Seattle City Council Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans & Education Committee 6/12/19


>>>GOOD MORNING. TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 IS. IT IS 9:30 A.M. THIS IS OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE GENDER EQUITY SAFE COMMUNITIES, NEW AMERICANS, AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE. I’LL BE JOINED BY SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES LATER THIS MORNING. IF THERE IS NO OX, I’M THE ONLY ONE HERE TO OBJECT TO THE AGENDA, THE AGENDA WILL BE ADOPTED. TODAY’S AGENDA IS ADOPTED. THERE ARE TWO ITEMS ON TODAY’S AGENDA. FIRST WE WILL HEAR AND POSSIBLY VET ON COUNCIL BILL 119539, WHICH RELATES TO THE COUNTY WIDE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, EMS LEVY THAT WILL BE UP FOR RENEWAL FOR KING COUNTY VOTERS AT THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION, WHICH IS NOVEMBER 5 OF 2019. THIS COUNCIL BILL WOULD AUTHORIZE THE PAYOR TO ENTER INTO AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH KING COUNTY AND FURTHER AUTHORIZE KING COUNTY TO PLACE ON THE BALLOT FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 5, 2019. SECONDLY WE WILL HEAR FROM THE SEATTLE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION EARLY EARNING ON THEIR CHANGE TEAM PRESENTATION. AS USUAL WE ALWAYS BEGIN ALL OF OUR MEETINGS WITH PUBLIC COMMENTS. THERE IS NO ONE SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. THERE ARE NO MEMBERS IN THE AUDIENCE, SO WE WILL GO AHEAD AND CLOSE OUT THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND GO AHEAD AND BEGIN WITH ITEMS OF BUSINESS ON THE AGENDA. SO WE ARE MISSING THE EXECUTIVE IN TERMS OF THE PRESENTATION FOR THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. IT IS THEIR PRESENTATION, SO I’M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND HAVE ROXANNA READ THIS INTO THE RECORD, AND THEN I’LL HAND IT OVER TO GREG FOR SOME FILIBUSTERING. >>AGENDA ONE, 119539, AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, AUTHORIZING EXECUTION, PURSUANT TO THE INTERLOCAL COOPERATE ACT OF AN AGREEMENT WITH KING COUNTY REGARDING THE IMPOSITION AND ALLOCATION OF PROPERTY TAX REVENUES GENERATED BY A SIX- YEAR VOTER-APPROVED KING COUNTY- WIDE TAX LEVY FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, FOR POSSIBLE VOTE. >>THANK YOU, ROXANNA. LUCKY FOR, YOU DR. NOBLE, WE HAD INTRODUCTORY REMARKS TO BE MADE. LET THIS BE A LESSON TO YOU THAT I START ON TIME. >>I’M IMPRESSED AND DULY NOTED. >>WE’LL DO INTRODUCTIONS AND THEN HAND IT OVER TO YOU FOR A WALK-THROUGH PRESENTATION. THERE IS A POWER POINT PRESENTATION THAT IS NOT YET PRESENTING, BUT ROXANNA WILL HELP YOU WITH THAT AS WELL. >>GREG DOSES, COUNCIL CENTRAL STAFF. >>BEN NOBLE, DIRECTOR, CITY BUDGET OFFICE. >>GREAT, SHOULD WE JUST HAND IT OVER TO YOU, BEN? >>YEAH, UNLESS GREG — >> GO AHEAD. >>OKAY. SO RELATIVELY STRAIGHTFORWARD PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PLACE, WOULD BE THE CITY’S ROLE IN PLACING ON THE BALLOT FOR NOVEMBER, A LEVY THAT WOULD BE A COUNTY-WIDE LEVY FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES. THIS WOULD BE A RENEWAL OF A LEVY THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR I THINK SEVERAL DECADES ACTUALLY. THE MOST RECENT ONE WAS APPROVED IN 2014. IT WAS A SIX-YEAR LEVY, AND THE PROPOSAL NOW WOULD BE ESSENTIALLY TO RENEW THAT LEVY. SO THIS IS A COUNTY-WIDE PROPERTY TAX MEASURE. UNLIKE MANY OF THE COUNTY-WIDE MEASURES, THIS ONE IS — FROM THE CITY’S PERSPECTIVE DISTRIBUTES THE REVENUES ENTIRELY TO THE ASSESSED VALUES, WHERE THE MONEY IS GENERATED. THE CITY THEN RECEIVES THAT MONEY, AND I’LL EXPLAIN IT IN A MOMENT, TO SUPPORT OUR OVERALL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE RESPONSE, SO ESSENTIALLY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AT THIS POINT, SOMETHING LIKE 80 PLUS PERCENT OF THEIR CALLS ARE FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES. THAT IS ESSENTIALLY HOW THE CITY WOULD PROVIDE THAT SERVICE. SO WE TAKE THAT IN AS GENERAL REVENUE FOR THAT PURPOSE. IT’S DESCRIBED HERE THERE’S AN ADVISORY TASK FORCE THAT HELPS DETERMINE THE POTENTIAL SCOPE AND SIZE OF THE LEVY. FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTY, THAT ENDS UP BEING MORE NEGOTIATIONS ABOUT THE ACTUAL USE OF THE REVENUES AND THE PURPOSES FOR THEM. FOR THE CITY, WE GET OUR MONEY AND USE IT ESSENTIALLY AS WE CHOOSE. SO WE’RE LESS INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSIONS AND THE NEGOTIATIONS ABOUT HOW THE REST OF THE COUNTY MONEY IS ALLOCATED ACROSS THE VARIOUS FIRE DISTRICTS AND CITIES. FOR US IT’S ESSENTIALLY A REVENUE SOURCE. SO AGAIN JUST GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF SOME LEVEL OF WHAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED BY THAT GROUP AND WHATWE ARE SEEKING APPROVAL FOR IN TERMS OF PLACING THIS MEASURE ON THE BALLOT. SO CURRENTLY THE LEVY, THE SIX- YEAR LEVY WILL GENERATE THROUGH THE END OF THIS YEAR, $284 MILLION OVER SIX YEARS FOR THE CITY. AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THE PROPERTY TAX RATE HAS AVERAGED ABOUT $0.27. THE PROPOSED LEVY WOULD RAISE CONSIDERABLY MORE, ABOUT 20% MORE OVERALL. YOU CAN SEE IT IS SLIGHTLY HIGHER, SLIGHTLY LOWER ACTUALLY, PROPERTY TAX RATE. WHAT’S GOING ON THERE, THE OVERALL PROPERTY VALUES ARE INCREASING. IN ORDER TO GENERATE EVEN MORE MONEY, YOU COULD ACTUALLY DO IT AT A LOWER RATE. IN TERMS OF THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD, THE PROPERTY TAX INCREASE AVERAGE FOR THE RENEWED LEVY COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS LEVY WOULD BE ABOUT 20% HIGHER. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT DO WE DO WITH THIS MONEY AND HOW DOES IT FIT IN TO THE OVERALL BUDGET FOR SEATTLE’S SERVICES IN THIS SPACE. SO WHAT YOU CAN SEE HERE IS A COMPARISON JUST OVER THE COURSE OF THE PREVIOUS LEVIES, SO THE YEAR BEFORE, AND THE YEAR CURRENT. WHAT HAS CHANGED IN TERMS OF THE REVENUE THAT WE GET FROM THE EMS LEVY ON THE ANNUAL BASIS, AND WHAT THE CITY’S OVERALL ADOPTED BUDGET IS FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. THE POINT HERE ALTHOUGH THE LEVY HAS INCREASED AND WILL INCREASE AGAIN UPON RENEWAL ASSUMING VOTER APPROVAL, THE COST THAT WE INCUR FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES, ACTUALLY INCREASED BY CONSIDERABLY MORE THAN THAT. ALTHOUGH VOTERS WILL BE ASKED FOR ADDITIONAL — FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, AND MIGHT PERHAPS EXPECT SOME VERY LARGE DISCREET INCREASE IN SERVICES. WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING, THEY’RE HELPING TO SUPPORT THE ONGOING INCREASE IN COST OF PROVIDING THOSE SERVICES. THAT SAID I WOULD NOTE THERE HAVE BEEN SOME NOTABLE INCREASES IN THE LEVEL OF SERVICE THAT WE PROVIDE PARTICULARLY IN THE PERJURY SERVICES SPACE. SO OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, WE HAVE ADDED TWO CARDS, AND ARE WORKING NOW ON A PILOT TO ADD A VEHICLE THAT WOULD SERVE IN A COMPARABLE FUNCTION, BUT IN A MORE TARGETED