As Mayor Jenny Durkan Marks One Year Since Taking Office, New Report Highlights A Year of Urgent Action to Build a More Affordable, Just, and Innovative City of the Future

Seattle (November 28, 2018) – One year after being sworn in as the first woman to lead Seattle in nearly a century, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan is marking one year of urgent action and spending the week crisscrossing Seattle listening to community members at nearly a dozen community events and roundtables in all seven Council districts, from Northgate to West Seattle to New Holly to Ballard.

In addition, today the Office of the Mayor released a new report, “One Year of Urgent Action: November 28, 2017 – November 28, 2018,” which highlights the Mayor’s work with the City’s nearly 12,000 employees to build a more affordable, just, and innovative city of the future and deliver on key priorities from delivering on essential services to meet the needs of our growing city, to providing free transit for 15,000 Seattle students, to passing a new, fair contract for Seattle’s police officers, to acting on climate change, and implementing the largest expansion of Seattle’s bridge housing and emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

“I am proud of the work we’ve done together in partnership with communities and neighborhoods over the past year to create a city of the future, and it is an incredible honor to serve as the mayor of the greatest city anywhere,” said Mayor Durkan. “Working with and listening to communities, we have acted urgently to address our major challenges and seize opportunities for the future. We’ve gotten a lot done, but we’ve got more to do. While our challenges are great, our people are greater.”

On Monday, Mayor Durkan also signed her first budget into law and yesterday, Mayor Durkan, City Attorney Pete Holmes, Councilmember M. Lorena González, and Chief of Police Carmen Best filed a motion at Seattle Municipal Court asking the Court to consider quashing over 200 outstanding warrants for people charged or convicted of low-level non-violent misdemeanor offenses that occurred five to 22 years ago. And on Friday, Mayor Durkan will stand with members of the City’s Small Business Advisory Council to announce new City actions to support small businesses.

To read more about the urgent action Mayor Durkan has taken throughout her first year in office, please explore this report.