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Mayor's Press Conferences Former Mayor Greg Nickels
Press conferences and announcements made by Former Mayor Greg Nickels.  

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Joint News Conference with Executive and Mayor: long-term agreement for housing of City inmates 4/14/2011
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Former Mayor Mike McGinn are joined by members of the Seattle City Council and the Metropolitan King County Council at a joint news conference to announce a new agreement relating to the criminal justice system and public safety.
Mayor`s Media Availability: Only in Seattle Initiative 2/16/2011
As a major part of the Mayor`s Jobs Plan, the City committed to make deep investments in neighborhoods willing and ready to implement a focused strategy to strengthen their commercial districts.
Mayor`s Press Conference: Seattle Center 12/15/2010
Seattle Former Mayor Mike McGinn, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams make an announce about future uses for the Seattle Center. The proposal includes: space for radio station KEXP, an exhibition showcasing artist Dale Chihuly, a new children`s playground, a commitment to create a north Fun Forest site green open space, and steps to move the new Memorial Stadium project forward.
Mayor`s Press Conference: Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program 9/24/2010
Former Mayor Mike McGinn held a press conference this morning to discuss, in light of yesterday`s events, the status of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program.
Mayor`s Press Conference 9/10/2010
Former Mayor Mike McGinn holds a press conference with City Council members and City labor leaders.
Mayor's Press Conference: Small Business Assistance 10/7/2009
Press Event highlighting the City's efforts to increase access to capital for local small businesses.
Mayor's Press Conference: U.S. Mayor's Conference 10/2/2009
An event on the U.S. Mayor's Conference
Mayor's Press Conference: Hubbard Homestead 9/26/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels kicks off a new project to convert an existing 3.73 acre park and ride facility to a new urban park. The Hubbard Homestead park in North Seattle will provide open space to serve existing and future residential development in the area. It will provide amenities for low, medium and high intensity uses creating spaces and amenities for contemplation and recreation. The new park will be connected to and integrated into the overall fabric of the community.
Mayor's Press Conference: Magnuson Park Wetland 9/26/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels joins Seattle Park Department officials at the Magnuson Park Wetland and Ballfields dedication. This new habitat area will complement the reconstructed wetlands and is consistent with the Magnuson Park Master Plan's goal to create a large natural area in the middle of the park.
Mayor's 2010 Proposed Budget Address 9/25/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels' 2010 proposed budget to the City Council reflects the four priorities he established when he took office: public safety, transportation, strong families and healthy communities, and jobs and opportunities for all.
Mayor's Press Conference: Rainier Beach Fire Station 9/19/2009
Rainier Beach Fire Station 33
Mayor's Press Conference: Hawthorne Hills Fire Station 9/10/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels, along City Councilmember Jean Godden, Fire Chief Gregory Dean, Fleets and Facilities Director Brenda Bauer, firefighters assigned to Engine 38 and members of the community today broke ground for the new Fire Station 38 in the Hawthorne Hills neighborhood. The current facility, built in 1930, is the smallest among Seattle's 33 neighborhood fire stations.
Mayor's Press Conference: Food Lifeline 9/9/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels, joined by Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin, Food Lifeline President and chief executive Linda Nageotte, and Food Lifeline board and staff, participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to highlight city investment in Food Lifeline and volunteerism.
Mayor's Press Conference: Concession Speech 8/21/2009
Greg Nickels concedes defeat on his bid for a third term as Seattle's Mayor. He reflects on his time in office, thanks his family and supporters and takes questions from members of the media.
Mayor's Press Conference: University Heights 8/15/2009
The realization of a 20-year dream of community ownership of the University Heights school was celebrated today. On July 31 of this year, University Heights Community Center purchased the building for continued use as a community center, and Parks purchased a portion of the site for an urban park, from the Seattle School District. This acquisition creates greater stability for the Farmer's Market since the land is now in community and public ownership.
Mayor's Press Conference: Rainier Vista Groundbreaking 8/10/2009
The ground breaking of a new Seattle Housing Authority project Monday was attended by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott and Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. Construction of Tamarack Place marks the end of delays to work on the section of Rainier Vista east of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, where the housing authority demolished existing homes three years ago. The housing authority is spending more than $7 million of federal stimulus funding on Tamarack Place and another $6.5 million on infrastructure for future development north of the building. Rainier Vista construction projects will employ 350 people, according to Housing Authority estimates.
Mayor's Press Conference: Extreme Weather Response 7/28/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels holds a press conference to discuss the city's efforts to keep people safe during the extreme weather.
Mayor's Press Conference: Affordable Housing Funding 7/22/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces funding of more than $8 million to rehabilitate, preserve and build housing for low-income seniors and working people. The funding comes primarily from the Seattle Housing Levy as well as the federal stimulus package.
Mayor's Press Conference: Canaday House Opening 7/14/2009
Former Mayor Nickels helps with the ground breaking of Canaday House.
Mayor's Press Conference: Census 2010 Kick-Off 7/11/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces a partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and the Seattle 2010 Complete Count Committee headed by former Mayor Norm Rice, former City Councilmember Martha Choe, and Rogelio Riojas, president of Sea Mar Community Health Centers, to help ensure a full and accurate count in the 2010 Census.
