Seattle City Council 9/30/19


>>>GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYBODY. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE IN CITY HALL. SEPTEMBER 30 COUNCIL MEETING WILL COME TO ORDER. CLERK, PLEASE CALL THE ROLE. [ ROLE BEING CALLED ] 6 PRESENT. >>IF THERE IS NO OBJECTION, THE INTRODUCTION WILL BE ADOPTED . IF THERE IS NO OBJECTION TO TODAY’S AGENDA, IT WILL BE ADOPTED. TODAY’S AGENDA IS ADOPTED. THE AMENDMENTS OF SEPTEMBER 16 CITY COUNCIL MEETING HAVE BEEN REVIEWED. IF THERE IS NO OBJECTION, THE MINUTES WILL BE SIGNED. THE MINUTES ARE ASSIGNED. PRESENTATIONS. WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE COUNCILMEMBER HERBAL LEAVE US THROUGH COUNSEL. YOU HAVE THE FLOOR. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. I’M EXCITED TO PRESENT OF THIS PROCLAMATION HONORING — WHO HELPED TO ORGANIZE THE COMMITTEE TO ESTABLISH A SEATTLE DISABILITIES COMMISSION BACK IN 2009. WE ARE COMING UP ON THE 10th YEAR ANNIVERSARY SINCE THE COMMISSION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FOUNDING IN NOVEMBER. SO THIS IS A FORTUITOUS TIME TO BOTH HONOR JULIAN’S CONTRIBUTION AS WELL AS RECOGNIZE THE UPCOMING ANNIVERSARY. THE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES COMMISSION ADVISES COUNSEL, THE MAYOR AND CITY DEPARTMENTS ABOUT IMPORTANT ISSUES AFFECTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. WE HAVE BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN PARTNERING WITH LEGISLATION AND I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO SPONSOR IN MY CIVIL RIGHTS UTILITIES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE. I MAY READ THE PROCLAMATION TO YOU. >>LET’S CONTINUE WITH OUR PROCLAMATION. >>THANK YOU. THIS IS A PROCLAMATION BY THE CITY COUNCIL HONORING THE AD HOC COMMITTEE TO ESTABLISH A SEATTLE DISABILITIES COMMISSION. JULIAN AND COMMEMORATING NOVEMBER 12 AS JULIAN WHEELER AND — DAY. IN 2008, JULIAN SPEARHEADED THE FORMATION OF THE VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE TO ESTABLISH A SEATTLE DISABILITIES COMMISSION WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF SEVERAL OTHER CITY RESIDENTS FOR THE GOAL OF ADVOCATING FOR A SEATTLE COMMISSION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND ON JULY 24, 2009 AS A PRIMARY VEHICLE FOR THIS ADVOCACY, THEY SUBMITTED A LETTER TO THE MAYOR OF SEATTLE REQUESTING THE CREATION OF A COMMISSION. NOVEMBER 12, 2009 FOLLOWING A SUSTAINED ADVOCACY EFFORT IN FORM OF APPEARANCES AT CITY COUNCIL BUDGET HEARINGS WHICH WE ARE COMING UP ON AGAIN AND THEY WERE SUCCESSFUL IN SECURING FUNDING FOR THE FORMATION AND STAFF CAPACITY TO MANAGE A NEW COMMISSION WHEREAS THE SEATTLE COMMISSION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ADVISES THE MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL AND — RECOMMEND PRACTICES, POLICIES AND LEGISLATION TO THE CITY IN MATTERS AFFECTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AMONG PEOPLE WITH VARIOUS DISABILITIES AS WELL AS BETWEEN PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND A LARGER SEATTLE COMMUNITY. WHEREAS THERE ARE OVER 70 BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS IN THE CITY REPRESENTED BY OVER 900 CONSTITUENTS, ANY OF WHICH WERE THE PRODUCT OF ADVOCACY AND CAMPAIGNS AIMED AT THE GOAL OF BRINGING COMMUNITY AND VOICES, THE GOAL OF BRIDGING COMMUNITY VOICE AND POLICIES AND PROGRAMS AND ISSUES WHEREAS THE SEATTLE COMMISSION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FOR LEGACY OF — CONTINUES ITS WORK TO THIS DAY ADVANCING SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THEREBY FOR ALL PEOPLE. NOW THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL PROCLAIMS NOVEMBER 12, 2019 THE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE APPROVAL OF FUNDING FOR A SEATTLE COMMISSION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO BE JULIAN F WHEELER AND CES — DAY. FOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MR. WHEELER TO THE CITY OF SEATTLE. >>THANK YOU COUNCILMEMBER. OUR RULES CONTINUE TO BE SUSPENDED.>>[ APPLAUSE ]. >>THANK YOU. I HAVE TWO MINUTES. COUNSEL, PRESIDENTS, OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE AND FELLOW ATTENDEES AT THIS MEETING, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MY NAME IS JULIAN WHEELER. FOR PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES ONLY, I SERVE AS THE — ON THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE. GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO FORM AND A CAC IN KING COUNTY BUT THINKING FOR THIS RARE OCCASION AND MY LIFE AND I WANTED TO THANK YOU IN THE SPIRIT OF OTHER AWARDS PROGRAMS, MY FRIENDS AND MY FAMILY, MY WIFE SARAH WHO MADE THIS REQUEST FOR THIS PROCLAMATION, I WANTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED HAD VOLUNTEERS NOT GONE TOGETHER. I WANTS TO ACKNOWLEDGE JOHN AND — AS THE FIRST TWO PEOPLE WHO APPROACHED ME AFTER A NEIGHBORHOOD SUMMIT DOWNSTAIRS WHEN I MADE A PROPOSAL IN THE LIGHT OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THEY SAID WE CAN HELP WITH THAT. I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE COUNCILMEMBER — WHEN WE WERE MEETING EARLIER THAT YEAR. I SAID HOW NICE IT WOULD BE TO HAVE A CITY DISABILITY COMMISSION AND HE SAID YOU SHOULD DO THAT SO IT IS LIKE FAST-FORWARD, WE HAD THIS BUT I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE WORK OF THE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES COMMISSION FOR SEATTLE AND FOR THE GOOD WORK I HEAR THAT THEY ARE ACCOMPLISHING. THE LESSONS ON THE WAY ARE VERY. YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT TO CATCH ALONG THE WAY, THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE MATTER MORE ESPECIALLY IN TIMES OF FISCAL AUSTERITY AND ECONOMIC RECESSION. YOU WILL HEAR OFTEN HOW BUDGETS ARE LIMITED WITH THE BUDGET SEASON COMING UP BUT ANY ACCESSIBILITY PROJECT THAT DOESN’T MAKE THE FINAL CUT IN YOUR BUDGET, YOU CAN APPLY TO OTHER MEANS OF FINDING THREE COUNTY OR STATE. I WANTS TO ENCOURAGE THAT AND I JUST WANTED TO THANK THE AD HOC COMMITTEE, THE COMMISSION, MY FAMILY FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND I HOPED THAT THIS ENCOURAGES PEOPLE ALL AROUND SEATTLE AND EVERYWHERE ELSE TO STAND UP FOR THE IDEALS AND THE PRINCIPLES OF THE AMERICANS WITH DIABILITIES ACT AND I DON’T HAVE TIME LEFT TO SAY EVERYTHING I WANT TO SAY BUT I WANT TO THANK ALISA FOR HER ROLE IN 2009 WENDY NICK’S OFFICE WAS THE FIRST COUNSEL OFFICE TO SUPPORT OUR HUMBLE PROPOSAL AND ALSO RICHARD FOR ITS BEING THE SECOND. THEN I WANTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALSO FORMER COUNCILMEMBER DRAGO WHO SUMMONED AN INTUITIVE SENSE AND WAS OUR FIFTH BOAT BEFORE THIS PROPOSAL RECEIVED UNANIMOUS APPROVAL FOR THE BUDGET TAB AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET’S KEEP FIGHTING FOR WHAT IS RIGHT EVEN IF IT IS NOT POPULAR. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU THERE. >>[ APPLAUSE ]. >>AT THIS TIME, WE WILL TAKE PUBLIC COMMENT ON ITEMS THAT APPEAR ON TODAY’S AGENDA. OUR INTRODUCTION TO OUR 2019 WORK PROGRAM, I HAVE A SIGN-UP SHEET HERE AND I WILL START OFF WITH BLAKE FOLLOWED BY KATIE.>>SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL, I AM BLAKE. I CANNOT ENUNCIATE CLEARLY AND I USE A SPEECH DEVICE. I CAME HERE TODAY TO OFFER MY SUPPORT FOR RESOLUTION 31 908. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR — TO BE PROPERLY MAINTAINED. AS A POWER WHEELCHAIR USER, IT IS CRITICAL THAT ALL SIDE WORKS HAVE CURB CUTS. I’M SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED WHEN AN INTERSECTION OR DRIVEWAY DOES NOT HAVE A CURB CUTS. I NEED TO GO BACK TO THE NEAREST ONE AND DRIVE DOWN THE SIDE OF THE STREET WHICH CREATES A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR ME BECAUSE I COULD GET HIT BY A VEHICLE. SINCE SIDEWALKS ARE BUILT FOR PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION, EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE THEM. AT SOME INTERSECTIONS IN SEATTLE, THERE IS ONLY ONE CURB CUT AT THE CORNER OF INTERSECTION. THIS CAN PRESENT A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION BECAUSE I NEED TO DRIVE MY WHEELCHAIR DIRECTLY INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS GREEN JUST TO GET MY WHEELCHAIR OFF OF THE SIDEWALK. I HOPE YOU WILL MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN THE CITIES SIDEWALKS. I ALSO THINK IT IS CRITICAL FOR THE SEATTLE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO CONDUCT A PUBLIC SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO INFORM PROPERTY OWNERS OF SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL. ONE MAJOR PROBLEM I EXPERIENCED DURING LAST FEBRUARY SNOWSTORM WAS BEING UNABLE TO USE SIDEWALKS FOUR DAYS BECAUSE ALL OF THE SNOW WAS PLOWED ONTO THE SIDEWALK. WHEN THE CITY OF SEATTLE PLOWS ROADS, THEY NEED TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE SNOW IS GOING AND IF IT WOULD IMPACT SIDEWALK USERS WITH MOBILITY CHALLENGES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATIONS. >>THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ]. >>GOOD AFTERNOON COUNCILMEMBERS. MY NAME IS KATIE AND I’M THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR AT MLK LABOR. WHILE I AM HERE TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR THE INFANT AT WORK RESOLUTION, I WANT TO OFFER MY SOLITARY TO THE DISABILITY COMMISSION FOR YOUR RESOLUTION AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU DO TO ADVANCE THE CAUSES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS. AS I SAID, I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK PRIMARILY TO THE INTERNET WORK RESOLUTION. AT OUR OFFICE AT MLK LABOR, WE ALLOW STAFF TO BRING THEIR INFANTS TO WORK. WE HAVE A STAFF MEMBER NAMED PETER WHO IS THE FATHER OF A YOUNG BOY, A YOUNG BABY. PETER BEING ABLE TO BRING HIS SON TO WORK I THINK HAS POSITIVELY IMPACTED HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS CHILD AS A FATHER BUT IT IS ALSO SIGNIFICANTLY POSITIVELY IMPACTING HIS SPOUSE’S CAREER. SHE ALSO WORKS IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT AND HAS A DEMANDING CAREER IN NEGOTIATING CONTRACTS FOR A UNION. THE OTHER THING THAT I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER AS MY BOSS NICOLE IS ALSO A MOTHER. SHE HAS TWO YOUNG CHILDREN. IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN AT ANY SORT OF UNION MEETING, IF YOU KNOW A WOMAN LEADER IN THAT UNION WHO IS A MOTHER, YOU ARE LIKELY TO SEE HER CHILDREN IN THAT SPACE BECAUSE WORKING IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT REQUIRES THAT YOU WORK NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS AND IF HE WANTS TO BE A WOMAN WHO WORKS NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS, YOU LIKELY HAVE TO BRING YOUR CHILDREN WITH YOU. I WANTS TO ENCOURAGE THE PASSAGE DAY OF THE RESOLUTION AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN THIS BODY OF WORK AND THANK YOU TO COUNCILMEMBER –. >>THANK YOU KATIE. OUR NEXT THREE SPEAKERS IS POLLY ON THIS NO RESPONSE AND THEN GLENNA BOWMAN AND THEN ANNA. ANNA ON THE SIGNALS AND THE SIDEWALKS. >>MY NAME IS POLLY. I’M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE WRITERS UNION. YOU HAVE HEARD ME SPEAK BEFORE THAT I STEPPED ON A SIDEWALK — THIS IS A MAJOR SIDEWALK AREA. IT WAS ALL CUT UP. SOMETIME IT BACK, I WANT TO A NEIGHBORHOOD WORKSHOP SPONSORED BY THE RED CROSS AND SHE TOLD US THAT ONCE THE GROUND STOPS SHAKING AND THEY HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN YOU GO INTO, YOU CONTACT YOUR COLLEAGUES, THE CITY OF SEATTLE WITH A PUBLIC AGENCY, THEY CHECK THE SAFETY OR THE ONES THAT ARE DESIGNATED FOR EMERGENCY EVACUATION. THEY HAVE A STRONG PLAN AND I WOULD THINK THAT WITH THINGS LIKE SIDEWALK SAFETY, THE CITY COULD START MAYBE WITH LESS ZONES WHICH ARE HEAVILY ZONED. THEN WORKING OUTWARD FROM THERE. THE SUBJECT OF SNOW REMOVAL, I NOTICED DOWN AND ROCKS VERY WHERE I LIVE RIGHT ON THE EDGE OF WHITE CENTER, THIS SAME PROBLEM THAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE GOING TO EXPRESS BUT WHEN THEY PLOW THEY BLOCK SIDEWALKS. IT IS A MAJOR CROSSWALK IN THE MIDDLE OF ROCKS VERY. SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOOD