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Strauss’ “Bringing Business Home” Bill Passes Full Council

Amendments Create Flexibility for Small Businesses During Pandemic Councilmember Dan Strauss (District 6 – Northwest Seattle), Chair of the City’s Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee, together with a 8-1 vote of his Full Council colleagues, passed C.B. 120001 to provide additional economic support for small businesses adversely affected by current land use codes during the […]

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Councilmember Lewis’ Legislation to Leverage Federal Investments for Homelessness Shelter

The legislation will provide the City with more flexibility to stand up emergency shelter; a third hotel shelter is announced Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Magnolia to Pioneer Square) introduced legislation to appropriate $12 million in spending authority for non-congregate shelter investments for people experiencing homelessness. It is Councilmember Lewis’ intent that to the […]

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Council President González: Eviction Moratorium Extension Welcome Relief for Thousands of Seattle Families

Paving a Path to Recovery, Not Homelessness Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), Chair of the Governance & Education Committee, issued the following statement after Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced an extension of the eviction moratorium to June 30, 2021: “Today, Seattle families worried about their housing stability at month’s end, can breathe […]

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Morales Co-Sponsoring Right to Counsel Legislation

Right to counsel goes a long way toward ‘putting tenants and landlords on equal footing’, gives folks a fighting chance to stay housed and stay healthy Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2, South Seattle and the CID) issued the following the statement in support of the Right to Counsel legislation and resolution to extend the […]

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Covid Vaccine Updates // WSB: 30% Design Milestone Reached // Fauntleroy ferry dock replacement meetings // $10.4M for Community Safety Organizations

Covid Updates: Vaccine Available Now, Notification List for City Vaccines, Mass Vaccine Site Opens at Lumen Field, Volunteering Info, District 1 Vaccination Sites, Phase 3 Coming Soon  Vaccine appointments available now:  Hundreds of vaccine appointments are available in City–run vaccination sites in West Seattle (2801 SW Thistle) and Rainier Beach (8702 Seward Park Ave S) on March 12, 13, 15, and 16.   Open to […]

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My letter to Miller Park community members regarding the Miller Park homeless encampment

Dear Miller Park residents and all community members,  Thank you for contacting my Council office about your concerns around Miller Park and Playfield, where many facing homelessness were pushed following the inhumane sweep of Cal Anderson Park earlier this year.  No one should have to live in despair, and it is truly distressing for all […]

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Council President González’s Statement on FEMA Reimbursement to Address COVID-19’s Impacts on Homelessness

Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement after meeting with FEMA administrators on potential reimbursement of standing up essential shelter services during COVID-19 pandemic: “I will not accept any more excuses. We must do everything in our power, and use every available tool, to address the dual emergencies of COVID-19 […]

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Council President González’s Statement on Congress Passing the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) released the following statement after Congress passed the American Rescue Plan: “The final passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan is tremendous news for the people of Seattle.  This bold legislation will provide the City of Seattle with at least $239 million in robust local funding.  […]

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Councilmember Herbold’s Committee Approves $10.4 Million for Community Safety Capacity Building

City Opens Applications for Community Safety RFPs Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle and South Park), Chair of the Public Safety and Human Services Committee, alongside her Council colleagues serving on the committee, voted to approve and send to Full Council a $10.4 million spending plan for community safety investments, a continuation of […]

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We Need Right to Counsel for Renters Facing Eviction : However Dems are Trying to Include These Sexist and Racist Loopholes

Loophole 1: Means Testing  Some Councilmembers at the committee repeatedly argued that perhaps tenants who face evictions should first have to prove their low-income status before they can access the legal aid. This is so-called “means testing.” These politicians want to suggest that means testing will promote accountability in those who get the benefits – […]

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