“I am pleased the state continues to be a part of the solution for commuters, travelers and freight carriers on SR99 during construction. This is an important thoroughfare in Seattle and will benefit greatly from this on-going commitment to mitigating construction impacts in the SR 99 corridor. I would like to thank Governor Jay Inslee for his part in delivering the funding, and my thanks to King County Executive Dow Constantine for his leadership on this issue.”
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today delivered his first State of the City address to the Seattle City Council. He was joined by his husband, Michael Shiosaki, members of his staff, and a capacity crowd in council chambers. Murray focused on his accomplishments to date and his next steps in office.
You can watch the speech in its entirety here:
President Burgess and members of the Seattle City Council.
In this, my first State of City address after several weeks in office, I would like to focus on our Future as a City and how we collectively can build on your work and the work of those who came before us to address the challenges that we face.
It was just days ago that over 700,000 people crowded the streets of Downtown Seattle to celebrate the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl victory.
They were celebrating something very Seattle.
The Seahawks’ use of intelligence, getting the fundamentals right, teamwork and leadership that was both positive and innovative.
And just weeks ago we saw Macklemore and Ryan Lewis honored for those very Seattle traits of creativity, independence, authenticity and focus.
As I spoke to those gathered on the street, I found folks that are positive and hopeful about what we can accomplish as a City.
An attitude that contradicts the cynicism that has creep into our politics and media about what we as public servants can accomplish to improve the lives of all our people.
There is no better example of this spirit than the response to the damaging of the historic Pergola in Pioneer Square.
Shana Pennington-Baird and a friend took it upon themselves to launch a fundraising campaign via social media to pay for the repairs, much of it in $12 increments in the spirit of the 12th Man.
Shana is here with us today – I want to welcome and thank her for the innovation and community spirit behind her creative campaign.
It was only six weeks ago that I started a conversation with City Council, with the people of Seattle and with our region as a whole about the challenges and opportunities before us.
About the great diversity of our city, but also its fragmentation.
About our city’s great progressive legacy, and its emphasis not just on debating problems but on tackling and solving them.
And about government not as the problem, but as a collaborative partner in solving the problems we face.
It’s a conversation that we return to today as we discuss the state of our City – and one that we will continue to have together throughout my Administration. [Read more…]
Mayor Murray had the following statement today about the taxi industry and Transportation Network Communities (TNC).
“The taxi industry has been heavily regulated in Seattle for many years. We must find ways to help the industry continue to succeed and evolve by reducing the overly burdensome and outdated regulations and proving opportunity for innovation,” said Murray. “We also must immediately put in place regulations on the TNCs, including insurance and safety requirements that are commensurate to the for-hire industry. The taxi, for-hire and TNCs together provide access to jobs and economic opportunity for many people entering the job market for the first time in our city. Together they also add to our mobility choices and help make it possible to live in Seattle without a car or choose to leave your car at home, creating a more vibrant and accessible city.”
“While I am generally not in support of capping the number of TNCs providing service in Seattle, I do support a reasonable temporary cap that would allow the TNC businesses to operate while providing a 12-month period to conduct a comprehensive review of the regulatory framework of the industry. For this review I will direct the FAS Director to use outside experts and a panel of local industry representatives to explore ways to ‘level the playing field’ by streamlining training with a focus on safety, adjusting burdensome insurance requirements and improving efficiency in the industry. The review will also look at the overall impacts of the TNCs on the industry, and help assess whether the temporary cap is necessary and the level is appropriate.”
“I am pleased we have reached a settlement that allows the withdrawal of the Bicycle Master Plan appeal,” said Mayor Murray. “The creation of a design advisory committee for the Westlake Cycle Track Project provides assurance to the surrounding community that their concerns about the facility’s design will be addressed without holding up a city-wide bicycle safety improvement plan. With the appeal now behind us, I look forward to working with the City Council as it moves to adopt the Bicycle Master Plan in the near future.”
The draft Bicycle Master Plan is currently before the Seattle City Council for review and adoption. Developed through extensive community engagement over several years, the plan seeks to better encourage and accommodate people who want to safely ride a bike in Seattle.
More information can be found here: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster_materials.htm
The Westlake Cycle Track Project seeks to study and develop alternatives for a two-way cycle track within public right-of-way on Westlake Avenue North.
Additional information can be found here: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/wct.htm