Mayor Durkan Signs Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Legislation into Law

Seattle becomes the first U.S. city to enact enforceable protections for domestic workers Seattle (July 27) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan was joined by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, and domestic workers as she signed the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights into law at Casa Latina. This legislation marks the first time in history a city in the United States has set enforceable worker standards for domestic employees. “Seattle continues to lead the way by… [ Keep reading ]

Meeting Growing Demand for Bus Service

In King County, we have seen an 8 percent increase in bus riders over the past nine years and gained about 700,000 rides between 2016 and 2017 alone. Recent changes to the Seattle Transportation Benefit District – proposed by Mayor Durkan and approved by the Seattle City Council – are not… [ Keep reading ]

An Update on the Center City Connector

As an independent review of the Center City Connector (C3) continues to move forward, the City wanted to provide you an update on where we are in the review process. 2017 was a critical year for the final design, permitting and vehicle contracting for the C3 project. The Seattle City… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan on Passage of Domestic Workers Bill of Rights: Seattle Leading the Way to Protect Our Most Vulnerable Workers

Seattle (July 23) –  After committing to pass a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in her first year, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan celebrated the Seattle City Council’s passage of this legislation that will help protect Seattle’s domestic workers. The legislation, authored by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, would help ensure domestic… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Cooling Shelter Locations Announced

Seattle (July 23) – The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Seattle and surrounding areas from 10 AM this morning through 9 PM this evening.  As summer temperatures hover near 90 degrees over the coming days, the City of Seattle is providing information on how to stay safe… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Applauds City Council Committee for Advancing A Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Seattle (July 19) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today applauded Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda and the other members of the Housing, Health, Energy & Workers’ Rights Committee for advancing a “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights” legislation that will help protect Seattle’s domestic workers. The legislation would help ensure domestic workers… [ Keep reading ]

The Right Person for the Job

I was delighted to learn that Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has nominated Carmen Best to lead the Seattle Police Department. Thanks, Mayor Durkan! Carmen is definitely the right person for the job. During my three-and-half years as Seattle’s police chief, I was fortunate to have Carmen by my side. I promoted… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Signs Her Safe Storage Legislation

Seattle (July 18) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan was joined by Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, Councilmember M. Lorena González, and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best as she signed her legislation requiring safe storage of firearms and increasing civil penalties and legal responsibility for failing to report unsecured firearms… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Next Chief of Police

A city’s approach to public safety and criminal justice is one of the most visible expressions of our values. Seattle is the fastest growing city in America. We have become a big city with big city challenges and opportunities. Every day we ask our police to meet these challenges in… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Names Interim Chief Carmen Best as Next Chief of the Seattle Police Department

Seattle (July 17) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan selected Interim Chief Carmen Best as the next Chief of the Seattle Police Department (SPD). Best, who previously served as Deputy Chief under Chief Kathleen O’Toole, is a widely-respected law enforcement leader who has been an instrumental part of implementing the historic… [ Keep reading ]