Mayor's Press Conference: Recycling 7/1/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announced that Seattle set a new city record in the amount of material it has diverted from the landfill through recycling, composting and waste reduction. Nickels was joined by a local family and city officials who were available to discuss the city's recent launch of new recycling services.
Mayor's Press Conference: Summer Youth Jobs 6/24/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels joins with community partners and summer youth interns to kick off the Seattle Youth Employment Program's summer program. With new funding from the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative proposed by Nickels last year, and federal stimulus funds, the Youth Employment Program will employ 650 youth and young adults in career-path jobs throughout the city.
Mayor's Press Conference: Link Light Rail Safety 6/10/2009
Former Mayor Nickels participates in a Link Light Rail Safety Education Assembly at Wing Luke Elementary in Seattle. Sound Transit has created a board game called "Zap on Board" to teach elementary and middle school kids 8 critical lessons about how to stay safe and sound around the new Link Light Rail trains coming into their neighborhoods. The games will be available at community events as well as schools.
Mayor's Press Conference: Reusable Bags 5/20/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels, business leaders, and local grocers will join together to kick off a campaign to promote reusable shopping bags. In addition, local food banks will receive more than 50,000 reusable bags to distribute to low-income families.
Mayor's Press Conference: Bridging the Gap 5/13/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels provides an update on the Bridging the Gap transportation improvement program. The mayor highlights the accomplishments of 2008 and talks about plans for this year.
Mayor's Press Conference: Letter Carrier's Food Drive 5/6/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels joins U.S. Postal Service officials, labor leaders, and food bank organizers to highlight the National Association of Letter Carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive. Taking place Saturday, May 9, letter carriers across the country will collect nonperishable donations from homes as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
Mayor's Press Conference: Swine Flu Update 5/1/2009
Former Mayor Nickels updates Seattle area residents on the Swine Flu and school closures.
Mayor's Press Conference: Housing Levy 4/29/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces his proposal for the renewal of the Housing Levy. Speakers include Councilmember Richard McIver and people whose lives have turned around thanks to Levy-funded housing programs.
Mayor's Press Conference: Electric Car Partnership 4/28/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces a partnership with Nissan North America regarding Seattle's role in electric vehicle transportation and the future of zero-emission mobility. Nissan has selected the Seattle-are as one of the first regions in the country to produce a pure electric, five-passenger vehicle in 2010.
Mayor's Press Conference: Fire Station 39 Groundbreaking 4/23/2009
Celebrate the beginning of construction of the new fire station in Lake City. The Fire Levy investment is the biggest upgrade of fire facilities in 40 years.
Mayor's Press Conference: Green Building Capital Initiative 4/22/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces his plan to achieve greater energy efficiency in homes and businesses. The strategy, which includes energy consultations available to homeowners, takes advantage of federal grants that are part of President Obama’s stimulus plan. Event will include a demonstration of state-of-the-art diagnostics used to analyze a home`s heating and cooling systems.
Mayor's Press Conference: Midyear Budget Adjustment 4/17/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces solutions to re-balance the 2009 general fund budget.
Mayor's Press Conference: Midyear Budget Adjustment Additional Information 4/17/2009
Following the Mayor's announcement on solutions to re-balance the 2009 general fund budget, Finance Director Dwight Dively and Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis provide an in-depth explanation of the city's current fiscal situation.
Mayor's Press Conference: Middle School Emphasis Team 4/16/2009
Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels introduced the four Seattle police officers assigned to middle schools as part of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. The officers will focus on crisis intervention, guidance, and mentoring. They will wear “soft” uniforms - knit shirts with the Seattle Police Department logo - and serve at Aki Kurose, Madrona K-8, and Denny. One officer will split time between Meany and Washington.
Mayor's Press Conference: Walking Media Tour of South Lake Union 4/8/2009
Greg Nickels leads reporters on a six block tour of South Lake Union, discussing low-income housing, median housing, bio-tech, Amazon.com, and Mercer Street improvements.
Mayor's Press Conference: Preservation Green Lab 3/25/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels and National Trust for Historic Preservation President Richard Moe announced a new private-sector effort to rehabilitate historic buildings with energy-efficient technology. The National Trust for Historic Preservation created the new Preservation Green Lab, which is partially funded by a $50,000 grant from the city of Seattle over two years. The first of its kind in the nation, the lab partners with selected cities and states to suggest innovative sustainable development policies for existing buildings and neighborhoods. In addition, the lab will serve as a national clearinghouse for best practices for green rehabilitation.
Mayor's Press Conference: Mayor Volunteers at High Point 3/18/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels volunteers at Habitat for Humanity’s High Point construction site in West Seattle.
Mayor's Press Conference: Acting Chief of SPD 3/16/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces Deputy Chief John Diaz will serve as acting chief of police pending Chief Gil Kerlikowske's confirmation by the U.S. Senate to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Diaz will also serve as interim chief upon Kerlikowske's resignation from the Seattle Police Department.
Mayor's Press Conference: Electric Rate Assistance 3/11/2009
Changes are announced for the City`s guidelines for qualifying for help with paying bills. The guidelines include participation in rate assistance programs for Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light.
