Tag Archives: Teresa Mosqueda

Teresa Mosqueda to Seek City Council Reelection, Not Mayoral Run

by Elizabeth Turnbull


Ending speculations of a potential run for Mayor, Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda announced on Wednesday morning that she will be running for reelection to a City Council position. 

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South End Constituents React to Mayor Durkan’s Decision Not to Seek Re-election

by Elizabeth Turnbull


At the end of a demanding year responding to the COVID-19 crisis and overseeing controversial police tactics during to Black Lives Matter protests, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced on Dec. 7 that she will not seek re-election. 

In several interviews and in a video announcing her decision, Durkan said her decision came down to a choice: Run a successful re-election campaign or devote all her attention to being mayor in the final year of her term. 

“I could spend the next year campaigning to keep this job or focus all my energy on doing the job,” Durkan said. “There was only one right choice for our city: Doing the job.” 

To gauge how the South End feels about the mayor’s eventual departure, the Emerald spoke with local groups and community members about what the mayor’s decision means to them and their view for the city. 

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OPINION: How we can build equity and economic recovery in Seattle’s 2021 budget

by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide)


The Seattle City Council’s fall budget process this year will be vastly different in many ways, as this moment demands elected leaders to step up and address a multitude of overlapping crises that are presenting themselves at once: an ongoing public health emergency that is COVID-19, a racial reckoning calling for investments in true community safety and long-term systemic change, a climate crisis made palpable by weeks of choking wildfire smoke, and we’re still in the midst of an affordable housing and homelessness crisis that plays out in our streets in every neighborhood in Seattle and in the lives of thousands of our neighbors. 

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The Morning Update Show — 10/1/20

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We’ll also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Thursday, October 1

Today on the Morning Update Show:

  • Tonight’s Historic Town Hall
  • Durkan Cuts Navigation Team
  • Mosqueda Voices Concerns About Durkan Budget
  • ACLU Files Suit Against City and SPD (Again)
  • Attempted Arson at Black-Owned Coffee Shop in Shoreline
  • Washington State Data Hack
  • Crystal Fincher and Michael Charles Weigh in on Town Hall

Seattle City Council Passes “Historic” Big Business Tax

by Chetanya Robinson


Seattle City Council passed a $214 million big business tax proposal Monday to address the damage of the COVID-19 pandemic, invest in affordable housing, and fund City services.

The 7-2 vote, a margin large enough to override a veto from Mayor Jenny Durkan, comes two years after the City Council passed and then walked back the Employee Hours Tax, or Head Tax, which would have raised $47 million per year for housing and homelessness services. Continue reading Seattle City Council Passes “Historic” Big Business Tax

Seattle Council Big Business Tax Will Move Forward After Passing Budget Committee

by Chetanya Robinson


A tax on big businesses that would raise over $200 million dollars per year and pay for COVID-19 relief and affordable housing is on the City Council’s agenda after sailing through the budget committee with a 7-2 vote. Continue reading Seattle Council Big Business Tax Will Move Forward After Passing Budget Committee

Mosqueda Introduces New Big Business Tax to Fund COVID-19 Relief

by Chetanya Robinson


With a new big business tax proposal from Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (At Large representative), the Seattle City Council is now weighing two plans to fund COVID-19 relief for Seattle with progressive revenue sources.

Mosqueda’s proposal, “JumpStart Seattle,” would tax the top three percent of Seattle businesses to fund grants for childcare facilities and small businesses, grocery vouchers for low-income people, direct financial help for immigrant and refugee households, construction of affordable housing, and more. Continue reading Mosqueda Introduces New Big Business Tax to Fund COVID-19 Relief

“You Can’t Fix What’s Fundamentally Broken.” Seattle City Council Considers Defunding Police Department

by Erica C. Barnett


As the Seattle Police Department announced it was removing all “sensitive items” from the East Precinct building on Capitol Hill in anticipation of another long night of protests, the Seattle City Council adopted a number of strongly worded resolutions demanding action earlier Monday afternoon.

Among other actions, the council unanimously signed two letters calling, respectively, for the demilitarization of SPD and for Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes to withdraw the city’s lawsuit against inquest reforms adopted by King County in 2019. Continue reading “You Can’t Fix What’s Fundamentally Broken.” Seattle City Council Considers Defunding Police Department

Seattle City Council Rejects Resolution to Restart Human Services Department Director Hiring Process

by Emerald Staff

An effort to block the appointment of Jason Johnson as the head of the Human Services Department failed March 4 in a Seattle City Council meeting.

Councilmember Kshama Sawant proposed a resolution that would send the appointment of Johnson back to Mayor Jenny Durkan for a complete search and hiring process involving community members and stakeholders in the process.

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