WAY. >>THAT’S THE MODEL. >>YES, EXACTLY. AT THE SAME TIME THE OVERALL COST, INCLUDING LABOR COST IN OPERATING THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS INCREASED CONSIDERABLY OVER THAT TIME PERIOD. AND LOOKING FORWARD WE EXPECT INFLATIONARY PLUS INCREASES FOR LABOR AND OTHER COSTS. SO FOR INSTANCE IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE YOU’LL SEE IN 2019 I’M USING THE POINTER HERE, WE’LL RECEIVE ABOUT $53 MILLION, ALMOST $53 MILLION FROM LEVIES THAT WILL INCREASE — IF VOTERS APPROVE, TO $68 MILLION, SO A NOTICEABLE INCREASE. OUR COST HAS INCREASED BY YET AGAIN MORE THAN THAT. WE HAVE ASSUMED IN THE ENDORSED BUDGETS, WHEN WE PRESENTED THE ENDORSED BUDGET TO YOU LAST FALL AND MORE RECENTLY GAVE YOU A REVENUE FORECAST UPDATE. WE HAVE ASSUMED THE EMS LEVIES IN THAT BASE REVENUE FORECAST. THEY WERE NOT ADOPTED LAW, BUT OUR EXPERIENCE WITH WITH THE VERY HIGH PROBABILITY THIS MEASURE PASSES COUNTY WIDE AT 60 PLUS PERCENT LAST TIME. WE HAVE A HIGH LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE THE REVENUES WILL COME THROUGH. WE HAVE BEEN COUNTING ON THESE REVENUES, WE HAVE BEEN COUNTING ON THESE REVENUES TO SUPPORT THE INCREASES IN EMERGENCY SERVICES THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED, AND THAT WE WILL EXPERIENCE. >>BEN, WHAT LED TO THE REDUCTION FROM THE POINT IN TIME THAT WE WERE PROJECTING THE $0.27 TO THE $0 .265? >>OVERALL PROPERTY VALUE, AVERAGE PROPERTY VALUES IN THE COUNTY INCREASED ENOUGH THAT IN ORDER TO GENERATE THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY, YOU COULD COME IN WITH A LOWER RATE. THE BODIES MAKING THE RECOMMENDATION WERE SENSITIVE TO THE PROPERTY TAX IMPACTS AND NOT WANTING TO GENERATE MORE REVENUE THAN THEY HAD NEGOTIATED TOWARDS AND INTENDED. >>SO IN COUNCIL CENTRAL STAFF’S MEMO, WRITTEN BY GREG ON HIS PAGE THREE, IT NOTES THAT IN THE EVENT THAT THE RENEWED EMS LEVY IS APPROVED BY COUNTY VOTERS, CITY BUDGET INDICATES THE $2.9 MILLION DIFFERENCE WOULD BE BACK FILLED WITH GENERAL FUNDS AND THE DIFFERENCE WOULD BE ADDRESSED IN THE OVERALL PICTURE OF THE MAYOR’S 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND. >>I’M SORRY, THERE WERE TWO THINGS THAT HAPPENED. BOTH A DECISION TO GENERATE A LITTLE BIT LESS REVENUE AND ALSO THE OTHER IMPACTS. SO WE HAVE INITIALLY THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO GO FOR A HIGHER RATE AND A HIGHER REVENUE OVERALL REVENUE TAKE. ULTIMATELY DECIDED THROUGH THE NUMBERS PREVIOUS. AS PART OF THE ADJUSTED REVENUE FORECAST, WE WERE ACKNOWLEDGING COMPARED TO WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR THE SLIGHTLY LESS REVENUE FROM THIS SOURCE AND WE WILL HAVE TO BALANCE, HAVE TO BALANCE THE 2020 BUDGET FROM THE ENDORSEMENT NOW TO THE PROPOSED WITH A LITTLE LESS REVENUE ON THIS FRONT. >>I GUESS I’M NOT UNDERSTANDING. IS THERE GOING TO BE — I GUESS I’M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND, IS IT STILL GOING TO BE $71.2 OR IS IT GOING TO REFLECT $68.3 MILLION FOR THIS PARTICULAR ITEM? >>WHEN WE PROPOSE THE BUDGET, IT WILL BE THE CORRECT NUMBER. >>THE $68.3? >>CORRECT. >>WE’RE MODIFYING THE ENDORSED BUDGET IN 2020 TO REFLECT THE ACTUAL REVENUE WE ANTICIPATE FROM THIS LEVY? >>CORRECT. >>IT’S NOT GOING TO BE A SITUATION WHERE WE’RE GETTING THESE LEVY REVENUE DOLLARS AND THEN WE’RE ADDING ADDITIONAL MONEY FROM THE GENERAL FUND? >>NO. THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT THIS REVENUE SOURCE THAT IS ESSENTIALLY A REVENUE SOURCE TO THE GENERAL FUND, WE SPEND WELL MORE ON THE FIRE DEPARTMENT THAN THE LEVY GENERATES. >>GOT IT. >>WE’VE BEEN ON THE BACK FILLING, FRONT FILLING IF YOU WILL WITH THE GENERAL FUND ON THIS SITE FOR A VERY, VERY LONG TIME. WE HAVE ALWAYS CONSIDERED PART OF THE OVERALL REVENUE FORECAST FOR THE CITY. THE OVERALL REVENUE FORECAST FOR THE GENERAL FUND BASED ON THESE LATE DECISIONS OR LATER DECISIONS, THERE’S A LITTLE LESS MONEY COMING IN FROM THIS LEVY. THERE MAY BE MORE OR LESS MONEY COMING IN FROM OTHER SOURCES. >>RIGHT. >>AND THEN IN THE ATTACHMENT TO I THINK IT’S THE FISCAL NOTE. IT’S THE 2020 AND 2025 EMS STRATEGIC PLAN AND LEVY FINANCIAL PLAN, SO IT’S A SPREAD SHEET FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE LOOKING FOR IT. SO IT LAYS OUT REVENUES AND THEN IT HAS EXPENDITURES. AND THEN THERE’S A CATEGORY THAT IS SPECIFIC TO SEATTLE, AND IT SAYS PROJECTED. THERE IS A LINE THERE. THERE’S PROPORTION, PROJECTED KING COUNTY, EMS LEVY, AND THEN THERE’S THE THIRD LINE THAT SAYS PROJECTED UNDER COLLECTION. AND THAT’S IN THE NEGATIVE ACROSS THE BOARD FOR A TOTAL OF $6.5 MILLION. CAN YOU JUST — THERE WASN’T A LOT OF MEET OR EXPLANATION AS TO WHAT THAT ACTUALLY MEANS. SO I WAS HOPING YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO SHED SOME LIGHT ON THAT. >>IT’S — IT’S ESSENTIALLY THE DELINQUENT TAXPAYERS AT SOME LEVEL. SO IT’S MONEY, YOU KNOW, IF YOU TAKE THE TOTAL ASSESS VALUE AND YOU DO THE MATH, YOU GET TO ONE PARTICULAR NUMBER. BUT EXPERIENCE TELLS US THAT WE WON’T COLLECT. WE’LL COLLECT 99% OF IT, BUT NOT 100% OF IT, SO IT’S A RECOGNITION. >>GOT IT. >>THOSE REVENUES, SOME PORTIONS OF THOSE ARE PAID YEARS OVER TIME, SO THEY FLOW IN, BUT A RECOGNITION THAT WE WON’T GET IT. THE MATH ISN’T QUITE AS SIMPLE AS THE TAX RATE TIMES WITH THE ASSESSED VALUE BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT GOING TO COLLECT EVERY PENNY. >>SO UNDER COLLECTION IS LITERALLY THE INABILITY TO COLLECT THE ASSESSED PROPERTY TAX VALUE FROM PROPERTY OWNERS WHO LIVE IN KING COUNTY, WHO ARE ASSESSED ON THE LEVY, BUT NOT YET PAYING IT. >>CORRECT. AND THERE MAY BE SOME FOLKS WHO HAVE A REASON TO PROTEST. I HAVE TO DIG DEEER INTO THE SPECIFICS, BUT THE UNDERLYING AFFECTS, WHICH I THINK IS REAL, WE DON’T COLLECT EVERY PENNY THAT THE MATH WOULD SUGGEST YOU COULD GET. >>OKAY, GREAT. >>THAT’S ALL I HAD. AT A HIGH LEVEL AGAIN, IN ORDER FOR THIS MEASURE TO GET TO THE BALLOT, THE COUNTY REQUIRES THE APPROVAL OF THE JURISDICTIONS WITHIN THE COUNTY. SO IN THIS CASE IT’S THE CITY. WE’VE WORKED WITH THE COUNTY IN DEVELOPING OUR PROPOSAL. IT PROVIDES A BASIC REVENUE STREAM TO SUPPORT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND WE STRONGLY SUPPORT MOVING FORWARD WITH THE BALLOT. TO PROVIDE THE REVENUES FOR THOSE ESSENTIAL SERVICES. >>AND ON THIS I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE SPREAD SHEET BECAUSE IT LAYS OUT IN VERY GENERAL TERMS WHAT THE ANTICIPATED EXPENDITURES ARE GOING TO BE. SO OF COURSE IT WILL TALK ABOUT THE TWO LINES OF BUSINESS THAT I THINK HAVE ORDINARILY AND HISTORICALLY BEEN FUNDED THROUGH THIS LEVY, THE FIRST BEING THE ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT SERVICES AND THE SECOND BEING THE BASIC LIFE SUPPORT SERVICES, BOTH SEATTLE AND IN KING COUNTY. NOTABLY UNDER THE BASIC LIFE SUPPORT SERVICES THERE’S A NEW LINE OF THE MOBILE INTEGRATED HEALTH CARE, WHICH SAYS IT’S KING COUNTY AS OPPOSED TO JUST SEATTLE. SO CAN YOU SHED SOME LIGHT FOR ME ON THAT? >>I CAN SHED A LITTLE BIT. I MAY RELY ON OTHERS. >>OKAY. >>ESSENTIALLY