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Participatory Budgeting Advances

Office of Civil Rights to Move Forward on Engagement with Community on Next Steps Seattle, WA — Councilmember Tammy J. Morales, (District 2, South Seattle and the C/ID) and her Council colleagues unanimously, 9-0 voted to release over $1 million to support the Participatory Budgeting process, which will ultimately fund the largest appropriation to support a […]

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Council Herbold’s Statement on Council Bill 119981

SEATTLE, WA – Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle and South Park),  Chair of the Public Safety and Human Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the 6 -3 vote in opposition  to Council Bill 119981, as amended, during the regularly scheduled Full Council meeting: “SPD’s funding, policing and public safety have dominated Seattle’s headlines, […]

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Reflections on the 1 Year Commemoration of the Murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Officers; Covid Updates – West Seattle Covid Site Changes, Free Rides to Vaccinations, A Shot & A Beer; Office of Police Accountability 2020 Annual report; Stronger Protections for Small Business and Nonprofit Tenants; Proclamation Celebrating Landmark Civil Rights Legislation; 911 Dispatch Transferred from SPD; King County Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program

Reflections on the 1 Year Commemoration of the Murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Officers May 25th marked the one year anniversary of the death of George Floyd. I made the following comments at the beginning of the Public Safety and Human Services committee the morning of the 25th: The Seattle Times ran a […]

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Eviction Moratorium Letter to Durkan from 47 Organizations on March 4, 2021

March 4, 2021 Dear Mayor Durkan, We are writing to urge you to extend Seattle’s eviction moratorium for residents, small businesses, andnonprofits beyond its current expiration date of March 31, 2021. We ask that it be extended through theend of this year, and that you announce this extension as soon as possible. The COVID-19 pandemic […]

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Councilmember Sawant Credits Renter Rights Movement for Pushing Three Bills Through Council Committee, Over Resistance of Corporate Landlords

Full Council vote June 7; Sawant declares, ‘Today is an important step forward. Rank-and-file renters need to continue to fight to win these in City Council and to win our full Renters’ Bill of Rights, including rent control and canceling COVID debt’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and […]

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Committee Passes First Two Pieces in Councilmember Morales’ Tenant Bill of Rights, Protecting Renters From Evictions, Closing Lease Termination Loophole

Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2, South Seattle and the C/ID) and her colleagues serving on the Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, chaired by Councilmember Kshama Sawant, passed two pieces of legislation sponsored by Morales that protect renters from pandemic-related eviction, and no-fault evictions associated with end-of-lease terminations. The two bills, part of Morales’ larger […]

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Corporate landlords and their political representatives on the City Council want to water down or defeat our movement’s legislation to ban school-year evictions. We cannot let them!

In yet another shameful capitulation to corporate landlords, Democrat Alex Pedersen is working to insert anti-renter loopholes into the legislation from my office banning school-year evictions of schoolchildren, their families. Just this morning, he introduced four amendments that he will be bringing up in the Renters Rights Committee meeting, which I chair, this afternoon.  Amendment […]

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Council Passes Herbold’s Legislation, Increasing Tenant Protections for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle and South Park), alongside her Council colleagues and co-sponsors Councilmembers Tammy J. Morales and Andrew J. Lewis, passed legislation today that increases tenant protections for small businesses and nonprofits.  The legislation ensures that rent installments paid according to a payment plan negotiated between a tenant and landlord cannot […]

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COVID Updates: Mask Up Indoors, Vaccines to Students // SW Delridge Encampment Update // Small Biz & Nonprofit Relief // Earthquake Webinar Series

West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force Update  Bridge Repair Remains on Schedule for mid-2022 completion  Last week the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force met for the 19th time since the closure of the West Seattle Bridge.   The most important update is that the repair of the West Seattle Bridge remains on schedule for mid-2022 completion […]

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Councilmember Morales Thanks Retiring Public Health Director Patty Hayes

Councilmember Tammy J. Morales issued the following statement after the retirement announcement of Seattle-King County Public Health Director Patty Hayes: “After serving as the Seattle area’s public health director for 30 years, I wish Patty Hayes a well-deserved retirement and thank her for her service. The important role of a public health director is made […]

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