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Seattle proclaims August 14, 2023 Ballard FC Day
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Seattle proclaims August 14, 2023 Ballard FC Day

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and Councilmember Dan Strauss signed a proclamation today declaring August 14, 2023 to be Ballard FC Day. Members of the team stopped by Seattle City Hall today to celebrate winning the USL League 2 National Champions in just their second season. Ballard FC beat the Lionsbridge Football Club 2-1 with a...

Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis and SIFF Executive Director Tom Mara inside the Cinerama Theater
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Seattle City Council approves funding for Cinerama re-opening, community programming 

The Seattle City Council voted to approve a grant to help SIFF re-open the historic Cinerama theater and provide public benefit programming there. Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis secured the funding as part of the Midyear Supplemental Budget.   The $950,000 in funding will help SIFF re-open the Cinerama later this year. King County roughly matched the...

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...

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...