Seattle City Council Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans & Education Committee 7/10/19


>>>GOOD MORNING. TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019, AND IT IS 9:30 A.M. THIS IS OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE GENDER EQUITY SAFE COMMUNITIES, NEW AMERICANS, AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE. I’M COUNCIL MEMBER LORENA GONZALEZ, CHAIR OF THIS COMMITTEE. JOINING ME AT THE TABLE IS MY COLLEAGUE AND VICE CHAIR COUNCIL MEMBER TERESA MOSQUEDA. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. IF THERE IS NO OBJECTION, THE AGENDA FOR TODAY’S MEETING WILL BE ADOPTED. SEEING NO OBJECTION, TODAY’S AGENDA IS ADOPTED. THERE ARE TWO ITEMS ON TODAY’S AGENDA. FIRST WE’RE GOING TO RECEIVE A PRESENTATION FROM THE OFFICE OF IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE AFFAIRS REGARDING CHALLENGES TO CITIZENSHIP PARTICULARLY AS IT RELATES TO HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS UNDERMINING THE CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS. THEN WE WILL RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON THE EMPHASIS PATROL PROGRAM FROM VARIOUS CITY DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING THE MAYOR’S OFFICE, SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, SEATTLE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS, THE SEATTLE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND SEATTLE PARKS AND RECREATION. SO BEFORE WE GO AHEAD AND BEGIN THE ITEMS OF BUSINESS ON OUR AGENDA, WE WILL HOLD OUR REGULAR PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD, SO THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO JOIN US IN COMMITTEE TO GIVE US PUBLIC TESTIMONY FOR UP TO TWO MINUTES ON ITEMS ON THE AGENDA FOR TODAY’S COMMITTEE. NOBODY HAS SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS TODAY. SO WE WILL NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM FOLKS. IS THERE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WHO WANTED TO SIGN UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT, BUT DIDN’T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO? OKAY SEEING NO ONE. WE WILL GO AHEAD AND CLOSE OUT PUBLIC COMMENT. JUST FOR PURPOSES OF FOLKS IN ATTENDANCE HERE AT THE COMMITTEE TABLE AND FOR THOSE IN THE AUDIENCE AND WATCHING, I’M GOING TO ASK THAT FOLKS SPEAK SLOWLY AT THE COMMITTEE TABLE BECAUSE WE HAVE VISITORS FROM BELARUS IN THE AUDIENCE. SO WELCOME TO ALL OF YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY. IT’S GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE. AND WE DO HAVE LIVE TRANSLATION HAPPENING IN THE AUDIENCE, AND SO TO ALLOW THAT SPONTANEOUS INTERPRETATION TO OCCUR LIVE I’M JUST GOING TO ASK US ALL TO SLOW OUR SPEECH DOWN. I THINK THAT’LL BE PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT FOR YOU AND I. COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA, WE ARE FAST TALKERS. BUT I’M SO EXCITED TO HAVE YOU ALL JOIN US TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HOW HERE AT THE CITY OF SEATTLE, AT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEVEL WE ENGAGE IN DEMOCRACY AND DO THE PEOPLES’ BUSINESS IN A VERY OPEN AND TRANSPARENT WAY. WE ACTUALLY HAVE SEVERAL MEDIA OUTLETS IN THE AUDIENCE TODAY. I KNOW SEVERAL OF YOU ARE JOURNALISTS FROM BELARUS. SO REALLY EXCITED TO HAVE YOU ALL JOIN US AND LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING YOU OBSERVE OUR BUSINESS TODAY. WE HAVE A REALLY EXCITING AGENDA, AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO DIGGING INTO IT, AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE A PRODUCTIVE SESSION FOR ALL OF US. GREAT. OKAY. ROXANNA WHY DON’T YOU GO AHEAD AND READ THE FIRST AGENDA ITEM INTO THE RECORD, AND WHILE YOU DO THAT I WOULD INVITE PRESENTERS FOR AGENDA ITEM ONE TO JOIN US AT THE TABLE. >>AGENDA ITEM ONE, CHALLENGES TO CITIZENSHIP PRESENTATION FOR BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION. >>GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL MEMBERS. >>GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. SO YOU WERE ALL IN THE AUDIENCE WHEN I WAS ASKING FOLKS SLOW THEIR SPEECH DOWN A LITTLE BIT TO ALLOW THE TRANSLATOR SOME GRACE TO CATCH UP WITH TRANSLATING WHAT WE’RE SAYING. SO IF YOU COULD PLEASE HEAVE THAT, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. I KNOW SEVERAL OF YOU ARE ALSO FAST TALKERS, PLEASE. AND SO LET’S DO A ROUND OF INTRODUCTIONS, THEN I’LL GO AHEAD AND HAND IT OVER TO YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION. >>I’M CUC VU. I’M CUC VU, I’M THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE AFFAIRS. >>HELLO, I’M CHRISTINA GUROS, I’M A CITIZENSHIP POLICY PROGRAM SPECIALIST. >>MEGHAN KELLY-STALLINGS, CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM AND POLICY SPECIALIST. >>GREAT. SO WE THOUGHT A GOOD PLACE TO START WAS JUST TO DESCRIBE WHY WE DO NATURALIZATION IN THE CITY. IT’S BEEN A LONG PROGRAM. WHY WE’RE HERE TODAY FOR FOLKS IN THE AUDIENCE WHO HAVE LESS CONTEXT AND FAMILIARITY WITH THE ISSUES, NATURALIZATION IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT HAPPENS IN AN IMMIGRANT’S LIFE THAT YOU WILL REMEMBER FOREVER. AND FOR ME I REMEMBER WHEN I APPLIED TO BECOME A CITIZEN, THIS WAS BACK IN THE 90s WHEN IT WAS ONLY $90 TO APPLY. I WAS A GRADUATE STUDENT IN NEW YORK CITY AND FLEW HOME TO SEATTLE. ON THE DAY OF MY SWEARING IN CEREMONY, AT THAT TIME IT WAS STILL INS, IMMIGRATION NATURALIZATION SERVICE. I WROTE THEM A LETTER WITH MY APPLICATION AND SAID PLEASE CAN YOU SCHEDULE THIS DURING MY WINTER BREAK BECAUSE I CAN’T AFFORD TO TRAVEL BACK AS A GRADUATE STUDENT AND THEY DID. AND IT FELT LIKE WOW. SOMEBODY IS REALLY LISTENING TO ME. THAT’S FEELING LESS AND LESS THE CASE THESE DAYS. THE NATURALIZATION CEREMONY WAS HAPPENING TO BE THE SAME DAY THE GOVERNMENT CLOSED IN HONOR OF RICHARD NIXON’S DEATH. I THOUGHT HOW IRONIC. I’M ACTUALLY HERE IN THIS COUNTRY PARTLY BECAUSE OF HIM. AND IT WOULD BE TRAGIC IF I COULD NOT TAKE MY OATH CEREMONY ALSO TODAY BECAUSE OF HIM. BUT IT TURNED OUT THE GOVERNMENT WAS CLOSED, BUT THE OATH CEREMONY APPOINTMENTS WERE THE ONLY THINGS THAT WERE HAPPENING THAT DAY. WHAT WOULD NORMALLY BE A VERY LONG DAY I WAS IN AND OUT IN 20 MINUTES. THANKS TO RICHARD NIXON IN DIFFERENT WAYS. I’M HERE AND IT WAS A VERY EFFICIENT PROCESS. SO A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN. WE WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT SOME OF THOSE CHANGES HAVE TAKEN PLACE. NOT ONLY FROM THE TIME THAT I DID IT, WHICH WAS PREDATED THE CREATION OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND INFORMATION SERVICE. AS YOU RECALL THERE WERE THREE NEW AGENCIES CREATED UNDER DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AS A RESULT OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT IN 2003. AND THAT WAS A REACTION TO THETRAGEDIES OF 9/11. SO THE FUNCTIONS OF WITH A WAS INS NOW GOT TRANSFERRED TO UCIS. SINCE THAT TIME THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF — THE MISSION STATEMENT WAS LARGELY SEEN. WHO MADE THOSE CHANGES. BUT TODAY UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP USCIS MISSION HAS CHANGED. SO WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE TO START TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHAT USCIS WAS CREATED TO DO IN ITS MISSION STATEMENT AND NOW WHAT IT HAS PIVOTED TOWARDS. SO PRIOR TO TRUMP USCIS FOCUSED ON SERVICES AND BENEFITS. FROM ITS MISSION STATEMENT AS YOU CAN SEE HERE IN THE TEXT THAT’S HIGHLIGHTED IN RED, IT’S TO SECURE AMERICA’S PROMISE AS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS, SO ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF OUR HISTORY AND THE FUNCTION OF GRANTING IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP BENEFITS, PROMOTING AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF CITIZENSHIP. AND TODAY AMONG THE MANY THINGS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DONE INCLUDING THOSE EARLY EXECUTIVE ORDERS IN 2017, VERY EARLY ON CAST, HIS INTENTION TO BEEF UP ENFORCEMENT, SOME OF THAT THEN CASCADED NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF MORE BORDER SECURITY AGENTS, A HEIGHTENED FOCUS NOW ON INTERIOR ENFORCEMENT. BUT ALSO SHIFTING USCIS. AND SO YOU SEE SOMETHING ABOUT LANGUAGE REFLECTED. THEY TOOK OUT THAT MENTION OF THE U.S. AS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS. IT NO LONGER EXISTS AT USCIS, THE MISSION STATEMENT. AND RATHER MOST OF THE LANGUAGE NOW HAS BEEN CHANGED AND IT TALKS ABOUT ADJUDICATING REQUESTS WHILE PROTECTING AMERICANS, SECURING THE HOMELAND. SO VERY MUCH TOWARDS AN ENFORCEMENT FRAMEWORK. THAT’S WHERE OUR STORY BEGINS. WE’RE GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO MEGHAN AND CHRISTINA TO GIVE YOU MORE DETAILS ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED BOTH IN POLICY AND IN PRACTICE OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. >>SO FIRST OF ALL JUST A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF WHAT OUR OFFICE DOES AS IT RELATES TO CITIZENSHIP. THE NEW CITIZEN CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED IN 2016 AS AN EFFORT TO REALLY INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SEATTLE AREA LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENTS WHO SEEK NATURALIZATION. THE CAMPAIGN SURROUNDS OUTREACH AND EDUCATION, BUT ALSO A LOT OF THE FOCUS HAS BEEN ON GROUP PROCESSING EVENTS WHERE VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS ASSIST APPLICANTS IN APPLYING FOR THE CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION. SO AS YOU MAY RECALL WE HAD A SERIES OF VERY LARGE EVENTS, OUR WORKSHOPS WHERE WE ASSISTED ANYWHERE FROM 200 PEOPLE IN ONE DAY ALL THE WAY UP TO A THOUSAND PARTICIPANTS IN ONE DAY. THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A BIT OF A SHIFT IN 2019. WE’VE ONLY DONE CITIZENSHIP CLINICS AS WE CALL THEM. AND THESE ARE SMALLER EVENTS THAT ARE FOCUSED ON SERVING ONLY 25 TO 50 APPLICANTS IN A DAY. WE OFFER THESE MONTHLY DURING NON-PROFIT PARTNERS. IT’S BEEN A BIT OF A SHIFT ON OUR END IN TERMS OF LARGE FLASHY EVENTS, NOW FOCUSING IF ON SMALLER SETTINGS, WHERE PEOPLE COULD GET A LOT OF ONE- ON-ONE ATTENTION AND THROUGH A COLLABORATION OF NON-PROFIT PARTNERS. >>OUR OTHER CITIZENSHIP ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IS THE NEW CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM. AND NEW CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM HAS BEEN AROUND FOR OVER 20 YEARS. IT WAS FORMALLY HOUSED IN THE HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND CAME OVER TO 2015. IT’S 12 LOCAL PARTNER AGENCIES WHO PROVIDE CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES FROM CLIENTS FROM, YOU KNOW, INTAKE SCREENING, UNTIL USUALLY THE DAY THEY TAKE THE OATH CEREMONY. >>CAN YOU GET THE MICROPHONE CLOSER TO YOU? YOU CAN PULL IT CLOSER TO YOU, SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO STRETCH MUCH. >>KITES RECEIVED LEGAL REPRESENTATION IN CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES INCLUDING PREPARATION FOR THE CITIZENSHIP TEST AND IN MANY CASES THE REPRESENTATIVE ATTENDS THE CITIZENSHIP INTERVIEW WITH THEM. MANY CLIENTS HAVE DISABILITIES THAT PREVENT THEM FROM BECOMING ENGLISH PERSISTENT AND PASSING THE ENGLISH PROGRAM. THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO BECOME CITIZENS. SEATTLE INVESTS MORE THAN $1 MILLION A YEAR IN CITIZENSHIP. AND THAT REPRESENTS ONE OF THE LARGEST MUNICIPAL INVESTMENTS IN CITIZENSHIP ANYWHERE IN THE NATION. >>WE WORK BOTH WITH THE CITIZENSHIP CAMPAIGN AND THE NEW CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM. WE WORK WITH 20 LOCAL PARTNER AGENCIES. MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN OUR PARTNERS FOR WELL OVER A DECADE. SOME SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM IN 1998. OKAY. ONE OF THE THINGS WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT TODAY IS THE CHANGES THAT HAVE AFFECTED THE CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS SINCE TRUMP CAME IN TO OFFICE. A FEW OF THEM ARE CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED FROM THE POLICY LEVELS, SO COMING DOWN FROM USCIS LEADERSHIP. THESE HAVE ALREADY BEEN IMPLEMENTED. THESE CHANGES TO KIND OF SUM THEM UP, THEY GREATLY INCREASED THE RISK OF APPLYING FOR CITIZENSHIP. PREVIOUSLY IF SOMEONE APPLIED FOR CITIZENSHIP, DIDN’T MEET, YOU KNOW, THE REQUIREMENT OR MAYBE DIDN’T PASS THE EXAM DURING THEIR INTERVIEW, THEY COULD BE REJECTED OR MAYBE THEY WOULD APPLY AGAIN A FEW YEARS LATER. BUT THE ACTUAL RISK OF THEM APPLYING WAS FAIRLY MINIMAL. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALLY USCIS POLICY, NOW IF THE DENIAL OF THEIR CASE REVEALS ANY POTENTIAL GROUNDS OF REMOVAL, THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOW ISSUE WHAT’S CALLED A NOTICE TO APPEAR THAT BASICALLY ENTERS THEM INTO REMOVAL PROCEEDINGS. THAT WAS NOT PREVIOUSLY A POLICY. THAT RAISES THE STAKES A LOT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE APPLYING BECAUSE BEFORE, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS SOME RISK TO NOT SUCCEEDING YOU COULD SAY, BUT THE RISKS WEREN’T NEARLY AS SIGNIFICANT IN TERMS OF POTENTIAL REMOVAL. THERE ARE SEVERAL POTENTIAL CHANGES THAT ARE BEING MADE THROUGH THE ADMINISTRATIVE REALM. CHRISTINA WILL SPEAK MORE ABOUT THIS IN A LITTLE WHILE, BUT TO DATE OUR OFFICE HAS SUBMITTED EIGHT PUBLIC COMMENTS RELATED TO ADMINISTRATIVE, PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE RULE CHANGES THAT WOULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT IMMIGRANTS. SO YOU’LL SEE THESE ARE, YOU KNOW, APPEAR TO BE CHANGES TO FORMS RELATED TO THE CITIZENSHIP PROCESS. BUT THESE ARE ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES THAT HAVE A MAJOR AFFECT. THESE CHANGES MAKE THE FORMS MORE COMPLEX, THEY MAKE THE PROCESS HARDER FOR BOTH APPLICANTS AND THEIR LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES. SOME OF THESE CHANGES, ESPECIALLY THOSE RELATED TO PUBLIC CHARGE AND AGAIN PUBLIC CHARGE IS A DESIGNATION THAT IMMIGRATION MAKES THAT WILL DETERMINE CERTAIN PEOPLE WHO RECEIVE BENEFITS. THEY ARE DEPENDENT ON THOSE BENEFITS AND THEREFORE MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF IMMIGRATION STATUS. THOSE PROPOSED CHANGES HAVE HAD A REAL CHILLING EFFECT. THEY’VE AFFECTED IMMIGRANTS ABILITY TO MOVE HEALTHY LIVES BECAUSE THEY CHOOSE TO DISENROLL FROM BENEFITS THAT THEY MAY NEED AND, YOU KNOW, ARE ELIGIBLE FOR. OUR PARTNERS, OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS HAVE ASKED US TO BE INVOLVED IN PUSHING BACK ON THE RULE CHANGES TO ADVOCATE FOR THESE CHANGES THAT WILL MAKE THEIR WORK HARDER AND THEY ARE ALREADY SEEING IF MAKING THINGS MORE, YOU KNOW, MAKING THEIR CLIENTS MORE FEARFUL AND NERVOUS ABOUT ENTERING THE CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS. >>COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA? >>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING US UNDERSTAND THE WAY THAT THESE POLICY CHANGES, EVEN THE PROPOSED ONCE, HAVE HAD A REAL IMPACT ON WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE ARE APPLYING FOR SERVICES THAT THEY’RE ELIGIBLE FOR. WE HEAR ABOUT THAT HAPPENING HERE AS IT RELATES TO ELIGIBILITY FOR HEALTH CARE, EVEN HEALTH CARE THAT UNDOCUMENTED KIDDOS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR. OBVIOUSLY LAWFULLY PERMANENT RESIDENTS AS WELL ARE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION. WONDERING WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. YOU SAY THE ADVOCATES HAVE ASKED YOU TO WEIGH IN. WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? WHAT’S THE CURRENT STATUS. HOW CAN WE HELP? ARE THERE ISSUES THAT YOU’RE ALSO HELPING WITH AT THE STATE LEVEL TO TRY TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE DO KNOW THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES, RIGHTS TO APPLY FOR STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS AS WELL. >>I CAN SPEAK TO THAT BRIEFLY, BUT I KNOW DSHS, THEIR OFFICE OF REFUGEE IMMIGRATION ASSISTANCE WHO WE PARTNER WITH ON THE NEW CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM. THAT THEY REMAIN ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS. THAT CHANGES HAVE NOT TAKEN EFFECT YET. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED. THERE IS SO MUCH CONCERN AND SO MUCH FEAR AROUND IT. THEY TRY TO SHARE INFORMATION THAT’S ACCURATE AND DISPELLED RUMORS FOR THAT. FROM OUR PROVIDERS, WE HEAR THAT PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO BE ON PUBLIC BENEFITS. THEY ARE NERVOUS THAT BEING ON PUBLIC BENEFITS WILL PREVENT THEM FROM BECOMING A CITIZEN, WHICH IS NOT THE CASE AT ALL. BUT IN A POSITION WHERE THEY MAKE REALLY HARD CHOICES ABOUT WHETHER THEY STAY ON PUBLIC BENEFITS VERSES PURSUE IMMIGRATION BENEFITS AND THAT IS SO UNFORTUNATE THAT THAT IS OUT THERE. >>I WOULD JUST ADD THAT IT IS A BIT DIFFICULT IN OUR OFFICE TO CREATE SOME KIND OF A CAMPAIGN OR PUBLIC EDUCATION OR AWARENESS CAMPAIGN SURROUNDING PUBLIC CHARGE SPECIFICALLY. AND PEOPLE APPLYING FOR U.S. CITIZENSHIP, THERE ARE POTENTIAL RISKS TO RECEIVING PUBLIC BENEFITS. IF THEY’RE APPLYING FOR A FAMILY MEMBER ABROAD, THEY’RE PUBLIC BENEFITS ARE BEING CONSIDERED CURRENTLY. A VERY COMPLEX ISSUES IN TERMS OF SPREADING AWARENESS BECAUSE IT’S REALLY AN INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION THAT NEEDS TO BE HAD WITH A LEGAL PROFESSIONAL TO DETERMINE WHETHER THAT PERSON REALLY SHOULD BE RECEIVING PUBLIC BENEFITS. EVEN NOW THE PUBLIC CHARGE THAT’S LISTED ON THE PREVIOUS CHART, THAT POLICY HAS NOT TAKEN EFFECT. THERE IS A FOREIGN AFFAIRS MANUAL POLICY THAT’S ALREADY IN PLACE. SO SOME OF THESE THINGS, THE REASON WHY WE LISTED REALLY LONG LISTS OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE CHANGES, IT’S VERY COMPLEX TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THESE THINGS. AND THERE IS NO EASY ANSWER. SO WE WOULD LOVE TO DO A PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AND LET PEOPLE KNOW IT IS OKAY TO STAY ENROLLED IN BENEFITS. FOR SOME PEOPLE IT’S NOT GREAT RIGHT NOW. SO WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT HOW WE SPREAD THE MESSAGE THAT YES IT IS OKAY FOR THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE APPLYING FOR CITIZENSHIP. BUT THERE’S A SMALL CAVEAT. >>OKAY, GREAT. >>AND SO ONE OF THE THINGS, IN ADDITION TO THE NATIONAL POLICY CHANGES, WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF CHANGES THAT ARE LOCAL OFFICES IN TERMS OF HOW USCIS OFFICERS ARE ADJUDICATING PIECES. ONE OF THE BIGGEST LOCAL IMPACTS THAT WE SEE IS ALSO A NATIONAL ISSUE AND SOMETHING THE COUNCIL HAS TAKEN ACTION ON, SOMETHING WE CALL THE SECOND WALL. LAST SUMMER YOU ALL PASSED A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE EFFORT TO BRING DOWN THE SECOND WALL AS WE CALL IT, WHICH IS A BACKLOG OF CASES. SPECIFICALLY FOR CITIZENSHIP, BUT REALLY FOR ALL TYPES OF IMMIGRATION BENEFITS. THIS BACKLOG CURRENTLY IN SEATTLE IS OVER 16 MONTHS, SO THAT MEANS IN THE PAST SOMEBODY MIGHT APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP AND RECEIVE THEIR INTERVIEW WITHIN THREE TO FOUR MONTHS. NOW THE MINIMUM IS 16 MONTHS. SO THIS IS A REAL DETERRENT FOR PEOPLE AS THEY ARE DECIDING ON WHETHER TO APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP. I WON’T GO INTO ALL THE ITEMS LISTED THERE, BUT SUFFICE TO SAY THE DIFFERENT WAYS THAT THE OFFICERS ARE HANDLING CASES IN THE OFFICE HAS ALSO EXTENDED THE TIME NECESSARY TO GO THROUGH THE INTERVIEW, ASKING EVERY SINGLE QUESTION ON THE 20- PAGE FORM, WHICH USED TO NOT BE THE CASE. THEY ARE INTERVIEWING CASES THEY NEVER INTERVIEWED FOR, TAKING AWAY THE TIME THEY SHOULD BE INTERVIEWING FOR CITIZENSHIP APPLICATIONS. ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT CHANGES THAT WE’VE SEEN JUST RECENTLY AND WILL BE IMPLEMENTED NEXT WEEK IS THAT THE SEATTLE OFFICE IS NOW SENDING CASES FROM THE SEATTLE AREA TO PORTLAND AND YAKIMA FOR THEIR INTERVIEWS. SO OUR NON-PROFIT PARTNERS RIGHT NOW ARE BASICALLY IN A PANIC TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THEIR CLIENTS WHO ARE ELDERLY, WHO ARE OFTENTIMES DISABLED, WHO DON’T OWN A CAR, HOW WILL THEY GET TO PORTLAND FOR A 7:30 A.M. INTERVIEW? AND HOW WILL THEY ACCOMPANY THEM FOR THAT INTERVIEW WHEN THEY HAVE 12 OTHER CASES THAT ARE HAVING INTERVIEWS THAT SAME DAY? BOTH IN SEATTLE AND PORTLAND. SO THIS IS A BIG CHANGE WE’VE SEEN RECENTLY AND ARE TRYING TO SCRAMBLE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT, BUT THIS IS THE TYPE OF EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE’RE SEEING PRETTY MUCH ON A REGULAR BASIS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. >>AND THESE ARE PROCEDURE AND POLICY CHANGES THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO CREATE A DISINCENTIVE FOR PEOPLE TO WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS. >>I WOULD SAY DISINCENTIVE OR HARDSHIP. >>IF IT’S A HARDSHIP, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF INCENTIVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS. >>USCIS MESSAGING AROUND THE CHANGE OF VENUE FOR THE INTERVIEWS, THEY’RE TRYING TO LOWER THE BACKLOG BECAUSE THERE IS LESS OF A BACKLOG IN YAKIMA AND PORTLAND, BUT WE DON’T SEE IT THAT WAY. WE SEE IT AS THE POTENTIAL THAT YEAH IT MIGHT DECREASE THE BACKLOG BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE WILL BE UNABLE TO ATTEND AND THEY WILL BE DENIED. THEY ARE UNABLE TO GIVE US ANY SPECIFICS ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO THESE DIFFERENT OFFICES, HOW LONG THIS POLICY WILL BE IN PLACE, ETC. >>SO HAVE YOU ALL GIVEN ANY THOUGHT TO HOW THE CITY OF SEATTLE MIGHT BE ABLE TO SUPPORT AN EFFORT TO MITIGATE SOME OF THESE HARDSHIPS? >>CHRISTINE, DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE FLYER WE JUST CREATED IN THIS RIDE SHARE? >>WE’VE BEEN SCRAMBLING TO TRY TO FIGURE THIS OUT. WE’RE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT RIDE SHARE APPLICATIONS OR CAR POOLING APPLICATIONS THAT PEOPLE MIGHT USE TO KIND OF CONNECT. WE HAVE A LARGE POOL OF VOLUNTEERS, FOR INSTANCE, WHO WOULD REALLY POTENTIALLY WANT TO HELP WITH THIS CAR POOLING PEOPLE TO PORTLAND OR YAKIMA. SO WE’RE LOOKING INTO THAT, BUT IT’S BEEN A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT TO COORDINATE IN TERMS OF INSURANCE. WE’RE LOOKING FOR A NON-PROFIT PARTNER THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO TAKE THAT ON. ONE OF OUR LOCAL PARTNERS, ASIAN COUNSELING AND REFERRAL SERVICES IS LOOKING INTO WHETHER OR NOT THEY COULD USE THEIR VANS TO TAKE PEOPLE BACK AND FORTH, WHICH COULD BE SUSTAINABLE IF THIS WAS A MONTH- LONG POLICY, BUT WE’RE PRETTY SURE IT’LL BE A YEAR OR MORE, SO WE’RE TRYING RIGHT NOW, ACTUALLY REACHING OUT TO TECH COMPANIES TO SEE IF THEY COULD HELP TO CREATE KIND OF A MATCHING TYPE OF RIDE SHARE APPLICATION FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS AND OUR CLIENTS AND PARTICIPANTS. SO IT’S A WORK IN PROGRESS RIGHT NOW, BUT WE’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY TO DO SO THAT WILL NOT PLACE ANY LIABILITY ISSUES. CURRENTLY THE FOLKS THAT ARE BEING SENT TO PORTLAND AND YAKIMA ARE MOSTLY SURROUNDING THE CITY OF SEATTLE, FURTHER NORTH THAN US. BUT IT COULD BE THAT SEATTLE RESIDENTS ARE SENT TO PORTLAND AND YAKIMA SOON AS WELL. SO WE’RE TRYING AND WE’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE BEST ROLE IN THE CITY IS. AND GREYHOUND AND AMTRAK TRAINS, AND THE CHEAPEST HOTELS IN THOSE AREAS. AND SO IT’S KIND OF DISAPPOINTING TO DISCUSS BECAUSE I WISH WE COULD BE DOING MORE RIGHT NOW AND WELCOME ANY IDEAS FOR HOW WE COULD BE MORE SUPPORTIVE OF OUR PARTICIPANTS AND OUR PARTNERS. >>HAS THERE BEEN ANY OUTREACH TO ANY OF THE COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS IN PORTLAND? THERE ARE QUITE A FEW IN THE PORTLAND AREA THAT WORK IN THE SPACE. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF THERE IS A WAY THAT WE COULD CREATE A CONNECTION BETWEEN OUR COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND THOSE THAT ARE IN PORTLAND WHO HELPED SUPPORT REFUGEES? >>THIS HAS BEEN IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. THAT’S A GREAT SUGGESTION AND WE WILL TAKE THAT ACTION. >>GREAT. >>COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA? >>AND SO I APPRECIATE THE CONNECTIONS THAT YOU’RE MAKING, AND THE OUTREACH THAT YOU’RE DOING FOR POTENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES TO CAR POOL. BUT WHAT IS THE LEGAL REQUIREMENT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE A HEARING ACCESSIBLE? IS THERE NOT A LEGAL CHALLENGE THAT COULD BE BROUGHT? >>I THINK THE ATTORNEYS, THEY ARE LOOKING AT THIS RIGHT NOW. AS FAR AS WE KNOW BASED ON PRECEDENT, THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT. DO YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW? >>I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY, YOU KNOW, OTHER COMMUNITY BASING ADVOCATES WOULD HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR ACCOMMODATIONS TO BE MADE TO ASSIST IN WHETHER IT’S ATTORNEYS. THEY’RE WILLING TO MAKE AN ACCOMMODATION. >>JUST A FOLLOW UP. BUT THERE IS NO CLEAR GUIDANCE THAT WE COULD POINT TO ON THE FEDERAL POLICIES, STATUTES, THAT SAY HERE IS YOUR REQUIREMENT AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? >>UNFORTUNATELY THIS TYPE OF POLICY IN TERMS OF RELOCATING INTERVIEWS HAVE HAPPENED. I’M NOT SAYING THERE IS A LEGAL BASIS TO FIGHT IT, BUT THERE IS A LONG HISTORY OF THIS HAD HAPPENING. NOT IN SEATTLE PREVIOUSLY, BUT I MEAN CHRISTINA COULD SPEAK TO WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NEW YORK AND I’M HOPING THAT, YOU KNOW, THE RIGHT LEGAL MINDS COULD COME UP WITH SOME SORT OF GOVERNMENT THAT ISN’T FULFILLING AT THIS POINT. >>IN RURAL COMMUNITIES WHERE PEOPLE WERE FAR AWAY FROM USCIS ORIGINAL OFFICES THAT WOULD PUT THE RESPONSIBILITY ON THE APPLICANT TO GET HIM OR HERSELF TO AN INTERVIEW IN THE OATH CEREMONY. SOMETIMES IT WOULD BE A FEW HOURS DRIVE. WHAT’S DIFFERENT NOW, WE ACTUALLY HAVE A REGIONAL OFFICE IN SEATTLE IN THIS AREA AND PEOPLE ARE BEING ASKED TO GO HOURS OUTSIDE WHERE AN OFFICE ALREADY EXISTS. THE INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORTATION PUTS THE RESPONSIBILITY ON THE PERSON TO PAY OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKET AND WITH YOUR UNION BACKGROUND, THAT’S LOST WAGES FOR MANY FOLKS AND THEN YOU KIND OF COMBINE THAT WITH WHAT WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT IN A LITTLE BIT IS A THREAT OF ILLUMINATION OF THE WAIVER AND ANOTHER MEANS TESTED METHODS TO MAKE NATURALIZATION MORE AFFORDABLE. SO IT’S BECOMING WITH ALL THESE BARRIERS, MORE AND MORE LIKE A PAY TO PLAY SYSTEM THAT PUNISHES POOR PEOPLE. >>SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW, A STORY WE WANTED TO TELL ABOUT THE IMPACT OF KIND OF THE SHIFT WITHIN USCIS POLICY IS SOMETHING THAT OCCURRED A FEW MONTHS AGO. CHINESE INFORMATION SERVICE CENTER IS BOTH ON NCC, NEW CITIZEN CAMPAIGN AND NEW CITIZEN CAMPAIGN PARTNER. THEY HAD A CLIENT WHO THEY REPRESENTED FROM START TO FINISH AS A PARTICIPANT IN NEW CITIZEN PROGRAM. THIS CLIENT HAD PASSED HER CITIZENSHIP INTERVIEW INCLUDING THE CIVICS AND ENGLISH EXAM, AND INVITED TO ATTEND AN OATH CEREMONY A FEW DAYS LATER. SHE WAS CHECKING IN FOR THE OATH CEREMONY AND THE OFFICER SHE SPOKE TO, JUST WHEN TURNING IN A FORM, DEEMED THAT HER ENGLISH WAS NOT, IN FACT, GOOD ENOUGH, AND TURNED HER AWAY. THANKFULLY SHE HAD AN ACCREDITED REPRESENTATIVE AND TOLD HIM RIGHT AWAY AND HE TOOK ACTION RIGHT AWAY. OTHER ADVOCATES WITHIN THAT CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM AND BROADER IMMIGRATION, NO ONE HAD EVER HEARD OF ANYTHING LIKE THIS EVER HAPPENING. >>IT WAS SOME INTERACTION IN AN ELEVATOR OR SOMETHING? >>KIND OF A CHECKING IN DESK. YOU SUBMIT A FORM THAT YOU CHECK ALL THESE BOXES, NO ISSUE WITH HOW SHE HAD FILLED OUT THE FORM, BUT THERE WAS SOME SORT OF A MISCOMMUNICATION, BACKGROUND NOISE, AND SHE, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICER, DID NOT APPEAR TO UNDERSTAND OR RESPOND IN PROFICIENT ENGLISH, DESPITE THE FACT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FACT SHE HAD BEEN APPROVED. AND INITIALLY THE LOCAL USCIS OFFICIAL STOOD BEHIND WHAT THE OFFICER HAD DONE AND WHAT HAD HAPPENED, AND ISSUED A LETTER STATING THE CASE HAD BEEN REOPENED FOR REEVALUATION AND RE-EXAMINATION. BUT AFTER THIS CLIENT’S ADVOCATE, RESPONDING WITH LEGAL ARGUMENTS. OUR OFFICE FACILITATED SOME INTERVENTION FROM SENATOR MURRAY’S OFFICE. THAT MOTION TO REOPEN WAS RESCINDED AND THE CLIENT WAS RESCHEDULED FOR AN OATH CEREMONY. SHE SUCCESSFULLY TOOK THE OATH. BUT SHE WAS TRAUMATIZED. AND WHAT IF SHE HADN’T HAD A LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE? THIS IS INDICATIVE OF THE CULTURAL SHIFT WITHIN, ALLOWING OFFICERS TO GO BEYOND THE RULES, GO BEYOND THEIR RULES IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES TO MAKE IT THAT MUCH HARDER TO GET YOUR U.S. CITIZENSHIP EVEN IN THIS CASE FOR SOMEONE WHO MET EVERY SINGLE REQUIREMENT. >>SO HE IS A PARTNER OF OURS THROUGH THE NEW CITIZENSHIP CAMPAIGN AND NEW CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM. THEY’RE A PARTNER OF OUR LARGER WORKSHOPS AND HAVE CO-LED SIX CLINICS IN THE LAST THREE YEARS. THEY HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN THE DIFFICULTY OF THE KIND OF CASES THAT ARE WALKING THROUGH THE DOORS AT THE CLINICS. THIS HAS BEEN A TREND NOT ONLY FOR CLINIC PARTICIPANTS, BUT NCP CLIENTS THAT PEOPLE, THE AMOUNT OF NEGATIVE RHETORIC SURROUNDING IMMIGRATION IN GENERAL IN THE COUNTRY. PEOPLE ARE NOW TURNING OUT TO NATURALIZE WHO HAVE BEEN PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR 25 YEARS OR MORE. IN 2018 OUR CLINIC SAW AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF YEARS THAT OUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE BEEN. SO WHAT THIS MEANS ALONG WITH THE INCREASED DIFFICULTY OF THE CASES, THE INCREASED QUESTIONING AND INTERROGATIONS AT THE INTERVIEWS, THIS MEANS WE NEED TO BE A LOT MORE CAREFUL WITH THE TYPES OF CASES THAT WE LET THROUGH. A LOT OF OUR CLINIC CLIENTS END UP HAVING TO GO THROUGH A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT OR REQUEST TO SEE A COPY OF THEIR FILES, SO WE CAN FEEL SAFER ABOUT ACTUALLY SENDING IN THEIR APPLICATIONS. SO THIS MEANS THE WORK FOR OUR PARTNERS BOTH IN THE CLINIC SETTING AND THE ONE-ON-ONE CASE MANAGEMENT SETTING HAS INCREASED. IT’S GOTTEN MORE DIFFICULT. IN THE CLINIC SETTING WE’VE RESPONDED BY WORKING ON A MUCH LONGER SCREENING FORM. ONE OF THE FORMS USED BY ONE OF OUR PARTNERS IS 17 PAGES LONG. SO THIS MEANS A LOT MORE TIME FOR OUR PARTICIPANTS SPENT IN THE CLINIC SETTINGS, BUT IT IS SOMETHING WE’RE TRYING TO IMPLEMENT TO MAKE PEOPLE SAFER OR FEEL SAFER GOING THROUGH THIS PROCESS. WE CAN FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THEY’RE OKAY. I THINK THE ONLY OTHER THING I WANTED TO SAY ABOUT THAT, A LOT MORE OF THE CASES ARE ALSO NOT BEING PUSHED THROUGH IN THE CLINICS, BUT BEING REFERRED BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR ONE-ON-ONE SERVICES OR ALSO TO PRIVATE ATTORNEYS AS NECESSARY. >>I JUST WANT TO DO A QUICK TIME CHECK. WE HAVE ABOUT FOUR MINUTES LEFT. >>OKAY. I THINK WE’RE GETTING TO THE END HERE. >>THIS IS WHAT WE WANTED