Honoring George Floyd, Conquering COVID, and more for D4



Friends and Neighbors,

It’s been a year since George Floyd launched an overdue racial reckoning when a Minneapolis police officer murdered him. This monthly newsletter honors George Floyd’s legacy and acknowledges there is much more to do for justice and community safety.  Our May newsletter also includes a link to our District 4 Town Hall video and updates you on addressing homelessness, increasing internet access, tackling utility bills, and conquering COVID. Thank you.


DISTRICT 4

Spring 2021 Town Hall for our District

Thank you to everyone who participated in our District 4 Town Hall on May 11!  Professional staff from our Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) generously joined the conversation to share how the City addresses encampments and homelessness outreach.  Thank you, HSD, for working hard on the constantly shifting direction and policy you are receiving from City Hall and the transition of many elements to the new Regional Homelessness Authority so that we can finally apply regional solutions to this regional problem. I also answered several questions from constituents regarding transportation, public safety and land use issues. You can view the Town Hall by CLICKING HERE.

In the Heart of the Our District: University District

Councilmember Pedersen in our University District supporting the COVID Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic May 7, 2021.

The University District continues to undergo massive changes even as we emerge from the pandemic. While visiting a pop-up vaccine clinic on NE 43rd Street near the new Brooklyn Ave Sound Transit station, I was able to say Hello to several board members of the Business Improvement Area (BIA). Many thanks to the University District Partnership (the nonprofit that manages the BIA) for activating that street after months of construction.

Community Councils: Get Involved!

In addition to hosting our district-wide Town Hall, my office attended several community council meetings this month. My Legislative Aide Malik Davis attended the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association meeting as well as the University District Community Council. I was able to attend the Wallingford Community Council meeting when they elected new officers.  Community Councils offer an important platform for neighbors to get involved with local government issues. To explore your community council, CLICK HERE.

Congratulations to Eastlake News and Eastlake Community Council for 50 Years!

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to the Eastlake Community Council and Eastlake News! The Eastlake Community Council and its publication, Eastlake News, have been community treasures for decades. Both are vital parts of the community providing some of the most thorough information about local government to inform residents and small businesses throughout the dynamic Eastlake neighborhood. (CLICK HERE for both). I hope they continue to benefit the Eastlake community with their activities and publications for another 50 years.

Bus Routes in District 4 will Change with Light Rail Stations Opening in October

Roosevelt Station Plaza

Some King County Metro bus routes in our district will change when the new Roosevelt and University District (Brooklyn Ave) light rail stations open October 2. We can’t wait for the new stations to open and the quick, frequent service they will provide all the way from Districts 4 and 5 to Capitol Hill, Downtown, and beyond, but we know some constituents will need to adjust their travel patterns with the different Metro bus routes. We have been in close contact with King County Metro and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and will continue to share your feedback with them. More information is available at THIS LINK. To comment directly to King County Metro about your buses, CLICK HERE or call them at 206-553-3000.

Remembering UW’s Thaddeus Spratlen

Thaddeus Spratlen, a professor emeritus of marketing at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, died May 18 at the age of 90. A memorial service will take place on the UW campus at a later date; contact Michael Verchot (mverchot@uw.edu) for more information. If you would like to honor Dr. Spratlen’s extraordinary life and work, his family requests that you make a donation to the Thaddeus H. Spratlen Endowment for the Consulting and Business Development Center, in lieu of flowers. For a UW biography honoring Dr. Spratlen’s life, CLICK HERE.


TRANSPORTATION, UTILITIES, AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

(the City Council committee I chair)

New Potential Funding Source for Seattle’s Bridges

Our Transportation Committee unanimously passed and the full City Council adopted Council Bill 120042 which invests the new dollars from the additional $20 in vehicle license fees (VLF) for 2021 (annualized amount would be approximately $7 million). But first the Committee modestly amended our original amendment while still adhering to our overall objective to get the information needed to issue bonds in 2022 to generate $100 million to accelerate the fixing of our City’s aging infrastructure, including our multi-modal bridge network. The final amendment not only increased flexibility by removing some of the more rigid language from the original amendment, but also required additional info on the timing of projects from SDOT when they deliver their $100 million list of capital projects to the Council in September. For the final amendment that passed, CLICK HERE.  The Council is actually making final decisions on this as part of our 2021 Fall budget process (which will impact 2022). This enables a more holistic approach so that both SDOT and the City Council can consider the recent feedback from stakeholders within the context of SDOT’s entire $600-$700 million annual budget (including potential bonds) rather than just isolating the small $7 million from the VLF.

