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Council President Nelson calls for swift action on audit recommendations addressing overdoses and crime

SEATTLE – Today the Office of City Auditor released a new audit, “Addressing Places in Seattle Where Overdoses and Crime are Concentrated: An Evidence-Based Approach,” and Council President Sara Nelson calls for officials to move with urgency to implement its recommendations. The report, which focused on a two-block area in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood and was conducted...

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Vote on app-based worker pay legislation postponed

The Seattle City Council is postponing a vote on legislation (CB 120775) related to app-based worker minimum payments on food delivery apps sponsored by Council President Sara Nelson (Position 9). Amendments to the legislation have been proposed and councilmembers have requested a postponement to ensure the Council has time to fully consider those changes.

Seattle City Council approves bill to accelerate police hiring
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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...

Seattle City Council President Nelson celebrates passage of new labor contracts
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Seattle City Council President Nelson celebrates passage of new labor contracts

Seattle City Council President Sara Nelson (Position 9) released the following statement regarding newly approved labor agreements covering around 7,000 City of Seattle workers. Legislation authorizing the agreements was unanimously approved by Council on Tuesday and signed by Mayor Bruce Harrell this morning. “Our city doesn’t work without city workers. From 911 dispatchers to park...

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Seattle City Council Unanimously Elects Sara Nelson as President  

Seattle City Councilmember Sara Nelson (Position 9 – Citywide) was elected Council President by a unanimous vote of her colleagues during Tuesday’s first council meeting of the new year.  “I thank my colleagues for entrusting me with the duties of Council President. Good governance is the foundation of good policy and we’ll work together, collaboratively...

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Seattle City Council expands support for local businesses by boosting business improvement areas in Ballard, downtown 

The Seattle City Council passed legislation today, sponsored by Councilmember Sara Nelson (Position 9 — Citywide), to bolster support for local businesses. With strong community support, the Council voted to renew and enhance two business improvement areas — the Ballard Improvement Area and the Seattle Tourism Improvement Area.    “This is a shining example of what we can do...

Councilmember Nelson celebrates passage of bill to address public drug use and possession 
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Councilmember Nelson celebrates passage of bill to address public drug use and possession 

Following the Seattle City Council’s 6-3 vote to pass legislation (CB 120645) to adopt state law and allow the City Attorney to prosecute public drug and possession, Councilmember Sara Nelson (Position 9, Citywide) offered the following statement:  “The drug crisis we see playing out on our streets is the most crushing public health and safety...

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Statements by Councilmembers Nelson & Pedersen and City Attorney Davison on the Possession and Public Drug Use Bill Vote 

Councilmembers Sara Nelson (District 9, Citywide) and Alex Pedersen (District 4, Northeast Seattle), and City Attorney Ann Davison issued the following statements today following a vote on Council Bill 120586, which failed by a vote of 5 – 4 today in Full Council.  The bill would have made the knowing possession and public use of illegal drugs...

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Councilmember Nelson celebrates passage of the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) renewal 

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved legislation today, sponsored by Councilmember Sara Nelson (Position 9 — Citywide), to renew and expand the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID). “Seattle’s future depends on downtown and the MID is critical to ensuring that downtown — the economic engine of our region — is safe, clean, and welcoming,” said Councilmember Nelson, Chair of Economic Development. “Without the...

Seattle Councilmember Alex Pedersen and Sara Nelson stand with City Attorney Ann Davison during a press conference in front of City Hall.
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City Attorney Ann Davison, Councilmember Sara Nelson, Councilmember Alex Pedersen announce new legislation to improve public safety and discourage the public consumption of controlled substances

City Attorney Ann Davison proposed legislation with City Councilmembers Sara Nelson and Alex Pedersen to prohibit the use of drugs in public places including parks, sidewalks, bus stops, and public transit. This legislation is modeled after a similar ordinance passed this month in Bellingham. This legislation acknowledges the public health crisis of substance use disorder...