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Councilmember O’Brien’s legislation passes, creating dedicated funds for the Sweetened Beverage and Short-Term Rental Tax Revenues

Today, the Seattle City Council voted on two pieces of legislation sponsored by Councilmember Mike O’Brien (Dist. 6, Northwest Seattle), chair of the Sustainability & Transportation Committee, passing Council Bill 119551 by a 7-1 vote and Council Bill 119402 by a 7-1 vote. Together, the two pieces of legislation create dedicated funds for the Sweetened […]

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Councilmembers Stand with Community, Call on Mayor to Honor Original Intent of Sweetened Beverage Tax

Councilmembers M. Lorena González, Teresa Mosqueda, Lisa Herbold and Mike O’Brien, transmitted a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan, expressing their deep disappointment at her refusal to honor the original intent of how all revenue collected from the Sweetened Beverage Tax (SBT) would be invested.  Instead, the Mayor has set off a false alarm amongst the non-profit community that is unnecessary, inaccurate and […]

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Councilmember Sawant Celebrates Appeals Court Decision on ‘Tax the Rich’ Legislation

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) issued the following statement today in response to the State Court of Appeals ruling on Seattle’s Tax the Rich (income tax) legislation – Ordinance 125339 – sponsored by Councilmembers Sawant and Herbold, which passed unanimously by City Council in 2017: “Yesterday’s court ruling on our ‘Tax the Rich’ […]

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Herbold Response to Income Tax Ruling

Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle – South Park) issued the following statement today in response to the State Court of Appeals ruling on a municipal income tax on those with high incomes. “Two years ago my colleagues and I unanimously passed legislation to tax people with high incomes. In doing so we created […]

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Mosqueda: We’re investing in our frontline workers

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide), Chair of the Council’s Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee, and her Council colleagues unanimously passed in an 8-0 vote an ordinance that would give annual inflation adjustments to providers contracted through the Human Services Department, after over a decade of this issue being raised by non-profit providers.  […]

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Councilmember González Reacts to King County Auditor’s Report of Data Sharing with ICE; Reaffirms Seattle’s Commitment to Being Welcoming City

–Councilmember M. Lorena González, chair of the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans & Education Committee, joined community leaders and other elected officials today to reaffirm that Seattle is a Welcoming City, with protocols and policies in place to ensure city employees do not share sensitive personal data when interacting with U.S. Immigration and Customs […]

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Councilmember Sawant Urges Management to Recognize Crosscut Union

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) shared excerpts from an open letter addressed to the CEO of Cascade Public Media, underscoring her support of Crosscut and PBS KCTS 9 journalists and employees efforts to form a union, and urging management to voluntarily recognize the union.   Sawant, after having successfully supported other unionization efforts […]

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Councilmember O’Brien Celebrates Council Vote to Ease Restrictions on Backyard Cottages

Councilmember Mike O’Brien (Dist. 6, Northwest Seattle), chair of the Sustainability & Transportation Committee, and his Council colleagues unanimously passed an ordinance today that reduces the barriers to building backyard cottages across the city in an 8-0 vote.  “I am thrilled that after years of work and legal delays, Seattle residents will have an easier […]

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Sawant, Tenants Announce Skyway Victory and Improvements to Seattle Just Cause Ordinance

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Human Services, Equitable Development and Renters Rights committee, announced today that Skyway tenants facing impending eviction due to absence of Just Cause protections in unincorporated King County have won a huge victory, as the landlord has rescinded the eviction notices.  She also announced that […]

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Sawant Expresses ‘Deep Disappointment’ With School District Decision to Terminate Partnership with Native Education Organization

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) joined community members at the June 26 Seattle Public Schools board meeting, where they expressed their disagreement with Seattle Public Schools quietly dissolving a partnership agreement and a memorandum of understanding between the district and the Urban Native Education Alliance (UNEA), which would have secured the Robert Eagle […]

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