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    Councilmembers Unveil Legislation: New Rules for Encampment Clear Outs

    Councilmembers Rob Johnson, Lisa Herbold, Mike O’Brien and Kshama Sawant unveiled legislation today that would revamp the City’s current practice of encampment sweeps, allowing for clear outs after the City fulfils certain conditions. The legislation was developed with the goal of protecting public safety and connecting the unhoused with permanent housing options. Councilmembers intend for […]

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    Councilmembers Call for Special Committee on City Capital Project Oversight

    Councilmembers Rob Johnson and Lisa Herbold called for creation of a special Council committee to oversee City-funded capital projects following recent capital expenditures that exceeded initial budgets, including the North Precinct Police Station, the downtown waterfront Seawall, and the New Customer Information System which handles billing issues at the City’s utility departments. Councilmember Lisa Herbold […]

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    University of Washington, Councilmembers Convene Paid Family Leave Symposium

    Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw, Lorena González and Lisa Herbold joined with the University of Washington to co-host a Paid Parental Leave Symposium at UW yesterday, where elected officials, business leaders, worker advocates, and researchers convened to discuss the scope and tools available to consider paid family leave policies for Seattle workers.  Over 60 people participated in […]

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    Council Committee Approves Mandatory Housing Affordability Program, Addresses Displacement Risks

    The Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning committee unanimously (5-0) approved framework legislation today that would require that residential developers provide for affordable housing by either including it in their development or paying into a fund used to support the development of affordable housing in Seattle. The requirement will apply after Council adopts future zoning […]

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    Councilmember Johnson’s Statement on Seattle Public Utilities Director Nominee

    Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) issued the following statement following Mayor Ed Murray’s nomination of Mami Hara as Director of Seattle Public Utilities: “I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Mami Hara, and she is an incredibly effective administrator with a strong streak of creativity. Ray Hoffman has been a steady hand of […]

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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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    Councilmember Johnson’s Statement on Sound Transit 3 Proposal

    SEATTLE – Sound Transit Board Member Rob Johnson issued the following statement following the Sound Transit Board meeting today, where a draft Sound Transit 3 (ST3) system plan was released for public input: “Building out the next phase of light rail is a critical step to improve commutes, create tens of thousands of jobs, and […]

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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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    Councilmember Rob Johnson to Open District Office on ‘The Ave’ Friday, Public Invited

    Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) will open his in-district Council office on “the Ave” in the University District this Friday, March 4, and he has invited District 4 neighbors to join him in opening the space.  Councilmember Johnson will provide light refreshments for his fellow Northeast Seattle residents, as he celebrates the grand […]

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