Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

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Mar 10 2014

Council Briefed by Community Police Commission

News Release issued 3/10/14:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, hosted the Community Police Commission (CPC) at Council Briefing on Monday. The CPC highlighted work from 2013 and discussed the 2014 work plan.

“The 15 commissioners have done tremendous work representing the diversity of Seattle and advancing reform,” said Harrell. “The CPC has been a critical resource in helping us develop community dialogue and facilitating community relationships to enhance public safety for all,” Harrell added.

Link to the briefing documents are available online:

• Community Police Commission Update Presentation
• Community Outreach Report
• Community Police Commission Summary Report

The CPC was established in 2012 as part of the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement. The 15 community representatives are responsible for making recommendations to the City on any changes to Seattle Police Department (SPD) policies, practice, training regarding stops and detentions, bias-free policing, transparency and public reporting, and Office of Professional Accountability.

The Commission has accomplished extensive community outreach. In total, the Commission has conducted over 150 outreach events and has received input from over 3,400 community members. Those communities include but are not limited to communities of color, homeless, immigrants and refugees, youth, people with disabilities, individuals with substance abuse problems, and members of the LGBT community.

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Mar 07 2014

ADVISORY: Community Police Commission to brief Council

Media Advisory issued 3/07/14:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, will host the Community Police Commission (CPC) at Council Briefing on Monday. The CPC will highlight work from 2013 and discuss the 2014 work plan.

Supporting Documents:
CPC Update Presentation
Community Outreach Report
CPC Summary

WHAT: Community Police Commission Council Briefing

WHEN: Monday, March 10, at 9:30 a.m.

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

WHO: Fe Lopez, Acting Director Community Police Commission
Lisa Daugaard, Co-Chair, Community Police Commission
Diane Narasaki, Co-Chair, Community Police Commission
Betsy Graef, Community Police Commission

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Mar 05 2014

Allowing Technology to Transform the Taxi Industry

Published by under Transportation

The world of taxis and ridesharing is changing as rapidly as the release of new smartphone devices; perhaps even faster. The convenience of hailing a ride on a smartphone app inside a warm cozy restaurant has proven to be more desirable than standing in the rain hailing a cab. Why didn’t we think of this sooner?

Google Ventures invested $258 million into Uber and other rideshare companies such as Lyft and Sidecar have entered the Seattle market without city taxi licenses or permission, but they brought jobs to drivers and convenience to eager consumers. When this occurred in Los Angeles, they sent a cease and desist letter to Uber, Lyft and Sidecar; Washington D.C. banned UberX rides; and Vancouver banned Uber. In Austin, Texas, the city threatened to impound ridesharing cars. Many lawsuits were filed in other cities. In entering the Seattle market, an UberX representative from their Public Policy department was reported as saying “Seattle has been clear there’s a policy of non-enforcement [of the law]. . . .Once that became clear to us, we launched UberX in Seattle.”

Seattle, however, chose a more thoughtful approach. The City Council formed a special committee to create a system by which clear rules can be established to allow the new market entrants to participate. I chose to Vice Chair this committee.

Let me be clear: I fully embrace the new service of hailing a ride on your smartphone, cashless transactions, rating drivers, and the overall convenience. The legacy systems of taxis and for-hires must realize in order to compete they must integrate this customer model into their business. This is a prime example of market competition improving service for its customers. I support a robust open model of transportation choices for a car-free Seattle. Consumers should have easy access to taxis, for-hires, TNCs, Car2Go, limos, light rail, KC Metro buses, Sound Transit, and streetcars. Continue Reading »

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