September 18

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Good Afternoon Neighbors, Fall isn’t the only season that kicks off in September- it’s also budget season! In less than two weeks, Mayor Durkan will transmit her budget to City Council for deliberation. This month, I’ve been on a listening tour of the district, meeting with community groups to hear about their budget priorities this year. I’ve had conversations regarding the reality of our budget atmosphere for 2021. I call it “setting the table”- sharing information and managing expectations. In that spirit, I’d like to remind readers of the following realities: In a memo to Mayor Durkan in August, City Budget Office Director Ben Noble provided an updated 2020-2021 revenue forecast. His office anticipates a $337 million shortfall in revenue compared to the 2020 Adopted budget. This figure leads me to believe that our primary question this year is not “What do we want to add to the budget?” instead, “What do we want to protect?”My office is committed to transparency and communication during the budget season. We will receive the budget from the Mayor’s Office on September 29. We anticipate voting on the final 2021 budget on November 23. 
This week,The Council passed Resolution 31967, renaming 28th Ave NE between Northeast 125th Street and Northeast 127th Street as Hayashi Avenue, in honor of the Hayashi family that once owned that land and was interned during World War II.  The Council passed an ordinance creating additional options for enforcement of violations of civil emergency orders.The Council approved the rezone of property in the Rainier Beach area for affordable housing development.The Council voted 7-1 in favor of a CB 119891 authorizing the City Attorney’s Office to provide legal representation to Councilmember Sawant in her defense against a recall petition. I voted against this ordinance. I attended a Community and Economic Development Committee meeting.I attended a King County Regional Transit Committee meetingI had a check-in with Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Aguirre.I had a meeting with Mayor Durkan to discuss my budget priorities for 2021I had a meeting with Seattle Neighborhood Group and Sound Generations to hear how the East African community, especially seniors, are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. My inbox has been busy! Here are the three most common topics in my inbox this week:
This newsletter will provide city updates and resources.
 
Sincerely,
Debora
Councilmember Debora Juarez
Email: debora.juarez@seattle.gov
Phone: (206) 684-8805

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