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2020 Year In Review 

This year has demanded that elected officials step up, act with urgency, and push for much needed change and assistance to small businesses, working families and our most vulnerable residents. In the face of a global pandemic, civil rights uprising, and a massive budget shortfall, our team has stepped up to pass the largest progressive revenue package in Seattle, chair two budget cycles and protected against austerity budgets, and pass pro-worker policy to provide more essential workers paid sick leave, minimum wages and basic protections. There have been many long days and nights, tough decisions, and far too many lives lost this year, but there are also many wins that should be recognized as we work to not just sustain during this time of crisis - but to create a more equitable economy as we recover. I want to take a moment to thank all of you and the entire team in my office who helped make these accomplishments a reality. I look forward to working with all of you in the year to come to continue building on these success together through a truly equitable recovery.  

JumpStart


Pulling together small businesses, labor, community, transit and Green New Deal supporters, Councilmember Mosqueda spearheaded the passage of progressive taxation on the largest corporations (over $7 million in payroll) and highest salaries (over $150k), to get immediate COVID-19 relief and over $214 million annually to invest in housing, economic development and GND priorities.
JumpStart - Building Housing: 
Secured $130 million each year for affordable housing, homeownership programs as well as a community investment fund and critical shelter support.
JumpStart - Immediate COVID Relief:
Prioritized $45 million of immediate funding to small businesses, rental assistance, immigrants and refugees, and childcare.
JumpStart - Long-term Economic Recovery:
Allocated long-term funding to bolster a strong, diverse, resilient economic recovery and Green New Deal priorities over the next 20 years.

Budget


Chairing two budget cycles in 2020, Councilmember Mosqueda restored the budget to healthy reserves from a proposal that nearly depleted them, helped make historic investments in BIPOC communities, and invested in health, housing, safety and a more equitable economy.
Budget - Housing for Our Homeless Neighbors:
Worked in partnership with service providers and Councilmembers to ensure millions for hotel shelters, over 800 new shelter beds, and expanded outreach workers while removing police from homelessness responses
Budget - Health One & Firefighters:
Expanded Health One to create three response teams to allow firefighters & social workers to respond to more 911 calls and lessen police responses. Added crisis counseling to support our first responders' mental health.
Budget - Restored Key Services & Invested in Economic Stability:
Prevented austerity cuts, restored key city services & city employees to ensure long and short-term economic stability.

Policy


Building on a groundbreaking Domestic Workers Bill of Rights as well as Hotel Worker Protections and Healthcare from the two previous years, Councilmember Mosqueda sponsored legislation to extend worker protections to those who have long been without a minimum wage, sick leave, and basic protections.
Policy - Created Paid Sick Leave for Gig Workers: 
Sponsored legislation that provided sick leave for essential front-line gig workers, keeping Seattle healthy through this unparalleled public health crisis.
Policy - Expanded Paid Sick Leave:
Sponsored legislation that expanded paid sick leave coverage to allow working families paid time off when a place of care, like a daycare or child care, closes due to public health concerns.
Policy - Building an Economy that Works for All:
Sponsored legislation that added protections like rest breaks and minimum earnings for app-based drivers as well as transparency for consumers.
These are just some of the examples of the work we have been able to accomplish together this year. Thank you for all that you have done in 2020 and all that you continue to do keep our community safe from COVID . In a year been marked by the worsening pandemic and subsequent loss of jobs and small businesses, and racial reckoning demanding justice here and across the country, I have tried to act with the urgency and integrity this moment demands. Thank you for all that you have done to support the passage of the historic JumpStart progressive revenue bill, for your support as I chaired the Budget Committee to avoid austerity and invest in community resources, and to all the workers and community who helped win major Policy changes in 2020! It is an honor working for you, I look forward to all we can accomplish in 2021 together. 

Extension of the Eviction Moratorium 

On Wednesday, December 16th, Mayor Durkan issued an executive order extending the eviction moratorium an additional three months until March 31st, 2021. This extension applies to residential, non-profit, and small business (50 or fewer employees) tenants across Seattle. I am glad that this extension is occurring as we continue to see case numbers rise across the state and the country. In addition, reports of reductions in vaccine doses being delivered in the coming weeks means that we all must continue to stay vigilant in our COVID safety protocols and sit tight just a bit longer. 

