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Dec 10 2013

Seattle calls for comprehensive immigration reform

Passes one of strongest resolutions in country, urging all groups be included in reform

Press Release issued 12/09/13:

SEATTLE – The City Council unanimously approved a resolution today strongly supporting federal comprehensive immigration reform. Unlike similar resolutions adopted across the country, the Seattle resolution includes specific language calling for the needs of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, the transgendered, the disabled, and women be met by a reform bill. The resolution was endorsed by members of the City’s Immigrant and Refugee Commission, the Seattle Women’s Commission, the Seattle Human Rights Commission, the Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Commission and the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities.

“Seattle has long been home to immigrants from across the globe. We work hard to make sure immigrants are fully included in our community and in our prosperity. Congress needs to stop the delays and pass a strong, comprehensive immigration reform that meets the needs of all immigrants,” said Mayor Mike McGinn.

The resolution establishes policy priorities in support of Federal Comprehensive Immigration Reform and identifies nine specific policy areas that include an accessible road map to citizenship for all individuals living in the United States, family reunification, and providing dignity to immigrants in employment and court.

“All residents benefit from the diversity and culture of immigrants; it is mutually beneficial to us all,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell. “Seattle is home to a vibrant immigrant community, from the active Chinatown-International District to the dynamic neighborhoods of South East Seattle. Our nation must rise up to the challenge and work together to provide a path forward so the opportunity is there to become citizens through a fair and orderly process.”

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Dec 04 2013

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (12/04/13)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 12/04/2013, 2:00 PM

Click here to view the complete agenda:

1. C.B. 117993 (PDF Version)
Relating to police department command staff hiring, amending Section 4.08.060 of the Seattle Municipal Code to allow for the appointment of individuals from outside the department for sworn positions above the rank of captain.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (20 minutes)
Presenter: Peter Harris, Council Central Staff

2. Res. 31490 (PDF Version)
Establishing joint City Council-Mayor citywide policy priorities in support of Federal Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (15 minutes)
Presenters: Magdaleno M. Rose-Avila, Director, and Sahar Fathi, Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA)

3. C.B. 117992 (PDF Version)
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.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (10 minutes)
Presenters: Candace Livingston, City Budget Office (CBO); Dian Pilon, Seattle Police Department (SPD)

4. C.B. 117996 (PDF Version)
Relating to security from terrorism; authorizing the City to partner with the State of Washington and King County 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 2012; authorizing an application for allocation of funds under that agreement; amending the 2013 Adopted Budget Ordinance 124058 by increasing appropriations to the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department and accepting revenues; and, ratifying and confirming prior acts, all by a three-fourths vote of the City Council.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (10 minutes)
Presenters: Captain Ron Leavell, Lt. Mark Mount, and Chris Steel, SPD

5. C.F. 313274 (PDF Version)
Report of Police Intelligence Audit Pursuant to Seattle Municipal Code 14.12.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenters: David Boerner, Police Intelligence Auditor; Lt. Eric Barden, SPD

6. C.F. 313279 (PDF Version)
Response of the Interim Police Chief to the August 2013 Report of the Intelligence Auditor, filed pursuant to Ordinance 108333 (Seattle Municipal Code 14.12).
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter: Lt. Eric Barden, Seattle Police Department

7. C.F. 313365 (PDF Version)
Chief of Police Audit Report of select files obtained through the Police Department’s membership in the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU) and the Western States Information Network (WSIN) maintained exclusively for confidential information; dated September 16, 2013, in accordance with Ordinance 108333 (Municipal Code 14.12)
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter: Lt. Eric Barden, SPD

8. C.F. 313231 (PDF Version)
Reappointment of Jarred Lathrop-Weber as member, Seattle LGBT Commission for a term of confirmation to April 30, 201 3.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter: Julie Nelson, Seattle Office For Civil Rights (SOCR)

9. C.F. 313366 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Anita Khandelwal as member, Seattle Human Rights Commission, for a term of confirmation to July 22, 2 015.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter: Julie Nelson, SOCR

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