Council Press Conferences

Sawant, tenants urge King County passage of 'Just Cause' legislation
Councilmember Sawant, tenants urge King County passage of 'Just Cause' legislation

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, tenants, the Tenants Union of Washington State, and community supporters rally in support of King County renters Mergitu Argo, Mouhamed Tall, Modou Ndiaye, and Lenh Vong, who face a No Cause Eviction from their landlord. 

Speakers include:

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City of Seattle

Mergitu Argo, renter

Cliff Cawthorne, NAACP

Violet Lavatai, Tenants Union of Washington

Renee Holmes, renter


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Councilmember Sawant discusses just cause eviction protections

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, tenants, the Tenants Union of Washington State, and community supporters rally in support of King County renters Mergitu Argo, Mouhamed Tall, Modou Ndiaye, and Lenh Vong, who face a No Cause Eviction from their landlord. 

Speakers include:

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City of Seattle

Mergitu Argo, renter

Cliff Cawthorne, NAACP

Violet Lavatai, Tenants Union of Washington

Renee Holmes, renter

Councilmember Mosqueda discusses stabilizing human service provider contracts

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda is joined by experts in the human services field, Seattle workers and residents impacted by human services, and front-line staff to discuss the need for strong human services supported by adequate resources.

Speakers include:

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, City of Seattle
Teresita Batayola, President, International Community Health Services
Clentonia Vann, SEIU 1199 NW
Mark Okazaki, Executive Director, Neighborhood House
Triston Spears, YouthCare
Evelyn Correa, HR Officer, YouthCare
Alison Eisinger, Director, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness

Rally to extend interim boundary of Pike Place Market Historical District to include Showbox Theater

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, artists, musicians, Showbox employees and advocates, rally in advance of a Council committee meeting to vote on extending the interim expansion of the Pike Place Historic District boundary another six months.

Speakers include:

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City of Seattle

Ryan Devlin and Kim West, Musicians, Smokey Brights

Shannon Welles, Showbox employee

Shua Sanchez, Musician, UAW 4121 Member

Nate Omdal, Musician, Local 76-493 Member

Earnie Ashwood, Showbox employee

#StopTheBans Seattle

A National Day of Action to #StopTheBans. This day of action comes at a critical juncture in the fight for reproductive freedom and justice, as anti-choice politicians push laws infringing on personal decisions that should be left to women and their doctors.


Tiffany Hankins, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington

Attorney General Bob Ferguson WA State

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz WA State

State Sen. Manka Dhingra D-45th District

State Sen. Joe Nguyen D-34th District

State Rep. Nicole Macri D-43rd District

Rep. Kristine Reeves D-30th District

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan City of Seattle

Councilmember Lorena González City of Seattle

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda City of Seattle

Councilmember Debora Juarez City of Seattle

Councilmember Kshama Sawant City of Seattle

Councilmember O'Brien's Statement Regarding Favorable Ruling on Accessory Dwelling Units

Councilmember Mike O'Brien (Dist. 6, Northwest Seattle), chair of the Sustainability & Transportation Committee, issued the following statement after the City of Seattle Deputy Hearing Examiner, Barbara Dykes Ehrlichman, ruled in favor of the City on an appeal of the adequacy of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) proposal. Her ruling affirms that the FEIS meets all applicable requirements and allows the Seattle City Council to act on the proposal.

"I am thrilled that the Deputy Hearing Examiner agrees that the city's FEIS is adequate.  It means the Council can act early this summer to refine policies and provide a path for more people to build backyard cottages," said O'Brien.

Councilmember Sawant, Seniors Demand Protection for Byrd Barr Place and Central Area Senior Center

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council's Human Services, Equitable Development and Renters Rights committee, stand with seniors, working families, and young people in her committee to demand Mayor Jenny Durkan protect the Central Area Senior Center and Byrd Barr Place for public use. 

For a year, Central District seniors have been expecting that the Mayor's office would complete the transfer of these City-owned properties to the community organizations, so that they would be maintained for public use in perpetuity. Then, the Seattle City Council last fall unanimously adopted Resolution 31856, which set a deadline of March 31 to complete the transfer of the properties, which include the Central Area Senior Center and Byrd Barr Place. The Durkan Administration has now missed the deadline set by the resolution. 

