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posted Friday, February 23, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 08
Excerpts from Mayor Jenny Durkan's State of the City address
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Excerpts from Mayor Jenny Durkan's State of the City address

'Right now, for too many students in Rainier Beach and on Lake City Way and other parts of our city, getting to school or work means an unsafe trip or a long walk in the cold and rain. This is wrong. Here's what is right: that each student in Seattle has access to affordable, reliable transportation.

'Councilmembers Rob Johnson and Mike O'Brien and others have worked to give free ORCA passes to young people. And last summer, King County Executive Dow Constantine launched a successful 50-cent youth fare pilot throughout the county. Let's make that better. By this fall, we will put a free, year-round ORCA pass in the hands of every single one of the 15,000 high school students in Seattle Public Schools. We'll do the same for our Seattle Promise scholars - so students can worry more about their grades and less about how they get places. So that working moms and dads can save some money each month and know their children are safe. It is the right thing to do. I look forward to working with our City Council to make this a reality for our students for years to come. The time is now. And we are making it happen....'

'Economic opportunity and fairness means we are going to keep protecting our workers through fair wages and fair rights. Seattle led the way on the $15 minimum wage. Now, we need to lead the way on a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, too. This year, I intend to work with Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, employers, and others to make it a reality. The time for talk is over....'

'We must acknowledge that parts of our city do not feel safe and see too many young people taken by violence. All too often this is because of gun violence. We will NOT accept this. Seattle residents must be safe in their neighborhoods and in their homes. Our kids must be safe on the way to school and in their schools. Schools are meant for joy and learning, not lockdowns and mass shootings. Together we will fight for commonsense gun safety laws to protect our city, our neighborhoods, our schools, and our children....'

'We believe every person is born with dignity and promise, and deserves respect and real opportunity. That a person's value is not based on your net worth. Or your country of birth. Or color of your skin. Or the gender of the person you love. We believe we are all better off when prosperity is shared, and is not just for the few. And we know that we are stronger when we are a truly inclusive place. Those are American - and Seattle - values. Seattle will stand up to be a safe and welcoming city - especially with Donald Trump as our president. Our immigrant and refugee neighbors believe in the promise of America - and we will deliver on that promise. All of our children should not just feel welcome here in our community, they should be given the chance to thrive here....'

'And unlike the other Washington, we believe in science and know climate change is real. We know that it's hurting our economy, threatening this gorgeous place we love, and jeopardizing our children's' futures. Seattle has become a national leader in reducing carbon emissions, protecting our environment, and boosting clean energy jobs. The City of Seattle is leading the way - we have one of the largest electric vehicles fleets in the entire country. But there is more we can - and must - do. That includes making sure our buildings are as green as possible. In the coming months, I'll propose legislation to create a new, citywide pilot [program] to encourage the building of 20 of the most sustainable and efficient buildings. We'll show it can be done on scale and create a new model for green cities. And we will not forget that the burdens of environmental disaster almost always fall on those who are most marginalized. True environmental progress means environmental justice and livable communities for people of color and for people who are struggling in our economy.'

Courtesy of the Office of the Mayor

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