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Mayor Harrell Signs New Seattle Tourism Improvement Area Legislation to Draw More Visitors and Expand Economic Benefits for the Region  

STIA enhancements will capitalize on new Summit Seattle Convention Center, increase travel and tourism promotion.  Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed the new Seattle Tourism Improvement Area (STIA) legislation into law, following Seattle City Council’s unanimous vote approving the mayor’s proposed amendment on September 19, 2023. The legislation establishes… [ 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 ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on South Seattle Home Invasion Arrests 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement after Chief of Police Adrian Diaz announced the arrest of several suspects related to South Seattle home invasion robberies: “I appreciate our officers and detectives who never lost sight of bringing justice to the victims of these violent crimes. The… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces 2024 Budget Proposal

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced his 2024 proposed budget, including mid-biennium adjustments to the 2023-24 budget passed last year. The proposal reflects Mayor Harrell’s continued commitment to bold actions that address urgent needs of our communities and advance shared One Seattle priorities, doubling down on what’s working, and… [ Keep reading ]

One Seattle Budget Proposal 2024 Speech Text

DOUBLING DOWN ON WHAT’S WORKING AND INVESTING IN A BETTER CITY Proposed 2024 Budget Speech Good afternoon – and welcome. It’s my honor to join you today and to share my 2024 proposed budget. Thank you to members of the City Council, City Attorney Ann Davison, our administration’s Cabinet, and… [ Keep reading ]

Statement from Mayor Harrell on Racist Comments Made by Off-Duty Police Officer

Today, Mayor Harrell made the following statement: “I appreciate that Chief Diaz acted quickly and decisively regarding the racist language used by an off-duty police officer. I support his immediate actions. While City law prevents me from commenting on the details of the event undergoing OPA investigation, racism has no… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces Investments Supporting Upcoming Launch of CARE – Seattle’s New Public Safety Department

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell provided updates regarding the upcoming launch of Seattle’s new Community Assisted Response and Engagement (CARE) department, detailing the vision, timelines, and staffing progress for the department, including his proposal for a $6 million increase in the department’s budget. In a preview of next week’s… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces $9.5 Million to Community Organizations Through the Equitable Development Initiative  

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced $9,582,651 in awards through the Equitable Development Initiative (EDI), part of the City’s effort to support property ownership among Seattle’s diverse communities in neighborhoods at high risk of displacement. The EDI funding is intended to support community organizations for site acquisition and major… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on Passage of the Public Safety and Health Response to the Opioid Crisis Ordinance

Seattle – Today Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement:  “Today’s vote by the City Council is a needed step forward in our efforts to address the deadly epidemic of fentanyl and other synthetic drugs. Fentanyl is tragically killing thousands in our city and around the country, and we need… [ Keep reading ]