About Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda's Priorities

Housing

Councilmember Mosqueda’s commitment to working families includes ensuring all workers have fair access to affordable housing. This includes her support and collaboration with community and colleagues on the Mandatory Housing Affordability legislation, the Accessory Dwelling Unit legislation, and efforts to maximize production and preservation of permanently affordable housing. In her first six months, she led on legislation placing a moratorium on the use of rental bidding platforms to bid rents in Seattle, pending review of their intersections with our Fair Housing laws, and allowing the Office of Housing to procure properties to future affordable housing development, ensuring we can be nimble in the current market.

Councilmember Mosqueda is committed to creating more workforce housing – for workers across the income spectrum – and determined to increase affordable housing options for our low and middle income families in Seattle.

Health

Councilmember Mosqueda remains committed to maintaining affordable health coverage for our City’s residents.  As a member of the Board of Health that oversees Public Health Seattle/King County, and as chair of the committee covers health for the City, she has been engaging in conversation with key stakeholders who can help protect access to a full range of reproductive care services, access to care for low-income and immigrant communities, and maintaining critical services for our LGBTQ community. She continues to drive harm-reduction public health policy solutions to help address the opioid and addition crisis far too many Seattle families are dealing with. Additionally, Councilmember Mosqueda understands that our current homelessness crisis is a public health emergency.  By partnering with community health clinics and public health centers, as well as local private providers she plans on maintaining and expanding access to care and increasing access to mental health and substance abuse treatment services for all in our community.

Councilmember Mosqueda knows that in order to be healthy, families need both health insurance and housing and economic stability and is thus approaching all issues through a health lens.

Energy

Councilmember Mosqueda believes we must meet our energy and environmental conservation goals, ensuring our city remains a healthy place for generations to come. Arm-in-arm with advocates for green buildings, she advanced legislation that allows greater flexibility in contracts for green energy with City Light, and implementation of Energy Efficiency as a Service to more building retrofits in Seattle, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency for tenants.

Councilmember Mosqueda is advancing policies to ensure good living wage jobs are created in the green energy economy, promoting fiscally sound policies and oversight so that the public utility can continue to be solvent, and listening to community and industry experts about what we can do better in our rapidly growing city.

Workers’ Rights

Councilmember Mosqueda brings a decade of experience working with labor unions and working families to City Council.  As an elected, Councilmember Mosqueda is focusing on highlighting the needs of our most vulnerable working communities, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities and the LGBTQ community.  In council, Councilmember Mosqueda is focusing on expanding labor standards and protections to workers historically left out, ensuring that we continue to lead the nation on labor policies that promote unions and middle class jobs, and improving education and enforcement to help level the playing field for good employers who are trying to do the right thing by their workers.

In her first six months, she has passed legislation to codify the ban on the use of sub-minimum wages for people with disabilities, leading Seattle to be the first city in the nation to eliminate the use of a sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities. Councilmember Mosqueda is leading the effort to pass a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights that makes sure that those who care for our kids, parents and homes, are cared for. She crafted legislation that brought hiring entities and domestic workers together to craft new protections and create a first of its kind Domestic Worker Standards Board, creating an ongoing dialogue and vehicle for policy change between domestic workers and people who hire domestic workers.

Councilmember Mosqueda knows that we all do better when workers do better – we see improved health outcomes, greater productivity, greater economic stability and shared prosperity. She will continue to be a champion for working families, union values and small businesses.

Other

Councilmember Mosqueda serves a board member of the Association of Washington Cities and sits on the City’s Small Business Advisory Council as well as the Citywide Anti-Harassment Inter-Departmental Team (“IDT”).

Her work on the IDT is informed by her lived experiences and the experiences of many of her family members and friends. Sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and intimidation are experienced at high rates among immigrants, workers of color and women. Councilmember Mosqueda is working to ensure the City takes a strong stand against sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and that the City’s policies create more accountability and transparency.

In her role at the City, Councilmember Mosqueda led efforts to include funding in the City’s education levy for a childcare mentorship program, helping to ensure that we have affordable childcare options for our families while maintaining and expanding a skilled, well-trained and diverse workforce.

Let’s Make Policy Together!

Have ideas on how we make policy change in the City? Click here to submit your suggestions or stay up to date on our work, or email me at Teresa.Mosqueda@seattle.gov.

2018 Accomplishments

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda's 2018 Accomplishments

Collaborating with you, we’ve been able to advance these policy changes in 2018 and improve the lives of Seattlites for years to come. We look forward to working with you in 2019!

- Team Teresa

rent bidding

Moratorium on Rent Bidding

Prevented eBay-like escalation on rental units

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banned sub-minimum wages

Banned Sub-Minimum Wages

Passed a law ending the practice of underpaying people with disabilities

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green jobs & buildings

Green Jobs & Buildings

Protected workers’ rights & the environment as buildings are updated

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Frontloaded Affordable Housing Funds

Frontloaded Affordable Housing Funds

More investment for homes, and sooner, from the Convention Center project

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Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

First city to pass wage & safety protections for nannies, house cleaners & caretakers

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Creating Safe SCL Workplaces

Creating Safe SCL Workplaces

Insisted on workplace safety & culture changes in SCL strategic plan

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Flexibility for Affordable Housing

Flexibility for Affordable Housing

Can now buy and hold land to create affordable housing while organizing building funds

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“ALEGRA” Bike Network!

“ALEGRA” Bike Network!

Promoted all ages, languages, ethnicities, genders, race & abilities for the network

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Protected Your Privacy

Protected Your Privacy

Kept your info private with the rollout of City Light’s new smart meters

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Prioritized Surplus Land for Housing

Prioritized Surplus Land for Housing

Mandated public land be used for the public good / housing

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Created City Ombud Office

Created City Ombud Office

Worked with unions & Silence Breakers to create an independent office to address harassment

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City Light CEO Confirmation

City Light CEO Confirmation

Ran the committee to vet a new CEO with enviros, industry and workers

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Budget Wins

In addition, we championed key investments in this year’s budget to advance investments in childcare, health services, shelter workers, restorative justice, and more equitable investments in housing and food services across Seattle in the year ahead, such as:

Supporting a Strong Economy

  • Investing in capital to launch a childcare facility in a city-owned downtown building.
  • Providing a 2 percent inflationary increase for shelter-workers working for provider agencies who help support our homeless populations get counseling, find housing and access the services and supports they need.

Building Healthy Communities

  • Preparing for and preventing communicable disease outbreaks by investing in partnerships with regional partners.
  • Funding for an air and noise pollution study for Beacon Hill to support residents impacted by SeaTac flight plan changes.
  • Saving money by redirecting funds from jail services to restorative justice reform efforts.
  • Examining immediate revenue through bonds to build equitable development projects that include housing now, rather than waiting for costs to increase

A City That Works for All

  • Ensuring the City has a full, fair and accurate 2020 Census count by adding an FTE to prepare for community, business and governmental coordination to promote federal investments in the City and representation at the national level.
  • Committed to analyzing racial equity and identifying more equitable growth strategies of our development plans prior to the Comprehensive Plan design in the New Year.
  • Examining the use of consultant contracts, working to identify cost-savings to re-invest in communities across Seattle.

Safe Streets for Our City

  • Funded a Home Zone Pilot Project, bringing immediate safe street infrastructure to neighborhoods without sidewalks
  • Directed SDOT to identify funding gaps - and ways to fill them - for the Thomas Street Greenway in advance of Key Arena’s renovations being completed