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Council OKs Transitional Homeless Encampments, Authorizes $375K to Serve Need

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/30/2015
Council OKs Transitional Homeless Encampments, Authorizes $375K to Serve Need
SEATTLE – City Council unanimously adopted legislation today allowing for new interim use permits for as many as three transitional homel…

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Council to Authorize Pike Place Market Expansion to the Waterfront

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/17/2015
Council to Authorize Pike Place Market Expansion to the Waterfront
SEATTLE – A Council committee unanimously approved an agreement to expand the Pike Place Market yesterday, which will connect the current Pike Place…

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Councilmember Clark Will Not Seek Re-Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/18/2015
Councilmember Clark Will Not Seek Re-Election
SEATTLE – Councilmember Sally J. Clark released the following statement regarding serving another term on the Seattle City Council:
“After almost 10 years of service to…

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Construction Jobs Bill Unanimously Recommended by Council Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/15/2015
Construction Jobs Bill Unanimously Recommended by Council Committee
SEATTLE – A City Council committee today unanimously recommended adoption of a jobs bill to help people living in economically distressed areas est…

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Councilmember Statements Regarding Final Adoption of City Budget

City of Seattle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/24/2014

Councilmember Statements Regarding Final Adoption of City Budget

SEATTLE – The City Council gave final approval to the 2015 City Budget by a 8-1 vote at the today’s Full Council meeting.

Councilmember Nick Licata, chair of the Budget Committee, said, “I’d like to thank members of the public for their involvement in helping the Council craft the 2015 City budget. Public involvement resulted in a more responsive city budget that emphasizes human services, social justice and labor standards.”  Councilmember Licata added, “In an effort to reach out to more people than in the past, I’ll be initiating a community participatory budget process for next year’s budget.”

In a letter to the Mayor in early August, the Council identified the Council’s highest priorities for the 2015-2016 biennium. Councilmembers voted to enhance the proposed budget Mayor Ed Murray delivered on September 22 with greater emphasis on human services, social justice and labor standards. A summary of the major Council’s budget modifications is available online.

“From public health funding to enhanced worker protections to early learning investments, the 2015 budget responds to our city’s critical needs and advances groundbreaking policies,” said Council President Tim Burgess.

Councilmember Jean Godden said, “I’m tremendously proud of the Council’s support to set aside funds to establish paid parental leave in 2015. It is one example of our commitment to end the gender wage gap and support our valued employees.”

“We continue to focus on adding more police officers, but it is not just about more people. We need to more effectively deploy the current officers into our neighborhoods and ensure communities feel our officers are helping in the prevention of crime. Chief O’Toole is leading Seattle in the right direction with the mantra of using accurate and timely data, rapidly deploying crime reduction plans and commanding relentless follow-up,” said Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell. “Additional public safety investments include alley activation in the Chinatown/International District, block watch academies, summer safety activities, mobile domestic violence assistance and a potential pilot for an acoustic gunshot locator system.”

“I am proud of the steps City Council is taking to address income inequality in our city through this budget,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien. “We’ve passed some great laws recently to support workers – from $15/hour to paid sick leave to protections against wage theft – but I led Council’s effort to significantly increase funding for the new Office of Labor Standards to ensure that workers know their rights and know how to exercise them. I also helped provide additional funding for our upcoming priority hire legislation, which aims to employ those people in our city who most need the work on City construction projects. I’m also happy the Council sped up $15/hour for all City employees to take effect next year.”

“The 2015-2016 budget package includes investments in many areas important to me, including human services, public health and public safety to make Seattle a safer, healthier place for everyone,” said Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. “It also emphasizes commitments to improve our public spaces, making every Seattle neighborhood more welcoming and connected. Thanks to my colleagues and the Mayor’s Office for their collaborative spirit and willingness to find new solutions.”

“I am excited that the Council agreed to fund the Neighborhood Conservation District program. When the program is established next year, neighborhoods will have a strong land use tool to accommodate growth and development that respects community history and character,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, the sponsor of the new program.