  • For additional information on the moratorium, including resources related to the Council passed tenant protection bills, click here
  • For additional COVID-19 resources, click here

Cal Anderson Sweep

Image Courtesy of King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay.
This past Friday, December 18th , the Seattle Police Department (at the request of the Seattle Parks & Recreation Department with approval from the Office of the Mayor) removed an encampment of unhoused individuals from Cal Anderson Park. I continue to have objection to the removal during a deadly global pandemic, that appears counter to public health guidance, and when there is not certainty that those who need housing/shelter are able to access the very limited beds across the city. The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) current unsheltered homeless guidelines clearly state “the risks associated with sleeping outdoors or in an encampment setting are different than the risks from staying indoors in a congregate setting because outdoor settings may better accommodate increased physical distancing.”

I understand that there may be reasons for removals such as blocking right away or when population safety is at risk, however the City should only proceed with a removal if individual housing or other appropriate non-congregate housing options are available. If there are not adequate non-congregate shelter options to meet the demographic needs of those in an encampment, then public health resources must continue to be deployed and extensive outreach continue to build trust with the residents to help move folks inside when appropriate beds become available. Prior to the removal, reports noted there only appeared be three available beds for male adults in non-congregate shelter options. Further, when a removal sign is posted, it has the dangerous effect of dispersing unsheltered residents into the community who become harder to find when housing/shelter opens up, and who are then at greater risk of contracting or spreading COVID during this pandemic .

I am committed to reducing the number of people living outside in our streets and parks and will continue to advocate for more housing overall, including opening up more non-congregated shelter options and permanent supportive housing, funding additional housing production and removing barriers to the creation of affordable housing in the coming year like I have over the last three years. The JumpStart Seattle progressive revenue proposal that I sponsored allocated 68% of the expected revenue to deeply affordable housing - that's around $130 million a year over the next twenty years to more affordable housing options. Though the Council is currently on break, my office is taking note of the ongoing situation at the park and will be continuing to push for the adequate shelter and housing needed immediately in 2021. Read my full statement on the Cal Anderson park removal here.

Solidarity with Indian Farmers 

During our last meeting of the year, Council passed a resolution I introduced to stand in solidarity with farmers in India who are protesting new farming bills that would detrimentally impact their livelihood if passed. This resolution recognizes that these new bills in India also impact members of our own South Asian community here in Seattle and affirms our belief that retaliation by the Indian government on protesters is unacceptable. Indian farmers are protesting against laws that deregulate the sale of crops, allowing private buyers freer rein in a marketplace that has long been helped by government subsidies. Farmers say the reforms to laws that have long protected small landholders’ place in the market will put them at risk of losing their businesses and land to big corporations.

This resolution was brought to us by Kent City Councilmember Satwinder Kaur who has asked that the City of Seattle pass this resolution in solidarity with the South Asian community. The Mayor of Kent has issued a statement in support and community organizers are working to get resolutions passed in other cities as well.  In addition to the resolution passing, there will be a solidarity action happening here in Seattle on January 8th, in solidarity with the general strike in India. It is a car caravan rally that CM Sawant is co-hosting and co-sponsored the resolution as well; more information on the event can be found here.

Council Recess

As it does every winter, the Seattle City Council adjourns for our winter recess from December 21, 2020 until January 3, 2021.  During this time, all council and committee meetings are canceled.  

My office will be closed during this time, allowing my staff and our colleagues some much needed respite. We will return when Council resumes our regular meetings starting on Monday, January 4, 2021.

In the meantime, we will be occasionally checking emails, but we thank you for your patience in advance. We look forward to following up with you and working with you in the near year.  
In solidarity,
Teresa Mosqueda
#BlackLivesMatter

Seattle City Council Councilmember, Position 8
teresa.mosqueda@seattle.gov
206-684-8806
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