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Councilmember Sawant Celebrates Central District Community Organizing to Win $500,000 for Garfield Super Block

“Garfield community members came together and worked with our Council office and we won. Now we must build our 2022 People’s Budget movement to continue to win funds for affordable housing and social services.”   Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, celebrated City Council’s approval today […]

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2022 Budget Meeting Schedule/Process // Standing with the Duwamish to Restore Federal Acknowledgement // West Seattle Bridge Priority Hire // Apply for Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund Grants of up to $100,000 // Seattle Parks Survey // Virtual Office Hours

2022 Budget Meeting Schedule/Process  Consideration of the 2022 budget will begin in a few weeks. The City Council will meet as the Select Budget Committee from September 27 through November 22 to consider and adopt a 2022 budget for the City of Seattle.  Other Council committee meetings will be suspended during this time.  “Select” signifies that it is not a regular committee, and […]

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Pedersen Proposes to Keep Savings in SPD to Address Staffing Shortage with Incentives to Retain and Hire Officers and Detectives

9-1-1 response times have slowed and community policing has stalled after nearly 300 officers and detectives left Seattle in past 18 months; record-breaking attrition likely to continue unless action taken  Today Councilmember Alex Pedersen introduced legislation to address the staffing shortage crisis by keeping more of the savings at the Seattle Police Department to help retain and hire officers and detectives after […]

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West Seattle Bridge Funding Update // Mask Up Indoors Starting Monday // Delridge Pedestrian Bridge/Survey Open through August 30 // Finance Committee Action on Mid-year Budget Including SPD // Less Lethal Weapons’ Regulation // Revenue Forecast

West Seattle Bridge Funding Update On Wednesday, the Transportation and Utilities Committee approved legislation accepting grants to SDOT for transportation projects. The legislation now moves to the Full Council for a final vote. Included are four grants related to the West Seattle Bridge. Two of these grants have been announced before: $11.26 million INFRA grant […]

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Council Passes New Version of Less Lethal Weapons Ban

Legislation developed with input from police accountability partners Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle – South Park) and her Council colleagues voted 7-0 to approve legislation restricting and regulating the use of less lethal weapons by the Seattle Police Department in instances of crowd control. SPD policies implementing the legislation will go through the […]

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City Council Passes Juarez’s Resolution Recognizing Historical Trauma of Indian Boarding Schools

The resolution supports Sec. of the Interior Deb Haaland’s Truth and Healing Commission Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Public Assets and Native Communities Committee, sponsored Resolution 32018, supporting the U.S. Department of Interior’s Indian Boarding School Initiative and the Truth and Healing Commission, a resolution that the Council passed […]

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Council President González, City Council Welcome New Central Staff Director Esther Handy to Legislative Department

Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), alongside her Council colleagues, announced the hiring of Esther Handy as the Legislative Department’s new Central Staff Director. Handy will lead Central Staff analysts who advise on policy and develop legislation on behalf of the City Council.   Handy currently serves as Interim Executive Director of Puget Sound Sage and previously worked as the Deputy Director of Progress Alliance. Handy is returning to the […]

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West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force Update; Stay Cool In the Heat; SPD Staffing, Overtime and Budget Update; Building Safety In Our Communities; Covid Update; Assess Your Masks; PEO Unit Transfer; SDOT Outdoor Café Survey; Fire Science Associate Degree Program; Duwamish Steward Position; Office Hours Update

West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force Update The West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force met on August 12. Bridge Updates First of all, SDOT confirmed the project remains on schedule for completion in mid-2022, and provided an update about how future schedule and cost estimates will be determined. As I’ve explained in past blog posts, […]

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Seattle City Council Passes ‘Seattle Rescue Plan 2,’ With Investments in Transportation, Seniors, Rental Assistance

Plan invests $52.2 million of targeted federal dollars to continue City’s COVID recovery   Budget Chair Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda celebrated the successful passage of the Seattle Rescue Plan 2  by a unanimous 8-0 vote, which builds upon the original Seattle Rescue Plan by allocating an additional $52.2 million of federal funds towards rental assistance, senior support services, and transportation infrastructure.   […]

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Sound Transit Board Action on ST3 Realignment; Duwamish Waterway Park Expansion; Construction begins at Lowman Beach Park; Comprehensive Plan Update

Sound Transit Board Action on ST3 Realignment Yesterday the Sound Transit Board took action to adopt a realignment plan framework for the 2016 ST3 ballot measure, which includes West Seattle light rail. Sound Transit currently faces a $6.5 billion affordability gap, so some projects are being delayed. The framework allows for consideration of adjustment if, […]

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