SPECIALTY HOUSING FOR FAMILIES AND SAFELY ON THE OTHER SIDE, THIS IS A CROSSWALK WITH A LIGHT AND A SIGNAL. A LOT OF PEOPLE TRY TO CROSS IT AND PEOPLE WITH WALKERS AND WHEELCHAIRS, THEY COULD NOT BECAUSE THERE WAS SNOW RIGHT ACROSS THE RAMP. I FINALLY CHOPPED THE SNOW UP INTO PIECES AND KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE WAY BUT I BROKE MY TOOLS IN DOING SO SO I THINK WE CAN DO BETTER WITH ALL OF THIS BUT I WOULD SAY WE CAN COME UP WITH A PLAN TO START WITH AREAS THAT ARE HEAVILY USED AND GO FROM THERE. THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ]. >>THANK YOU COUNCIL PRESIDENT AND COUNCILMEMBERS. MY NAME IS GLENN BOWMAN AND I AM HERE SPEAKING FOR MYSELF. I WANT TO VOICE MY STRONG OPINION THAT IT IS CRITICAL TO REQUIRE A STARTS TO HAVE A SIGNALS POLICY. IT IS KIND OF CRAZY THAT THEY DON’T ALREADY AND IF YOU LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE INVESTMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, YOU SEE THAT THEY HAVE SPENT I BELIEVE NOW OVER $100 MILLION ON ADAPTIVE SIGNALS ALONG PLACES LIKE MERCER AND THAT HAS BEEN PRETTY MUCH A COMPLETE FAILURE BY EVERYBODY’S DEFINITION INCLUDING THOSE AT SDOT. YET SOMEHOW THAT MONEY SURVIVES A RESET AND AUSTERITY CUTS BY THE MAYOR’S OFFICE AND I THINK WE NEED A SIGNALS POLIC THAT WILL PREVENT THAT KIND OF THING FROM HAPPENING. WE ARE PLANNING TO ROLL OUT MORE ADAPTIVE SIGNALS EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE PROVEN TO NOT BENEFIT CARS OR AT BEST VERY MARGINALLY BENEFIT CARS. THEY ARE DETRIMENTAL MEASURABLY DETRIMENTAL TO PEDESTRIANS BOTH IN TERMS OF PROVIDING ACCESS TO OUR STREETS BUT ALSO IN TERMS OF SAFETY. ANY TIME YOU EXPECT PEDESTRIANS TO WAIT A SNIFF GET AMOUNT OF TIME TO CROSS THE STREET, WE KNOW THAT SOME OF THEM ARE NOT GOING TO AND IT IS JUST NOT ACCEPTABLE TO ALLOW SDOT TO SHRUG THEIR SHOULDERS AND SAY THEY DIDN’T HAVE A LIGHT SO THEY WERE ASKING FOR IT IF THEY GET SERIOUSLY INJURED OR KILLED. WE KNOW THEY’RE GOING TO DO IT. JUST GO STANDDOWN AT MERCER AND NINTH OR MERCER AND TERRY AND RIGHT NOW WHEN YOU LEAVE THIS MEETING AND YOU WILL SEE PEOPLE CROSSING AGAINST THE LIGHT, YOU WILL SEE PEOPLE CROSSING WITH THE LIGHT AND HAVE TO GO THROUGH SIX OR SEVEN, 12 VEHICLES, ALL OF THIS IS UNSAFE. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. FOLLOWING, ANNA AND THEN –. >>A VIDEO ADVOCACY PROGRAM AT DISABILITY RIGHTS WASHINGTON AND WE ARE PART OF THE MASS COALITION. I’M SPEAKING HERE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE SIGNALS POLICY AND THE SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE AND SNOW REMOVAL POLICIES. I’M A BIG FAN OF BRINGING YOUR INFANTS TO WORK. MINE IS STILL SLEEPING. HOPEFULLY, IT STAYS THAT WAY. WE FEEL LIKE IT IS CRITICAL THAT OUR CITY THINK ABOUT OUR PRIORITIES AND HOW FOLKS GET AROUND. FOR MANY OF US WITH DISABILITIES, SIDEWALKS ARE A CRITICAL PART OF THE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK BUT ALSO AS A CITY WE NEED TO BE THINKING ABOUT HOW WE CAN MOVE TOWARDS A GREENER FUTURE. A FUTURE THAT RELIES MORE ON PEOPLE BICYCLING AND TAKING TRANSIT AND OUR SIDEWALKS RIGHT NOW, THE CONDITIONS THEY ARE AND DO NOT SUPPORT TO THAT’S. I PICK UP MY KID AT SEATTLE PLAY GARDNER THE 90 AND RENIER AND THE SIDEWALKS ARE INCREDIBLY TREACHEROUS. THE CROSSINGS ARE INCREDIBLY TREACHEROUS. WE SHOULDN’T BE ASKING FOLKS IN OUR COMMUNITY TO TAKE THOSE RISKS IN ORDER TO BE SAFE AS PEDESTRIANS. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. FOLLOWING DIXON WILL BE — AND THEN CLARK MATTHEWS. >>HELLO. MY NAME IS — AND I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ABOUT GETTING AROUND IN THE SNOW IN A WHEELCHAIR, MANUAL OR POWER CHAIR. I HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR MANY MANY YEARS IN SEATTLE. THE FIRST THING I WANT TO SAY IS TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT IMPROVEMENTS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE COMPARED TO THE WAY THINGS WERE 20 YEARS AGO WHEN GETTING AROUND IN THE SNOW OR EVEN JUST THE RAIN WAS ALMOST TAKING YOUR LIFE IN YOUR HANDS SOMETIMES. STILL, WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO MAKE IT REALLY EASY FOR PEOPLE TO GO AROUND, TO GO TO WORK OR ANY OTHER THING THEY NEED TO DO DOWNTOWN. I KNOW THE BIGGEST PROBLEM I CURRENTLY HAVE USING A POWER CHAIR FOR GETTING AROUND IS MAJOR STREETS THAT ARE PLOWED AND SNOW ACCUMULATES AND ALL THE CURB CUTS ARE USUALLY MANAGED TO GET IF I NEED TO CROSS THE STREET, THAT IS THE END OF MY TRAVEL BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY TO GET ON THE CURB CUTS TO GET ON THE OTHER SIDEWALK. WE NEED TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THAT. I KNOW THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN WE CLEAR THE ROADS BUT THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT USE THOSE ROADS AND THEY NEED TO GET FROM PLACE TO PLACE OR EVEN JUST TO GET TO THEIR CAR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ]. >>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MY NAME IS DIXON. I AM HERE TO SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION FOR THE SIDEWALKS HERE ON THE SNOW REMOVAL. I HAVE BEEN — FOR MANY YEARS. I HAVE BEEN TRAVELING USING A POWER WHEELCHAIR IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS. I HAVE BEEN ALL THE PLACES OF THE CITY. I HAVE SEEN ALL KINDS OF BAD AND BROKEN SIDEWALKS. IT IS SO SCARY. YOU WILL FIND WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. I AM ALWAYS CONCERNED. AND FINALLY LAST MONTH I WAS — WHERE I WAS TAKING PICTURES. I FELT VERY BADLY BECAUSE OF SOME BAD SIDEWALK. I WAS INJURED AND MY DEVICE WAS DAMAGED. IT CAUSED ME A LOT OF TIME TO HEAL AND IT COST ME A FORTUNE TO REPAIR MY DEVICES. SO I WANT TO SAY A BETTER SIDEWALK IS NOT ONLY FOR COMMUNITIES BUT IT IS FOR SAFETY. IT IS DANGEROUS FOR PEOPLE. I THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TESTIMONY. CLARK AND THEN FOLLOWING CLARK WILL BE CASEY, OSBORNE AND –. >>HELLO, COUNSEL. MY NAME IS CLARK MATTHEWS. I’M A MEMBER OF THE MASS COALITION AND I’M HERE TO TODAY FOR YOU TO PASS THE SIDEWALKS RESOLUTION AND THE SIGNAL TIMING RESOLUTIONS AS WELL. WE JUST NEED TO FIND A BETTER WAY OF TAKING CARE OF OUR THROUGH WAYS. I THINK RELYING ON PROPERTY OWNERS AND TRUSTING THAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT WITH THEIR SIDEWALKS BE IT EPAIRING IT OR PLOWING IT A CLEARING IT, WE DON’T HANDLE STREETS THAT’S WAY. IMAGINE IF WE LEFT FOURTH AVENUE HERE. WHOEVER BLOCK BY BLOCK BUSINESS BY BUSINESS, PROPERTY OWNER BY PROPERTY OWNER, WE WILL LET THEM CLEAR THEIR STREETS IN FRONT OF THEIR PROPERTY. WAIT UNTIL THEY TRAVEL FOURTH AVENUE. WE ARE WAITING ON STARBUCKS TO CLEAR THE STREET AND THEN I WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE THROUGH. WE NEED TO HONOR AND RESPECT PEDESTRIANS MORE THAN WE RESPECT CARS AND FIND BETTER WAYS OF DOING THIS. SOMEONE WHO USES A CHAIR LIKE MYSELF, UNCLEARED SIDEWALKS, YOU JUST DO NOT GO OUT. I COULD PUSH AROUND MY APARTMENT BUILDING BECAUSE MY APARTMENT BUILDING HAS BEEN PLOWED BUT THE BANK OF AMERICA BESIDE ME DID NOT SHOVEL THEIR SIDEWALK AND THAT IS AS FAR AS I WENT FOR DAYS AND DAYS AND DAYS AND DAYS AND WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. SO YES, THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, CLARK. >>[ APPLAUSE ]. >>SO CASEY, OSBORNE, HINMAN AND THEN MEGAN CRUISE. IS CASEY HERE? >>HE IS HERE. >>OKAY. SORRY, CASEY. >>GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS CASEY OSBORN HINMAN AND I MAY CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR WITH MOMS RISING. THIS IS MY 15 MONTH OLD LUCY. WE ARE HERE ON BEHALF OF OUR SEATTLE MEMBERS WANTING TO THANK THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL FOR TAKING UP THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION TODAY. THE INFERENCE AT WORK PILOT PROGRAM IS SOMETHING THAT EXCITES US AND OUR MEMBERS GREATLY AND WE ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK COUNCILMEMBER THIS CATO FOR HER MEMBERSHIP. INFANTS THAT WERE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AT SEVERAL PRIVATE AND PUBLIC EMPLOYERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THESE PROGRAMS HELP NEW PARENTS NAVIGATE THE TRANSITION BACK TO WORK AFTER WELCOMING A NEW CHILD. I COULD SAVE FROM MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THAT HAS HELPED TREMENDOUSLY WITH BOTH OF MY CHILDREN. HAVING THESE SUPPORTS HELPS NEW PARENTS TO NAVIGATE THE TRANSITION BY HELPING MAKE IT EASIER TO SUPPORT BREAST AND CHEST FEEDING PARENTS IN THE WORKPLACE. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS OF COLOR WHO ARE MORE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE BARRIERS TO BREAST AND CHEST FEEDING DUE TO RACIAL BIAS IN MEDICAL CARE. BABIES AT WORK POLICIES ALSO HELP LOWER CHILDCARE COSTS FOR FAMILIES WHICH WE ALL KNOW IS CRITICAL IN OUR REGION. MORE THAN 2100 BABIES INCLUDING THIS ONE AND MORE THAN 200 ORGANIZATIONS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO WORK. THESE EMPLOYERS RANGE FROM A LAW FIRMS TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE PARENTING IN THE WORKPLACE INSTITUTE HAS REPORTED THAT ORGANIZATIONS WITH INFANTS AT WORK POLICIES REPORT INCREASED RETENTION, HIGHER MORALE, INCREASED TEAMWORK AND EFFICIENCY. PUT SIMPLY, INFANTS AT WORK PROGRAMS STRENGTHEN OUR FAMILIES, OUR WORKPLACES AND OUR COMMUNITIES. WE THANK YOU AND WE URGE THE MAYOR TO ADD HER SUPPORT AS WELL AND IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ]. >>MAKING CREWS WILL BE OUR NEXT SPEAKER FOLLOWED BY JANET. >>THAT IS GREAT. I AM MAKING CREWS. I WANT TO ADD MY SUPPORT TO THE ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED BEFORE THIS. THEY ARE BOTH VERY IMPORTANT. I AM HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT CB 119 600 WHICH IS THE BILL THAT YOU WILL BE CONSIDERING FOR A VOTE NEXT WEEK. IT IS THE — BILL. LIKE MANY OTHERS, I BELIEVE THIS ONE IS NOT FULLY FORMED AND DESERVES YOUR CAREFUL CONSIDERATION AND IMPORTANT AMENDMENTS BEFORE APPROVING. THE BILL SEEKS TO ADOPT NEW STATE LAW AND REPLACE — WITH A PATCHWORK OF RULES AND REVISED SMC. IF WE CAN SEEK APPEAL PROTECTIONS AND REPLACED IT WITH RULES AND THRESHOLDS THAT ARE YET TO BE ESTABLISHED. A GRANDES DCI A VERY GOOD DEPARTMENT, ONE THAT CONSIDERS DEVELOPMENTS ITS PRIMARY CONSTITUENTS, FULL CONTROL IN SETTING THESE RULES. THE RESULT IS A BILL THAT IS CLEAR ABOUT HOW TO ELIMINATE APPEALS BUT OFFERS NO SPECIFICS ON HOW TO ENSURE DEVELOPMENTS ARE SUSTAINABLE AND EQUITABLE. TRYING TO MAKE THIS BILL WORK, A GROUP OF DOWNTOWN RESIDENTS HAS GIVEN COUNCILMEMBER — A COUPLE OF AMENDMENTS WE WOULD LIKE SERIOUSLY FOR YOU TO CONSIDER BEFORE APPROVING THIS. THE FIRST WOULD REQUIRE A BROAD GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS FROM THE COMMUNITY AND CITY DEPARTMENTS. THE COMMITTEE WOULD INCLUDE RESIDENTS, INTEREST GROUPS, ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYERS, LAND-USE LAWYERS, EVERYONE. EVERYONE TO THE TABLE TO ESTABLISH AND THAT THESE ROLES. APPEALS ARISE BECAUSE THE CURRENT DESIGN REVIEW AND CEPA POCESSES ARE NOT CONSISTENT AND LIMIT PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND THIS WILL BE A FIRST STEP TO RESOLVING THAT. THIS BILL ALSO INCORPORATES IMPORTANT STATE LAW THAT LIMITS THE — APPEALS FOR CEPA BASED ON TRANSPORTATION IMPACTS. THAT IS FINE BUT WHERE ARE THE PROTECTIONS IN THIS BILL? THERE ARE NONE. IT SIMPLY SAYS YOU CANNOT APPEAL. WE NEED TO GET A QUINTAL ON NEW DEVELOPMENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE PUTTING STRAIN ON ALLEYS AND STREETS BUT THEY AREN’T BEING REQUIRED TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS IS SECOND AMENDMENT WOULD ASK THAT THRESHOLDS WOULD BE ESTABLISHED TO TRIGGER CEPA REVIEW AND MITIGATION AND THAT DEVELOPERS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BUY THEIR WAY OUT OF MITIGATING THEIR DESIGNS JUST BY PAYING A TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEE. >>THANK YOU. JANET. >>GOOD AFTERNOON COUNSEL. MY NAME IS JANET WAY. TODAY I AM REPRESENTING THE SAVE THE MARKET ENTRANCE GROUP. WE REQUEST PARTY RECORD STATUS WITH THE LEGAL STANDING ON THE BILL COMING UP NEXT WEEK. WE ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS PROPOSED LEGISLATION AND ITS POTENTIAL IMPACTS ON THE LIVES OF CITIZENS. CEPA IS ONE OF THE FEW TOOLS OPENED TO CITIZENS TO GIVE SUBSTANTIVE MEANINGFUL IMPACT ABOUT POTENTIAL AND BY MENTAL IMPACTS OF POLICIES AND VELTMAN’S PROPOSED BY THE CITY OR DEVELOPERS. INCLUDING ISSUES SUCH AS WERE BROUGHT UP TODAY BY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND MOMS WITH BABIES WHO NEED TO HAVE ACCESS TO LOTS OF AREAS OF OUR CITY. ALL THESE SAFETY ISSUES ARE RELEVANT. IT IS THE FOUNDATION OF FAIRNESS TO THE PUBLIC INSPIRED BY THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND THE CLEAN AIR ACT. NEVERTHELESS, WE DO SUPPORT THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS IN WHICH CEPA RULES AND THRESHOLDS BE ESTABLISHED FOR INPUT FROM STAKEHOLDERS AND A BROAD CITY DEPARTMENTS AND COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS BE CONVENED FOR DESIGN REVIEW AND CEPA REFERENCED IN THIS BILL. IT IS FUNDAMENTAL THAT CITIZENS BE PROVIDED OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE INPUT, COMMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO EVEN APPEAL DECISIONS OF NECESSARY. THIS WILL ONLY IMPROVE THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. WE RESPECTFULLY ASK FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>WE HAVE GONE BEYOND OUR 20 MINUTES ALLOTMENT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. I’M ONLY ABOUT A PAGE AND A HALF INTO IT. WE HAVE ABOUT 12 MORE SPEAKERS. UNLESS THERE IS AN OBJECTION, I WILL CONTINUE WITH PUBLIC COMMENT BUT WE WILL TAKE IT DOWN TO ONE MINUTE INSTEAD OF TWO MINUTES SO I WILL LET SPEAKERS GO SO ROBERT AND THEN –. ROBERT AND KATIE WILSON. >>HELLO. MY NAME IS BOB, A BOARD MEMBER OF SAVE THE MARKET INTEREST THAT REPRESENTS OVER 88,000 INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER SEATTLE’S FUTURE VIABILITY. WE NEED TO PRESERVE A FAIR INDEPENDENT ANALYSIS AND APPEALS PROCESS. WITHOUT IT, WHERE DOES A RESIDENT GO TO EXPRESS HIS OR HER CONCERNS OF THE QUESTIONS OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION, PEDESTRIAN SAFETY, RAPIDFIRE POLICE AND MEDICAL SERVICES? GROWTH MANAGEMENT IS TEDIOUS AND RELEVANT NEEDS. WIRE BUILDERS GETTING A PASS ON ADEQUATE TRACTOR-TRAILER LOADING BIRTHS, PARKING PLACES, DUMPSTER BAYS AND GARBAGE PICKUP? ALSO ENGINEERING VEHICLES IN THE FUTURE WILL NEED TO MAKE REPAIRS. WHERE IS THERE BAY? TWO AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN PREPARED BY AN EARLIER SPEAKER FOR THE CEPA BILL. THIS WILL GIVE THE PUBLIC A VOICE IN ESTABLISHING CEPA RULES AND ADDRESSING ADVERSE IMPACTS RELATED TO TRANSPORTATION. DENSITY. PLEASE DON’T PASS THIS LEGISLATION WITHOUT ADOPTING THESE AMENDMENTS. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>HELLO. MY NAME IS — WITH WASHINGTON COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK. WE HERE TO SUPPORT COUNCILMEMBER HERBALS PROTECTION BILLS THAT ARE BEFORE YOU. I WILL BE SUPERQUICK. THE FIRST ONE THAT GIVES THE RIGHT TO HAVING A ROOMMATE IS CRITICAL FOR HOUSING AFFORDABILITY. I’M SOMEWHAT WHO MAKES A LIVING WAGE BUT I CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE BY MYSELF. I LIVE WITH THREE OTHER PEOPLE. SO IT IS IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT OPTION AND IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH THEIR FAMILIES. SO THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO LIVE. THE NEXT ONE, THE DV BILL, LANDLORDS CAN CHARGE TENANTS FOR DAMAGE CAUSED EVEN BY AN ABUSER AND THAT IS LOCKING PEOPLE OUT OF HOUSING BECAUSE MOST LANDLORDS WILL NOT EVEN CONSIDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF WHY YOU OWE THAT DEBT TO THE LANDLORD IN THE FIRST PLACE AND SO BY MAKING SURE THAT LANDLORDS CANNOT DO THAT AND THERE IS EVEN A MEDICATION FUND IN THERE SO THEY CAN STOP WHINING ABOUT IT, THIS WILL HELP A LOT OF SURVIVORS GET INTO HOUSING AND ALSO WE SUPPORT THE MASS TRANSPORTATION RESOLUTIONS AND THE — AT WORK RESOLUTIONS. >>SO KATIE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY EDMAN AND THEN JOSH. >>HELLO COUNCILMEMBERS. MY NAME IS KATIE WILSON. WE WOULD LIKE TO ADD OUR SUPPORT TO COUNCILMEMBER HERBALS TENANT PROTECTION LEGISLATION, ALL OF IT. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE TWO RESOLUTIONS RELATED TO THE MASS TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE TRANSIT RIDERS. WE ARE ALSO PEDESTRIANS. WE WALK OR ROLL TO OUR TRANSIT STOPS. SOME OF OUR MEMBERS ARE WHEELCHAIR USERS, OTHERS ARE BLIND OR HAVE VISUAL DISABILITIES, OTHERS LIKE PAULINE MIGHT SPRAIN AN ANKLE AND ALL OF US NEED TO BE ABLE TO GET DOWN THE SIDEWALK. WE NEED A BETTER SYSTEM FOR SIDEWALK REPAIR. THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS BROKEN. WE ALL NEED TIME TO CROSS THE STREET SO WE ARE STRONGLY IN SUPPORT OF BOTH RESOLUTIONS BEFORE YOU TODAY AND WE HOPE YOU WILL PASS THEM. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>I ACTUALLY — EDMAN FROM THE BAR ASSOCIATION. I HAVE A FORM I WOULD LIKE TO USE TO ILLUSTRATE. IF I COULD PASS THAT OUT TO YOU, I HAVE COPIES. I AM A HOUSING ATTORNEY. I WANT TO GIVE YOU AN ILLUSTRATION IN SUPPORT OF COUNCILMEMBER HERBALS BELT REGARDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND WHAT THE ACTUAL ISSUE IS. IN THIS FORM THAT I PASSED OUT, YOU WILL SEE WHAT INVOICE LOOKS LIKE WHEN THE PERSON HAS BASICALLY BEEN A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. IN THIS CASE WHAT HAPPENED IS THE WOMAN WAS LIVING WITH HER MOTHER, HER ESTRANGED HUSBAND FORCIBLY CAME IN WHILE SHE WAS OUT, BEAT HER MOTHER AND THERE WAS PRETTY SEVERE BLOOD DAMAGE ALONG WITH A SKULL FRACTURE. SHE THEN HAD TO FLEE AND SHE RECEIVED THIS BILL AND ABOUT HALFWAY, YOU WILL SEE A CHARGE FOR $3800 FOR QUOTE BODILY FLUID CLEANUP. IF SOMEBODY FORCIBLY ENTERS INTO YOUR HOME AND BEAT YOU AND CAUSES DAMAGE, YOU’RE NOT LIABLE TO THE OWNER OF THAT RENTAL PROPERTY, THE PERPETRATOR IS. THIS STREAMLINES THAT PROCESS TO MAKE SURE THE VICTIM WILL HAVE AN ABILITY TO GET RID OF THAT DAMAGE AND MAKES SURE IT WILL NOT AFFECT THEIR CREDIT AND THEY CAN GET AFFORDABLE HOUSING. >>THANK YOU. FOLLOWING JOSH WILL BE GORDON. >>GOOD AFTERNOON COUNCILMEMBERS. I AM HERE ON BEHALF OF WORKING WASHINGTON TO SUPPORT THE INFANTS AT WORK RESOLUTIONS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION. WE THINK THE PILOT PROGRAM IS A REALLY SMART WAY FOR ONE OF THE CITY’S LARGEST EMPLOYERS TO SEE WHAT MORE WE CAN BE DOING AS A CITY TO SUPPORT WORKING FAMILIES AND WE LOVE TO SEE THE CITY LEADING THE WAY IS A HIGHROAD EMPLOYER SO KUDOS TO YOU. THE RESOLUTION POINTS OUT THERE ARE NUMEROUS HEALTH AND DEPARTMENTAL BENEFITS FOR INFANTS TO THESE TYPE OF INFANT AT WERE POLICIES FROM GETTING THE NUTRITION THEY NEED TO THE BONDING THAT IS CRITICAL IN THAT FIRST YEAR AND AS WELL AS THE RESOLUTION POINTS OUT, SOCIAL EQUITY BENEFITS IN THE WORKPLACE, ALL WHILE SERVED BY INFANT AT WORK POLICIES. AS A FATHER OF A YOUNG KID, I LEFT THE CITY ABOUT WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN AND WENT TO A JOB THAT AFFORDED ME A TON OF FLEXIBILITY AND I THINK IT IS CRITICAL FOR NEW PARENTS TO HAVE THAT SO IN CLOSING, IT IS GOOD FOR WORKERS AND FOR NEW PARENTS AND NEWBORNS AND A GREAT STEP BY THE CITY. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, JOSH AND WELCOME BACK HOME. >>GOOD AFTERNOON COUNCILMEMBERS. I WORK FOR SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAYS HERE IN SUPPORT OF THE TWO MASS TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE ITEMS AROUND SIDEWALKS AND SIGNALS. WALKING AND ROLLING IN THE CITY AS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT AND IF WE ARE NOT ABLE TO DO THAT, WE ARE REALLY FEELING AS A CITY BECAUSE PEOPLE NEED TO GET TO WHERE THEY NEED TO GO AND JUST BECAUSE YOU NEED TO USE ASSISTED CANE OR DEVICE TO GET TO WHERE YOU NEED TO GO OR YOU ARE GETTING ON IN AGE DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE THAT BASIC FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN ACCESS. ALSO JUST WANT TO POINT OUT THAT WE ARE GOING INTO BUDGET SEASON RIGHT NOW AND THERE WILL BE A LOT OF REQUESTS BUT THIS IS NOT A BUDGET REQUEST. THIS IS REALLY CHARTING A GREAT PATH TO MAKING OUR CITY MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYONE AND DOESN’T HAVE A HEAVY PRICE TAG ATTACHED TO IT. THE CENSUS JUST CAME OUT AND SHOWED WE ARE ONE OF THE BEST CITIES FOR INCREASING THE RATE OF WALKING AND SHOW WE SHOULD REALLY KEEP THAT GOING AND RESPECT THE FACT THAT PEOPLE REALLY WANT TO WALK AND ROLL AND LET’S LET THEM DO THAT. >>THANK YOU, GORDON. NEXT THREE SPEAKERS HEATHER, COURTNEY AND BRETT. IS HEATHER HERE? >>RIGHT HERE. >>FOLLOWING HEATHER IS COURTNEY AND THEN BRETT. COURTNEY, YOU CAN TAKE THE MIDDLE MIKE. >>GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M HEATHER PIERCE WITH THE RENTAL HOUSING ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON. I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THE SPONSOR COUNCIL STAFF, STAKEHOLDERS AND ALL SIDES FOR MEETING WITH HOUSING PROVIDERS AND DEVELOPING SOME NEW LANGUAGE TO LANDLORD-TENANT POLICIES IN THE CB 119658 IMPROVING IT’S FOR EVERYBODY. WE SUPPORT THE ELEMENT OF A MEDICATION FUND FOR DAMAGE CREATED BY PERPETRATORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND COMMIT TO WORKING FOR THE TO FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY TO MAINTAIN FUNDING FOR A MEDICATION FUND THAT DOES NOT SPECIFICALLY INCREASE HOUSING COSTS IN THE CITY. WE ALSO APPRECIATE LANGUAGE IN THE LEGISLATION THAT EXPRESSLY STATES THAT PERPETRATORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARE NOT SHIELDED FROM LIABILITY FOR THE DAMAGE THAT THEY CAUSED. WHILE WE APPRECIATE THE EFFORT TO DEFINE DATING RELATIONSHIP MORE CONCRETELY, WE CONTINUE TO HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE BROAD APPLICATION OF THE POLICY NCB 119 606. LANDLORDS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF THEIR TENANTS AND CONTINUE TO HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT ENSURING THAT RESIDENTS IN OUR COMMUNITIES DO NOT POSE A THREAT TO THE SAFETY OF OTHER TENANTS AND THE PUBLIC AT LARGE. ALSO INVENTING A STANDARD THAT LONG-TERM GUESTS MUST MEET THE FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE RENTAL AGREEMENT, MAY LIMIT ACCESS TO HOUSING FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. MAY I FINISH MY STATEMENT? >>IN A SENTENCE OR TWO, YES. >>WE ARE HAPPY TO DISSIPATE ANY STAKEHOLDER PROCESS ON THESE BILLS AND LOOK FORWARD TO FOR THE CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW TO BEST PROVIDE TENANT PROTECTION WITHOUT INCREASING THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PROVIDING HOUSING IN THE CITY. >>HELLO COUNSEL. MY NAME IS COURTNEY COLE AND I’M ALSO HERE WITH THE MASS COALITION. AS SOMEONE WHO IS LEGALLY BLIND AND A CANE USER, SIGNAL POLICY AND DECIDE WHAT MAINTENANCE ARE BOTH EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PIECES FOR ME AS A TRANSIT AND SIDEWALK USER. SIGNAL POLICY IS EXTREMELY EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO HAVE MORE TIME TO CROSS THE STREET FOR ME. SOMETIMES I WALK AT A SLOWER PACE THAN OTHERS. SOMETIMES I CANNOT SEE HOW MUCH TIME IS ON THE COUNTDOWN FOR THE SIGNAL AND THAT IS REALLY ANXIETY INDUCING WHEN YOU ARE CROSSING THE STREETS. DURING THE BIG SNOW THIS FEBRUARY, I WAS TRAPPED IN MY HOUSE FOR EIGHT DAYS. THAT IS A LONG TIME TO BE TRAPPED IN A 400 SQUARE FOOT APARTMENT. I CANNOT REALLY GO OUT AND GET FOOD AND THINGS I NEEDED SO IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN OUR SIDEWALKS BETTER FOR EVERYONE. >>[ APPLAUSE ]. >>BRETT, I WILL CALL THE LAST THREE SPEAKERS HERE. THAT WILL BE BREE AND CHRISTINA AND ELIZABETH EVANS. AND DAVID. PLEASE. >>MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, HERE SPEAKING THIS AFTERNOON, MY NAME IS BRETT FROM THE FAMILY HOUSING ASSOCIATION. I AM SPEAKING ON COUNSEL BILL 119658. I WENT — WANTS TO THANK COUNCILMEMBER HERBAL FOR HER WILLINGNESS AND OPENNESS TO CONSIDER THIS FUND AS AN ALTERNATIVE AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASSIST SURVIVORS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND REALLY GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO FLEE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WITHOUT FURTHER BURDENING THEM WITH ANY FINANCIAL COST AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH COUNCILMEMBER AND THE CITY ITSELF THIS YEAR TO POSSIBLY FIND THE PROGRAM AND INTO NEXT YEAR FOR IMPLEMENTING THE PROJECT AS WELL SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>HELLO. I’M WITH CENTRAL SEATTLE GREENWAYS AND FOR YEARS WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE OUR STREETS SAFER FOR PEOPLE WALKING AND BIKING AND ROLLING. IT HAS BEEN CHALLENGING WE TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT ANY PARTICULAR INTERSECTION IS WORKING THE WAY IT IS AND IT WAS REVOLUTIONARY TO FIND OUT THAT THERE IS NO SIGNAL POLICY. EACH OF THESE INTERSECTIONS ARE DESIGNED BY WHICHEVER SIGNAL ENGINEER HAPPENS TO BE ASSIGNED TO IT ON WHATEVER PARTICULAR DAY. WHILE THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS I WANT TO SEE IN THE SIGNAL POLICY, I AM EXCITED ABOUT HAVING A SIGNAL POLICY. IT IS MUCH EASIER TO CHANGE SOMETHING ONCE YOU HAVE ACTUALLY GOT IT. OBVIOUSLY, YOU HAVE BEEN SEEING OUR LOVELY REMINDERS OF THE HORRIBLE SNOW PROBLEMS WE HAD. WE THOUGHT WE MAYBE SHOULD PUT UP A SIGN THAT SAYS WINTER IS COMING AND REMIND YOU THAT WE REALLY DO NEED TO HAVE A GOOD MAINTENANCE PLAN IN PLACE BUT ALSO A LONGER-TERM MAINTENANCE PLAN THAT WORKS FOR OUR SIDEWALKS. THAT IS IMPORTANT. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. CHRISTINE AND ELIZABETH, ARE YOU HERE ON COUNCILMEMBERS — BEHALF FOR THIS INDIVIDUAL TESTIMONY? >>BOTH. >>IT WOULD BE IMMINENT A PIECE THAN. IT WILL BE LONGER IF YOU SAID JUST FOR COUNCILMEMBER –. >>MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING US TIME TO SPEAK. MY NAME IS CHRISTINA. IN MAY 2018, ROD AND COUNCILMEMBER — SPONSOR LEGISLATION REQUESTING THE EXECUTIVE TO CREIGHTON INFANTS AT WORK PILOT PROGRAM FOR KING COUNTY EMPLOYEES. THE IMPETUS OF THIS LEGISLATION WAS THE DIFFICULTY OF FINDING CHILDCARE. IT’S INCREASED COST AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE BENEFITS WHEN PARENTS AND BABIES HAVE TIME TO BOND IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF AN INFANT’S LIFE. MY COWORKER ELIZABETH EVANS WAS ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR INFANTS AT WORK PROGRAM WHEN SHE STARTED BRINGING HER THREE- MONTH-OLD BABY GRACIE TO WORK IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR. GRACIE REALLY SETS A HIGH BAR FOR THE COUNCIL AS OUR INAUGURAL INFANTS. HER SMILES AND GIGGLES LIT UP MANY IN THE ROOM AND SHE WAS A DAILY REMINDER OF THE IMPACTS OF OUR POLICIES NEAR AND LONG- TERM IMPACTS. AND ALSO A REMINDER OF THE CREATIVE WAYS WE CAN SUPPORT OUR EMPLOYEES AND THE EXAMPLE THAT WE CAN SET FOR OUR NEXT GENERATION. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO ADOPT AND INFANTS AT WORK PROGRAM YOURSELVES. AFTER YOU HEAR HOW ELIZABETH BENEFITED FROM THIS EXPERIENCE AND HOW YOUR EMPLOYEES COULD TWO. >>HELLO. MY NAME IS ELIZABETH EVANS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I’M HERE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS AMAZING ISSUE. A CREDIT TO ROB AND CHRISTINA WHEN THEY LEARNED I WAS HAVING A BABY, THEY ENCOURAGED ME TO TRANSITION BACK TO WORK WITH HER. THEY EVEN SENT ME SOME VARIOUS PACK AND PLAY OPTIONS FOR ROD’S OFFICE. I WAS PRETTY SKEPTICAL AT FIRST ABOUT MY ABILITY TO HANDLE BOTH MY FULL JOB AND TO BE BE AT WORK. BY THE END OF MY FIRST WEEK WHEN I WAS TALKING TO A PROFESSOR ABOUT ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT BACTERIA IN A LOCAL WETLAND MY BABY WAS SLEEPING ON MY SHOULDER, I WAS LIKE I GOT THIS. IT WAS JUST A TRULY INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE. I DID IT FOR ABOUT 3 1/2 MONTHS. YOU HEARD THE BENNETT’S FROM — BENEFITS FROM VARIOUS PEOPLE. THE ONLY DRAWBACK IS MY DAUGHTER WENT THROUGH SMILE WITHDRAWALS. WHEN SHE HAD TO GO HOME WITH HER NANNY, SHE WAS NOT SEEM 100 MILES A DAY BUT OTHER THAN THAT, IT WAS A TREMENDOUSLY POSITIVE EXPERIENCE. THANK YOU ALL. >>WE ATTENDED A GAME LAST SATURDAY AND TO WE ARE WHY THEY ONE BY THE WAY SO WE SENT THEM OUR BEST. OUR LAST SPEAKER IS DAVID HAYNES. >>THANK YOU COUNSEL. THERE IS STILL NO LEGITIMATE PROTECTORS FOR RENTERS ANY OF THESE ORDINANCES. RUN DOWN, OUTDATED DILAPIDATED HOUSING STOCK WITH INFLATED RENTS, THE CITY GOVERNMENT GO ALONG WITH WHILE PRESSING RENTERS. I SAY THIS BECAUSE THERE IS A WOMAN WHO WORKS AT AN ABUSIVE KROGER STORE WHO HAS A LANDLORD SHE HAS TO INTERACT WITH ON A DAILY BASIS AND SHE IS BEING FORCED TO BE HIS FRIEND, REQUIRED TO FEND OFF A VERBALLY ABUSIVE A POWER TRIPPING LANDLORD WHO IS OVER CHARGING HER RENT WHEN SHE HAS TO BOIL WATER FROM HER BATHTUB. SHE IS PAYING FIVE TIMES THE RENTAL RATE. I NOT SEE ANY LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS RENTERS FROM ABUSIVE LANDOWNERS. CITY LIGHT NEEDS TO STOP SPECULATING IN THE FOR PROFIT MARKET AND GIVE DISCOUNTS TO LOW INCOME WITHOUT USING CASH ALLOCATION AND HOPEFULLY TRANSIT RIDERS ADVISORY BOARD WILL BE CONSTRUCTIVELY POSITIVE IN THEIR CRITICISMS OF METRO’S FAILURES BECAUSE OF THE INEFFICIENCIES, WORN HONKING ROAD RAGE AND GETTING OFF EARLY WHILE PASSING EVERY BUS STOP WILL NEED DURING RUSH HOUR. >>THANK YOU THERE. THAT WILL CONCLUDE OUR PUBLIC COMMENTS. WE WILL MOVE TO THE PAYMENT OF THE BILL SECTION. PLEASE READ THE TITLE. >>THIS IS COUNSEL BILL 119 660 FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 ORDERING THE PAYMENT THEREOF. >>MOVED TO PASS COUNSEL BILL. ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? IF NOT, PLEASE CALL THE ROLL ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. >>[ ROLE BEING CALLED ] >>EIGHT IN FAVOR, NONE OPPOSED. >>BILL PASSED. PLEASE READ THE FIRST AGENDA ITEM. >>REPORT OF THE CITY COUNCIL REQUESTING A PLAN TO DEVELOP AND INFANTS AT WORK PILOT PROGRAM FOR ELIGIBLE CITY OF SEATTLE EMPLOYEES AND THEIR INFANTS. >>COUNCILMEMBER. >>THANK YOU AND THANK YOU COUNSEL COLLEAGUES AND ALL THE FOLKS WHO CAME TO TESTIFY TODAY. OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS AS WE HAVE BEEN PUTTING THIS PRESENTATION TOGETHER TO BRING FORWARD FOR THE CITY’S CONSIDERATION. AS YOU HEARD, BRINGING CHILDREN TO WORK HAS BECOME A GROWING TREND ALLOWING PARENTS AND CARETAKERS THE ABILITY TO COME BACK TO WORK WHILE HAVING THE BONDING TIME THAT THEY NEED WITH THEIR NEW CHILD. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT SOMETHING. THIS IS ABOUT ALL GENDERS AND ALL FAMILY TYPES. THIS IS ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT PARENTS AND GUARDIANS CAN BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO WORK IF THEY NEED TO. THERE IS VERY POSITIVE REASONS FOR THIS. THE ABILITY TO BOND, THE ABILITY TO BE AROUND CHILDREN, MAKING SURE WE ARE BOTH ADDRESSING THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF HAVING THOSE KIDS AROUND AND THERE IS ALSO AN EQUITY ISSUE THAT WE ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS. THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF HAVING A LACK OF CHILDCARE AND THE LACK OF ACCESS TO CHILDCARE AND THE LACK OF AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE SO THIS EFFORT TODAY REALLY COMBINES BOTH THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF HAVING TIME WITH YOUR KID AND ADDRESSES THE REAL CONSEQUENCES OF HAVING LACK OF ACCESS TO CHILDCARE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THESE ISSUES AS WE CELEBRATE THAT EVERY FAMILY NOW HAS THE ABILITY TO TAKE 12 WEEKS OF PAID LEAVE BEGINNING IN 2020. WE KNOW THAT MANY FAMILIES WILL POTENTIALLY NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE THIS FULL 12 WEEKS BECAUSE IT IS NOT FULL PAY IN SOME CASES AND WE ARE VERY EXCITED THAT OUR STATE IS NOW LEADING THE NATION AND THE LENGTH OF TIME THAT EVERY PARENT AND ADOPTIVE PARENT AND FOLKS WHO ARE GETTING A CHILD’S THROUGH VARIOUS WAYS WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE 12 WEEKS. THIS PALES IN COMPARISON TO WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES OFFER, SIX MONTHS, A YEAR, TWO YEARS OF GUARANTEED PAID TIME OFF AND GUARANTEED INCOME. WHILE WE ARE HAPPY ABOUT THE ABILITY TO NOW HAVE MORE FAMILIES TO BE ABLE TO TAKE LEAVE, WE ALSO KNOW AT THE END OF THOSE 12 WEEKS, MANY FAMILIES ARE FACED WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE DECISION OF WHETHER OR NOT THEY PAY FOR CHILD CARE, LEAVE THE JOB MARKET AND WHAT TO DO WITH THEIR KID. THIS RESOLUTION OFFERS A SOLUTION. THE INFANTS I WORK RESOLUTION ASKED YOU TO CONSIDER WITH INPUT FROM THE COMMITTEE INCLUDING THE WOMEN’S COMMISSION OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS, NEW PARENTS AND GUARDIANS AND THE WORKFORCE EQUITY PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO COME UP WITH THE PILOT STRATEGY WITHIN SIX MONTHS THAT WE CAN IMPLEMENT HERE AT THE CITY OF SEATTLE. WE KNOW THESE PROGRAMS ARE GOOD FOR EMPLOYEES AND WORKPLACES. THE REDUCE TURNOVER AND REDUCE STRESS FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS WHILE INCREASING THE HEALTH OUTCOMES OF KIDS BY ALLOWING FOR ADDITIONAL BONDING TIME AND BREAST-FEEDING AND CHEST FEEDING. THE BENEFITS GO ON. THERE IS INCREASED HEALTHY BRAIN DEPARTMENTS FOR THE CHILD, GREATER JOB SATISFACTION FOR THE EMPLOYEE AND LOWER HEALTHCARE COSTS. IMPORTANTLY WE DON’T TALK ABOUT THIS OFTEN. WITHIN THE FIRST 12 MONTHS, WHEN A PARENT IS ABLE TO BE WITH THEIR INFANT, THERE IS REDUCTION IN PARENTAL SUICIDE AND REDUCTION IN COMPLICATIONS FOR THE HEALTH OF THE PARENT AND THIS IS ALSO TRUE FOR THOSE WHO ARE ADOPTING KIDS. THERE IS INCREASED LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR KIDS WHEN THEY’RE ABLE TO STAY WITH THEIR PARENTS AND HAVE ADDITIONAL BREAST-FEEDING CHEST FEEDING TIME AND TO BE CLOSE TO THEIR PARENT OR GUARDIAN. I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT ANOTHER THING. THIS IS NOT FOR ME. THIS IS NOT FOR ME. THIS IS FOR EVERY EMPLOYEE HERE AT THE CITY OF SEATTLE. I AM LUCKY IN THAT WE HAVE COBBLED TOGETHER VARIOUS LEAVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF OUR INFANT’S LIFE TO COME. THIS IS ABOUT A LONG-STANDING POLICY THAT WE KNOW TO BE A TRUE AND PROVEN PUBLIC HEALTH BENEFIT WHEN INFANTS CAN COME TO WORK. IT IS GOOD FOR THE HEALTH OF THAT BABY AND IT IS GOOD FOR THE HEALTH OF THE PARENT AND GUARDIAN AND FRANKLY IT IS GOOD FOR THE HEALTH OF THE EMPLOYER AS WELL. SO TO ANYONE WHO IS ASKING, THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ABOUT THE GREATER GOOD OF SEATTLE’S WORKFORCE. IN SEATTLE WE LIKE TO BE PIONEERS A WOULD LIKE TO APPLAUD OURSELVES FOR ALL THE WORK WE HAVE DONE A LABOR STANDARDS BUT LET’S BE REAL, WE ARE CATCHING UP ON THIS ONE. WE ARE MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME. WE ARE NOT THE FIRST ONES. THERE IS AT LEAST 200 COMPANIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH COUNTLESS NONPROFITS AND FOR- PROFIT BUSINESSES INCLUDING MUNICIPALITIES LIKE YOU HAVE HEARD FROM KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS ALREADY IMPLEMENTED THIS AND KING COUNTY, I WAS REALLY INSPIRED BY THE REPORT WE RECEIVED BY THE BOARD OF HEALTH INITIATED BY COUNCILMEMBERS TO ALLOW FOR PEOPLE TO BRING THEIR INFANTS TO WORK. THANK YOU AGAIN TO CHRISTINE AND ELIZABETH EVANS FROM THE KING COUNTY OFFICE OF COUNCILMEMBER — FOR THEIR WORK TO INITIATE A PILOT AT KING COUNTY AND THEIR SUPPORT FOR THIS RESOLUTION. THE RESOLUTION LARGELY TRACKS WHAT CANCUN HASN’T LAMENTED AND THERE IS THREE NEW ADDITIONS I WOULD LIKE TO CALL OUT THAT I THINK ARE IMPORTANT. >>PLEASE DO. >>WE ARE PROMOTING EQUITY ACROSS ECONOMIC STATUS AND JOB CLASSIFICATION SO THIS RESOLUTION ASKS THE QUESTION WHAT ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS EXIST FOR EMPLOYEES LIKE BUS DRIVERS, FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, FRONT-LINE FOLKS WHO CANNOT BRING THEIR KID TO WORK PHYSICALLY WITH THEM. MAYBE THERE IS A FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE, CHILDCARE SUBSIDIES, ADDITIONAL PAID TIME OFF, SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO COMPENSATE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO WORK IN SOMEWHAT DANGEROUS SITUATIONS. WE ARE GOING TO ENSURE SUCCESS WITH THIS PROPOSAL. WE