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Seattle Social Housing Developer Board to hold second ever meeting

The Seattle Social Housing Developer The new Seattle Social Housing Developer Board, which will oversee the work to bringing affordable social housing to Seattle, will meet for the just the second time on June 22, 2023. The 13-member board was appointed in April. Their first meeting was in May. Tonight’s meeting will be at 5:30 PM...

Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold in Seattle City Hall.
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Seattle City Council passes resolution supporting wage equity for nonprofit human services workers

Note: This article is an adaption of a Seattle City Council Central Staff Memo. The full memo is available on Legistar.   The Seattle City Council, responding to an ongoing staffing crisis, passed a resolution today expressing the Council’s commitment to wage equity for nonprofit human services worker. The resolution was sponsored by Councilmember Lisa Herbold....

Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda during a press conference outside Seattle City Hall.
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Seattle City Council sends affordable housing levy to voters

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved an ordinance today putting the 2023 Housing Levy renewal on the ballot this November. The legislation, sponsored by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, affirms Mayor Bruce Harrell’s proposal made public earlier this year. The mayor signed the bill immediately following the Council meeting. If approved by voters, the seven-year levy would...

Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis and SIFF Executive Director Tom Mara inside the Cinerama Theater
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An inside look at SIFF’s plans to save Seattle’s beloved Cinerama theater 

Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis got a special inside look at the Cinerama for the first time since the SIFF bought the property, three years after it shut down operations. In this first-of-its-kind video version of his podcast All Policy is Local, Councilmember Lewis talks with SIFF Executive Director Tom Mara about the acquisition...

Cafe tables set up downtown by the MID
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What’s the MID? Seattle City Council approves major community-led investments in downtown 

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved legislation on May 2 renewing and expanding the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID). The legislation will safeguard funding for some programs and services that support downtown Seattle for at least the next 10 years.   The legislation was sponsored by Councilmember Sara Nelson and was signed into law by Seattle...

Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center
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Seattle City Council approves initial plan for Memorial Stadium redevelopment

The Seattle City Council passed a resolution today establishing the city’s support for a plan to demolish and rebuild Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center through a private-public partnership. The City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools (SPS), which owns the stadium, are working together on the project.  The legislation was sponsored by Council President Debora Juarez....

Seattle firefighters putting out a blaze.
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Seattle City Council passes legislation to protect firefighters

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation (6-0) today to protect firefighters and EMTs when they are responding to emergencies. The legislation closes a loophole that excluded them from the same protections given to many other city employees, including police officers.   The legislation was sponsored by Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle) and...

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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Meet the 13 people appointed to bring social housing to Seattle

The 13-member Seattle Social Housing Developer Board that has officially been appointed. The members made their first public statements since being appointed, joining a Seattle City Council committee today to introduce themselves and talk about their vision. “This board represents a broad array of experience and knowledge, from lived experience of housing instability, homelessness, and...