Mosqueda Casts First Vote as Councilmember in Support of Key Arena Redevelopment

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Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda Speaking from the Dais

Seattle, WA – Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Citywide, Pos 8) issued the following statement in response to the Council’s approval of C.B. 119088, an ordinance related to KeyArena, by a vote of 7-1:

“Earlier today I cast my first vote as a Seattle City Councilmember in support of redeveloping Key Arena. We are experiencing a unique moment in our City’s history and with it comes an opportunity to preserve one of our cities most iconic public assets for the benefit of the public good. This project recreates a world-class, multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility (including women’s sports!) which will become a cherished part of Seattle’s legacy.

“My vote today is also an extension of my personal values to promote equity and inclusivity. The MOU has inclusionary hiring practices ensuring this project promotes good jobs and socio-economic equity. In my short time on Council, I have looked carefully at the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ensure that the development of labor agreements were supportive of current and future workers. I believe the MOU we voted out of Full Council today establishes equitable opportunities for workers associated with the project, which includes employee protection and representation as reflected in the comprehensive Labor Peace agreement.

“Special thanks to the unwavering leadership and ardent support of our Civic Arena co-chairs, Council President Bruce Harrell and Councilmember Debora Juarez. It was undoubtedly their guidance and oversight, together with our colleagues, that ensured these negotiations and this project were consistent with the need for racial, social, and economic justice. I’m proud to support a project aligned with the progressive values and shared prosperity for which Seattle is now legendary.”

Michael Maddux, Councilmember Mosqueda’s Office, 206-684-8806
Dana Robinson Slote, Council Communications, 206-615-0061

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