HAVE ENSURED SUCCESS BY ASKING FOR TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR BOTH PARTICIPATING STAFF AND NONPARTICIPATING STEP TO ENSURE FOR SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMMING AND AS YOU HAVE HEARD FROM ELIZABETH EVANS AND CHRISTINA THE PRESENCE OF INFANTS SOMETIMES CAN ACTUALLY BE ABLE FOR THE ENTIRE WORKPLACE, NOT JUST FOR THE INFANT AND THE PARENTS. AND LASTLY, THERE IS A RACIAL EQUITY AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY COMPONENT TO THIS. WE HAVE ASKED FOR CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS TO BE BAKED INTO THE PILOT AND THIS ALSO RECOGNIZES WHAT CHRISTINE AND ELIZABETH SAID WHICH IS OFTEN IT IS WOMEN OF COLOR THAT HAS A LESS LIKELIHOOD OF HAVING THE LONGEVITY OF THE BREAST- FEEDING AND THAT FURTHER COMPLICATES HEALTH OUTCOMES. SO THE RESOLUTION IS DESIGNED TO ASK THE MAYOR TO GIVE US A PILOT WITHIN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS, SORRY BETWEEN NOW AND SIX MONTHS FROM NOW WE ARE HOPING THAT THE MAYOR WILL WORK WITH US AND WITH ACUITY AT LARGE TO COME UP WITH BUT THE FINANCIAL NEEDS, THE POLICY FRAMEWORK AND THE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO IMPLEMENTING THE STRATEGY WITHIN A SIX-MONTH PERIOD. WE ARE ALSO GOING TO BE LOOKING AT TRAINING IN ALTERNATIVE PROVISIONS AS WELL AS PHYSICAL SAFETY REQUESTS FOR KIDS AND MAKING SURE THERE IS A SUCCESSFUL WORKPLACE AND WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLKS WHO HELP RING THIS RESOLUTION TO YOU TODAY. OUR UNION FRIENDS, MARTIN LUTHER KING COUNTER — COUNTY LABOR COUNCIL, MOMS RISING WHO TESTIFIED, POLICE OFFICERS, WORKING WASHINGTON, THE FAIR WORKS CENTER, OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS OFFICE AND COUNCILMEMBER — SPECIAL THANKS TO — IN OUR OFFICE FOR QUINIDINE WITH ALL THOSE STAKEHOLDERS TO BRING THIS FORWARD AND JUST FINE WITH ME IF YOU WERE DOING THIS FOR CAMILLA. >>THANK YOU. >>I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS WAS FOR THE BETTER GOOD AND I DO WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO COUNCIL MEMBER AND ALSO SINCE WE KNOW IN THE MAYOR’S BUDGET THAT SHE HAS INDICATED TO US THAT THE REQUEST TO HAVE A CHILD CARE CENTER IN 2020 IN CITY HALL DOES NOT LOOK LIKE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE THE SUPPORT THAT WE LOOKED FOR AND THIS IS AT LEAST SOMETHING TO GET US STARTED. I’M INTERESTED IN KNOWING AND HEARING A LOT MORE. THE ROOMS COMPUTERS SET-UP TO CONTINUE QUIETING THEIR CHILD AND ALSO SEPARATE BREASTFEEDING ROOMS MORE THAN WHAT WE’VE GOT ALREADY. I KNOW THIS IS JUST A STUDY BUT I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO SEE IF WE CAN BE REALLY CREATIVE ABOUT THIS. EVERYBODY HAS PRIVACY WHEN NEEDED AND THE CHILD CAN STAY WITH A PARENT. >>THANK YOU. >>THE COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS WE VOTE ON A RESOLUTION I WANT TO MAKE A QUICK PERSONAL COMMENT. THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBER FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD AND FOR THOSE THAT TESTIFIED. TODAY, ONE OF OUR LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES HAD A YOUNG SON HERE VISITING AND I THINK THERE WAS SOMETHING GOING ON AROUND THE AFTERNOON THAT AND I HAVE TO ADMIT IT JUST WARMED MY HEART JUST TO BE ABLE TO–BECAUSE THEY DO THE JOB QUITE WELL BY THE WAY. I LOOKED AT THIS YOUNG BOY AND I TOLD MY STAFF WHEN I WALKED IN I HAD THE CHANCE TO RIDE THE ELEVATOR WITH HIM I SAID THAT WAS ME. MY MOTHER AND FATHER WORKED FOR THE CITY 30 YEARS A PIECE AND I WAS ALWAYS DOWN HERE IN THE LIBRARY AND AT CITY LIGHT WITH MY FATHER AND WHILE THERE WEREN’T OFFICIAL POLICIES LIKE THIS, THEY WERE JUST LONG TERM EMPLOYEES AND THEY WERE YOUNGER THEN IN THEIR 20S AND 30S BUT I WAS WELCOMED AND I DON’T THINK THEY HAD A LOT OF OPTIONS. I THINK I WAS STUCK DOWN HERE SOMETIMES FOR APPOINTMENTS AND WHAT NOT BUT I THINK THIS KIND OF THING CHANGES THE CULTURE TO WHERE WE CAN SAY WE WANT TO BE NOT JUST INFANT FRIENDLY BUT CHILDREN FRIENDLY AND SO I LIKE WHERE WE’RE HEADING. I THINK WE’LL SEE THE BENEFITS OF THIS KIND OF POLICY 5, 10, 15 YEARS AS DOWN AS CULTURES CHANGE IN THE WORK PLACE SO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD. THERE’S NO OTHER SOAP BOXES TO GET ON I’M GOING TO MOVE TO ADOPT RESOLUTION 31910. MOVED AND SECONDED. ANY OTHER COMMENTS? THOSE IN FAVOR OF ADOPTING THE RESOLUTION 31910 PLEASE VOTE AYE. >>AYE. >>THOSE OPPOSED VOTE NO. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED AND CHAIR WILL SIGN IT. ALL RIGHT. PLEASE READ THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM INTO THE RECORD. >>THE CIVIL RIGHTS UTILITIES DEVELOPMENT AND ARTS IN DUO COUNTS 119606 RELATING TO RENTAL PROPERTIES THE ABILITY TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PERSONS RECITING A RENTAL UNIT FOR THE USE OF CONDITIONS TO A RENTAL UNIT WHO ARE NOT TENANTS TO MANY SECTION 740 AND .03 OF ADDING NEW SECTIONS OF 7.240301 AND 32 TO THE CODE. THE BILL PASSES AND IS AMENDED. >>COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD. >>THANK YOU. I’D STILL LIKE TO–I’M SORRY. I’M STRUGGLING HERE THROUGH THIS HEAD COLD. I’D LIKE TO FIRST START OFF WITH A LITTLE BIT OF CONTEXT. THESE FIRST THREE BILLS HAVE BEEN THE PRODUCT OF WORKING PUBLISHED BY THE SEATTLE WOMENS COMMISSION AND THE HOUSING JUSTICE PROJECT. THIS BILL BEFORE US NOW PROHIBITS A LANDLORD FROM LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE RESIDING IN A RENTAL UNIT TO FEWER THAN THE LEGAL OCCUPANCY LIMIT ESTABLISHED BY LOCAL STATE OR FEDERAL LAW. ADDITIONAL ROOMMATES AND FAMILY MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO BE NAMED IN THE LEASE AND CAN BE SUBJECT TO SCREENING REQUIREMENTS. NO STRICTER THAN THOSE OF THE PRIMARY TENANT. ROOMMATES AND FAMILY MEMBERS CAN BE DENIED BASED ON REQUIREMENTS. ATTENDED TO HELP PEOPLE SHARE THE COST OF RENT AND ENJOY THE OTHER BENEFITS OF LIVING WITH FAMILY OR ROOMMATES IN THE HIGH RENT ENVIRONMENT HERE IN SEATTLE. THE 2019 NATIONAL LOW INCOME HOUSING REPORT SHOWS THE AVERAGE HOUSING WAGE WHAT A TENANT NEEDS TO MAKE IN ORDER TO AFFORD A TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT AT FAIR MARKET RATE IS OR A SALARY OF 76 NZ DOLLARS A YEAR FOR THE SEATTLE BELLEVUE AREA MORE THAN TWICE THE MINIMUM WAGE. THE BILL ALSO OPENS UP GREATER CULTURAL NUCLEUS YIFT IN OUR HOUSING MARKET. IN DISCUSSING THIS BILL WE HEARD FROM SEVERAL PEOPLE TESTIFYING THAT THE ABILITY OF HAVING A ROOMMATE WAS ONLY ABOUT AFFORDABILITY BUT ALSO ENABLED NON TRADITIONAL HOUSEHOLD SITUATIONS SUCH AS HOUSEHOLDS WITH CARETAKERS OF ADULT CHILDREN OR SIBLINGS WITH DISABILITIES, CULTURES WITH MULTI GENERATIONAL LIVING SITUATIONS ARE MORE COMMON. THIS BILL USES CURRENT CITY LOCAL AND STATE OCCUPANCY STANDARDS. LANDLORDS PRICE THEIR RENTAL UNITS ACCORDING TO THE MARKET DEMAND. THIS IS A STANDARD BUSINESS PRACTICE AND NEIGHBORING ROOMMATES TO COMBINE RESOURCES TO MAKE RENT AND AFFORD OTHER NECESSITIES. AN IMPORTANT GOAL TO CREATE HOUSING STABILITY FOR ALL PEOPLE. LIKE A SIMILAR LAW IN NEW YORK CITY ALL OCCUPANTS IN THE HOUSEHOLD WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE IDENTIFIED ON THE LEASE AND LANDLORDS ARE NOT RESTRICTED FROM RUNNING SCREENING REQUIREMENTS ON ROOMMATES THAT ARE NOT IMMEDIATE FAMILY LIKE A SUBLEASE RELATIONSHIP. THE BILL ALSO ESTABLISHES SUSAN SESSION RIGHTS AND CASES WHERE THE TENANT VACATES THE RENTAL UNIT BEFORE THE END OF THE LEASE TERM. AND THIS BILL INSTEAD WOULD PERMIT OCCUPANTS OF A RENTAL UNIT TO STAY UPON BE BECOMING A PARTY TO THE LEASE AGREEMENT SO IN OTHER WORDS WORDS THEY WOULD HAVE TO BECOME–THEY WOULD HAVE BECOME A PARTY TO THE LEASE AGREEMENT IN A FORMAL WAY. AEIGHT GREATEST COUPLE OTHER THINGS JUST WANT TO MENTION SDCI RECOGNIZED THAT THERE IS A NEED FOR A SIGNIFICANT TENANT AND LANDLORD ENGAGEMENT AROUND THIS BILL BEFORE IT GOES INTO EFFECT SO WE HAVE A DELAYED IMPLEMENTATION DATE AND IF THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS I’D LIKE TO MOVE PASSAGE OF COUNCIL BILL 119606. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH SIGNED BY A QUALIFIED THIRD PARTY STATING IN THE STATEMENT THAT THE TENANT OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBER REPORTED TO A QUALIFIED THIRD PARTY THAT THEY ARE A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE NAME OF THE PERPETRATOR THAT CAUSED THE VIOLENCE. THIS QUALIFIED THIRD PARTY CAN BE LAW ENFORCEMENT HEALTH PROFESSIONALS COURT EMPLOYEES LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS OR ADVOCATES FOR CRIME VICTIM OR WITNESS PROGRAMS. THE TIME, DATE AND LOCATION OF THE ACT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THAT PROPERTY DAMAGE AND A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY DAMAGE AND THIS IS MODELED OFF OF THE PRINCIPAL OF LIMITING LIABILITY THAT IS ALREADY ESTABLISHED IN STATE TENANT LAW WHICH ALLOWS A SURVIVAL TO TERMINATE A LEASE BEFORE THE END OF THE TERM OF THE LEASE WITHOUT PENALTY. THE KEY PROVISION OF THIS LEGISLATION IS THIS SURVIVE SHOULD NOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY THEIR ABUSER. THIS BILL SPECIFICALLY STATES THAT PERPETRATORS CAUSE DAMAGE TO A UNIT IT IS THEY WHO HAVE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAMAGE. ADVOCATES INSIST THAT WE STRUCTURE THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS TO MAINTAIN AN ANEMTY TO MITIGATE THE RISK OF RETALIATION A BEST PRACTICE IN ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT TO ENSURE SAFETY AND PRESERVES THE AGENCY OF A SURVIVOR TO MAKE DECISIONS THAT DEEPLY IMPACT THEIR LIVES. HOPEFULLY MY COLLEAGUES HERE RECEIVED AN E-MAIL LAST THURSDAY FROM THE COALITION SPEAKING TO THIS POINT. THIS PROVISION OF PROTECTING THE AN ANYMORETY OF THE PERPETRATOR WHILE LIMITING THE LIABILITY OF A SURVIVOR CREATED A PRACTICAL CHALLENGE FOR THE BILL THAT REPRESENTS LANDLORDS EXPRESSED NAMELY THE QUESTION OF A LANDLORD’S ABILITY TO RECOOP THEIR DAMAGES. TO RESPOND TO THIS CHALLENGE WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE HOUSING ASSOCIATION THE MULTI FAMILY HOUSING AND TENANTS RIGHTS LIKE WASHINGTON CAN AND THE HOUSING JUSTICE PROJECT AND THE COALITION WE PRODUCED MODELED AFTER A SIMILAR RESOURCE USED IN THE STATE TO HELP LANDLORDS IN THESE SCENARIOS. >>THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD. COUNCIL MEMBER BAGSHAW. >>THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD AND I APPRECIATE OUR CONVERSATION THIS MORNING AND I THINK A SPECIFIC QUESTION I HAD ASKED AND YOU ANSWERED I JUST WONDERED IF YOU WOULD REPEAT IT IS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE RENTAL HOUSING AUTHORITY AND OTHERS JUST TO GET THEIR BUY IN AND TO GET THEIR INPUT AS WELL AND I HEARD SOMEONE TESTIFY TODAY. I APPRECIATED THAT BUT I WONDER IF YOU WOULD JUST BRING IT UP A LITTLE BIT AND FLUSH IT OUT A LITTLE BIT MORE. >>SURE. AS I SAID WE RECOGNIZED THAT THE PROVISION OF LIMITING THE LIABILITY TO THE TENANT AND THE DESIRE AND BEST PRACTICE OF NOT RELEASING THE NAME OF THE PERPETRATOR CREATED A PRACTICAL CHALLENGE THAT CONSTITUENTS AND ADVOCATES REPRESENTING LANDLORDS EXPRESSED TO ME NAMELY THE QUESTION OF A LANDLORD’S ABILITY TO RECOOP FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY THE PERPETRATOR IF THEY CAN’T LOCATE THEM. AND SO TO RESPOND TO THIS CHALLENGE AND WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE RENTAL HOUSING ASSOCIATION AND THE MULTI FAMILY HOUSING ASSOCIATION, WE INTRODUCED A LANDLORD MITIGATION FUND IN THIS LEGISLATION. >>AND YOU ALSO RESPONDED THIS MORNING THAT YOU FELT THAT YOU GOT SUFFICIENT INPUT FROM THEM AND THAT IT WAS ADDED IN THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE HAVE THEIR SUPPORT AT LEAST. >>CORRECT. >>THANK YOU. >>AND I THINK WE HEARD SOME CONVERSATION ABOUT INTEREST IN WORKING TOGETHER COLLABORATIVELY IN THE STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO ENSURE THAT THE STATEWIDE LANDLORD MITIGATION FUND IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS PURPOSE. WE WILL BE WORKING WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THIS YEAR’S BUDGET FOR SOME BRIDGE FUNDING TO GET US THROUGH TO THAT POINT BUT THAT’S–I’M ANTICIPATING ON GOING COLLABORATIVE WORK ON