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Councilmember Sawant’s Response to Chief Best Resignation

SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, released the following statement in response to the resignation announcement by Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best: “When Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced her pending retirement earlier this week, she joined more than half a dozen police […]

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Re-Balancing Seattle’s 2020 Budget to Address the COVID-related Deficits

AUGUST 12, 2020 UPDATE: SUPPORTING MAYOR’S VETO AND RESPONSIBLE COVID RELIEF: Today, our City Council responded not only to our Mayor’s veto of Council Bill 119812 but also to new information about a slower economic recovery and a larger budget deficit than expected. Our forecast of revenues dropped substantially since we unanimously passed our original COVID relief package (CB […]

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Councilmember Strauss Statement in Response to Chief Best Announcing Her Retirement

Councilmember Dan Strauss (District 6 – NW Seattle) issued the following statement in response to Chief Carmen Best announcing her retirement: “I am saddened by Chief Best’s decision to retire after 28 years of service – this is a tremendous loss for our city. Chief Best was in an impossible position, caught between the Police […]

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Councilmembers González, Mosqueda, and Morales Respond to Chief Best Announcement to Retire

Council President M. Lorena González, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda and Councilmember Tammy J. Morales issued the following statement in response to Seattle Police Department Chief Carmen Best announcing her plan to retire: “Together we want to thank Chief Carmen Best for her dedication to the people of Seattle during her twenty-eight years of public service. Throughout […]

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Councilmember Juarez’s Statement Following Chief Best Retirement Announcement

Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Public Assets and Native Communities Committee, issued the following statement after Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced she is retiring: “I was disheartened to hear of Chief Best’s resignation. She has dedicated nearly thirty years of service to the people of Seattle, and for […]

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Councilmember Herbold Responds to Chief Best Announcing Plans to Retire

Seattle, WA — Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle), Chair of the Public Safety and Human Rights committee, issued the following statement in response to Chief Carmen Best’s announcement that she plans to retire next month: “As chair of the committee that oversees public safety in Seattle, I want to start by sincerely thanking Chief Best for […]

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Councilmember Pedersen’s Statement Following Police Chief’s Announcement to Retire

SEATTLE – Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4 – Northeast Seattle) issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best that she plans to retire on September 2: “I am deeply saddened by the resignation of our Police Chief Carmen Best. Chief Best has served Seattle faithfully and honorably for decades and happens to be […]

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Councilmember Lewis’ Statement in Response to Chief Best’s Announcement to Retire

Seattle, WA — Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia)  issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Chief Carmen Best that she plans to retire: “I want to start by expressing my deep gratitude to Chief Best for nearly thirty years of service to our community.  “While Chief Best and I had […]

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Council President González: Summer Budget Rebalancing Effort ‘Charts a Course’ For Community-Informed Public Safety Interventions

– Council President M. Lorena González (Pos. 9, Citywide) issued the following statement after the Seattle City Council, through its summer budget rebalancing process, voted to make initial reductions to Seattle Police Department’s remaining 2020 budget, including a $17 million appropriation to scaling up community-led public safety interventions: “Today, Council voted on a rebalanced budget […]

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Councilmember Sawant: City Council Democrats Have Approved a Budget that Carries out Austerity, Fails to Defund Police – Our Movement Needs to Build Even Stronger

“Our movement cut executive police pay and defunded the Navigation Team, but we need a democratically and independently organized movement to defund police and eliminate budget cuts” Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, released the following statement following today’s City Council vote adopting a revised […]

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