Here are my prepared remarks from the Committee discussion: “Thank you for bringing forward this amendment, which I consider as friendly toward our overall efforts to punctuate the priority of Seattle’s aging infrastructure. I am pleased to have a collaborative legislative process among Councilmembers whenever possible so we ultimately build out transportation priorities we all can support. Incorporating ANY amendment to SDOT’s plan that prioritizes Seattle’s aging infrastructure and considers how to leverage more money faster is a strong step toward stronger bridges, so that we can address the alarming audit of our bridges. I think this revised amendment still successfully intensifies our commitment toward the safety and sustainability of multimodal bridges that connect our communities and keep our economy moving. I look forward to making sure SDOT follows through on the recommendations from our City Auditor and gets bridge projects ready faster, so we can take advantage of federal dollars and finally address the dangerous backlog for our bridges that we rely on to connect our communities and keep our economy moving.”

CLICK HERE to read more on my blog.

Seattle IT Update on Internet for All Efforts

Seattle’s Information Technology Department (Seattle IT) updated my Transportation & Utilities Committee on efforts to implement our Internet for All Action Plan.

In a city that prides itself as a world leader in technology, the COVID crisis has laid bare the inequities and injustice of the Digital Divide. We can no longer allow limited internet access to prevent learning, to impede our workers, or to hinder our small businesses and nonprofits. It’s time to ensure reliable and affordable access to the internet as part of our city’s vital infrastructure for social justice, for education, and for economic development.

For Seattle IT’s report, CLICK HERE, and for their presentation, CLICK HERE. The theme is that both government and the private sector worked hard to provide additional subsidies and connections to lower income households negatively impacted by the COVID pandemic, but it’s unclear whether those gains will be maintained beyond 2021. Moreover, Seattle IT still has not yet set up a dashboard (Action Plan recommendation 7.1) to track progress toward implementing Internet for All. “What gets measured, gets done” is a truism that argues for setting up this dashboard sooner rather than later. My office will continue to encourage Seattle IT to set up the all-important dashboard so everyone can see whether progress from early 2021 continues.

I will be seeking to double the funding for programs that help low-income Seattle residents access and adopt high-speed internet.  I believe we can achieve this with a small investment from the incoming “ARPA” funds from our federal government by boosting community-based organizations that have applied previously to our Technology Matching Fund. For more on Seattle’s Technology Matching Fund, CLICK HERE.

Apply Now for the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford broadband internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides:

  • Up to $50/month discount for broadband service; and
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider (if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price).
  • The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Eligible low-income households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application. Click on this link getemergencybroadband.org/do-i-qualify/ to see if you qualify and to learn more about these programs, visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org or call the national support line at 833-511-0311.

Seattle-specific information: Home and mobile internet service providers offering the EBB discount locally include Comcast (Xfinity), CenturyLink, Wave, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, PCs for People, and Human I-T.

  • Current Comcast Internet Essential customers automatically qualify for the EBB program and can enroll directly through the Comcast EBB site.
  • Wave Simply Internet and Internet First customers have to first confirm their eligibility through the GetEmergencyBroadband.org national verifier and then have Wave apply the discount. More information is at the Wave EBB site.
  • New internet subscribers – or those with other existing services – need to apply to through the GetEmergencyBroadband.org national verifier to confirm eligibility and then work through participating internet providers.
  • The internet providers that are offering a laptop, desktop or tablet include T-Mobile, PCs for People, and Human I-T.

To learn more, see this Consumer FAQ or watch this video. Additionally, the Broadband and Digital Equity team in Seattle IT has posted info and links on the City’s low-cost internet page.

For a Seattle Times article, CLICK HERE. For the FCC’s main website on this program, CLICK HERE.