AGAIN WHAT I WAS DESCRIBING FOR THE SEATTLE PORTION, WE GET OUR SHARE OF REVENUES AND WE DO OUR THING IF YOU WILL. AS YOU KNOW ONE OF THE THINGS WE’RE LOOKING AT ACTUALLY IS A MOBILE INTEGRATED HEALTH APPROACH. SO AGAIN THE LOW ACUITY. SO ON THE COUNTY SIDE, AGAIN, PROVIDING SERVICE OUTSIDE THE CITY, AND NEGOTIATING BETWEEN AND AMONG THE CITIES AND THE FIRE DISTRICTS. SO THEY HAVE SET ASIDE SOME FUNDING FOR MOVING INTO A COMPARABLE SPACE, RECOGNIZING THIS IS THE ISSUES WE SEE, THAT THEY SEE AS WELL IN MATERIALS OF SOME SET OF FOLKS WHO ARE CALLING 911 ARE REALLY NOT NECESSARILY IN AN URGENT CARE SITUATION, BUT NEED MEDICAL SERVICES OF A FORM. >>BUT IN MATERIALS OF THE SEATTLE EXPENDITURE, THERE’S NOTHING IN THE LEVY LANGUAGE — EVEN THOUGH IT’S NOT CALLED OUT IN THE SPREAD SHEET. >>ABSOLUTELY NOT. AGAIN IN MY MIND THIS IS THE SIMPLEST FROM AN EQUITIES PERSPECTIVE. THE ISSUE WE HAVE ON THE COUNTY WIDE LEVY. THE CITY GETS THE MONEY GENERATED IN THE CITY TO USE FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES AS WE DETERMINE. AGAIN I DON’T WANT TO OVERSTATE THAT AS WELL. I MEAN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS IN CLOSE QUARTERS. MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS CURRENTLY PLANNING AROUND THE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM THAT THEY ALL USE. BUT FROM A PERSPECTIVE, WE’RE SELF-DETERMINING. >>OKAY, GREAT. >>GREG, DID YOU WANT TO ADD SOME LIGHT? >>I JUST WANTED TO ADD ONE QUICK THING. >>SURE. >>THERE ARE SOME TIMELINES THE COMMITTEE AND THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL WILL HAVE TO MEET IN ORDER TO GET THE ORDINANCE PASSED TO KING COUNTY IN TIME TO GIVE THEM AUTHORIZATION TO PUT IT ON THE BALLOT, AND THOSE ARE AT THE END OF THE STAFF REPORT. BUT ESSENTIALLY THE QUICK VERSION IS IT WOULD BE BEST IF THE COMMITTEE PASSED IT OUT TODAY. THE COMMITTEE COULD PASS IT OUT IN A SPECIAL MEETING. THE FINANCIAL SORT OF DEAD DROP DEADLINE IS THE 24th OF JUNE FOR THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL TO PASS THIS. ANYTHING AFTER THAT WOULD REQUIRE SPECIAL AUTHORIZATIONS. >>OKAY. AND MY UNDERSTANDING IS THIS PROPOSAL ACTUALLY IS GENERATED THROUGH A TASK FORCE THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY CREATED THAT HAD REPRESENTATION FROM THE CITY OF SEATTLE, BUT ALSO FROM THE OTHER CITIES IN KING COUNTY AND KING COUNTY ITSELF, AND THEY SORT OF SPENT A YEAR WORKING THROUGH THE PROCESS IN IDENTIFYING THE PLAN THAT’S BEFORE US. THAT LEADS ME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE ISN’T A LOT OF FLEXIBILITY IF TERMS OF WHAT THE CITY COUNCIL CAN ACTUALLY DO IN TERMS OF MOVING LEVERS RELATED TO THE PROPOSED LEVIES. I’M JUST LOOKING TO, YOU BEN, FOR CONFIRMATION OR REBUKE OF THAT PERCEPTION. >>THAT’S CORRECT. AND AGAIN AS I’VE NOTED, I THINK WE DO WHAT WE HAVE DONE VERY WELL. IT’S THE SAME REASON WE HAVE HISTORICALLY. I DON’T WANT TO SAY WE SUDDENLY CUT A NEW DEAL AND I DON’T HAVE A PIECE OF PAPER TO WAIVE. BUT THIS IS A DEAL. IT’S A LONG STANDING ARRANGEMENT THAT SERVES THE CITY WELL AS YOU DESCRIBED. IT’S BEEN WORKED TOGETHER WITH OUR REGIONAL PARTNERS, SO WE ARE STANDING WITH THEM AS WE MOVE TO THE BALLOT AND ASKED THE VOTERS FOR THE SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF FUNDING TO PROVIDE AGAIN THIS CRITICAL SERVICE. >>OKAY. ANY QUESTIONS? COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA? >>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. CAN YOU REMIND ME HOW THE FOLKS AT THE TEAMSTER 763 WHO PROVIDE THE SERVICES SUCH AS BASIC LIFE SUPPORT AND ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT ARE FOLDED INTO HERE, AND WHETHER OR NOT WE’VE BUILT INTO THE LEVY OR THE FOLKS WHO DID THE ANALYSIS OVER THE LAST YEAR HAVE BUILT INTO THE LEVY THE POSSIBILITY OF A NEED FOR INCREASING WAGES. IS THAT PART OF THIS OR IS THERE ADDITIONAL GENERAL FUND OR FUNDING FROM THE CITY AND COUNTY THAT WE WOULD PULL TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THE UNDERFUNDING OF THOSE CONTRACTS? >>I DID NOT PARTAKE DIRECTLY IN THE DISCUSSIONS, THE NEGOTIATIONS, SO WHAT I CAN SAY — SORRY, I DON’T KNOW IF THAT ISSUE SPECIFICALLY CAME UP. WHAT I’M DESCRIBING IS THIS MONEY WILL FLOW TO THE CITY, TO THE GENERAL FUND WITH THE RESTRICTION THAT IT HAS TO BE USED FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES. SO ULTIMATELY IF WE DETERMINE, IF YOU DETERMINE, YOU KNOW, WHAT THE APPROPRIATE USE OF THAT MONEY IS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL WAGES TO THE BASIC LIFE SUPPORT. JUST AT A HIGH LEVEL HERE FOR THE PUBLIC, ADVANCE LIFE SUPPORT. IF YOU’RE HAVING A HEART ATTACK, IF YOU’RE IN AN IMMEDIATE SERIOUS MEDICAL EMERGENCY, YOU ARE TRANSPORTED BY THE SEATTLE FIRE DEPARTMENT ASSUMING YOU WOULD CALL 911. IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING LESS SIGNIFICANT, I’M GOING TO SPECULATE HERE, A BROKEN LEG OR SOMETHING AND NEED TRANSPORT, THAT’S PROVIDED BY A PRIVATE SERVICE, AND THAT’S THE BASIC LIFE SUPPORT. IT’S THE CONTRACT THAT THE CITY HAS WITH AMR AND WITH THE PAGE ACT YOU’RE REFERRING TO. SO CURRENTLY WE DON’T PROVIDE A DIRECT GENERAL FUND SUBSIDY TO THAT CONTRACT. AT LEAST IN THEABSTRACT WE COULD. BUT I BELIEVE THESE FUNDS WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR THAT USE, ALTHOUGH I WANT TO EMPHASIZE CURRENTLY WE’RE COUNTING ON THE REVENUES, AND THEY ARE IN OUR FORECAST FOR 2020 AND HAVE BEEN IN OUR FORECAST FOR 2020 TO SUPPORT IF YOU WILL THE ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT SIDE OF THIS, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT’S BASIC FUNCTION. SO WE DON’T HAVE AN OBVIOUS ADDITIONAL MONEY TO DIRECT TOWARDS THAT, BUT AGAIN THAT’S A QUESTION OF OVERALL GENERAL FUND PRIORITIES, AND WHERE WE ULTIMATELY CHOOSE TO INVEST THOSE FLEXIBLE DOLLARS. >>AND A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION TO THAT. IN THE BASIC LIFE SUPPORT SERVICES, ASSUMING THAT THE EMTs PROVIDE SERVICES THROUGH MEDICAL RESPONSE AS THE CONTRACTOR, DO WE HAVE A GENERAL SENSE OF WHAT THE PROJECTED INCREASE IN WAGES OR COMPENSATION IS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS OR PREVIOUS LEVY TO THESE PROPOSED OUTYEARS? >>AGAIN THIS LEVY DOES NOT DICTATE THAT CONTRACT IN ANY WAY. >>OKAY. >>SO THIS PROVIDES RESOURCES WE COULD USE FOR THAT CONTRACT, BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH. >>NOT ASSUMED. >>EXACTLY. >>THERE IS A SEPARATE CONTRACT THAT’S NEGOTIATED BETWEEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND AMR. >>CORRECT. >>THAT CONTAINS THE DETAILS THAT COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA IS ASKING ABOUT, CORRECT? >>EXACTLY. TO DATE AND IN OUR PROJECTIONS, WE DON’T HAVE THE GENERAL FUND PROVIDING SUBSIDY INTO THAT CONTRACT. IF YOU BREAK YOUR LEG AND YOU’RE TRANSPORTED, YOU GET A BILL FOR THOSE SERVICES OR YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY GETS A BILL FOR THOSE SERVICES. THE CITY DOES NOT STEP IN. THE REASON WE NEGOTIATE A CONTRACT WITH AMR AT LEAST TWOFOLD. ONE IS