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Re-Balancing Seattle’s 2020 Budget to Address the COVID-related Deficits

AUGUST 12, 2020 UPDATE: SUPPORTING MAYOR’S VETO AND RESPONSIBLE COVID RELIEF: Today, our City Council responded not only to our Mayor’s veto of Council Bill 119812 but also to new information about a slower economic recovery and a larger budget deficit than expected. Our forecast of revenues dropped substantially since we unanimously passed our original COVID relief package (CB […]

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Councilmember Pedersen’s Statement Following Police Chief’s Announcement to Retire

SEATTLE – Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4 – Northeast Seattle) issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best that she plans to retire on September 2: “I am deeply saddened by the resignation of our Police Chief Carmen Best. Chief Best has served Seattle faithfully and honorably for decades and happens to be […]

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Pedersen’s Statement Following Council Approval of Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) Funding Measure

Councilmember Alex Pedersen, Chair of the Transportation Committee and Chair of the Committee on Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) Funding, released the following statement today after the City Council passed Council Bill 119833, which will provide voters with the option to renew funding for STBD. “Because I believe public transit is an essential and affordable […]

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“Internet for All” Resolution Passage Renews Efforts to Expand Affordable Internet Access

COVID-19 crisis reinforces need for universal broadband access and adoption to address inequities Reinvigorating efforts to pursue universal access to the internet, the City Council approved today the “Internet for All” resolution introduced by Council President M. Lorena Gonzalez (Position 9, Citywide), Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4), and Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5). The COVID-19 […]

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Councilmembers Herbold & Pedersen Support Mayor’s Civil Emergency for West Seattle Bridge to Request More Federal, State Funding

Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle/South Park) and Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4 – Northeast Seattle and Chair of Transportation & Utilities Committee) issued the following statement regarding the civil emergency proclamation and order issued by Mayor Durkan today for the West Seattle Bridge “to apply for any and all available and eligible […]

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Renewing our Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD)

I am hopeful you and your neighbors will get to decide whether to renew the Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) at the November 2020 election. I’m honored to chair the City Council Committee on STBD that will be considering it this month. WHAT IS STBD? STBD is the Seattle Transportation Benefit District. It’s another way […]

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Strong concerns about imposing new taxes on Seattle employers during recession

On Monday, July 6, 2020, your Seattle City Council voted 7-2 to approve a new tax on large Seattle employers (Council Bill 119810).  This new tax will be in addition to the Business & Occupation (B&O) taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, and business license fees paid by Seattle employers.  This new tax must be paid […]

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It’s Time for a 3-1-1 Customer Care Center

A small, but concrete piece for re-imagining public safety that can respond effectively to true community needs Most of my June 2020 newsletter was dedicated to addressing police accountability issues in the wake of the protests following the police killings of George Floyd and the painfully long history of misconduct and institutional racism negatively impacting […]

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Take Survey on Taxes 💵

Newsletter: Special Edition on Taxes As the Councilmember representing our District 4, I typically enjoy organizing topics into groups of 4 to explore. But this group of 4 is more daunting. As we are painfully aware, our city is facing 4 epic challenges: COVID: The pandemic continues to take lives even though we moved into […]

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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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