 

Free Public WiFi Locator Tool: One effort I was happy to see come to fruition with our Internet for All Action Plan was the WIFI locator tool website. It is an interactive site of public facilities which offer free Wi-Fi.  Clicking on a location in the map will bring up details, including whether it is set up for interior and/or exterior use.

Seeking Applicants for Solid Waste Advisory Committee

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), one of our two City-owned utilities, is recruiting community members to join Seattle’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC). SWAC members work with SPU’s Solid Waste team to provide recommendations, feedback, and share community insights into programs, policies, and outreach objectives around recycling, compost, garbage, and waste prevention. SWAC members also assist in the review of programs and policies concerning solid waste handling and disposal. In addition, members review and comments upon proposed plans, rules, policies, or ordinances prior to their adoption.

SWAC members attend monthly meetings held on the first Wednesday of each month and may be asked to serve on additional committees or attend special events. In general, SWAC members commit approximately five-six hours per month to SWAC business, including meetings, pre- and post-meeting surveys, and discussions.

SPU is actively seeking a diverse candidate pool to help inform SPU’s Solid Waste Division on its work and vision to become a community-centered utility. Consider joining the Solid Waste Advisory Committee. If it is not the right fit for you, please help us spread the word! Download SPU’s recruitment packet and learn more about the SWAC’s work here: www.seattle.gov/utilities/swac.


COMMUNITY SAFETY

Photo by Xena Goldman, May 2020

Progress, But We Have Much Work Left to Do at All Levels of Government

I believe our shared goal is for everyone to be healthy, safe, and thriving in Seattle. A year after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, we have seen progress, but there is much more work to do at all levels of government.

STATE GOVERNMENT:  For a summary of positive actions impacting the entire State of Washington as described by the recent Seattle Times article titled, “A year after George Floyd’s death, Washington state lawmakers pass police accountability, equity bills,” CLICK HERE. At the state and city levels, I believe we still need to pass State Senate Bill 5134 to eliminate the complex arbitration appeal process that has historically allowed police officers who committed misconduct to be reinstated to their jobs. I appreciate State Senator Jesse Salomon’s leadership on SB 5134.  Instead, the legislature passed a much weaker SB 5055 which, unfortunately, preserves arbitration for officers — even though police officers are unique workers because they carry a gun and a license to kill. The Seattle Times published editorials supporting SB 5134: for their February editorial CLICK HERE and for their April editorial CLICK HERE. SB 5134 was also supported strongly by the ACLU and me, and I hope to see it back again next year.  If the stronger reform bill SB 5134 had received more support from other State legislators, city officials, and interest groups, then our labor negotiators here in Seattle would be better equipped to revamp our police union contract that expired several months ago.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: We still need U.S. Senators to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120). For the Seattle Resolution I wrote to advocate for this, CLICK HERE. This federal bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives, addresses many concerns raised by protesters that are authorized by federal law, such as the need to restrict qualified immunity for police officers across the nation. This week, George Floyd family members visited President Biden and other leaders in Washington D.C. to urge them to adopt this legislation.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: While I am thankful for state-level police reform, I strongly believe we must support those serving on our city’s Labor Relations Policy Committee to revamp the unjust, inflexible, and unjust police union contract, which expired months ago. Revamping the police contract will be more effective than additional defunding because additional defunding would exacerbate the negative impacts of longer 9-1-1 response times, overworked officers in the field, and impediments to sustain the consent decree accountability reforms. Moreover, we cannot expect a different police force if we do not change the terms upon which policing is done in Seattle. While Seattle will continue its strong support of Labor, I believe we should be able to treat this labor contract differently because no other such group carries a gun with a license to kill. For a summary of local government actions described by a recent Seattle Times article entitled “Seattle, King County wrestle with promises for change that politicians made after George Floyd’s murder,” CLICK HERE.

Regarding local government actions and our local accountability structure, I would like to share my initial thoughts about Police Chief Diaz’s recent actions  regarding the infamous “pink umbrella” case regarding the June 1, 2020 protest on Capitol Hill (Case 2020-OPA-0334). I know many of us were alarmed by the Chief’s initial action to overturn the conclusion of the Office of Police Accountability for one of last summer’s most serious incidents against protestors. While I believe we should support the good work of our police officers and work harder to retain our good officers here in Seattle, whenever police misconduct is confirmed, SPD officials must be held accountable.  In fact, by holding officers accountable, I believe we build trust and encourage good officers to stay.