Mayor's Press Conference: Recycling 3/4/2009
Mayor Nickel`s highlights a number of long-anticipated recycling and yard/food waste changes beginning Monday, March 30.
Mayor's State of the City Address 2009 2/17/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels delivers his eighth State of the City speech, emphasizing job creation, calling for new partnerships to help those in need, and promoting a new effort to mobilize 10,000 new volunteers.
Mayor's Press Conference: Jobs 2/11/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces an initiative to create new jobs over the next two years. Businesses will also be helped by a new loan fund and streamlined permitting. Members of the major labor organizations attended the event.
Mayor's Press Conference: Fire Station 28 2/4/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces the kick-off of 11 fire station construction projects across the city. The Fire Levy investment is the biggest upgrade of fire facilities in 40 years.
Mayor's Press Conference: McKinstry Jobs 1/29/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels presents an approved development permit to McKinstry, a Seattle-based energy efficiency company acclaimed by President Barack Obama as a green-jobs model for the nation. McKinstry will create more than 500 jobs and expand its current headquarters site in the Georgetown neighborhood of south Seattle.
Mayor's Walking Tour: Lake City Neighborhood 1/10/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels visits the Lake City neighborhood on a walking tour.
Mayor's Press Conference: U-Link FFGA Signing 1/15/2009
Sound Transit welcomes Federal Transit Administration officials to Seattle as the FTA awards an $813 million grant to build the University Link light rail extension. The nation’s top transit official awarded the grant agreement at Sound Transit headquarters.
Mayor's Press Conference: HomeWise Weatherization 1/14/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels invites low-income Seattle residents to take advantage of the city’s HomeWise Weatherization program at the home of senior citizen Evelyn Wong. Staff highlights the improvements made at this home, and demonstrate the energy auditing equipment used for assessments.
Mayor's Press Conference: Domestic Violence Hotline 1/7/2009
Former Mayor Greg Nickels and community partners announce the launch of a new toll-free hotline for non-English speaking victims of domestic violence, the first of its kind in the country.
Mayor's Press Conference: City Storm Response 12/31/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels discusses next steps in the city’s extreme weather response.
Mayor's Press Conference: Severe Weather 12/20/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels discusses the city's response as a winter storm hits the region. The briefing was held at the Emergency Operations Center in Seattle at 5 p.m. on December 20, 2008.
Mayor's Press Conference: Severe Weather 12/20/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels discusses the city's response as a winter storm hits the region. The briefing was held at the Emergency Operations Center in Seattle at 7 p.m. on December 20, 2008.
Mayor's Press Conference: Street Car Anniversary 12/10/2008
Former Mayor Nickels celebrates the one year anniversary of the Seattle streetcar and announces free rides for two weeks.
Mayor's Press Conference: Lake Union Trail Opening 12/3/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels and community members officially open the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Trail, a six-mile loop around Lake Union for pedestrians and cyclists.
Mayor's Press Conference: Food Banks 11/26/2008
The Mayor visits a downtown food bank the day before Thanksgiving as volunteers give out holiday dinners.
Mayor's Press Conference: End of Paving Season! 11/19/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels says “thank you” to Seattle residents for their patience during the city's busiest paving season in a decade, officially bringing to a close the city's 2008 major paving work. He also announces some of the upcoming 2009 paving projects.
Mayor's Press Conference: Emergency Food 11/12/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels discusses his proposal for additional financial support for emergency food and meals programs, and encourages Seattle residents to donate and volunteer at local food banks.
Mayor's Press Conference: Green Seattle Day 11/7/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels kicks off the third annual Green Seattle Day at Seward Park. Saturday will involve some 600 volunteers at parks all over Seattle.
Mayor's Press Conference: Budget Forecast 11/5/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels joins Council President Conlin, and Councilmember Godden, Chair of the Budget Committee, to outline the City's budget challenges and describe the approach to finding solutions.
Mayor's Press Conference: Sound Transit Next Steps 11/5/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels joins Sound Transit board members, as well as regional environmental, labor and business leaders, to discuss next steps for Sound Transit.
Mayor's Press Conference: Winter Storm Prep 10/29/2008
As Seattle prepares for another storm season, Former Mayor Greg Nickels is inviting residents to join the city's adopt-a-drain program. City crews recently inspected 78,000 storm drains around Seattle that provide critical infrastructure to keep Seattle's neighborhoods from flooding. Crews cleaned the one-third of the drains that required cleaning, and with the adopt-a-drain program, the public can help keep the drains clear during winter storms.
Mayor's Press Conference: Forward Thrust Bonds 10/27/2008
Forty years after the passage of the first Forward Thrust bond measure, the city of Seattle is about to make the final payment. Among the projects that it funded were Freeway Park, Discovery Park, Gas Works Park, the beginning of the Burke-Gilman Trail, and the Seattle Aquarium.
Mayor's Press Conference: Housing First 10/22/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels is proposing an additional $2.1 million in his 2009-2010 budget for permanent housing units for chronically homeless individuals. The funding continues the Mayor’s commitment to “Housing First” projects, a highly successful approach that combines housing with important in-house medical and mental health services and other support programs.
