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Jul 27 2012

Councilmember Bruce Harrell’s statement on DOJ Consent Agreement

My statement regarding the DOJ Consent Agreement (issued 7/27/12):

SEATTLE – Today, Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, released the following statement regarding the police reform settlement with the Department of Justice:

“As Public Safety chair, my primary responsibility is to make sure the Police Department has the resources and policies in place to exemplify effectiveness; that it becomes an organization that continues to improve and adopt the culture of a learning organization. Now, it will be absolutely critical for the Police Department’s leadership to promote excellence in an environment subject to the scrutiny of a consent agreement. My job is to ensure all communities have the tools to hold the City and the Police Department accountable for any actions that violate a person’s constitutional rights; it is not my job to Monday morning quarterback the substance of the agreement reached between the Mayor and the Department of Justice,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell.

“Next month, the Public Safety committee will be introducing legislation intended to give the Police Department unprecedented and unambiguous policy guidance on the Council’s expectations regarding their public safety efforts irrespective of the reform settlement. It will be imperative that our officers continue to feel empowered to do their jobs effectively under the consent agreement.

“As a lifelong Seattle resident and someone who grew up in the Central District in the ‘60s and ‘70s, I am hopeful that the Police Department embraces the consent agreement as a means to effectuate positive change. I fully understand how a majority of officers who have modeled effective behavior in this community may have concerns about the impact of the consent agreement, but now is the time for their leadership to shine.”

Summary of Settlement Agreement

DOJ Settlement Agreement

MOU Between United States and City of Seattle

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Jul 24 2012

Community technology projects receive $320,000 in grants

Joint press release issued on July 23, 2012:

Grants increase technology training to help residents with education, job skills, and civic engagement

SEATTLE – Mayor Mike McGinn and the City Council announced today that 23 community organizations will receive a total of $320,000 in Technology Matching Fund grants. The funds will increase computer and Internet training for our most vulnerable residents as well as helping them with basic education, job training, and access to health and other essential services.

These grants are part of the City’s overall broadband effort to encourage digital inclusion for all (or broadband adoption), fiber to the home and business, a technology-skilled workforce, and local applications development. Participants will gain skills in using social media, assistive technologies, audio and video production, and digital storytelling, in addition to basic computer and Internet skills.

“These grants reflect our commitment to bridging the digital divide in Seattle. Further, the priorities formed through the Youth and Families Initiative guides our support for these programs,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “Our libraries and community computer labs have seen a huge increase in demand from the unemployed and families in need. These Technology Matching Fund projects will provide crucial support to families and help ensure neighbors have the same economic, participation and education opportunities as those of who already have access and use technology tools all day long.”

“The Technology Matching Fund is a critical partnership between the city and the community by maximizing resources to ensure that all of our residents have the tools to increase their technology skills, improve their English and literacy skills, and receive employment and business skills for the job market,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell. “The City provides funding assistance to underrepresented communities, but the community’s support of $520,000 to help bridge the digital divide is highly commendable. This inclusive program is mutually beneficial to us all.”

The Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB) recommended these digital inclusion projects to the Mayor and Council through an open competitive application process. Grant recipients are required to match the city’s funding through cash, donations of hardware, software, supplies and labor. While a one-to-one match is required; the community contribution is often greater than the city’s support, and this year’s grantees will match the city’s dollars with over $520,000 in community contributions.

The grants support projects serving a wide range of neighborhoods in Seattle. Barton Place Apartments, located in Rainier Beach, is receiving a $14,658 grant to set up a mini computer lab in their SHA housing building. Resident Sydney Koerber said that having access to a computer “is a dream come true. I’m over 60 years old and I want to get my GED. It’s never too late to learn.”

Grants will also help support families. Tony Benton, working with Atlantic Street Center, is excited to receive $19,770 to help parents of young children, “a vital group that is digitally excluded,” he said. “If a parent doesn’t know how to use a computer and understand the value of it, the child starts out falling behind,” said Benton. “This grant will help not only reach parents of small children, but also grandparents and seniors who are going through the parenting process,” he said.

