STATEMENT: Mayor Durkan Condemns Trump Administration’s Effort to Withdraw from the Flores Settlement Agreement and Expand Family Detention

Seattle (August 21, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today issued the following statement condemning the Trump administration’s effort to withdraw from the Flores Settlement Agreement and replace it with a new rule that would eliminate safeguards that prevent the indefinite detention of children. Under the Flores Settlement Agreement, the government… [Read more]

Making a More Affordable Seattle and Keeping Residents in Their Homes: Mayor Durkan Applauds Committee Passage of Updates to City Ordinances to Align with More Robust Protections Offered by the State and Announces Transmittal of Additional Tenant Protections to Council

Seattle (August 14) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan applauded members of the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, and Arts (CRUEDA) committee for the quick passage of her legislation to harmonize the City’s ordinances with the improved tenant protections offered by changes to state law. Her legislation was transmitted to the City Council in July.   “To address our housing and affordability crisis… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan Signs Legislation to Invest At Least $50 Million without New Taxes in Permanent Housing for People Experiencing Long-Term Homelessness

New Step Is Key Part of Mayor’s “Housing Seattle Now” Initiative; Mayor Durkan Signs Her Fifth Major Piece of Legislation to Increase Affordable Housing in 2019 City of Seattle Set to Be One of the First Cities to Take Advantage of New Legislation Passed in Olympia Earlier This Year Seattle… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan Signs Legislation to Invest At Least $50 Million without New Taxes in Permanent Housing for People Experiencing Long-Term Homelessness

New Step Is Key Part of Mayor’s “Housing Seattle Now” Initiative; Mayor Durkan Signs Her Fifth Major Piece of Legislation to Increase Affordable Housing in 2019 City of Seattle Set to Be One of the First Cities to Take Advantage of New Legislation Passed in Olympia Earlier This Year Seattle (August… [Read more]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Applauds Council’s Passage of Green New Deal Resolution, Commits to Executive Order Directing City Departments to Expedite Climate Action

SEATTLE (August 12, 2019) – Mayor Jenny Durkan today reiterated the City’s commitment to Seattle’s Climate Action Plan and applauded City Council’s vote to approve a resolution in support the Green New Deal. In April 2018, Mayor Durkan announced Seattle’s Climate Action Plan, which includes many of the key goals… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan and Councilmember Mosqueda Celebrate City Council Vote Approving Bill to Use New State Resources to Invest $50 Million in Permanent Supportive Housing for People Experiencing Homelessness without New Taxes

Seattle Poised to Take Advantage of New State Law That Allows Cities to Retain More Sales Tax to Fund Affordable Housing Development and Operations; City of Seattle and Mayor Durkan Had Advocated for New State Law in Olympia This Legislative Session Seattle (August 12, 2019) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A…. [Read more]

Mayor Durkan and City Attorney Holmes Condemn the Trump Administration’s Implementation of “Public Charge” Rule

New Rule Will Unjustly Impact Legal Residency Process by Effectively Imposing a Racially-Motivated Wealth Test on Immigrants Seattle (August 12, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes today condemned the Trump administration’s implementation of a “public charge” rule, which will effectively impose an income test on immigrants… [Read more]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Announces Plan for Transformational Investments in Housing, Jobs, Public Spaces, and Transportation Projects through Agreement to Sell Underutilized City-Owned Properties on Mercer Street

Nearly $300 Million in Public Benefits from Agreement with Buyer Would Include 175 Affordable Homes on Site, Family-Wage Jobs on Site, New 30,000 Square-Foot Community Center on Site Cash Proceeds Would Be Reinvested in Housing in Communities across Seattle and  Transportation Safety Projects Mayor Durkan Has Transmitted Legislation to City… [Read more]

Statement by Mayor Jenny Durkan on Seattle Voters’ Approval of Her “Libraries for All” Plan to Renew and Expand Investments in the Seattle Public Library

SEATTLE (August 6, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement tonight following voters’ overwhelming approval of her Libraries for All plan to renew and expand investments in The Seattle Public Library’s (SPL) 27 location across Seattle:  “Tonight, we won a victory for young people, students, families and lifelong learners.”  “I am… [Read more]

To Help Combat Climate Crisis, Mayor Durkan Proposes Converting Thousands of Oil-Heated Seattle Homes to Cleaner, Lower Carbon Electric Heat

Using Oil for Heat One of the Most Expensive and Polluting Forms of Home Heating in Seattle  Converting Homes to Cleaner Electricity Would Provide Carbon Pollution Reduction Equivalent to Taking 90,000 Cars off Seattle’s Roads for an Entire Year, A Key Step to Becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050  SEATTLE (August… [Read more]