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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 ]

Seattle Mayor Harrell and San Francisco Mayor Breed Urge Congressional Leaders to Support Increased Funding to Combat Fentanyl Crisis

37 bipartisan mayors ask Congress to support Biden Administration’s efforts to prevent overdose deaths Seattle/San Francisco, November 14, 2023 — Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and 35 other U.S. mayors sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to pass President Biden’s supplemental funding request… [ 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 ]

Mayor Harrell Issues Executive Order Expanding City Contracting Equity, Supporting Women and Minority Owned Small Businesses

New Executive Order builds on existing efforts that drive economic empowerment and create pathways to grow generational wealth, particularly for women and minority owned firms. Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell was joined by the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS), Women-and Minority Owned business (WMBEs) leaders, and community partners to sign a new Executive… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Selected as “Role Model City” for International Ecosystem Restoration Cohort  

United Nations Environment Program’s Generation Restoration Collaboration Connects Cities to Improve Habitat SEATTLE – In recognition of efforts to support ecosystem restoration, the United Nations Environment Program selected the City of Seattle to participate in Generation Restoration, a collaborative initiative of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Seattle, which… [ 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 ]