The Technology Matching Fund is managed by the Department of Information Technology’s Community Technology Program and was established in 1997 to support the community’s efforts to close the digital divide and encourage the use of information technologies for civic engagement. Since its beginning the fund has contributed over $2 million to more than 200 projects. The fund furthers the city’s commitment to education, inclusion, and race and social justice. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/tech or contact communitytechnology@seattle.gov.

See a list of 2012 projects at http://seattle.gov/tech/tmf/Projects2012.htm.

See a map of 2012 TMF grantees at http://goo.gl/maps/IXv7

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Jul 18 2012

2012 Technology Matching Fund Projects

The Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology committee will review the following Technology Matching Fund Projects at committee on July 18 (2pm).

The fund supports Technology Literacy & Access and Civic Engagement projects that reach technology underserved communities. The City’s goals are to:
• Empower technology underserved communities so that all residents have the technology skills necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services;
• Increase technology literacy;
• Increase access to computers, the Internet, and other information technology; and
• Increase the creation of relevant online content.

Organization
Project – Allocation

1) African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest
African Chamber of Commerce Computer Literacy Plan – $12,000
2) Alliance of People with disAbilities
disAbility Toolbox – $5,000
3) Atlantic Street Center
If You’re Not Online, You’re Falling Behind – $19,770
4) Barton Place Apartments / Seattle Housing Authority
Barton Place Computer Lab – $14,658
5) Child Care Resources
Computer Assistance for Child Care Provider – $9,100
6) Children’s Home Society of WA/North Seattle Family Center
Lake City Court Computer Lab Expansion Project – $18,000
7) Chinese Information and Service Center
Come on! You are part of it! – $6,300
8) Community Voice Mail National
Online Document Access for the Homeless – $16,145
9) Entre Hermanos
Digital Stories for Civic Engagement: LGBT Latinos – $15,000
10) Gay City Health Project
Gay City LGBT Library and Resource Center – $17,000
11) Jack Straw Foundation
Blind Audio Project – $14,000
12) Jubilee Women’s Center
Empowering Women through Digital Inclusion – $17,000
13) Low Income Housing Institute
Computer Technology and Job Search Training – $17,000
14) Millionair Club Charity
Computer Lab Update and Tech Literacy Project – $7,915
15) Neighborhood House
Technology Prep Career Program (TPCP) – $16,813
16) OneAmerica
English Innovations – $15,000
17) Oromo Cultural Center
Oromo Cultural Center Technology Project – $17,000
18) Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition
Rainier Beach Wisdom Commons – $15,000
19) Southeast Seattle Education Coalition
Technology for Community Engagement – $8,525
20) Tenants Union of Washington State
Tenants Unite: Language Access Project – $19,774
21) The Common Language Project
Seattle Digital Literacy Initiative – $18,000
22) Tierra Madre Fund
Gen7: Native Technology and Cultural Education – $14,000
23) Youth in Focus
Digital Literacy Through Photography – $7,000


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Jul 17 2012

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (7/18/2012)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Thursday, 7/18/2012, 2:00 PM
Click here to view the complete agenda:

1. C.B. 117523: Relating to the Technology Matching Fund Program; making allocations and authorizing implementation of certain T echnology Matching Fund projects in 2012; providing that 2012 appropriations for the Technology Matching Fund from the C able Television Franchise Subfund and from the Information Technology Fund shall automatically carry forward into the 2013 fi scal year; that any unspent funds from an individual project may be applied to another Technology Matching Fund project; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts.
BRIEFING AND POSSIBLE VOTE (20 minutes)

2. C.F. 312380: Appointment and Oath of Office of Magdaleno M. Leno Rose-Avila as Director of the Office of Immigrant and Re fugee Affairs.
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (20 minutes)
Supporting Document: Rose-Avila Response to Council Questions

