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Mayor Harrell Transmits Updated Building Emissions Performance Standard (BEPS) Policy to Council  

Bold policy proposal is one of the most impactful actions Seattle can take to reduce emissions, and follows significant stakeholder engagement and climate analysis Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell transmitted legislation to the City Council for the Building Performance Emission Standard – a bold policy to address the climate… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor and Councilmembers Propose New Police Agreement Expanding Diversified Response, Increasing Park Ranger Responsibilities, and Improving Police Availability and Event Staffing 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell, Council President Debora Juarez, and Councilmembers Lisa Herbold, Alex Pedersen, Dan Strauss, and Andrew Lewis announced a proposal for a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) regarding diversified response and special events. The MOU supports the City’s recently launched… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Celebrates Voters’ Historic Passage of $970 Million Housing Levy

Passage of the 2023 Housing Levy will provide the largest City investments to date over the next seven years into affordable housing. Seattle – The City of Seattle celebrates the resounding approval of an unprecedented $970 million Seattle Housing Levy by voters on November 7, 2023. The passage of the levy underscores… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Releases Generative Artificial Intelligence Policy Defining Responsible Use for City Employees

Seattle – Today, the City of Seattle released its Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Policy to balance the opportunities created by this innovative technology with strong guardrails to ensure it is used responsibly and accountably. The new policy aligns with President Biden’s Executive Order regarding AI announced earlier this week, and… [ Keep reading ]

SPD to Implement New First-in-the-Nation Ruse Policy, Setting Clear Standards to Allow Effective Operations, Prevent Abuse

Seattle – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the implementation of the nation’s first policy governing the use of police patrol ruses. This policy, developed by the Seattle Police Department (SPD), was informed by a robust stakeholder process led by Seattle’s Office of Inspector General for Public Safety (OIG). Mayor… [ Keep reading ]

CARE Department’s Dual Dispatch Launches: Expanding Seattle’s Emergency Response Toolkit and Mayor Harrell’s New Public Safety Department

New pilot sends behavioral health responders to 911 calls, providing improved services and reducing strain on police staffing Seattle – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell joined public safety and community leaders to share details of the official launch of the Dual Dispatch pilot – a foundational program for Seattle’s newest… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Responds to Updated Revenue Forecast 

Seattle – Today, the Office of Economic and Revenue Forecasts released updated projections for 2023 and 2024 City revenues. Major revenue projection updates across 2023 and 2024 relevant to the ongoing budget process include: In response to this update, Mayor Harrell said, “The revenue improvements in this forecast are good… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on Local Antisemitism Following Terrorist Attacks in Israel 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement: “The acts of terrorism taken by Hamas militants toward innocent civilians in Israel are horrifying and unjustifiable, and I join leaders around the country and world in condemning this heinous assault in the strongest possible terms. “Seattle stands in solidarity… [ Keep reading ]

Washington State Department of Commerce and City of Seattle to provide $100,000 to assist Wing Luke Museum vandalism recovery

Joint investment from the City of Seattle and State will support repairs to iconic Chinatown International District educational and cultural institution damaged in hate crime Seattle – Today, The Washington State Department of Commerce and the City of Seattle announced $100,000 in funding to assist with repairs at the Wing… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Issues Executive Order Guiding Implementation of New Law Prohibiting Public Consumption of Drugs 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell issued Executive Order 2023-006, guiding implementation and data collection related to the Public Safety and Health Response to the Opioid Crisis Ordinance prohibiting public consumption of fentanyl and other drugs. This follows Mayor Harrell’s April Executive Order addressing fentanyl and the synthetic drug crisis, part… [ Keep reading ]