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First major Fall storm system of the season moves into Seattle this weekend

Rain and gusty winds will move into Seattle on Friday, September 17 and remain in the area through the weekend, with the heaviest rain anticipated on Friday night. Rain and wind can lead to tree damage and power outages, and heavy rain can create hazardous driving conditions due to flooding and low… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Adrian Diaz Issue Statements on Upcoming Council Vote on SPD Hiring and Retention Funding

Seattle (September 13, 2021) Ahead of the Seattle City Council’s 2022 meeting on the Seattle Police Department budget, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Police Chief Adrian Diaz released the following statement urging the Seattle City Council to support funding for a hiring and retention plan that helps our City reimagine… [ Keep reading ]

$30 Million Equitable Community Initiative Recommendations Signed into Law

Task Force led the city’s largest self-determined, community-led effort to fund strategies to improve outcomes for BIPOC community SEATTLE (August 11, 2021) – Following Seattle City Council’s unanimous vote to lift their proviso, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan signed into law the recommendations of the Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force (ECITF), providing $30 million… [ Keep reading ]

To Combat the Spread of the Delta Variant, Mayor Jenny Durkan Announces Vaccine Requirement for City Employees

SEATTLE (August 8, 2020) – Coinciding with Governor Inslee and King County Executive Constantine announcement to require vaccines for most state employees, health care providers, and county employees, Mayor Jenny A. announced City employees will be required to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. This decision has been made in… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Announces Partnerships to Open New Shelter Spaces

City will fund 89 spaces in partnership with King County using the JustCARE program Africatown Community Land Trust to provide culturally responsive care with new 125 bed shelter SEATTLE (July 29, 2021) – The City of Seattle announced continued progress to open new 24/7 shelter options for this Summer and Fall. In addition to three new tiny home villages opening in Fall 2021, the City will be expanding 24/7 shelter options including expansion… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Proposes Comprehensive Budget Plan to Address SPD Hiring, Reduce Gun Violence, and Invest in Alternatives

Seattle (July 29, 2021) – Following Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan’s and Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz recent announcements on gun violence and alternatives to policing, Mayor Durkan is transmitting an ordinance to City Council that allows SPD and other city departments to move forward a series of broadly supported initiatives to comprehensively address the public safety challenges facing our community. Without requesting any additional spending, this bill asks Council to lift its $7.5 million of current… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Announces Proposal to Create a New Specialized Triage Response to Provide Alternative to Sworn Police Response

New specialized triage response will reduce need for armed police response to non-emergent calls like wellness SPD will also expand successful Community Service Officer program Seattle (July 23, 2021) – Building off of the City’s work to reimagine policing and community safety, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced a proposal to… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces $2 Million Investment in King County Regional Peacekeepers Collective Focused on Addressing Gun Violence in King County Using a Public Health Approach

SEATTLE (July 22, 2021) – Building on recent investments to improve community-led safety and Citywide efforts to reimagine public safety, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced the City of Seattle will invest $2 million in the King County Regional Peacekeepers Collective pilot program to address the steep rise in gun violence… [ Keep reading ]

City announces $10.4 million to Community Organizations Focused on BIPOC Safety

Programs cover a range of services and upstream investments from violence prevention to restorative justice Seattle (July 21, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) announced awardees of the 2021 Community Safety Capacity Building RFP. The City is providing $10.4 million in one-time funding for 18 months… [ Keep reading ]

$30 Million in Upstream BIPOC Community Investments Recommended by the Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force Delivered to City Council

To improve disparate outcomes for communities furthest from equity the Task Force developed 9 recommendations with 18 implementation strategies Upon Council’s proviso lift millions can be dispersed to community by end of 2021 SEATTLE (July 13, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan transmitted $30 million in investments recommended by the Equitable Communities… [ Keep reading ]