Mayor's Press Conference: Traffic Safety Speed Van 10/20/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels, Councilmember Nick Licata, and Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske unveil the city's new speed van, a new photo radar tool to help enhance safety in school zones. The speed van will help enhance safety in school zones. This pilot project is testing how much photo radar is capable of reducing speeds in school zones and enhancing the safety of school children and staff.
Mayor's Press Conference: Day Center 10/15/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels highlights $350,000 in funding for the Family and Adult Service Center (FASC) for homeless people that is enabling the center to stay open. The FASC Day Center provides critical link for homeless people in making the transition to more stable life situation. In these tough economic times the Mayor's proposed budget spends record amount on human services to help people in need.
Mayor's Proposed 2009-2010 Budget 9/29/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels has unveiled his 2009-2010 proposed biennial budget that includes a $9 million initiative to prevent youth violence, an expansion of food programs and housing for the homeless, and 42 new patrol officers.
Mayor's Press Conference: Customer Service 9/24/2008
Seattle residents now have a Customer Bill of Rights to help with doing business with the City of Seattle. Former Mayor Greg Nickels says the long-term goal is for providing one phone number to call for all city services. The Mayor's customer service initiative will be posted in community centers, neighborhood service centers, library branches and City of Seattle office buildings.
Mayor's Press Conference: Live Music Incentives 9/17/2008
Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels announces new steps to grow Seattle's live music scene.
Mayor's Press Conference: Decreasing Youth Violence 9/10/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces a new initiative geared to decrease youth violence. More than $9 million from the 2009-2010 proposed budget will go towards the new initiative. Approximately 800 children a year are at high risk of perpetuating violence or becoming victims. The Mayor's plan includes establishing youth centers with extended hours, giving children a safe place to go to stay out of trouble. It also proposes a new approach to street outreach with the use of violence interrupters.
Mayor's Press Conference: Back to School! 9/3/2008
Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson welcome students back to school and encourage them to take advantage of the many programs aimed at helping them succeed.
Mayor's Press Conference: 5-year Conservation Plan 8/20/2008
The Mayor unveils Seattle City Light's 5-year Conservation Plan designed to help Seattle residents do their part to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Mayor's Press Conference: 14th Ave S. Improvement Project 8/18/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels kicks-off the 14th Avenue South Street Improvements Project on Monday morning in the South Park neighborhood. The Mayor is joined by community members as he grabs a saw cutter and begins the first major Bridging the Gap project in South Park.
Mayor's Press Conference: Car-free Days 7/30/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces the dates and the streets chosen for the city’s Car-Free Days. As part of the city’s “Give Your Car the Summer Off” campaign to combat global warming, selected roadways will be open to only pedestrians and bicyclists on designated summer Sundays.
Mayor's Press Conference: Green Fee Legislation 7/30/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels signs historic legislation on the green fee for disposable shopping bags and ban on foam containers.
Mayor's Press Conference: Light Rail Safety 7/23/2008
The attends an event about light rail safety.
Mayor's Press Conference: Gates Foundation Groundbrk 7/22/2008
The Mayor attends the Gates Foundation groundbreaking event.
Mayor's Press Conference: Seattle Police Officers Guild Signing Ceremony 7/17/2008
The Mayor signs the new Seattle Police officer’s contract.
Mayor's Press Conference: Economic Impact of Arts 7/16/2008
Mayor welcomes cast of Shrek the Musical and highlights the economic impact of Seattle's vibrant arts scene.
Mayor's Press Conference: One Millionth CFL 7/9/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces Seattle has distributed more than one million energy efficient light bulbs through a 10 month-old purchasing program with Seattle City Light, bulb manufacturers and area retailers.
Mayor's Press Conference: Multi-Family Unit Regulations 7/8/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels introduces new regulations for multifamily development. This is the first major update to multifamily zoning in 20 years.
Mayor's Press Conference: Sonics Case Decision 7/2/2008
Former Mayor Nickels discusses the recent decision in the Seattle Supersonics case.
Mayor's Press Conference: Traffic Lights 7/2/2008
Former Mayor Nickels and SDOT Director Grace Crunican, announce a plan to synchronize traffic lights. The mayor will address how the city regularly improves traffic operations through sophisticated signal synchronization.
Mayor's Press Conference: Beacon Hill Reservoir 6/25/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels conducts a first and last of its kind tour of the new Beacon Hill Underground Reservoir facility, which will add more than 26 acres to Beacon Hill’s Jefferson Park. The underground views of the reservoir are amazing.
Mayor's Press Conference: Concealed Weapons 6/9/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces an initiative aimed at making the city safer from guns. Participants include state legislators and Chief Gil Kerlikowske.
Mayor's Press Conference: Salmon Bay Natural Area 6/7/2008
Celebration for years of dedication and forward-thinking to protect and restore the Salmon Bay Natural Area and make it a public meeting place.
Mayor's Press Conference: First Farm Wednesday 6/4/2008
Former Mayor Nickels helps kick-off of First Farm Wednesday at the Pike Place Market.
Mayor's Press Conference: 100 MPG Hybrid City Cars 5/30/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels unveils the first of four plug-in hybrid electric vehicles the city of Seattle will test over the next year.
Mayor's Press Conference: New Park Rangers 5/29/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels introduces five newly-hired park rangers who help keep downtown parks safe and fun.
