Mayor launches “Summer of Opportunity and Safety” to support local youth

Mayor Ed Murray launched the Summer of Opportunity and Safety, a City-led effort to expand summer programming for youth through grant-funded programs, Seattle Parks Department activities and youth jobs. These programs aim to help connect youth to opportunities across the city, focusing attention on positive activity that itself is a strong violence prevention measure. A […]

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City of Seattle proposes $2.65M to streamline school start times, improve school traffic safety

Earlier today, Mayor Ed Murray announced that he will propose $2.3M in startup funding to help Seattle Public Schools students get more sleep and be better equipped for academic success. The funding will help SPS implement a two-tiered bell schedule (down from three), in response to requests from families. Mayor Murray will request the Families […]

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Mayor Murray hires director of homelessness

Mayor Ed Murray announced on Tuesday that George Scarola will serve as the City’s first ever cabinet-level director of homelessness. Scarola will be responsible for leading the City’s homelessness efforts across departments, providing oversight and evaluation of outcomes, strategic guidance, and leading community engagement. “Homelessness is a national epidemic, leaving cities like Seattle stepping in to […]

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Mayor Murray proposes plan for more police officers

Last week, Mayor Ed Murray sent the Seattle City Council a proposed funding plan to finance the hiring of 200 new police officers and investments in the City’s 911 call center. “Residents, businesses, and experts agree that we must increase investments in our police department, hire additional officers, and enhance community engagement,” says Mayor Murray. Mayor […]

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Mayor Murray seeks applicants for Landmark Preservation Board positions

Mayor Ed Murray is looking for four new members to serve on the Landmark Preservation Board in the following positions: Historian, Structural Engineer, Finance, and Real Estate. The 12-member Landmark Preservation Board makes recommendations to the Seattle City Council for landmark designation and reviews all proposed physical alterations to designated features of landmark properties. The […]

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Greenwood business owners seek answers, explosion investigation results expected by end of summer

According to our news partners at Phinneywood.com, Greenwood business owners who were frustrated by the lack of information surrounding the cause of the March 9 explosion met with Mayor Ed Murray last week to ask for his assistance in finding some answers. The explosion, that destroyed three businesses and damaged an additional 50, is currently being investigated by […]

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Applications now open for Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program

The City’s Human Services Department (HSD) has opened this year’s application process for the 10th annual Summer Youth Employment Program. The Summer Youth Employment Program is a part of the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative, a citywide effort to address high youth unemployment. “Building on last year’s efforts, we are working with business leaders and community […]

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Mayor Murray to give live televised address on homelessness

Mayor Ed Murray will be giving a live televised address this evening on one of the most challenging issues facing our city: homelessness. As many readers are aware, the issue is particularly topical in our neighborhood especially with the opening of the Ballard Nicklesville encampment last year and with the homeless ‘safe-lot’ set to open in the old Yankee […]

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