Updates for King County Metro Bus (and Sound Transit) Riders

March 20th, 2020

As of Saturday, March 21, it’s optional to pay fares for both King County Metro and Sound Transit, until further notice.  In response to significantly reduced ridership since the emergence of COVID-19, Metro will temporarily move to a Reduced Schedule starting Monday, March 23.  The reductions are designed to maintain off-peak hours. Schedules will be posted on […]

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Statement on the Resignation of our City’s Director of Human Services Jason Johnson

March 2nd, 2020

I was disappointed to learn that Jason Johnson, a long-time public servant overseeing programs for many of our city’s most vulnerable people and the interim director of Seattle’s Human Services Department, is stepping down.  The resignation of Mr. Johnson and other public servants after their work and teams are maligned on television by elected officials should not be […]

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Letter to Lyft and Uber Following the January 22nd Mass Shooting

January 27th, 2020

In the wake of last week’s shooting, I heard disturbing reports of extraneous “surge” pricing of ride share companies that occurred during the chaos and confusion of the incident. Attached is a link to the letter I sent to Lyft and Uber today, as the Chair of the City Council’s Transportation Committee, inquiring about the […]

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Statement on Committee Assignments

January 6th, 2020

I am excited to announce that I will Chair the City Council’s Transportation, Utilities (and Technology) Committee. This is an enormous responsibility and a vote of confidence in my fiscal accountability experience as these departments comprise more than half ($3.8 billion) of our city government’s budget of $6.5 billion. This Committee impacts everyone as we […]

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Strengthening Seattle’s Tree Ordinance

December 20th, 2019

I appreciate all the residents from across Seattle who took the time out of their day to attend our briefing on making Seattle’s tree protection ordinance stronger and enforceable — with the goal of expanding the health and environmental benefits of larger trees in our Emerald City. It was informative to hear from a wide […]

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Council Passes ORCA for All Resolution

December 16th, 2019

Councilmember Pedersen is pleased to announce the City Council today adopted Resolution 32921 to explore financial and other implications of the inspirational “ORCA for All” vision. The stated goal of ORCA for All is to increase the use of public transit by expanding how employers can make the ORCA card transit subsidy available to more […]

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