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 ]

Labor Day Marks Six-Years of Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance with More Than $500,000 in Assessed Remedies and Penalties

Bright Horizons agreed to a settlement providing workers more than 1,000 PSST accrual hours and over $50,000 in backpay and other remedies Seattle – (August 31, 2018) – On September 1, 2018, Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) Ordinance will mark its six-year anniversary. Over the past six years,… [ Keep reading ]

City Releases Initial Summary of Independent Report on Seattle Streetcar

Seattle (August 31) – Following Mayor Jenny A. Durkan’s order of an independent review of the Seattle Streetcar, the City of Seattle released an initial summary of findings for full transparency and accountability of anticipated capital costs as well as historical, current and future operating costs. In early March, the… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Nominates Public Utility Industry Veteran Debra Smith to be Next General Manager and CEO of Seattle City Light

Smith Has More Than Two Decades of Experience in the Pacific Northwest’s Public Utility Industry, Would Be the Second Woman to Lead Seattle City Light in its 108-Year History    SEATTLE (August 28) – At Seattle City Light’s South Service Center in SoDo, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and leaders from the search committee announced… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Praises Ruling in U.S. District Court of Western Washington That Will Block

Seattle (August 27) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today praised a ruling by Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to maintain a ban on downloadable guns produced by readily available 3D printers. In his ruling, Judge Lasnik found the State Department’s… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces New Department Leadership

Seattle (Aug 27) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today that Linea Laird will serve as Interim Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation, effective September 1, 2018. This month, Mayor Durkan has also transmitted the permanent appointments to City Council for: Calvin Goings, Interim Director of Department of… [ 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 ]

City of Seattle Air Quality “Unhealthy for All” Through Wednesday

Caution for everyone especially for vulnerable groups Seattle (August 20) – Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the local health jurisdictions of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties have issued an air quality alert for the City of Seattle. With winds pushing smoke from British Columbia and the fires in… [ 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 ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Leadership Team to Help Lead City’s Census Efforts

City of Seattle submits public comment opposing citizenship questions on the 2020 survey form Seattle (August 8) – In an effort to ensure a fair and accurate census accounting, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the leadership of Seattle’s Census Task Force. Led by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda and Refugee Women’s Alliance… [ Keep reading ]