The people of Seattle have a right to march – and I joined several of them – to protest the injustice to George Floyd and to generations of black and brown Americans. Many of my constituents and I condemned last summer the misguided use by SPD of tear gas and blast balls against constitutionally protected protests.

After reviewing this particular incident from June 1st of last year (2020), I agree with our Community Police Commission which said last week on May 12 (2021), “We are concerned by Chief Diaz’s decision to overturn the [Office of Police Accountability] findings in this case, the justice denied to peaceful protesters, and the harm this decision will do to trust in the Seattle Police Department and Seattle’s entire police accountability system.”

I connected directly with Chief Diaz to express my concerns and he informed me that, while he disagreed with the OPA’s finding that blamed a lower ranking officer, he was pursuing the case further to determine who would be held accountable for the actions on June 1, 2020. I encouraged the Chief to complete that investigation expeditiously.

This week (May 26, 2021), Chief Diaz held the Incident Commander accountable and demoted that Assistant Chief to Captain, as reported in the Seattle Times (CLICK HERE). Holding an individual accountable is a positive step and helps to mitigate initial concerns over the Chief’s action to overturn OPA, but I would like to echo the concerns of some colleagues: we should have the OPA or other independent confirmation of that incident AND consider whether wider operational changes are needed for future protests.

Even as this incident is being resolved with accountability and lessons learned, City Hall labor negotiators should redouble efforts to revamp the expired police union contract which is the sustainable solution to deliver long-term justice. Revamping the unjust, inflexible, and expensive police union contract will enable us to retain enough good police officers, to address police misconduct, and to deliver true safety to all communities.

THE COURTS:  On April 20, fired police officer Derek Chauvin was finally convicted by a jury on all 3 criminal charges against him for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  Within our local court system, we need our Washington State Supreme Court to allow our King County Executive’s improved “inquest” process to advance. For the most recent article by the Seattle Times entitled “Families of people killed by police are left without answers while King County’s inquests are stalled,” CLICK HERE. According to the Seattle Times, “The families of at least 36 people who have died at the hands of law enforcement in King County since 2017” are awaiting full inquests to get answers, including the family of District 4 resident Charleena Lyles who was shot and killed by Seattle police officers in 2017. One of the key demands of Lyles family members is to allow the inquest to proceed, as they reiterated at the vigil I attended for her in June of last year. The City of Seattle thankfully withdrew its challenge of the inquest process and I sent a demand letter to the other jurisdictions calling on them to allow the process to proceed. That tragedy also reinforces the need for trained professionals other than armed police officers to respond to those who need help in many situations — a key rationale for re-imagining public safety.

Community-Police Dialogues in North Precinct (District 4). The Seattle Public Safety Survey – Community-Police Dialogues will take place on May 27, July 1, and August 5 at 5:30 pm. Seattle University has collaborated with the Seattle Police Department since 2015 to conduct the annual Seattle Public Safety Survey as part of the Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP). This year, Seattle University will be hosting online conversations between community members and Seattle police personnel about concerns and themes raised in the 2020 Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the conversations is to give individuals who live and work in Seattle the opportunity to engage with Seattle police to discuss current concerns about public safety and security at the precinct and micro-community (neighborhood) level. For more info, CLICK HERE.


ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS

New Regional Homelessness Authority (RHA) has Approved its First Budget

The Governing Board of the Regional Homelessness Authority (RHA) unanimously approved the $2.3 million requested by new CEO Marc Dones. The funding is for administrative costs to get the RHA up and running for the remainder of 2021 but contracts won’t be assumed until later in the year. To learn more, visit the RHA website’s Governing Committee agenda on hiring and budget: CLICK HERE.

“This is a watershed moment,” said our Mayor Jenny Durkan, who participated in the meeting. In my own one-on-one conversation with CEO Dones last week, I reiterated my support and I offered to reach out to colleagues throughout King County to solidify regional relationships and get positive results as we launch regional solutions to this regional problem.

