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Seattle City Council passes amended resolution calling for long-term ceasefire in Israel and Palestine

The Seattle City Council approved an amended resolution tonight calling for a long-term ceasefire in Gaza, an immediate return of all hostages, and restoration of humanitarian aid. It also condemns rising antisemitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Palestinian/Arab bigotry. Council President Debora Juarez and Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Teresa Mosqueda put this common ground amendment forward. It is...

Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda during a press conference outside Seattle City Hall.
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Seattle Councilmember Mosqueda celebrates final City budget, record investments in housing, health and human services

Budget Chair, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) celebrated the 8-1 passage of the 2024 Budget today by the Select Budget Committee. This is Chair Mosqueda’s fourth budget season, tenth budget to be passed, and the final budget before she takes her seat on the King County Council next year. A summary of key investments...

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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Seattle Councilmember Morales joins coalition calling for ceasefire, end of human rights abuses in Israel/Palestine

Seattle City Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2 – South Seattle) will join a diverse coalition of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faith leaders, elected officials, and advocates to release a Washington Statement in Solidarity with Jews and Palestinians today calling for an end to the violence and human rights abuses in Gaza. Councilmember Morales will...

Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold in Seattle City Hall.
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Police chiefs critical of ShotSpotter, cities pulling out of contracts

The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether it should use $1.5 million to fund services for tiny house villages in Seattle or ShotSpotter, a police surveillance technology that has been proven ineffective at stopping crime by almost every independent study done on it.   “This technology simply doesn’t work. In fact, the research...

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Seattle City Councilmembers Herbold, Pedersen celebrate decision in favor of the City

Decision removes roadblock to vote on Comp Plan amendment that could diversify funding options for transportation safety projects Seattle City Councilmembers Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle and South Park) and Alex Pedersen (District 4 – Northeast Seattle) praised today’s decision by the Seattle Office of Hearing Examiner that supports the City’s position that...

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Seattle Councilmember Dan Strauss passes legislation to fix dangerous section of Burke-Gilman Trail’s “Missing Link” 

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation today, sponsored by Councilmember Dan Strauss (District 6- Northwest Seattle), that will allow the City to fix a notoriously dangerous section of the Burke Gilman Trail’s Missing Link.   “I am excited we can finally make one of the most dangerous railroad crossings in our city safe for people riding...

Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda during a press conference outside Seattle City Hall.
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Seattle City Council Budget Chair Mosqueda Releases 2024 Balancing Package

Record-setting investments in affordable housing,realignment of JumpStart for targeted investments in economy, and funding for other critical needs Budget Chair, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide), will officially release her 2024 Balancing Package this morning at 11 AM during a meeting of the Select Budget Committee. Among other things, it includes the single biggest investment...

Councilmember Mosqueda Reacts to Economic Forecast 
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Councilmember Mosqueda Reacts to Economic Forecast 

Budget Chair Mosqueda underscores urgency around ‘health of our economy and community’  Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8 – Citywide), Chair of the Select Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to this morning’s revenue forecast:  “Today’s Revenue Forecast Council release gives me cautious optimism for the 2024 budget. We know there are many competing...

Proof of Public Investment Impact from JumpStart Seattle Progressive Revenue
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Proof of Public Investment Impact from JumpStart Seattle Progressive Revenue

The Seattle City Council’s Select Budget Committee met this morning to hear from community groups and service providers about the positive impacts that JumpStart Seattle Progressive Revenue has had on their work and the challenges still ahead. The conversation was led by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide and Chair of the Select Budget Committee),...

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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Seattle Councilmember Morales Celebrates MLK Way Safety Improvement Groundbreaking, Calls for More Timely Safety Improvements 

Seattle City Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2 – South Seattle) attended the groundbreaking of the MLK Way Safety Project this morning alongside Mayor Harrell, Seattle Department of Transportation Director Greg Spotts, and Sound Transit CEO Julie Timms. Councilmember Morales released the following statement about the groundbreaking:  “These are life and death investments. More than...