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    No Room for Rape Culture, Homophobia & Misogyny!

    In recent weeks, an international group of misogynists (yes, seriously) that call themselves “Return of Kings” online began coordinating meetups around the world for this upcoming weekend. Multiple venues were advertised for Seattle, including the Central Library. It’s an understatement to say that the views that this group hold on women and the LGBTQ community […]

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    Councilmember Bagshaw to Convene Homeless Advocates for Roundtable Review

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/4/2016

    Councilmember Bagshaw to Convene Homeless Advocates for Roundtable Review

    SEATTLECouncilmember Sally Bagshaw will host a roundtable discussion with homeless advocates on Friday morning to hear their experiences and reactions to the State of Civil Emergency relating to homelessness.  Recently, the Council dedicated $7.5 million in one-time funds for homeless response, on top of the $40.5 million in ongoing funding. 

    Councilmember Bagshaw will lead a conversation asking representatives from each organization to share their experience delivering services to or advocating for people experiencing homelessness. The discussion will occur in the Human Services & Public Health Committee, chaired by Councilmember Bagshaw. The public will have the opportunity to testify before Councilmembers and the advocates at the close of the discussion.

    Councilmember Bagshaw stated, “I have invited our service providers who are working every day with some of our most vulnerable community members to take the time to talk with us. The goal is to balance both compassion and public safety.”

    Council is currently reviewing a proposed implementation plan for how the Human Services Department will allocate $2.3 million dollars during the State of Civil Emergency. Councilmembers will further discuss the spending plan for the state of emergency at the Human Services & Public Health Committee at 2 p.m. on February 10.

     

    WHAT:

    Special Council Human Services & Public Health Committee – Roundtable Discussion with Homeless Advocates

    WHEN:        

    Friday, February 5

    9:30 a.m.

    WHERE:

    Council Chambers, 2nd floor

    Seattle City Hall

    600 Fourth Ave., Seattle 98104

    WHO:

    Councilmember Sally Bagshaw

    Councilmembers

    Melinda Giovengo, YouthCare

    Chloe Gale and Kelley Craig, Evergreen Treatment Services

    Tim Harris, Real Change News

    Jarvis, Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE)

    Sharon Lee and Melinda Nichols, Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)

    Jennifer Shaw, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

    Lisa Daugaard, Public Defenders’ Association

    Nicole Macri, Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC)

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    Seattle City Council meetings are cablecast live on Seattle Channel 21, HD Channels 321 Comcast, 721 Wave and on the City Council’s website. Copies of legislation, Council meeting calendar, and archives of news releases can be found on the City Council website. Follow the Council on Twitter and on Facebook.

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    Council Committee to Vote on New Director for Department of Education and Early Learning

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/2/2016

    Council Committee to Vote on New Director for Department of Education and Early Learning

    SeattleCouncil President Bruce A. Harrell‘s Education, Equity and Governance Committee will vote this Wednesday on the appointment of Dwane Chappelle as the first Director of the newly-created Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning. Chappelle is a former principal at Rainier Beach High School.

    The Department of Education and Early Learning is responsible for operation of the Seattle Preschool Program, the Families & Education Levy and the Child Care Assistance Program, among other initiatives.

    Councilmembers held an introductory discussion with Chappelle on January 20; submitted formal questions; and will review and discuss written answers from Mr. Chappelle at Wednesday’s meeting.

    The Committee recommendation will be subject to a Full Council vote, scheduled for Monday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m.

    WHAT:
    Dwane Chappelle Confirmation Vote at Council’s Education, Equity and Governance Committee

    WHEN:        
    Wednesday, February 3
    2:00 p.m.

    WHERE:
    Council Chambers, 2nd floor
    Seattle City Hall
    600 Fourth Ave., Seattle 98104

    WHO:
    Councilmembers
    Dwane Chappelle

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    Seattle City Council meetings are cablecast live on Seattle Channel 21, HD Channels 321 Comcast, 721 Wave and on the City Council’s website. Copies of legislation, Council meeting calendar, and archives of news releases can be found on the City Council website. Follow the Council on Twitter and on Facebook.

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    Some Good News About State Prisons

    The following article was sent out in my City View Newsletter, which you can sign up to receive here. The state’s Department of Corrections (DOC) has been in the news a lot recently because of the data errors over prisoner…

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    Real Police Response Time Figures by Precinct

    The Council’s public safety committee was briefed yesterday on police department response times to high priority 911 calls. It was refreshingly transparent and candid. The briefing was prompted by an article in The Seattle Times on January 2 that contrasted…

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    We Must Act Now, Offer Shelter, Human Services and Affordable Housing

    I am deeply saddened to learn about the terrible shooting that took place at a homelessness encampment in south Seattle. My condolences go to the families and friends of the victims. We don’t yet know everything about the circumstances around the shooting. What we do know is that this tragedy happened under conditions of homelessness, […]

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    Seattle’s Clean Water Supply

    I’ve been reading about the city of Flint, Michigan, where local, state, and federal government agencies utterly failed to protect its population from lead in its water supply. When that city switched its water supply to the Flint River, it…

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    The Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee is Seeking Candidates

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/22/2016

    The Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee is Seeking Candidates

    SEATTLE – The Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee seeks candidates to apply for service on the Committee. Candidates will be selected and appointed by the Mayor and City Council.

    The Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee serves as a vital mechanism of accountability on how Move Seattle levy revenues are spent. The Oversight Committee is an advisory body that monitors revenues, expenditures, and program and project implementation. The Oversight Committee advises the City Council, the Mayor, and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) on responding to program and project cost savings or overruns.

    In addition, the Oversight Committee reviews SDOT’s program and project priorities and financial plans, and makes recommendations to the Mayor and the City Council regarding the spending of levy proceeds.  SDOT staffs the Oversight Committee and provides all of the required background and reference materials.

    Oversight Committee members are appointed for four years and all appointments are subject to confirmation by the City Council. One member is required to be a licensed engineer with bridge and structures experience.

    The Oversight Committee is interested in applicants with diverse backgrounds, including transportation, management, bridge and structures engineering, public policy, advocacy, social services, and business. Oversight Committee members serve without compensation. Members must be residents in the City of Seattle.

    To be considered, email a letter of interest and resume to elliot.helmbrecht@seattle.gov by February 7th, 2016. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

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    23rd Avenue is Open for Business!

    For months now, much of 23rd Avenue has been blocked off, under construction. Large construction projects like this one very often lead to much-needed street improvements, and are beneficial to the entire community in the long run. But impacts during construction differ. Big businesses have the cash reserves to stay afloat and weather a loss of business […]

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    The Confusion Surrounding Encampments

    Once again, our city is struggling with how to best respond to the very real crisis of unsheltered people living outdoors in unauthorized encampments. The “One Night Count” on January 29, an annual survey of the homeless population, is sure…

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