THE CONTINUITY OF CARE IF YOU WILL. SO WE COULD DO A SMOOTH HANDOFF. OUR FIREFIGHTERS AND THE FOLKS AT AMR WORK TOGETHER AND KNOW HOW TO TAKE A PATIENT IN AND TRANSFER FROM ONE TO THE OTHER. ANOTHER IS TO ENSURE THE LEVEL OF SERVICE AND THE DEGREE OF COVERAGE WE HAVE, SO WHEN YOU CALL 911 AND TURNS OUT YOU ONLY HAVE A BROKEN LEG, YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT TOO LONG FOR THE AMR AMBULANCE TO ARRIVE. SO IT’S NOT A CONTRACT WHERE WE ARE PAYING, BUT IT IS A CONTRACT WE ARE PROVIDING ESSENTIALLY A FRANCHISE AGREEMENT, AN EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO OPERATE WITHIN THE CITY, AGAIN, FOR THE REASONS I JUST DESCRIBED TO ENSURE SMOOTH HANDOFFS AND EFFECTIVE COVERAGE ACROSS THE CITY. >>AND JUST TO CLARIFY, TO REITERATE WHAT I THINK I HEARD. OBVIOUSLY WE DO HAVE A CONTRACT THAT WE HAVE INITIATED WITH AMR FOR THE BASIC SERVICES THAT THE FOLKS AT TEAMSTERS 763 PROVIDES AS EMS PROVIDERS. OR EMTs, I’M SORRY. BUT WE DON’T NECESSARILY IF THAT CONTRACT DICTATE HOW MUCH OF THIS PERCENT OF THIS LEVY WOULD GO TO THAT. THAT WOULD BE, I THINK I’M HEARING YOU SAYING, A POLICY DECISION AT A LATER POINT IF WE DECIDED WE WANTED TO DO ADDITIONAL GENERAL FUND FOR THOSE WORKERS SPECIFICALLY TO ENHANCE OR TO FUND THE CONTRACT THAT IS GENERATED ON. >>AND I BELIEVE, AGAIN, THIS PARTICULAR COLOR OF MONEY IF YOU WILL COULD BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE OR AN ALTERNATIVE TO USE THE GENERAL FUND AND IT WOULDN’T REALLY MATTER BECAUSE WE WERE ALREADY SPENDING FROM THIS SERVICE WELL MORE THAN WHAT THIS LEVY PROVIDES. >>OVERALL. >>EXACTLY. >>JUST GIVEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT’S BUDGET. >>AND THE PRIMARY THING THE FIRE DEPARTMENT DOES IS PROVIDE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AT THIS STAGE. >>RIGHT. I THINK THE BIG TAKEAWAY FOR ME IS THAT THIS IS A MECHANISM. THIS IS SORT OF A STABLE MECHANISM BY WHICH TO CONTINUE TO GENERATE MUCH NEEDED REVENUE IN ORDER FOR THE CITY AND THE SEATTLE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN PARTICULAR TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES IN THE CITY AND THROUGHOUT THE CITY. THAT’S WHAT THIS INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT THAT WE’RE GOING TO CONSIDER TODAY ACCOMPLISHES, IS ALLOWING US TO ENTER INTO THAT REGION WIDE, COUNTY WIDE SYSTEM. TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE. AND THE BENEFITS OF RECEIVING SOME OF THE REVENUES THAT ARE GENERATED THROUGH THIS LEVY. WITH THAT BEING SAID, ONCE THE REVENUES ARE RECEIVED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE, IT IS UP TO POLICYMAKERS AT THE CITY TO DETERMINE HOW TO BEST PRIORITIZE THOSE DOLLARS WITH THE OVERARCHING, UNDERSTANDING THAT THE DOLLARS CAN ONLY BE USED FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, WHICH IS A BROAD CATEGORY. BUT HISTORICALLY DEFINED IT AS ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT AND BASIC LIFE SUPPORT, AND THAT WOULD INCLUDE PROGRAMS LIKE THE LOW ACUITY MOBILE INTEGRATED HEALTH UNIT. IS THAT ACCURATE? >>THAT IS. >>OKAY. >>GREAT. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? ALL RIGHT. I THINK WE’RE PROBABLY READY TO VOTE ON THIS PARTICULARLY GIVEN MR. DOSS’S OUTLINING OF THE DEADLINES ASSOCIATED WITH NEEDING TO TAKE ACTION ON THIS. ALSO I WILL BE OUT OF TOWN ON JUNE 24, SO I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO BE ABLE TO GET THIS OVER THE FINISH LINE ON MONDAY, THIS UPCOMING MONDAY. SO I THINK IT WOULD BE WISE IF THERE’S NO OBJECTION FROM YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA TO TAKE A VOTE ON THIS TODAY. OKAY, GREAT. THEN I WILL ORGANIZE MY THOUGHTS, SO THAT I CAN MAKE THIS MOTION. I WILL MOVE THE COMMITTEE RECOMMEND THAT THE CITY COUNCIL PASS 119539. >>SECOND. >>ANY OTHER COMMENTS? SEEING NONE, THOSE IN FAVOR VOTE AYE. >>AYE. >>ANY OPPOSED? NO OPPOSITION, SO THE MOTION CARRIES AND PASS COUNCIL BILL 119539 AS IS. AND WE WILL GO AHEAD AND TAKE THIS UP AT FULL COUNCIL ON MONDAY. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. APPRECIATE IT. >>THANK YOU TO BOTH OF YOU. >>I’M GOING TO HAVE ROXAFNA READ THE SECOND AGENDA ITEM, WHICH IS A PRESENTATION. IF YOU ARE HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PRESENTATION, I INVITE YOU TO MAKE YOUR WAY UP TO THE TABLE AS ROXANNA READS THIS ITEM. >>AGENDA TWO, SEATTLE DEPARTMENT OF EARLY EDUCATION AND EARLY LEARNING’S RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE PRESENTATION. >>THANK YOU. HI, GOOD MORNING. >>GOOD MORNING. >>THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. HI, GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS CLICK ON A BUTTON AND WE’LL SEE THE PRESENTATION COME UP ON THE SCREEN THERE. THERE WE GO, PERFECT. EXCELLENT. GREAT. SO WHY DON’T WE GO AHEAD AND START WITH INTRODUCTIONS AND I’LL HAND IT OVER TO YOU TO LEAD US IN THE PRESENTATION. >>ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. I’M DWANE CHAPPELLE, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND EARLY LEARNING. >>I’M MICHELLE WINTERS, CHANGE TEAM LEAD FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND EARLY LEARNING. >>THANKS FOR BEING WITH US. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT. YOU ALL ARE ALWAYS A STANDOUT IF TERMS OF THE WORK YOU’RE DOING IN THIS SPACE, SO REALLY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU ALL AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH US, THE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE AND THE PUBLIC WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN UP TO THIS YEAR. TAKE IT AWAY. >>OKAY. SO MICHELLE AND I AS YOU SAID WILL GUIDE US THROUGH AND TO SHARE WITH YOU WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO THIS YEAR. ALSO HERE IS A HIGH-LEVEL AGENDA OF WHAT WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT. WE’RE GOING TO GO THROUGH THE 2018 YEAR REVIEW. WE WILL TALK ABOUT THE EQUITY TOOL KIT, AND WE WILL CLOSE WITH SOME ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. >>UH-OH. HERE WE GO. >>ONE MORE. >>OKAY, SO UNDER OUR YEAR-END REVIEW, ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS WE WANTED TO TALK ABOUT WAS STAFF ENGAGEMENT. WE FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT OVER THE PAST YEAR TO OFFER CONSISTENT STAFF ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO OUR STAFF. AND SO WHAT WE DID, WE OFFERED LUNCH AND LEARN SEMI MONTHLY AND ALSO TOOK 30 TO 45 MINUTES OF STAFF MEETINGS TO TALK ABOUT A TOPIC. FOR US THIS PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR STAFF TO ENGAGE AROUND A PARTICULAR AREA OF INTEREST ON RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, TO PRACTICE A LITTLE BIT OF THEIR EQUITY LANGUAGE, AND THEN ENGAGE IN PEER LEARNING. SO IT’S BEEN A REAL POSITIVE EXPERIENCE. OUR STAFF PARTICIPATED IN TOPICS ON APPROPRIATION. WE TALKED ABOUT GENTRIFICATION, WE HAD A FIVE-PART SERIES ON WHITE CULTURE. AND ACTUALLY ONE THING I WOULD HIGHLIGHT AS AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OUT