Councilmember Sally J. Clark said, “With this budget, we’re making strong investments that will save lives across our city. Thank you to the advocates, community members and program participants themselves who have shaped those investments.”

“The movement for a People’s Budget has won important improvements to the Mayor’s business-as-usual budget, and we will not stop fighting until the needs of regular people in Seattle are met, such as affordable housing and an end to regressive taxation,” said Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

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Coffee Conversation with Councilmembers Sally J. Clark and Sally Bagshaw next Saturday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/26/2014
Coffee Conversation with Councilmembers Sally J. Clark and Sally Bagshaw next Saturday
SEATTLE – City Councilmembers Sally J. Clark and Sally Bagshaw will be at Northeast Branch Public Library in Ravenna-Bryant nex…

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Coffee Conversation with Councilmembers Sally J. Clark and Sally Bagshaw next Saturday

Coffee Conversation with Councilmembers Sally J. Clark and Sally Bagshaw next Saturday SEATTLE – City Councilmembers Sally J. Clark and Sally Bagshaw will be at Northeast Branch Public Library in Ravenna-Bryant next Saturday afternoon, October 4, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The meeting is an opportunity for Seattleites to talk with two identically-first-named Councilmembers about […]

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Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Announced

City of Seattle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/18/2014

Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Announced

SEATTLE The City Council’s Committee on Housing Affordability, Human Services and Economic Resiliency approved a resolution today calling for the development of a Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda for Seattle. The Agenda will create a comprehensive housing plan for Seattle by identifying housing needs over the next ten years and recommending new policies or programs to meet any gaps.

“We have to intentionally plan to achieve housing affordability for a diverse mix of incomes and families in our city,” said Councilmember Sally J. Clark, the legislation’s sponsor and chair of the committee. “For the first time, we’ll have a comprehensive catch-all plan for how we’d like to see housing serve the entire spectrum of people in Seattle.”

The Agenda will be developed in the City’s Office of Housing and Office for Policy and Innovation, aided by a stakeholder advisory group. Staff will utilize recent council reports and research, best practices from cities around the nation and conduct a thorough review of existing policies and programs from across City departments. The plan is expected to be presented back to the Mayor and City Council by the end of May, 2015 for further community engagement, review and adoption.

“We need more housing options so that people who work in this city can afford to live in this city,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien. “I believe this plan will help us get in front of the growing pressure on affordability and help us provide more opportunities to live in Seattle for more people.”

Seattle currently faces many challenges relating to housing affordability and access. Currently, 43% of Seattle renter households are burdened by housing costs and 21% are severely burdened, which means more than one- half of household income goes toward rent. Preliminary data also suggests Seattle will have a growing gap in family-sized housing. According to a recent study, enrollment in Seattle Public Schools’ kindergartens began increasing rapidly in the last decade. Enrollment is projected to be nearly 60,000 by the year 2020.

“Preserving affordable housing is particularly important in this housing climate when subsidized housing like the Theodora is being converted to market rate housing, not to mention the cycle of demolition, redevelopment and increased rent in market rate rentals, and finally the likely future upswing in condo conversions,” said Councilmember Nick Licata.

“Working together as a city, we can seize our destiny as a city that increases affordable housing across the economic spectrum – for homeless housing to workforce housing,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “By hearing from renters and homeowners, and representatives from the financial sector, for-profit developers, non-profit developers, and other local housing experts, we can develop a housing agenda that will make a powerful and lasting impact on the current and future affordability of our city.”

The resolution was developed collaboratively with community members, Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Sally J. Clark, Councilmember Mike O’Brien and Councilmember Nick Licata. Full Council is scheduled to vote on the resolution on Monday, September 22.

