Council Events, Forums and Town Halls

Safe & Healthy Communities Public Forum 9/29/16
Safe & Healthy Communities Public Forum

A public forum hosted by Councilmember Mike O'Brien to review proposed solutions created as a result of the July 29, 2016 Safe and Healthy Communities Public Forum. The event begins with an introduction from the Councilmember and descriptions of proposed solutions, which aim to address safety and public health issues.


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Budget Chair Mosqueda releases Council's balancing package

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Pos. 8 - Citywide), Chair of Select Budget Committee, presents the Council's balancing package, describes the approach her colleagues used to develop a response to the Mayor's proposed budget, and responds to the downward revenue forecast shared by the City Budget Office recently.

Speakers include:

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, Seattle City Council Budget Committee Chair

Esther Handy, Seattle City Council Central Staff

Aly Pennuci, Seattle City Council Central Staff

Community panel on ending exclusionary zoning & combating displacement

The Racial Equity Toolkit Report on Seattle's Growth Strategy was recently released and feedback from the community sends a clear message: Seattle's system of exclusionary zoning on 75% of our residential land is not healthy, equitable, or sustainable, and we need zoning changes and strong anti-displacement policies in the upcoming Comprehensive Plan update to support housing affordability, housing choice, and racial equity outcomes in our city, rooted in communities most impacted by Seattle's discriminatory policies and practices of the past. The panel of community experts from housing, equitable development, small business, and more share how Seattle can grow more equitably as we gear up for the kick-off to the Comprehensive Plan update process

Panelists include:

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, City of Seattle  
Councilmember Tammy Morales, City of Seattle  
Andrea Reay, President & CEO, Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
Maria Ramirez, Chair of Duwamish Valley Affordable Housing Coalition
Curtis Brown, Member of South End Community Development
Ab Juaner, Equitable Development Program Manager, Puget Sound Sage

Councilmember Lewis hosts town hall on homelessness outreach & services

Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Magnolia to Pioneer Square) holds a town hall on homelessness outreach and services in Seattle. 

Panelists include:

Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis, City of Seattle  

Chloe Gale, REACH Program Director Evergreen Treatment Services  

Yvonne Nelson, REACH Staffer Evergreen Treatment Services  

Alison Eisinger, Executive Director King County Coalition on Homelessness  

Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director Chief Seattle Club  

Sharon Lee, Executive Director Low Income Housing Institute  

Qiana Tyeskey, Housing Manager Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle  

Jesse Benet, Deputy Director Public Defender Association

Town hall on public safety & the future of emergency response

Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Magnolia to Pioneer Square) holds a town hall on public safety and the future of emergency response in Seattle. 


Chief Harold Scoggins, Seattle Fire Department

Daniel Malone, Downtown Emergency Services Center

Sharon Lee, Low Income Housing Institute

Roshan Bliss and Carleigh Sailon, Denver Justice Project 

Making the City Budget Work for You

Councilmember Tammy Morales and Marcus Green from the South Seattle Emerald lead a community discussion on rebalancing the 2020 City budget and preparing for a community-led 2021 budget session.

Former Labor Secretary Reich joins Councilmember Lewis to discuss capital gains tax

Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Magnolia to Pioneer Square) will convene a panel of subject matter experts, including former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, to discuss the capital gains tax legislation he announced last week, which could generate resources to build affordable and permanent supportive housing, and fund additional homeless services. 

Speakers include:
Andrew J. Lewis, Councilmember - District 7
Robert Reich, Former U.S. Labor Secretary 
Colleen Echohawk, Chief Seattle Club
Joe Nguyen, Senator, Washington's 37th Legislative District
Sara Rankin, Director of Homeless Rights Advocacy Project at Seattle University

Economic Realities of COVID Forum

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, Chair of the Budget Committee, hosts a forum with two panels. The first covers the national economic climate, how the state and federal government are able or not able to address local funding gaps, and what economic recovery looks like during and post COVID-19. The second panel includes community leaders and those with lived experience to talk about COVID-19 impacts on housing homelessness, labor, and small business. 

Speakers include:

Josh Bivens, Research Director, Economic Policy Institute

Lenore Palladino, Assistant Professor of Economics & Public Policy, University of Massachusetts

Shar Habibi, Research & Policy Director, In the Public Interest 

Deric Gruen, Co-Executive Director, Front & Centered

Misha Werschkul, Executive Director, Budget & Policy Center

Michele Thomas, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

Shaun Van Eyk, Organizing Representative, ProTec 17

Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club

Beto Yarce, Executive Director, Ventures Nonprofit

West Seattle Bridge Briefing: Virtual Town Hall

Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Alex Pedersen co-host a digital town hall with Seattle Department of Transportation on the West Seattle Bridge and traffic management while the bridge is closed for repairs. 


