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Mayor Bruce Harrell Signs Permanent Sick and Safe Leave Legislation to Expand Protections for Gig Workers

The New Law Also Expands Paid Sick Leave to More Types of App-Based Workers SEATTLE – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell signed into law new permanent paid sick and safe time (PSST) benefits for app-based workers. He was joined by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, who sponsored the legislation. The City Council… Filed Under: Economic Development, Public Health

City of Seattle and Department of Justice File New Accountability Agreement as SPD Transitions to Next Phase of Reform 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the joint filing of a new compliance agreement between the City of Seattle and the United States Department of Justice, as the Seattle Police Department prepares to transition into the next phase of sustained reform. The agreement recognizes the progress made by the… Filed Under: Public Safety

Mayor Harrell Statement on Sound Transit Substitute Motion No. M2023-18 

Seattle – Today, Mayor and Sound Transit Board Member Bruce Harrell released the following statement after proposing substitute Motion No. M2023-18 to amend the proposed modified preferred alternative for Ballard Link Extension:  “I am proposing a substitute motion that will advance the North of CID and South of CID stations… Filed Under: Transportation and Development

Mayor Bruce Harrell Announces Strategic Leadership Change at Seattle City Light

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that Seattle City Light (SCL) General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Debra Smith will transition into an advisory position with the utility to evaluate the utility’s long term strategic directions and structure. Smith will transition to the new role in July and will retire… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell and Councilmember Tammy Morales Announce Expansion of City’s Award-Winning Seattle Preschool Program, Now With 89 Sites Citywide  

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year open today for Seattle three- and four-year olds, with dual-language and inclusive programming options available. Seattle (March 15, 2023) – Following a chorus of “Bienvenidos” by 40 preschoolers and their teachers, Mayor Bruce Harrell and Councilmember Tammy Morales announced seven new expansion classrooms for the… Filed Under: Education and Youth

Mayor Harrell Launches National Search for Permanent Director of the Office of Arts & Culture 

Seeking innovative leader reflecting Seattle’s storied history of arts excellence, search will center community and creative voices, feature search committee of prominent Seattle arts leaders Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the City of Seattle will begin a nationwide search for the next permanent director of the City’s Office… Filed Under: Arts and Culture, City Administration

Mayor Harrell Directs City to Replace Pike Place Market Trees with Triple the Number of Cherry Blossoms 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that the City’s Office of the Waterfront will plant twenty-four new cherry blossom trees to replace the eight declining cherry blossoms planted outside Pike Place Market in the 1980’s, along with a memorial plaque highlighting the cultural significance of the trees at Pike… Filed Under: Environment and Sustainability, Transportation and Development

Mayor Harrell and Councilmember Strauss Advance New Efforts to Increase Seattle’s Tree Canopy; Plant and Preserve Thousands of Trees 

New legislation and Executive Order aim to reverse recent declines in canopy coverage, improve equity in tree planting, and address climate and affordability issues in tandem Office of Sustainability & Environment Director Jessyn Farrell: “This is the strongest mayoral legislation the city has seen to promote tree protections and canopy growth…” Seattle… Filed Under: Environment and Sustainability, Racial Equity and Social JusticeTagged With:

Mayor Bruce Harrell proclaims February 24 as “Day of Solidarity with The People of Ukraine” 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell issued a proclamation marking the first anniversary of Russia’s attack on Ukraine and expressing the City of Seattle’s ongoing solidarity with the Ukrainian people. solidarity with the Ukrainian people. “The unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops and the devastating toll it… Filed Under: City Administration, Office of the Mayor

Mayor Bruce Harrell, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda Honor D’Vonne Pickett, Jr. with Honorary Designation of E. Union 

On Wednesday, Mayor Bruce Harrell and Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda hosted a ceremony to rename a section of Union Street “D’Vonne Pickett, Jr. Way” in honor of the late community leader.  Pickett was shot and killed in October outside The Postman, the mailing services shop he opened in 2018. Pickett and his wife,… Filed Under: Office of the Mayor, Racial Equity and Social Justice