OF THAT, WITH WE DID THE FIVE-PART SERIES ON WHITE CULTURE, IT REALLY INSPIRED SOME OF OUR STAFF TO ACTUALLY LEAD DEEPER WORK ON CONTINUING THAT CONVERSATION AND LOOKING AT HOW WHITE CULTURE AND WHITE PRIVILEGE PLAY OUT IN OUR WORK. SO THEY STARTED A RACIAL IDENTITY CAUCUSING GROUP AND THAT’S BEEN MEETING MONTHLY. THAT’S A POSITIVE THING THAT STARTED FROM, YOU KNOW, KIND OF A LIGHT ENTRY CONVERSATION, TABLE TOPIC AT A LUNCH AND LEARN AND THEN BECAME DEEPER WORK THAT THEY’RE CARRYING THROUGH THIS YEAR. WE ALSO BEGAN INTEGRATING SPACES INTO OUR MEETING THIS YEAR. SO COLOR BRACE SPACING IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF IT, CONVERSATION NORMS DEVELOPED BY EQUITY MATTERS OR ANTI-RACIST ORGANIZATION, AND THESE NORMS WERE INTENDED TO HELP US CENTER EQUITY IN OUR CONVERSATIONS. THIS IS A PRETTY SMALL PIECE, BUT A VERY INTENTIONAL PIECE OF SHIFTING OUR WORK CULTURE IN THE UPCOMING JOURNEY TO BECOMING A MORE EQUITY-FUNDED ORGANIZATION. AND SOME OF THE EXAMPLES OF WHAT COLOR BRACE SPACES ARE, POWER DYNAMICS IN THE ROOM, IDENTIFYING PROCESSES, KEEPING RELATIONSHIPS FIRST, AND MAKING SPACE FOR MULTIPLE TRUTHS. >>I JUST WANTED TO COMMENT ON THE COLOR SPACES REAL QUICKLY. THIS IS ALL GREAT WORK. BUT IN ADDITION TO BEING THE CHAIR OF THIS COMMITTEE, I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE ON THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. ALWAYS A MOUTHFUL OF THE TITLE. BUT WE HAVE — DEEL HAS IMPLEMENTED THE COLOR BRACE SPACES IN THAT SPACE AND I’VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY THROUGHOUT THIS YEAR, REALLY EXPERIENCE AND REFINE MY OWN, MY OWN SKILLS IN THIS SPACE AND APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. IT’S A WONDERFUL GESTURE ON HOW WE ARE DOING OUR WORK THROUGHOUT THIS CITY, SO THANKS FOR THAT. >>AS YOU’LL SEE DEEL AND OUR CHANGE TEAM MEMBERS, WE PARTICIPATED IN UIR TRAINING DEVELOPMENT TEAM. WE INVESTED IN TRAINING AND IT WAS A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR US IN DEEL, BUT TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE OF THREE THINGS WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE FOLLOW UP WITH THIS TRAINING AND MAKE SURE ALL DEEL STAFF PARTICIPATE IN THE UIR TRAINING IN ORDER FOR US TO REALLY CREATE THAT DEEP CULTURE SHIFT. WE FOE THAT ON DOING UIR PRINCIPLES, WORK MUST HAPPEN SYSTEMICALLY IN ORDER FOR US TO MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR WORK. SO WE WANTED TO SHARE THAT WITH YOU AS WELL. WE ALSO KNOW THAT OUR RACIAL SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK THROUGHOUT DEEL. HERE ARE THINGS WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON AS WELL. WE HAVE CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PROGRAMMING WORK GROUP. WE HAVE SOME RACIAL IDENTITY CAUCUSING, INCLUSIVE WORK GROUP FOR EARLY LEARNING AND IMPLEMENTATION. WE ALSO HAVE WORK AROUND LANGUAGE ACCESS PLANNING. AS YOU JUST MENTIONED THE COLOR BRAVE SPACE, YOU’LL SEE THAT THROUGHOUT HERE. AND ULTIMATELY WE’VE HAD A HIGH LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION BETWEEN OUR CHANGE TEAM AND OUR DEEL STAFF THAT WE’RE SUPER EXCITED ABOUT. >>OKAY, SO ONE THING WE ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS THE ANTI- RACIST CONTINUUM. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER THIS FROM LAST YEAR, WE INTRODUCED THIS DOCUMENT. WE WANT TO BRIEFLY TALK ABOUT IT, WHERE DOES DEEL RANK ITSELF. THIS IS A TOOL DEVELOPED BY CROSSROADS MINISTRY, ONE WAY AN ORGANIZATION CAN MEASURE ITS ANTI-RACISM EFFORTS. WE USED THIS TOOL WHEN OUR CHANGE TEAM WAS FIRST CREATED. WE USE IT ABOUT ONCE A YEAR, AN INFORMAL WAY TO TAKE THE TEMPERATURE ON OUR DEPARTMENT AND HOW STAFF ARE FEELING ABOUT THE RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE EFFORTS. ON THE NEXT SLIDE WE’LL LOOK AT WHERE WE RANK OURSELVES. SO YOU CAN SEE WE SHOW A COUPLE YEARS OF DATA THERE, USING IT FOR A FEW YEARS. THE DIFFERENT BUBBLES ARE BECAUSE WE BEGAN DISAGGRAVATING BY RACE IN 2018, UNDERSTANDING THAT PEOPLE OF COLOR AND PEOPLE THAT IDENTIFY AS WHITE MAY HAVE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES, SO WE STARTED DOING THAT. WE SAW A SMALL DECREASE IN 2018, BUT INCREASED AGAIN IN 2019. SO WE HAVE BEEN MIDDLING AROUND THIS THREE NUMBER, WHICH IS A SYMBOLIC CHANGE OR COMPLIANCE ORGANIZATION. THIS TOOL IS INTERESTING AND A THOUGHT PROVOKING WAY. A LOT OF OUR STAFF CONVERSATIONS HAVE BEEN AROUND HOW DO WE GO DEEPER, WHAT DO WE DO FROM HERE? BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN IN THIS MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, FLOATING IN A THREE, AND WE’D LIKE TO TAKE THE CONVERSATION DEEPER. SO THAT’S BEEN SOMETHING WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH OUR CHANGE TEAM AND STAFF ON. >>AND MICHELLE, REMIND ME WHAT’S THE FULL, THE HIGHEST NUMBER YOU COULD GET, IS IT FIVE? >>YES, THE HIGHEST IS A SIX, SOMETHING LIKE A TRANSFORMED, LIVING IN A LIBERATED TRANSFORMED SOCIETY WHERE RACE IS NOT AN INDICATOR OF QUALITY OF LIFE. >>WE’RE ALL WORKING TOWARDS THAT, AREN’T WE? [ LAUGHTER ] >>THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS OUR STAFF HAS TALKED ABOUT, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR US TO SEE, SOMETIMES WORKING IN THE BUREAUCRACY HOW WE REACH A SIX, BUT WE DON’T WANT THAT TO BE THE CONVERSATION STOPPER. OKAY, WE HIT 3.6, WE’RE DONE. SO WE’RE LOOKING TO TAKE IT A LITTLE BIT DEEPER WITH THE BULLET POINTS ON THE LIST THAT WE CAN CONTROL. SO YEAH, WE COULD MAYBE GO TO DWANE FOR THE NEXT STEPS ON THAT. >>SO WHAT’S NEXT AFTER THE ARC. THROUGH STAFF SURVEYS, WE’VE HAD FEEDBACK. IT IS INDICATED THAT WE VALUE OUR DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, AND EQUITY. BUT WE KNOW IN ORDER TO ENGAGE IN DEEPER WORK OR TO MAKE SYSTEMIC CHANGE, WE NEED TO CONTINUE THIS WORK AND CONTINUE OUR PROCESSES AND PRACTICES, SOMETHING THAT’S COMING UP NEXT, OUR CHANGE TEAM AND OUR E TEAM WILL BE WORKING TOGETHER WITHIN THIS YEAR TO CREATE ONE OF DEEL’S COLLABORATIVE PRIORITIES, IMPROVING OR I SHOULD SAY WORKPLACE CULTURE. WE’RE GOING TO BE DEVELOPING OUR PULLTY-YEAR PLAN TO SUPPORT STAFF LIKE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT OF WORKPLACE CULTURE THROUGH AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. AS WE MENTIONED EARLIER, YOU KNOW, WE KNOW THAT INCLUDING THE COLOR BRAVE SPACE TO GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO DIVE DEEP. SO THAT’S WHAT’S NEXT, WHAT’S COMING UP AFTER THE ARC. >>DIRECTOR CHAPPELLE, WHAT OTHER, BESIDES THE COLOR BRAVE SPACES, WHAT OTHER POLICIES OR PRACTICES HAVE YOU SUPPORTED OR ADVANCED EITHER BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT OF IT OR BECAUSE IT CAME FROM YOUR STAFF THAT SORT OF ADVANCES THIS PRIORITY AROUND WORKPLACE CULTURE? >>SO WHAT WE DID, TO TELL YOU HOW WE GOT TO THE WORKPLACE CULTURE. SO MEDIC CAME UP WITH THREE PRIORITIES THAT WE’RE GOING TO FOCUS ON THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE YEAR. THE THIRD PRIORITY WE DECIDED WAS