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Sep 18 2012

Public Safety Committee: Job Assistance Legislation and Office of Professional Accountability Director

Media Advisory issued on September 18, 2012:

At tomorrow’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee meeting, Councilmember Bruce Harrell will discuss legislation to increase public safety and job assistance through the reduction of criminal recidivism and why it is critical to improve the re-entry experience for those who have committed crimes and are rehabilitated.

The second agenda item will introduce the appointment process for Kathryn Olson, Director of the Office of Professional Accountability. The committee has made it clear that reconfirmation of the director will not be taken lightly, the process will be thorough, and achievements as well as deficiencies will be analyzed. Significant outreach to community members, civil rights organizations, law organizations and police organizations will be conducted in order to assist in the process of deciding whether or not to confirm. This committee discussion will focus on the community process and timeline. The official public hearing on Olson’s appointment will be scheduled at an upcoming Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology committee meeting.

WHAT: Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee

WHEN: Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at 2 p.m.

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

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Sep 18 2012

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (9/19/2012)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 9/19/2012, 2:00 PM
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1. C.B. 117583 – Job Assistance Legislation
Seeking to increase public safety and job assistance through reducing criminal recidivism and enhancing positive reentries to society by prohibiting certain adverse employment actions against individuals who have been arrested, convicted, or charged with a crime; and amending Sections 14.04.030 and 14.04.040 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (20 minutes)
Presenters: Patricia Lee, Council Central Staff; Julie Nelson, Director, Seattle Office for Civil Rights; Chris Stearns, Chair, and Jennifer Yogi, Seattle Human Rights Commission

Supporting Document:
a. Job Assistance Legislation (JAL) Memo

2. C.F. 312546
(PDF Version)
Reappointment and Oath of Office of Kathryn Olson as Director of the Office of Professional Accountability.
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (10 minutes)
Presenter: Mike Fong, Council Central Staff

3. Community Police Commission Legislation Discussion
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (10 minutes)
Presenters: Mike Fong, Council Central Staff
Supporting Document:
a. Community Police Commission Legislation

4. Commercial Vehicle Safety Updates
BRIEFING AND POSSIBLE VOTE (20 minutes)
Presenters: Capt. Richard Belshay, Lt. Mark Kuehn, Sergeant Brian Miles , Officer Will Witt, Seattle Police Department; Richard Greene, City Attorney’s Office; Colleen Wilson, Chief, Port of Seattle Police Department; Steve Queen, Seaport Division, Port of Seattle; Robin Abel, Citizen; Yosef Gebrehanna, Drayage truck driver

5. Seattle Department of Information Technology Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) 2012 Mid-Year Report
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (10 minutes)
Presenters: Erin Devoto, Acting Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Shawn Abernethy and David Keyes, Department of Information Technology
Supporting Documents:
a. DoIT 2012 RSJI Update
b. RSJI 2012 Work Plan Mid-Year Status

6. Seattle Fire Department RSJI 2012 Mid-Year Report
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (10 minutes)
Presenter: Fire Chief Gregory M. Dean, RSJI Change Team Co-Leads Lt. Brian Boulay, Fire Fighter Melissa Woolsey, and Travis Taylor, Seattle Fire Department
Supporting Documents:
a. 2012 Seattle Fire Department (SFD) RSJI Mid-year Memo
b. SFD 2012 Quarter 2 Public Education Summary

7. C.F. 312547
Appointment of Dr. Tara Henriksen as member, Seattle’s Fire Code Advisory Board, for a term of confirmation to August 31, 2015.
Presenter: Chief John Nelsen, Fire Marshal, Seattle Fire Department

8. C.F. 312548
July 2012 Report of the Police Intelligence Auditor, filed pursuant to Ordinance 108333(Seattle Municipal Code 14.12).
Presenter: Lt. Eric Barden, Seattle Police Department

9. C.F. 312549
Response of the Police Chief to the July 2012 Report of the Police Intelligence Auditor, filed pursuant to Ordinance 108333 (Seattle Municipal Code 14.12).
Presenter: Lt. Eric Barden, Seattle Police Department

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Sep 12 2012

Job Assistance Legislation

I am proposing legislation to increase public safety and job assistance by reducing criminal recidivism and enhancing positive reentries to society by prohibiting certain adverse employment actions against individuals who have been arrested, convicted, or charged with a crime. We have over 114,000 people in our City with arrest records. Over 409,000 people in King County with criminal convictions. This legislation is consistent with our Race and Social Justice work, in that, for example, while African Americans are 3.6% of Washington’s population, they account for nearly 19% of the state’s prison population. Native Americans are 1.5% of the state population, but are 4.3% of the state’s prison population. The issue becomes whether we should implement policies designed to assist all members of our society, particularly when we see disparate impacts that affects a person’s ability to obtain gainful employment. States such as Hawaii and New York have examined this issue and taken state action because of the policy reasons stated above.

