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Jul 30 2014

City of Seattle awards funds to promote digital equity

News Release issued 7/30/2014:
City of Seattle awards funds to promote digital equity
23 community projects receive Technology Matching Funds

SEATTLE (July 30, 2014) – Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council today announced the 23 organizations that will receive a total of $320,000 in Technology Matching Funds from the City of Seattle. The awardees passed unanimously out of committee. Watch the video here. Approval by the full Council is expected on Monday.

“While access to technology has increased for many, there is still a significant gap in the access to and use of technology in Seattle,” said Mayor Murray. “Technology skills are necessary for success in the 21st century and these funds play a critical role in preparing our residents.”

“These funds play an important role in leveling the playing field. They help our must vulnerable residents use technology in innovative and meaningful ways, including seniors, at risk youth, homeless women and children, immigrants and refugees, and people with disabilities,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee.

The money will support projects throughout the city to ensure all Seattleites have access to and proficiency using internet-based technologies. These projects were selected from Seattle’s Technology Advisory Board from more than 67 applicants and will contribute a projected $685,711 in community matching resources, more than double the City’s investment.

The funds will support greater digital equity in Seattle. Several projects will help Seattle build a diverse technology workforce, by providing STEM education programs for youth of color and computer and applications training to immigrants and low-income adults. Other programs will help seniors and people with disabilities better engage using a variety of tools, including tablets, touch screens and social media. The projects will also enable greater electronic civic participation for many disadvantaged residents.

The 2014 Technology Matching Fund award recipients include:
• Ballard NW Senior Center
• Casa Latina
• North Seattle Family Center/ Children’s Home Society of WA
• Denny Terrace Computer Lab
• Elizabeth Gregory Home
• Filipino Community of Seattle
• Helping Link
• Hilltop House
• Lao Women Association of Washington
• Literacy Source
• North Seattle Boys & Girls Club
• Northaven Retirement and Assisted Living
• Open Doors for Multicultural Families/STAR Center at Center Park
• Ross Manor Computer Lab
• Seattle Neighborhood Coalition
• Solid Ground Sand Point Housing Campus
• Somali Community Services of Seattle
• South Park Area Redevelopment Center
• The Jefferson Terrace Computer Lab Committee
• University of Washington Women’s Center
• Vietnamese Friendship Association
• Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (CASH)
• YMCA of Greater Seattle – Y @ Cascade People’s Center.

For more information and a map of Technology Matching Fund awardees visit .

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Jul 21 2014

City Council Confirms New Chief Technology Officer

SEATTLE –City Council unanimously approved Michael Mattmiller as Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) today.

“Michael brings new energy and a fresh perspective to solving technology solutions and operating more efficiently,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. “I look forward to working with Michael to make Seattle the most innovative city when it comes to use of technology in government.”

As CTO, Mr. Mattmiller will manage a department that has about 200 employees and an annual budget of $41.8 million. DoIT is responsible for the City’s main data center, website, the Seattle Channel, the City’s fiber network, the City’s data and telephone network, the Public Safety Radio network and cable franchises. DoIT develops common standards, architectures and business solutions as part of policy planning to City departments and manages the City’s technology infrastructure to serve Seattle’s residents and businesses.

Mr. Mattmiller most recently worked as a Senior Strategist for Enterprise Cloud Privacy at Microsoft. From 2005 to 2013, he worked in the Washington DC–area on risk assurance and data management consulting work for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mattmiller earned a Masters in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University.

DoIT has three key objectives:

1) Serve the information needs of our residents, businesses, NGO partners and visitors to Seattle, with government information and data solutions available across web, mobile and television platforms.
2) Lead by providing our internal City customers (employees and departments) innovative communication and information technology solutions that support effective and efficient services to our constituents.
3) Make Seattle a national municipal leader in championing technology access and affordability for all the people of our City.

Link to Michael Mattmiller Confirmation Packet
Link to Confirmation Questions & Answers

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Jul 15 2014

Federal Police Monitor to Brief Council on Police Reform Progress

Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology committee will host Federal Police Monitor Merrick Bobb and members of the Seattle Police Monitoring Team at committee this Wednesday. The Settlement Agreement requires the Federal Monitor to issue reports every six months detailing compliance and implementation of the Settlement Agreement.

The committee will also hear from Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) Director Pierce Murphy regarding cases closed during the months of January-March and receive an officer staffing update from the Seattle Police Department.

