Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

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Aug 31 2012

Proclamation: Louise Jones McKinney Day

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Proclamation issued on August 31, 2012

WHEREAS, Sister Louise Jones McKinney was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1930 — during a time of adversity and progress. While in Cleveland, she graduated from Case Western Reserve University. She met Samuel McKinney in church and the two later married, moving first to Providence, R.I., where he pastored, before relocating to Seattle in 1958 to lead Mount Zion Baptist Church; and

WHEREAS, Louise McKinney adored her family — her husband and daughters Lora-Ellen McKinney and Rhoda McKinney-Jones, as well as her grandson, Kent McKinney Jones. She was a mother and sister to her son-in-law, Sam Henry Jones, Jr. and brother, John (Sonny) Jones, Jr.; and

WHEREAS, Louise McKinney has shown an extraordinary commitment to her community by serving as a philanthropist, patron of the arts, and longtime educator who believed that all children were capable of learning, no matter their station in life; and

WHEREAS, Louise McKinney was a teacher and principal at a number of Seattle schools. In this capacity, she prodded and nudged institutions to do right by all our children – especially African American youth – and established scholarships to ensure the brightest among them got a fair shot; and

WHEREAS, Louise McKinney gave young people the hope to believe in themselves and the idea that they could achieve anything; and

WHEREAS, Louise McKinney has had a tremendous impact on the lives of those she touched – she never faced a challenge too large for her to pursue and her community was the benefactor of her unswerving commitment to God and humanity; and

WHEREAS, Louise McKinney was a citizen of the World — everywhere she went, she left her mark in areas from religion to education to civil rights; and

WHEREAS, Louise McKinney will be remembered for her unrelenting and indomitable spirit of action — she inspired a generation to succeed and yielded herself to become a source of inspiration for her community and for Seattle; and

WHEREAS, Louise McKinney has left us, but her legacy will be cherished and not forgotten.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR MICHAEL McGINN THAT FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2012, IS

Louise Jones McKinney Day
in Seattle. We call upon all residents and educators to join in and pay final tribute, honor and respect to a woman who was larger than height. Together, let us honor her life and legacy to make our city a better place by promoting equality, social and economic justice, and the basic rights for all children and youth to succeed.

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Aug 31 2012

Proclamation: George William Hickman, Jr. Day

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Proclamation issued on August 30, 2012

WHEREAS, Mr. George William Hickman, Jr., was born on August 6, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the son and eldest child of George and Corean (Jordan) Hickman, and the grandson of slaves; and

WHEREAS, George W. Hickman, Jr., adored his family — his wife, Doris Baptist Crawford Hickman, daughter Regina Hickman Melonson, daughter Sherie Hickman Gaines, son Vincent Hickman, and daughter Shauneil Hickman Robinson. George has three sons-in-law: Wayne Melonson, Vincent Gaines and Dean Robinson; five grandchildren, two great grandsons, an aunt, many cousins, and other relatives and friends throughout the country; and

WHEREAS, George W. Hickman, Jr.’s extraordinary interest and great love of airplanes lead him to join the Air Force in World War II, and become one of the Tuskegee Airmen, a select group of African-American fighter pilots. George was a part of the 99th Air Squadron who broke down barriers because many people believed African Americans were not capable of being pilots; and

WHEREAS, George W. Hickman, Jr., in spite of adversity and limited opportunities, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. George’s experience as a Tuskegee Airmen, along with his engineering brilliance, earned him a career at the Boeing Company in Seattle, WA; and

WHEREAS, the persecution, abuse, and violence suffered by many African American veterans, as well as the courage and dedication of George W. Hickman, Jr. and the Tuskegee Airmen, persuaded President Harry S. Truman to sign Executive Order 9981, which backed civil rights initiatives and desegregated the United States Armed Forces. His actions paved the way towards integration of our country; and

WHEREAS, George W. Hickman, Jr., and the surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen were called to Washington, D.C. in 2007, to receive the Congressional Gold Medal; and

WHEREAS, George W. Hickman, Jr., and the surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen were invited by then President-elect Obama to attend the 2009 inauguration of the country’s first black president; and,

WHEREAS, George W. Hickman, Jr., served his community through volunteering his time to be a volunteer organizer for the Special Olympics, coach basketball for the Seattle Catholic Youth Organization, serve as Vice President of the Seattle Black Catholic Lay Caucus, serve as a member of the Catholic Diocesan School Board and President of St. Joseph’s Catholic School Board; and

