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Council President González and Budget Chair Mosqueda concur with the appointment of Royal Alley-Barnes as Interim Director of the Office of Arts and Culture

Call on Mayor Durkan to Collaboratively Work with the Arts Commission on Priorities Council President M. Lorena  González (Pos. 9) and Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Pos. 8) concur with the short-term appointment of Royal Alley-Barnes as Interim Director of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture, with the caveat that the Arts Commission be involved in the […]

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Council President González, City Council Welcome New Central Staff Director Esther Handy to Legislative Department

Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), alongside her Council colleagues, announced the hiring of Esther Handy as the Legislative Department’s new Central Staff Director. Handy will lead Central Staff analysts who advise on policy and develop legislation on behalf of the City Council.   Handy currently serves as Interim Executive Director of Puget Sound Sage and previously worked as the Deputy Director of Progress Alliance. Handy is returning to the […]

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Council Passes President González’s Legislation Creating Independent Economic and Revenue Forecasts Office

Seattle City Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) and the City Council adopted legislation today to create the Office of Economic and Revenue Forecasts (ERFO), moving the work into a more transparent and independent entity that will help level the playing field between both branches of government in the budgeting process.   In Fall 2020, González identified the need for an independent forecasting office. Each year, the City Budget Office safeguards the process that is economic and revenue forecasting […]

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Council President González’s Statement on OPA Findings Related to SPD Officers’ Participation at Capitol Insurrection and Rally on January 6

M. Lorena González, Council President (Position 9, Citywide) and civil rights attorney, issued the following statement after the Office of Police Accountability released its findings regarding the six Seattle Police Department officers who were present at the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 insurrection:  “Like so many of you, I was deeply disturbed to learn […]

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Council President González and City Attorney Holmes Announce Legislation to Strengthen Public Trust and Protect Public Disclosure Employees

Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), Chair of the Governance & Education Committee, and City Attorney Pete Holmes unveiled legislation today to provide worker protections and job security to public disclosure officers (PDOs) who process public records on behalf of elected officials, an effort to ensure City of Seattle employees are shielded from […]

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Seattle City Council, Mayor Durkan Jointly Applaud Successful Passage of ‘Seattle Rescue Plan’

Plan invests $128.4 million of federal dollars into direct aid through housing, childcare, cash assistance, small business grants, and investments in an equitable economic recovery Budget Chair Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, Council President M. Lorena González, and Mayor Jenny Durkan celebrated the successful passage of the Seattle Rescue Plan, which was drafted collaboratively over the past […]

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Councilmember Strauss’ Pathway to Permanent Cafe Streets Program Extends Pilot Program to Support Small Businesses While Permanent Guidelines Are Finalized

Councilmember Dan Strauss (District 6 – Northwest Seattle), Chair of the City’s Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee, with the support of area business owners, announced the official extension of the city’s existing Cafe Streets program through May 31, 2022. The program enables restaurants and other retail storefronts to utilize streets outside of their businesses for […]

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Council President González Thanks Outgoing OneAmerica Director, Welcomes New Leadership

Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), Chair of the Governance & Education Committee, issued the following statement recognizing the work of outgoing Executive Director of OneAmerica Rich Stolz and congratulating the Washington-based organization’s new leader Roxana Norouzi: “As OneAmerica transitions its leadership, I want to recognize the work of the outgoing Executive Director […]

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Council President González’s Statement on Home Fire, Loss of Family Member

Council President M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) released the following statement after a significant fire occurred at her home: “My family is deeply saddened to share that last night we said goodbye to my 79-year old mother-in-law, Mary Lou Williams, who passed away after sustaining significant injuries from a fire in her condo unit […]

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Councilmember Strauss Announces Pathway to Permanent Cafe Streets Program

Extending pilot program supports small businesses while permanent guidelines are finalized SEATTLE — Councilmember Dan Strauss (District 6 – Northwest Seattle), Chair of the City’s Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee, introduced legislation co-sponsored with Council President González on Monday to extend the cafe streets pilot program another year and create a path to permanency. This program gives Seattle […]

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