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City of Seattle celebrates Juneteenth as official city holiday for first time

Seattle, WA – For the first time in its history, this year, the City of Seattle is celebrating Juneteenth as an official city holiday.   This is a result of legislation sponsored by Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2 – South Seattle & C-ID) in December of last year. While the holiday has been celebrated with events […]

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Seattle City Council Passes PayUp Legislation 

First-of-its-kind legislation will guarantee app-based delivery drivers a minimum wage, increase transparency, and protect flexibility  SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council unanimously passed PayUp legislation today. The legislation sponsored by Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle/South Park) and Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia) would, among other things, make Seattle the first […]

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Andover RV visit; Day of Service; Mental Health Awareness Month; PayUp Passes out of Committee; WS Bridge update; PSHS Briefings: OPA/Chief legislation; Covid booster guidance

West Seattle Bridge Update Yesterday we got great news: the construction contractor completed the final pour of structural concrete inside the West Seattle Bridge! SDOT’s announcement notes they: “…still expect to reopen the bridge in mid-2022 and can now work with our construction contractor to finalize the sequence of the remaining work…This week’s deliveries involved […]

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Seattle Council and Mayor call on Congress to address public safety crisis impacting cannabis businesses, pass the SAFE Banking Act 

The Seattle City Council and Mayor signed a letter today calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the SAFE Banking Act.   This bill allows cannabis businesses to access normal banking services and shift away from the cash-only model they are currently forced to use under antiquated federal laws.   In large part because of […]

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West Seattle Bridge Update; Economic Forecast Improves; Apply for Market Vouchers; Citywide Hiring Analysis; PayUp Heard in Committee; OPA Annual Report; Youth/Young Adult Behavioral Health Services Funding; Welcoming a Delegation from Nantes, France; Landmark Preservation Board to Consider Alki Elementary

West Seattle Bridge Update April 15 SDOT reports that the first delivery of the specialized concrete needed for the West Seattle Bridge repair will arrive this weekend! This is the concrete that will anchor and guide the post-tensioning steel cables to prevent cracking of the concrete in the bridge. SDOT estimates that 35 cubic yards […]

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Seattle City Council President Debora Juarez Celebrates Senate Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

Council President Debora Juarez (District 5 – North Seattle) celebrated today’s Senate confirmation of Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, releasing the following statement: Today I felt like that twelve-year-old girl thinking Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm would be president, expect this time it was real. Watching Vice President Kamala Harris, a […]

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Councilmembers Herbold, Lewis introduce ‘PayUp’ legislation to protect app-based workers

The bill would ensure app-based workers earn a minimum compensation, protect transparency, and increase flexibility  Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle/South Park) and Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia) will join Working Washington and Seattle Restaurants United on Thursday to discuss the first in a suite of bills called “PayUp” focused on […]

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Statement from Councilmember Herbold as concrete deliveries to West Seattle Bridge resume 

SEATTLE – Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle) issued the following statement as concrete deliveries to the West Seattle Bridge resumed early this morning allowing crews to continue repairs that had been delayed by ongoing labor negotiations.  “We are now just 245 cubic yards, just 30 truckloads, of specialized concrete from reconnecting Seattle. My […]

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West Seattle Bridge Update; Citywide hiring SLI response; Design Commission April 7 meeting on Duwamish crossing and Delridge station; Call for musicians at WS art walks; HSD’s new Farm to Table RFP; SCL looking for feedback on an RV charging station proposal for Morgan Junction; SDOT seeking advisory board members, deadline extended to April 10

West Seattle Bridge Concrete Update The work to attain the specialized concrete needed for the guiding and anchoring the steel cables for the West Seattle Bridge has continued this week. The most recent update is that, on Monday, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Materials Laboratory approved the concrete mix design, a necessary step before concrete can […]

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Councilmember Strauss’ Legislation Extends Free Café Street Permits Through January 2023

Bill Enables Businesses to Continue Utilizing Streets Outside SEATTLE – Councilmember Dan Strauss (District 6 – Northwest Seattle), Chair of the Land Use Committee, celebrated the passage of his legislation that extends free café street and outdoor dining permits through January 31, 2023. The program enables restaurants and other retail storefronts to utilize streets outside […]

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