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City launches ‘Neighbors for Road Safety’ program

Mayor Mike McGinn today announced a new “Neighbors for Road Safety” program, which mobilizes Seattle residents to help raise awareness of road safety issues in their communities. Participants who sign up to be a Neighbor for Road Safety will have several resources available to them: educational materials; hard data on neighborhood-specific road safety issues; a […]


Celebrating Food Day

October 24th is Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Last year we celebrated Food Day by releasing Seattle’s Food Action Plan, a roadmap that lays out steps for our City to get more healthy food to more Seattle residents, expand opportunities to grow food in the City, […]


Seattle Public Utilities to go carbon neutral by 2015

Today I issued an executive order directing Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to work to become carbon neutral by 2015.  Seattle City Light has been carbon neutral since 2005, leading the way for our other utilities and agencies. Our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are critical given the dramatic impacts we can expect from unchecked […]


Fossil fuel divestment movement comes to Seattle to plan next steps

Mayor Mike McGinn today joined local government leaders and financial experts from across the country to kick off the Seattle Divestment Forum. Hosted by Mayor McGinn and organized by the Mayors Innovation Project, the Seattle Divestment Forum brings together local governments and financial professionals to develop strategies, practices, and new financial tools to promote divestment […]


Next Steps on Fossil Fuel Divestment

Last December, I outlined the actions the City of Seattle was taking to begin divesting from fossil fuels. Since that time significant progress has been made. Sixteen cities from across the country have joined us in committing to fossil fuel divestment. We’ve also moved forward on a number of fronts here in Seattle. We stopped […]


36 Northwest leaders call on President Obama and government agencies to conduct broad and inclusive review of coal exports

Thirty six elected and tribal officials from the Pacific Northwest are calling on the state and federal governments to conduct a broad, inclusive review of all three coal export sites proposed for Washington and Oregon. In letters to President Barack Obama, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington […]


Kwel Hoy’ totem pole arrives in Seattle

Mayor Mike McGinn today welcomed the Kwel Hoy’ Totem Pole to Seattle. Jewell James, a member of the Lummi Tribe, and the House of Tears Carvers created the totem pole as a statement of opposition against the Gateway Pacific Terminal, proposed for Cherry Point, north of Bellingham. “The Kwel Hoy’ Totem Pole is a symbol […]


$5.5 million in Neighborhood Street Fund Projects announced

Mayor Mike McGinn today announced that 12 community-requested projects will be constructed through the City’s Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) Large Project program. Utilizing funds from the voter-approved Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy and $1 million in savings from the Spokane Street Viaduct project, the city will invest $5.5 million over the next three years […]


Mayor McGinn announces nearly $14 million in neighborhood transportation investments

Mayor Mike McGinn announced nearly $14 million in neighborhood transportation investments throughout Seattle as part of his 2014 Proposed Budget. These investments focus on the basics, with more funding for sidewalks, road paving, design work for bridge rehabilitation, and funding for coordinated transportation planning in four key corridors. “Seattle’s economy is doing well, and that […]


Celebrating the New World Headquarters for Harley Marine Services

Last week I was honored to help celebrate the recently completed Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center, the new world headquarters for Harley Marine Services (HMS) on Harbor Island. HMS has been a Seattle employer for over 30 years, and is one of the City’s key partners in the Maritime Industry, which provides more than […]