WHEREAS, George W. Hickman, Jr., was honored by the Fulcrum Foundation in 2008 for his long-time support and dedication to Catholic education in the Northwest; and

WHEREAS, George W. Hickman, Jr., in later years, was a beloved usher at University of Washington and
Seattle Seahawks games, where he greeted the public and athletes with an encouraging handshake or high-five and a smile as bright as a ray of sunshine. He was like a living history book and once said, “You don’t get anywhere in life if you’re angry. And besides, things are getting better”; and

WHEREAS, George W. Hickman, Jr., is an American hero, because he showed us how to not forget the past, but to focus on our future – America’s future — and to treat each other with humility, selflessness, compassion, and honest-to-goodness friendship; and

WHEREAS, It has been said before that “Some people do great things, while others are simply great, no matter what they do. George William Hickman, Jr., represented the best of both.” George, you have earned your wings!

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL
THAT AUGUST 30, 2012, IS
George William Hickman, Jr. Day

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Aug 14 2012

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (8/15/2012)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 8/15/2012, 2:00 PM
Click here to view the complete agenda:

1. C.F. 312380
Appointment and Oath of Office of Magdaleno M. Leno Rose-Avila as Director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.
Presenter: Magdaleno M. Leno Rose-Avila, Acting Director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

2. C.B. 117538
Related to cable television; approving the transfer of the controlling interest in WaveDivision Holdings, LLC, parent company of WaveDivision I, LLC, holder of a nonexclusive Seattle cable franchise, to Oak Hill Capital Partners III, L. P., by a three-fourths vote of the City Council.
Presenters: Erin Devoto, Acting Chief Technology Director, and Tony Perez, Office of Cable Communications Director, Department of Information Technology; Martha Lester, Council Central Staff
Supporting Document:
a. Cable Office Report
b. Attachment A
c. Attachment B
d. Attachment C
e. Attachment D
f. Wave Transfer of Control Presentation
g. WAVE Consent Agreement
h. WAVE Consent Cover Letter

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Aug 06 2012

City Councilmembers participate in “Night Out Against Crime”

Press release issued on August 6, 2012:

City Councilmembers participate in “Night Out Against Crime”

Neighborhood activities focus on crime prevention
and block watch efforts

SEATTLE – Seattle City Councilmembers will travel throughout Seattle on Tuesday night, spending time with neighbors across the City in an effort to heighten crime prevention/awareness and neighborhood safety. “Night Out” is a national Crime Prevention event and will take place this year on August 7, 2012. Last year, 1,327 events were registered with the Seattle Police Department. If you have never participated in “Night Out,” Councilmembers encourage you to get involved this year. The theme this year is “Together – Safer Neighborhoods.”

Night Out is an excellent opportunity to organize your block and work together as a community.
• Join or start a Block Watch
• Communities are the catalyst in preventing crime. Make a commitment to reduce crime and violence in your community and learn what you can do.

Councilmembers will participate in numerous neighborhood festivities including, but not limited to, the following:
Council President Sally J. Clark: Madrona, Rainier Valley, and Seward Park neighborhoods
Councilmember Sally Bagshaw: Ravenna and Downtown neighborhoods
Councilmember Tim Burgess: Downtown, West Seattle and South Seattle neighborhoods
Councilmember Richard Conlin: Ravenna neighborhood
Councilmember Bruce Harrell: Downtown, Ravenna, and Seward Park neighborhoods
Councilmember Nick Licata: Belltown neighborhood
Councilmember Mike O’Brien: Fremont neighborhood

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Aug 01 2012

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (8/01/2012)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 8/01/2012, 2:00 PM
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1. Nightlife Public Safety Briefing
Presenters: Interdepartmental and interagency Code Compliance Team (CCT); James Keblas, Director of Film and Music; Denise Movius and Bill Reddy, Finance and Administration Services; Carl Marquardt, Mayor’s Legal Council; Deputy Chief Nick Metz, Seattle Police Department; John Schochet and Sumeer Singla, Law Department

Supporting Documents:
a. Seattle Nightlife Initiative
b. Seattle Office of Film and Music Memo

2. C.F. 312467
Seattle Police Department’s Response to 2012 Statement of Legislative Intent (SLI) No. 24-1-A-1, Police: Update Neighborhood Policing Plan.
Presenters: Deputy Chief Kimerer and Greg Doss, Seattle Police Department; Peter Harris and Ben Noble, Council’s Central Staff

Supporting Documents:
a. Seattle Police Department Memo
b. Neighborhood Policing Plan Update
c. Memo to Neighborhood Policing Plan

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