As Mayor Durkan Marks Second Year Since Taking Office, New Report Highlights Two Years of Action

Seattle (December 2, 2019) – November 28, 2019 was the second anniversary of Mayor Jenny A. Durkan’s swearing-in as the 56th mayor of Seattle, and first woman mayor to lead the City in nearly a century. As Mayor Durkan marks two years since taking office, the Office of the Mayor has… [Read more]

The Durkan Digest: Two Years of Turning Our Progressive Values into Action

Two years ago this week, I had the amazing honor of being sworn in as the 56th Mayor of Seattle – and the first woman to lead the City of Seattle in nearly a century. From Day One, my goal has been to deliver the essential services our growing city… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan Signs Her 2020 Budget Plan into Law

Seattle (November 27, 2019) –Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today signed her 2020 Proposed Budget into law. The City Council voted 8-1 to approve the Mayor’s budget plan on Monday, November 25. This year, the Mayor delivered her annual budget address alongside students, teachers, and community members, at Franklin High School. “I… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan’s Statement on the Passing of William D. Ruckelshaus

Seattle (November 27, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement on William D. Ruckelshaus, who passed away today at age 87: “I am so saddened by Bill’s loss, but so thankful to have known him and for all he has done for our country and region. My thoughts… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan Applauds City Council’s 8-1 Vote to Approve Her 2020 Proposed Budget

Seattle (November 25, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement on the City Council’s 8-1 vote to approve her 2020 Proposed Budget: “I want to thank the Council, and particularly Budget Committee Chair Sally Bagshaw for her leadership. Working with City Council, this budget invests in our… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan Celebrates City Council’s Unanimous Vote to Pass Her “Fare Share” Plan to Mandate Minimum Compensation for Uber and Lyft Drivers, Invest in Housing and Transit

Seattle (November 25, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement on the City Council’s unanimous 9-0 vote to approve her “Fare Share” plan, which she announced on September 19. Mayor Durkan will sign her Fare Share plan into law later this week. “Our Fare Share plan invests… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan Launches “Affordable Seattle” to Help Residents Easily Determine If They Qualify for City of Seattle Discount Programs 

In Less Than Five Minutes, Residents, Family Members and Service Providers Can Determine If They Qualify for City Benefit Programs Like Discounts on Utility Payments and Free College Tuition through the Seattle Promise Program “Affordable Seattle” Developed in Partnership with Expedia Group As First-Year Project of the Mayor’s Innovation Advisory… [Read more]

To Enhance Public Safety, Mayor Jenny Durkan & Chief of Police Carmen Best Announce Extra Patrols During the Holiday Season

Seattle (November 21)–To help enhance public safety for Seattle residents and visitors during the holiday season, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Chief of Police Carmen Best announced today that the Seattle Police Department (SPD) will begin extra holiday patrols in nine areas across Seattle on November 30 and continue them… [Read more]

City of Seattle Announces Start of Wage Study To Determine Minimum Wage for Uber and Lyft Drivers

Seattle (November 18, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and the City of Seattle announced today the start of a wage study that will collect and analyze data to determine a fair wage floor for Uber and Lyft drivers in the City of Seattle. The study follows Mayor Durkan’s proposal, submitted… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan to the Trump Administration: We Will Continue to Welcome Refugees in the City of Seattle

Seattle (November 14, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan sent a letter today to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirming that she welcomes refugee resettlement in the City of Seattle. The letter comes in response to Executive Order 13888, which will allow states and municipalities to restrict refugee resettlement in their… [Read more]