3. Seattle Police Department (SPD) Update on Recent Shootings (Present answers to questions)
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (30 minutes)
Presenters: Chief John Diaz and Assistant Chief Jim Pugel, Seattle Police Department
Supporting Document: SPD Memo

4. C.B. 117475: Relating to security from terrorism; authorizing the City to partner with the State of Washington and King Count y to receive financial assistance from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office for State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness under the Urban Areas Security Initiative Grant for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2011 (UASI FFY ’11), auth orizing an application for allocation of funds under that agreement, increasing appropriations to the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department in the 2012 Budget, and ratifying and confirming prior acts; all by a three-fourths vote of the City Council.

BRIEFING, DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE VOTE (10 minutes)

5. Chronic Nuisance Property Report
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (10 minutes)
Supporting Documents:
a. Everspring Chronic Nuisance Property
b. Nuisance Property Report
c. Othello Signed Correction Agreement

6. Annual Report for Workforce Equity Contracting
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (15 minutes)
Supporting Document:
a. Contracting and Workforce Equity
b. Workforce and Contracting Equity Presentation

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Jul 12 2012

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (7/12/2012)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Thursday, 7/12/2012, 2:00 PM
Click here to view the complete agenda:

1. Seattle Police Department Quarter 1 (Q1) 2012 Sworn Staffing Update
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (20 minutes)
Presenters: Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer and Greg Doss, Seattle Police Department; Peter Harris, Council Central Staff
Supporting Document: Q1 2012 Staffing Update

2. May Day Demonstrations “After Action” Report
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (20 minutes)
Presenter: Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh, Seattle Police Department

3. Seattle Police Department Discussion on the Automatic Gun Location Systems (ShotSpotter Briefing)
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (15 minutes)
Presenters: Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh, Seattle Police Department; ShotSpotter Representatives
Supporting Document: ShotSpotter Flex Presentation
Seattle Analysis

4. C.B. 117487

Relating to private party use of the City’s fiber optic cable network; authorizing the Chief Technology Officer to enter agreements allowing private parties to use the excess capacity of the City’s fiber optic cable network for prov iding high speed internet services and for other lawful purposes; amending Ordinance 117981 to allow agreements for private use; cr eating a fund for the financial transactions associated with private use; providing for an interfund loan; and amending the 2012 budget, Ordinance 123758, by adding a new budget control level and increasing appropriations; all by a three- fourths vo te of the City Council.
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE VOTE (15 minutes)
Presenters: Erin Devoto, Acting Chief Technology Director, and Stan Wu, Fiber Manager, Department of Information Techno logy; Martha Lester, Council Central Staff
Supporting Documents:
a. Council Central Staff Memo
b. Excess Fiber Lease Recommended Amendments

5. Wave Broadband Transfer of Control

BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (15 minutes)
Presenters: Erin Devoto, Acting Chief Technology Director, and Tony Perez, Office of Cable Communications Director, Dep artment of Information Technology; Martha Lester, Council Central Staff
Supporting Documents: Wave Transfer of Control Presentation

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Jul 12 2012

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee to discuss Automated Gunfire Locating Systems in Seattle

Press Release issued on July 11, 2012:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, has called for a special briefing on smart technology to help the police pinpoint the location of gunfire seconds after it occurs. The technology solution is called an Automated Gunfire Locating System and the committee will examine a potential pilot project in specific neighborhoods in Seattle.

How will the Automated Gunfire Locating System work? When gunfire occurs outdoors, acoustic sensors will activate instantly and software will triangulate and identify the exact location of the gunfire. A gunfire and acoustic expert analyzes and validates the audio data and routes the alert to the police dispatch center. Within minutes, the police will receive critical information and arrive at the exact location of the gunfire knowing how many shots were fired, the original shooter’s position, speed and direction of travel (if shooter moved) and exact time of gunfire.

WHAT: Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee

WHEN: Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Council Chambers, Second floor
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98104

WHO: Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
Councilmember Nick Licata
Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh
Representatives from ShotSpotter, Inc.

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