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Reminder: April 2 Deadline for Sound Transit 3 Scoping Comments; Ballard Locks Update; Alki Beach Comfort Station Open House – Tomorrow; Fairmount Ravine Cleanup – April 6

Reminder: April 2 Deadline for Sound Transit 3 Scoping Comments The deadline for providing comments on options for Sound Transit’s West Seattle/Ballard light rail line is on Tuesday, April 2nd. You can comment at the online open house or by e-mail at wsbscopingcomments@soundtransit.org. This is part of the formal comment period for developing which options […]


I stand with Capitol Hill tenants facing extortionate rent hikes

Working people in Seattle are confronting an affordability crisis of unprecedented proportions – but renters, like the tenants at the Kenton Apartments on Capitol Hill, are fighting back. My Council office was proud to join them on March 21 as they launched their campaign against eye-popping rent hikes as high as 69 percent. Check out […]


Highland Park Roundabout Update; False SCS Fliers & SLI History Re: Mobile CHEL Unit; Passage of MHA and What’s Next; High Point Play Area Celebration; Civic Poet applications open through April 24; In-District Office Hours

Highland Park Roundabout Update During last year’s budget, I was able to get the Highland Park Way SW/SW Holden Street Roundabout project added to the SDOT Capital Improvement Program, the long-term capital planning budget. Unfortunately, we learned in January the grant application SDOT submitted to WSDOT was unsuccessful. Since then I’ve worked with state legislators […]


Block the box

I was disappointed to learn that the “Block the Box” bill sponsored by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon failed to gain a floor vote in the House earlier in this Legislative Session.  This bill would provide a crucial tool to reduce congestion and improve safety at key Downtown intersections, especially for pedestrians.  Perhaps it can be resurrected […]


President Harrell Announces Process to Fill Council Vacancy

Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) issued the following statement announcing the proposed process to fill the vacancy left by current Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle). Johnson, who made his resignation known publicly earlier today, will serve in his elected capacity through Friday, April 5. The City Charter gives the City […]


Announcing My Resignation

Today I announce my decision to resign as Seattle City Councilmember for District 4. It has been a distinct honor and privilege to work in this capacity, representing the many different people and the great diversity of opinions that give Northeast Seattle its vibrancy. I depart City Hall feeling immensely proud of working alongside my […]


Council Passes Mandatory Housing Affordability Legislation

Councilmember Rob Johnson (Dist. 4 – Northeast Seattle), Chair of the Select Committee on Mandatory Housing Affordability, or MHA, together with his colleagues voted today to approve a trio of bills as amended in Committee earlier this month.  Taken together, the Mandatory Housing Affordability legislation links affordable housing to growth across Seattle by requiring new […]


City Council Confirms Saad Bashir as Chief Technology Officer

The Seattle City Council today unanimously voted to confirm Saad Bashir as Director and Chief Technology Officer of the Seattle Information Technology (IT) Department for a term through January 1, 2023. “Mr. Bashir has a strong reputation for his leadership qualities, focused strategies, and cultivating a positive workplace culture that promotes continuous learning,” said Council […]


Petition: United with Central District Tenants Against Eviction & Displacement!



Mandatory Housing Affordability—Reflections on Crown Hill

On Monday, March 18, the Council will hold its vote and likely approve the MHA legislation, which has been years in the making.  Included in that legislation are a set of amendments that I made to the Mayor’s proposal for the Crown Hill neighborhood.  Before I explain those amendments, let me first explain some of […]

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