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Council Resolves to Launch Seattle’s Green New Deal

Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) and his Council colleagues unanimously passed in an 8-0 vote Resolution 31895 relating to a Green New Deal for Seattle.  The resolution calls for the passage of a federal Green New Deal, and affirms Seattle’s commitments to “…ensuring that our City can effectively respond to the climate crisis, […]

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Councilmembers Pacheco, O’Brien Respond to Community Requests to Update Environmental Review Policies

Councilmember Abel Pacheco (District 4, Northeast Seattle) and Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) plan to introduce legislation that would align Seattle’s environmental review process with recent changes made to the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and better focus the process on its original intent of protecting the environment. The legislation, Council Bill 119600, […]

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Councilmember O’Brien Celebrates Council Vote to Ease Restrictions on Backyard Cottages

Councilmember Mike O’Brien (Dist. 6, Northwest Seattle), chair of the Sustainability & Transportation Committee, and his Council colleagues unanimously passed an ordinance today that reduces the barriers to building backyard cottages across the city in an 8-0 vote.  “I am thrilled that after years of work and legal delays, Seattle residents will have an easier […]

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O’Brien: Will Not Seek Re-Election

Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6 – Northwest Seattle) issued the following statement today announcing his decision against seeking re-election: “After nearly a decade serving as a Seattle City Councilmember today I’m announcing my decision not to seek re-election in District 6. “It has been both an honor and privilege to serve the people of one […]

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Sawant, O’Brien Release Report Detailing Feasibility of Public Bank

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3) and Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6) released a report detailing what it would take for the City to open and operate a city-owned bank. The report concludes that, while creating a public bank would be a complex and long-term process, the City can take several steps to better align its […]

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EIS Report Confirms: Backyard Cottages Are Key to Building Inclusive, Multi-generational Neighborhoods

On Thursday, the Seattle City Council released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that evaluates the potential environmental impacts of proposed changes to the City’s Land Use Code intended to remove barriers to the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family zones (also known as backyard cottages or in-law apartments). The results of the […]

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Johnson, Herbold & O’Brien Lay Out Path Forward on Tree Protection Legislation

Commit to protecting exceptional trees, maintaining Seattle’s reputation as a ‘truly Emerald City’ Seattle, WA – Members of the Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee issued the following statement specific to the City’s forthcoming tree ordinance earlier today: “The benefits of tree canopies are numerous: a cleaner, more resilient environment, and a more […]

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O’Brien Highlights Community Support For ‘Complete Streets’ Bike Network

Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee, introduced Resolution #31826, which memorializes the Seattle Center City Bike Network and establishes an 18-month implementation schedule for creating a connected, protected bicycle lane network in downtown Seattle by 2020. The resolution was introduced to the Committee during a special hearing on Wednesday, […]

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Council Sponsors of Proposed Progressive Tax on Business Respond to Seattle “Construction Pause”

Councilmembers M. Lorena González, Lisa Herbold, Teresa Mosqueda and Mike O’Brien issued the following statement in response to the “construction pause” announced earlier today: “Collectively we – the primary sponsors of the business tax currently being discussed in Council –  represent 750,000 people who call Seattle home. “Under our plan, called the Progressive Tax on […]

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Seattle City Council Proposes a Progressive Tax on Business

Task Force Co-Chairs González, Herbold Explain Details of Legislation Intended to Help Seattle Structurally Address Homelessness   Seattle, WA — Following more than four months of deliberation and stakeholder engagement, Council introduced legislation and a companion spending plan resolution today outlining the details of a progressive tax on business, which would generate additional revenue necessary […]

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