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West Seattle Bridge Update, May 22; Highland Park Way/SW Holden Safety Project Update; City Employees Redeployed to Help Provide Basic Needs; Tackling Chronic Homelessness in King County; Little Free Pantries Hosts Needed in District 1; East Marginal Way Project Letter of Support; $7 Million in Food Access;

West Seattle Bridge Update, May 22 SDOT released a “Conceptual Modes of Failure” memo earlier this week, developed by SDOT’s structural engineering consultant, WSP. The memo models how the bridge could deteriorate and potentially fail, and thus helps to identify warning signs. While this study was being developed, it informed the development of the multi-agency […]

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Lewis Expresses ‘Enthusiastic, Unequivocal Support’ for Third Door Coalition Plan

Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Magnolia to Pioneer Square) expressed his enthusiastic and unequivocal support for the Third Door Coalition’s plan to reach functional zero chronic homelessness in King County. The Third Door Coalition, a group of business leaders and homeless rights advocates, made an announcement on Tuesday morning about their plans […]

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Councilmember Pedersen Announces Resolution to Launch “Internet for All” to Ensure Affordable Internet Access Throughout Seattle

COVID crisis reinforces need for universal broadband access to address inequities SEATTLE – Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4, Northeast Seattle), and Chair of the Council’s Transportation and Utilities Committee, has crafted a Resolution charting the course for universal internet access in Seattle. The Resolution requests the city government, led by Seattle’s Information Technology department, to […]

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Councilmember Pedersen Announcing Resolution to Launch “Internet for All” to Ensure Affordable Internet Access Throughout Seattle

COVID crisis reinforces need for universal broadband access to address inequities Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4, Northeast Seattle) has crafted a Resolution charting the course for universal internet access in Seattle. The Resolution requests the city government, led by Seattle’s Information Technology department, to craft an action plan, expand partnerships, and ensure the implementation of […]

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Participating in your Community Council

Our District 4 is home to over 20 neighborhoods. Councilmember Pedersen believes community councils and other neighborhood-based organizations play an important role in Seattle. It may seem ill-timed during the COVID crisis to promote participation in community groups, but we hear from constituents that they are yearning to reconnect with neighbors and many groups are […]

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West Seattle Bridge: May 15 Update; Ferries’ Letter Update; COVID-19 Updates; City Consent Decree Filing; Virtual Office Hours

West Seattle Bridge: May 15 Update SDOT announced they have completed installing intelligent monitoring systems to assess the condition of the West Seattle Bridge. This equipment includes movement sensors, crack monitors and cameras from Pier 15 to Pier 18. SDOT notes this will: “Keep us informed on how the bridge reacts to environmental changes, bridge […]

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Undaunted by political establishment roadblock, Sawant announces Tax Amazon Committee Discussion

Sawant’s committee will meet next Thursday; ‘the central question is who pays for the COVID crisis – big business, or working people?’  SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, issued the following statement today following a morning press conference, detailing steps she is taking […]

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González’s Legislation Spells Out Path Forward for Unpaid Rent Through Payment Plans Between Renters and Landlords

Council President M. Lorena González and her Council colleagues unanimously approved legislation May 11 that creates payment plans between residential renters and their landlords to pay back rent that became overdue during and six months after the COVID-19 crisis.  Council Bill 119788 creates rental payment plans on a specific installment schedule, setting tenants on a […]

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Sawant Condemns Cancellation of Committee Meeting to Hear Amazon Tax

‘They are nervous about the Amazon Tax movement,’ says Sawant Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Human Services, Equitable Development and Renters Rights, responded Monday to the announcement by Council President González to put a stop to all meetings related to the Sawant-Morales Amazon Tax legislation, a decision supported by […]

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Councilmember Morales, Council Passes Protections for Renters Evicted During COVID-19 Crisis

Legislation provides relief for renters by ensuring evictions during crisis are not counted against them Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2 – South Seattle & Chinatown/Int’l District) and her Council colleagues passed legislation in an 8-1 vote to protect renters, ensuring evictions that occurred during and six months after the COVID-19 crisis aren’t used against […]

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