City of Seattle Announces First in the Nation Driver Resolution Center (DRC)

SEATTLE (June 17, 2021) – Following the 2020 passage of Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan’s “Fare Share” proposal, the City of Seattle announced the launch of the first in the nation Driver Resolution Center (DRC). The Driver’s Union will provide representation to drivers in arbitration hearings and outreach and education on driver’s rights, including those granted by the TNC Driver Deactivation Rights… [ Keep reading ]

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Seattle Becomes First Major American City to Fully Vaccinate 70 Percent of Residents 12 and Older

To-Date, City of Seattle as a Provider Has Administered 250,000 Vaccines – One of the Largest in the State SEATTLE (June 9, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced that Seattle is the first major American city to fully vaccinate 70 percent of its residents 12 years-old and older. Seattle has surpassed the City of… [ Keep reading ]

City Announces 2,000 free ORCA Cards to support COVID recovery in hardest-hit neighborhoods

The ORCA Recovery Card Program begins with a distribution to restaurant and grocery store employees in the Little Saigon, Chinatown International District, Japantown, and Pioneer Square neighborhoods. Seattle (June 9, 2021) – Today Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a six-month program to help get Seattle employees back to work affordably and efficiently. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is providing up to 2,000 free ORCA Recovery Cards for people working in the Little Saigon, Chinatown, Japantown, and Pioneer Square neighborhoods in food… [ Keep reading ]

$30 Million Strategic Investment Fund to Support Seattle Site Acquisition for Community Projects and Anti-Displacement Efforts

SEATTLE (June 4, 2021) — Building off the Equitable Development Initiative (EDI), Major Jenny A. Durkan announced today that Seattle’s Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) is seeking proposals for $30 million for land and property acquisition to respond to disproportionate displacement pressures impacting Black, Indigenous and people of color communities. Requests for Proposals are now open for organizations in high displacement risk neighborhoods, areas with low access to opportunity, and places where future… [ Keep reading ]

Leveraging New Federal Funding, Mayor Durkan Announces New Seattle Promise Expansion Partnership with Seattle Colleges and University of Washington

City of Seattle and Seattle Colleges announce expanded equity scholarships, access to pre-college coursework in Summer 2021, and University of Washington transfer pathway program for Promise scholars  SEATTLE (June 3, 2021) – Leveraging new federal funding from the American Rescue Plan, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announces expansion of Seattle Promise to address impacts on students during COVID-19 and new partnerships… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Fire Department to Host Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics in Neighborhoods Throughout Seattle

SEATTLE (June 2, 2021) – This week, the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) will host pop-up vaccination clinics at breweries, business districts, farmers markets, and parks throughout Seattle. All SFD pop-ups will offer the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer vaccines, and all Washington state residents 12 and older are eligible… [ Keep reading ]

City Announces Summer Street Use Permit Opportunities to Support Neighborhood Activation and Business Reopening

SEATTLE (June 1, 2021) – To encourage residents and businesses to use Seattle’s streets this summer, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and the Seattle Department of Transportation shared information about existing and upcoming free Street Use permits starting in June. With current and upcoming free permitting options, residents can make space in their neighborhoods for play and communal activities such as barbecues and block parties. And the recent extension… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan, Council President González and Chair Mosqueda Launch ‘Seattle Rescue Plan’

American Recovery Act funding prioritizes homelessness, small businesses, direct assistance to workers and families, community health and equity Seattle, WA — On Thursday Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, together with Council President M. Lorena González and Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, announced the “Seattle Rescue Plan”, a $128.4 million package in federal recovery… [ Keep reading ]

After More Than 76 Percent of Seattleites Begin Vaccination Process, Mayor Durkan Announces That the City of Seattle Fixed Vaccination Sites Will End Operations in June While Continuing Mobile And Pop-Ups

City of Seattle Has Administered More Than 230,000 Vaccinations as a Provider; 48 Percent of Those Vaccinated by City Identify As BIPOC, 15 Percent More Than Seattle Population SODO to Serve as Sole Fixed City of Seattle Vaccination Site Through Summer SEATTLE (May 26, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Statement on the Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder

Seattle (May 25, 2021) – Today marks one year since George Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd’s death sparked a civil rights reckoning and hundreds of thousands took to the streets across the country to demand justice for Black men, women, and children wrongfully killed by police throughout our country’s history. Those demonstrations laid the groundwork for Mayor Durkan’s $100 million… [ Keep reading ]