On May 6, our City’s Human Services Department (HSD) updated the City Council’s Committee on Homelessness about the “HOPE Team” outreach and shelter for those experiencing homelessness. CLICK HERE for the full presentation.

 

Through the interim Director Howell and other HSD presenters, we learned the HOPE team is providing referrals to a range of shelter options including hotels and Tiny House Villages, as diagrammed above. As we emerge from the pandemic, I strongly support moving quickly to find housing solutions as well as mental health, drug treatment, and other critical supports for those who have experienced hardship and loss of housing during the pandemic. On May 26, the Select Committee heard presentations from another outreach effort called JustCARES which is currently focused on downtown Seattle. For  those presentations, CLICK HERE.

Making Progress on U District Tiny Home Village

We are making progress opening the Tiny House Village in the University District (called “Rosie’s Village”) and look forward to launching this summer! Unsheltered homelessness in our streets, greenways, and parks has increased during the COVID pandemic and we need action to help those in need. I believe that well-organized tiny house villages as part of the Durkan Administration’s shelter surge can be a cost-effective intervention when coupled with professional case management and performance-based contracts.  Rather than just talking about it, we did the legwork to find a suitable short-term location and funding for the new Rosie’s Tiny House Village and I’m pleased we are able to stand up this organized shelter quickly thanks to Sound Transit, our City’s Human Services Department, and caring neighbors and small businesses.

Contact the Low Income Housing Institute at tinyhouses@lihi.org for more info on: (1) Donating tiny house building materials, (2) donating supplies or meals to a village, (3) offering your specific skillset or interests as a volunteer.


SEATTLE TREES: TIME TO PROTECT THEM

As we noted in our April newsletter, we call ourselves the “Emerald City” within the “Evergreen State,” yet our City laws have many loopholes that enable the removal of scores of trees each year, including trees that city law defines as “Exceptional.”  Healthy large trees, often in the category of “exceptional”—especially native conifers like Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar—provide numerous benefits including carbon sequestration, absorption of rainwater to reduce harmful storm water runoff into Puget Sound and Lake Washington, shade for cooling during the warmer months, and proven physical and mental health benefits. The bigger the tree, the better.

As we take a long overdue, serious look at racial injustice issues, we know some communities of color have fewer large trees and are having them removed more often. As far back as 2009, our City Auditor determined that fractionalized management of trees and urban forestry issues was a major problem for the City of Seattle and recommended consolidation. Instead, the City for eleven years has continued to try to make a multi-departmental approach to tree management work. As it has boomed with development, Seattle has struggled to prevent continued loss of significant numbers of large trees and reduced tree canopy area. Our city government’s oversight to protect trees is not only fractured, but also weak.

We are still waiting for the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) to deliver an updated tree ordinance to the City Council as required by Resolution 31902. Meanwhile, many constituents have been contacting my office with legitimate concerns about numerous “exceptional trees” being ripped out across District 4 and our city. My staff and I will be carefully monitoring our City government’s efforts on these important environmental and equity issues. We will update you through this newsletter and my blog.

In the meantime, we encourage you to write to the executive department taking the lead on this (SDCI) to urge them to do what they can now to protect trees, increase enforcement of the existing rules, issue a final Director’s Rule with stronger tree protections, and finally deliver to the City Council as soon as possible the tree protection ordinance promised many months ago. Email the Director and he can distribute it to his team: Nathan.Torgelson@seattle.gov


CONQUERING COVID

Seattle Voluminously Vaccinating

Good news from the Durkan Administration: “More than 76 percent of Seattle’s residents 12 and older have begun the vaccination process, and more than 60 percent are fully vaccinated.”  For more information, including how to get vaccinated today, visit the City’s vaccination website at www.seattle.gov/vaccine. The site contains vaccination information in seven languages, and in-language assistance is also available over the phone.

