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City Council approves 6-month “ramp down” following COVID to provide additional defense from eviction for renters suffering financial hardship.

Today the City Council approved Council Bill 119784, introduced by Council Lorena Gonzalez to provide residential renters facing financial hardship with an additional defense against eviction for 6 months after the Mayor’s eviction moratorium ends. The Mayor extended her moratorium — which is a stronger outright prohibition on evictions — to June 4, to align […]

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COVID Stay Home Extended and City Hall Action

City Hall and Coronavirus Updates Friends and Neighbors, It’s been a busy two weeks since our last update. In addition to plenty of activity at City Hall and in District 4, Governor Inslee announced today he is extending Washington’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to May 31st and outlined a four-phase plan for reopening the economy.  For more information, […]

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Fiscal Update: City government faces budget deficit; Emergency funds from federal and state governments focused on COVID relief and economic stimulus.

April 22, 2020 presentation by City Budget Office (CBO) regarding budget deficit : CLICK HERE. The CBO currently estimates an ongoing budget deficit of approximately $300 million (out of our $1.7 billion General Fund and related accounts). The city government’s emergency funds are only $125 million. Cost savings such as rolling back pay raises for […]

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U District poised to reauthorize its Business Improvement Area (BIA) for cleaning, safety, marketing — and an added mission: preventing displacement of small businesses

There are 12 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) throughout Seattle, including one in the University District. BIAs are authorized by State law and enable property owners to charge a fee to themselves to supplement cleaning, safety, and marketing to improve each neighborhood business district. Consideration of the BIA by the City Council will be a six-week […]

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Pedersen launches audit of Seattle Bridges

April 23, 2020: To read the initial Seattle Times article, CLICK HERE. Here’s the press release: SEATTLE – Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4 – Northeast Seattle), and Chair of the Council’s Transportation Committee, today asked the City Auditor to complete an audit to assess the conditions and maintenance of Seattle’s bridges. “In a city surrounded […]

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Council Transportation Chair Pedersen Launches Audit of Seattle Bridges

Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4 – Northeast Seattle), and Chair of the Council’s Transportation Committee, today asked the City Auditor to complete an audit to assess the conditions and maintenance of Seattle’s bridges. “In a city surrounded by several waterways, our bridges are the backbone of Seattle’s infrastructure for its residents and local economy and […]

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10 reasons to say No to current payroll tax proposal

Councilmembers Sawant and Morales recently proposed a larger version of their payroll tax (Council Bills 119772, 119773, 119774). I’ve heard from thousands of Seattle residents on various sides of this challenging issue.  Giving voice to many of the concerns expressed by constituents as well as my experience in both government budgeting and private sector financial […]

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Social Distancing Is Working

City Hall and Coronavirus Updates Friends and Neighbors, It’s working. I’m so grateful for the sacrifices we have made collectively for each other and for Seattle. With both pain and purpose, we have canceled schools, sent workers home, closed businesses—because it saves lives. New evidence confirms it’s working and our progress is gaining national appreciation. As our […]

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Councilmembers Herbold & Pedersen React to Announcement RE West Seattle Bridge Closure Through End of 2021

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 ongoing and extended closure of the West Seattle Bridge: “Today we learned from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) that, while the rate of […]

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Councilmembers Herbold and Pedersen Respond to West Seattle Bridge Remaining Closed through 2021

SEATTLE – 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 ongoing and extended closure of the West Seattle Bridge: “Today we learned from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) that, while the rate of cracking of concrete under the […]

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