Mayor's Press Conference: Sound Transit Golden Spike 5/28/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels and other Board members will use special track fastening equipment to drive in the final track bolts on the elevated guideway in Seattle's SODO area adjacent to Sound Transit's Link light rail Operations and Maintenance Base.
Mayor's Press Conference: "Drink Up Seattle" 5/7/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels today kicked off a six-week public awareness campaign aimed at promoting the quality of Seattle’s drinking water and encouraging people to stop buying bottled water. “Drink Up, Seattle!” coincides with the release this week of Seattle’s annual drinking water quality report, which concludes that Seattle’s water is among the best in any major city in North America.
Mayor's Press Conference: Give Your Car the Summer Off 5/21/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces a new effort to reduce car trips in Seattle and unveils a new billboard campaign across the city. The campaign follows climate initiatives to distribute 10,000 free home energy kits, place a 20-cent fee on disposable shopping bags, and encourage tap water instead of bottled water.
Mayor's Press Conference: EOC Grand Opening 5/17/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels celebrated the grand opening of the city’s new Fire Station 10, Fire Alarm Center, and Emergency Operations Center -- all located in one complex at the southern edge of downtown. The 60,333 square-foot complex is the largest project in the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response levy, passed by Seattle voters in 2003. The newly constructed Fire Station 10 is the first levy-funded station to open.
Mayor's Press Conference: Restoring Habitat 5/14/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces legislation to create an innovative private funding plan for restoring critical habitat to the lower Duwamish River.
Mayor's Press Conference: Animal Shelter Opening 5/2/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels and City Councilmember Jean Godden honored the late Neal Duncan, a Seattle Animal Shelter officer who died on the job in 2006, and unveiled improvements made to the shelter to benefit employees, customers and the animals. First lady Sharon Nickels and "first dog" Edgar, a shelter dog adopted by the Nickels family last year, participated in the ceremonies.
Mayor's Press Conference: Help for Farmers Markets 4/30/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces steps to help save and expand Seattles neighborhood farmers. The mayor welcomes the start of the season by helping open the Columbia City farmers market.
Mayor's Press Conference: Lake Union Park Phase I 4/30/2008
Former Mayor Nickels dedicates the Lake Union Park Phase 1 Completion.
Mayor's Press Conference: New Lake Union Trail 4/23/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels holds a press conference to announce the name of the new six-mile trail around Lake Union and the start of the first phase of construction. The mayor also announces the winners from among the 500 people who submitted names for the trail during a contest earlier this year.
Mayor's Press Conference: Future of the Sonics 4/18/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels holds a press conference at City Hall to discuss the city’s efforts to keep the Sonics in Seattle.
Mayor's Press Conference: BTG Opening 4/16/2008
Former Mayor Nickels is joined by SDOT Director Grace Crunican for a construction season kick-off.
Mayor's Press Conference: Key Arena Deal 4/8/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels today announced that the city will not be able to close a deal that would have evenly split the costs of renovating KeyArena with a local investment group hoping to buy the Seattle Sonics basketball team.
Mayor's Press Conference: Bag Fee and Foam Ban 4/2/2008
News conference to discuss highlights of proposed non-disposable shopping bags green fee/foam food container ban.
Mayor's Press Conference: Pike Place Market Levy 3/25/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels holds a press conference to call for a $75 million levy to replace and rehabilitate outdated infrastructure in the 100-year-old Pike Place Market.
Mayor's Press Conference: Open Season on Potholes 3/19/2008
Former Mayor Nickels announces "Open Season on Potholes" and ask for the public's help in calling in potholes. SDOT's Street Maintenance will assign additional crews to fill potholes for one week, conducting a "blitz" on pothole filling throughout the city.
Mayor's Press Conference: Climate Friendly Taxis 3/12/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces new green taxi cab regulations and presents Seattle's first (and only) hybrid taxicab.
Mayor's Press Conference: KeyArena Proposal 3/6/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels held a press conference on Thursday, March 6, 2008, to announce a local effort to buy the Sonics and cover half the $300 million cost to improve KeyArena. The Mayor was joined by former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, City Councilmembers Jan Drago, Bruce Harrell and Richard McIver, and King County Councilmember Larry Phillips.
Mayor's Press Conference: King Street Station Transfer Center 3/5/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels held a press conference marking the city’s purchase of the historic King Street Station. The mayor took the media on a rare, behind-the-scene’s tour of this iconic building, highlighting the $30.5 million in restoration planned or under way and culminating in a climb to the very top of the landmark clock tower. The mayor was joined by City Councilmember Jan Drago to discuss the station’s future as a mass transit hub.
Mayor's Press Conference: Treehouse Foster Care Program 3/3/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels joins Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich for a press conference and tour of Treehouse, a unique Seattle-based program that provides help to children in foster care. Begich hopes to replicate the success of the program in his city.
Mayor's Press Conference: Emergency Operations Center 2/27/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces the opening of the new Emergency Operations Center, funded by the Fire Levy.
Mayor's State of the City Address 2008 2/19/2008
Former Mayor Nickels gives his state of the city address.
Mayor's Press Conf. of 02-16-08: Home Energy Days Kick-Off 2/16/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels will held a press conference at the Seattle Home Show to begin giving away 10,000 free home energy kits as part of Seattle Climate Action Now. The kits were available at the city’s Climate Action Now booth at the Home Show. The mayor also announced the latest number of mayors who have signed on to Seattle’s U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which pledges cities to meet the Kyoto Protocol.
Mayor's Press Conference: Bridging the Gap Update 2/13/2008
Former Mayor Nickels announces the Bridging the Gap 2007 Annual Report.
Mayor's Press Conference: Police Accountability 2/4/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels holds a press conference to discuss implementation of recommendations for improving Seattle’s system of police accountability.
Mayor's Press Conference: Vehicle Carbon Tax 2/6/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels and State Sen. Ed Murray announce a bill that would add the impact of global warming to the costs of owning a car or truck.
Mayor's Press Conference: Foreclosure Prevention Program 1/30/2008
Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels announces a new foreclosure prevention pilot program which hopes to assist low-income homeowners stay in homes with the help of stabilization loans and mortgage counseling. This announcement will describe the foreclosure issue, the pilot program, and introduce pilot participants.
Mayor's Press Conference: Police Accountability Report 1/29/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels holds a press conference on January 29, 2008 regarding the report of the Police Accountability Review Panel, which was released that morning.
Mayor's Press Conference: 2007 Seattle Crime Stats 1/17/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels and Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske hold a press conference to release Seattle’s 2007 crime statistics and to discuss efforts to continue to improve public safety in the city.
Mayor's Press Conference: Future of 520 1/10/2008
Former Mayor Nickels, Governor Christine Gregoire and King County Executive Ron Sims hold a press conference to discuss new plans for SR 520.
Mayor's Press Conference: Housing First 2 Year Impact 1/9/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels tours 1811 Eastlake, one of two city-supported projects where some of the most difficult cases of chronic homelessness is addressed. Before the tour, the Mayor announces preliminary findings on Seattle's first two "Housing First" projects, 1811 Eastlake and Plymouth on Stewart, which combine homeless housing with important in-house medical and mental health services and other support programs.
Mayor's Press Conference: Red Light Enforcement 1/2/2008
Former Mayor Greg Nickels holds a press conference to announce the locations of new red light cameras around the city. He also releases the final report evaluating the city’s one-year red light camera pilot program. The mayor is joined by Councilmembers Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen.
Mayor's Press Conference: Streetcar Opening 12/12/2007
The Mayor and other local dignitaries kick-off the start of passenger service for the South Lake Union Streetcar.
Mayor's Press Conference: Affordable Housing Funding 12/7/2007
Former Mayor Greg Nickels announcea $17.5 million in funding to provide homes for working families and people who are homeless. The money will help pay for four projects, including two mixed-income housing projects in Southeast Seattle; a development for homeless families in the Central Area; and housing for chronically homeless individuals in Belltown.
Mayor's Press Conference: Mercer Arena Lease Agreement 12/5/2007
Former Mayor Nickels announces an agreement between the City of Seattle and Mercer Arena.
Mayor's Press Conference: Storm Update 12/3/2007
Former Mayor Greg Nickels and city department heads update citizens on the December 3rd storm conditions.
Mayor's Press Conference: Metropolitan Market's REbag 11/21/2007
Former Mayor Nickels appears at his neighborhood grocery store to help give customers reusable, recycled shopping bags along with energy-efficient light bulbs and a guide to reducing climate pollution.
Walking Tour: Third Avenue Extreme Makeover 11/17/2007
Former Mayor Greg Nickels helps put the finishing touches on the first phase of work to make Third Avenue safer and more inviting for residents, bus riders, shoppers and workers. The improvements to the sidewalks and street are part of a city effort to address public safety concerns in the area following a series of high-profile incidents over the summer. Councilmembers and the Police Chief will join the mayor to help install planters and tour other physical improvements in the area.
Mayor's Press Conference: CFL Installation 11/14/2007
Former Mayor Greg Nickels holds a press conference to introduce a Seattle Climate Action Now effort that will provide 40,000 energy-efficient light bulbs for low-income residents of the Seattle Housing Authority. The bulbs - part of Seattle City Light’s Twist and Save program - will cut 2.8 million pounds of carbon emissions and save residents $740,000 in energy costs.
Mayor's Press Conference: Bridging the Gap Investment 11/7/2007
Former Mayor Greg Nickels held a press conference in Greenwood to announce $6 million in investments to improve pedestrian safety and neighborhood streets across the city. Seventeen projects will be built through the new program, which allows residents to propose improvements that will directly affect their neighborhoods.
Mayor's Press Conference: Climate Action Now 10/31/2007
Former Mayor Greg Nickels kicks off the Mayors Climate Summit by raising a giant Seattle Climate Action Now flag atop the Space Needle Wednesday morning. The flag is 25' x35' and is readable from the air. The Seattle summit on Nov. 1-2 will be the largest-ever meeting of American mayors devoted solely to climate protection. More than 100 mayors from across the country will gather here for the two-day event to discuss the impact of climate change on their communities and the steps cities are taking to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
Mayor's Press Conference: Hybrid Vehicle Demo 10/24/2007
The Mayor announces a yearlong demonstration project to convert 13 existing Priuses in the City, County, Port, and Clean Air Agency's fleets to 80-100 mpg+ "Plug-ins." This is a partnership with U.S. Dept. of Energy Idaho National Laboratory.
