Recap: Seattle’s recent moves on building electrification in a Green New Deal

By Kelsey Hamlin, Volunteer Outreach & Development Coordinator Two weeks ago, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan released an Executive Order (EO) outlining the city’s next steps in implementing a Seattle Green New Deal (SGND). You can find our response to the news in our Jan. 8 press release. Of particular interest: Mayor Durkan committed all new cityContinue reading “Recap: Seattle’s recent moves on building electrification in a Green New Deal”

Public Defender’s Office to Help Mitigate Unintended Impacts of Low Level Crimes

Seattle City Council passed Resolution 31802 Monday to insert civil “collateral consequence” attorneys into the King County Department of Public Defense (KC DPD) in an effort to inform people charged with crimes about the unintended consequences of conviction. via South Seattle Emerald

In Seattle, domestic workers don’t have the same protections as others—but that could change

Domestic workers, some members of Working Washington, SEIU 775, or Casa Latina, set up tiny house displays outside City Hall made from gloves and diapers. Photo by Kelsey Hamlin In a study of 174 Seattle-area caretakers, house cleaners, and gardeners, local labor rights organization Working Washington found that local domestic workers are presented with similar struggles toContinue reading “In Seattle, domestic workers don’t have the same protections as others—but that could change”

One Year After First Proposal, Micro Business Owners Weigh Impact of Sugar Tax

South End and Central District community members and small business owners gathered Monday to discuss their personal experiences with Seattle’s so-called “soda tax.” The soda tax, also commonly known as the sugar tax, was originally brought forward by Seattle’s previous Mayor Ed Murray. The tax originated in part out of a response to America’s “obesityContinue reading “One Year After First Proposal, Micro Business Owners Weigh Impact of Sugar Tax”

O’Brien and Harris-Talley: Tax Seattle businesses for homelessness

In a press conference Thursday morning, Seattle City Council members Mike O’Brien and Kirsten Harris-Talley announced the core of a new proposed budget for the city: making the top 10 percent grossing businesses pay a tax of less than five cents per hour per full-time employee.

District 3’s Sawant fighting defamation suit from officers who shot Che Taylor

Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant faces a defamation lawsuit from the Seattle Police Department officers who shot Che Taylor last year. Sawant filed for a motion to dismiss last week. The officers, Scott Miller and Michael Spaulding, claim she used the fatal shooting while naming the officers to further her own administrative agenda and political platform.

Community Organizer, Rainier Valley Resident Chosen For City Council Position

Kirsten Harris-Talley emerged victorious from 16 applicants vying to occupy Seattle City Council’s vacant Position 8, left open after Tim Burgess accepted the position of interim Mayor of Seattle until Nov. 28. Harris-Talley who was appointed on Friday afternoon will hold her council position for 51 days. via South Seattle Emerald

Seattle’s Budget with Burgess: BLM and Mandated Retirement Money

As Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess announced his changes to the budget created by former mayor and accused sexual abuser Ed Murray, the new mayor gave an explicit nod to Black Lives Matter, focused on sexual assault survivors, and expressed gratitude for the Seattle Fire Department. via South Seattle Emerald