Posts for 'Councilmember Pedersen'

Renewing our Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD)

July 7th, 2020

I am hopeful you and your neighbors will get to decide whether to renew the Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) at the November 2020 election. I’m honored to chair the City Council Committee on STBD that will be considering it this month. WHAT IS STBD? STBD is the Seattle Transportation Benefit District. It’s another way […]


Strong concerns about imposing new payroll taxes on Seattle employers during recession

July 6th, 2020

On Monday, July 6, 2020, your Seattle City Council voted 7-2 to approve a new tax on large Seattle employers (Council Bill 119810).  This new tax will be in addition to the Business & Occupation (B&O) taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, and business license fees paid by Seattle employers.  This new tax must be paid […]


It’s Time for a 3-1-1 Customer Care Center

July 3rd, 2020

A small, but concrete piece for reimagining public safety that can respond effectively to true community needs Most of my June 2020 newsletter was dedicated to addressing police accountability issues in the wake of the protests following the police killings of George Floyd and the painfully long history of misconduct and institutional racism negatively impacting […]


Re-Imagining Public Safety and More

June 16th, 2020

Monthly Newsletter: Protests and Public Safety, Budget Deficits, COVID Updates, Bridges, and More Photo by Xena Goldman Friends and Neighbors, While this month’s newsletter discusses the COVID-19 public health crisis, the resulting economic downturn, our sudden $300 million budget deficit, and the need to fix the West Seattle Bridge impacting 100,000 residents, the priority I’ve heard […]


“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere”

May 31st, 2020

Black Lives Matter I have received over 25,000 e-mails, including over 1,000 from constituents in Seattle’s District 4 about police accountability, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the police response to protests here in Seattle, and the long history of institutional racism here and throughout our nation.  I am grateful so many […]


Internet for All and City Hall updates 💻

May 21st, 2020

City Hall and Coronavirus Updates Friends and Neighbors, The month of May has brought a glimmer of hope. Governor Inslee announced a multi-phase plan for reopening Washington state. While King County has been in Phase 1 since May 5, the Governor this week approved 10 other counties to move to Phase 2. Thanks to our […]


Councilmembers Gonzalez and Pedersen Introduce Resolution to Launch “Internet for All” to Ensure Affordable Internet Access Throughout Seattle

May 18th, 2020

COVID crisis reinforces need for universal broadband access to address inequities July 2, 2020 UPDATE: City Council President Lorena Gonzalez joined Councilmember Pedersen to co-sponsor and introduce the Internet For All Resolution. To read the updated Resolution (#31956) as officially introduced, CLICK HERE. From Councilmember Pedersen: My staff and I have been gathering input on […]


Participating in your Community Council

May 16th, 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 […]


City Council approves additional defense from eviction for renters suffering financial hardship for one-time, 6-month “ramp down” following COVID

May 4th, 2020

May 4, 2020: Today the Seattle City Council approved Council Bill 119784, introduced by Council President Lorena Gonzalez to provide residential renters facing financial hardship with an additional defense against eviction for 6 months after the Mayor’s eviction moratorium ends. The Mayor extended her evictions moratorium — which is a stronger outright prohibition on evictions […]


COVID Stay Home Extended and City Hall Action

May 1st, 2020

City Hall and Coronavirus Updates Friends and Neighbors, It’s been a busy two weeks since our last update. In addition to plenty of activity at City Hall and in District 4, Governor Inslee announced today he is extending Washington’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to May 31st and outlined a four-phase plan for reopening the economy.  For more information, […]


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