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Council Calls for End to Blood Donation Ban for Gay and Bisexual Men

City of Seattle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/6/2014

Councilmember Sally J. Clark
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Council Calls for End to Blood Donation Ban for Gay and Bisexual Men

SEATTLECity Council sent a letter to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday requesting an end to the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men.  The Puget Sound Blood Center, Seattle Mayor Edward Murray and the American Medical Association have each made similar requests.

An excerpt from the letter reads, “Denying gay and bisexual men the opportunity to donate blood based on their sexual orientation is an outdated and discriminatory practice.   We’ve advanced in our medical knowledge of HIV transmission and know transmission depends on behavioral risk factors.  Donor screening for gay and bisexual men should be the same as for all other people and be based on a risk assessment of behaviors, rather than on sexual orientation.”

“Sexual orientation shouldn’t dictate whether someone is able to help save a life,” said Councilmember Sally J. Clark.  “Any other person would be screened based on a risk assessment of their behavior.  We’re only asking that gay and bisexual men also have that opportunity.”

“The current ban should be repealed,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen.  “It undermines the understanding of HIV risks and reinforces stereotypes and fear.”

“On behalf of the City of Seattle LGBTQ employees for Equality, SEqual, we are encouraged by the action of the City Council to raise awareness of the FDA’s discriminatory policy excluding gay men and women that have sexual contact with bisexual men from giving blood.  For nearly 30 years our gay city employees have been unable to donate blood at City co-sponsored blood drives because of this federal policy.  It is long overdue that the FDA enacts a policy based on science and risk factors, not fear and ignorance.  Thank you, Seattle City Council, for recognizing this inequity,” said Aretha Alexander and Travis Taylor, Co-chairs of SEqual.

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Seafair Princesses at Council Today, Addressing Gender Pay Gap

City of Seattle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/21/2014

Councilmember Jean Godden
Councilmember Sally J. Clark

Seafair Princesses at Council Today, Addressing Gender Pay Gap

SeattleCouncilmembers Jean Godden and Sally J. Clark welcomed the Seafair Princesses to City Council today to discuss gender pay disparity in Seattle and how the Seafair Foundation’s Scholarship Program for Women participants can help take action to address the problem.  Councilmembers engaged with the young women, who agreed to become “Gender Pay Ambassadors,” bringing awareness of the pay disparity to their respective communities.  The young women then visited Full Council, where Councilmembers proclaimed July 21, “Seafair Foundation Day.”

“These young women are our future leaders, and I’m thrilled to have them engage in the issues of equal pay and gender equity,” said Councilmember Jean Godden. “I’m thankful for Seafair Foundation’s Scholarship Program for Women which provides more than $20,000 in scholarship assistance to young women seeking academic scholarships and leadership development.”

Councilmembers discussed the recent study which found that, on average, women in the Puget Sound region are paid $0.73 relative to every dollar a man earned.  Among City employees, women were found to have earned $0.90 for every dollar a man earned and comprise only 1/3 of the City workforce.  Between 2013 and 2014, Councilmember Godden spearheaded an effort with former Mayor Mike McGinn and current Mayor Ed Murray to identify solutions to end the disparity.  Work to address the disparity is currently underway.

“The Scholarship Program for Women empowers young women to reach their personal and professional goals by showcasing their academic abilities, community service, and public speaking skills,” said Beth Knox, Seafair President and CEO. “Visiting City Hall and meeting female civic leaders is an important addition to their experience with Seafair and the community.”

With a mission to promote philanthropy, diversity and community involvement, participants/princesses represent Seafair at nearly 20 community events and parades. Participants are also paired with respected local female professionals in a Mentorship Program. This program provides the opportunity for participants to gain professional experience through networking and exposure to the business world.

The Seafair Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable partner of the Seafair Festival, was established to create and build opportunities for Seafair’s youth education, cultural and community engagement programs. Their mission is to empower our future leaders and connect Greater Puget Sound through unique experiences. The Seafair Foundation is passionate about celebrating the culture and unique assets of your community, which contributes to the quality of life for those who live, work and play here.

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