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Councilmembers González, Mosqueda, and Morales Respond to Chief Best Announcement to Retire

Council President M. Lorena González, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda and Councilmember Tammy J. Morales issued the following statement in response to Seattle Police Department Chief Carmen Best announcing her plan to retire: “Together we want to thank Chief Carmen Best for her dedication to the people of Seattle during her twenty-eight years of public service. Throughout […]

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Councilmember Juarez’s Statement Following Chief Best Retirement Announcement

Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Public Assets and Native Communities Committee, issued the following statement after Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced she is retiring: “I was disheartened to hear of Chief Best’s resignation. She has dedicated nearly thirty years of service to the people of Seattle, and for […]

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Councilmember Herbold Responds to Chief Best Announcing Plans to Retire

Seattle, WA — Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle), Chair of the Public Safety and Human Rights committee, issued the following statement in response to Chief Carmen Best’s announcement that she plans to retire next month: “As chair of the committee that oversees public safety in Seattle, I want to start by sincerely thanking Chief Best for […]

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Councilmember Pedersen’s Statement Following Police Chief’s Announcement to Retire

SEATTLE – Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4 – Northeast Seattle) issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best that she plans to retire on September 2: “I am deeply saddened by the resignation of our Police Chief Carmen Best. Chief Best has served Seattle faithfully and honorably for decades and happens to be […]

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Councilmember Lewis’ Statement in Response to Chief Best’s Announcement to Retire

Seattle, WA — Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia)  issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Chief Carmen Best that she plans to retire: “I want to start by expressing my deep gratitude to Chief Best for nearly thirty years of service to our community.  “While Chief Best and I had […]

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Council President González: Summer Budget Rebalancing Effort ‘Charts a Course’ For Community-Informed Public Safety Interventions

– Council President M. Lorena González (Pos. 9, Citywide) issued the following statement after the Seattle City Council, through its summer budget rebalancing process, voted to make initial reductions to Seattle Police Department’s remaining 2020 budget, including a $17 million appropriation to scaling up community-led public safety interventions: “Today, Council voted on a rebalanced budget […]

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Councilmember Sawant: City Council Democrats Have Approved a Budget that Carries out Austerity, Fails to Defund Police – Our Movement Needs to Build Even Stronger

“Our movement cut executive police pay and defunded the Navigation Team, but we need a democratically and independently organized movement to defund police and eliminate budget cuts” Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, released the following statement following today’s City Council vote adopting a revised […]

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Budget Chair Mosqueda, Council Colleagues Pass Mid-Year 2020 Budget Addressing Impacts of COVID-19

Council Leads with Anti-Austerity Measures and New Investments in Community, Participatory Budgeting Process Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide), Chair of the Council’s Select Budget Committee, released the below statement after the Council passed a mid-year 2020 budget addressing the fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, following a first-in-recent-history summer budget session: “This Council has […]

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Councilmember Sawant Celebrates Votes to Stop the Sweeps and Cut Bloated SPD Executive Pay, But Notes Movement Will Have to Fight Harder to Defund SPD 50%

“Today showed the necessity for protest and organizing, but also the limits of relying on the political establishment to represent the interests of working people, especially marginalized communities.” Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, issued this statement following the City Council’s Budget Committee votes on […]

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Mosqueda Introduces Resolution to Protect Journalists, Legal Observers, Medics during Protests

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) today introduced a resolution to protect journalists, legal observers, and medics from being harmed during protests. Mosqueda also requests the City Attorney’s Office withdraw support for enforcement of a Seattle Police Department subpoena that infringes on the freedom of press.   “Members of the press should never be seen as […]

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