Wallingford Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic June 1:

The neighborhood news blog Wallyhood announced this good news: “The Seattle Fire Department will host a FREE pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Tuesday, June 1, 10am-1pm at 1501 North 45th Street, in the south parking lot behind the Library. The clinic will have Moderna and J&J vaccines available. If you are coming for a second Moderna shot, remember to bring your vaccination card. No reservations are required, you do not need to bring an ID or proof of insurance. Everyone 18 years old and older is welcome! Please wear a mask. The clinic is co-sponsored by Solid Ground and FamilyWorks.” For more info, CLICK HERE.

University of Washington will Require Vaccines for Fall Quarter

The University of Washington announced it will require all students on all three of its campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the autumn quarter. UW is encouraging students to get vaccinated as soon as possible, wherever they are living. Vaccines that have been proven safe and highly effective — including through clinical trials in which the UW’s own faculty were involved — are now readily available.  If students can’t get vaccinated where they currently live, the University will provide vaccinations to students once they arrive on campus. Currently, vaccinations are provided free of charge to individuals at UW Medicine hospitals — including at the UW Medical Center – Montlake on the Seattle campus — as well as at mass vaccination sites in Seattle and in Pierce and Snohomish counties.

“Widespread vaccination is the only real way we can put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us and return to a more normal way of living, learning and working,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce wrote in a message to the University community. “Our community is one that cares — about each other and about the state and society we serve. For your health, and for the health of us all, please get vaccinated as soon as you can.” President Cauce’s complete message to campus can be found at uw.edu/coronavirus.

Extending Relief from Utility Bills (Again)

At next Tuesday’s June 1, 2021 City Council meeting, the Council will consider Council Bill (CB) 120089, a bill sponsored by the Durkan Administration and me that would extend the temporary suspension of interest charges on delinquent utility account balances for customers during the COVID-19 emergency.

This bill, if approved, would be the third extension of this pandemic relief policy. The three previous actions are summarized below, all of which I sponsored:

  • Ordinance 126058 – passed March 19, 2020 – suspended interest charges until August 1, 2020
  • Ordinance 126182 – passed September 29, 2020 – suspended interest charges until January 1, 2021
  • Ordinance 126254 – passed December 14, 2021 – suspended interest charges until June 30, 2021

This bill would extend the suspension of interest charges through the earlier of: January 1, 2022, or the termination of the COVID-19 civil emergency.

As with most public policies, there are trade-offs and costs to well-intentioned legislation and we are making a lot of exceptions during the extraordinary times of the COVID pandemic.  In terms of financial impacts to our publicly owned utilities, the bill passed last December estimated the 2021 financial impacts to total approximately $3.4 million ($2.9 million for SCL, $525,000 for SPU). The updated estimate for extending the policy through the end of 2021 increases the 2021 revenue impact to approximately $8.5 million ($6.2 million for SCL, $2.3 million for SPU). The associated impact to the General Fund (via reduced utility taxes) is estimated to total $643,000, an increase of $406,000 over the prior estimate. We need to be mindful of not imposing costs onto our publicly owned utilities that then translate into increased utility bills for everyone because utility bills are regressive with lower income households paying a greater percentage.

To get other assistance with your utility bills, including the Utility Discount Program, CLICK HERE.


WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

City Council Meetings on the Internet

Listening: Even though City Council is not currently holding meetings in person in order to follow public health guidelines, you can still follow along by listening on your computer or phone by CLICKING HERE. You can also listen on your phone by calling 253-215-8782.

Commenting: You can also submit public comment by sending an e-mail to me at Alex.Pedersen@seattle.gov or to all 9 Councilmembers at council@seattle.gov. Please remember to add “For City Council Meeting” in the comments. Now you can also phone into the meeting to speak directly to the Council live. For the instructions on how to register and call in, CLICK HERE. Sign up begins two hours prior to the meeting start time.

Virtual Meetings with Your Councilmember Pedersen

I continue to schedule virtual in-district office hours, so we can chat by telephone or via Webex. Please continue to sign up through my website or by CLICKING HERE so I can hear your ideas, concerns, and requests. You can also just send an e-mail to alex.pedersen@seattle.gov

For previous e-newsletters, visit my blog by CLICKING HERE.

We are getting through this together, Seattle!

With gratitude,

Councilmember Alex Pedersen
Seattle City Council, District 4

Email: Alex.Pedersen@seattle.gov
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