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May 23 2014

Report highlights how Seattleites use technology

SEATTLE – At a launch event last night, the City of Seattle released new findings on technology access, adoption and interaction by Seattle residents. These findings are based on feedback from 2,600 residents via online and phone surveys and in-person focus groups in multiple languages about their use, concerns, and barriers to using the Internet, social media, cable TV and online government services.

“This data shows that we’re making great strides in technology, but a digital gap still exists between our neighbors,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “We’re already using the data in this report to influence how the City of Seattle interacts with our neighbors and to better target our outreach and engagement strategies.”

Every four years the City of Seattle conducts community research to find out how Seattle residents are using technology. The technology adoption study findings were detailed at the interactive launch event, and are available online at www.seattle.gov/tech/indicators. The summary of findings and recommendations are available in multiple languages.

“The information from the focus groups will help us improve services and how we reach all communities,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell. “We will take action on improving access to web services by making them available in multiple languages.”

Since 2000, the City’s Community Technology Program has been collecting extensive and statistically valid data on residential use of cable TV, broadband adoption and uses (including health, work, education, finance and civic engagement), barriers to broadband adoption, use of online city services, and customer service needs. The measures used were based on goals for a technology-healthy city developed in collaboration with the City’s volunteer Technology Advisory Board.

Nine focus groups were also conducted to help understand the needs of communities who are often under-represented in the online and phone surveys or may be technologically-underserved.

Findings of the report include:

  • The report finds that 85 percent of Seattle residents have Internet at home and that more residents now own laptops than desktop computers.
  • Since 2009, Seattle has seen mobile phone ownership grow by 11 percent (80 to 89 percent), and has seen a 66 percent growth in the number of residents with smart phones (35 to 58 percent).
  • Broadband and cable TV prices continue to be of concern, but increasing broadband speed is important to those surveyed, with high interest in using higher bandwidth applications.
  • Cable subscribership has dropped 13 percent in the past four years as options for viewing video over the internet have grown.
  • Lower income residents have lower-speed broadband service, though a broad cross section of Seattle residents are interested in using higher speed internet services for activities like medical appointments or taking classes.
  • The study funds that there is still a significant gap in access to internet and the skills to use it, though the digital equity gap is more focused in skills and uses of the internet than on basic access.
  • Email was noted as the preferred way for residents to give their opinion to a community group or the City.
  • Education and age are the most significant factors differentiating technology access and adoption, but the data also shows important differences based on the income, ethnicity, and abilities of those surveyed.
  • The research also found that those with less education tend to make less use of the internet than users with more education.

For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/tech/indicators or contact communitytechnology@seattle.gov or 206-386-9759.

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May 22 2014

Police Chief confirmation schedule updated

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, announced an updated Police Chief confirmation timeline today:

Wednesday, June 4, 2:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee
Kathleen O’Toole will appear, make opening comments, and respond to initial questions from Councilmembers. Public comment will be accepted at the beginning of the meeting.

Wednesday, June 11, 5:30 p.m. at offsite neighborhood location, TBD
Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee Public Hearing on appointment

Thursday, June 12, 3:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
Kathleen O’Toole will appear and complete final round of questioning from Councilmembers.
Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee will vote on confirmation.

Monday, June 23, 2:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
Full Council Final Action on Confirmation

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Chief of Police Webpage

Statement by Councilmember Harrell on Mayor’s appointment of Kathleen O’Toole as Chief of Police released on Monday, May 19.

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May 19 2014

Statement by Councilmember Harrell on Mayor’s appointment of Kathleen O’Toole as Chief of Police

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the Mayor’s appointment of Kathleen O’Toole as Chief of Police:

“I had the opportunity to meet Ms. O’Toole during the preliminary interview process, and she impressed me with her proven record in changing and reforming a department, her confidence, and her ability to lead and inspire officers.

“The Council’s Public Safety committee will now conduct a thorough and transparent confirmation process and consider public feedback at each committee hearing. Council will turn over every rock to ensure this is the bold, transformative leader Seattle is looking for in its next Police Chief. The committee will move with a sense of urgency, and I anticipate that Council will vote on confirmation by the end of June.

“I look for the new Chief of Police to 1) embrace and implement new technologies like body cameras to enhance police accountability and public safety; 2) implement a new Business Intelligence System that will function as a police performance management tool and early intervention system, with centralized software tools for data-driven policing to reduce crime and predict where crime is likely to occur; 3) review and assess the Department’s management, organizational structure, and resource deployment; and 4) communicate and engage with minority communities and ensure the diversity of Seattle’s neighborhoods are well represented in the department.

