West Seattle Bridge Updates

December 31st, 2020

The sudden closure of the West Seattle “High-Rise” Bridge in March 2020 has been a major challenge for Seattle and Washington State. Even though the West Seattle Bridge is not in Seattle’s District 4, Councilmember Alex Pedersen provides periodic updates on the closure, stabilization, repairs, and other issues impacting the bridge because he was appointed […]

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Vital, but aging National Archives Building on Sand Point Way NE at risk of sale by federal government

December 31st, 2020

Since 2019, federal government agencies have been advancing the sale of this important historical asset located at 6125 Sand Point Way NE here in Northeast Seattle, which has been very disappointing to many of us. As someone who taught history, majored in history, and worked for the Clinton Administration, I recognize the value of these […]

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Seven Gables Theatre Building and Parcels in University District

December 24th, 2020

located at Southwest corner of NE 50th Street and Roosevelt Way NE December 24, 2020 (original post): STATEMENT by Councilmember Pedersen: “I’m very sad to see todays’ devastating fire at the historic and beloved Seven Gables Theatre that has been closed since 2017 in our University District. My chief concern this Christmas Eve is the […]

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Criteria for Deploying Your Tax Dollars Effectively:

December 13th, 2020

How More Accountability Can Ensure We Do the Most Good for the People Most in Need I believe our city government can and should be more transparent and thorough when allocating and tracking your tax dollars to ensure we do the most good for those most in need. I have devoted more than half of […]

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Concerns with Misdemeanor Defense Proposal: unconventional, untested, unwise

December 8th, 2020

December 8, 2020: Here are excerpts of my remarks to the Seattle City Council’s Public Safety Committee: Good morning, Colleagues.  Under the City Council’s new rules for its committees, I’m able to participate in today’s Public Safety Committee because I am an “Alternate” member and a regular member is absent today.  I appreciate this opportunity […]

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Councilmember Pedersen Statement on Mayor Jenny Durkan’s decision not to seek re-election

December 7th, 2020

I was saddened to hear that our Mayor Jenny Durkan has decided not to seek re-election as the Chief Executive of our City.  Mayor Durkan’s smart, balanced, and compassionate leadership of Seattle has been vital for guiding and sustaining our city through an unprecedented combination of crises: a pandemic, a recession, a racial reckoning, homelessness, […]

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Councilmember Pedersen’s Blog is the Place To Be!

November 25th, 2020

Thank you for clicking onto my blog where I post information all about Seattle city government. I focus on the geographic area I was elected in November 2019 to represent: District 4. Our wonderful district is home to over 100,000 people in 20 different neighborhoods from Eastlake to Wallingford to Magnuson Park. Pro Tip: Use […]

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New Funding Option to Increase Protection of Seattle’s Aging Bridges

November 13th, 2020

December 21, 2020 Update: Today’s Seattle Times article on the costs to make earthquake-resistant improvements to Seattle’s bridges is additional evidence that the 4 Councilmembers (Pedersen, Herbold, Juarez, Lewis) who voted to immediately designate these additional dollars for bridge maintenance were correct: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/seattle-scales-back-earthquake-work-on-city-bridges-as-costs-soar/ From the article: “After promising Seattle voters [in 2015] that the city […]

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Time to participate in your Community Council

November 11th, 2020

Our District 4 is home to over 20 neighborhoods. Councilmember Pedersen believes community councils and other neighborhood-based organizations play an important role in Seattle. It may seem ill-timed during the COVID crisis to promote participation in community groups, but we hear from constituents that they are yearning to reconnect with neighbors and many groups are […]

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Another New Park in our District 4 at Portage Bay

October 19th, 2020

This past weekend I visited the brand-new park that opened at Portage Bay in our District 4. It’s called Fritz Hedges Waterway Park, named after Frederick “Fritz” Hedges who was a long-term Parks professional with the City of Seattle. The new park is located at 1117 Northeast Boat Street. That’s east of the University Bridge […]

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