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Mayor Durkan Issues Executive Order to Extend City of Seattle COVID-19 Closures and Relief Policies

Nonprofit, Residential, and Small Business Eviction Moratoriums Extended Through August 1, 2020 SEATTLE (June 18, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued an Executive Order to extend the City of Seattle’s COVID-19 closure and relief policies. This Executive Order follows King County’s application to be in Phase Two of the… [ Keep reading ]

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A Transformative, Consequential Event in Our City, Region, and State

Since January, the City and region began preparing for COVID-19 in our region. I have recently talked with Seattle’s world-renowned scientists and academics, been briefed by our state and local public health officials, listened to input of our local nurses, doctors and health care officials, and read the latest research… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Bold Action to Invest in 600 Apartments for Homeless Individuals in Response to COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Office of Housing Accelerates Seattle Housing Levy Funding to Support Proven, Long-term Solution to Homelessness  Seattle (August12, 2020) –Tobring more people insideduring apublic health crisis,Mayor Jenny A. Durkanannouncedthat the City of SeattleOffice of Housingis taking bold action toinvest in600newunits ofpermanent supportive housingin six buildings.Thisinitiativecapitalizes onSeattle’s expertisein fundingevidence-basedhousingforpeopleexperiencinghomelessnessand willbringanunprecedentedlevel of housingonlinebythe endof 2021.These new homes will be… [ Keep reading ]

Chief of Police Carmen Best Announces Her Decision to Retire, Mayor Durkan Appoints Adrian Diaz as Interim Chief

SEATTLE (August 11, 2020) – Following the announcement by Chief of Police Carmen Best that she would be retiring from the Seattle Police Department, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan thanked the Chief for her tremendous contributions to our community through her nearly 30 years of service to the people of Seattle…. [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Statement on New Economic Forecast in Seattle, Which Highlights Continued Decline in 2020 and 2021 for City Revenues

Revenue projections now estimate additional unfunded budget shortfall of $26 million for 2020 Seattle (August 10, 2020) – The City Budget Office today released their latest economic forecasts and revenue projections for Seattle, which showed an additional reduction to the 2020 General Fund revenue by $26.0 million (-2.1%) relative to… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Announces Additional Citywide Testing Sites in South Seattle

Walk-up sites coming to Rainier Beach and Southwest Seattle neighborhoods in August   Seattle(July 31, 2020) –Building on theJunelaunch ofCitywidetestingthat has thus far administered more the 80,000COVID-19tests, Mayor Jenny A.Durkantodayannounced the thirdCitywidetesting site – a walk-uplocationatRainier BeachHigh Schoolin south Seattle.Rainier Beachhasone ofthe highestdensityBIPOCcommunitiesinSeattle, and Citywide testingwill addmore days of the week, hours oftheday, andincrease… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Council President M. Lorena Gonzalez Celebrate Passage of Seattle Transportation Benefit District Renewal

Seattle(July 27, 2020) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkanand Seattle City Council PresidentM.Lorena Gonzalez issued the following statementcelebrating the passage of the Seattle Transportation Benefit Districtlegislationby the Seattle City Council: “The Seattle Transportation Benefit District is a critical tool for Seattle to invest in our transit and transportation priorities.While we… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Leads Nearly 80 Mayors Calling on Trump Administration to Make Full Use of the Defense Production Act to Scale-up Critically-Needed Testing Supplies

Seattle (July 23, 2020) – With a critical component of testing in short supply which is leading to longer wait times for testing, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and 77 Mayors across the country sent a letter to the White House Coronavirus Task Force calling on the Trump Administration to make full use of the Defense Production Act to rapidly scale up critically needed testing supplies –… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Free Street Closure Permits Available for Restaurant and Business Operation During Pandemic

Seattle (July 22, 2020) – Building on the City’s free permits for sidewalk cafes and curb spaces, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today an expansion of street closure permit options for one or more blocks as part of the City of Seattle’s efforts to support businesses during the ongoing public… [ Keep reading ]

Sixteen Mayors of Major American Cities Call on Trump Administration to Halt Plans and Remove Federal Forces from Cities, Call on Congress to Immediately Investigate President

Seattle(July 22, 2020) – As federal forces remain in Portland and the President plans to announce expand federal actions in cities, sixteen mayors of major American cities have now joined Mayor Jenny A. Durkan’s calls on the Trump administration to immediately halt plans to send federal forces from major American… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan, SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe Celebrate National Recognition of Seattle Vision Zero Progress, New Traffic Speed Recommendations

Mayor Durkan Announced Citywide Speed Limit Would be Lowered to 25 MPH in December of 2019 Early Data Points to 22% Reduction of Crashes and 54% Drop in High-end Speeding Seattle(July 22, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe welcomed aNational Association of City Transportation Officials… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan and Council President González Condemn President Trump’s Proposal to Exclude Undocumented People from Census Apportionment

Seattle(July 21, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Council President M. Lorena González condemned President Trump’sproposalto exclude undocumented people from the 2020 Census apportionment. The apportionment base is the official count of every person residing in the United States, and it determines the division of Congressional seats among states…. [ Keep reading ]