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Councilmember Sawant, with strong community backing, demands Mayor Durkan strengthen and extend protections for tenants and small businesses facing eviction

‘The question is, who will pay for this two-fold crisis of COVID and the economic recession – big business, or working people? With our petition, renters, working-class homeowners, struggling small business owners, and progressive small landlords are demanding that Mayor Durkan stand with them.’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s […]

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Statement by Councilmember Alex Pedersen on Mayor Durkan Not Seeking Re-Election

Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4, Northeast Seattle), and Council’s Transportation Chair, issued the following statement after Mayor Jenny Durkan announced she will not be seeking a second term: “I was saddened to hear that our Mayor Jenny Durkan has decided not to seek re-election as the Chief Executive of our City.  “Mayor Durkan’s smart, balanced, […]

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Councilmember Sawant: Durkan administration has epitomized Democratic Party’s pro-corporate politics and failed ‘to address the crises facing working people in this increasingly unequal city’

Sawant: ‘We need our own independent candidates, including socialists, rank and file union members, and grassroots activists accountable to working people and willing to fight back against the stranglehold of big business and corporate Democratic politicians like Durkan’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today […]

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Mosqueda Statement in Response to Durkan Decision Against Seeking Second Term

SEATTLE – Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide), Chair of the Budget Committee, issued the following statement in response to Mayor Jenny Durkan’s video announcement formalizing her decision against seeking a second term: “I thank Mayor Durkan for the years of service she has provided to our City. While Mayor Durkan and I have had several disagreements on governing […]

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Council President González’s Statement in Response to Mayor Durkan’s Decision Against Seeking Second Term

SEATTLE – Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), Chair of the Governance & Education Committee, issued the following statement in response to Mayor Jenny Durkan’s video announcing her decision against seeking a second term as the Mayor of Seattle: “I have known Mayor Jenny Durkan since 2007, when we worked together on a police accountability and reform panel under then-Mayor Greg […]

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Mayor Durkan and Councilmember Herbold Propose New, Expanded Roles for Accountability Partners in Bargaining Police Contracts

For the First Time, Community Police Commission Involved Centrally in Bargaining Process and City Council Representative Will Be At Bargaining Table Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Councilmember Lisa Herbold today announced new, expanded roles for the City’s police accountability partners and City Council staff in police contract negotiations. In the upcoming contract negotiations with the […]

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Mayor Durkan and Councilmember Herbold Announce Legislation to Strengthen Subpoena Power of Office of Police Accountability and Office of Inspector General

New Legislation Makes Explicit OPA and OIG’s Subpoena Powers in Investigations and Creates Process to Enforce Subpoenas Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Councilmember Lisa Herbold today announced new legislation to strengthen the Office of Police Accountability (OPA) and Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) power to subpoena those who may have been involved in or witnessed […]

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Councilmember Lewis Announces Proposal to Lower Costs and Fast Track Construction of Permanent Supportive Housing

Approach cuts through ‘red tape’, creates more housing units  Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia) announced he will introduce land use legislation exempting permanent supportive housing from several development mandates, such as design review and onsite bike storage, allowing Seattle to quickly and affordably create more housing options for our […]

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Seattle City Council Passes 2021 Budget, Prioritizing Housing, Health, Safety, Environment and Economic Recovery

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide), Chair of the Budget Committee, issued the following statement following the final full Council vote on the 2021 Budget: “My colleagues and I have this year — not once, but twice — reviewed, evaluated and adjusted the City’s Budget to reflect this city’s needs and values.  Working with Seattle […]

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Councilmember Sawant denounces Democrats’ austerity budget while hailing victories by People’s Budget and Solidarity Budget for affordable housing and shelters, renters rights and eviction defense, Green New Deal, and $31 million shift from bloated police budget to community-led programs

Sawant: ‘Even with the victories of our movement, the Democrats’ austerity budget deeply fails working people and marginalized communities, including working-class and poor communities of color’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today issued this statement in response to the City Council adopting the 2021 […]

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