Link to legislation and fiscal note:
Job Assistance Ordinance
Job Assistance Fiscal Note

Why:

  • A primary cause for criminal recidivism is the huge challenge people with criminal backgrounds face when trying to gain employment after they have paid their debt to society and are trying to gain employment in a field not related to their past offense. Public safety is increased when unreasonable job barriers can be reduced.
  • 114,000 people in Seattle with arrest records; 409,000 people in King County with criminal convictions.
  • Disparate impact on certain communities. For example, while African Americans are 3.6% of Washington’s population, they account for nearly 19% of the state’s prison population. Native Americans are 1.5% of the state population, but are 4.3% of the state’s prison population. This legislation allows applicants to be afforded an opportunity to explain criminal history. Research supports the fact that when unemployment is lowered, rates of property crimes are lowered.
  • Employers also have a legitimate responsibility and interest in protecting their business operations, reputation, employees and customers as well as the public at large. This ordinance seeks to balance these two interests.

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Sep 10 2012

New Day Northwest: Internet Essentials

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Sep 05 2012

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (9/05/2012)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 9/05/2012, 2:00 PM
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1. Clarity of Proactive Policing and Enforcement – Discussion of Aggressive Begging Ordinance 117104
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (25 minutes)

2. Job Assistance Legislation
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (25 minutes)
Presenters: Julie Nelson, Director, Seattle Office for Civil Rights; Patricia Lee, Council Central Staff

3. C.F. 312450
2012 First Quarter Progress Report of the Chief of Police.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (20 minutes)
Presenters: Chief John Diaz and Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer, Seattle Police Department

4. C.F. 312426
Report of the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB) on recommendations regarding civilian overs ight of the Seattle Police Department.
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (20 minutes)
Presenters: Office of Professional Accountability Review Board members
Supporting Document:
a. Proposed Substitute to OPARB Report

5. C.F. 312503
Appointment of Katherine Beckett as member, Seattle Human Rights Commission, for a term of confirmation to July 22, 2014.

6. C.F. 312504
Appointment of Isabel Bussarakum as member, Seattle Human Rights Commission, for a term of confirmation to July 22, 2014.

7. C.F. 312505
Appointment of Catherine Moore as member, Seattle Human Rights Commission, for a term of confirmation to Ju ly 22, 2014.

8. C.F. 312506
Appointment of Christina Ygona as member, Seattle Human Rights Commission, for a term of confirmation to Ju ly 22, 2014.

9. C.F. 312512
Appointment of Alejandra Gonza as member, Seattle Human Rights Commission, for a term of confirmation to July 22, 20 13.

10. C.F. 312507
Appointment of Paloma Alicia Felalina Reza as member, Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, for a term of confirmation to April 30, 2014.

11. C.F. 312509
Reappointment of Deborah Witmer as member, Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, for a term of c onfirmation to April 30, 2014.

12. C.F. 312508
Appointment of Steve Ferreira as member, Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, for a term of con firmation to April 30, 2014.

13. C.F. 312510
Appointment of Vickie Foster as member, Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, for a term of conf irmation to April 30, 2014.

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Sep 04 2012

Seattle City Council unanimously confirms Magdaleno M. Rose-Avila

Press release issued on September 4, 2012:

First director of the City’s new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

SEATTLE – By a vote of 9-0, the Seattle City Council today confirmed Magdaleno M. Rose-Avila, known as Leno, as Director of the City’s new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. The Council initiated the creation of this department in 2011 and has high hopes for its positive impact on Seattle’s residents.

“The creation of this new, inclusive office will improve how the City integrates new immigrants and refugees into the civic life of Seattle,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee. “Leno will play a vital role in advocating for immigrants and refugees and help all residents benefit from the diversity of immigrant and refugee cultures.”

Mr. Rose-Avila has worked directly with diverse immigrant and refugee communities for more than 25 years. Most recently, Rose-Avila served as Executive Director of the Social Justice Fund Northwest, South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

“I am confident Magdaleno will lead the City in developing effective policies and practices to best serve immigrant and refugee communities. His extensive experience working for human rights and social justice will be a great asset to residents of Seattle,” said Council President Sally J. Clark.

Mr. Rose Avila is passionate about advocating for human rights, particularly while having served on multiple boards, including Amnesty International Board of Directors and the City’s Immigrant and Refugee Board. He is the recipient of many awards for his work in this field. In addition, Rose-Avila speaks and works on gang, immigration, and judicial reform issues through the Latino Community Fund of Washington’s Latino Equity Initiative and is a mentor to at-risk youth.

“Seattle’s immigrant population is incredibly diverse, but shares many common strengths and common struggles. Mr. Rose-Avila knows this population and his life experiences have prepared him well for his new position as the first director of the City’s new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs,” said Councilmember Tim Burgess. “Leno is a strong choice to direct our important work to help our immigrant neighbors achieve their dreams.”

Mr. Rose-Avila will be an asset to the City Council, the Mayor and the new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

“I have been an admirer of Leno’s past work helping immigrants and refugees for years. I am very pleased to see him assume this new role,” said Councilmember Jean Godden.

The Council is looking forward to working cooperatively with Rose-Avila to launch the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. This is an exciting opportunity for the City to tackle the challenges facing immigrants and refugees while improving the level of engagement City government has with these communities.

For more information on the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, visit http://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/oira.htm.

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