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Seattle Councilmember Saka to host community conversation between City leaders, community after fatal shooting near Alki Beach

SEATTLE – Seattle City Councilmember Rob Saka (District 1, Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee) is hosting a community conversation on public safety tomorrow, June 26, 6 PM-7:30pm, at Alki United Church of Christ. It will include a diverse selection of city leaders, including Interim Police Chief Sue Rahr and citywide Councilmember Tanya Woo...

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Seattle Councilmembers vote ‘no’ on land use exception, eye comprehensive opportunities to address affordable housing

The Seattle City Council voted no on Council Bill 120750 during Full Council today. This vote is consistent with the Land Use Committee vote on April 17. “A more effective approach to attaining citywide neighborhood affordability is to make the benefit of development capacity generally available to all and to do so through the draft...

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Seattle City Council approves plan for a collaborative review evaluating future uses of Pike Place street

Seattle City Councilmember Bob Kettle (District 7) released the following statement after the Council passed the Seattle Transportation Plan. That plan included an amendment, sponsored by Councilmember Kettle, setting up a collaborative process to evaluate future uses of the Pike Place thoroughfare: “As the councilmember that represents the district Pike Place is in, I am...

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FRIDAY NIGHT: Open House and Family Game Night at the Magnuson Community Center

Seattle City Councilmembers Maritza Rivera and Joy Hollingsworth, along with King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski and Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) Superintendent AP Diaz, are inviting the community to an open house and family game night tonight at Magnuson Community Center.   Together, they’re bringing over $10,000 of newly offered summer program opportunities to District...

Seattle City Councilmember Tammy J. Morales speaks with the members of the Social Housing Developer Board for the first time at Seattle City Hall.
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Connected Communities legislation goes to a vote promising less red tape for community-led development projects

Legislation creating a pilot program to help nonprofit and other community organizations develop affordable housing and commercial space will go to a vote tomorrow in the Land Use Committee. The legislation known as Connected Communities is sponsored by Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2). “This is a win-win. The fact is many community-based organizations are...

Seattle City Councilmember Kettle’s 100-day message: ‘We can not allow acceptance of our public safety challenges’
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Seattle City Councilmember Kettle’s 100-day message: ‘We can not allow acceptance of our public safety challenges’

As the new Seattle City Council passes its 100th day in office, Councilmember Bob Kettle (District 7, Chair of the Public Safety Committee) is issuing an open letter to all Seattleites. In it, he urges the community not to become resigned to the current state of the city’s public safety challenges and lays out his...

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‘This is a wake-up call’: Councilmember Morales statement on Seattle Public Library closures

Seattle City Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2) released the following statement after Seattle Public Library announced it would be implementing library closures due to hiring freezes and looming budget shortfalls. “It’s heartbreaking for so many of our city’s families. The library is an invaluable resource for our community. When I bring my family to...

Seattle City Council President Nelson celebrates passage of new labor contracts
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Seattle City Council President Nelson celebrates passage of new labor contracts

Seattle City Council President Sara Nelson (Position 9) released the following statement regarding newly approved labor agreements covering around 7,000 City of Seattle workers. Legislation authorizing the agreements was unanimously approved by Council on Tuesday and signed by Mayor Bruce Harrell this morning. “Our city doesn’t work without city workers. From 911 dispatchers to park...

Councilmember Saka statement on proposed transportation levy renewal package
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Councilmember Saka statement on proposed transportation levy renewal package

Seattle City Councilmember Rob Saka (District 1), Chair of the Transportation Committee, released the following statement today after Mayor Bruce Harrell unveiled an initial proposed framework for the transportation levy renewal: “This Transportation Levy is a once-in-a-decade chance to build a safer, better connected and more reliable Seattle. Over my first 100 days in office,...