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Apr 23 2013

City Council Strengthens Affordable Housing Program

Press Release issued on Monday, 4/22/13:

Consensus built around the need for more affordable workforce housing in the neighborhood

SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council South Lake Union Committee voted unanimously on an amendment to produce more workforce affordable housing in the South Lake Union (SLU) neighborhood by strengthening the incentive zoning program. The agreement is a compromise between two existing amendments offered by Councilmembers, which were introduced in last week’s SLU Committee meeting. Consensus was built around the need to strengthen the incentive zoning program without discouraging development.

“Today’s decision is an important, modest step toward securing more affordable workforce housing in South Lake Union, so that people at all income levels who work in the neighborhood have a chance to live there,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien. “This is a community of opportunity where the city is investing over $500 million in public infrastructure, and I think it only fair that the benefits of this redevelopment are shared more broadly.”

The legislation to strengthen incentive zoning includes a 43% increase in the residential pay-in-lieu price (from $15.15 to $21.68), effectively immediately, and a 33% increase in the commercial price that will be phased in over eighteen months (to $29.71). These prices are paid on a percent of square-foot basis in exchange for additional height and building capacity. Collectively, these provisions will produce an estimated 733 units of workforce housing in and near the neighborhood. The original legislation would have created an estimated 406 units.

“The new Affordable Housing Amendment reflects a collaborative and inclusive decision-making process with developers and affordable housing advocates. The Council applied the Race and Social Justice Initiative lens to ensure we were having an honest debate on equity. Council honored its promise of delivering on-site affordable workforce units in this neighborhood,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell.

The Council last updated the incentive zoning program in 2008, establishing the goal of producing 5% of affordable workforce residential units in the neighborhood of the development. The Council will also consider similar fee adjustments to the downtown incentive housing program to take effect in 2014.

“Even with this step, we need to go further by engaging in the process laid out in Resolution 31444 to review and update of Seattle’s incentive zoning and other affordable housing programs, so we can begin to bridge the gap between our affordable housing needs and the amount we are currently producing,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien.

City Council plans to vote on the full South Lake Union rezone proposal at the May 6 Full Council meeting at 2:00pm in Council Chambers.

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Apr 17 2013

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (4/17/13)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 4/17/2013, 2:00 PM
Click here to view the complete agenda:

1. Seattle Police Department, After-Action Review, May Day 2012 Events
Presenters: Chief John Diaz, Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer, Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh, and Captain Chris Fowler, SPD

Supporting Documents:
a. Seattle Police Department After-Action Review (added 4/16/13, 4:56 p.m.)
b. Routes of Marches (added 4/16/13, 4:56 p.m.)
c. Map of Routes (added 4/16/13, 4:56 p.m.)

2. Independent Review and Report to the Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department Response to May Day 2012 Events

Presenters: Chief John Diaz, Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer, Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh, and Captain Chris Fowler, SP D

Supporting Documents:
a. Independent Review Report (added 4/16/13, 4:56 p.m.)

3. Seattle LGBT Commission Work Plan 2012
Presenters: Aric Lane and Sabina Neem, Co-chairs, Seattle LGBT Commission; Julie Nelson, Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR)

Supporting Documents:
a. Seattle LGBT 2013 Work Plan

4. C.B. 117750

Relating to grant funds from the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance; authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute related agreements; increasing an appropriation in the 2013 Adopted Budget for the Police Department; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts, all by a three-fourths vote of the City Council.

5. C.B. 117763

Relating to youth employment and mentoring programs; changing appropriations to the Department of Neighborhoods, Department of Parks and Recreation and Human Services Department; and removing a proviso in Ordinance 124058.

Supporting Document:
a. Central Staff Memo

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Apr 11 2013

Councilmember Harrell seeks applications for the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities

Press Release issued on Thursday, 4/11/13:

Councilmember Bruce Harrell announced today the City is seeking candidates for three vacant positions on the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities.

Today, Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, released the following statement regarding the ruling by U.S. District Judge James Robart on the Monitoring Plan:

The Commission is a 16-member body that advises the Mayor, City Council and City departments on issues that affect people with disabilities. The Commission works to increase understanding within the disability community as well as between the disability community and the nondisabled community. The Commission monitors and provides expertise on issues that affect people with disabilities in Transportation, Housing, Employment and Public Accommodations.

Councilmember Harrell strongly encourages veterans with disabilities to apply. The most recent data shows that veterans make up 9.4% of the population for people with disabilities in the United States. As of May 2012, 45% of the 1.6 million veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were seeking compensation for service-related injuries with these numbers currently on the rise. This is more than double the estimate of 21% who filed claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s.

“The representation of our veterans with disabilities on the Commission is absolutely essential to greater communication between the City and the communities we serve. Their representation will work to facilitate a greater understanding of the issues that affect veterans with disabilities and create a more inclusive Seattle while creating policy decisions,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology committee.

Interested candidates should deliver a resume and cover letter by April 30th to Councilmember Bruce Harrell by email (bruce.harrell@seattle.gov), by fax (206-684-8587; provide cover memo with Attn: Bruce Harrell) or by mail to:

Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Seattle City Council
P.O. Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

Appointment to the Commission is subject to confirmation by the City Council. Commissioners serve two-year terms, although may be appointed to fill the remainder of an existing term.

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Apr 03 2013

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (4/03/13)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 4/03/2013, 2:00 PM
Click here to view the complete agenda:

1. C.F. 312892
Office of City Auditor (OCA) Response to Council Request for a Logic Model and Evaluation Strategy for the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), Green Sheet 74-1-A-1.

2. C.B. 117728
Related to the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, lifting a budget proviso imposed on the Department of Neighborhoods’ Youth Violence Prevention budget control level and amending Ordinance 124058.

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items 1 and 2:
a. Central Staff Memo
b. Green Sheet 74-1-A-1
c. March 22 and January 31, 2013 Reports from the OCA
d. January 31, 2013 Letter from the UW on SYVPI Risk Assessment Tool Validation Study
e. April 1 Memo to Parks and Neighborhood Committee

3. C.F. 312917
2012 Fourth Quarter Progress Report of the Chief of Police

4. C.B. 117742
Related to the amendment of Section 4.08.070 of the Seattle Municipal Code to remove the $25 fee charged by the Publ ic Safety Civil Service Commission for police and fire entry-level exams.

5. Office and Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) Work Plan
Supporting Document:
a. OIRA Work Plan Presentation
b. OIRA Work Plan

6. Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Commission Work Plan
Supporting Document:
a. 2013 Seattle LGBT Commission Work Plan

7. C.F. 312731
Response of the Police Chief to the December 2012 Report of the Police Intelligence Auditor, filed pursuant to Ordinance 108333 (Seattle Municipal Code 14.12).

8. C.F. 312732
December 2102 Report of the Police Intelligence Auditor, filed pursuant to Ordinance 108333 (Seattle Municipal Code14.12).

9. C.F. 312822
Seattle Police Chief 2012 Annual Report concerning activities regulated by Ordinance 108333 (Seattle Municipal Code 14.12).

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