Councilmember Sawant, Seattle Renters Say: Rent Control Can’t Wait

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council's Human Services, Equitable Development and Renters Rights committee, announces plans for two major renters rights ordinances. First, a measure to enact a comprehensive, citywide rent control ordinance without corporate loopholes, designed to take effect the moment the state Legislature lifts the ban on rent regulation; and second, the Economic Evictions Assistance Ordinance - a measure to immediately protect tenants against huge rent increases.

CM Sawant calls for halt to evictions, displacement at Chateau Apartments

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), residents of the Chateau Apartments, clergy, local small business owners, and other supporters assemble at the Good Neighbor Café to call on developers from Bellevue's Cadence Real Estate to meet with residents who will be evicted from their homes as a result of the developer's planned demolition.

Councilmembers Johnson, González & Mosqueda Rally Supporters before Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Committee Vote

Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle), Councilmember Lorena González (Position, 9, Citywide) and Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) host a press conference to discuss the final stretch of the City's efforts to pass Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Legislation before the MHA Committee vote. They are joined by community leaders who have been working on MHA legislation for the past four years.

Councilmember Mosqueda discusses investment in homelessness services

On the final day of budget deliberations, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) was joined with representatives from the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC), YouthCare and other organizations to discuss investing in the homelessness services Seattle needs -- including inflationary adjustments for front-line homeless services worker and a fully-funded Navigation Team expansion.

Councilmember Sawant announces plans to build affordable housing

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), joins representatives from unions, and housing and homeless advocacy organizations to announce proposals to raise around $48 million per year to fund hundreds of units of publicly funded permanently affordable housing annually.

Councilmember Sawant responds to Council’s plans to repeal Employee Hours Tax

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) responds alongside affordable housing activists, union members, and socialists to City Council's plans to repeal the Employee Hours Tax, a tax on the 3% biggest businesses in Seattle to build affordable housing.

Speakers include:

Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Councilmember
Jesse Hagopian, Seattle Education Association (in personal capacity)
Anitra Freeman, SHARE/WHEEL
Emily McCarthur, Socialist Alternative
Tim Harris, Real Change
Alex Bacon, WFSE Local 204
Keaton Slansky, Democratic Socialists of America

Councilmember Sawant speaks to Puget Sound Energy project

Councilmember Kshama Sawant and indigenous community and environmental activists speak to a proposed dangerous Puget Sound Energy project in Tacoma which could put thousands of lives at risk. Sawant unveils a resolution relating to the project.

Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Councilmember
James Rideout, Puyallup Tribal Council
Dakota W. Case, Puyallup Tribal Member, Father, Tribal Fisherman, Water Warrior
Victoria Leistman, Sierra Club Organizer
Stacy Oaks, 350 Seattle
Chris Mayket, Chaco Canyon Co-Founder
Val Peaphon, Tacoma Redefine Organizer

Teresa Mosqueda is sworn-in as Seattle City Councilmember

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) receives the Oath of Office in Council Chambers following the certification of the 2017 election results by King County Elections.

Councilmember O’Brien Discusses Proposal to Aid People Living in Vehicles

Councilmember Mike O'Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle), Chair of the Council's Sustainability and Transportation Committee, unveils proposed legislation intended to help respond to the needs of people living in their vehicles.

Councilmember Johnson announces early wins from affordable housing program

Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) joins with affordable housing advocates to announce that several developers intend to voluntarily enter into new Mandatory Housing Affordability requirements, which will result in the creation of new affordable and market-rate units in Seattle. The Mandatory Housing Affordability program requires that developers either produce affordable housing units in their projects or pay into a fund that will be tapped to create new affordable units.

Councilmember Sawant annouces May Day actions

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant joins labor and immigrant rights leaders, workers, and activists to announce plans for upcoming May Day actions, slated to occur May 1, 2017. Events that day will unite workers and immigrants who are targeted by the Trump administration.

