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Councilmember Sawant Hails Community Support for Tenant Right to Counsel Legislation, Calls for Swift Passage by City Council

‘It’s shameful that when defending the most basic human need in life – the right to have a safe home – tenants are completely outmatched by profit-seeking landlords. This legislation will give tenants a fighting chance.’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today said there […]

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Mosqueda, Council Mark 500,000 COVID Deaths Nationwide, Honor Community Members Who Have Passed from COVID-19

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) and her Council colleagues passed a proclamation honoring COVID Memorial Day, marking the 500,000-plus people nationwide lost to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and remembering the local community members who passed away from, or battled and suffered from, COVID-19.  The Council recognized this grim milestone with a […]

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Councilmember Sawant Calls on State to Investigate For-Profit Gas Company, Assess Risk for Future Fires and Explosions in Wake of Near Disaster in Central District

‘The gas fire shows yet again the risks and damage that for-profit energy companies unilaterally impose on our communities, and the risks of continued reliance on climate-harming fossil fuels’ In the wake of last Wednesday’s near-disastrous underground gas fire in the Central District, Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), today called on the Washington […]

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Council President González: City Accepting Applications for First-Ever Seattle Districting Commission

Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), Chair of the Governance & Education Committee, announced the beginning of the application process for Seattle’s first-ever Districting Commission appointments. The City is obligated by the City Charter and Washington State law to develop new City Council district boundaries in response to the population data generated from […]

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Councilmember Morales Urges Mayor to Reconsider Essential Hoteling Services for Homeless Neighbors and Seek FEMA Reimbursement

Councilmember Tammy J. Morales issued the following statement after Mayor Durkan and her administration declined to open additional hotel shelters for our homeless neighbors and seek FEMA reimbursement to offset the cost: “Homelessness is by far the biggest issue that my office responds to on a regular basis. Everyone is frustrated at what appears on […]

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Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda Expresses Dismay at Mayor’s Choice to Forgo FEMA Reimbursement For Hotel-Based Shelters

 Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) issued the following statement after local media reported and earlier this week members of the Executive branch expressed that the Mayor will not seek FEMA reimbursement to fund hotel-based shelters for Seattle’s homeless neighbors:  “I am outraged at the choice to not pursue 100% FEMA reimbursement for our response […]

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Chair Lewis, Council Colleagues Vote to Fast-Track Permanent Supportive Housing

Goal to quickly and affordably scale housing with services inspires work of Committee Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia), Chair of the Select Committee on Homelessness Strategies and Investments, together with his colleagues, voted to amend the land use code and allow Seattle to quickly and affordably create more housing […]

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Council President González Celebrates Court Decision Upholding Eviction Protections During Pandemic

Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), Chair of the Governance & Education Committee, released the following statement after a King County Superior Court judge upheld two eviction protection ordinances González sponsored — the six-month eviction defense after the COVID-19 eviction moratorium ends and the ordinance allowing repayment plans of overdue rent after the […]

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Strauss, González Introduce “Bringing Business Home” Bill To Create Flexibility for Small Businesses During Pandemic

Councilmember Dan Strauss (District 6 – Northwest Seattle), Chair of the City’s Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee, together with Council President M. Lorena Gonzalez (Pos. 9 – Citywide), introduced C.B. 120001 on Monday, titled “Bringing Business Home, a Small Business Flexibility Bill,” in an effort to provide additional support and a means towards economic recovery […]

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Council President González Responds to Kroger Announcement to Close Two Seattle-Area Stores

Kroger’s ‘bullying tactics will not work’, the people of Seattle stand in solidarity with our frontline workers SEATTLE – Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), Chair of the Governance & Education Committee, issued the following statement in response to Kroger’s announcement to close two Seattle-area stores: “Kroger has posted record earnings during this pandemic and has recorded more than $2.9 […]

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