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A good day and a step forward for our region: Microsoft invests $500 million to address housing and homelessness in the Puget Sound

As a region, the crisis of affordability, housing, and homelessness is the central challenge we face. It’s a crisis that threatens the soul of our city. It’s a crisis that is bigger than Seattle, and demands a regional response. It is just not sustainable to have a region where people… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Testifies Before the State Legislature on Legislation That Builds on I-940

January 15, 2019 – Today in Olympia, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan testified before the Washington State Senate’s Law and Justice Committee in support of Senate Bill 5029, which builds on Initiative 940. Mayor Durkan’s testimony as delivered follows: The… [ Keep reading ]

Standing with Our Communities in Opposition to “Public Charge”

Earlier this year, the Trump administration proposed an updated “Public Charge” rule that would effectively impose an income test on immigrants and their families applying for green cards. This rule essentially bars people from getting a green card if they are poor by penalizing them for using public benefits, like… [ Keep reading ]

Seeking Out and Listening to Solutions in Other Cities to Address Homelessness

Homelessness and affordability is the moral challenge of our time. It’s why when I took office, I immediately made significant new investments to increase our emergency shelter and bridge housing capacity by 25 percent. My proposed budget includes continued support for these as well as continued investments in prevention, diversion,… [ Keep reading ]

Saying Goodbye to Barbara Bailey

Our friend Barbara Bailey died this weekend, and Seattle grew suddenly dimmer. Few things challenge our sense of mortality and purpose more than the death of someone who seemed immortal. Barbara was such a person. Born and raised here, she loved Seattle and poured herself into making it better. Barbara… [ Keep reading ]

High School Students Begin to Receive Free ORCA Cards Under Mayor Jenny Durkan’s “ORCA Opportunity” Program

Seattle Now Largest American City That Offers Free Transit Passes to Public High School Students  Garfield High School students became the first students to receive free ORCA passes under Mayor Jenny Durkan’s “ORCA Opportunity” program to provide free, safe, and reliable transportation for all of Seattle’s public high school students. With… [ Keep reading ]

UPDATED: Safety Improvements on Rainier Avenue South

Thank you to the community for joining Mayor Jenny Durkan to talk about safety measures you want to see on Rainier Avenue South. Traffic engineers from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) visited the Rainier Ave S and S Henderson St intersection last week and are already planning several near-term… [ Keep reading ]

Meeting Growing Demand for Bus Service

In King County, we have seen an 8 percent increase in bus riders over the past nine years and gained about 700,000 rides between 2016 and 2017 alone. Recent changes to the Seattle Transportation Benefit District – proposed by Mayor Durkan and approved by the Seattle City Council – are not… [ Keep reading ]

An Update on the Center City Connector

As an independent review of the Center City Connector (C3) continues to move forward, the City wanted to provide you an update on where we are in the review process. 2017 was a critical year for the final design, permitting and vehicle contracting for the C3 project. The Seattle City… [ Keep reading ]

The Right Person for the Job

I was delighted to learn that Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has nominated Carmen Best to lead the Seattle Police Department. Thanks, Mayor Durkan! Carmen is definitely the right person for the job. During my three-and-half years as Seattle’s police chief, I was fortunate to have Carmen by my side. I promoted… [ Keep reading ]