Tag: gonzalez

Revisiting the North Precinct Project

September 15th, 2016

I continue to believe that the existing North Precinct police station must be replaced to meet the needs of North Seattle residents and the operational needs of North Precinct officers. However, after reviewing hundreds of pages and hearing from a wide variety of community members, it is clear that we must take a step back […]

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Councilmember González’ Statement on Introduction of Encampment Legislation

September 6th, 2016

Councilmember Lorena González issued the following statement regarding today’s upcoming decision to introduce legislation to revise the City’s encampment clear out policy: “In two months, the City of Seattle will be recognizing the one-year anniversary of the declaration of a State of Emergency on Homelessness.  Sadly, in the almost twelve months since that declaration, we […]

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Responsibly Moving Forward with the North Precinct

August 10th, 2016

Over the past several months, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities & New Americans committee (GESCNA) has had multiple public hearings regarding the design, operations and cost of a new police precinct that would serve all of North Seattle (Council Districts 4, 5 and 6).  The current Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct serves approximately forty percent […]

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Fighting for Families / Luchando para Familias

June 23rd, 2016

En Español In English We are a nation of immigrants. Our greatest national monument, the Statue of Liberty, is etched with the words: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” Today, those words are weighing heavily on my mind and heart. This morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued a […]

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Councilmember Gonzalez’s Response to Pronto Bike Share Vote

March 18th, 2016

Thank you for taking time to write in about Pronto Bike Share.  Over the past several weeks, I have received hundreds of calls and e-mails both expressing support for and opposition against saving the existing bike share system. I will be frank: I struggled with this decision.  That struggle was wedged between my belief that […]

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Fencing off The Jungle will not help our homelessness crisis

March 7th, 2016

The growing crisis of homelessness in our region is larger than the reach of a single solution, implementation of a single strategy, or responsibility of a single elected official or human-services provider. It’s a shared crisis rooted in interrelated problems of poverty, addiction and mental illness. It is larger than a single city, region or […]

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Tackling the Homelessness Crisis & Public Safety

January 29th, 2016

One Night Count 2016 I never expected this job to be easy, I don’t think anyone does. This week has proven especially challenging as an elected official, as an advocate for the underrepresented and, frankly, as a fellow resident. Last night, I joined 1,000 volunteers in the Seattle-King County One Night Count organized by the […]

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy: The Continued Civil Rights Movement

January 19th, 2016

Yesterday communities across the country, including here in Seattle, came together to celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Every year, in the days leading up to “MLK Day”, we hear speeches on the radio, TV and in our schools and churches about how far we’ve come in the struggle for equity. […]

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Debriefing on Block 21: Where land use and labor intersect – and where they don’t.

January 11th, 2016

Today, the Seattle City Council faced a difficult vote. We voted to grant the Block 21 Alley Vacation to Amazon, Inc., with an amendment regarding free speech protections on the property, co-sponsored by Councilmembers Burgess, Herbold and myself. Normally, an alley vacation is not a particularly controversial decision; it’s a part of the lifecycle of […]

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