Mayor's Press Conference: Storm/311 Event 10/23/2007
Former Mayor Greg Nickels holds a press conference to discuss the city’s efforts to keep people safe, protect property and keep Seattle moving during the upcoming winter storm season.
Mayor's Press Conference: SisterCity / Port Anniversary 10/10/2007
Former Mayor Nickels attends the celebratation of the 50th anniversary of the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Affiliation and 40th anniversary of the Seattle-Kobe sister port relationship.
Mayor's Press Conference: Japan Envisions the West 10/11/2007
Former Mayor Nickels speaks at an event noting a new exhibition at the Seattle Museum of Art titled "Japan Envisions the West."
Mayor's Press Conference: Clean Vehicle's Now 9/19/2007
The Mayor kicks off the Clean Vehicle's NOW! Conference which will feature and promote clean vehicles, technologies and fuels and promote green and climate-friendly fleet management by public sector fleets in the region.
Mayor's Press Conference: Seattle Streetcar Unveiling 9/18/2007
Mayor helps introduce and unveil the first vehicle for the Seattle Streetcar's South Lake Union Line.
Mayor's 2008 Proposed Budget 9/17/2007
The plan includes significant new initiatives to enrich neighborhoods and improve parks, public safety, transportation, human services and the environment.
Mayor's Press Conference: Motorcycle Medics 9/12/2007
Former Mayor Nickels announces a Seattle Fire Department proposal for a pilot project using a team of two motorcycle medics.
Mayor's Press Conference: Industrial Lands 8/29/2007
Former Mayor Nickels holds a press conference to rollout his latest industrial lands and jobs policies.
Mayor's Press Conference: Ashworth Cottages LEED 8/22/2007
The Mayor joins with others in recognition of the Ashworth Cottages LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum award from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the first platinum rated project in Seattle and in Washington; 7th platinum residential project in US.
Mayor's Press Conference: I-5 Lane Closure 8/1/2007
Former Mayor Nickels joins with executives from SDOT to address the present I-5 lane closures.
Mayor's Press Conference: Seattle Homes Within Reach 7/25/2007
Former Mayor Nickels calls a press conference to roll-out the Seattle Homes Within Reach legislation.
Mayor's Press Conference: Mid Point for Housing Levy 7/18/2007
Former Mayor Nickels marks the half way point of the 2002 Housing Levy with information about Levy rental housing, homelessness, and homeownership programs that are exceeding goals and leveraging significant resources from public and private partners. The Mayor also announces $7.27 million in funding awards for three housing developments providing 176 units of permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals.
Mayor's Press Conference: Reaction to OPA Report 7/9/2007
Former Mayor Nickels answers media questions in response to a report released today by OPA director Kathryn Olson.
Mayor's Press Conference: Rainier Valley Link Light Rail 6/30/2007
Former Mayor Nickels speaks at a community block party hosted by Sound Transit to thank local businesses and residents for their patience during the construction of Link light rail.
Mayor's Press Conference: Police Accountability 6/29/2007
Former Mayor Greg Nickels, Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske and Seattle City Council members Jean Godden and David Della announce next steps to review police accountability.
Mayor's Press Conference: Rainier Beach Youth Summer Strategy 6/27/2007
Funding for summer youth programs in the Rainier Beach area.
Mayor's Press Conference: Recycling / Solid Waste Plan 6/21/2007
Former Mayor Greg Nickels and Councilmember Richard Conlin held a news conference to outline a plan for improving how the city handles solid waste and recycling.
Mayor's Press Conference: Climate Change Shower Heads 6/6/2007
The city launches a program for free energy saving shower heads.
Mayor's Press Conference: Neighbrhd Bus Dist Awards 5/30/2007
Former Mayor Greg Nickels presented funding awards to 15 Neighborhood Business District Associations throughout Seattle to continue the city’s investments in building healthy communities.
Mayor's Press Conference: Locally Grown Food 5/9/2007
As neighborhood farmers' markets open for the season across the city, Former Mayor Greg Nickels holds a press conference to discuss how buying locally grown food can help reduce greenhouse gasses and protect the climate. Nickels is joined by a local chef and farmer at Seattle's original farmers' market - Pike Place Market.
Mayor's Press Conference: Georgetown Dental Clinic 5/1/2007
Former Mayor Nickels attends the re-opening of a recently renovated community facility that will house the dental clinic, administrative support for the Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers (PSNHC), and will provide meeting space for the PSNHC and the Georgetown community.
Mayor's Press Conference: Ballard 100 Year Annexation 4/28/2007
This event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the annexation of Ballard to Seattle and celebrates the completion of the Ballard Historical Society's historic marker project.
Mayor's Press Conference: Leschi Fireboat 4/17/2007
Former Mayor Greg Nickels and Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean welcome the city’s new primary fireboat, Leschi, to its home at Fire Station 5 on Elliot Bay.
Mayor's Press Conference: Climate Change 4/13/2007
Former Mayor Nickels is joined by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to discuss Climate Change issues.
