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Dear Neighbors,
With the Harrell administration staffing-up, and the first few Council meetings of the year behind us, City Hall is springing back into life in 2022. This week, my office released our 2021 annual report highlighting some of the critical legislation and initiatives from my second full year in office. We also have some exciting information to share about upcoming opportunities to assess the final candidates for Chief Librarian of the Seattle Public Library and the implications of the new transportation package announced in Olympia.

Annual Report

2021 was an incredibly difficult year for Seattle. The ongoing pandemic, the homelessness crisis, crime, and political dysfunction challenged our resolve as a community. Despite these setbacks, my office was able to advance some significant and important priorities in 2021, many with important implications for 2022. As we work to make 2022 a year of strong recovery, we can still take a moment to look back and analyze gains from 2021.
As with my 2020 annual report, you can access the 2021 report on my website.

View the Annual Report
I have included a few highlights below:

Cutting Red Tape for Support Housing Construction

Working closely with business owners and service providers via the Third Door Coalition, my office crafted and passed legislation to reduce the cost, and streamline the construction of, permanent supportive housing. These reforms will result in savings of nearly $48,000 per-unit of supportive housing. Finding efficiencies and reforms to save tax dollars must always be the top priority of government bodies charged with oversight, like the City Council. This reform will make a significant difference for years to come.

Environmental Energy Code Changes

The biggest crisis facing humanity is global climate change. We know cities have a big role to play in reducing global emissions and confronting this crisis. While transportation remains the biggest single contributor, fossil fuels used to heat buildings are a large source of emissions at nearly 23%. In 2021, I introduced legislation to make sure nearly all new commercial buildings in Seattle are heated with non-fossil fuel sources of heat. This legislation will help Seattle reduce its carbon footprint and set the stage for a more efficient and carbon neutral future.

Vision Zero Funding

2021 saw a sobering increase in the number of our neighbors killed by vehicles while walking and biking. It benefits all of us, whether we are driving, biking, or walking, to have safe protected infrastructure for non-car modes of travel. That is why Seattle has committed to an ambitious campaign called 'Vision Zero', the goal of zero traffic fatalities by 2030. To advance toward this goal with urgency, I passed into the budget the largest non-levy increase ever in Vision Zero funding. This critical resource will allow SDOT to step-up efforts to improve hotspots identified by data to be the biggest source of serious injuries and fatalities related to walking and cycling. Together, we can take the steps necessary to reach Vision Zero by the end of the decade.

Chief Librarian Finalists

Today and tomorrow the Seattle Public Libraries Board of Trustees will conduct public final interviews for Chief Librarian. Tom Fay, the interim Chief Librarian of SPL, will interview today, February 9 with a virtual public forum for patrons and community members to attend from 4:30-6pm. Chad Helton, director of the Hennepin County Library, will interview tomorrow, February 10 with a virtual public forum from 4:30-6pm. You can learn more about the candidates at this link and find links to watch both interviews here.

Update on Interbay Bridges

This week the Washington State Legislature’s House and Senate Transportation Committee chairs unveiled their proposed transportation packages. Both plans include $25 million for the Ballard Interbay Regional Transportation (BIRT) system, the overarching project which includes the efforts to replace the Ballard Bridge and Magnolia Bridge. I want to thank Representatives Liz Berry and Noel Frame, as well as Senator Reuven Carlyle, for their steadfast support and partnership on this initiative. In 2021, Seattle committed $2.4 million in ongoing additional revenue and $100 million in general obligation bonds to repair and replace critical infrastructure, including the BIRT bridges critical to District 7 mobility. My office will continue to work closely with officials at all levels to support critical transportation infrastructure in District 7.

Office Hours

I continue to hold regular office hours several times a month. You can find available times at this link. As always, please feel free to email me directly at
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Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis
Seattle City Council // District 7
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