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December 6, 2:43 PM click here to comment > 0

The Reader – Weddings at City Hall on Sunday

From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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Weddings at City Hall on Sunday
We’re excited for the 140 couples joining us at City Hall Sunday, December 9th, the first day same-sex couples can be married.

To come inside City Hall, you’ll have to be an invited member of a wedding party. However, the community will be celebrating this historic day on City Hall Plaza, on 4th Avenue, where we encourage you to cheer and congratulate each couple as they exit the building. Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Please join us on 4th Avenue at any point during the ceremonies to help make this an extra special moment.

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Moving forward to replace Seattle’s seawall
This week, we updated the public and press on the city’s progress in replacing the aging Elliott Bay Seawall. In the past month, the city achieved 60 percent design on the project, released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, selected a general contractor to build it, and secured Seattle voters’ approval of $240 million to complete its funding package.

“I thank Seattle voters for their overwhelming support for this critical public safety infrastructure project,” said Mayor McGinn. “We have successfully completed several important milestones so far, including retaining a general contractor for this work. I am looking forward to continuing to work with our project partners as we move ahead on replacing our deteriorating seawall.”

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This holiday season, let’s look out for each other and travel safely
This past weekend marked the start of the fourth annual Center City Holiday Pedestrian Safety Campaign. The campaign is a part of the City’s larger Road Safety Action Plan and Be Super Safe efforts, which have the long-term vision of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

During the winter holiday season, there are more people traveling downtown and fewer daylight hours, so making sure that we’re watching out for each other while driving or walking is especially important. We’ve seen remarkable reductions in pedestrian collisions since the start of the Center City Holiday Pedestrian Safety Campaign four years ago – down on average 34 percent – but even one collision is too many.

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Upcoming events (for more see
Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m. – Northeast District Council, Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE)

Dec. 9, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Weddings at City Hall (600 4th Ave)

Dec. 10, 6:00 p.m. – East District Council, Capitol Hill Library (425 Harvard Ave E)

Dec. 13, 4:00 p.m. – Broadway Streetcar Extension open house, Silver Cloud Hotel (1100 Broadway)

Video highlights (for more see

Supporting public safety by switching to LED streetlights Seawall update

What we’re reading:
Seattle gains second-most construction jobs

Responding to Shortage, Judges Will Open Courtrooms on Sunday to Marry Gay Couples

Cyclists and Pedestrians Can End Up Spending More Each Month Than Drivers

Columbia City Movie House Reopening Soon

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill