In Victory for Public Safety and Seattle, Trump Administration Abandons Initial Effort to Withhold Federal Funds in Retaliation for Policies that Support and Welcome Immigrants and Refugees

City of Seattle Receives $252,157 Federal Justice Assistance Grant; Seattle Police Department Will Use Federal Grant to Fund Three Crime Prevention Coordinators Seattle (October 15) – In a victory for Seattle, the rule of law, and public safety, the Trump administration has abandoned its nearly year-long initial effort to withhold 2017 federal funds… [ Keep reading ]

Seeking Out and Listening to Solutions in Other Cities to Address Homelessness

Homelessness and affordability is the moral challenge of our time. It’s why when I took office, I immediately made significant new investments to increase our emergency shelter and bridge housing capacity by 25 percent. My proposed budget includes continued support for these as well as continued investments in prevention, diversion,… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan: Washington State Supreme Court Ruling Death Penalty Unconstitutional is the Right Decision

Seattle (October 11) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today concurred with the ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court that deemed the death penalty unconstitutional. In their ruling, the court unanimously ordered the eight individuals on death row would have their sentences converted to life in prison. A further five… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan and City Attorney Holmes Condemn “Public Charge” Proposal That Would Harm Seattle Communities

Proposal Would Unjustly Impact Legal Residency Process by Punishing Lower-Income Immigrant Families Seattle (October 10) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes condemned the Trump administration’s proposed “public charge” regulations announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These proposed rules would effectively impose an income test on… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Signs Expansion and Renewal of SODO Business Improvement Area

Seattle (October 3) ­– Mayor Jenny A. Durkan signed legislation to renew and expand the SODO Business Improvement Area (BIA). As part of Mayor Durkan’s Proposed Budget, the new SODO BIA will have an estimated budget of $1 million in 2019 to fund transportation projects, public safety improvements, community events and… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Statement Following Presentation to the Executive Committee of the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors

Seattle (October 2) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today issued the below statement following a joint presentation with representatives of the Oak View Group to the Executive Committee of the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors: “We made a strong case to owners from around the league that the NHL… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan and City Attorney Holmes Announce Seattle Will Appeal FCC’s Proposed Rules That Strip Local Authority Over 5G Rollout

Seattle (October 2) – Following a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to limit local control of public rights-of-way as technology companies deploy 5G wireless telecommunication network infrastructure, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes announced their intention to appeal the FCC Order in federal court saying:… [ Keep reading ]

City Council Unanimously Confirms Public Utility Industry Veteran Debra Smith As 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, Will Be Only the Second Woman to Lead Seattle City Light in its 108-Year History Seattle (October 1, 2018) – The Seattle City Council unanimously confirmed by a vote of 9-0 Mayor Jenny A. Durkan’s… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Leads More Than 30 U.S. Mayors in Calling on 3D Printer Manufacturers to Stop Their Products from Being Used to Create Homemade, Unregulated, and Untraceable Guns

Seattle (September 26) – Joined by more than 30 mayors from across the country, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan led a letter calling on the leading 3D printer manufacturers to help prevent their products from being used to create homemade, unregulated, and untraceable guns with downloadable blueprints. In June, the Trump administration reached a… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Celebrates City Council’s Passage of the Agreement to Move Ahead on the Privately-Financed Redevelopment of KeyArena

Seattle (September 24) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today celebrated City Council’s 8-0 passage of an agreement to move ahead on the privately-financed redevelopment of KeyArena, and committed to signing the legislation tomorrow. “Today is a good day for Seattle and all of us who can’t wait for the NHL and… [ Keep reading ]