Mayor's Press Conference: Climate Change/Mower Rebate 4/11/2007
Former Mayor Greg Nickels and his wife, Sharon, hold a press conference at their West Seattle home to highlight the climate-protection benefits of switching to push or electric lawn mowers. They also announce a new city program to encourage homeowners to junk their gas-powered mowers.
Mayor's Press Conference: Bicycle Master Plan 4/4/2007
Former Mayor Greg Nickels holds a press conference to release the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan, which he claims will guide efforts to make Seattle one of the best cities in the nation for traveling safely and efficiently by bike.
Mayor's Press Conference: Code Enforcement 3/29/2007
Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels announces a program called Clean Up Your Act, which significantly increase fines for landlords and property owners who refuse to repair dilapidated homes, turn their backyards into junkyards or let bushes and weeds grow out of control.
Pike Place Market Centennial Launch 3/20/2007
The Mayor and former Governor Gary Locke are amongst those kicking off the centennial celebration of the Pike Place Market.
City's Response to the South Park Action Agenda 3/15/2007
A community town hall giving the City of Seattle's response to the South Park Action Agenda.
Viaduct Vote Press Conference 3/14/2007
Governor Christine Gregoire, Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and King County Executive Ron Sims unveil immediate repair work for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and their work plan to find a permanent replacement for the aging viaduct.
Sound Transit: Link Light Rail Base Opening Ceremony 3/5/2007
Sound Transit invited the public to tour the completed Link light rail Operations and Maintenance Facility. The event also featured the unveiling of one of the facility's new public art installations - the old Rainier Brewery ‘R’ which has been incorporated into the building's exterior signage. The STart program's reuse of this Seattle icon connects this facility of the future with the history of the SODO neighborhood and the O&M base's neighbor just across the street where the brewery is being converted into a new mixed-use development. Light rail service is on schedule to start service in 2009 between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport.
Mayor's Press Conference: After Action Report 2/27/2007
The findings of the After Action Report on the December storm are announced at this press conference.
Mayor's Press Conference: Climate Protection, Viaduct 2/14/2007
This Mayor discusses climate protection and current issues surrounding the upcoming Viaduct vote.
Mayor's Friendly Wager for Seahawks vs. Packers Playoff Game 1/10/2007
Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels joins Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt by telephone to place a friendly wager on Saturday’s big playoff game. The mayor shows the city’s Seahawks pride by putting a host of local specialties on the line.
Mayor`s Press Conference: Storm Preparation Efforts 1/2/2007
Former Mayor Nickels addresses the City`s efforts to prepare for an impending storm.
Mayor`s Press Conference: Storm Recovery 12/15/2006
The Mayor and directors from City Light, Public Utilities and Transportation discuss storm response issues. The Mayor also responds to Governor Gregoire`s decision to put the fate of the waterfront and the viaduct replacement in the hands of Seattle voters.
Mayor's Press Conference: Climate Action Plan 9/27/2006
The Mayor announces the city's and community’s response to the Green Ribbon Commission on Climate Protection recommendations.
Mayor's Press Conference: Unveiling the "Gribble-cam" 8/16/2006
Join Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels as he unveils the city's new underwater camera system for monitoring the Alaskan Way Seawall. The city purchased the underwater video monitoring system when engineers discovered the Seawall was deteriorating faster than previously anticipated.
Mayor`s Press Conference: Downtown Emergency Service Center 7/27/2006
Groundbreaking of new housing and services facility for 75 homeless people who have serious mental illness are chemically dependent or developmentally disabled.
Mayor's Press Conference: Connection Grand Opening 5/17/2006
Former Mayor Nickels attends the grand opening of Connections, a daytime service and referral center for homeless adults.
Mayor's Press Conference: Green Ribbon Commission on Climate Protection 3/24/2006
Former Mayor Nickels receives the recommendations of his Green Ribbon Commission on how Seattle can significantly reduce global warming pollution to meet or beat the goals of the Kyoto Protocol. Joining the mayor is former Vice President Al Gore.
Mayor`s Press Conference: Jackson St. Jazz Dedication 10/22/2005
The Mayor reads a dedication and unveils a permanent Jackson Street Jazz sign located on the NW Corner of 12th and Jackson to acknowledge the roots of Jazz in this neighborhood and honor the jazz musicians who played here. The ceremony will also mark the beginning of Seattle`s Earshot Jazz Festival.
Mayor's Press Conference: Pinehurst Green Grid Groundbreaking 9/8/2005
The Mayor helps celebrate the groundbreaking of the Pinehurst Green Grid project, a natural drainage project that's intended to reduce flooding and improve water quality.
Mayor's Press Conference: WI-FI 5/19/2005
Former Mayor Nickels launches a new city sponsored WI-FI network in Seattle’s Columbia City. Learn more about when WI-FI might be coming to your neighborhood.
Mayor's Press Conference: Strategy to Reduce Global Warming Pollution 2/16/2005
On the day the Kyoto Protocol will take effect in the 141 countries which have ratified it (the United States did not ratify) Former Mayor Greg Nickels announces the City of Seattle's plan to meet the threat of global warming and challenges other American cities to join with us. Also speaking: Denis Hayes, Founder of Earth Day and President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, and Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group.
Mayor's Press Conference: High Point Redevelopment 6/30/2004
Former Mayor Greg Nickels speaks at the High Point Redevelopment Ground Breaking.





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