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    Council Committee Unanimously Approves Gay Conversion Therapy Ban, Mayor Declares Support

    SEATTLE – The Council committee handling civil rights affairs unanimously approved an ordinance today banning conversion therapy for minors in Seattle.  The legislation, sponsored by Councilmember M. Lorena González (City-wide), would add a new chapter to the City’s existing human rights code and would prohibit licensed mental health providers from practicing conversion therapy on minor […]

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    Growing the Professional Early Learning Workforce

    One of the most important elements of high-quality preschool is a professional teaching workforce. As the Mayor and the Council researched and developed the standards for the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), requiring professional degrees was a common thread among other…

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    Comprehensive Tenants’ Rights Legislation Passes Council Committee

    “Today’s vote is a significant step towards increasing fair access to rental housing,” said Councilmember Lisa Herbold. According to the Seattle’s Renting Crisis Report from the Washington Community Action Network, “48% of individuals who pay for rent with Social Security Disability Insurance or Social Security retirement income said that discrimination prevents them from having successful […]

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    The NRA and I Finally Agree

    Today at our Public Health Board meeting I learned a fact that may help me build my first bridge with the NRA: State wide in 2014, 1119 people took their own lives.  Nearly half —  551 — of these people shot themselves. Sadly, King County has one of the highest firearm suicide statistics in the […]

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    Councilmember Burgess’ Statement on SPOG Rejecting City’s Contract Offer

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8 – Citywide), chair of the City’s Labor Relations Policy Committee, issued the following statement regarding the reported vote by the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) to reject the City’s contract offer: “The City negotiated with SPOG in good faith. We attempted to accommodate many of the union’s requests without weakening […]

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    Source of Income Discrimination, Secure Scheduling, Honoring City Archivist Scott Cline, In-District Office Hours, West Seattle Grand Parade

    Source of Income Discrimination On July 22, 2016, the CRUEDA committee will vote on the Source of Income Discrimination legislation that proposes to add protected class to existing ordinances that already make it illegal to discriminate against a prospective renter whose primary source of income is a section 8 voucher, to include a pension, Social […]

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    Councilmembers’ Statement on County Allocation of Affordable Housing, Transit-Oriented Development Dollars

    Council President Bruce Harrell and Councilmembers M. Lorena González and Debora Juarez, issued the following statement regarding Tuesday’s action by the King County Executive and County Council to issue revenue bonds totaling $87M, which will be backed by future hotel/motel revenues: Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) said, “I thank the King County […]

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    Seeking Seattle Youth Commissioners

    The City is currently looking for new applicants to the Seattle Youth Commission, a 15-member body made up of youth ages 13-19. The application deadline is Friday, August 5 at 5:00 p.m. This is a great way for young people…

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    Council President Harrell to Discuss New Bias-Free Policing Law

    Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) will discuss the elements of a potential new law codifying the bias-free policing policy adopted through the Department of Justice Consent Decree during the Education, Equity and Governance Committee, which he chairs, on Wednesday.  Bias-based policing is the different treatment of a person by officers motivated by […]

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    City Releases Report Detailing Worker Scheduling Practices in Seattle

    The City of Seattle released an independent study on employee scheduling practices in the retail and food service industries in Seattle. The report, commissioned by the City Council and the Mayor in May of this year, summarizes responses from hundreds of workers and business managers from a number of industries on a wide range of […]

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