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Statement on the Resignation of HSD Director Jason Johnson

I was disappointed to learn that Jason Johnson, a long-time public servant overseeing programs for many of our city’s most vulnerable people and the interim director of Seattle’s Human Services Department, is stepping down.  The resignation of Mr. Johnson and other public servants after their work and teams are maligned on television by elected officials should not be […]

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Coronavirus updates

Here are useful links to info on the coronavirus: King County Public Health officials: www.kingcounty.gov/coronavirus Mayor Jenny Durkan: https://durkan.seattle.gov/2020/02/mayor-durkan-statement-on-king-county-cases-of-covid-19/ Seattle Public Schools: https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_update Seattle Times: “Key terms of the coronavirus outbreak, explained”: https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/key-terms-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak-explained-from-asymptomatic-to-zoonotic/ From King County Public Health: “What are some of the steps we can do personally? “Stay home when you are sick. Staying […]

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February 2020 Newsletter

Although February is a short month, it was very busy and exciting for our team, both at City Hall, and in District 4!  This marks our first 90 days in office.  We have been continually working hard to represent you and all 20 neighborhoods of our district. Community Connections in District 4 SMALL BUSINESS: This […]

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Our State Attorney General joins efforts to try to save the National Archives on Sand Point Way

Hearing our community constituents and stakeholders throughout the region who want to preserve the priceless archives housed currently at 6125 Sand Point Way near the neighborhoods of Hawthorne Hills, Belvedere Terrace, Windermere, View Ridge, and Magnuson Park, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent a letter February 25, 2020 informing “federal officials that his office is […]

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Kshama Sawant’s bill to create 40 tent encampments in Seattle passed, despite attempts for sensible amendments

Today the City Council approved Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s bill to expand the number of tent encampments authorized by our city government from three to 40. Hoping to make her encampment legislation stronger, I offered amendments to preserve, expand, and extend the successful version of the “Tiny Home Village” model that lifts up those experiencing homelessness […]

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Councilmember Pedersen Introduces Bill to Consider Climate Change with All New Legislation

Implementing idea from District 4 community leaders; Climate crisis warrants swift action Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4, Northeast Seattle) today introduced his resolution that would enable the City Council to consider the crisis of climate change when reviewing new legislation. Currently, all the Council’s legislation requires a “fiscal note,” which measures the financial implications of […]

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National Archives building update: disappointment with federal agencies

CONVEYING OUR DISAPPOINTMENT WITH THE FEDERAL AGENCIES: As promised, I met today with the federal agencies involved in the potential sale of the national archives building at 6125 Sand Point Way NE in our District 4. Specifically, I met with officials from the Public Buildings Reform Board (the agency that officially recommended the sale), the […]

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My vote to limit winter evictions during our homelessness crisis.

In a surprising 7-0 vote this afternoon, the City Council approved an audacious ordinance prohibiting larger landlords from evicting low and moderate income tenants in Seattle during the 3 coldest months of December, January, and February, with exceptions for criminal and unsafe activities and other just causes for eviction. The vote was surprising because I […]

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Follow-up from our Town Hall: Where to Comment on the “J Line” Bus Rapid Ride (Eastlake Ave) Proposal and How to Connect to the Eastlake Community Council

Thanks to those who attended the Town Hall for District 4 residents, hosted last night by the Eastlake Community Council. If we did not answer a question you might have had or you did not get a chance to state your views on an issue important to you, please e-mail us at alex.pedersen@seattle.gov At the […]

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January 2020 Newsletter – District 4

January has been a busy month for our team, and we wanted to share what we have been working on to better represent you and the 20 neighborhoods of D-4 at City Hall. The new City Council was sworn in January 6th, and our D-4 team has been hard at work ever since. Committee Work […]

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