Mayor Durkan Celebrates ORCA Opportunity with Rainier Beach High School Students

More than 15,000 ORCA Cards are Being Distributed to Students Seattle Now Largest City Offering Free Transit to High School Students Seattle (September 6) – Following her commitment to provide free ORCA passes to young people in Seattle, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan was at Rainier Beach High School with Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces $1.7 Million in Senior Center Awards

Seattle (September 7) – At visits to Sound Generations Lake City/Northgate Senior Center and the International Drop-In Center on Beacon Hill, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced $1.7 million in awards for senior centers that contribute to the health, well-being, and independence of Seattle’s older adults. “As our City grows less affordable, we must continue… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Responsible Storage Law

Seattle’s new Responsible Storage Law requires gun owners to keep their guns in a locked container when not being carried by them or under their control, and impose fines for crimes committed with an improperly stored gun. The law goes into effect on February 13, 2019. Why is responsible storage… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle and DC Mayors Announce Friendly Wager on WNBA Finals Between the Mystics and Storm

Seattle (September 6) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser made a wager today on the outcome of the 2018 WNBA Finals between the Seattle Storm and the Washington Mystics. If the Mystics win (they won’t), Mayor Durkan will send a basket of goodies from Seattle’s women… [ Keep reading ]

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 ]