Video from last night’s Ask the Mayor

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for Mayor Murray’s first recording of Seattle Channel’s Ask the Mayor. We had great questions from the show’s first ever live audience, as well as great questions from many of you on Twitter. The first half was a general Q&A from the audience and the second half was a focused discussion on raising Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

You can watch the full episode here:

The next taping of Ask the Mayor will be on Wednesday, June 25th at 7 p.m. and we will keep you updated here regarding location and subject matter as we firm up the details of our next show.

Video from last night’s hearing on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality

Minimum Wage public hearingLast night, the City Council Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality, and the Mayor’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee held a public hearing on raising the city’s minimum wage. Full video of the nearly four-hour long hearing is available below.

If you were unable to attend the hearing and provide your testimony, you can do so via our online town hall. You can also read Mayor Murray’s statement on the issue of raising the minimum wage here.

Mayor Murray talks police reforms, Neighborhood Summit and more with Angela King

Mayor Murray and Angela King taping CityStream

Mayor Murray was interviewed this week for Seattle Channel’s Emmy-winning feature magazine show CityStream by host Angela King. The Mayor discussed his administration’s priorities, the upcoming Neighborhood Summit, and what he’s looking forward to the most in the next four years.

Listing police reform as his top priority, the Mayor also highlighted his goal of working more closely with neighborhood groups.

“We’re going to begin with a Neighborhood Summit in April. We’re going to invite people who live in the city to help us develop the methods they can be more involved in in making decisions about the character in their neighborhoods,” Mayor Murray said. “I think we’ve grown distant in City Hall from the decision making in neighborhoods.”

The Mayor also shared what was most surprising about his first few weeks in office (everyone in Seattle knows who their Mayor is and they are eager to chat!) and the aspect he enjoys most.

“The thing I look forward to is that contact with people, that chance to get out in different communities and work on very different issues. It’s the part that I find most exciting,” the Mayor said. “I just love to get out there, get in a crowd and mix it up. I realize it’s not always going to be positive, but it’s very exciting.”

You can see the show in its entirety here, which also features segments on the Office of Civil Rights’ Racial Equity program, an update on the Families and Ed Levy program, and a story about safety with City Light. The Mayor’s segment begins at the 7:58 mark.