Posts for 'Councilmember Pedersen'

February Updates: District 4 Projects, Small Businesses, Safety, Homelessness, Vaccines, and More

February 25th, 2021

Friends and Neighbors, In addition to advancing legislation in February, I toured our aging University Bridge that connects several District 4 neighborhoods to the rest of our city; visited with the owner of small businesses in Eastlake; participated in an online meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council; and appeared on the Seattle Channel’s “Council […]

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

February 16th, 2021

APRIL 9, 2021 UPDATE: As reported by KUOW News: “Bare shelves have appeared at two Seattle grocery stores slated for closure on April 24. QFC said it is closing the stores in part because of Seattle’s $4-an-hour “hazard pay” ordinance. “Hey, hey QFC! Share your profits, stop the greed!” members of the United Food and […]

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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

INTRODUCTION: I issued the following statement the morning of Tuesday, February 9, prior to the start of the Seattle City Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting: “I will continue to demand accountability from our police department and to attack institutional racism and, at the same time, I am deeply concerned that several City Council colleagues are […]

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Let’s row together for economic recovery

January 28th, 2021

Friends and Neighbors, Welcome to our first newsletter of 2021! As we continue to tackle the COVID crisis, I believe Seattle can emerge from this pandemic stronger — if we all row together. I outlined what our city can do to achieve an inclusive economic recovery in the Seattle Times last week. Below you can read my […]

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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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First Year Highlights for Our District 4

December 18th, 2020

Friends and Neighbors, I hope this final newsletter for 2020 finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy during the winter holidays — and hanging on — as we finally see the light at the end of the long tunnel with the COVID pandemic.  It’s hard to believe we’ve already finished my first year […]

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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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