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Councilmember Strauss and Stakeholders Praise Next Steps for the Ballard Ave Café Street 

SEATTLE – Councilmember Dan Strauss (District 6 – Northwest Seattle) celebrated the next steps for the Café Street on Ballard Ave NW between 20th and 22nd Avenues NW, also known as the Ballard Ave Café Street. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) officially launched a Ballard Avenue Mobility and Access Improvements website as they work to streamline operations on Ballard Avenue. During the Covid-19 pandemic, both restaurants and […]

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Seattle City Council Passes PayUp Legislation 

First-of-its-kind legislation will guarantee app-based delivery drivers a minimum wage, increase transparency, and protect flexibility  SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council unanimously passed PayUp legislation today. The legislation sponsored by Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle/South Park) and Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia) would, among other things, make Seattle the first […]

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“PayUp” Legislation to Protect App-Based Workers Approved in Committee, Goes to Full Council Vote

The bill would ensure app-based workers earn a minimum wage, protect transparency, and increase flexibility  SEATTLE – Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle/South Park) and Andrew J. Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia) celebrated the passage of PayUp in the Public Safety and Human Services committee. Council Bill 120294 as amended would establish Seattle as the first city in the nation to guarantee a minimum […]

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Mosqueda Appointed to National Local Progress Board

SEATTLE – Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) was appointed to the board of Local Progress, a national network of elected officials working in nearly 700 localities to help lead progressive change at the local level. Local Progress is a movement of local elected officials who work to advance a racial and economic justice agenda […]

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Councilmember Tammy J. Morales Announces $1 Million for Seattle Maritime Academy and Technical Maritime Education  

Seattle, WA – On the morning of Friday May 13th, Councilmember Tammy J. Morales joined  Mayor Harrell’s Office, City of Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED), Seattle Colleges, and the Seattle Maritime Academy (SMA), to celebrate the release of $1 million in funding for sustaining SMA operations and maintaining technical maritime education in Seattle.  Councilmember Morales secured one-time funding to support opportunities in the Maritime industry from funding the City of Seattle received as […]

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City Council Passes Strauss Legislation Strengthening Protections for Tenants in Aftermath of COVID-19

SEATTLE – Councilmember Dan Strauss (District 6 – Northwest Seattle) celebrated the City Council’s 7-1 vote today to pass legislation on Tuesday strengthening protections for tenants who owe unpaid rent from the COVID-19 pandemic. Council Bill 120305 would require that landlords offer tenants a reasonable amount of time to repay debts incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.   In May 2020 the City […]

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Seattle Council and Mayor call on Congress to address public safety crisis impacting cannabis businesses, pass the SAFE Banking Act 

The Seattle City Council and Mayor signed a letter today calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the SAFE Banking Act.   This bill allows cannabis businesses to access normal banking services and shift away from the cash-only model they are currently forced to use under antiquated federal laws.   In large part because of […]

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Councilmember Dan Strauss Proposes Strengthening Protections for Tenants in Aftermath of COVID-19

SEATTLE – Councilmember Dan Strauss (District 6 – Northwest Seattle) introduced legislation on Tuesday strengthening protections for tenants who owe unpaid rent from the COVID-19 pandemic. Council Bill 120305 would require that landlords offer tenants a reasonable amount of time to repay debts incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.   In May 2020 the City Council adopted Ordinance 126081, which established a […]

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Seattle’s Revenue Forecast Shows Improved Numbers, Although Budget Challenges Remain 

SEATTLE – Today the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic and Revenue Forecasts released its revenue forecast, projecting improved revenue since November. However, the City is still facing a budget deficit and increased uncertainty due to global events.  The newest forecast shows a modest increase in projected revenue, roughly a $32.5 million increase for the City’s General Fund resources, and an increase of $57.3 million to Non-General […]

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Seattle Councilmembers Herbold, Lewis Unveil PayUp Policy to Increase Minimum Pay, Transparency & Flexibility for App-Based Workers

SEATTLE – Councilmembers Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle/South Park) and Andrew Lewis (District 7 – Pioneer Square to Magnolia) unveiled the first bill in the PayUp policy proposal. The bill covers minimum payment, transparency, and flexibility issues. Many app-based or “gig” workers on platforms like DoorDash, Instacart, and Uber Eats are underpaid and can end up earning a sub-minimum […]

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