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Seattle City Council to hold final public hearing on 2024 Transportation Levy renewal

The Select Committee on the 2024 Transportation Levy will host its second and final public hearing on the levy renewal at 4:30 PM tomorrow at Seattle City Hall. The Select Committee is chaired by Seattle City Councilmember Rob Saka (District 1). It is tasked with reviewing and amending the levy proposal before it’s sent to...

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Councilmember Rivera Brings New Amendment to Help EDI Projects Succeed

Updated legislation removes proviso, seeks OPCD report on getting promised projects to community faster SEATTLE – After engaging with members of the community and Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) stakeholders, Councilmember Maritza Rivera won’t ask for a funding proviso, but will continue to call for a detailed report on how to make sure the EDI program...

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Transportation Chair Saka proposes changes to Seattle transportation levy to prioritize safety, economy, and climate

Seattle City Councilmember Rob Saka (District 1, Chair of the Select Committee on the 2024 Transportation Levy) proposed his initial amendments to the transportation levy package today. Among other things, the Chair’s amendments would double investments in creating new sidewalks and safe routes to school, as well as triple funding for safety on public transit....

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Councilmember Kettle on Seattle police leadership change

Seattle City Councilmember Bob Kettle (District 7, Chair of the Public Safety Committee) issued the following statement after Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that Sue Rahr will become interim Chief of the Police Department: “I respect Mayor Bruce Harrell’s decision and look forward to working with Interim Chief Rahr on our public safety challenges. Further, we...

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Councilmember Rivera: Existing EDI Projects Would Remain Funded

Rivera responds to disinformation about legislation in full council meeting SEATTLE – “Today I moved to remove my amendment to Council Bill 120774 from the agenda in order to have time to correct disinformation that was irresponsibly given to community about the proposed amendment,” said Councilmember Rivera. The Council voted 6-3 to table the amendment until next week’s...

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Vote on app-based worker pay legislation postponed

The Seattle City Council is postponing a vote on legislation (CB 120775) related to app-based worker minimum payments on food delivery apps sponsored by Council President Sara Nelson (Position 9). Amendments to the legislation have been proposed and councilmembers have requested a postponement to ensure the Council has time to fully consider those changes.

Seattle City Councilmember Tammy J. Morales speaks with the members of the Social Housing Developer Board for the first time at Seattle City Hall.
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Morales: Council quietly rushes vote today on legislation that would block equitable development funding

With nearly no time for public input, the Seattle City Council is rushing toward a vote today on legislation that would block $25.3 million in funding already allocated for the City’s Equitable Development Initiative (EDI). The legislation is sponsored by Councilmember Martiza Rivera and was not made public until Friday afternoon. “This amendment would preemptively...

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Seattle City Councilmember Moore calls for pause in KCRHA CEO search process

Seattle City Councilmember Cathy Moore (District 5) is calling for the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) to pause its search process for its next Chief Executive Officer. This comes after it was announced yesterday afternoon that two of the three finalists for the position have withdrawn their candidacy. Councilmember Moore is a member of...

Seattle City Council approves bill to accelerate police hiring
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Seattle City Council approves bill to accelerate police hiring

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Council President Sara Nelson (Position 9) and Councilmember Bob Kettle (District 7) to accelerate police hiring in Seattle. “One of our most fundamental responsibilities as a city government is to provide public safety. Right now, we are losing too many officers to achieve that goal. This...