SODO BIA and Neighborhoods Respond to Seattle Police Department Budget Proposal by Seattle City Council

 Dear SODO Businesses,

As budget deliberations continue at City Council, the SODO BIA is continuing to engage with the broader community in an effort to help shape good policy.

Earlier this week, the SODO BIA , along with the Manufacturing Industrial Council, Georgetown Community Council and 15 other organizations from across the city came together and submitted a letter to City Councilmembers to articulate some key concerns about the budget cuts, process, engagement and timeline.

In the letter, the BIA and co-authors state: “We recognize and share the sense of urgency to respond to impassioned calls for change at the local and national level, however we worry that you are moving forward before sharing with the community what public safety outcomes you hope to achieve, or what plans you would put in place to ensure community safety.”

Here is a copy of the letter that was sent to the Seattle City Council on July 14, 2020.

Our organization will continue collaborating with partnering neighborhoods and organizations to push the City Council to take the time that is needed for a meaningful engagement process that will lead to positive change.

If you have any questions or concerns about this topic we encourage you to reach out to District 2 Councilmember Morales at


Erin Goodman, Executive Director