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Seattle City Councilmember Moore calls for pause in KCRHA CEO search process

Seattle City Councilmember Cathy Moore (District 5) is calling for the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) to pause its search process for its next Chief Executive Officer. This comes after it was announced yesterday afternoon that two of the three finalists for the position have withdrawn their candidacy. Councilmember Moore is a member of the KCRHA’s Governing Committee and...

Seattle City Council approves bill to accelerate police hiring

Seattle City Council approves bill to accelerate police hiring

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Council President Sara Nelson (Position 9) and Councilmember Bob Kettle (District 7) to accelerate police hiring in Seattle. “One of our most fundamental responsibilities as a city government is to provide public safety. Right now, we are losing too many officers to achieve that goal. This bill to streamline recruiting and...

Seattle City Councilmember Tammy J. Morales speaks with the members of the Social Housing Developer Board for the first time at Seattle City Hall.

Seattle City Council passes Morales amendment requiring SPD to report on issues affecting women on the force

The Seattle City Council passed legislation today that included an amendment from Tammy J. Morales (District 2) requiring specific, detailed reporting on what the Seattle Police Department (SPD) is doing to hire more women and address gender discrimination issues. “It’s time for the behavior described by women at SPD to end — full stop. I have repeatedly called on SPD...

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Seattle City Council to hold first public hearing on 2024 Transportation Levy renewal

The Select Committee on the 2024 Transportation Levy will host the first of two public hearings on the levy renewal at 4:30 PM tomorrow at Seattle City Hall. This is a critical opportunity for the community to make their voices heard. The Select Committee is chaired by Seattle City Councilmember Rob Saka (District 1). It is tasked with reviewing and...

Mayor Harrell Signs New Police Contract to Support Recruitment and Accountability After Council Passage

Mayor Harrell Signs New Police Contract to Support Recruitment and Accountability After Council Passage

Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed a new contract with rank-and-file police officers into law following its passage by the City Council. The agreement is an important step to addressing Seattle’s police staffing crisis, expanding civilian public safety responses, and strengthening police accountability. “The new police officer contract is a needed step forward to advance our vision for a city where everyone,...

Seattle Councilmember Morales calls for delay on police contract vote until community’s voice is heard

Seattle Councilmember Morales calls for delay on police contract vote until community’s voice is heard

Seattle City Councilmember Tammy J. Morales is calling for tomorrow’s vote on the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild (SPOG) contract to be postponed until the community has a chance to make their concerns heard. The Council is scheduled to vote on the tentative agreement tomorrow despite the fact that there has not been a single public hearing. “This contract with SPOG...

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Seattle Councilmember Saka ready to lead Council review of the proposed Transportation Levy

Seattle City Councilmember Rob Saka (District 1) is ready to kick off the Council’s review of the 2024 Transportation Levy renewal after Mayor Bruce Harrell announced his official proposal this morning. Councilmember Saka will chair the Select Committee on the 2024 Transportation Levy — a committee comprised of all nine councilmembers tasked with reviewing and amending the mayor’s proposal as...

Councilmember Saka issues statement in support of Mayor’s independent review of allegations against SPD leadership

Councilmember Saka issues statement in support of Mayor’s independent review of allegations against SPD leadership

Seattle City Councilmember Rob Saka (District 1, Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee) released the following statement after Mayor Bruce Harrell announced an independent review of allegations against Seattle Police Department leadership: “I fully support Mayor Bruce Harrell’s independent review. I cannot comment on pending litigation. However, here’s what I can say: I am deeply troubled by reports of...

Seattle Councilmembers declare support for Mayor’s independent review of allegations against SPD leadership

Seattle Councilmembers declare support for Mayor’s independent review of allegations against SPD leadership

Seattle City Councilmembers Bob Kettle (District 7, Chair of the Public Safety Committee) and Cathy Moore (District 5, member of the Public Safety Committee) announced their support for Mayor Bruce Harrell’s independent review into allegations made against Seattle Police Department leadership. Additionally, Councilmember Moore has sent a letter to SPD about the 30×30 Report, asking for a thorough update on...

Seattle City Councilmember Tammy J. Morales speaks with the members of the Social Housing Developer Board for the first time at Seattle City Hall.

Seattle Councilmember Morales on the defeat of affordable housing legislation: ‘Our actions speak louder than our words.’

The Seattle City Council voted against Councilmember Tammy J. Morales’ (District 2, Yesler Terrace to Rainier Beach) Connected Communities legislation to make it easier to create more affordable housing. The vote was seven against and two in favor. Councilmember Morales issued the following statement after the vote:  “Seattle is in a housing crisis, and as policymakers, our actions speak louder...

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Seattle Councilmembers vote ‘no’ on land use exception, eye comprehensive opportunities to address affordable housing

The Seattle City Council voted no on Council Bill 120750 during Full Council today. This vote is consistent with the Land Use Committee vote on April 17. “A more effective approach to attaining citywide neighborhood affordability is to make the benefit of development capacity generally available to all and to do so through the draft Comprehensive Plan under consideration. For...

Seattle City Council releases detailed, 5-year review of City budget

Seattle City Council releases detailed, 5-year review of City budget

The Seattle City Council released a first-of-its-kind 5-year review of the City of Seattle’s budget today. The 224-page report summarizes the budget by department to better understand how city resources are allocated, how the budget has grown between 2019 and 2024 and what has driven its growth over time.  “It is critical to me that we examine and review our...