Sam Zimbabwe, Seattle Department of Transportation

Heather Marx, Seattle Department of Transportation

Councilmember Sawant Sworn into Office for Third Term

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) held a ceremonial swearing-in for her third term on the Seattle City Council on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 at Washington Hall. Sawant had her oath of office administered by Kaylah Williams, member of the Association of Flight Attendants.

Councilmember-elect Tammy J. Morales takes Oath of Office on Beacon Hill

Councilmember-elect Tammy J. Morales (District 2) takes the Oath of Office on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at El Centro De La Raza on Beacon Hill. The Council seat for District 2 - an area that includes Beacon Hill, Columbia City, Georgetown, Hillman City, parts of the International District, and Rainier Beach - fills the position of former Councilmember Bruce Harrell.

Morales worked for the Rainier Beach Action Coalition and served as a Seattle Human Rights Commissioner. She is trained as a community and regional planner, and has spent her career working with frontline communities on local issues including food security, displacement in low-income neighborhoods and community-centered development.

Morales previously served as a Legislative Director for a state representative in Texas, as a city budget analyst in New York, and ran a successful consulting firm on food access research and programming, with clients such as the City of Seattle and King County.   Raised by a single mother who always worked two jobs, Morales is a champion for families who struggle to find affordable housing and childcare.   Morales has been a Seattle resident for nearly 20 years. She is a mom with three kids - two in the Seattle Public School system and one a proud Viking at Portland State. Morales and her family call the Lakewood neighborhood home.

Councilmember Sawant launches "Tax Amazon" campaign

Following her ceremonial District 3 swearing-in on Monday, Councilmember Kshama Sawant launched the 'Tax Amazon' 2020 campaign with progressive unions, organizations, and hundreds of community members.

List of speakers: 

• Councilmember Kshama Sawant
• Kaylah Williams, Association of Flight Attendants
• Susan Fitzgerald, international leader in UNITE the union, the largest union in the UK and Ireland and a member of the Irish Socialist Party
• Maurice Mitchell, national executive director of Working Families Party, which was involved in beating back Amazon's threats last year in NYC
• Paula Lukaszek, President WFSE 1488
• Nikkita Oliver, community leader and 2017 Seattle mayoral candidate
• Chris Natale, Democratic Socialists of America

Councilmember-elect Andrew J. Lewis takes Oath of Office at UpGarden P-Patch

Councilmember-elect Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Pioneer Square to Magnolia) takes the Oath of Office on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at the UpGarden P-Patch on top of the Mercer Street Garage. The Council seat for District 7 - an area that includes Pioneer Square, Downtown, Belltown, First Hill, Queen Anne, and Magnolia - fills the position of former Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. Following the swearing-in, Councilmember Lewis announces that an agreement has been reached to preserve the UpGarden P-Patch. The plan had been to close the P-Patch after next season to make room for 100 parking spaces.

Councilmember-elect Dan Strauss takes oath in Ballard

Councilmember-elect Dan Strauss (District 6, Northwest Seattle) takes the Oath of Office on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, under the Ballard Centennial Bell Tower. The Council seat for District 6 - an area that covers Ballard, Fremont, Green Lake, Greenwood and Phinney Ridge - fills the position of former Councilmember Mike O'Brien.

Councilmember-elect Pedersen Swearing-in at Magnuson Park

Councilmember-elect Alex Pedersen (District 4, Northeast Seattle) takes the Oath of Office on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at the Magnuson Park Officers Club. The Council seat for District 4 - an area that covers Eastlake, Ravenna, University District, and Wallingford - fills the position vacated earlier this year when then-Councilmember Rob Johnson left his position.  On April 22, 2019, Councilmember Abel Pacheco was appointed to fill the seat until the elections had been certified.

District 4 Budget Town Hall

Councilmember Abel Pacheco and Mayor Jenny A. Durkan host a meeting for District 4 residents to learn about the city's budget process, and budget items that will address D4 priorities in public safety, transportation, housing, and homelessness.

Speakers include:

Councilmember Abel Pacheco, City of Seattle  

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, City of Seattle

Ben Noble, Director, Seattle City Budget Office 

Kirstan Arestad, Director, Council Central Staff 

Maureen Ewing, Executive Director, University Heights Center 

Andrés Mantilla, Director, Department of Neighborhoods  

Rent Control Rally

Rent Control Rally


Renters, workers, housing advocates, socialists, and community activists participate in a Rent Control Rally.

