Your City Government is Here for You!

April 6th, 2021

Here are some helpful links and phone numbers to handle some common requests: Call Seattle’s Customer Service Bureau: 206-684-CITY (2489) to get help from your city government’s 40 departments or CLICK HERE. Use Seattle government’s Find-It, Fix-It App to report issues, including trash and obstructions: CLICK HERE. Apply for Economic Relief during COVID: CLICK HERE. […]

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Environmental Protection: Ship Canal Water Quality Project Updates

March 28th, 2021

SUMMARY: The Ship Canal Water Quality Project is a “mega project” planned over many years due to the state and federal governments requiring the city and county governments to prevent harmful stormwater and wastewater from polluting our local waterways. With a cost estimated at $570 million (shared with King County), this environmental protection project includes […]

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Councilmember Pedersen follows through on the audit he ordered on Seattle’s Bridges — need more investments in our bridges for safety, regional economy.

March 11th, 2021

March 11, 2021 UPDATE: I have asked the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to participate in my Committee in April of 2021 to report on their progress implementing the bridge audit. In the meantime, I issued this press release: Prioritize Bridge Infrastructure Jobs When Investing New Federal Dollars for our Economic Recovery “Stop kicking the […]

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Reasons for Voting NO on Home Occupation Bill (CB 120001)

March 10th, 2021

March 12, 2021 Update: ALERT: The full City Council is voting on this land use bill this coming Monday, March 15, 2021. I’m disappointed this bill was rushed to the full City Council by invoking an exception to our parliamentary procedure rules which state, “If a committee recommendation is not unanimous: Unless otherwise authorized by […]

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Disappointing Decision by Kroger Company to Shut Down 2 of its 15 Seattle Stores

February 16th, 2021

APRIL 22, 2021 UPDATE: I was invited by the event organizers to participate in a Thank You and Farewell for the workers, and here are my prepared remarks: I want to thank the grocery workers for serving the community for so many years — and especially during this hazardous time during the COVID pandemic. I […]

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Winter Storms: Help from your Seattle Government

February 13th, 2021

A big storm is hitting Seattle again and your city government is working hard to keep you safe. COORDINATION and COMMUNICATION: City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OED): OED typically activates its Emergency Operations Center to facilitate the Mayor’s ability to coordinate all relevant city government departments during a major event, such as a […]

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12 Reasons to Oppose More Cuts to Seattle Police At This Time: No on Council Bill 119981

February 11th, 2021

JUNE 1, 2021 UPDATE: Council Bill 119981, thankfully, failed by a vote of 3 to 6. Councilmembers who voted against the bill had various reasons for voting NO, as explained in an article by SCC Insight: CLICK HERE. Here are my reasons: Councilmember Alex Pedersen’s Statement on City Council Narrowly Rejecting Council Bill 119981 on June […]

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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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