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Continue reading NEWS GLEAMS | Morales Announces Relection Bid, Applications Open for Affordable Family Housing at 13th & Fir
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by Lizz Giordano
In the seven years Seattle has worked toward achieving Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating traffic deaths has never been so out of reach for the city. Especially in the South End, which absorbed more than half of the fatalities on the city’s streets last year.Continue reading Funding ‘Solutions Not Studies’ to End Seattle Traffic Deaths
by Seattle City Councilmember Tammy J. Morales
When I was 21 years old, I had an abortion.Continue reading OPINION: My Abortion Story
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by Ashley Archibald
(This article originally appeared on Real Change and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
Rebecca Saldaña and her kids had a choice.
It was Wednesday. One of the children had a dance class in Burien. The other had a taekwondo class in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. That’s a lot of back and forth.
Without a car, it was pretty difficult to get to both. Fortunately, the kids took pity on Saldaña. Rather than take the bus from the South End to Burien and back to Mt. Baker, her daughter chose to forgo a dance class.
“We are simplifying our day,” Saldaña said.
Not so simple for an elected official, of course. Saldaña still needed to make it home for a community meeting.
Saldaña, along with more than 100 other elected officials and transportation professionals, participated in a “Week Without Driving,” an event created by the Disability Mobility Initiative (DMI) — a project of Disability Rights Washington — to show the difficulties that non-drivers face in a state and country planned around cars.Continue reading ‘Week Without Driving’ Challenges Leaders to Reimagine Transit and Accessibility
by Luke Schaefer
Following a spike in crime during the coronavirus pandemic that culminated in three deaths near the Mt. Baker light rail station in June, community members at Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts (Artspace) urgently called upon City officials to tour the neighborhood and hear grievances from residents and business operators during an hour-long conference on the afternoon of Sept. 17.
Jamil Suleman, the Mt. Baker-based artist and business leader who organized the event, asked for officials and community members to set aside personal politics in order to relay the neighborhood’s reports of theft, arson, and toxic dumping to City officials. Among those in attendance were Mayor Jenny Durkan, Seattle City Councilmember Tammy Morales, Chief Adrian Diaz and Mark Solomon of the Seattle Police Department, as well as members of the Artspace staff and the adjacent preschool. Suleman expressed that having all these voices together was quite unprecedented, and in order for action to be swift, bureaucracy must be circumvented. Everyone had to understand firsthand. Everyone had to be there.Continue reading ‘Ready for Action’: City Officials, Community Organizers Converge Over Crime in Mt. Baker
by Andrew Engelson
Seattle City Councilmembers Tammy Morales and Teresa Mosqueda sponsored an online forum on July 22 to explore issues surrounding displacement and exclusionary zoning that could fundamentally change the way Seattle grows in coming decades.Continue reading City Council Forum Addresses Displacement and Exclusionary Zoning
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by Paul Faruq Kiefer
(This article previously appeared on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
Seattle’s participatory budgeting process, which received $30 million in the 2021 city budget adopted last year, “is now clearly delayed until next year,” Seattle City Councilmember Tammy Morales confirmed by email Wednesday.
The City Council identified participatory budgeting as a way to allocate spending on alternatives to policing last year. But the timeline to get the process underway has been unclear for months because of uncertainty about who will manage the process. The council is considering two options, but Morales has been reluctant to move forward with either alternative.Continue reading Participatory Budgeting ‘Clearly Delayed Until Next Year’