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National Archives building update: disappointment with federal agencies

CONVEYING OUR DISAPPOINTMENT WITH THE FEDERAL AGENCIES: As promised, I met today with the federal agencies involved in the potential sale of the national archives building at 6125 Sand Point Way NE in our District 4. Specifically, I met with officials from the Public Buildings Reform Board (the agency that officially recommended the sale), the […]


My vote to limit winter evictions during our homelessness crisis.

In a surprising 7-0 vote this afternoon, the City Council approved an audacious ordinance prohibiting larger landlords from evicting low and moderate income tenants in Seattle during the 3 coldest months of December, January, and February, with exceptions for criminal and unsafe activities and other just causes for eviction. The vote was surprising because I […]


Permanent Bus Pathway to Open for West Seattle/Downtown Buses; SPD Arrest in Alki Shooting; Legacy Business Nominations; Seattle Planning Commission; Constituent Email Report

Permanent Bus Pathway to Open for West Seattle/Downtown Buses King County Metro and SDOT have announced that, beginning on February 22nd, buses that formerly traveled between West Seattle to Downtown on the Alaskan Way Viaduct will access Downtown through Alaskan Way and Columbia Street. This is the permanent travel path planned for buses, and comes […]


Sawant: Tax Amazon Movement Activists Unveil Council Resolution, Speak Out Against Threats of a Seattle Amazon Tax Ban (Preemption) in House Bill

Remarks (as delivered) Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), with union members, faith leaders, democratic party, socialists, and community members delivered remarks this morning at Seattle’s City Hall opposing any effort to insert preemption into HB 2907 and SB 6669:  “Thank you for joining us for this important press conference. As the movement that […]


Reply to Mayor Durkan’s Letter re: Winter Evictions

Thursday, February 6, 2020 To:          Mayor Jenny Durkan CC:        Nathan Torgelson, Director, Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections; Emily Alvarado, Director, Office of Housing; Jason Johnson, Acting Director, Human Services Department; Andrew Lofton, Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority Dear Mayor Durkan, I am writing in response to your February 4 memo, “Re: Protecting Renters from […]


My comments before the passing of our resolution condemning the Modi regime’s CAA/NRC on February 3rd, 2020

By approving this resolution, the Seattle City Council will show that the city’s legislative body will stand with the widespread protest movement, courageously facing brutal police repression throughout the country against the National Register of Citizens (the NRC) and the Citizenship Amendment Act (the CAA), which in tandem with each other, threaten to strip away […]


Sawant, Community Members Celebrate Passage of City Council Resolution Opposing Religious Persecution, Detention Camps by Right-Wing Regime in India

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), South Asian community members, and activists celebrated the passage of a historic Seattle City Council resolution denouncing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) enacted by the far-right government of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India. Seattle City […]


Councilmember Lewis to Host Office Hours

Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Pioneer Square to Magnolia), will hold office hours at six locations around District 7 in the month of February.  Appointments are taken by reservations made ONLINE.   While drop-ins are always welcome, prioritization will be given to standing appointments.    “No matter your concern, my promise is to remain accessible, engaged, […]


Follow-up from our Town Hall: Where to Comment on the “J Line” Bus Rapid Ride (Eastlake Ave) Proposal and How to Connect to the Eastlake Community Council

Thanks to those who attended the Town Hall for District 4 residents, hosted last night by the Eastlake Community Council. If we did not answer a question you might have had or you did not get a chance to state your views on an issue important to you, please e-mail us at alex.pedersen@seattle.gov At the […]


January 2020 Newsletter – District 4

January has been a busy month for our team, and we wanted to share what we have been working on to better represent you and the 20 neighborhoods of D-4 at City Hall. The new City Council was sworn in January 6th, and our D-4 team has been hard at work ever since. Committee Work […]

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