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Cafe tables set up downtown by the MID

What’s the MID? Seattle City Council approves major community-led investments in downtown 

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved legislation on May 2 renewing and expanding the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID). The legislation will safeguard funding for some programs and services that support downtown Seattle for at least the next 10 years.   The legislation was sponsored by Councilmember Sara Nelson and was signed into law by Seattle...


Seattle City Council passes legislation to protect firefighters, other first responders 

SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council unanimously passed Council Bill 120549 granting legal protections to Seattle firefighters while they’re responding to emergencies. The legislation was sponsored by Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle and South Park) and Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia).  The Seattle Fire Department (SFD) has reported incidents of people aggressively interfering...

Arial view of downtown Seattle

Councilmember Nelson celebrates passage of the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) renewal 

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved legislation today, sponsored by Councilmember Sara Nelson (Position 9 — Citywide), to renew and expand the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID). “Seattle’s future depends on downtown and the MID is critical to ensuring that downtown — the economic engine of our region — is safe, clean, and welcoming,” said Councilmember Nelson, Chair of Economic Development. “Without the...

Seattle City Councilmember Tammy J. Morales speaks with the members of the Social Housing Developer Board for the first time at Seattle City Hall.

Meet the 13 people appointed to bring social housing to Seattle

The 13-member Seattle Social Housing Developer Board that has officially been appointed. The members made their first public statements since being appointed, joining a Seattle City Council committee today to introduce themselves and talk about their vision. “This board represents a broad array of experience and knowledge, from lived experience of housing instability, homelessness, and...

Seattle firefighters putting out a blaze.

Councilmembers Herbold, Lewis propose legislation to protect firefighters

Legislation proposed by Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle and South Park) and Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia) to better protect firefighters responding emergencies unanimously passed out of committee today. It now goes to a full Council vote scheduled for May 2.  How it works Seattle law...


Councilmembers Morales and Mosqueda celebrate passage of $10 rental late fee cap

Seattle joined the cities of Auburn and Burien to cap late fees for rental payments to no more than ten dollars a month. Seattle City Councilmember Tammy Morales (District 2 – Southeast Seattle & Chinatown-International District) prime sponsored an amendment, and Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8 – At-Large) co-sponsored the amendment to restore the cap on...


Councilmember Nelson celebrates appointment of first members of the Seattle Film Commission

The Seattle City Council unanimously confirmed the appointment of the first 10 members of the Seattle Film Commission today.   The Seattle Film Commission was a key recommendation of the 2020 Film Taskforce and was established through legislation spearheaded by Councilmember Sara Nelson (Position 9–Citywide) in partnership with the Office of Economic Development. Commissioners will advise the...

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