WORKPLACE CULTURE. SO THAT’S WHY WE WANT TO WORK WITH THE E TEAM TO HELP COME UP, FIGURE OUT WHAT IT IS WE WANT TO FOCUS ON. SO WE’LL BE HAVING MORE OF THAT COMING UP SOON. BUT WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING PREVIOUSLY SOMETHING THAT WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE STAFF IS STARTED OFF AS JUST ME, JUST BRINGING DONUTS IN TO THE STAFF. SO NOW WHAT WE DO, WE HAVE DONUTS THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT THAT JUST GIVES FOLKS AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME TOGETHER FOR US TO BRING IT PROFESSIONALLY AND ALSO ENGAGE AND GET DISCUSSIONS ABOUT SPENDING TIME WITH THE E TEAM OR MYSELF AND JUST LEARN ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT AND BRINGING EVERYONE ELSE TOGETHER. SO THAT’S SOMETHING WE’VE IMPLEMENTED THAT THE STAFF HAS RECOMMENDED. AND THEN SOMETHING ELSE THAT WE WILL ACTUALLY BE TAKING PLACE TOMORROW, WHAT WE ARE DOING, JUST TRYING TO THINK OF IT AT THE TOP OF MY HEAD. WE HAVE DEEL DAY IN THE PARK TOMORROW. JUST SOME TEAM BUILDING FOR OUR WHOLE STAFF. WE IMPLEMENTED THIS LAST YEAR, OUR FIRST YEAR DEEL DAY IN THE PARK. AND IT WAS RECOMMENDED FROM OUR SOCIAL COMMITTEE. FOR US TO KIND OF GET TOGETHER, TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, SOME PRIORITIES, BUT ALSO AT THE END OF THE DAY DO SOME TEAM BUILDING WORK WITH THE STAFF. SO THAT’S SOMETHING WE’LL BE DOING TOMORROW, KICKING IT OFF. THOSE ARE A FEW THINGS AND THERE’S A LOT MORE. >>YEAH. AND I KNOW THAT DEEL IS ONE OF THE DEPARTMENTS THAT HAS THE NUMBERS THAT ARE NOT IN HERE. YOU DIDN’T GIVE US THE STATISTICS, BUT IT IS AN INCREDIBLY DIVERSE DEPARTMENT IN BOTH GENDER, BUT ALSO IN RACE. AND SO I KNOW — AND I KNOW THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S WORK FORCE, OUR WOMEN IN PARTICULAR, AND I KNOW I’VE HEARD YOU TALK IN THE PAST BEFORE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF FLEX TIME AND FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES DURING THE WEEK. I THINK THAT’S ALSO A REALLY IMPORTANT COMPONENT PARTICULARLY BECAUSE A LOT OF THE WOMEN THAT WORK IN DEEL ARE WOMEN OF COLOR. AND REALLY WANTED TO JUST APPRECIATE THAT PRACTICE. AND THE THOUGHTFULNESS AROUND MAKING SURE WE’RE TAKING FOLKS NEEDS INTO CONSIDERATION THAT REALLY GOES A LONG WAY TOWARDS PROMOTING A POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE. >>THANK YOU. >>I’LL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR WOMEN IN MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISING PURCHASING AND CONSULTING OVER THE PAST YEAR. SO YOU CAN SEE ON THAT TABLE THERE, IT JUST SHOWS THE PERCENTAGES. SO OUR 2018 NUMBER FOR CONSULTANT PURCHASING ACTUALLY DECREASED BY A LITTLE BIT. OUR PURCHASING WENT UP BY A SIGNIFY HAD CANT AMOUNT. AND OUR UNDERSTANDING OF WHY THE CONSULTANT PURCHASING WENT DOWN SO MUCH WAS THAT OUR SEATTLE PRESCHOOL EVALUATION CONTRACTS IS ONE OF THE LARGEST CONTRACTS. IT’S A LARGE ACCUSATION THAT IS NOT A WMBE, BUT SOMETHING WE HAVE BEEN TALKING WITH OUR FINANCE TEAM ABOUT HOW TO BEGIN TO STRATEGIZE AROUND INCREASING OUR WBME SPENDING AND HOW PURCHASING HAS INCREASED. SO YOU SEE THAT IN THOSE NUMBERS THERE. >>CAN YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE? >>SURE. >>COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA? >>THANK YOU. SO WHEN I HEAR PURCHASING AND CONSULTING FROM A DEPARTMENT, I USUALLY THINK WHO ARE YOU CONTRACTING WITH TO PROVIDE SERVICES MAYBE TO THE DEPARTMENT ANALYSIS, ETC. BUT GIVEN THE INTENSE WORK THAT YOU ALL DO, TRYING TO GET MORE PEOPLE AND TO BE CHILDCARE PROVIDERS, IS THIS INCLUDING THE CHILDCARE PROVIDER POPULATION? >>YOU KNOW, I DO NOT THINK THIS IS INCLUDING THE CHILDCARE POPULATION. THIS IS REALLY FOR PURCHASING AND CONSULTING. >>OKAY. W DEAL I’M NOT SURE IF WE CONSIDER THE FOLKS THAT WE DO THAT ARE FUNDED THROUGH THE LEVY. THOSE ARE CATEGORICALLY DIFFERENT THAN CONTRACTING AND CONSULTING FIRMS. >>WITH YOU THINK OF CONTRACTING IN THE TRADITIONAL SENSE, IT WOULD BE DIRECT VERSES THE CONTRACTING THAT WE ENGAGE WITH, THE PROVIDERS, ETC. >>THE DELIVERY OF SERVICES TO OTHERS. >>EXACTLY, SO THIS IS NOT INCLUSIVE OF THOSE FOLKS? >>YES. >>OKAY, GOT IT. >>I THINK THESE NUMBERS WOULD LOOK DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT IF THAT WAS THE CASE BECAUSE I’VE SEEN THOSE NUMBERS ACTUALLY. >>YES, THEY WOULD. >>AND I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO STILL BE LOOKING AT THAT PARTICULAR CONSULTING NUMBER. WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH OUR FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION TEAM TO REALLY LOOK AT HOW WE CAN INCREASE OUR WMBE SPENDING TO THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE BECAUSE WE KNOW US BEING ABLE TO INFUSE THOSE RESOURCES BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY IS A REAL IMPORTANT PART OF THE EQUITY WORK THAT WE’RE DOING. >>AND JUST TO PUT A PIN IF THAT. THE QUESTION THAT YOU ASKED, COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA, IS AN IMPORTANT ONE. SOMETIMES FORGET THAT WE DON’T CREATE SPACE IN THIS COMMITTEE TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS, BUT THE INFORMATION LIVES IN MY HEAD AND YOUR HEAD AND WE SHARE IT WITH EACH OTHER AT THE LEVY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEETINGS. I KNOW WE JUST FINISHED UP OUR EVALUATION OVER THE LAST YEAR OF LEVY FUNDING UNDER THE FAMILIES AND EDUCATION LEVY PROGRAM, BUT I DO THINK IT WILL BE HELPFUL IN OUR SHARED INTEREST AROUND CHILDCARE PROVIDERS, CHILDCARE SERVICES, AND IF THAT SPACE IN GENERAL. I DO THINK IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO PERHAPS FIND THE TIME BEFORE WE GO TO RECESS TO SEE IF WE CAN GET A QUICK UPDATE FROM THE DEPARTMENT ON BOTH THE SPECIFIC QUESTION, ASKED BY COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA AROUND RACIAL AND ETHNIC REPRESENTATION IN TERMS OF OUR CHILDCARE WORK FORCE PROVIDERS THAT WE’RE CONTRACTING WITH, AND JUST SORT OF A GENERAL SENSE OF THIS STATE OF AFFAIRS IN TERMS OF OUR LAST YEAR OF FUNDING FOR THE LEVY. OF COURSE IT’S THE LAST YEAR OF THE FUNDING UNDER THAT LEVY, SO IT DOESN’T REFLECT THE NEW PROGRAMMING THAT WE’VE FUNDED. THAT INFORMATION WILL NOT COME OUT UNTIL NEXT YEAR, SEEING AROUND THE SAME TIMEFECTION YEAR. SO WE CAN AT LEAST SEE WHAT THE LAST PICTURE LOOKS LIKE UNDER THE LAST YEAR OF THE FORMER LEVY THAT MIGHT HELP US INFORM SOME OF OUR BUDGET CONVERSATIONS AND OTHER PRIORITIES AS WE HEAD INTO MONITORING OF THE FIRST YEAR OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LEVIES. SO I THINK THAT WOULD BE A HELPFUL EXERCISE AND WOULD WELCOME THAT CONVERSATION IF YOU’RE AGREEING TO THAT, COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA. >>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I APPRECIATE THE REQUEST FOR THE INFORMATION PRIOR TO RESOURCE. I AGREE THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO SEE VISUALLY FOR US AND FOR THE COMMUNITY. I ASK FOR A GEOGRAPHIC OVERLAY OF WHERE THE CHILDCARE PROVIDERS