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Mayor Durkan’s 2021 Budget Address: Rebuilding a More Just and Equitable City

Earlier today, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan delivered her annual budget address and transmitted her 2021 Proposed Budget to the City Council. Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 in our region, the Mayor delivered her annual budget address via pre-recorded video shared online and broadcast to the Seattle Channel. In… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Statement on Sound Transit’s Unanimous Vote to Transfer Properties to City of Seattle at No Cost for the Development of Approximately 150 Affordable Homes in Rainier Valley

Seattle(October 22, 2020) –MayorJenny A.DurkancelebratedtheSound Transitboard’sunanimousvote to authorize the transfer oftensurplus propertiesin Rainier Valleyto the City of Seattle at no cost, for affordable housing development. Approximately 150affordable homeswill be developed for homeownership opportunitiesfor families at or below 80 percent AreaMedianIncome(AMI). “The City of Seattle is making real on deep investments… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Extends Free Street Use Permits for Businesses Through October 31, 2021

City Will Provide Free Tent and Heating Permits to Help Businesses Maintain Outdoor Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic SEATTLE (October 21, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today that the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) temporary street use permits are extended through October 31, 2021. These free permits allow small… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Partners with Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to Provide Free Vaccinations for Uninsured Neighbors

Vaccinations available at more than a dozen locations across the Cityincluding five locations in high-density BIPOC neighborhoods in South and West Seattle Language Access will be provided atCity of SeattleGenesee Park clinics Seattle (October20,2020) –Building on the City’s successful free COVID-19 testing,Mayor Jenny A. Durkantoday announced the City of Seattleispartneringwith theSeattle… [ Keep reading ]

Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force Launches to Guide Historic $100 Million Investment In BIPOC Communities

Community leaders will spearhead community-centered process that may include participatory budgeting Seattle(October 14, 2020) – The City of Seattle announcedtodaythe initial membership of the Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force, which willspearhead a community-led process to develop recommendations for a historic $100 millionnewinvestment in Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Signs Fare Share Wage Ordinance to Ensure Uber and Lyft Drivers are Paid Fairly

SEATTLE (October 8, 2020) – Surrounded – virtually – by supporters and community members, Mayor Durkan signed legislation today creating a new minimum compensation standard for Uber and Lyft drivers in Seattle. This new ordinance ensures all drivers are paid at least the Seattle minimum wage plus reasonable expenses, guarantees… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle: Let’s Keep Leading the Way on COVID-19

As reported by the Seattle Times, Seattle is recording the lowest cases of COVID-19 compared to the top 30 other major cities with currently available data. In addition, Seattle has some of the lowest hospitalizations and deaths throughout the entire crisis, despite being the earliest epicenter. Days after the first… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Signs New Executive Order to Evaluate Seattle Police Department Functions, Identify Areas to Transition to Civilian Response

2021 Proposed Budget Builds Off Community Safety Programs Including Expanded Health One, Youth Safety Programs, and Crisis Connections One Call Seattle(October 1, 2020) – Following the transmittal of her 2021 Proposed Budget which proposes reductions to the Seattle Police Department and a $100 million investment in Black, Indigenous, and People… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Investment of $34 Million to Move More People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness into Housing

One-time Emergency ResourcesProvide a Surge of New Short-term Shelter Plus IncreasedRapid-Rehousing and Diversion Funds Supplementing Nearly 600 New Permanent Supportive Housing Units Coming On-line in 2021   Seattle(October 1)–Mayor JennyA.Durkantodayannouncedher proposaltomove hundredsofpeople living unshelteredinto safer spacesas part of her 2021 budget.By using COVID-related, one-time funds, Mayor Durkan is proposing to open 425 short-term shelter bedsthen surge investment in housing supportprograms like diversionandrapid-rehousing.Next… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Next Steps on City Council’s 2020 Revised Budget Actions

Per Council’s Intent, the City Will Suspend the Work of the Navigation Team Effective Immediately Seattle(September 30, 2020) – Following Council’s decision to defund the Navigation Team and proceed with out of order layoffs at the Seattle Police Department, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced next steps on the City Council’s… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Applauds City Council Unanimous Passage of her Fare Share Plan to Guarantee a Fair Minimum Compensation Standard for TNC Drivers

Drivers for companies Like Uber and Lyft will now earn at least $16.39 per hour SEATTLE (September 29, 2020) – Today, Mayor Durkan celebrated City Council’sunanimouspassage ofa new minimum compensation standard for TNC drivers.Seattle is only the second City in the country to guarantee a minimum compensation threshold to drivers.Under… [ Keep reading ]