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Updates on Capitol Hill from the City of Seattle

Updated: As of Saturday, July 4th, City departments were able to successfully re-open Pine and adjacent streets around Cal Anderson park and the East Precinct to pedestrian and vehicular traffic, accomplishing one of the goals of the Mayor’s Executive Order: to restore the life safety, public health, and property issues… [ Keep reading ]

As Cases Double in King County Over the Last Two Weeks, City of Seattle Launches New Education and Outreach Team

City Reminds Symptomatic Individuals to Be Tested and Follow Public Health Guidelines on Isolation and Quarantine During Holiday Weekend, City of Seattle Will Deploy Social Distancing Ambassadors & Pause on Reopening of Swimming Areas SEATTLE(June 30, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced a series of new actions to… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan, Councilmember Pedersen, and Councilmember Strauss Announce Free Sidewalk and Curb Space Permits to Help Small Businesses Reopen in Phase Two

City Launches Phase Two Reopening Toolkits to Help Small Businesses Navigate Governor’s Safe Start Guidance SEATTLE(June 26, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, Councilmember Alex Pedersen, and Councilmember Dan Strauss today announced new efforts by the City of Seattle to support small businesses and ease reopening during Phase 2 of… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Terminates Civil Emergency Due To Demonstrations

Seattle (June 18, 2020) –  On Saturday, May 30th, after hours of peaceful demonstrations in response to the murder of George Floyd, some of the activity in the downtown corridor quickly devolved into violence that resulted in violence,  intentional fires, and the destruction of property, including damage to hundreds of businesses. In an effort to mitigate against the violent activity in future… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Engages with Capitol Hill Organized Protest to make Safety Changes

The Capitol Hill Organized Protest has emerged as a gathering place where community members can demand change of their local, state, and federal government. Capitol Hill and Cal Anderson Park have long been a gathering place for justice. While there have been inaccurate and misleading depictions of the CHOP from… [ Keep reading ]

New Guidance: Mayor Durkan Urges Symptomatic Demonstrators to Be Tested at New Citywide Testing Sites in North and South Seattle

(June 12, 2020) – Results are in from UW Medicine and out of 3,000 tests fewer than 1% were positive.To our knowledge and based on volunteered information, there is no evidence so far of people testing positive for COVID-19 from attending protests in Seattle. Let’s make room for people who… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Signs Executive Order to Activate Body-Worn Camera Recording During Demonstrations

Turning on Body-Worn Camera Video Recording During Demonstrations Was an Initial Request from Community Groups and Protestors Seattle(June 10, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan on Monday issued an Executive Order requiring the Chief of Police to make an interim policy change directing Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers assigned to… [ Keep reading ]

City Takes Steps to Create Safe Place for Peaceful Demonstrations

SEATTLE –Lastnight’sdecision to takedown the barricades and allowprotesters to freely move in and around Capitol Hill was an important step in the City’s efforts to lead with de-escalation and rebuildcommunity trust.The City is committed to creating a safe space for peaceful demonstrations,and willalsotakesteps tominimizeproperty damageor potential injuries.Prior to theplannedevents on… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Issues Statement on Operational Updates at East Precinct

Seattle(June 8, 2020) – In an effort to proactively de-escalate interactions between protestors and law enforcement outside the East Precinct, Chief Best and the Seattle Police Department officers have removed barricades surrounding the East Precinct while safely securing the facility. In addition, the Seattle Fire Department has several apparatus stationed… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Public Safety and Crowd Management Policy Changes Following Meetings with Demonstrations Organizers and Community Leaders

Seattle(June7, 2020)–Mayor Jenny A. Durkan was joined by Police Chief Carmen Best to announce new measuresthataddress public safety and crowd management at demonstrations,followingmeetingswith leaders from the Black community andleaders of demonstrations.You can viewher full remarkshere. For thepast week, Mayor Durkan and Chief Best havecleared schedules tomeet with leadersof the Black… [ Keep reading ]