Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

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Jul 17 2013

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (7/17/13)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 7/17/2013, 2:00 PM
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1. C.B. 117843
Relating to the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), amending the following sections of the Seattle Municipal Code: Section 3.28.810, clarifying the term of office of the OPA Director; Section 3.28.850, clarifying the term of office of the OPA Auditor; Sections 3.28.900, 3.28.905, 3.28.910 and 3.28.920, increasing the number of OPA Review Board members from seven to nine, changing the name of the board to the Independent Police Oversight Review Board, and authorizing the board to conduct a performance review of the OPA Director.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (15 minutes)
Presenter: Dale Tiffany, Chair, Office of Police Accountability Review Board; Lisa Daugaard, Co-chair, Community Police Commission; Mike Fong, Council Central Staff

Supporting document:
a. OPARB June 2012 Policy Report

2. RES. 31462
Stating the City Council’s intent to review, analyze and consider ways to strengthen civilian oversight within the Ci ty’s police accountability system and requesting the Community Police Commission to consider recommendations from the Independent Police Oversight Review Board as part of the Commission’s review of the accountability system, as called for in the settlement agreement between the United States Department of Justice and the City of Seattle.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (15 minutes)
Presenter: Dale Tiffany, Chair, Office of Police Accountability Review Board; Lisa Daugaard, Co-chair, Community Police Commission; Mike Fong, Council Central Staff
Supporting Document:
a. OPARB June 2012 Policy Report

3. Discussion on a New Charter Amendment for the Reappointment and Reconfirmation of the Chief of Police and the Fire Chief every four years
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (20 minutes)
Presenters: Chuck Sloane, Board Chair, The Municipal League Foundation; Allison Feher, The League of Women Vote rs of Seattle-King County; Monica M. Simmons, City Clerk; Martha Lester, Council Central Staff
Supporting Document:
a. Charter Amendment Resolution

4. C.B. 117844
Relating to the Seattle Fire Code, adopting as the Seattle Fire Code the 2012 edition of the International Fire Code with some exceptions, amending and adding various provisions to that code; amending Section 22.600.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code; and repealing Sections 2-44 of Ordinance 123393.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (15 minutes)
Presenter: Assistant Chief John Nelsen, Seattle Fire Department

5. C.F. 313133
2012 International Fire Code
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter: Assistant Chief John Nelsen, Seattle Fire Department

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Jul 16 2013

Councilmember Bruce Harrell Proposes New Police Accountability Legislation

News Release issued 7/15/13:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell will introduce new legislation to strengthen the role of civilian oversight within Seattle’s current police accountability review structure.

“The changes will enhance the police accountability system and serve to support the work performed by the Community Police Commission,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. “After listening to the members of the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB), I collaborated with them to craft new legislation that adds more teeth to our civilian oversight system.”

The new legislation will implement the following:

• The Board shall assess public satisfaction with the OPA system.
• The Board shall conduct an annual performance review of the OPA Director and submit that review to the Chief of Police, Mayor and City Council.
• The Board shall monitor and review SPD’s compliance with implementing any annual or semi-annual policy recommendations made by the OPA Director, OPA Auditor or IPO Review Board. An annual report will be submitted to the Chief of Police, Mayor and City Council.
• The OPA Director and OPA Auditor three-year terms begin on July 1, 2013 and that all subsequent terms will be constant and commence on July 1 after a three-year period.
• Increases the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board from seven members to nine.
• Changes the name of the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB) to the Independent Police Oversight Review Board (IPO Review Board).

WHAT: Introduction and review of Office of Professional Accountability legislation at the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee

WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Council Chambers, 2nd floor
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98104

WHO: Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Councilmember Nick Licata
Dale Tiffany, Chair, Office of Police Accountability Review Board
Lisa Daugaard, Co-chair, Community Police Commission
Mike Fong, Council Central Staff

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Jul 02 2013

Councilmember Bruce Harrell to Hold Public Meeting on Gender Wage Gap Solutions

News Release issued 7/01/13:

Councilmember Bruce Harrell will host a working discussion with local policy leaders on gender pay inequity in Seattle this Wednesday.

A study released earlier this year by the National Partnership for Women & Families identifies Seattle as having the worst wage gap between women and men out of the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas. On average, women in Seattle make 73 cents for every dollar earned by males. This equates to a net loss of $16,346 every year.

“The pay disparity is unacceptable and institutional practices must change; we haven’t paid enough attention to the disparity,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee,. “After examining the wage gap report, the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee contacted the Seattle Women’s Commission to develop and recommend legislation or policy changes to eliminate the wage gap. Only 14.5% of girls show interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related fields and STEM is the vanguard of economic opportunity in our region. The answer to fix this problem is complex and solutions must include innovative Business & Occupation tax incentives, new online job portals to better connect applicants with employers and city programs to connect female students with mentors in the STEM field.”

WHAT: Gender Pay Inequity Discussion

WHEN: Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Council Chambers, 2nd floor
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

WHO: Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Councilmember Nick Licata
Julie Nelson, Director, Office for Civil Rights
Ben Noble, Central Staff Director
Abigail Echo-Hawk, Former Co-Chair of the Seattle Women’s Commission
Tracey Whitten, Chair Economic Committee, Seattle Women’s Commission
Marilyn Watkins and Tatsuko Go Hollo, Economic Opportunity Institute
Lynn Dissinger, Public Policy Chair, American Association of University Women
Janet Chung, Legal Voice

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