TO TALK ABOUT. I WILL TRY NOT TO SPEED UP MY SPEECH, BUT CHANGES TO THE FEE WAIVE FORM HAS BEEN SOMETHING ON OUR RADAR SINCE LAST YEAR, SEPTEMBER, WHILE WE WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PUBLIC CHARGE DEWAIT AND PUBLIC COMMENTING SESSION. PRODUCING A CHANGE FORM I-912 THAT WENT UNDER THE RADAR. ESSENTIALLY WHEN SOMEONE IS APPLYING FOR U.S. CITIZENSHIP, THE FEE IS CURRENTLY $725. PEOPLE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A FEE WAIVER IF THEY ARE LOW INCOME OR RECEIVE MEANS TESTED BENEFITS. GENERALLY IT’S FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE UNDER 150% OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LINE. THE CHANGE TO THE FORM IS INTENDED TO ELIMINATE THE PROOF THAT SOMEBODY IS LOW INCOME. THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE CASES THAT WE SEE FOR FOLKS APPLYING FOR A FEE WAIVER DO USE THAT PUBLIC BENEFITS FORM BECAUSE IT’S THE EASIEST PROOF OF LOW INCOME STATUS. SO THIS ELIMINATION IS PRETTY MUCH IMMINENT. WE JUST SUBMITTED OUR THIRD PUBLIC COMMENT ON THIS ISSUE LAST WEEK, BUT WE BELIEVE THAT CHANGE TO THE FORM COULD HAPPEN AT ANY TIME, WHICH WILL VERY MUCH AFFECT THEIR SERVICES. SO IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE DEVASTATING TO THE NCP PROGRAM AND VERY MUCH HINDER THE NEW WHAT’S EVEN MORE WORRISOME, WE HAVE HEARD THROUGH OUR NATIONAL PARTNERS AND ADVOCATES THAT THERE ARE CHANGES COMING TO THE FEE SCHEDULE AND ALSO THE POTENTIAL ELIMINATION OF THE FEE WAIVER ALTOGETHER. THE USCIS IS GOING THROUGH A FEE SCHEDULE REVIEW CURRENTLY, WHICH IS SUPPOSEDLY SET TO BE RELEASED IN AUGUST. WHAT WE BELIEVE WILL BE ANNOUNCED IS THE FEE FOR CITIZENSHIP WILL INCREASE BY 83%, WHICH WOULD PUT US AT OVER $1,250 FOR CITIZENSHIP, AND SIMULTANEOUSLY THEY’LL ANNOUNCE THE ELIMINATION OF THE FEE WAIVER. SO THIS MEANS ANYONE WHO IS A MIDDLE INCOME WOULD BE UNABLE TO APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP. SO WE WANTED TO PUT THAT ON YOUR RADAR BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING WE’RE REALLY NERVOUS ABOUT. THIS WOULD DEVASTATE OUR PROGRAMS IF THERE WAS AN ELIMINATION OF THE FEE WAIVER AND THE FEE WENT UP AT THE SAME TIME. JUST THE CHANGES TO THE FEE WAIVER FORM, WHICH WE MENTIONED ARE PRETTY IMMINENT. THAT’S GOING TO VERY MUCH HINDER OUR ABILITY TO DO OUR WORK AND OUR PARTNER’S ABILITY TO DO THE WORK. BUT THE ELIMINATION OF THE FEE WAIVER ALTOGETHER IS GOING TO BE DEVASTATING. SO WE ARE WORKING TO FIGHT AGAINST THESE CHANGES, BUT WE WANTED TO PUT THAT ON YOUR RADAR THAT OUR PARTNERS ARE DOING A LOT MORE WORK CURRENTLY, AND THE SETTING THAT WE’RE SEEING IN FRONT OF US MEANS THEY WILL HAVE TO RESPOND YET AGAIN AND REALLY ADAPT TO THIS NEW ENVIRONMENT THAT THEY ACTUALLY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ADAPT TO. >>I’M GOING TO QUICKLY GO THROUGH THE NEXT COUPLE OF SLIDES. THIS HERE IS NUMBERS BASED ON RESEARCH FROM OUR NATIONAL PARTNER, NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP FOR NEW AMERICANS. IT HAS DATA FOR WASHINGTON AND THE U.S. THAT THIS SO-CALLED SECOND WALL, THERE’S ABOUT 28,000 PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON WHO ARE WAITING FOR ADJUDICATION OF THEIR APPLICATION AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ALMOST THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE WAITING. WE BELIEVE A HALF OR TWO-THIRDS ARE IN THE SEATTLE KING COUNTY AREA. >>AND JUST TO PUT THAT 753,000 NUMBER INTO PERSPECTIVE, THAT’S APPROXIMATELY THE POPULATION OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE. >>THAT’S RIGHT. YEP. THE IMPACT ON SERVICE PROVIDERS, THE MAIN THING CHRISTINA TALKED ABOUT HERE, THE CASES ARE HARDER. IT TAKES LONGER TO SERVE EACH CLIENT. IT TAKES MORE LEGAL EXPERTISE FOR INDIVIDUAL CASES. THE THREAT TO THE PROGRAMS THAT WE PROVIDE IS VERY REAL. AND THEN I THINK FOR ME THERE’S — WHAT IS THE END IMPACT? I THINK AT AN INDIVIDUAL LEVEL IT IS A PERSON’S DREAM. IT WAS ALWAYS MY DREAM TO BECOME NATURALIZED. AND THERE ARE ALSO ECONOMIC BENEFITS. AS YOU RECALL PEOPLE WHO ARE NATURALIZED EARN MORE THAN THEIR NON-NATURALIZED COUNTERPART V A SENSE OF BELONGING. WHEN YOU TAKE THOSE THINGS AWAY, IT’S REALLY TAKING AWAY THEIR ABILITY TO ENVISION A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. AT A NATIONAL LEVEL, THE IMPACT IS OUR COUNTRY. IT GETS TO THE SOUL OF WHO WE ARE. WE HAVE NEVER BEEN A COUNTRY BASED ON WHETHER OR NOT YOU CAN AFFORD NATURALIZATION BECAUSE YOU’RE A HIGH EARNER. THAT HAS NEVER BEEN THE CASE FOR US. BUT NOW THAT’S BECOMING A REALITY. THERE’S A LOT AT STAKE HERE. WE’RE WORKING HARD EVERY DAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. WE WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU IN THE OUTREACH TO YAKIMA AND PORTLAND, AND WE’LL GET BACK TO YOU WITH MORE DETAILS. >>THAT’S GREAT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO PULL THIS PRESENTATION TOGETHER WITH A LOT OF RICH INFORMATION. I SEE SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES HERE FOR THE CITY OF SEATTLE TO ENHANCE THE WORK THAT WE’RE DOING IN THIS SPACE AND LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH YOU DURING OUR REGULAR CHECK-IN, WHICH I THINK IS HAPPENING NEXT WEEK ABOUT HOW WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO ADVANCE SOME OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES. BUT REALLY APPRECIATE THE WORK YOU’RE DOING. I THINK YOU ARTICULATED IT VERY WELL THAT THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THIS PRESIDENT HAS UTILIZED HIS EXECUTIVE POWER AND AUTHORITY TO UNDERMINE ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL VALUES OF AMERICA, WHICH IS TO WELCOME IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES INTO A PLACE OF SANCTUARY FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING VERY DIFFICULT DECISIONS TO LEAVE THEIR HOME COUNTRY FOR VERY LEGITIMATE REASONABLE REASONS. I THINK THAT CITIES LIKE SEATTLE PLAY A REALLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN CREATING SYSTEMS OF RESILIENCE THAT WILL ALLOW REFUGEES AND THEIR FAMILIES TO FULLY INTEGRATE INTO OUR SOCIETY AND OUR COMMUNITIES HERE AND HAVE BEEN REALLY PROUD OF THE WORK WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO DO TOGETHER TO INVEST IN THOSE RESILIENCY PROGRAMS. EVERYTHING FROM THE NEW CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM TO OUR LEGAL DEFENSE FUNDS THAT PROVIDE FREE LAWYERS TO IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES WHO ARE AT RISK OF DEPORTATION. AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT WE DO THAT YOU ALL DO EVERY DAY IN YOUR OFFICE. SO REALLY APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING IN A SPACE THAT IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING AND NOT IN A WAY THAT MAKES US PROUD AS AMERICANS. SO REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING. >>ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA? >>THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR. I KNOW WE’RE RUNNING SHORT ON TIME. JUST VERY BRIEFLY, THERE WAS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO CAME TWO WEEKS AGO IN OUR FULL COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIR OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEW AMERICANS AND GENERICALLY WAS NOT THERE, COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALEZ. AND I THINK IF SHE WAS, SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DIRECTLY SPEAK TO WHAT THE CITY HAS DONE. I WAS HOPING YOU COULD ALSO COMMENT IN. I BELIEVE IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE ESPECIALLY WHEN WE SEE KIDS AND FAMILIES GETTING LOCKED IN CAGES AND CAMPS BEING DIRECTED THAT ARE UNLIVABLE AND UNHEALTHY SITUATIONS FOR OUR IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEES THAT ARE TRYING TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES. BUT THE INDIVIDUAL SPEAKING WAS TRYING TO DEMAND THE CITY THAT WE DO MORE TO PREVENT I.C.E. FROM ARRESTING PEOPLE, FOR EXAMPLE, AT PUBLIC PLACES LIKE COURT. WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE A DIALOGUE ON THAT CONVERSATION, BUT DO YOU MIND JUST FOR THE RECORD TALKING ABOUT WHAT THE CITY OF SEATTLE CURRENTLY HAS IN PLACE TO PROTECT INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ESPECIALLY GOING IN FOR THEIR COURT HEARINGS FOR CITIZENSHIP ISSUES FROM BEING DETAINED BY I.C.E. SO THAT IT’S CLEAR AND WE CLEAR THAT FOR THE RECORD. >>I KNOW YOUR STAFF REACHED OUT TO OUR OFFICE AND WE HAD RESPONDED. THERE’S A COUPLE OF KEY THINGS. ONE IS THERE WAS A MAYORAL DIRECTIVE THAT WENT OUT IN EARLY 2017 INSTRUCTING CITY DEPARTMENTS NOT TO SHARE INFORMATION, PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT CITY RESIDENTS UNLESS THERE WAS A WARRANT FOR THAT INFORMATION. SO THAT HAS CASCADED DOWN TO THE STAFF LEVEL. THE OTHER IS WE PARTNER WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, THE WASHINGTON IMMIGRATION, FOR EXAMPLE, FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT WHERE I.C.E. DID ARREST SOMEBODY WHO HAD SHOWN UP AT THE COURTHOUSE FOR A HEARING AND ARRESTED HIM OUTSIDE IN THE PUBLIC AREA, THE SIDEWALKS. WE CAN’T REGULATE THAT AREA BECAUSE THOSE ARE PUBLIC SPACES, BUT WE DID REACH OUT TO THE COURT, THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL COURT. THEY HAVE SINCE PUT UP KNOW YOUR RIGHTS FLYERS WITH A TOLL- FREE NUMBER, AN INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT TO DO IF SUCH AN INCIDENT SHOULD HAPPEN TO THEM. >>I WOULD JUST ADD TO THAT. YOU KNOW, WE JUST HEARD OR SAW A RECENT REPORT. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU ALL RED THE REPORTS THIS MORNING OR YESTERDAY THAT KING COUNTY HAS SHARED INFORMATION. KING COUNTY IN PARTICULAR HAS SHARED INFORMATION WITH I.C.E. RELATED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE IN DETENTION WHO HAVE IMMIGRATION STATUS COMPLICATIONS OR ISSUES THAT IS IN RELATED TO HOW THAT INFORMATION SHARING OCCURRED AND WHY OFFICERS, CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WERE CAPTURING THE INFORMATION IN THE FIRST PLACE. AND SO I THINK THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZE THERE ARE SEATTLE RESIDENTS WHO ARE IN DETENTION AT KING COUNTY. I THINK THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO ENGAGE THE COUNTY AND GETTING A BETTER UPSING AND SENSE OF HOW THE LAW THAT WAS PASSED, I BELIEVE IN 2017, WAS IT? 2016? >>I THINK IT WAS JUST LAST YEAR. >>2018, HOW THAT LAW IS ACTUALLY BEING IMPLEMENTED AND HOW THE TRAINING IS OCCURRING WITH OFFICERS TO ENSURE THIS TYPE OF INFORMATION SHARING ISN’T OCCURRING. SO THIS IS ON THE TAIL OF ALSO THE NEWS THAT I.C.E. WAS UTILIZING KING COUNTY. FAIR TO DO TO TRANSPORT IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES WHO WERE BEING DEPORTED. SO AGAIN A PART OF THE REASON WHY I REALLY PUSHED THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION, THE MAYORAL ADMINISTRATION AROUND CREATING THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER WAS PRECISELY BECAUSE I WAS WORRIED IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR LAWS THAT PROVIDE SANCTUARY TO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES WERE NOT BEING APPROPRIATELY OR FULLY IMPLEMENTED. AND THAT OUR OWN STAFF, OUR OWN HOUSE WASN’T AWARE OF HOW TO ACTUALLY IMPLEMENT POLICIES AND LAWS THAT WERE IMPLEMENTED AND PASSED BY CITY COUNCIL AND SUPPORTED BY MAYORS YEAR AFTER YEAR. SO I THINK THE EXECUTIVE ORDER WENT A LONG WAY. I DO THINK GIVEN THE RECENT EXAMPLES, IT WOULD BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THE MAYOR SEND A REFRESHER TO STAFF AND TO ALL OF THE DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE TO ONCE AGAIN REAFFIRM THIS IS THE POLICY, THIS IS HOW YOU DEAL WITH IT. BUT TO YOUR POINT AROUND WHAT CAN WE DO TO PROTECT PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING INTO PUBLIC SPACES TO RECEIVE PUBLIC BENEFITS. AND THEY WILL ENGAGE AN ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY, WHICH IS WHY I HAVE BEEN REALLY CLEAR IN MY MESSAGING AS SOMEBODY WHO CAME UP IN THE IMMIGRANT JUSTICE RIGHTS MOVEMENT TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO FOLKS EVEN THOUGH WE’RE A SANCTUARY CITY, IT DOES NOT MEAN I.C.E. DOES NOT EXIST IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE AND THERE ARE STILL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH MOVING ABOUT EVEN IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE AND THE COUNTY AND KING COUNTY AND THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. THERE ARE RISKS MOVING AROUND IN PUBLIC SPACES SO AS LONG AS I.C.E. EXISTS. AND THERE IS VERY LITTLE THAT WE COULD DO TO PREVENT THAT OTHER THAN EDUCATE FOLKS ABOUT WHAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE IF THEY DO HAVE CONTACT WITH AN I.C.E. OFFICER. >>THANK YOU. >>THAT’S ALL I’LL SAY. >>COUNCIL MEMBER PACHECO? >>SORRY FOR MISSING YOUR PRESENTATION. JUST TO ECHO AND SUPPORT THE COLLEAGUES HAVE MADE AND IF I COULD EVER BE OF SERVICE DURING MY TIME, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. REALLY APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION AND YOUR TIME HERE. WE’RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO OUR SECOND AGENDA ITEM. I APOLOGIZE FOR BEING A LITTLE LATE TO OUR SECOND PANEL. SO ROXANA, WHY DON’T YOU GO AHEAD AND READ AGENDA TWO INTO THE RECORD. IF YOU’RE HERE, I INVITE YOU TO MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE TABLE AS THIS ITEM IS BEING READ. >>AGENDA ITEM TWO SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT EMPHASIS PATROLS, UPDATE AND EVALUATION FOR BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION. >>AND IF THE MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA WOULD LIKE TO MOVE THEIR CAMERAS, YOU ARE WELCOME TO DO SO. OKAY, WELL IT IS A FULL PANEL THIS MORNING. WE MANAGED TO WRAP AROUND THE TABLE. I APPRECIATE YOUR WILLINGNESS TO JOIN US AGAIN FOR WHAT IS A THIRD CONVERSATION AROUND OR A SECOND CONVERSATION AROUND EMPHASIS AREA AND PATROLS AND TO PROVIDE US AN UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS OF THIS WORK. OF COURSE, THIS WAS AN ANNOUNCEMENT MADE BY THE EXECUTIVE IN MAY IF I RECALL CORRECTLY THAT THERE WERE THE ADDITIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PLUS RESOURCES PUSHED OUT INTO SPECIFIC NEIGHBORHOODS AT THE TIME FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT 30 DAYS IN ORDER TO ADDRESS SOME CRIME AND DISORDER LIVABILITY CONCERNS IN THOSE SPECIFIC NEIGHBORHOODS. AFTER OUR LAST COMMITTEE HEARING, WE LEARNED IN OUR OFFICE THE TIMELINE OF HOW LONG THE EMPHASIS PATROLS WOULD EXIST WOULD BE EXTENDED FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME. AND SO THAT BRINGS US TO TODAY, WHICH GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO AS COUNCIL MEMBER HERE DIRECTLY FROM THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS WHO HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN THIS WORK TO PROVIDE US WITH AN UPDATE AND I KNOW YOU ALL HAVE A VERY IN DEPTH DATA RICH, DETAILED PRESENTATION. AND NONETHELESS I HAVE SEVERAL QUESTIONS THAT I FEEL HAVE STILL BEEN UNANSWERED FROM THE INITIAL LETTER THAT I SENT TO THE EXECUTIVE AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN MAY. SO I WILL BE PRESSING FOR ANSWERS IN THOSE SPACES AND I’M NOT GOING TO LET YOU GO UNTIL I HEAR WHAT I WANT TO HEAR. I JUST WANT OPAQUE THAT REALLY CLEAR. ALL RIGHT. LET’S DO INTRODUCTIONS AND THEN I’LL HAND IT OVER FOR PRESENTATION. >>GREG DOSS, CENTRAL STAFF. >>DIRECTOR DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS. >>THE GREEN LIGHT HAS TO BE ON USUALLY. >>OKAY. JULIE KLEIN FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE. >>SDOT. >>CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS, SEATTLE PARKS. >>CHRIS FISHER, SEATTLE POLICE. >>ERIC GREEN, SEATTLE POLICE. >>BOBBY LEE, OED. >>GREAT, THANK YOU ALL. WHO WANTS TO KICK US OFF? >>I’LL GET US STARED HERE. I THINK THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT THE TABLE IS A GOOD DEMONSTRATION OF THE NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS AND THE COOPERATION INVOLVED IN THIS EFFORT THIS SUMMER. AND THE MAYOR’S DEPARTMENT AS WE KIND OF GET STARTED ON THE REPORT OUT UP TO DATE ANY WAY. WANTS TO MAKE SURE WE’RE THANKING FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS, ALL THE DEPARTMENTS FOR THE EXTRAORDINARILY HARD WORK AND COOPERATION DURING THIS ENTIRE PROJECT. THE NUMBER OF HOURS AND THE EFFORTS WAS REALLY ABOVE AND BEYOND FROM ALL THE DIFFERENT CITY DEPARTMENTS IN THIS HAD CASE, SO WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE COUNCIL KNOWS HOW MUCHCOOPERATION OCCURRED DURING THIS EMPHASIS PROJECT. AND I KNOW THE COUNCIL IS FAMILIAR WITH THE SORT OF, HOW THIS GOT STARTED AND WHY IT GOT STARTED. BUT MONTILLA IS HERE AND HE WILL GIVE US A LITTLE BIT OF AN OVERVIEW BEFORE WE GO INTO SORT OF THE OVERALL SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT TRENDS AND THEN INTO SPECIFICS AND INDIVIDUAL NEIGHBORHOODS. AND AS IT MAKES SENSE IF COUNCIL MEMBERS WANT TO RAISE QUESTIONS, THAT’S GREAT. >>GREAT, THANK YOU, JULIE. SO I WILL BE KIND OF WALKING THROUGH VARIOUS, MANY OF THESE SLIDES AND THEN TURNING TO MY COLLEAGUES WHEN THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE SPECIFICS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF BOBBY LEE. BUT I WANT TO ECHO QUICKLY THE STAFF RECOGNITION. NOT JUST OFFICERS, BUT MANY OF THE STAFF FROM ALL ACROSS THE PEOPLE AT THIS TABLE AND MANY OTHERS REALLY COMING TOGETHER IN A WAY THAT REALLY SHOWED A NEW LEVEL OF COLLABORATION TO HAVE SERVICE DELIVERY. SO AS YOU ALL KNOW THIS WAS AN EMPHASIS PATROL PROGRAM. WE SAW AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE IT BEYOND JUST TYPICAL, THE TYPICAL SPD-LED EFFORTS. WE SAW IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING A VARIETY OF DEPARTMENTS TO THE TABLE TO REALLY CENTER ON HOW DO WE IMPROVE THAT COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIP AND THAT COMMUNITY FEEDBACK AROUND WHAT THE COMMUNITY, WHAT BUSINESS OWNERS WANT TO SEE HAPPEN IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS DISTRICT AND ALONG THE STREETS. WE’RE USING THIS FRAMEWORK AND THIS INFRASTRUCTURE IF YOU WILL TO START TO EXPAND THAT INTO KIND OF FUTURE WALKS OR FUTURE ATTEMPTS, AND WE’LL GO INTO THAT TOWARDS THE PRESENTATION ONCE WE GO OVER SOME OF THE BASICS. BUT IT REALLY SHOWED US THIS MODEL CAN BE EFFECTIVE AND IT IS EFFECTIVE WHEN WE’RE BREAKING DOWN THE SILOS OF GOVERNMENT AND SAYING OKAY, WHAT ARE WE HEARING DIRECTLY FROM THE COMMUNITY AND HOW DO WE ADDRESS THAT IN A TIMELY MANNER? >>I AGREE WITH THAT. IF I MAY. >>DIRECTOR LEE, IF YOU CAN PULL THE MICROPHONE. IT HAS TO BE AWKWARDLY CLOSE TO YOUR FACE IN ORDER FOR IT TO ACTUALLY PICK UP YOUR VOICE. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. THE MAYOR’S OFFICE HAS SPENT AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF TIME COORDINATING THE EFFORT. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE, OF COURSE, THE MAYOR, AND THE SENIOR DEPUTY MAYOR FONG, JULIE KLEIN, CHRISTIAN GROVE, KYL ABLE THESE FOLKS HAVE REALLY WORKED EXTREMELY HARD TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A WRAP-AROUND APPROACH TO SOLVING PROBLEMS AROUND THE STREET LEVEL AND HAVE RAPID RESPONSE BACK AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL WITH REAL PROBLEM SOLVING. SO WITH THAT I DO WANT TO RECOGNIZE THEM. THE ROLE IN THIS IS SPECIFICALLY TO RAISE THE VOICE OF MANY OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SMALL BUSINESSES. MANY ARE OWNED BY PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THE IMMIGRANT POPULATION, INTEGRAL PART OF OUR ECONOMY, COLLECTIVELY THERE ARE THE CONTRIBUTOR TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY, BUT ALSO BACK AS A REAL-TIME FEEDBACK TO OUR CITY DEPARTMENTS ABOUT THE HEALTH OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS. SO TAY ARE A GREAT PARTNER TO OUR COMMUNITY POLICING, NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGNS, STREETSCAPES, PROVIDING A GREAT FEEDBACK. SO THEY’RE GREAT PARTNERS. NOT ONLY COLLECTIVELY ARE THEY THE DRIVER IN OUR ECONOMY, BUT THE BACKBONE OF OUR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND A GREAT PARTNER IN THAT FIELD. AND SO MY ROLE IN THIS IS TO MAKE SURE THEIR VOICES, AGAIN, MANY OWNED BY PEOPLE OF COLOR, IMMIGRANT POPULATION, HAVE A SAY IN HOW WE SOLVE REAL-TIME PROBLEMS AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL. >>WE’LL GET INTO IT. WE HAVE ABOUT 45 TO GET THROUGH. WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO BE INTENTIONAL WITH OUR TIME HERE. >>OKAY, JUST A MINUTE BECAUSE COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA HAS A QUESTION. >>SO HAPPY TO SEE ALL OF YOUR FACES. I GUESS I’M A LITTLE CONFUSED THOUGH ABOUT WHY THIS IS GETTING SO MUCH ATTENTION FOR BEING A UNIQUE AND I THINK YOU SAID