THAT. >>THANKS. >>THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THIS BILL? I’LL MAKE A CLOSING COMMENT AND THAT IS MY SUPPORT FOR THE BILL IS ACTUALLY VERY SIMPLE, THAT AS THIS EGREGIOUS EXAMPLE SHOWS THAT A- -AND SOMETIMES I SAY VICTIM NOT–I SAY VICTIM AS OPPOSED TO SURVIVOR BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO LOSE TRACK OF THE FACT THAT THEY OFTEN ARE VICTIMS OF BRUTAL VIOLENCE AND HAVE SURVIVED IT SO WHETHER IT BE A VICTIM OR A SURVIVOR OF VIOLENCE, MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT STUCK WITH A BILL FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE AFTER EXPERIENCING SOMETHING LIKE THAT. SO THAT IS WHAT I THINK GETS TO THE HEART OF THIS LEGISLATION WHICH I FULLY SUPPORT. I DON’T THINK THAT THERE WAS ANY INTENT IN THIS LEGISLATION TO DEPRIVE A LANDLORD AN ABILITY TO TRY TO RECOOP IT FROM A RESPONSIBLE PARTY FROM PERHAPS CREATE A FUND FOR IT AND I THINK THAT’S THE OTHER PART OF THIS LEGISLATION ANOTHER POLICY BASIS AS TO WHY I SUPPORT IT. AND SO I’M VERY HOPEFUL THAT AS WE BOTH WORK ON A STATE CLARIFICATION AND WE WORK WITH ALL OF THE GROUPS THAT ARE VESTED ON THIS ISSUE, THAT PERHAPS WE EITHER IMPROVE IT OR IMPLEMENT IT JUST RIGHT BECAUSE THE STRONG PROLLS BEHIND IT NOT TO PENALIZE THE SURVIVOR MAKES ALL OF THE SENSE IN THE WORLD TO ME AND LANDLORDS WOULD FULLY AGREE WITH ME ON THAT AND THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS EXAMPLE BECAUSE THIS IS THE KIND OF POLICY WE WANT TO REVERSE SO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. AND WITH THAT PLEASE CALL THE ROLE. ANY OTHER COMMENTS? PLEASE CALL THE ROLE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. >>O’BRIEN. >>AYE. >>PACHECO. >>AYE. >>SALON. >>AYE. >>BAGSHAW. >>AYE. >>HERBOLD. >>AYE. >>JUAREZ. >>AYE. >>PRESIDENT HERALD. >>AYE. THE BILL PASSES AND WE SIGN IT. PLEASE READ THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM. >>NOTICE OF A RESIDENTIAL TENANT. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE BILL PASS. >>COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. THIS BILL IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF ONE OF THE GOALS IDENTIFIED AGAIN IN THE LOSING HOME REPORT OF INCREASING TENANT KNOWLEDGE OF THE RIGHTS AND RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT THEMSELVES IS A KEY STRATEGY. THE SEATTLE DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION AND INSPECTION NAMED THE–THIS IS A RESPONSE TO STATEMENT OF LEGISLATIVE INTENT 335A2. THAT I SPONSORED EQUIPPING RECOMMENDING THAT WE IDENTIFY WAYS TO EQUIP TENANTS TO UNDERSTAND THEIR RIGHTS EARLY AS A STRATEGY TO MANAGE ESCALATING ISSUES BETWEEN TENANTS AND LANDLORDS. AND IT’S IMPORTANT TO NAME THE RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD TENANT ACT IS PRIMARILY A SELF HELP TOOL AND CAN ONLY BE AS EFFECTIVE AS TENANTS ARE ABLE TO ADVOCATE AND REPRESENT THEMSELVES SO THIS LEGISLATION ITSELF WOULD NOT ONLY IDENTIFY THE RIGHT THAT THE TENANT HAS WHEN THEY RECEIVE A NOTICE TO TERM INTENT TENANCY OR TO INCREASE THEIR RENT OR RECEIVE A NOTICE FROM THEIR LANDLORD THAT THE LANDLORD INTENDS TO ENTER THEIR UNIT. THE NOTICE WILL NOTIFY THE TENANT WHAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE AND IN INSTANCES WHEN RESOURCES NEED TO BE AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS THOSE RIGHTS THEY WILL ENOUGH THE TENANT OF THOSE RESOURCES AS WELL. >>THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD. ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THIS BILL? IF NOT PLEASE CALL THE ROLL ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. >>MOSQUEDA. >>AYE. >>O’BRIEN. >>AYE. >>PACHECO. >>AYE. >>JUAREZ. >>AYE. >>PRESIDENT HERALD. >>AYE. >>EIGHT IN FAVOR NONE OPPOSED. >>COUNCIL BILL 119620 REQUIRING RECEIPTS AND NON ELECTICAL PAYMENT OPTIONS AND SECTION 724730 THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE BILL PASS. >>THANK YOU. THIS BILL HAS BEEN PUT FORWARD BY STCI BECAUSE OF THE ISSUES THAT THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED IN RESPONDING TO TENANT CALLS ASSOCIATED WITH SOME PROPERTY TO REQUIRE PAYMENT BE DONE ELECTRONICALLY NOT EVERYBODY HAS ELECTRONIC MEANS TO ELECTRONIC PAYMENT AND OFTEN THERE ARE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH ELECTRONIC PAYMENT. SO THIS BILL ENSURES THAT PROPERTY OWNERS DO NOT LIMIT PAYMENT OF RENT BY ELECTRONIC MEANS ONLY. THERE WAS SOME CONCERN THAT THIS BILL WOULD PRECLUDE A PROPERTY OWNER FROM ALL OTHER NON-CASH PAYMENT OPTIONS AND BECOME MORE VULNERABLE TO RISK OF FRAUD AND THEFT. THE LANGUAGE OF THE BILL SPECIFIES NAH SPROSK PAYMENT OPTIONS ARE OKAY AS LONG AS THEY ALSO ACCEPT OTHER OPTIONS LIKE CASH, CHECK OR OTHER PAYMENT MEANS LIKE MONEY ORDERS. THE GOAL IS TO GIVE THE TENANT CHOICE. >>THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? IF NOT PLEASE CALL THE ROLE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. >>MOSQUEDA. >>AYE. >>O’BRIEN. >>AYE. >>PACHECO. >>AYE. >>SOL YAN. >>AYE. >>JUAREZ. >>AYE. >>PRESIDENT. >>AYE. >>EIGHT IN FAVOR NO OPPOSED. >>BILL WILL PASS AND CHAIR WILL SIGN IT. >>RELATING TO TERMINATION OF RESIDENTIAL RENTAL TENANCIES. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE BILL PASS. >>COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD. >>THANK YOU. THIS BILL WAS INTENDED TO PRO ACTIVELY PREVENT AROUND HABITABILITY ISSUES THAT RESULT IN EVICTION PROCEEDINGS. THE RENTAL RESIDENCE ADMINISTRATION AND INSPECTION ORDINANCE IS THE CITY’S MAIN TOOL TO ENSURE THAT HOUSING IS SAFETY UP TO BASIC MAINTENANCE STANDARDS AND LANDLORDS REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH THE RENTAL REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION PROGRAM FOR EVICTING A TENANT PER OUR JUST CAUSE EVICTION ORDINANCE. THE SEATTLE DEPARTMENT OF INSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS IDENTIFIED THAT SOME LANDLORDS WERE–WHO I SHOULD SAY SOME LANDLORDS WHO HAD NOT REGISTERED THEIR UNITS UNDER THE RENTAL REGISTRATION INSPECTION ORDINANCE WERE DOING THE REGISTRATION IN THOSE INSTANCES WHEN THEY WERE PLANNING ON EVICTING SOMEBODY. >>>WERE DOING THAT REGISTRATION ACTUALLY DURING THE EVICTION HEARING AND THE INTENT OF OUR LAW WAS TO MAKE IT SO THAT LANDLORDS COULD NOT EVICT TENANTS WHO WERE NOT REGISTERED WITH THE RENTAL AGREEMENT REGISTRATION PROGRAM. AND SO THIS WAS ACTUALLY A LOOP HOLE IN OUR ABILITY TO ENSURE THAT LANDLORDS WERE FULFILLING THEIR OBLIGATION TO BE REGISTERED WITH SDCI. SO THIS LAW WOULD INSTEAD REQUIRE REGISTRATION IN ADVANCE OF ISSUING A NOTICE TO TERMINATE. RIO IS A KEY TOOL TO SHIFT THE SEATTLE DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS ENFORCEMENT FROM COMPLAINT DRIVEN TO PRO ACTIVE. FREQUENT VIOLATIONS ARE MISSING OR NON FUNCTIONAL SMOKE IN CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS AND EXPOSED WIRES. THE FOCUS OF THE REPLETION PROGRAM ARE LIFE SAFETY VIOLATIONS. SO AGAIN THIS WOULD REQUIRE IN AN INSTANCE WHERE A LANDLORD FAILED TO HAVE THEIR UNIT REGISTERED WITH THE RIO PROGRAM IT WOULD REQUIRE THE LANDLORD TO BASICALLY START THE EVICTION PROCESS ALL OVER AGAIN FROM STEP ONE RATHER THAN GIVING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PROCESS. >>THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? >>JUST A QUICK QUESTION. >>COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA. >>I WANT TO SANK THANKS TO COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I KNOW YOU’VE BEEN WORKING DEL GENTLY AND YOU’RE UNDER THE WEATHER TODAY AND IT SHOWS YOUR COMMITMENT TO GETTING THESE OVER THE FINISH LINE BEFORE BUDGET SO IT’S A LOT OF WORK AND THANKS FOR YOUR CHAMPION. >>THANKS FOR SAYING SO. >>I’LL DRINK TO THAT. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? >>MEES CALL THE ROLL. >>MOSQUEDA. >>AYE. >>O’BRIEN. >>AYE. >>PACHECO. >>AYE. >>HERBOLD. >>AYE. >>JUAREZ. >>AYE. >>PRESIDENT. >>AYE. >>EIGHT IN FAVOR NONE OPPOSED. >>BILL WILL PASS AND CHAIR WILL SIGN. PLEASE READ THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM. >>119609 TO BE SURPLUSSED TO THE NEEDS OF SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE BILL PASSES. >>COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD. >>THIS IS LEGISLATION TO GRANT AN EASEMENT FOR ACCESS ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE WATER PIPELINE RIGHT OF WAY TO SERVE ADJACENT PROPERTIES THAT WOULD OTHERWISE NOT HAVE DRIVEWAY ACCESS. GRANTING THIS EASEMENT WILL RESOLVE A PROPERTY LAWSUIT AND ALLOCH FOR MINIMAL COMPENSATION TO THE CITY OF EASEMENT RIGHTS OF $3,500. >>THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? IF NOT INCREASE CALL THE ROLE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. >>MOSQUEDA. >>AYE. >>O’BRIEN. >>AYE. >>PACHECO. >>AYE. >>SOW YAN. >>AYE. >>BAGSAW. >>AYE. >>HERBOLD. >>AYE. >>JUAREZ. >>AYE. >>PRESIDENT HARRELL. >>AYE. >>BILL PASSED AND CHAIR WILL SIGN IT. >>THE REPORT OF THE HOUSING HEALTH ENERGY AND WORKERS RIGHTS COMMITTEE COUNCIL MEMBER RELATING TO THE CITY LIGHT TO AUTHORIZE GENERAL MANAGER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER TO EXECUTE THE NORTHERN GRID FUNDING AGREEMENT AND AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF SUPPLEMENTS SUBJECT TO AAPPROPRIATED BUDGET AUTHORITY AND TO THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE BILL PASS. >>COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT. THIS IS ONE OF FIVE BILLS DEALING WITH SEATTLE CITY LIGHT TODAY AND FIRST AND FOREMOST I WANT TO SAY THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO AARON HOUSE WHO IS RAMMING UP THIS YEAR WITH THIS MEDLEY OF SEATTLE CITY LIGHT GRAND FINALE BILLS SO THANKS TO HER FOR HER WORK. IT ENABLES CITY LIGHT TO ENTER INTO A TWO YEAR FUNDING AGREEMENT ON BI-ANNUAL EXTENSIONS. REGIONAL TRAINING SINCE 2009. THE TRANSMISSION OWNERS LIABILITY OF THE TRANSMISSION GRID IN THE NEAR AND LONG TERM. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE REGIONAL TRANSMISSION PLANNING WE HAVE INCLUDED SEATTLE CITY–SORRY, SEATTLE CITY LIGHT HAS INCLUDED THIS PARTICIPATION IN THEIR BUDGET AND BY CHANGING SEATTLE CITY LIGHT IS NOT SEEKING ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS. >>THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS. >>PASSAGE OF THE BILL. >>MOSQUEDA. >>AYE. >>O’BRIEN. >>AYE. >>PACHECO. >>AYE. >>SOL YAN. >>AYE. >>BAGSHAW. >>AYE. >>JUAREZ. >>AYE. >>PRESIDENT HARRELL. >>AYE. >>EIGHT IN FAVOR NONE OPPOSED. >>BILL PASSES AND CHAIR WILL SIGN IT. >>RELATING TO THE CITY LIGHT DEPARTMENT GRANTING ABILITY FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO OFFER TERM LIMITED PILOT PROGRAMS TO CITY NON úRESPONSE AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE BILL PASS. >>COUNCIL MEMBER. >>COUNCIL COLLEAGUES AS YOU MAY REMEMBER IN JULY OF 2018 WE REQUESTED RECOMMENDATIONS IN SEATTLE CITY LIGHT WE DESIGNED AS PART OF THE RESOLUTION ADOPTING SEATTLE CITY LIGHTS 2019 TO 24 STRATEGIC PLAN AND ENDORSED A SIX YEAR PATH FOR THOSE RATE CHANGES. SEATTLE CITY LIGHT REVIEW PANEL AND CITY LIGHT RESPONDED TO THIS REQUEST IN THE RATE DESIGN REPORT AND BY SUBMITTING THIS DRAFT REPORT TO US IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR. THIS EFFORT IN FRONT OF US MOVES FORWARD WITH FOUR OF THOSE PILOTS TO HELP US TAKE THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE REVIEW PANEL TO THE NEXT STEP AND THANKS TO OUR NINE MEMBER BODY FOR YOUR WORK ON COMING UP WITH SOME STRATEGIES NOT ONLY FOR REDESIGN BUT HELPING US INITIATE THESE FOUR PILOT PROGRAMS. THIS INCLUDES PILOTS FOR LOW INCOME CUSTOMERS TO INFORM CITY LIGHTS FUTURE PROPOSAL FOR RATE DESIGN DISCOUNTS AND SERVICES ASSISTING LOW INCOME CUSTOMERS. THIS ORDINANCE WOULD AUTHORIZE SEATTLE CITY LIGHT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PILOT PROGRAMS AND WE EXPECT TO GO LIVE IN 2020 TO GIVE US AMPLE TIME TO INFORM OUR RATE DESIGN CHANGES LATER THAT YEAR READY FOR ACTION IN 2021. >>VERY GOOD. ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? IF NOT PLEASE CALL THE ROLE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. >>MOSQUEDA. >>AYE. >>O’BRIEN. >>AYE. >>PACHECO. >>AYE. >>BAGSHAW. >>AYE. >>HERBOLD. >>AYE. >>JUAREZ. >>AYE. >>PRESIDENT HARRELL. >>AYE. >>BILL PASSES AND CHAIR WILL SIGN IT. >>>COUNCIL BILL 119633 RELATED TO THE RATES AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS BY THE CITY LIGHT DEPARTMENT FOR 2020. