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Councilmember Lewis Announces Proposal to Lower Costs and Fast Track Construction of Permanent Supportive Housing

Approach cuts through ‘red tape’, creates more housing units  Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia) announced he will introduce land use legislation exempting permanent supportive housing from several development mandates, such as design review and onsite bike storage, allowing Seattle to quickly and affordably create more housing options for our […]

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Councilmembers Pedersen, Herbold, and Lewis Propose Boosting Maintenance of Multimodal Bridges with Vehicle License Fee Adjustment

With support from labor and business communities, Councilmembers Alex Pedersen, Lisa Herbold, and Andrew J. Lewis today proposed legislation to use Vehicle Licensing Fees to boost maintenance of multimodal bridges throughout Seattle. Vehicle Licensing Fees, which were previously set at $80, would move from $20 to $40 under the new legislation, as authorized by RCW […]

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City Council passes new path forward for encampment outreach

The Council legislation came out of a collaborative drafting process with service providers and the Mayor’s office  The Seattle City Council passed in a 7-1 vote Council Bill 119942, which will significantly change the way Seattle engages with people living unsheltered in unauthorized encampments for the last two months of the year. The bill, which […]

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Lewis Introduces Legislation for a New City Approach to Encampment Outreach

New model empowers service providers to conduct encampment outreach while maintaining a team of City staff to coordinate efforts SEATTLE – During Monday’s Seattle City Council Briefing, Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Magnolia to Pioneer Square) announced his intention to introduce legislation during the afternoon’s City Council meeting that will significantly change the way Seattle engages with […]

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Councilmember Lewis’ Statement in Response to Chief Best’s Announcement to Retire

Seattle, WA — Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia)  issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Chief Carmen Best that she plans to retire: “I want to start by expressing my deep gratitude to Chief Best for nearly thirty years of service to our community.  “While Chief Best and I had […]

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Lewis Proposes New Public Health-Informed 911 Response Service

Based on a popular Eugene Oregon program, the service will dispatch medics and mental health professionals to help people in crisis Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis, Chair of the Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness Strategies and Investments, announced this morning he will introduce legislation to create and fully fund a new mental health and substance addiction […]

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City Council Repeals Problematic Law to Reduce Disproportionate Impact on Communities of Color

Follows Recommendation from Reentry Workgroup to Repeal Prostitution Loitering Ordinance City Council unanimously repealed from the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) the problematic ordinance regarding “prostitution loitering,” as requested by Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4), Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2), and Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7).  The tragic killing by Minneapolis police of George […]

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Mosqueda Announces Council Support for JumpStart Seattle — González, Herbold, Strauss, Lewis Sign on as Co-Sponsors

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) described the JumpStart Seattle progressive revenue proposal during last week’s Wednesday’s budget committee and invited any of her colleagues to sign-on as co-sponsors. Council President M. Lorena González and Councilmember Lisa Herbold announced during the meeting that they would co-sponsor. Councilmembers Dan Strauss and Andrew J. Lewis have also […]

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Lewis Introduces Progressive Revenue Plan for Permanent Supportive Housing

Capital Gains Tax would build housing, support homelessness services Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Magnolia to Pioneer Square) will introduce progressive revenue legislation, a capital gains tax that would create resources to build affordable and permanent supportive housing, and fund additional homeless services, on Friday (June 19).  Council Central Staff estimates a […]

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Councilmember Lewis, City Attorney Holmes Introduce Legislation to Repeal Outdated Drug Traffic Loitering Law

Bill repeals ‘war on drugs’ policy disproportionately impacting communities of color SEATTLE – Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Magnolia to Pioneer Square) and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes introduced legislation today to repeal a relic from the failed “War on Drugs,” Seattle’s Drug Traffic Loitering law. The Drug Traffic Loitering law was adopted in the […]

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