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$230 Million Deficit Hangs Over Annual Harrell Speech

In his state of the city speech Tuesday, Harrell eschewed new taxes and promised yet-to-be identified budget cuts. He pledged a long-delayed draft of the Seattle Comprehensive Plan and an incentive package for office-to-housing conversions will be released in March.
Mayor Harrell at a podium with people behind him. He is talking about funding programs for the homeless.

Harrell’s 2024 Budget Leaves Big Questions on Safety and Looming Shortfall

Durable solutions to police accountability, public safety, drug treatment, and homelessness all remain elusive and vaguely defined. On Tuesday, Mayor Bruce Harrell released his 2024...

Is Harrell Drifting to the Right Amidst Deputy Mayor Shakeup?

Mayor promotes Burgess to deputy mayor following Monisha Harrell's departure. Mayor Bruce Harrell is parting ways with Senior Deputy Mayor Monisha Harrell, the Seattle Times...

Downtown Recovery Takes Center Stage in Harrell Speech Light on Details

The mayor has coined splashy acronyms from DAP to CARE, but the programs themselves are lagging behind. Mayor Bruce Harrell titled his state of the...

Harrell Pledges SPD Staffing Surge in State of City Speech

The Mayor asked for budget cuts from other city departments to close an anticipated $150 million funding gap next year. Mayor Bruce Harrell delivered his...
Harrell is flanked by his executive team including Deputy Mayors Kendee Yamaguchi and Monisha Harrell and Director of Strategic Initiative Tim Burgess to the right and Policy Director Dan Eder to the left.

Harrell Pledges Bold Agenda in Inaugural Speech

Styling himself a progressive rather than a moderate, Mayor Bruce Harrell promised to enact a bold agenda and pledged to listen and work with...
Mayor Durkan with Ferris wheel and Seattle waterfront in background

Durkan Leaves Behind a Mess After Four Rudderless Years

Today is Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's final day in office and attention is turning to her legacy as she passes the baton to her...
A photo of backed up car traffic on the right side of the road. Cars are approaching on the left side of the road.

Mayor Durkan Poses as Climate Mayor at COP26

The biggest challenge is implementation, Durkan said, which has been very true for her administration. The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as...