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Council President M. Lorena González Responds to Mayor Durkan’s Letter regarding Councilmember Kshama Sawant

Council President M. Lorena González (Citywide, Pos. 9) issued the following statement in response to Mayor Durkan’s letter making multiple allegations against Councilmember Kshama Sawant and requesting the City Council ‘investigate’ her actions in order to potentially ‘punish or expel’ her for ‘disorderly or otherwise contemptuous behavior.’ “Over the past several months, I have heard […]

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Council President González, King County Councilmember Zahilay, Spokane Councilmember Burke Call On Local Electeds to Pledge Review of Police Budgets, Reinvestment in Communities of Color

 Council President M. Lorena González, King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, and Spokane City Councilmember Kate Burke call on local elected leaders across Washington State to sign a pledge to reduce police brutality, and to use local city budgets to reinvest in Black and Brown communities, addressing housing displacement, economic insecurity, education, health and other root […]

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Council to Mayor: Immediate Request for After-Action Report on Recent Protests

Gonzalez, Herbold request review and report on injuries and other impacts during a Special Wednesday Committee meeting of the Whole Seattle, WA – Council President M. Lorena Gonzalez (Position 9 // Citywide) and Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park), Chair of the Public Safety Committee, issued the following statement in response to the events in downtown […]

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González’s Legislation Spells Out Path Forward for Unpaid Rent Through Payment Plans Between Renters and Landlords

Council President M. Lorena González and her Council colleagues unanimously approved legislation May 11 that creates payment plans between residential renters and their landlords to pay back rent that became overdue during and six months after the COVID-19 crisis.  Council Bill 119788 creates rental payment plans on a specific installment schedule, setting tenants on a […]

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Council President González: Corporate Payroll Tax Proposal Does Not Comply With Gov’s Proclamation, Cancels Hearings On Legislation Not Deemed Related To COVID-19 Or ‘Routine and Necessary’

Limited by Gov’s Proclamation and citing OPMA ‘concerns,’ Select Budget Committee Meetings for May cancelled during coronavirus emergency Council President M. Lorena González issued the following statement with regard to Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-28 and the City Council’s consideration of Council Bills 119772, 119773 and 119774, regarding a tax on corporate payroll: “In recent […]

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Council Passes González’s Eviction Defense for Renters

Legislation adds eviction defense for tenants in court proceedings Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) and her Council colleagues unanimously passed legislation that will create an additional defense for renters in eviction proceedings for six months following the end of the City’s moratorium on evictions and the immediate COVID-19 crisis.  Currently, the City […]

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Council President González: Relief for Restaurants On the Way with Cap on Delivery and Pick-up Fees

Council President M. Lorena González issued the following statement after Council passage of the Mayor’s Emergency Order (Resolution 31945), which places a 15 percent cap on app-based delivery and pick-up commission fees charged to restaurants. In an effort to aid restaurants, which are already struggling due to the COVID-19 economic crisis, the executive order aims […]

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Council President González Applauds Governor’s Eviction Moratorium Extension, Rent Payment Plans

Council President M. Lorena González issued the following statement after Gov. Jay Inslee extended Washington state’s eviction moratorium through June 4, and added new protections for renters and the use of payment plans: “The Governor’s orders are welcome relief for hundreds of thousands of families in Seattle and across the state who are financially strained […]

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Councilmember González Reacts to Independent Auditor’s Report of City’s Investments in Homeless Services and Programs

Council President M. Lorena González issued the following statement after Seattle’s Office of City Auditor released a report which found that the City’s Human Services Department (HSD) “is sufficiently managing the homeless services programs, contracts, and the City’s investments in homeless services,” and “the service providers are generally meeting their contract terms.” González requested the […]

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Council President González Introduces Legislation to Provide Relief for Renters, Landlords During Coronavirus Crisis

Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) announced two pieces of legislation today intended to provide relief for residential tenants during the coronavirus crisis.  González is sponsoring the two bills, which appear on today’s introduction & referral calendar:  The first bill, Council Bill 119761, extends protections for residential tenants, complementing Mayor Jenny Durkan’s 30-day […]

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