Posts for 'Councilmember Pedersen'

“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere”

May 17th, 2021

Black Lives Matter INTRODUCTION: During the spring and summer of 2020, I received over 38,000 e-mails, including over 2,000 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 […]


Town Hall for District 4 (Spring 2021)

May 12th, 2021

May 11, 2021 Thanks to everyone who attended our District 4 Town Hall! I’m grateful to the professionals at our City’s Human Services Department who participated to answer many of our constituent questions about the city government’s approach to homelessness in 2021 and the upcoming shift to the new Regional Homelessness Authority. In case you […]


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

May 10th, 2021

May 10, 2021 Update: The full City Council adopted Council Bill 120042 as we had amended it in my Transportation Committee. The Seattle Times requested a statement from me and here is what I provided: “The legislation we adopted today is a strong step toward stronger bridges and can boost the aging infrastructure that connects […]


Town Hall, Homelessness, Transportation, and More

April 27th, 2021

April 2021 Friends and Neighbors, I am excited to invite you to our next District 4 Town Hall on Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m.! To RSVP, please see below. This month’s newsletter also updates you about opening the new light rail stations in our District, saving the national archives facility, encouraging safety at Magnuson Park, […]


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

April 8th, 2021

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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


Marching Forward: March update on COVID relief $, small biz, homelessness, safety, transportation, and more

March 25th, 2021

March 2021 Friends and Neighbors, It’s natural to want to vote Yes! While it’s uplifting to vote Yes and, more often than not, I’m joining my colleagues to vote Yes on new legislation, some situations call for a vote of “Nay” to encourage amendments or to register objections to some City Council legislation.  With the […]


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 […]


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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