González and Burgess to Announce Action to Aid Seattle Immigrants and Refugees

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) and Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) announce an action intended to help aid Seattle's immigrants and refugees who are increasingly under attack by the Trump administration. The action, developed in coordination with Mayor Murray, will build upon the "Welcoming Cities" resolution adopted by Council earlier this year.

CM O’Brien visits Greenwood neighborhood one year after gas explosion

Councilmember Mike O'Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) joins Greenwood-area business owners nearly one year after the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) explosion on March 9 which traumatized the neighborhood and decimated local businesses. Participants will share their stories about the devastating  effects of the natural gas blast on the neighborhood, the crippling effects on their small businesses, and the burdensome bureaucracy that has stalled efforts around reimbursement to stabilize their financial outlook.

Councilmember O’Brien celebrates return of Community Service Officer program

Councilmember Mike O'Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) and former Community Service Officers speak to the relaunch the popular Community Service Officer (CSO) program which was discontinued in Seattle in 2004. CSOs are non-commissioned police officers who provide an important link between the community and the police department. Historically, CSOs assisted commissioned police officers by performing community services associated with law enforcement, conducting crime prevention activities, improving relations, and developing potential police officers.

At the event:
Mike O'Brien, Councilmember
Cheryl Brush, Former Community Service Officer
Charles Sampson, Former Community Service Officer
Alan Lai, Crime Victim Services Director at Chinese Information and Service Center
Nancy Amidei, Community Advocate
Brian Maxey, CEO at Seattle Police Department
Jeanette Frazier, Former Community Service Officer
Joyce Hardison, Former Community Service Officer
Kathleen O'Toole, Chief of Police at Seattle Police Department

Council Press Conference: North Police Precinct Update 09/16/16

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), the "Block the Bunker" coalition, the NAACP, affordable housing advocates, socialists, and other activists join to celebrate 'victory' over the Mayor's announced scrapping of the North Precinct police facility plan. Hundreds of social justice advocates came together to fight the $149 million police bunker and forced the Mayor and a majority of the Council to abandon the project for the time being.

Councilmember González Discusses Bill to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy 7/26/16

Councilmember Lorena González (Citywide) discusses an ordinance to prohibit conversion therapy for minors in Seattle ahead of the Council committee consideration. The legislation would add a new chapter to the City's existing human rights code and would prohibit licensed mental health providers from practicing conversion therapy on minor children by making it a civil violation penalized by a fee of up to $1,000. Conversion therapy is a widely discredited practice that claims to use therapeutic tools to "cure" people of their same-sex attractions or non-conforming gender identity.

REI workers, Councilmember Sawant celebrate victory outside flagship 7/26/16

Seattle REI Workers and Councilmember Kshama Sawant gather at the Seattle REI Flagship store to celebrate a big win for workers fighting for secure scheduling, strong wages, and cost of living adjustments. After months of organizing, and speaking courageously at the town hall hosted by Councilmember Sawant on July 11, REI workers have just won a huge victory. On Sunday, REI announced a new plan to provide raises and forthcoming details on proper working hours for employees at the Pacific Northwest-based retail co-op.

At tomorrow's gathering, REI workers will share the next steps for this successful workers' rights campaign, how they won this wage increase, and how they will build on these victories to ensure that workers can escape poverty. Sawant and REI workers will be joined by Katie Garrow, Deputy Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. King County Labor Council and workers from UFCW Local 21.

Councilmember Sawant to Unveil Legislation Capping Renter Move-in Fees 7/21/16

Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Lisa Herbold joins housing activists to unveil new legislation to limit move-in fees and ease the financial barriers that renters face when moving into a new unit. This is the next step toward Councilmember Sawant's pursuit of a full-fledged Tenants' Bill of Rights.

Councilmember O’Brien unveils backyard cottage proposal

Councilmember Mike O'Brien releases a proposal to make it easier for more homeowners to build backyard cottages and mother-in-law units. Councilmembers recently held community meetings and received a report, "Removing Barriers to Backyard Cottages," which helped shape the draft regulations being unveiled. Councilmember O'Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) will unveil the proposal outside of a backyard cottage in the Sunset Hill neighborhood.

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