“Most importantly, the Chief must bring the department to full compliance with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Settlement Agreement and translate the DOJ policies into the routine of the day-to-day operations of the officers.

“The police department must commit to be a learning organization; a department willing to admit its mistakes and be honest and transparent with the public and proactively police their sworn duties under the new use of force policies.

“The Mayor, City Council, and City Attorney are all committed to working together and providing the necessary resources that will help the incoming Chief bring the department into the 21st century.

“I would also like to thank all the candidates who saw Seattle as an exciting and extraordinary opportunity to be its next Police Chief.”

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Chief of Police Webpage

Tentative Schedule (subject to change):

Wednesday, June 4, 2:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee
Kathleen O’Toole will appear, make opening comments, and respond to initial questions from Councilmembers. Public comment will be accepted at the beginning of the meeting.

Thursday, June 12, 5:30 p.m. at offsite neighborhood location, TBD
Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee Public Hearing on appointment

Wednesday, June 25, 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers
Kathleen O’Toole will appear and complete final round of questioning from Councilmembers.
Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee meeting and vote on confirmation.

Monday, June 30, 2:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
Full Council Final Action on Confirmation

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May 07 2014

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (5/07/14, 5:30 pm)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 5/07/2014, 5:30 PM

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1. Seattle Public Safety: Discussion on recent public safety incidents in South Seattle; Define and implement solutions
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (1 hour and 10 minutes)

Presenters: Chief Harry Bailey, Captain John Hayes, Lt. Steve Strand, Sgt. Anne Martin, and Mark Solomon, Seattle Police Department; Chief Ken Cummins, Sound Transit Police; Matt York, City Attorney’s Office

Supporting Document:
a. Rainier Beach Operations Plan

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May 07 2014

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (5/07/14, 2:00 pm)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 5/07/2014, 2:00 PM

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1. C.B. 118078 (PDF Version)
Related to indigent public defense legal services; authorizing an alternative to the method under Ordinance 122602 for selecting providers of public defense legal services; authorizing an interlocal agreement with King County for public defense legal services; and superseding the provisions of Ordinance 122602, as amended, to the extent it is inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (10-15 minutes)
Presenters: Linda Taylor-Manning and Catherine Cornwall, City Budget Office
Supporting Document:
a. Indigent Public Defense Agreement Memo

2. C.F. 313680 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Sarah Bishop as member, Seattle Human Rights Commission, for a term of confirmation to July 22, 2014.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter: Patricia Lally, Director, Seattle Office for Civil Rights

3. C.F. 313717 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Melinda A. Giovengo as member, Community Police Commission, for a term of confirmation to December 31, 2016.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes) Presenter: Fe Lopez, Office of Community Police Commission

4. C.F. 313718 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Enrique Gonzalez as member, Community Police Commission, for a term of confirmation to December 31, 2016.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes) Presenter: Fe Lopez, Office of Community Police Commission

5. C.F. 313719 (PDF Version)
Appointment of David Keenan as member, Community Police Commission, for a term of confirmation to December 31, 2016.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter: Fe Lopez, Office of Community Police Commission

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May 05 2014

Councilmember Harrell to host South Precinct public safety meeting

Media Advisory issued 5/06/14:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell will convene a Special Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology committee meeting this Wednesday at the Southeast Senior Center to focus on public safety concerns in South Precinct neighborhoods.

“Because of the most recent shootings in the Central District and at Rainier and McClellan, I have organized this special meeting to review the recent violence we have experienced and examine what immediate actions we can take moving forward,” said Councilmember Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. “This meeting will drive the discussion to find solutions.”

The Seattle Police Department will present data regarding police staffing, crime statistics, response time to priority one and priority two calls, calls for police service, and police service hours. Additionally, the Rainier Beach Operations plan will be presented, which addresses problems around South Shore K-8 School and safety at Sound Transit’s Othello and Rainier Beach Stations.

“The presence of the community and input at this meeting will be invaluable,” added Councilmember Harrell.

WHO:
Councilmember Harrell has invited the following representatives:

1) Harry Bailey, Interim Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department
2) John Hayes, Captain, South Precinct, Seattle Police Department
3) Steve Strand, Lieutenant, South Precinct Operations, Seattle Police Department
4) Mark Solomon, Crime Prevention Coordinator, Seattle Police Department
5) Ken Cummins, Chief, Sound Transit Police
6) Matt York, East Precinct Liaison, City Attorney’s Office

WHAT:
Discussion on recent public safety incidents in South Seattle; Define and implement solutions

WHEN:
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7

WHERE:
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Seattle, WA 98118

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