EXIST. I KNOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE STRUGGLED TO FIND CHILDCARE AND HAVING A GENERAL SENSE OF WHERE OUR CONTRACT PROVIDERS EXIST IS A MUCH MORE ACCURATE TOOL THAN PEOPLE GOING ONLINE TO GOOGLE MAPS AND TRYING TO PLUG IN INFORMATION WHERE WE COULD FIND QUALITY CHILDCARE, ESPECIALLY THE ONES ACCREDITED BY THE CITY. IF WE COULD OVERLAY THE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. >>THERE IS A BIG HOLE AT CITY HALL. FOG. >>IT HAPPENS TO BE VACANT. >>IT IS JUST SAD, IT’S EMPTY, WAITING FOR CHILDREN, THE JOY OF SOUND, CHILDCARE PROVIDERS. >>WAITING FOR THOSE KIDS. >>IT’S AMAZING. >>HARDER TO WORK. [ LAUGHTER ] >>OR EASIER TO WORK BECAUSE YOU ARE ALWAYS DOWNSTAIRS. >>VERY JOYFUL. >>WE COULD DO THIS ALL MORNING. [ LAUGHTER ] >>YES. >>ALSO JUST LOOKING AT THE GOALS WE HAD SET THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS THE GOALS WERE SET AT 50%. SO WE WANTED TO HAVE GOALS THAT WERE BASED ON ACTUAL NUMBERS AND REALISTIC MEASURES THAT WE THOUGHT WE COULD ACHIEVE. SO WE MAINTAINED OUR CONSULTING GOAL AT 50%, AND WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO WORK ON INCREASING. BUT THEN WE INCREASED OUR PURCHASING GOAL TO 65% TO SAY LET’S AT LEAST MAINTAIN THAT MOMENTUM, TRYING TO DO A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO OUR GOALS THERE. AND THEN IN TERMS OF AN ACTION PLAN ON HOW DO WE GET THERE. WE’RE LOOKING AT DOING A QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF OUR WMBE SPENDING. WE’RE ALSO LOOKING THROUGH OUR FINANCE TEAM THAT HAS BEEN GREAT ABOUT IDENTIFYING VENDORS WHO ARE NOT REGISTERED AS WMBE. ENCOURAGING THEM TO REGISTER AND THEN OFFERING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, AND ALSO TRAINING ON WMBE STAFF. >>THAT’S GREAT. NEXT SLIDE. >>NEXT, WE WILL TAKE A QUICK LITTLE DIVE, EXCUSE ME, INTO OUR RACE AND EQUITY TOOL KITS. SO THE FIRST ONE IS SEATTLE PROMISE. WHAT THE SEATTLE PROMISE RACE AND EQUITY TOOL KIT CONSISTED OF IS A DESIGN TEAM MEMBER, MEMBERS OF THE MAYOR’S OFFICE, DEEL, SOCR, SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND THE SUCCESS FOUNDATION. WE KNOW AFTER CONSULTING WITH SOCR AND THE DESIGN TEAM AND ALL OF OUR FOLKS THAT WERE INVOLVED, YOU KNOW, WE DETERMINED THAT WE WANTED TO DO A MORE THOROUGH VIEW WITH THE SEATTLE PROMISE. AS YOU KNOW WE DO BELIEVE IN LEADING OUR WORK WITHIN RACE AND EQUITY LENS. SO THE THOROUGH WAS GOING TO LOOK AT THE MULTIFACES, THAT WOULD BE TAKING PLACE THIS YEAR IN 2019. SO I WANTED TO SHARE JUST A BRIEF HIGH LEVEL OF THE SIX SPACES THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT. WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT FUNDING FOR PHASE I, PHASE II LOOKING AT ASSEMBLING RET AND A PLANNING TEAM. THAT’S PHASE II. PHASE III WE’LL DO A RET REFLECTION AND PHASE IV WE’LL BE LOOKING AT A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, THEN WE’RE GOING TO WRAP THIS UP WITH PHASES V AND VI, AN ANALYSIS AND SOME TYPE OF IMPLEMENTATION BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS. >>AND DIRECTOR CHAPPELLE, HAS THAT WORK STARTED ALREADY? >>WE’LL BE STARTING SOME TIME COMING UP SOON THIS YEAR. >>OKAY. >>I’VE ONLY GOT TWO YEARS LEFT IN MY TERM. I NEED THIS TO HAPPEN BEFORE THEN. >>THAT’S THE GOAL BEFORE THE END. SO THE NEXT RET WAS THE RFI AND RFP PROCESS. ULTIMATELY OUR GOAL FOR THIS IS TO UNDERSTAND AND JUST REDUCE RACE OR EQUITY BARRIERS TO ACCESSING OUR FUNDING IN DEEL. AND SO AS YOU’LL SEE THESE THREE KEYRECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE HAVE, THE SECOND RECOMMENDATION IS ALREADY COMPLETE. SO JUST SO YOU KNOW THIS PROCESS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING NOW AND IMPROVEMENTS THROUGH THE RFP AND RFI PROCESS IS BEING SEEN AS WE ARE DEVELOPING AND COMING UP ON THESE RFI AND RFP RELEASES. WE ANTICIPATE WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE THESE CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR PARTNERS TO INFORM THIS PROCESS. >>OKAY, SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE DID WANT TO TALK ABOUT WAS JUST OUR APPROACH TO RACIAL EQUITY TOOL KITS THAT WE REALLY WANT THEM TO BE MORE THAN A CHECKLIST. A LOT OF TIMES THEY CAN BE VIEWED AS JUST A SIMPLE CHECKLIST, SOMETHING THAT WE GO THROUGH SORT OF AN ANNUAL PROCESS, CITY DEPARTMENTS ARE ASKED TO DO FOUR PER YEAR, YOU KNOW, YOU DO YOUR FOUR RETs AND THEN IN DECEMBER 2018, START FRESH NEXT YEAR. SO WE’RE REALLY TRYING TO LOOK AT ACKNOWLEDGING THE REALITIES OF RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK AND TRYING TO BE A BIT MORE FLEXIBLE WITH OURSELVES, GIVING OURSELVES ROOM TO DO THE RETs THAT WE FEEL NEED TO HAPPEN AS THE ISSUES COME UP. SO A COUPLE OF THINGS WE DID THAT I THINK STARTED TO INITIATE WHAT WE ARE CALLING RET-LEVEL THINKING, WE DID A DEPARTMENT WIDE RET TRAINING, SO WE ACTUALLY HAD STAFF FROM SOCR COME TO OUR DEPARTMENT AND DO GROUP TRAINING WITH US SPECIFICALLY AROUND THAT. ONE THING THAT WAS REALLY GREAT ABOUT THAT, IT REALLY INSPIRED SOME STAFF TO LEAD THEIR OWN RET EFFORTS AND TAKE DEEPER TRAINING ON IT. SO THAT WAS SOMETHING REALLY EXCITING. AFTER THOSE TRAININGS I HAD AT LEAST FOUR DIFFERENT STAFF COME UP SAYING I’M INTERESTED N LEADING A RET, WHAT CAN I DO? PEOPLE THAT HADN’T ENGAGED IN THAT WORK BEFORE AND THEY HAVE WAYS TO LOOK AT THEIR WORK FROM A RACIAL EQUITY ANALYSIS. SO THAT WAS REALLY EXCITING. ONE OF THE THINGS WE ALSO DID, WE REVISITED A RET WE DID IN 2017 ON HIRING PRACTICES. SO WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WHEN WE DO A RET, IT DOESN’T BECOME A SET IT AND DID IT. WE DID IT AND GOOD FOR US. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE IMPLEMENTED THOSE PRACTICES, SO WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE CHANGE TEAM AND THE EXECUTIVE TEAM TO ACTUALLY IMPLEMENT THE REGIESES THAT CAME OUT OF OUR HIRING RET, WORKING WITH THE WORK MANAGERS AND JUST MAKING SURE WE COULD START TO IMPLEMENT THOSE. SO THAT’S BEEN PRETTY EXCITING WORK. AND THEN EVEN WORKING BEYOND OUR OWN CITY DEPARTMENT, ONE GREAT EXAMPLE OF CITY COLLABORATION IS STAFF SUPPORTED A KING COUNTY RACIAL EQUITY TOOL KIT, ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW WE DON’T NECESSARILY DO THE WORK WITHIN OUR OWN SPACES, BUT WE RELY ON PARTNERSHIP AND COLLABORATION. NEXT SLIDE FOR 2019 AND BEYOND. SO WE DID SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT RATHER THAN SAYING WE’RE GOING TO DO THE FOUR RETs IN ONE WITH CALENDAR YEAR. WE WROTE THESE FIVE RETs INTO THE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN TO SAY THESE WERE FIVE RETs WE KNEW HAD TO HAPPEN. SO YOU CAN SEE THESE ARE SOME PRETTY BIG AREAS THAT ARE PRETTY CRITICAL TO OUR COMMUNITY. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE TOOK THE TIME TO DO THEM RIGHT, SO THEY’RE NOT STARTED ON THE CAR DOOR YEAR, THEY MIGHT TAKE ONE TO THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE. AND SO THAT WAS KIND OF WORKING WITH SOCR TO COME UP WITH THAT PLAN. ADD NEW RETs AS ISSUES COME UP OR AS STAFF IS LOOKING AT THE WORK SAYING THIS NEEDS TO BE ANALYZED DEEPER. >>THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS COMMENDABLE FOR DEEL IS THAT YOU ALL REALLY — IN TERMS OF THE WORK YOU DO, THERE IS ENOUGH FLEXIBILITY BUILT INTO THIS PROGRAMMING THAT’LL ALLOW, SORT OF FOSTERS THAT ADDITIONAL CREATIVITY AND ALLOWS US TO SORT OF COURSE CORRECT WHEN WE NEED T. TO. AND ALSO, YOU KNOW, CONTINUE TO DO MORE OF THE COOL STUFF THAT IS EMERGING OR A PROMISING PRACTICE. SO REALLY APPRECIATE THE THOUGHTFULNESS AROUND INSTEAD OF CREATING THE CHECKLIST OF WE’RE GOING TO DO THESE IN ONE YEAR AND TAKE THE MUCH MORE PHASED APPROACH AND A REALISTIC APPROACH TO THE FACT THAT DOING RACISM WILL CERTAINLY TAKE MORE THAN A YEAR. >>THE CALENDAR YEAR? >>YEAH. >>THANK YOU FOR THAT FEEDBACK. THAT’S DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN IMPORTANT TO US, SO THANK YOU. >>COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA? >>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AS I THINK ABOUT THE USE OF THE RACIAL EQUITY TOOL KIT, I KNOW THAT YOU USE IT INTERNALLY TO EVALUATE YOUR CURRENT PRACTICES AND HOW YOUR STAFF WILL ALIGN WITH PRIORITIES AND THE VISION MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT. AND ALSO I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU USE IT FOR ANALYZING THE SERVICES THAT YOU PROVIDE OR THE CONTRACTORS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE TO OUR COMMUNITY. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR MORE ABOUT IS HOW YOU USE THE RACIAL EQUITY TOOL KIT TO ANALYZE PROPOSALS THAT COME TO YOU. SO LET’S SAY CITY COUNCIL, FOR EXAMPLE, SENT A REQUEST TO YOU TO OPEN UP A CHILDCARE FACILITY ON SITE. HOW DOES THE ANALYSIS OF A REQUEST THAT’S COMING TO YOU GET ANALYZED, SO THAT POTENTIALLY IT GETS PRIORITY IF IT SCORES HIGH ON NEEDING RACIAL EQUITY GOALS. IS THAT SOMETHING WE CURRENTLY DO EITHER FROM EXTERNAL PARTNERS ASKING SOMETHING OF THE DEPARTMENT OR WHEN THE CITY PROVIDES FUNDING FOR CERTAIN PROGRAMS, SO THAT IT CAN BE EXPEDITED OR INITIATED WITHOUT DELAY. IF NOT THAT WOULD BE A REAL EXCELLENT WAY TO USE THE TOOL KITS, SO WE CAN PRIORITIZE AND PUT TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN ON THE BACK BURNER AND SHELVED FOR VARIOUS REASONS IN THE PAST. WITH THE USE OF THE TOOL KIT IT COULD BE POTENTIALLY ADVANCED. IS THAT A WAY IN WHICH TO USE IT NOW? >>THAT’S A GREAT RECOMMENDATION. WE DO NOT CURRENTLY OPERATE THAT WAY. BUT THAT IS A GREAT RECOMMENDATION. WE CAN TAKE IT BACK AND LOOK TO SEE HOW TO EMBED THAT IN OUR DECISION MAKING PROCESS FOR REQUESTS TO COME IN. THANK YOU FOR THAT. >>THANK YOU. >>I WOULD SAY ON THE FUTURE RETs FOR 2019, 2021, SEVERAL OF THOSE WERE GENERATED BY THE CITY COUNCIL, WHICH ARE NOW GOING TO BE SUBJECT TO RETs, WHICH I APPRECIATE. SO I THINK, YOU KNOW, I THINK, I DON’T THINK IT’S AS INTENTIONAL OR SORT OF SYSTEMIC AS YOUR QUESTION POSES. I DO THINK THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO THINK A LITTLE BIT MORE INTENTIONALLY ABOUT HOW TO DO THAT. THIS CAME ABOUT ORGANICALLY FOR OUTSTANDING PROGRAMS. >>YES. >>THANK YOU. >>IN CLOSING WE REALLY WANTED TO JUST THANK ALL OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS, OUR CHANGE TEAM MEMBERS, OUR FORMER CHANGE TEAM MEMBERS, DEEL STAFF WHO ARE COMMITTED TO ADVANCING RACIAL EQUITY. I WANT TO THANK OCR AND OUR LIAISONS AND OTHER CITY DEPARTMENT CHANGE TEAM FOR THIS WORK ON THE SUPPORT THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING WITH DEAL. I REALLY WANT TO THANK THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS, ACTIVISTS, AND ORGANIZERS WHO HAVE REALLY BUILT THE FOUNDATIONFOR THIS WORK AND CONTINUING TO LEAD THIS WORK. BUT YOU KNOW SPECIFICALLY SPECIAL THANKS TO LIKE MICHELLE AND GOING BACK TO THE DEEL STAFF THAT REALLY LEAD THIS WORK DAY IN AND DAY OUT THAT MAKE THE GREAT RECOMMENDATIONS THAT I GET TO COME UP HERE AND TALK ABOUT. A LOT OF THESE GREAT THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING. MOST OF THEM WOULD COME FROM OUR STAFF WHO ARE EMBEDDED IN THE WORK DAY-TO-DAY. AND IT IS REALLY APPRECIATIVE TO HAVE SUCH OUTSTANDING FOLKS AROUND THE TABLE. COMMITTED TO SEATTLE, COMMITTED TO OUR KIDS, AND SEEING EQUITY INVOLVED AND BRAIDED THROUGH EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO. THANK YOU, BUT I’M SURE YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY TOO. >>YES, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ECHO THAT. THANK YOU FOR EVERYBODY WHO PARTICIPATES IN THIS WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT ANTI-RACISM WORK. WE ARE ASKED TO BE VERY VULNERABLE. WE ARE ASKED TO CHALLENGE LAWN, HEALTH, INSTITUTIONAL NORMS, EXPOSING OURSELVES TO NEW TRAUMA WITHOUT REALIZING THAT’S HAPPENING. REALLY UNDERSTANDING THAT NOBODY DOES THIS WORK ALONE. IT’S A VAST NETWORK OF SUPPORT BOTH INSIDE THE CITY AND OUTSIDE THE CITY THAT SUPPORT IT. AND WE ARE JUST REALLY GRATEFUL FOR EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATES IN THAT. >>THAT’S GREAT. >>BUT AS YOU ALL NOTED, THIS WORK IS VERY, VERY HARD AND COULD BE MENTALLY TAXING. SO AGAIN JUST THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT IS STICKING THROUGH THIS PROCESS. AT TIMES, IT’S REALLY MENTALLY DRAINING SOMETIMES. >>YEAH. AND CERTAINLY THE WORK THAT SO MANY OF US DO IN AN INSTITUTION LIKE THE CITY OF SEATTLE THAT IS REALLY COMMITTED TO UNDOING INSTITUTIONAL RACISM AND RACISM. IT IS REALLY PROFOUND AND COULD BE REALLY HEAVY, AND I THINK THERE’S SO MANY PUBLIC SERVANTS HERE IN THE CITY THAT ARE DEDICATED TO THAT GOAL AND THAT MISSION AROUND RSJI AND APPRECIATE THE ONGOING EFFORTS AND THE SPACE TO HELP US SERVE OUR COMMUNITY IN A MUCH MORE JUST WAY. REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT WORK. I CAN’T THINK OF A MORE IMPORTANT SPACE TO DO THAT WORK THAN AN EDUCATION. WE KNOW THAT EDUCATION IS, YOU KNOW, I DON’T EVEN LIKE SAYING IT, BUT IT CREATES A LEVEL OF PLAYING FIELD, BUT IT DOESN’T. IT ACTUALLY SORT OF UNDOES AND TIPS THE BALANCE FOR EQUITIES AND PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT HAVE BEEN INTENTIONALLY SYSTEMATICALLY, SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN AMERICA LEFT OUT. AND SO IT’S MORE THAN JUST EQUALIZING. IT IS, YOU KNOW, PUTTING US ON A BETTER TRAJECTORY TO BREAK THE CYCLES OF POVERTY AND TO FULFILL OUR POTENTIAL IN SOCIETY. SO REALLY WANT TO APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING EVERY DAY IN THE EARLY LEARNING AND EDUCATION SPACE, SO SUPER IMPORTANT. I’M A HUGE BELIEVER IN YOU ALL, AND A BIG CHAMPION OF THIS ISSUE AS YOU KNOW. WE’LL CONTINUE TO BE AN ALLY AND A SUPPORTER IN THE WORK YOU’RE DOING. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR ONGOING PARTNERSHIP ON ALL AREAS OF WORK, BUT IN PARTICULAR IN THIS SPACE, SO THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>FANYTHING ELSE? GREAT. SO YOUTH LAST AGENDA ITEM, SO THERE IS NO FURTHER BUSINESS BEFORE THE COMMITTEE, SO WE ARE ADJOURNED. THANK YOU.

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