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE BILL PASS. >>COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT. THIS IS THE TECHNICAL ORDINANCE THAT INCLUDES THREE TO RATES AND FEES. THE FIRST IS THE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT BETWEEN SEATTLE AND THE CITY OF SEATTLE. HOW CITY LIGHT HANDLEST THE POWER ADMINISTRATION ENTITY WE PAY FOR POWER AND TRANSMISSION OF POWER AND THE THIRD TECHNICAL ASPECT HERE IS RELATED TO CHARGING STATIONS OUT LINING THAT THE FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC AND AUTHORIZING CITY LIGHT TO DESIGN FEES TO REFLECT THE COST OF THE SERVICE AND RECOOP THE CAPITAL AND OPERATING COST OF THE CHARGING EQUIPMENT PLUS THE COST OF THE ENERGY USED. >>VERY GOOD. ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? IF NOT PLEASE CALL THE ROLE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. >>MOSQUEDA. >>AYE. >>O’BRIEN. >>AYE. >>PACHECO. >>AYE. >>BAGSHAW. >>AYE. >>HERBOLD. >>AYE. >>JUAREZ. >>AYE. >>PRESIDENT HARRELL. >>AYE. >>EIGHT IN FAVOR NONE OPPOSED. >>PLEASE READ JENTD NUMBER 11. >>AGENDA NUMBER 11 RELATED TO EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR LOW INCOME CITY LIGHT DEPARTMENT CUSTOMERS. AND ANY SECTIONS 21.49 AND 21.76.065 TO EXPAND VISIBILITY AND EXISTENCE GUIDELINES FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE BILL PASS. >>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. THIS EFFORT WAS INITIATED THROUGH A STATEMENT CO-SPONSORED BY MYSELF AND COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THE BUDGET AND THE LEGISLATION. THAT SLY REQUEST OF ROMGHTSES FOR SEATTLE CITY LIGHT AND PUBLIC UTILITIES TO IMPROVE AND INCREASE ENROLLMENT AND OTHER ASSISTANCE FOR LOW INCOME CUSTOMER HOUSEHOLDS IN SEATTLE. THE TWO DEPARTMENTS SEATTLE CITY LIGHT AND PUBLIC UTILITIES WORKED TOGETHER THROUGH A DEPARTMENTAL TEAM UNDEALT OF THAT WORK CAME RECOMMENDATIONS TO EXPABD AND STREAM LINE ACCESS TO EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR UTILITY BILLS. I THINK THE GENERAL PUBLIC WHEN THEY RECEIVE A BILL THEY DON’T DISTINGUISH WHETHER OR NOT IT’S A SEATTLE CITY LIGHT BILL OR PUBLIC UTILITIES. IT’S ALL CITY GOVERNMENT AND WE WANT TO STREAM LINE ACCESS TO ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES THROUGHOUT OUR REGION. WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO NOW INCORPORATE RECOMMENDATIONS BOTH FOR SEATTLE CITY LIGHT THROUGH MY OFFICE AND SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES THROUGH COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD’S OFFICE AND INTEGRATE THESE UPDATES INTO ONE BILL FOR BOTH UTILITIES. THREE PIECES I’D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT. ONE IS EXTENDING ELIGIBILITY TO MORE PEOPLE BY RAISING THE QUALIFYING INCOME LEVEL FROM 70% OF THE AREA MEDIAN INCOME TO 80% OF THE AREA MEDIAN INCOME. WE ARE ALSO INCREASING THE NUMBER OF TIMES PER YEAR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN FROM ONCE PER YEAR TO AT LEAST TWICE PER YEAR AND INCREASING THE MAXIMUM CREDIT OR ASSISTANCE FOR THESE FAMILIES FROM 50% OF THE BILL TO 100% OF THE BILL UP TO $200. AND I THINK THESE GO NICE WITH THE POLICY WE TALKED ABOUT THIS MORNING AND LAST WEEK IN OUR COMMITTEE ABOUT CHANGING THE APPROACH IN WAYS THAT WE’RE ENGAGING WITH CUSTOMERS AS WELL SO THEY KNOW VARIOUS OPTIONS FOR PAYING THEIR UTILITY BILLS WITHOUT IT APPEARING TO BE IN A THREATENING MANOR. SO PEOPLE KNOW HOW MANY OPTIONS THEY HAVE AND HOW WE AS A PUBLIC UTILITY WANT TO WORK WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE BILLS GET PAID. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR IF COUNCIL MEMBER HAS ANYTHING TO HAVE PRO SUBSTITUTE THAT WOULD ALLOW CUSTOMERS TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE WITHOUT YET HAVING SET UP A PAYMENT PLAN BUT IF INDICATED THAT THEY ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE, THERE IS SOME LANGUAGE IN THE CURRENT SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE THAT REQUIRES THE CUSTOMER TO HAVE SET UP A PAYMENT PLAN IN ORDER TO ACCESS ASSISTANCE. THAT IS NOT A REQUIREMENT. THE LANGUAGE IN THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE CREATES A BARRIER AND THERE MAY BE SOME INSTANCES , NOT ONLY WOULD IT BE A BARRIO BARRIER BUT WOULD BE UNNECESSARY BECAUSE THEY ARE PAYING OFF THEIR ENTIRE BILL AND YOU CERTAINLY DON’T NEED A PAYMENT PLAN WITH YOUR BECOMING CURRENT. I MOVE TO AMEND COUNTABLE 1196- 59 BY SUBSTITUTING VERSION 2 DIVERSION ONE A. >>SUBSTITUTE VERSION 2 WITH SUBSTITUTE TRAN20 FOURTH. ANY QUESTIONS ON THE AMENDMENT ONLY? ALL OF THOSE IN FLAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT THEY SAY THAT I. ALL OPPOSED, NAY. UNANIMOUS. COUNCILMAN MOSQUEDA? >>I’M GOOD, THANK YOU. >>ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? PLEASE CALL THE ROLL ON THE PASSAGE. >>MOSQUEDA, O’BRIEN , PACHECO, SAWANT , HERBOLD , 8 IN FAVOR UNOPPOSED. >>AGENDA ITEM 12 RELATED TO CITY LIKE DEPARTMENT ON THE OFFICE OF HOUSING TRANSFERRING JURISDICTION OF THE FORMAL LOYAL HEIGHTS AND FINNEY SUBSTATION PROPERTIES FROM THE CITY LIKE DEPARTMENT TO THE OFFICE OF HOUSING FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEVELOPING PERMANENTLY AFFORDABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE BILL PASSED. >>COUNCILMEMBER MOSQUEDA? >>THANK YOU MR. PRES. AT THIS IS THE GRAND FINALE TO THE GRAND FINALE OF CITY LIGHT BILLS AND EFFORTS COMING OUT OF THE COMMITTEE. THIS LEGISLATION AND THE SUBSEQUENT HOUSING THAT WILL BE BUILT AS A RESULT OF THIS LEGISLATION REALLY STEMS FROM THE WORK THAT YOU ALL SUPPORTED LESS. THE PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT I SPONSORED IN 2018 THAT SAID IF WE HAVE SURPLUS PROPERTY IN THE CITY WEATHER AT SEATTLE CITY LIGHT OR ANY OTHER DEPARTMENT WE SHOULD BE MAINTAINING THAT LAND IN PUBLIC HANDS AT THE CITY AND BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON IT. WE WERE ABLE TO DO THIS BECAUSE OF THE WORK OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE WHO PASSED IN 2018 HOUSE BILL 2382 GIVING WASHINGTON THE JURISDICTION OTHER PUBLIC ENTITIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING SO I WANT TO THANK FORMER SPEAKER FRANK JOB WHO LED THE EFFORTS AND WE KNOW THIS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT AS WE THINK ABOUT THE OVERALL COST OF LIVING CONTINUING TO SKYROCKET. AND THE ABILITY TO CONVEY UNDERUTILIZED PUBLIC LAND REMOVES A MAJOR BARRIER TO COMMUNITY AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT TO THE TUNE OF A 15% REDUCTION IN THE COST OF OVERALL CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSING. WHEN WE BUILD ON PUBLICLY OWNED SURPLUS PROPERTY WE ARE HELPING TO MAINTAIN KEEPING LAND IN PUBLIC HANDS AND MEET THE GROWING NEED FOR MORE AFFORDABLE HOMES. REDUCE DISPLACEMENT AND HELP ADDRESS THE AFFORDABILITY CRISIS THAT MANY OF OUR FAMILIES ARE FACING I’M EXCITED ABOUT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION IN FRONT OF YOU. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE WHERE THESE PARCELS ARE AS WE THINK ABOUT INCREASING ACCESS TO HIGH OPPORTUNITY NEIGHBORHOODS. FINNEY RIDGE AND LOYAL HEARTS ARE VACANT UNUSED PARCELS OF PROPERTY SO THINK ABOUT BUS LANES AND SCHOOLS AND CHILDCARE AND PARKS. THIS IS REALLY AN AREA THAT I THINK IF WE GET MORE FOLKS THE ABILITY TO LIVE IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS AND FOR EXAMPLE HERE, HAVE PERMANENTLY AFFORDABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, WE ARE CREATING TRUE TRANSFORMATION THAT REFLECTS THE VALUES OF THE ORIGINAL INTENT WHICH WAS TO HELP MORE PEOPLE BE ABLE TO STAY IN THE CITY TO HAVE AFFORDABLE OPTIONS AND IDEALLY BE ABLE TO HAVE A SMALLER COMMUTE TO WORK OR GREATER STABILITY IN THE COMMUNITY OVERALL. WE ALSO KNOW THAT IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE IN GETTING FROM YOUR WORKPLACE TO HOME. IT’S ABOUT ACCESS TO CHILDCARE, HEALTH CLINICS, LIBRARIES, PUBLIC SPACES AND SO MUCH MORE. WE HAVE DELIBERATELY BEEN WORKING TO THE OFFICE OF HOUSING TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE CREATE ADDITIONAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES WE ARE LOOKING AT HELPING TO SERVE THOSE WHO ARE AT MOST RISK OF DISPLACEMENT THROUGH AFFIRMATIVE MARKETING AND COMMUNITY PREFERENCE POLICIES THAT WE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE DISPOSITION POLICY. THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US, BASICALLY THERE ARE TWO PARCELS. ONE PIECE RELATES TO CITY-OWNED- – SORRY. ONE THING WE ARE DOING IS MOVING LAND FROM THE CITY OF SEATTLE CITY LIGHT DEPARTMENT TO THE OFFICE OF HOUSING AND WE ARE GOING TO BE PARTNERING WHEN THE LAND GETS TRANSFERRED TO THE OFFICE OF PART WITH CITY LAND TRUST AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO INVEST IN CREATING AT LEAST 19 CONDOMINIUMS IN PHINNEY RIDGE AND 8 FAMILY SIZE TOWNHOMES IN LOYAL HEIGHTS AND WOULD ALLOW FOR US TO CREATE MORE HOMES THAT WILL BE BROUGHT ONLINE FASTER AT LOWER COST AND ALLOW THE PUBLIC INVESTMENT TO BE SPREAD FURTHER. THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE PARTNERSHIP OF THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE FOR EXPRESSLY SAYING WE HAVE THIS AUTHORITY. PEOPLE QUESTIONED IT IN THE PAST, THEY PASSED HOUSE BILL OF 33-82 TO MAKE IT CLEAR AND HERE WE ARE IN SEATTLE THE FIRST TO PASS INTO LEGISLATION THE ABILITY TO TRANSFER LAND AT LOW COST OR NO COST IN HERE WE ARE THE FIRST CITY AGAIN TO ENACT THE TENETS OF THIS STATE BILL AND TO MAKE SURE WE ACTUALIZE CREATING AFFORDABLE HOUSING THROUGHOUT SEATTLE SO I’M HOPING THIS IS THE FIRST OF MANY AND I’M EXCITED TO SEE THE DISPOSITION POLICIES COMING INTO FRUITION AND ACTION HERE. >>THANK YOU COUNCILMEMBER MOSQUEDA. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? THESE CALL THE ROLL ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. >>MOSQUEDA, O’BRIEN, PACHECO, SAWANT, BAGSHAW, HERBOLD, JUAREZ, PRESIDENT HARRELL? 8 IN FAVOR UNOPPOSED. >>AGENDA ITEM 13 APPOINTMENT 1429, REAPPOINTMENT OF LEON GARNET APRIL 12, 2001. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE APPOINTMENT BE CONFIRMED. >>THANK YOU MR. PRES. MR. GARNET IS THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS DIRECTLY WITH LOW INCOME UTILITY CUSTOMERS IN ADMINISTERING THE FEDERALLY SPONSORED LOW INCOME HOME EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. THEY SERVE OVER 5000 CITY LIKE CUSTOMERS WHO LIVE AT OR BELOW 125% OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL AND HAS OVER 15 YEARS. HE HAS WORKED DIRECTLY WITH CLIENTS TO EVALUATE AND IMPROVE PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS AND HIS WORK PROVIDES HIM WITH UNIQUE UNDERSTANDING OF CUSTOMER NEEDS RELATED TO ENERGY USE AND CONSUMPTION. THIS IS HIS SECOND TERM IN POSITION 7, LOOKING TO SEE IF HE’S HERE. HE WAS AT THE COMMITTEE LAST WEEK AND WAS SERVING IN LOW- INCOME CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE ROLE AND SERVED ON THE CITY LIGHT REVIEW SINCE 2016 AND WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT HIS PARTICIPATION. >>ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? COUNCILMEMBER SAWANT? >>WANTED TO ADD THAT LEON GARNET HAS BEEN A VERY IMPORTANT MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY IN GENERAL BUT ESPECIALLY THE UTILITY DISCOUNT PROGRAM AND IN FACT PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE. WHEN WE TRIED TO SUCCEED IN MAKING THE PROGRAM PRIMARILY OPT OUT RATHER THAN OPT IN. THE RATE AT WHICH HOUSEHOLDS ENROLL IS MUCH LOWER THAN IF THE SYSTEM AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLS THEM AND MAKES IT AN OPT OUT PROGRAM WHICH IS A KEY COMPONENT OF EXPANDING THE UTILITY DISCOUNT PROGRAM TO FAR MORE THAN IT WAS IN USE TO BE TO ENROLL AS MANY ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS AS POSSIBLE. HAPPY TO VOTE YES ON THIS. >>THANK YOU FOR THE COMMENTS. VERY GOOD ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? THOSE IN FAVOR OF CONFIRMING THE APPOINTMENT PLEASE VOTE AYE. OF THOSE OPPOSED VOTE NO. MOTION CARRIES, THE APPOINTMENT IS CONFIRMED. PLEASE READ THE REPORT OF THE SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE. >>614 BETWEEN N. 31st ST. AND N. 35th ST. ON THE PETITION OF SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES. >>THE STREET VACATION FOR SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES, THE NORTH TRANSFER STATION HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. FOLKS MAY RECALL THAT BEFORE THE REBUILD THERE WAS A STREET TO THE EAST OF THE EXISTING TRANSFER STATION AND A REQUEST TO VACATE THAT AND BY THE PARCELS TO HAVE A LARGER FOOTPRINT THAN THE TRANSFER STATION. THAT WORK HAS ALL BEEN DONE. THEY’VE MET THE PUBLIC BENEFIT REQUIREMENTS INCLUDING PURCHASING A PARCEL OF LAND KITTY CORNER, INSTALLING AND MAINTAINING IN PERPETUITY A PRATE PLAYGROUND THERE AND OTHER PUBLIC BENEFITS INCLUDING A VIEWING ROOM ABOVE THE, WHAT DO THEY CALL IT? SOME PUBLIC SPACE ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE PROPERTY. THIS WOULD BE THE FINAL ACTION WE TAKE, JUST CERTIFYING THEY’VE MET THE REQUIREMENT AND THE STREET WILL BE VACATED. >>QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? THESE CALL THE ROLL ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. >>MOSQUEDA? O’BRIEN? PACHECO? SAWANT? BAGSHAW? HERBOLD? JUAREZ? PRES. HARRELL? 