Somewhere to Call Home

Shari Wade is one of the thousands of Seattle residents who has experienced homelessness at some point in time in her life. After struggling to get back on her feet, her life was turned around by permanent affordable housing through Pioneer Human Services. Her story reinforces why I am so… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Proposes “Building a Bridge to Housing for All”

Plan Invests in Affordable Housing, Bridge Housing, and Essential City Services Upon Sale of Property This Summer Seattle (January 17, 2018) – In her first major legislation, Mayor Durkan proposed “Building a Bridge to Housing for All,” a plan to sell an underutilized City property to address Seattle’s affordability and… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Applauds Council Support of 2026 FIFA World Cup in Seattle

Seattle (January 16, 2018) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement on the unanimous adoption of her resolution supporting Seattle as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup tournament in Seattle: “Seattle is North America’s best soccer town, with a fan base whose passion for the game… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Mourns the Loss Washington’s 18th Governor and First King County Executive John Spellman

Seattle (January 16, 2018) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement today on the passing of John Spellman, Washington State’s 18th Governor, and first-ever King County Executive: “Governor Spellman’s passing marks the end of an era for Seattle, for our region, and for our great state. John was… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan’s Statement in Recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

Seattle (January 15) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan released the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: “The message and vision of Dr. King continues to ring loudly, but it does not ring true in enough lives. “When we look at Washington and the turmoil brought by our current president, it couldn’t… [ Keep reading ]

A DREAMer in City Hall

Hello, Seattle My name is Paúl Quiñonez Figueroa, and I’m the External Affairs Liaison covering immigration here in Mayor Durkan’s office. I’m so proud to have the chance to serve all of you – the people of Seattle – as a City of Seattle employee. I’m also proud to be… [ Keep reading ]

Mayors to DOJ: Rollback of Federal Marijuana Policy is a Misguided Legal Overreach

Seattle (Jan 11) – Seattle Mayor and former U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock led a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticizing the Department of Justice’s misguided rollback of the “Cole Memo,” which provided guidance on federal marijuana enforcement policy. The letter signed by ten… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Delivers Remarks Following Judge Robart’s Ruling on the Consent Decree

Seattle (Jan 10) – Earlier today, Judge Robart’s ruled that the City of Seattle in “full and effective compliance” with the Court ordered consent decree. The consent decree required significant reforms to be enacted — new use of force policies and trainings that emphasize de-escalation, a new approach to how… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan’s Statement on ICE Raids in Washington State

Seattle (Jan 10) – Mayor Durkan issued the following statement upon learning of ICE raids in Washington State: “Another day, another attack on immigrant & refugee communities by President Trump and his administration. These ICE raids are designed to drain resources from real public safety threats and punish hard-working immigrants. Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

Seventh Time’s the Charm

Hello, Seattle. On November 28th, the day I officially took office, I crisscrossed the City and was sworn in five times – from Rainier Beach to West Seattle to the Chinatown-International to Phinney Ridge to Lake City. Why? Because I wanted to break with tradition bring City Hall… [ Keep reading ]