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Sawant Credits ‘Our Fighting Grassroots 15 Now Movement and Union Members’ As City Minimum Wage Rises To $17.27/Hour

‘This is welcome news to tens of thousands of workers, but we are not resting one bit. We are building a struggle to win strong rent control and an increase in the Amazon tax to fund affordable housing and the Green New Deal’ SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and […]

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Councilmember Mosqueda’s Statement Regarding Vaccine Milestone, Mitigating Impacts of Pandemic

Seattle, WA — Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Pos. 8 – Citywide), Chair of the Finance and Housing Committee,  issued the following statement today, which marks the deadline for city employees to submit their vaccine verification information in order to comply with the Mayor and Governor’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates. This is an important milestone in our city and state’s efforts […]

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Councilmember Sawant Unveils Legislation Requiring Contractors to Pay 100% of Construction Worker Parking Costs, Calls for Swift Adoption by City Council

 Sawant congratulates union carpenters for ‘raising the prominence of the fully-paid-parking demand through their brave, rank-and-file-led strike,’ vows to support all construction workers in the fight for paid parking SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today unveiled her legislation requiring contractors in Seattle to pay for […]

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Councilmember Lewis Unveils Report Explaining Why Homelessness Has Worsened During Pandemic

New Report Celebrates 2,000+ New Units of Housing for Homeless, Makes Recommendations to Guide Future Investments Seattle, WA – Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia) released a report today compiled by Council Central Staff which analyzes Seattle’s homelessness system, and summarizes current demands for shelter, outreach and housing.  The report, […]

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Council Bill May Enable a State-of-the-Art Training Facility for Seattle Storm

Council Vote Gives ‘Green Light’ for Equity in Professional Sports SEATTLE – Today Councilmember Dan Strauss (District 6, Northwest Seattle) and Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle) celebrated the passage of Council Bill 120149, which amends size limits and parking requirements for indoor sports and recreation uses in the Ballard-Interbay-Northend Manufacturing/Industrial Center (BINMIC). Alongside Mayor Jenny Durkan, Councilmembers Strauss […]

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Councilmembers Mosqueda, Strauss and Broad Coalition Applaud Passage of More Inclusive and Accurate “Neighborhood Residential Zoning” Name Change

The legislation is an important step to addressing exclusionary zoning policies SEATTLE – Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) and Councilmember Dan Strauss (District 6, Northwest Seattle) applauded the passage of Council Bill 120155, which renames Single-Family Zones to Neighborhood Residential Zones.  “The legislation passed today brings us one step closer to a more inclusive Seattle. Today, we recognize neighborhoods across our city are […]

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City Council Affirms Support for Decriminalization of Entheogens

Seattle, WA — Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia) expressed enthusiasm following the passage of Resolution 32021, declaring that the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of anyone engaging in entheogen-related activities should be among Seattle’s lowest law enforcement priorities. Entheogens, commonly known psychedelics, have been shown to benefit the well-being of individuals suffering from depression, […]

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Mosqueda Commends Seattle City Light Customers for Raising Issue of Billing Practices, Resulting in $3.5 Million Settlement

Mosqueda raised issue and ordered audit of Seattle City Light after hearing from customers  Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) applauded Seattle City Light customers who first raised the issue of the department’s practice of “catch up” billing, customer complaints that led Mosqueda to call for an audit, and a settlement of $3.5 million announced […]

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Councilmember Pedersen, Sound Transit, Low Income Housing Institute, and District 4 Supporters Celebrate Tiny House Village Opening

Tiny House Village creates much needed shelter spaces in University District   Today Councilmember Alex Pedersen, the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), Sound Transit, Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD), the University District business community, and neighbors celebrated the Open House for “Rosie’s” Tiny House Village, which will provide safe and supported living spaces for unsheltered neighbors.   The 36-unit village, which will open on unutilized property at NE 45th Street in the University District,  is the first village on Sound Transit property. Named for the adjacent street, Roosevelt Way Northeast, Rosie’s Village case […]

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Sawant Congratulates Renter Organizing for Winning Bills Requiring Landlords to Provide 6 Months’ Notice for Any Rent Increases, Plus Relocation Assistance

‘By getting organized, renters, union members, socialists are pushing back against the corporate landlord agenda and making huge strides in winning a full Renters Bill of Rights’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters’ Rights Committee, congratulated rank-and-file renters, union members, and socialists on two major legislative victories […]

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