8 IN FAVOR, AND UNOPPOSED. >>THESE ARE THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM. >>RESOLUTION 39108 REQUESTING THE SEATTLE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DEVELOP POLICY OPTIONS FOR MAINTENANCE OF EXISTING SIDEWALKS TO CREATE A PUBLIC IT UP EDUCATION PROGRAM ON SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL RESPONSIBILITIES, AND DEVELOP A PROGRAM TO ENFORCE SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL REQUIREMENTS BY PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE RESOLUTION BE ADOPTED. >>EXCITED TO BRING THIS RESOLUTION. THIS IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD LED WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO IT, IF YOU ARE UP TO IT? >>I THINK I WILL MUDDLE THROUGH AND APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. >>POLICY OPTIONS FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF SIDEWALKS CREATING A PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM ON SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND REQUEST SDOT TO PREPARE A REPORT ON HOW SDOT ENFORCES THE SECTION OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE REQUIRING SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL AS WELL AS WAYS TO CONSIDER HOW TO CLEAR– CLEARING THE SIDEWALKS BY COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN 12 HOURS OF A SNOW EVENT. IN THE SUSTAINABILITY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE WE SAW TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF SIDEWALKS WITH CHANGES IN HEIGHT ON DISABLED PERSONS IN THE IMPACT WHERE A PERSON WAS UNABLE TO LEAVE HOME AS WE HEARD TODAY AND ACCESS TRANSIT FOR EIGHT DAYS. THE RESOLUTION REQUESTS THE EDUCATION PROGRAM BEGIN NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 1 THE RESOLUTION REQUESTS THE EDUCATION PROGRAM BEGIN NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 1, 2019. THIS IS THE PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM RELATED TO THE RESPONSIBILITIES TO REMOVE ICE AS WELL AS EXPLORING DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATION THROUGH UTILITY BOWS AND THROUGH OTHER TRADITIONAL MEDIA SOURCES. THE RESOLUTION HIGHLIGHTS THE FACT THAT THEY ARE 156,000 SIDEWALK ISSUES THAT THE CITY IS AWARE OF FROM THE 2017 SIDEWALK ASSESSMENT. 93,000 SIDEWALK ISSUES ARE HEIGHT DIFFERENCES, 38,000 SIDEWALK ISSUES ARE SURFACE CONDITIONS, 20,000 SIDEWALK CONDITIONS ARE OBSTRUCTIONS, THE RESOLUTION REQUESTS SDOT EXAMINE THE SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE PROGRAM AND OTHER CITIES SPECIFICALLY REFERENCING DENVER’S WORK AND IN DENVER PROPERTY OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF SIDEWALKS ADJACENT TO PROPERTIES BUT TO HELP WITH REPAIRS THE CITY OFFERS EXTENDED REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE AND AFFORDABILITY DISCOUNTS FOR PROPERTY OWNERS WHO QUALIFY. ADDITIONAL POINTS. THE POINT TO THE INSUFFICIENCY OF OUR MOVE LEVY TO ADDRESS THE SHEER NUMBER OF SIDEWALK PROBLEMS THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED. THE MOVE LEVY COMMITMENT IS TO REPAIR UP TO 225 LOCKS OF DAMAGED SIDEWALKS AND AS MENTIONED THERE ARE OVER 156,000 ISSUES. AND ASKING SDOT DEVELOP POLICY OPTIONS FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF SIDEWALKS WE ARE LOOKING TO BE MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM AND RESPONSIVE TO OUR COMMUNITIES WHO REALLY RELY ON SIDEWALKS TO ASSIST IN MOBILITY AND JUST GETTING AROUND. >>THANK YOU COUNCILMEMBER HER BOLD. ANY QUESTIONS? >>COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN? >>I APPRECIATE COUNCILMEMBER 18S LEADER — COUNSEL NUMBER HERBOLD’S LEADERSHIP IN THE URGENCY AND NEED TO DO SOME WORK HERE. ADDITIONALLY THE EXPERIENCE THAT SO MANY FOLKS HAD DURING THE SNOWSTORM, WE DON’T GET EVERY YEAR WHICH I THINK SPEAKS TO SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE ARE NOT PREPARED IN THE WAY THAT WE NEED TO BE. ESPECIALLY CALLING OUT, COMING UP WITH NEW POLICIES OUR CURRENT REQUIREMENT IS THAT THE PROPERTY OWNER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOVELING SNOW AND THERE’S REALLY NO ENFORCEMENT OF THAT I’M NOT SURE THE CITY WOULD ENFORCE ON SOMEONE WHO MAY BE ISN’T PHYSICALLY CAPABLE OF SHOVELING SIDEWALKS FOR WHATEVER REASON SO WE HAVE A POLICY THAT MAYBE SOUNDS GOOD ON PAPER BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY RESULTS IN A MISHMASH OF WHAT HAPPENS IN A SNOW OR ICE EVENTS. NOT THAT THERE’S GOING TO BE AN EASY OR OBVIOUS SOLUTION BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT ABSOLUTELY NEEDS A BETTER POLICY THAN WHAT WE HAVE TODAY. THRILLED TO SUPPORT THIS AND THANKFUL FOR EVERYONE’S WORK ON IT. >>THANK YOU FOR STAYING HERE AND YOUR STRONG ADVOCACY AS SAID BY MY COLLEAGUES. >>NO OTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? THOSE IN FAVOR OF ADOPTING THE RESOLUTIONS PLEASE VOTE AYE. THOSE OPPOSED PLEASE VOTE NO. >>THE RESOLUTION PASSES. PLEASE READ THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM. >>16, RESOLUTION 31909 REQUESTING SEATTLE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DEVELOP A TRAFFIC SIGNALS POLICY. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE CITY COUNCIL ADOPT THE RESOLUTION AS AMENDED. >>COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN? >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND PUBLIC COMMENT WE HEARD SOMETHING THAT REFLECTED MY REALITY AS WELL WHICH IS THERE’S NOT A POLICY FOR TIMING? TALKING TO THE FOLKS AT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THEY BELIEVE IF THIS HAPPENS– IF THIS PASSES AND THEY WILL HOPEFULLY ADOPT ONE NEXT YEAR, THEY MAY BE THE FIRST IN THE NATION WHICH IS KIND OF A CRAZY REALITY. OBVIOUSLY IT’S AN INDUSTRY THAT HAS EVOLVED OVER TIME AND WE ARE AT A PLACE WITH ELEGY THAT FOLKS ARE MAKING PRETTY IMPORTANT DECISIONS THE BEST THEY CAN WITH THEIR EXPERIENCES. TRAFFIC ENGINEER AND AS WE HEARD IN PUBLIC COMMENT, IT’S HARD TO CHANGE SOMETHING WHEN YOU HAVE TO TRACK DOWN DOZENS OF DIFFERENT ENGINEERS TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED AS OPPOSED TO HAVING A SINGLE POLICY THAT SAYS YOU SHOULD HAVE SO MANY SECONDS TO CROSS AN INTERSECTION BASED ON ITS WITH. THAT SHOULD BE DETERMINED BY FIGURING OUT THE VARIOUS TYPES OF USERS ENSURING THAT EVERYONE HAS ENOUGH TIME TO SAFELY CROSS AN INTERSECTION. MAYBE THERE ARE DIFFERENT PLACES. NO DOUBT IT’S A COMPLEX FIELD TO GET INTO BUT HAVING A POLICY THAT SAYS HOW WE MAKE THOSE DECISIONS PROVIDES A LEVEL OF TRANSPARENCY AT A BARE MINIMUM AND HOPEFULLY WITH THAT TRANSPARENCY COMES A COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE WITH LOOKING TO REVISE AND MAKE SURE IT MEETS THE NEEDS OF ALL USERS AS OPPOSED TO JUST THE ONES TODAY WE CONTEND TO MEASURE WHICH CAN BE MULTI-THOUSAND POUNDS OF METAL, THE THINGS THAT WE CAN MEASURE BEST. >>ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? >>JUST COMMENTS AND COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN I APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP I ALSO WANT TO SAY THANKS TO ROOTED IN RIGHTS. IT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE TO SEE YOUR LITTLE VIDEOS AND I ENCOURAGE YOU FOR THAT. OF COURSE GORDON FROM OUR SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD, YOUR WORK MAKING IT MUCH MORE VISIBLE WHETHER IT’S GREENWAYS OR PROTECTED BICYCLE LANES HAS REALLY MADE A DIFFERENCE AS WELL. I’M SURPRISED THAT YOU SAY THAT FIRST OF ALL WE WOULD BE THE FIRST BECAUSE I LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE PRINCIPLES AND IT STRIKES ME THAT MANY CITIES HAVE DONE SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THIS BUT WHATEVER, IT’S GREAT TIMING FOR US TO GET ENGAGED AND I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND SAY THANK YOU ON THE SIX LACES YOU ACTUALLY MENTION AGE FRIENDLY CITIES SO THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT AND I HOPE SOMEONE WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY THIS ON NEXT YEAR. >>I’LL HELP. [ LAUGHTER ] >>I JUST WANT TO SAY AGAIN THANK YOU. THIS LEGISLATION FOR ME AT LEAST REALLY GETS TO THE HEART OF EQUITY. LOOKING THROUGH A LENS OF OTHERS RATHER THAN JUST OUR LENS, WHILE THERE MAY BE RULES GUIDELINES AND BEST PRACTICES, I DON’T THINK THEY ARE THE KINDS OF POLICIES THAT REALLY DRIVE EQUITY IN THIS KIND OF WORK SO I’M GOING TO LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING POLICIES DEVELOPED FROM THE SIDELINES BUT THANK YOU FOR BRINGIN THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. >>THOSE IN FAVOR OF ADOPTING THE RESOLUTION PLEASE VOTE AYE. THOSE OPPOSED VOTE NO. THE MOTION CARRIES, THE LEGISLATION IS ADOPTED. >>PLEASE READ ITEMS 17 THROUGH 19. >>APPOINTMENTS 1421-1423. CARLA SAULTER, ERIN TIGHE, AND ALEX WAKEMAN. ROUSE. >>SHE HAS A LONG HISTORY OF ADVOCACY THROUGH WRITING AND BLOGGING. SHE CURRENTLY TEACHES ENGLISH. ERIN HAS HELPED GROW THE TRANSIT BENEFIT DISTRICT TO SERVE 71% OF SEATTLE HOUSEHOLDS AND ALEX WORKED ON FEDERAL POLICY AND PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES BUT HER PASSION IS AN INCLUSIVE VIBRANT CITY. ALL DO A GREAT JOB AND WE’RE EXCITED TO HAVE THEM BACK. >>QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? THOSE IN FAVOR OF CONFIRMING THE APPOINTMENTS PLEASE VOTE AYE. THOSE OPPOSED VOTE NO. THE MOTION CARRIES AND THE APPOINTMENTS ARE CONFIRMED. PLEASE READ 20 THROUGH 21. >>20 AND 21, APPOINTMENTS 1427 AND 1424 APPOINTMENTS OF BENJAMIN P. ESTES AND ANDREA LAI AS MEMBERS OF THE BICYCLE ADVISORY BOARD FOR AUGUST 31 FOR AUGUST 31, 2021. >>COUNSEL NUMBER O’BRIEN? >>SO THESE ARE NEW APPOINTMENTS, BOTH EXCITED TO HAVE FOLKS BRING IN THEIR EXPERTISE TO THE BOARD. BENJAMIN WORKS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF BILINGUAL INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT AND ANDREA HAS WORKED IN CONSULTING USING DATA AND DATA METRICS TO HELP EVALUATE PROGRAMS. BOTH OF THEIR EXPERTISE WILL BE VALUABLE. >>ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? THOSE IN FAVOR OF CONFIRMING APPOINTMENTS PLEASE VOTE AYE. THOSE OPPOSED VOTE NO. MOTION CARRIES IN THE APPOINTMENTS ARE CONFIRMED. THAT CONCLUDES OUR AGENDA FOR TODAY. IS THERE ANY FOR THE BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COUNCIL? >>COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN? >> I WOULD ASK TO BE EXCUSED ON OCTOBER 7 AND OCTOBER 14. >>MOVED AND SECONDED, THAT COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN BE EXCUSED . ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE ? OPPOSED. THE AYE’S HAVE IT. EXCUSES GRANTED. >>I’M GOING TO DO MY BEST TO CALL IN FOR AT LEAST ONE AGENDA ITEM NEXT WEEK BUT CAN ONLY DO THAT WITH YOUR SUPPORT TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN SO WE WILL SEE HOW THAT PLAYS OUT. >>OUR TECHNOLOGISTS ARE PREPARED SO WE WILL SEE HOW THAT GOES. WITH THAT WE STAND ADJOURNED AND EVERYONE HAVE A GREAT REST OF THE DAY.

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