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I support Uber and Lyft drivers organizing for better pay and treatment

I stand with hardworking Uber and Lyft drivers who are courageously shining a light on some of the most exploitative working conditions in Seattle and nationwide. The report that the drivers brought to City Hall today (May 30), published by the App-Based Drivers Association (ABDA), an affiliate of Teamsters Local 117, shows that Uber and […]


Councilmember Sawant on App-Based Driver Report

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) issued the following statement after Uber and Lyft  drivers who delivered a report to City Hall, and spoke with Councilmembers about a new report that shows of Seattle-based trips, “companies are pocketing a greater share of rider payments while drivers are earning less,” according to the report: “I […]


Legacy Business Program Update; Community Service Officer Jobs; Utility Contact Center Tour; Delridge Multimodal Corridor/H Line Project

Legacy Business Program Update At my last Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts (CRUEDA) Committee meeting on May 14, I hosted new acting Director Bobby Lee and Michael Wells from the Office of Economic Development (OED) to  give an update on the Legacy Business program that I have been working to develop since taking office […]


Shhh! Don’t tell the billionaires and corporate developers: Our rent control movement has early momentum!

Take action below – join us at Northwest Folklife Festival in collecting petition signatures for rent control! Our rent control movement is about taking back our city from the billionaires and corporate developers, and fighting for a city that is affordable for all. Thank you to the dozens of activists who attended our meeting at […]


Accountability on Spending and Oversight of Ship Canal Water Quality Project; South Park Community Safety Walk & Reflections on our Multi-departmental Programs; In-District Office Hours

Accountability on Spending and Oversight of Ship Canal Water Quality Project In my Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, and Arts committee (CRUEDA) on Tuesday we received another update from Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) on the Ship Canal Water Quality (SCWQP) project. As I’ve written about previously, the SCWQP is a joint project with King County […]


Hearing Examiner Clears Way for Backyard Cottage Legislation

Hello, I am excited to share with you some updates about a longtime legislative priority of mine: making it easier to build backyard cottages and basement units. I believe ADUs have the potential to provide new housing opportunities in neighborhoods where single family homes are unaffordable to many. ADU’s would also allow homeowners to generate […]


Councilmember González’s Statement on Judge Robart’s Consent Decree Oral Ruling

SEATTLE – Councilmember M. Lorena González, chair of the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans & Education Committee, issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge Robart ruled the City of Seattle is out of compliance with the consent decree: “I appreciate Judge Robart recognizing and thanking the rank and file men and women and […]


Reducing Gun Violence in the Central District and citywide

Dear Friends, My staff and I send our deepest condolences to the family of Royale Lexing, the young black man who tragically lost his life to recent gun violence. We stand with Seattle’s black community in mourning this huge loss, and with all community members who want to end gun violence. My husband and I […]


Councilmember O’Brien’s Statement Regarding Favorable Ruling on Accessory Dwelling Units: ‘I am thrilled’

Councilmember O’Brien’s Statement Regarding Favorable Ruling on Accessory Dwelling Units: ‘I am thrilled’ SEATTLE – Councilmember Mike O’Brien (Dist. 6, Northwest Seattle), chair of the Sustainability & Transportation Committee, issued the following statement today after the City of Seattle Deputy Hearing Examiner, Barbara Dykes Ehrlichman, ruled in favor of the City on an appeal of […]


Fire Fighters Propose Health Help Changes for Homeless People; Addressing Hate Crimes in Seattle; Count Us In and HSD Updates on Homelessness Intervention System

Fire Fighters Propose Health Help Changes for Homeless People This week, in Councilmember González’s committee, the Council received a report and an update from the Seattle Fire Department on the Mobile Integrated Health Response Team pilot program. Under Councilmember Bagshaw’s leadership, the Council passed funding during the last budget to provide services to individuals, primarily […]

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