9:30 a.m.

    Education, Equity & Governance

    Chair:  Bruce A. Harrell
    Vice-Chair:  Lorena González
    Member:  Debora Juarez
    Alternate:  Tim Burgess

    1st and 3rd Wednesdays
    2:00 p.m.

    Energy & Environment

    Chair:  Kshama Sawant
    Vice-Chair:  Debora Juarez
    Member:  Lorena González
    Alternate:  Sally Bagshaw

    2nd and 4th Tuesdays
    2:00 p.m.

    Gender Equity, Safe Communities & New Americans

    Chair:  Lorena Gonzalez
    Vice-Chair:  Tim Burgess
    Member:  Sally Bagshaw
    Alternate:  Debora Juarez

    2nd and 4th Wednesdays
    9:30 a.m.

    Human Services & Public Health

    Chair:  Sally Bagshaw
    Vice-Chair:  Bruce Harrell
    Member:  Tim Burgess
    Alternate:  Rob Johnson

    2nd and 4th Wednesdays
    2:00 p.m.

    Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries & Waterfront

    Chair:  Debora Juarez
    Vice-Chair:  Sally Bagshaw
    Member:  Bruce Harrell
    Alternate:  Kshama Sawant

    1st and 3rd Thursdays
    9:30 a.m.

    Planning, Land Use & Zoning

    Chair:  Rob Johnson
    Vice-Chair:  Mike O’Brien
    Member:  Lisa Herbold
    Alternate:  Lorena González

    1st and 3rd Tuesdays
    9:30 a.m.

    Sustainability & Transportation

    Chair:  Mike O’Brien
    Vice-Chair:  Rob Johnson
    Member:  Kshama Sawant
    Alternate:  Lisa Herbold

    1st and 3rd Tuesdays 2:00 p.m.

                             
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