Councilmembers also intend to vote on Resolution 31535, affirming the Council’s intent to consider, in good faith, ways to address public comments regarding how to strengthen the City’s police accountability system.

Federal Police Monitor Merrick Bobb Briefing and action on police accountability

2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 16

Seattle City Hall
Council Chambers, Second Floor
600 Fourth Ave, Seattle 98104

Seattle City Councilmembers
Merrick Bobb
Police Monitoring Team
Pierce Murphy
Seattle Police Department

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Jul 14 2014

Councilmember Harrell to Explore Seattle Municipal ID Cards

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the City of Seattle exploring the idea of creating a program that will make voluntary municipal identification cards available to all city residents:

“There can be serious barriers to acquire a Washington State Identification Card for some residents, and without ID, people can face challenges in accessing important services. I think it is well-passed time to explore the creation of a municipal ID card program. Cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Haven, CT have implemented programs, and, if we work closely with the ACLU to address privacy concerns, we could have a successful program in here in Seattle, too.

“A municipal ID card can provide a much more affordable and easier pathway for residents from diverse communities to succeed and more efficiently access critical services. I’ll be working with the Mayor, the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, ACLU and the public to determine whether a municipal ID card program is right for Seattle, and, if so, how we can make it successful. Some of the benefits include:

1. The identification card would be accepted as proof of identity by all City agencies, as well as other institutions within the City of Seattle.
2. The implementation of the municipal ID Program could gain thousands of Seattle residents easier access in obtaining library cards, furthering education, getting medical help, cashing a check, signing leases, finding employment or opening a bank account.
3. The identification card would allow many of Seattle’s most vulnerable residents such as immigrants and refugees, the elderly, the homeless and members of the transgender community better access to participating in civic life.
4. The identification card will allow members of the immigrant and refugee community to gain greater confidence and feel more comfortable when seeking assistance from law enforcement.
“There is an exciting opportunity here, and if done right, a municipal ID card program could empower more Seattleites to succeed. I look forward to exploring the opportunities and pitfalls in the coming months to determine whether or how we can make this program a reality in Seattle.”

The concept of a Seattle Municipal ID Card system will be discussed at the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee meeting on Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

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Jul 09 2014

Councilmember Harrell to Honor Community Leaders at Civil Rights Act 50th Anniversary Celebration

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell will address attendees of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act Celebration this Thursday at the Northwest African American Museum. He will honor outstanding individuals who exemplify a new generation of civil rights leaders in Seattle and have given selfless and devoted service to the cause of equality.

Councilmember Harrell will also present a proclamation declaring 2014 as the 50th Anniversary Year of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. On June 30, 2014, the City Council adopted Resolution 31532, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and reaffirming the City of Seattle’s unwavering commitment to civil rights, equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination for all.

The celebration is free and open to the public. Reverend Dr. Samuel S. McKinney will keynote the event, which will include music, light refreshments and a panel discussion from community leaders.

WHAT: 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Celebration

WHEN: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Northwest African American Museum
2300 S. Massachusetts St. Seattle, WA 98118

WHO: Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
Local and State Leaders of the Civil Rights community

The Civil Rights Act of 1964:

Civil Rights Legislation:

Senate history of the Civil Rights Act:

House history of the Civil Rights Act:

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Jul 01 2014

Council to discuss confirmation of Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell will convene a Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology committee meeting this Wednesday to begin consideration of the appointment of Michael Mattmiller as Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Seattle Department of Information Technology. Mattmiller’s appointment is subject to Council confirmation.

The Department of Information Technology has about 200 employees and an annual budget of $41.8 million. The department is responsible for providing technology services and policy planning to City departments and managing the City’s technology infrastructure to serve Seattle’s residents and businesses.

Mattmiller will provide introductory remarks and speak on his background and experience, followed by an initial round of questions from Councilmembers.

Michael Mattmiller Confirmation Packet
Committee Confirmation Questions

Council’s initial questions for Chief Technology Officer, Michael Mattmiller

2 p.m., Wednesday, July 2

Seattle City Hall
Council Chambers, Second floor
600 Fourth Ave, Seattle 98104

Seattle City Councilmembers
Michael Mattmiller

A second committee meeting will be held Wednesday, July 16 at 2 p.m. to take committee action on the appointment. Full Council is expected to take final action on Monday, July 21 at 2 p.m. Opportunity for public comment will available at all meetings.

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