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Council President Bruce Harrell Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election

Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) issued the following statement regarding his re-election decision: “Today I am announcing my intent not to seek re-election to the Seattle City Council for a fourth term because of my belief that three terms is sufficient in this role at this time. “I have been honored to […]

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Council to Adjust Meeting Start Times to Ease Traffic During Seattle Squeeze

SEATTLE – Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) and the Seattle City Council adopted Resolution #31859 during its Jan. 7 meeting, which will temporarily change committee and council meeting times from Jan. 14 – Feb. 1 to accommodate anticipated Downtown traffic congestion due to the viaduct closure, commonly referred to as #SeattleSqueeze. “The […]

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As Strike Looms, Sawant Calls on Durkan to Bring All Emergency Medical Services In-House

Declares intent to join picket line Friday, demands end to ‘contracting out our safety net’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) shared excerpts from an open letter addressed to Mayor and Council underscoring her support of Seattle-area emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who plan to strike beginning December 21, and her intention to join their […]

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González Appointed to National Board of Local Progress

Organization committed to leading nationwide progressive change at the local level Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) has been appointed to serve on the Board of Local Progress, an organization comprised of a national network of progressive elected officials committed to reclaiming the power that cities and counties have, and to advancing a shared […]

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Mosqueda Statement of Support for Striking EMTs

‘It takes tremendous courage…We stand with you’ Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide), Chair of Council’s Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee (HHEWR), issued the following statement in response to the announcement by members of Teamsters Local 763 who voted to approve a strike: “It takes tremendous courage, dedication and solidarity to go out […]

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Sawant Statement in Solidarity with Strike Call by ‘Talented, Self-sacrificing’ EMTs

Points Out ‘City Establishment’s ‘callous indifference’’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) shared an open letter addressed to Mayor Jenny Durkan following the announcement by Seattle-area emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who plan to strike beginning December 21. Excerpts from Sawant’s letter, directed to Mayor Jenny Durkan, include: “…Your administration recently granted a monopoly contract […]

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Council Votes To Protect Workers from Harassment, Intimidation

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide), Chair of Council’s Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee (HHEWR), together with her colleagues passed C.B. 119374 to create the Office of the Employee Ombud (OEO) during the Full Council meeting earlier today.  The measure passed by a vote of 6-0 and Mosqueda issued the following statement in […]

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Councilmember Mosqueda’s Statement on Overdose Prevention Sites Ruling

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide), Chair of Council’s Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee, issued the following statement after the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that Initiative 27, which attempted to ban public funding of overdose prevention sites in King County, was outside the scope of local initiative power: “I celebrate today’s decision […]

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Advancing the City’s Commitment to Protecting Workers from Harassment and Intimidation

Mosqueda:  With new office ‘…we have the momentum to create impactful, lasting change’   Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide), Chair of Council’s Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee (HHEWR), hosted a committee briefing earlier today and voted legislation out of committee to create the Office of the Employee Ombud (OEO), a key recommendation […]

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Councilmember Juarez, President Harrell Celebrate Approval of NHL Expansion Team in Seattle

Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle) and Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2 South Seattle), Co-Chairs of the Select Committee on Civic Arenas, issued the following statements after the NHL Board of Governors approved an expansion in Seattle, which will bring a hockey team in 2021. The team will play in the soon-to-be renovated […]

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