Lunch & Learn: The AIDS Memorial Pathway

Special Joint Meeting of Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, and Arts & Civic Development, Public Assets & Native Communities Committees. Agenda: The AIDS Memorial Pathway: where we started and where we're going; Public Comment.

Public Forum - City Council Pos. 4 (Dist. 4) Applicants

Seattle Channel host Brian Callanan moderates a Public Forum to allow community groups and audience members to ask the qualified Council District 4 applicants questions. The eligible applicants are listed in alphabetical order: Brooke Brod, Darby DuComb, Kathryn Gardow, David A. Goldberg, Jordan Goldwarg, Sherae Lascelles, Jay Lazerwitz, Juan Martinez, Abel Pacheco Jr., Marjorie Press, Maritza Rivera, and Luke Wigren.

A special City Council meeting will be head on Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. and provide qualified applicants the opportunity to formally present a 3-minute presentation and respond to questions from City Councilmembers. The public will have the opportunity to provide comments.

The Council will vote to fill the vacancy at the 2:00 p.m. Full Council meeting on Monday, April 22.

Lunch & Learn: Housing Development & Anti-Displacement Strategies

Lunch and Learn on Anti-Displacement Strategies with community partners hosted by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda.

Seattle's growth and consequent housing shortage have taken place in the context of historic wrongs rooted in racist redlining policies and continued exclusionary land use practices-resulting in many neighborhoods out of reach to all but the wealthy few, while low-income communities and communities of color are being displaced further and further from their jobs, their social networks, and their cultural and faith communities.


Giulia Pascuito, Puget Sound Sage: Displacement 101; Anti-Displacement Framework

Patrice Thomas, Rainier Beach Action Coalition: Story of Rainier Beach, jobs tie-in

Evelyn Allen, Black Community Impact Alliance and Catholic Community Services: Affirmative marketing and community-driven development in the Central District

Patience Malaba, Housing Development Consortium: Role of affordable housing; acquisition and preservation strategies

Uche Okezie, HomeSight: Homeownership, story of Othello Square

Xochitl Maykovich, Washington CAN: Eviction reform and other tenant issues

Lunch & Learn: National Caregiver Month - Caregiver Support Forum

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw hosts a Caregiver Support Forum, part of Age Friendly Seattle and National Caregiver Month. Topics include caregiver stress and support services available through the City; dementia caregiving; respite care; expanded services available through the Medicaid Transformation Project; and legislative action and advocacy. For more information: Community Living Connections at 1-844-348-5464 or


Councilmember Sally Bagshaw

Audrey Buehring, HSD Deputy Director

Cathy Knight, HSD/ADS Director

Amanda Bates, ADS Case Manager

Cathy MacCaul, AARP Washington

Karen Winston, ADS Planner

Lani Todd, SEIU 775

People’s Budget Affordable Housing Rally

Councilmember Kshama Sawant hosts a People's Budget Affordable Housing rally at Yesler Community Center to discuss Seattle's affordable housing crisis.

Lunch & Learn: Sacramento's Integrative Approach to Homelessness

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda hosts a lunch and learn with Transform Health to discuss how the City of Sacramento is building an integrated system of care for the most vulnerable of the homeless population by bringing together health and housing partners. Through a health and equity lens, the city is helping stabilize the lives of the chronically homeless who are high utilizers of health and EMS services by addressing their healthcare, housing and social service needs to reduce barriers to accessing and maintaining housing. 

Lunch & Learn: Coordinated Response to Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation

The lunch and learn talk, in connection with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, focuses on elder abuse in Seattle and King County and the City's Vulnerable Adult Program.  Learn more.  

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Councilmember
Page Ulrey, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County
Amanda Froh, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County
Kathi Church, Elder Abuse Case Manager for Seattle
Peter Ubaldi, Seattle Fire Department Captain
Audrey Powers, Vulnerable Adult Case Manager for Seattle

Councilmember Sawant, Affordable Housing Alliance hold Town Hall

Councilmember Kshama Sawant and the Affordable Housing Alliance hold a town hall to demand the City Council pass a $150 million Employee Hours Tax (EHT) on Seattle's biggest businesses to fund affordable housing and homeless services.

Council Conversation on Education

Councilmembers M. Lorena González, Rob Johnson and Teresa Mosqueda engage education advocates, families, and students for the first of several conversations with Council on what education could look like in Seattle. 

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