BODY THAT HAS GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND. IS THIS NOT THE TYPE OF GROUP THAT YOU HAVE PULLED TOGETHER TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS OVERALL? I KNOW WE’VE HAD MULTIPLE CONVERSATIONS AT THE SELECT COMMITTEE. TALKING ABOUT WHAT OTHER CITIES HAVE DONE. NOTABLY THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES HAS A TASK FORCE THAT GETS TOGETHER I BELIEVE IF NOT DAILY, AT LEAST WEEKLY. I’VE HAD A CHANCE TO SIT IN ON ONE OF THOSE BRIEFINGS. I KNOW MANY FOLKS FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE ALSO WENT DOWN TO LOS ANGELES CITY AND HAD THE CHANCE TO TALK TO FOLKS THERE ABOUT THE COORDINATED EFFORT. I WOULD ASSUME THAT A BODY LIKE THIS COMES TOGETHER TO TALK ABOUT NOT JUST HOW TO OFFER CITATIONS AND INFRACTIONS AND BOOK FOLKS IN JAIL, BUT ALSO TALKS ABOUT HOW YOU CAN COORDINATE EFFORTS TO GET FOLKS INSIDE. NOW I THINK THAT’S CHALLENGING GIVEN THAT ON AN AVERAGE NIGHT RECENTLY THE NUMBERS SHOWED THERE’S ONLY SIX ENHANCED SHELTER BEDS OPEN PER NIGHT, SO I CAN SEE WHERE THERE IS A CHALLENGE IN OFFERING PEOPLE A PLACE TO STAY IF WE’RE NOT BUILDING HOUSING AND OPENING MORE SHELTERS. BUT DOES A BODY LIKE THIS EXIST FOR HELPING PEOPLE GET INSIDE VERSES CITATIONS AND SWEEPING FOLKS? >>SO THANK YOU FOR THAT POINT. I THINK THERE’S A COUPLE OF THINGS YOU HIGHLIGHTED THERE SPECIFIC TO HOUSING THE UNSETTERRED, WORKING WITH OUR SHELTER SYSTEM, WHICH IS DEFINITELY A PART OF THIS. BUT WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT IN TERMS OF COLLABORATION, EVEN IF THAT TASK FORCE EXISTED, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KIND OF ALMOST EVERY CITY DEPARTMENT COMING TOGETHER AND MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY WHETHER IT BE AROUND HOUSING ON SHELTER, WHETHER IT BE BUSINESS SUPPORT, WHETHER IT BE A NEEDED LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE, WHETHER IT BE SOMETHING ALONG THOSE LINES. WE’RE GOING TO GET INTO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THE DETAILS AROUND THAT. SO THAT AS WE CONTINUE TO BUILD THIS OUT, SPD WILL STILL BE AT THE TABLE, BUT A BROADER COLLABORATION OF THE PARTNERS INCLUDING FAS THAT ARE PITCHING IN TO THE SOLUTIONS. >>SO YOU SAID EVEN IF IT EXISTED, DOES THAT MEAN IT DOES NOT EXIST? >>I THINK THE HSD AND THE MAYOR’S OFFICE IS CONSTANTLY CONVENING AROUND HOMELESS COORDINATION FOR SURE, YEAH. >>BEFORE YOU MOVE ON, I THINK TO PUT A FINE POINT ON THE LINE OF QUESTIONING BEING POSED BY COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA, IT REALLY DOES COME BACK TO THE THE INITIAL QUESTION THAT I ASKED BACK IN MAY, WHICH IS WHAT IS THE THEORY OF CHANGE. WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? AND WHY ARE WE DOING IT? AND THAT IS STILL VERY MUCH UNCLEAR AND IN MY MIND HAS NOT YET BEEN ANSWERED BY THE EXECUTIVE IN TERMS OF WHY ARE WE DOING THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE. SO I GET IT. EMPHASIS PATROLS ARE NOT A NEW TOOL. IT’S SOMETHING SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS USED FOR A LONG TIME AND IT IS JUST FANCY TALK FOR WE’RE GOING TO PUT MORE COPS IN A PARTICULAR AREA TO DO PROACTIVE POLICING, TO PREVENT CRIME AND DISORDER FROM OCCURRING, RIGHT? BUT I DO NOT HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING YET OF WHAT IS IT, WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES? WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO ACHIEVE THROUGH THIS EFFORT THAT IS BEING REFERRED TO AS EMPHASIS AREAS? >>WE’RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THAT TOWARDS THE END OF THE PRESENTATION, BUT I WILL SAY THAT EVEN THOUGH THIS IS AN EMPHASIS PATROL REPORT AND EMPHASIS AREAS, WHAT I’M TRYING TO TELL YOU AND KIND OF ARTICULATE HERE IS THAT IT IS A BROADER EFFORT TO BRING THE CITY DEPARTMENTS OUTSIDE CITY HALL AND MEET COMMUNITY WHERE THEY’RE AT AND ADDRESS THEIR NEEDS. SOME OF THOSE NEEDS ARE SPD RELATED. A LOT OF THEM AS WE GO THROUGH IT AS WE GO THROUGH SOME OF THESE WALKS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH SPD. AS IT RELATES TO SIDEWALKS. AS IT RELATES TO THE CROSSWALKS. PARKS IS HERE. WE WILL TALK ABOUT A LOT OF THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT HAPPENED IN SOUTH PARK THAT WERE PARK RELATED. YOU KNOW, ACTIVATION, CLEANUPS, IN TERMS OF THE PARK CLEANUP. AND THAT’S THE OPPORTUNITY AS WE SEE IT, IS CITY HALL GETTING OUT OF CITY HALL, GOING INTO THE COMMUNITY ON THE REGULAR BASIS, SO THAT WE CONTINUE TO IMPROVE RELATIONSHIP? AND SO THAT’S WHAT’S EXCITING TO ME THE DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS AS WE ARE BUILDING THIS INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE COULD REALLY ADD ON TO AS WE ARE SEEING WHAT SOME OF THE CONCERNS ARE FROM THE COMMUNITY. >>BUT THAT’S NOT THE THEORY OF CHANGE? OTHERWISE THE THEORY OF CHANGE WOULD BE TO GET BUREAUCRATS OUT OF CITY HALL. I DON’T THINK THAT’S WHAT THE THEORY OF CHANGE IS HERE. >>WE COULD GO THROUGH THE POWER POINT AND GET A LITTLE BIT MORE. >>I’M GOING TO PUSH YOU ON THIS BECAUSE I WANT TO KNOW AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? WHAT IS THE PURPOSE? WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES AND THE DELIVERABLES BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE EXPECTING TO SEE SUSTAINED LONG- TERM CHANGE AS A RESULT OF ADDITIONAL TAXPAYER DOLLAR INVESTMENTS IN THIS SPACE. AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO GET QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY ARE WE DOING THIS WHILE WE ARE ALSO NOT FEELING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AS A RESULT OF THESE INVESTMENTS. SO I FEEL LIKE IT IS REALLY ARE IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE THAT QUESTION POSED AND TO HAVE THAT QUESTION ANSWERED DIRECTLY. >>IF WE GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, THERE IS AN ELEMENT HERE THAT WE COULD START GETTING INTO THAT. SO MADAM CHAIR AND COUNCIL MEMBER, HOW THE CITY IS LOOKING YEAR TO DATE ON CRIME. THE CITY BY CRIME YEAR TO DATE IS DOWN 13%. THAT WAS MEANT TO BE IN JUNE, IT WAS DOWN 13%. YEAR TO DATE THROUGH JULY 9 WHEN WE PULLED THIS DATA AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE TABLE WAS DOWN 11%. IN MAY AS ITS OWN MONTH, MAY 2019 COMPARED TO MAY 2018 WAS DOWN 10%. JUNE 2019 COMPARED TO JUNE 2018 WAS DOWN 13%. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE LINE CHART AT THE BOTTOM, YOU SEE EXCEPT FOR JANUARY WHERE THE NUMBERS WERE CLOSE, SO FAR EVERY MONTH THIS YEAR REPORTED MAJOR CRIME HAS BEEN DOWN EVERY MONTH. WE’RE THE ONLY MAJOR CATEGORIES WHERE THERE IS AN INCREASE. AND WHILE SMALL, EVERY INCREASE IS ACCEPTABLE. WE HAVE AN UPTICK IN THE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER SEXUAL ASSAULTS THE DEPARTMENT IS TRACKING AND CONSTANTLY DISCUSSING AT OUR MEETING. OUR SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT HAS ASSESSED ALL OF THAT AND NO PATTERN. THERE ARE SOME KNOWN RELATIONSHIP ISSUES THAT ARE AGGRAVATED ASSAULTS. USUALLY OCCURRING AROUND NIGHT LIFE AND AROUND SOME INDIVIDUALS AND EITHER DRUG OR MENTAL HEALTH INDUCED MOMENTS WHERE WE SEE A LARGE PART OF THOSE SCALE WISE. 13 AND 14 INCREASES PERCENT WISE, 9% INCREASE IN SEXUAL ASSAULT RAPES AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. ALL OTHER CATEGORIES BEING DOWN. THAT’S SETTING THE CONTEXT CITY WIDE. OBVIOUSLY LOOKING AT SEVEN NEIGHBORHOODS. >>SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I RECOGNIZE THE NUANCE HERE BECAUSE THE CHART SHOWS A CITY WIDE DATA, WHICH MEANS IT’S AVERAGE IF YOU WILL FOR ALL NEIGHBORHOODS U ALL PRECINCTS, ALL CRIME DATA. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN PRIOR PRESENTATIONS FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS AN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THESE NUMBERS DON’T ACCURATELY REFLECT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SPECIFIC PRECINCTS AND NEIGHBORHOODS WHEN YOU REALLY DRILL INTO THE DATA. YOU KNOW THESE NUMBERS CHANGE PRETTY DRASTICALLY WHEN YOU START DIGGING INTO MICRO COMMUNITIES AND REALLY LOOK AT THAT CRIME DATA. I THINK THAT’S IMPORTANT BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH HERE IT SHOWS AGGRAVATED ASSAULTS ARE UP 1% YEAR TO DATE AND THAT RATES ARE UP 9% YEAR TO DATE. THAT AGAIN THOSE NUMBERS MAY BE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER IN SPECIFIC NEIGHBORHOODS BASED ON WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS. AND IF COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD WAS HERE, SHE WOULD SAY THAT IS A REFLECTION OF WHAT WE ARE HEARING FROM PEOPLE IN NEIGHBORHOODS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ADDITIONAL CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OCCURRING IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS THAT IS OF A VIOLENT NATURE. NOT PETTY PROPERTY THEFT OR PROPERTY CRIMES, BUT SERIOUS HIGH-LEVEL VIOLENT OFFENSES THAT NEED TO BE IMMEDIATELY ADDRESSED IN ORDER TO KEEP VICTIMS AND POTENTIAL VICTIMS SAFE. >>YES, WE WILL TALK ABOUT THAT FOR THESE SPECIFIC NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE A PART OF THIS INITIATIVE AT THE MOMENT, BUT WE ALSO ROUTINELY, úI’M OFTEN WHEN I EXPLAIN TO FOLKS IN OTHER DEPARTMENTS HOW WE USE OUR POLICING PLANS, I REALLY STRESS THAT I THINK MORE SO WHEN I SEE OTHER DEPARTMENTS, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CRIME AND TRENDS, WE’RE NOT TALKING, MOST OF OUR CONVERSATIONS ARE AROUND NEIGHBORHOOD-LEVEL CRIMES. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOODS, WHO IS UP AND WHO IS DOWN, SO I DO THINK THE DEPARTMENT TRIES TO ADDRESS THAT. WE’LL GET INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT HERE, BUT THIS IS TO SET THE BROADER CONTEXT ON HOW THE CITY IS DOING IN THE MIDST OF THIS. TO SPEAK TO YOUR QUESTION ABOUT THEORY OF CHANGE ABOUT WHAT WE WERE LOOKING TO DO HERE. SO I CAN — WE’RE HAPPY TO PROVIDE TO COUNCIL ROBUST LISTS OF THE RESEARCH WE’VE CONSULTED IN TERMS OF HOW WE DESIGN THIS. BUT WHERE I’M GOING TO ZERO IN IS ON DR. DAVID WISEBURG OF GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY WHO IS FOR A LACK OF A BETTER PHRASE THE FATHER OF PLACE BASE POLICING AND UNDERSTANDING HOW CRIME CONCENTRATES IN NEIGHBORHOODS, LOCATIONS, STREET BLOCKS, AND WHY. HE MOSTLY DID A LOT OF HIS INITIAL RESEARCH HERE IN SEATTLE. ONE OF HIS BIG INITIAL FINDINGS, SEATTLE HAS AROUND 23,000 OR 24,000 BLOCKS, STREET FACES. ABOUT 1% OF THOSE BLOCKS ACCOUNT FOR 23% OF THE CRIMES THAT HAPPENS IN SEATTLE. I WOULD SAY SUPER CONCENTRATED THAN IN OTHER CITIES. WHAT HE FURTHER FOUND AND DROVE THE DESIGN OF THIS WORK IS WHEN YOU LAY ON TOP OF THE STREET BLOCKS, THE SOCIAL FACTORS IN TERMS OF MEASURES ABOUT COMPLAINTS AROUND WEEDS, GARBAGE, LITTER, GRAFFITI, BLOCK TO BLOCK THE CRIME AND THOSE FACTORS, VOTING PARTICIPATION, ALL SORTS OF THINGS YOU COULD GET FROM CENSUS. WHEN HIS TEAM DID THIS WORK AS MUCH AS CRIME VARIES FROM BLOCK TO BLOCK, THOSE ISSUES, THE SCALE VARIES FROM BLOCK TO BLOCK. BUT WHAT THEY FOUND AN INCREASE IN THOSE MEASURES LED TO AN INCREASE IN CRIME AND AN INCREASE IN LACK OF FEELING OF SAFETY. SO THE THEORY OF CHANGE HERE WAS IF YOU COULD ADDRESS NOT JUST PEOPLE WANTING TO SEE OFFICERS ON THE STREETS, BUT GET RID OF THE FACTOR THAT RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THOSE FEELINGS AND SUPPORT CRIME, RESEARCH DONE HERE IN SEATTLE, THAT’S WHY ALL THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS ARE THERE TO ADDRESS THE GRAFFITI, ADDRESS THE OVERGROWN BUSHES, IMPROVE THE LIGHTING, AND MAKE EVERYONE FEEL THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAS SOME SENSE OF SOCIAL COHESION AND THE CITY HAS A GRIP ON WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD. RESEARCH SHOWS TO THE DECREASE OF LOW-LEVEL CRIMES. THIS SORT OF SOFT ENFORCEMENT WHERE THE FOCUS WAS NOT FOR THE OFFICERS TO MAKE ARRESTS. THE FOCUS WAS TO BE OUT THERE TO MAKE REFERRALS, TO GIVE WARNINGS IF THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT CRIME HAPPENING. THEY DID THE ARREST, THEY USED THEIR DISCRETION AS THEY ALWAYS DO, BUT THE RESEARCH ALSO SHOWS FOR THIS SORT OF LOW-LEVEL FEELINGS OF UNSAFETY THAT THIS APPROACH JOINED WITH PROBLEM SOLVING FROM THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS, THAT’S THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE WITHOUT THE CONSEQUENCES THAT COULD COME FROM RAMPING UP FORMAL USES OF SANCTIONS. SO THAT IS HOW WE SORT OF SET THIS UP. I THINK IN TWO MONTHS WE’VE SEEN SOME GOOD RESULTS. I THINK WE NEED TO SEE THIS AND HOW IT PLAYS OUT. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE MONITORING IT, EVERY TWO WEEKS OFF OF OUR DASH BOARD AND THE TEAM IS LOOKING AT IT PRETTY ROUTINELY. BUT THAT’S SORT OF HOW WE GOT THERE AND WHERE THE DESIGN WAS. >>IN TERMS OF THIS, REMIND ME, WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE PERSON HERE? >>DAVID WISEBURG. >>W-I-S-E-B-U-R-G. >>OKAY. THANK YOU. >>SO I’M NOT FAMILIAR WITH THIS PARTICULAR RESEARCH. CAN YOU TELL ME MORE WHO HE IS? >>IN TERMS OF CREDENTIALS. └>HE’S A Ph.D., TEACHES AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY, TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY, AND I MEAN I THINK I COULD PRODUCE THREE TO FOUR PAGES OF HIS RESEARCH CITINGS ON HOW HE DOES POLICING BY POLICE AND HOW DO CRIMES AND OTHER BEHAVIOR CONCENTRATE AND HOW YOU DO IT IN A WAY A LOT OF THE RECENT RESEARCH HAS BEEN. IN A WAY THAT INCREASES LEGITIMACY. HE HAS DONE HIS WORK RECENTLY IN TUCSON AND SOME OTHER CITIES. WE WERE IN CONVERSATIONS WITH HIM TO DO IT HERE BECAUSE OF THE BUILT NATURE OF OUR URBAN ENVIRONMENT. A LOT REQUIRED HAVING TO DO SURVEYS OF PEOPLE LIVING IN THE HOT SPOTS, WHERE A LOT OF OUR FORTUNATELY THE FUND SEEKERS IN SEATTLE. WHILE WE HAVE A LOT OF FOR US HOT SPOTS, COMPARED TO A LOT OF CITIES, OUR BLOCKS THAT HAVE A LOT OF CRIMES DO NOT COMPARE TO BLOCKS AND HAVE A LOT OF CRIME IN OTHER CITIES. THE PLACES THAT HAD — COULDN’T GET INTO THE APARTMENT BUILDINGS TO DO THE SURVEYS. THEY DECIDED NOT TO DO THE RESEARCH HERE, BUT WE WERE INTERESTED IN LEARNING THAT SAME THING SPECIFICALLY TO SEATTLE. IF YOU TALK TO RESEARCHERS AROUND THE COUNTRY IN TERMS OF THE CERTAIN NETWORK OF THOSE WHO WERE EXPERTS ON HOW YOU THINK ABOUT CRIME AND PLACE, MOST OF THEM STUDIED UNDER HIS INITIAL, YOU KNOW, Ph.D.s THAT HE INTRODUCED. SO HE REALLY IS, I THINK THE GOLD, ONE OF THE GOLD STANDARDS OF HOW YOU DO PLACE-BASED RESEARCH ON WHAT AND HOW ENVIRONMENT IMPACTS CRIME AND HOW POLICE AND OTHER PROBLEM SOLVING EFFORTS CAN ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES. >>>TO ME WHAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED SOUNDS VERY SIMILAR TO BROKEN WINDOWS KIND OF APPROACHES. HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT OR SIMILAR TO THAT THEORY? AND MAYBE YOU WANT TO DESCRIBE THE THEORY SO FOLKS WHO ARE WATCHING KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. >>WELL MADAM CHAIR, DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS OF BROKEN WINDOWS. I THINK THE ORIGINAL THEORY INVOLVED WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY TO ADDRESS THOSE BROKEN WINDOWS. SOME DEPARTMENTS, I THINK SOME OTHER RESEARCHERS OR PRACTITIONERS SAY ZERO TOLERANCE. THAT IS NOT HOW GEORGE KELLY COINED IT, BUT HE DID THE RESEARCH OF FOCUSING ON THOSE PLACES WORK. THE THEORY WAS WHEN A NEIGHBORHOOD LOOKS LIKE NO ONE IS IN CONTROL, IT FACILITATES CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. THAT WAS THE BROKE IN WINDOWS THEORY. AND WHAT YOU COULD DO FROM A POLICING PERSPECTIVE IN THOSE LOCATIONS THAT REDUCES CRIME. DOES FOCUSING POLICE RESOURCES ON A HOT SPOT OF CRIME, DOES IT REDUCE CRIME? DO YOU HAVE DIFFUSION OF BENEFITS, DO YOU DISPLAY THE CRIME? THAT IS SORT OF THE WORK HE DID. BROKEN WINDOWS WASN’T A STRATEGY, BUT A THEORY ABOUT GENERAL ORDER SENDS A MESSAGE THAT ANY BEHAVIOR IS SORT OF TOLERATED. AND PEOPLE RAN WITH THAT AND ALSO IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. ALSO WHEN YOU DO A RESPONSE TO THAT. THE ORIGINAL THOUGHTS WERE YOU INVOLVE THE COMMUNITY. YOU CAN’T FIX THESE PROBLEMS. SOME CASES DIDN’T INVOLVE THE COMMUNITY AND THEY JUST DECIDED THAT MEANS WE’RE GOING TO ARREST EVERYONE FOR EVERYTHING. THAT WASN’T THE INTENTION OF BROKEN WINDOWS RECENTLY PASSED IF YOU TALK TO DR. KELLY. HIS INTENT WAS TO INVOLVE THE COMMUNITY IN FIXING THE PROBLEMS. >>SO JUST TO FOLLOW UP ON THE QUESTION. SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 THE CITY AUDITORS IN THE OFFICE DELIVERED A REPORT TO COUNCIL ABOUT THE RESEARCH CONDUCTED ON THIS VERY TOPIC. SO ON OUR CITY WEBSITE RIGHT NOW, THAT CAN PROVIDE YOU SOME BACKGROUND. AND TO SPEAK TO WHAT YOU’RE SAYING ABOUT BROKEN WINDOWS FROM A COP’S POINT OF VIEW ON THE STREETS, YOU CITE SOMEONE FOR LITTERING, WALKING AGAINST THE LIGHT, EVERY SINGLE THING YOU ADDRESS. WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE, YOU PUT AN OFFICER IN A HOT SPOT OR THAT BLOCK AS PRESENCE. JUST THE PRESENCE ALONE AND HOW IT AFFECTS ON CALLS FOR SERVICE, FEELING DISORDER. SO IT’S MORE OF BEING THERE. YOU DON’T NEED TO STOP EVERY SINGLE PERSON FOR EVERY SINGLE THING, YOU JUST NEED TO BE THERE AND THAT WILL HAVE AN AFFECT. >>BUT IN THIS CASE THERE HAVE BEEN CITATIONS AND AN ARREST MADE? AS A RESULT OF THAT? >>WE SEE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. WE GIVE NO SPECIFIC ORDER THAT OFFICERS NEED TO HAVE ON ANY TYPE OF NUMBERS. THAT WAS THEIR DISCRETION ON WHETHER OR NOT TO TAKE ACTIONS ON CERTAIN ISSUES. >>RIGHT, I THINK WE’LL GET INTO THIS A LITTLE FURTHER INTO THE PRESENTATION, SO I DON’T WANT TO TAKE US DOWN THAT SO QUICKLY. BUT I WANT TO BE CONSIDERATE THERE HAVE BEEN SOME LAW ENFORCEMENT CONSEQUENCES AS A RESULT OF THE PRESENCE OF SOME OF THESE HOT SPOTS AND TO HAVE A CLEAR SENSE OF WHAT THE CITATIONS ARE FOR, WHAT WARNINGS WERE FOR. I DON’T KNOW THE DETAILS ON EACH OF THESE CATEGORIES. >>IT’S BEEN TO ME AND WE’VE BEEN KEEPING THAT DATA AND WE HAVE BEEN ARCHIVING IT. I’M SURE WE COULD SUPPLY IT TO YOU AFTER THIS. >>ALONG WITH THAT WE’VE BEEN TRACKING OVER 300 MAINTENANCE- RELATED ISSUES AS A RESULT OF THIS. A PART OF WHAT WE DESCRIBED EARLIER, CONTINUING TO UPDATE. SO OVERALL IT’S POSITIVE OVERALL AS YOU TALKED ABOUT IN JUNE ACROSS THE CITY, NOT JUST THESE NEIGHBORHOODS, OFFICER PRODUCTIVITY WAS UP, 911 CALLS WERE DOWN AND MAJOR CRIME WAS DOWN. THEY HAD OVER 8,800 IN MAY AND JUNE COMPARED TO ABOUT 6,600 IN 2018. SO THAT’S AN INCREASE OF OFFICERS, PROACTIVELY ADDRESSING AN ISSUE, LOGGING THAT THEY GOT OUT AND TALKED TO SOMEBODY, 33%. THIS WORK HAS BEEN SUPPORTIVE BOTH BY STRAIGHT TIME OF OFFICERS ON PATROL WHERE THE ASSISTANT CHIEF AND THE CAPTAINS HAVE DIRECTED THEM TO THESE NEIGHBORHOODS WHEN THEY ARE NOT RESPONDING TO CALLS AND THE OVERTIME EMPHASIS HOURS OF ABOUT 3,800 EMPHASIS HOURS ACROSS THE SEVEN NEIGHBORHOODS FOR THESE TWO MONTHS. ALL THE STUFF THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS HAVE DONE. SO WE’RE GOING TO GO IN DETAIL BY NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT JUST SOME OF THE SIGNIFICANT MAINTENANCE AND CITY DEPARTMENT WORKS IN BALLARD A LOT OF ACTIVITY AND A LOT OF LIGHTING IMPROVEMENTS THAT CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS WILL TALK ABOUT IN A BIT. AND FROM FREMONT SOME IMPROVEMENTS ON THE BIKE WALKS AND THE KIOSK STAFFING DOWNTOWN AND PIONEER SQUARE OF KING STREET LANDSCAPING. AND A LOT OF SIGNAGE AND ILLEGAL DUMPING ATTENTION, SPECIFICALLY IN SOUTH PARK, SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SKATE PARK, WE ALSO SAW A LOT OF COMMUNITY CONCERNS WITH SOME PROPERTIES, SO ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO TRASH AND DEBRIS THAT WILL BE ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE VACANT PROPERTIES. THAT WAS AN ISSUE FOR HER AS WELL AND THEN IN GEORGETOWN SOME ADDITIONAL STREET LIGHT AND SCIENCE REPAIRS IN TOTAL THESE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS, BUT IN TOTAL AS I MENTIONED AROUND 300 IMPROVEMENTS. >>OKAY. >>AND NOW WE’LL START GOING INTO THE INDIVIDUAL NEIGHBORHOODS AND HAVE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS ADDRESSING WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IN EACH NEIGHBORHOODS. MR. FISH FISHER IF YOU WANT TO GO OVER HOT SPOTS IN BALLARD. >>BEFORE WE GO INTO EACH SPECIFIC NEIGHBORHOODS. THE LAST TIME WE WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO DISCUSS THIS IN COMMITTEE, I ASKED I DON’T KNOW WHY I KEEP DIRECTING THIS TO YOU AND TO EVERYBODY, BUT THE LAST TIME WE WOULD HAVE THE CHANCES TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION, I ASKED FOR DATA. I BELIEVE THE ANSWER I GOT FROM YOU WAS BOTH THE COMBINATION OF DATA ON POTENTIAL CRIME AND CONCERNS AND CALLS AND COMPLAINTS THAT WERE GENERATED FROM NEIGHBORS. TO ME THAT’S NOT A QUANTITATIVE WAY TO DEFINE WHY WE’RE GOING INTO SPECIFIC NEIGHBORHOODS. WHEN I’VE HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH FOLKS IN THE CENTRAL DISTRICT, THEY’VE REALLY TALKED ABOUT THE NEED FOR MORE LIGHTING. YOU KNOW THAT WAS ONE OF THE STATE OF GOALS YOU JUST MENTIONED A SECOND AGO. A DESIRE TO SEE MORE CURB CUTS. I LOOK AT YOU FOR LIGHTING, BUT THEY WANTED TO SHOWDOWN TRAFFIC IN CERTAIN AREAS AND WANTED TO MAKE SURE THERE WAS SOME CLEAR SIGNAGE AND LIGHTING AVAILABLE. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT I FEEL WOULD BE A GREAT WAY FOR US TO RESPOND TO COMMUNITY CONCERNS, BUT I STILL HAVEN’T SEEN THE DATA. I’M WONDERING HAS THE DATA BEEN PRODUCED TO SPECIFICALLY SHOW US AS COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALEZ MENTIONED THE SLIDE THREE DATA SHOWS THE CUMULATIVE DECREASES IN CRIME. IF YOU’RE USING THIS DATA TO DICTATE WHERE THESE EMPHASIS PATROLS ARE OCCURRING, HAVE YOU GIVEN US THE DATA SPECIFICS TO THESE NEIGHBORHOODS BECAUSE I DON’T SEE IT IN THIS SPECIFIC PRESENTATION. >>I’LL LET SPD TALK ABOUT THE DATA SPECIFICS. BUT IN TERMS OF THE CENTRAL AIR, WE DID GO AND DO SIMILAR APPROACHES IN THE CENTRAL AREA. IN FACT THANK YOU TO COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALEZ AROUND THE PUBLIC HEARING THAT WAS HELD TO KIND OF REPORT OUT ON SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS AROUND LIGHTING SPECIFICALLY OR TRAFFIC COMBING. BUT AS WE GO THROUGH THIS, WE WANT TO ALSO BALANCE THE TACTICAL KIND OF SPECIFIC IMPROVEMENTS WITH ALSO PROBLEMATIC APPROACHES. THAT’S WHERE A LOT OF THE CENTRAL AIR CONVERSATION WAS ABOUT THAT WE KNOW IT’S NOT JUST FIXING THE LIGHTING OR TRIMMING THE TREES. THOSE ARE IMPORTANT AND ALSO INVESTMENT AND STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN YOUTH-BASED PROGRAMS AND STABILIZATION PROGRAMS. THAT’S AS WE KIND OF GO INTO THE NEXT STEPS. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE HOPING TO MERGE THIS INTO AND I’LL TURN IT OVER TO SPD AROUND THE DATA QUESTIONS. >>YES, SO IN THE PRESENTATION WE HAD PRIOR, I THINK WE TRIED MAYBE WE NEEDED TO PROVIDE IT IN A DIFFERENT WAY. WE TRIED TO PRESENT THAT SOME OF THESE NEIGHBORHOODS ESPECIALLY LIKE FREMONT WAS ONE OF THEM, OUR HOTTEST NEIGHBORHOOD. AT THE END OF 2018 AND THE BEGINNING OF 2019 IN TERMS OF INCREASE IN OUR REPORTED CRIME AND CALLS FOR SERVICE, SORT OF THE CLEAR WINNER IF WE WERE GOING TO DO THIS ANYWHERE, WHERE DO WE DO IT? THEN WE TRIED TO ASSESS BOTH PRECINCT CAPACITY. IF A LOT OF THIS WORK IS BEING DONE BY ON-DUTY OFFICERS WHEN THEY’RE NOT RESPONDING TO CALLS, WE COULDN’T DO SO MUCH IN EACH INDIVIDUAL PRECINCT. BUT WE ALSO HAD TO LOOK AT WITH WHAT WE WERE ASKING THEM TO DO AND WHAT WE WERE ABLE TO JOIN UP WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS. WHERE WERE THERE OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE WE SAW CALLS FOR SERVICE THAT WERE UP, WHERE WE SAW CRIME THAT WAS UP UNUSUALLY. YOU KNOW DESPITE WHAT WE WERE ADDRESSING. I DON’T THINK THAT THE THOUGHT WAS IN SOME OF THESE WE WERE GOING TO BE SOLVING LONG-TERM PROBLEMS. JUST THE SCOPE OF WHAT WE WERE INVESTING. ADDRESSING WHY WAS THERE ALL OF A SUDDEN AN INCREASE IN CALLS AND CRIMES AND COMPLAINTS AND WHAT COULD WE DO TO ADDRESS SOMETHING BEFORE IT SORT OF GOT TO BE A MUCH LARGER ISSUE. AND THERE WERE SOME NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE IT WAS, THEY WERE NOT IN THE TOP SEVEN, BUT IN TERMS OF WHAT CAME UP FROM COMMUNITY MEETINGS, FROM MEETINGS THAT MANY MEMBERS AROUND THIS TABLE WENT TO WITH BIAs AND OTHER SORT OF GATHERINGS WE’RE HEARING ABOUT REAL SPECIFIC COMPLAINTS AND NEIGHBORHOODS AND THAT ALSO FACTORED INTO THE BROADER, YOU KNOW, WHERE DO WE START THIS? THE IDEA WAS DONE AND WE ARE NEVER GOING TO ADDRESS ANY NEIGHBORHOODS. BUT WE NEED TO START SOMEWHERE. WHERE WERE THE PLACES THAT HAVE SEEN THE MOST HOT OR THE MOST IN NEED OF AN IMMEDIATE THING THAT COULD BE ADDRESSED THROUGH OFFICER DEPLOYMENT ON EMPHASIS TIME AND THROUGH THE COLLABORATION WITH THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS. AND THEN SEE HOW THIS WORKED. IT IS A THEORY. IT HAS WORKED IF OTHER PLACES, BUT WE NEED TO SEE HOW THIS WORKS HERE, WHAT OUTCOMES WE GET HERE BEFORE WE ALSO ASSESS HOW DO WE, DOES THIS WORK IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS FOR THEIR PROBLEMS THAT WE’RE TRYING TO ADDRESS? AND SO WE COULD PRESENT THAT DATA IN A DIFFERENT WAY IF IT MAKES IT A LITTLE CLEARER ABOUT WHAT EACH NEIGHBORHOOD HAD. BUT WE WOULD TRY TO DO THAT IN THE LAST PRESENTATION. I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NEW TODAY. >>ABSOLUTELY. >>A QUICK FOLLOW UP. YOU SAID IT HAS WORKED IN OTHER PLACES. YOU’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT NEW YORK OR NEW JERSEY, ARE YOU? >>I MEAN WE MAY HAVE WORKED IN PLACES IN NEW JERSEY. BUT I’M NOT REFERENCING NEW YORK CITY. THERE ARE CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE DONE THIS SORT OF COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING INCREASED OFFICER PRESENCE WITH ADDRESSING SORT OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES TO DRIVE DOWN FEELINGS OF UNSAFE. >>I’M JUST ASKING FOR A FEW EXAMPLES. WHAT CITY WOULD YOU CITE? >>I COULD GET THEM TO YOU. >>OKAY. >>I KNOW LOOKING THROUGH THIS STUFF THERE ARE PLACES WHERE THE WORK HAS BEEN DONE AND IT WAS FOUND EFFECTIVE. RIGHT NOW I CAN’T RECALL THE NAMES. >>THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL. WHEN I REFERENCED IN JERSEY, IN REFERENCE TO THE DOCUMENTARY THAT PBS DID ON THE BROKEN WINDOWS STRATEGY IN NEWARK. AND SO I’M JUST MAKING SURE WE’RE NOT REFERENCING NEWARK BECAUSE IT’S NOT A PLACE WE WANT TO MODEL. >>QUICKLY I’LL ADD THIS ALSO HELPED US BUILD OFF OF TO COUNCIL-FUNDED INITIATIVES AROUND THE SOUTH PARK SAFETY TASK FORCE FROM THE GEORGETOWN PUBLIC SAFETY TASK FORCE AND ALLOWED US TO KIND OF BRING SOME LEVEL OF IMPLEMENTATION TO SOME OF THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS. AND AS YOU WELL KNOW THOSE WERE COUNCIL FUNDED. IN ADDITION TO THOSE TWO NEIGHBORHOODS WAS PARTIALLY ALSO BASED ON COMMUNITY FEEDBACK THAT WE WERE HEARING CONSISTENTLY THROUGH OUR INVESTMENTS AT THAT LEVEL. SO REAL QUICKLY WE’RE GOING TO KEEP GOING. SO IN BALLARD WE, SOME OF THE COMMUNITY PARTICIPANTS ALONG THE WALK JUST QUICKLY WERE THROUGH THE NORDIC MUSEUM, ST. LUKES WAS ALSO TALKING ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF THEIR PRESENCE ALONG BALLARD COMMENTS AND SOME OF THE RELATIONSHIPS THEY WERE HAVING BOTH WITH THE BALLARD LINES AS IT RELATES TO REACH AND ACTUALLY PROVIDING SERVICES. I WON’T GO INTO DETAIL AS YOU CAN SEE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS. SOME OF THE SPECIFIC CONCERNS THAT WE HEARD, NEXT SLIDE, WERE AROUND BALLARD COMMONS PARK, BUT ALSO THROUGHOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS DISTRICT AROUND REPLACING SIGNAGE, ADDING BATHROOM CAPACITY. I’LL TURN IT OVER QUICKLY TO CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS TO TALK AT THAT POINT. >>GREAT, I’D LIKE TO START OUT BY THANKING TECHNOLOGY AND COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALEZ. LAST YEAR YOU PUT $130,000 IN THE PARK DEPARTMENT BUDGET FOR ENHANCED PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVATION OF BALLARD COMMONS PARK. THIS REALLY HELPED US A LOT. OUR THEORY OF CHANGE APPROACH TO REALLY ANY PARK, WE KNOW THAT INCREASED ACTIVATION AND ENHANCED MAINTENANCE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE PARK. THE THIRD ROW OF THAT STOOL IS SAFETY AND SECURITY. SO WE WORK CLOSELY WITH SPD WHEN WE NEED TO DO THAT. BUT BY FAR ACTIVATION AND JUST TAKING CARE OF THE WAY THE PARK LOOKS MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. >>CHRISTOPHER, I KNOW YOU ALL ARE TAKING SOME CUES FROM SOME PROGRAMMING AND SOME MODELS THAT HAVE BEEN DONE IN SAN FRANCISCO SPECIFICALLY AS IT RELATES TO ONE ASPECT OF ACTIVATION OF THE PARK, WHICH IS A SAFE AND HEALTHY RESTROOM THAT IS PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE. SO I WANT TO APPRECIATE THE WORK OF YOUR STAFF IN LOOKING AT THOSE MODELS IN SAN FRANCISCO THAT I THINK HAVE BEEN REALLY EFFECTIVE AND WELL RECEIVED. AND ARE A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW THEY COULD MEET THE NEEDS OF EVERYONE REGARDLESS OF THEIR HOUSED STATUS. >>THANK YOU. THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. WE STARTED GROUND, OR RATHER WE HAVE BROKEN GROUND ON THE INSULATION OF THE PORTLAND LOOP. AND THAT HAS BEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING. WE EXPECT TO HAVE A PORTLAND LOOP UP AND RUNG. WE HAVE INSTALLED A TEMPORARYCAN. WE HAVE ALSO LEVERAGED AROUND THE PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVATION HAPPENING IN THE PARK. WE WILL RAMP UP TO SEVEN DAY A WEEK PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVATION ON AUGUST 1. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT. OUR GOAL FOR THE GREEN SHEET WAS TO HAVE THAT DONE BY JULY 1, BUT WE HAD A STAFFING AND RAMP UP ISSUES, SO WE ARE DOING FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVATION. THIS WEEKEND THERE’S A KIDS’ CARNIVAL IN THE PARK. AND WE ARE ALSO INCREASING OUR LEVEL OF PARK CLEANING TO THREE CLEANINGS PER DAY. AND THIS INCLUDES THINGS LIKE PAYING ATTENTION TO BENCHES, REMOVING GRAFFITI IN 24 HOURS. WE TREAT SINGLE TENTS AND ENCAMPMENTS LIKE STANDALONE OBSTRUCTIONS AND WE’LL HAVE THOSE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY FOR THE MOST PART. WE ARE WORKING WITH THE BALLARD ALLIANCE TO REDEVELOP THE PLAY AREA AND IN BALLARD COMMONS PARK. A LOT HAPPENING. >>ANY OTHER QUESTIONS ON THIS ONE? >>OKAY. >>SOME OF THE OTHER IMPROVEMENTS REALLY CAME AT THE HANDS OF SDOT, SO I WILL TURN IT OVER TO SAM OR TALK ABOUT THE CROSSWALK AND THE VEGETATION MAINTENANCE. >>SURE. I THINK THAT’S AN SDOT CREW OUT THERE IN THAT PICTURE. YOU KNOW WE WERE ABLE TO ADDRESS A LOT OF THE BASIC MAINTENANCE ISSUES OUT THERE IN THE STREETS. I THINK IN TERMS OF HOW THIS WAS HELPFUL FOR US AS WELSHING WE WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY SOME THINGS THAT ARE OUR OWN INSPECTIONS THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE MISSED LIKE THE POTHOLE THAT WAS LEADING TO TRASH, YOU KNOW, TRASH AND DEBRIS COLLECTING IN THE ALLEY THAT WE MIGHT HAVE FOUND AND ADDRESSED, BUT GETTING THE INFORMATION DIRECTLY ON HOW THEY AFFECTED MULTIPLE THINGS FROM THE TRASH COLLECTION TO JUST PERCEPTIONS OF ORDER IN THE ALLEY, WE WERE ABLE TO FILL THAT POTHOLE THE DAY OF THE WALK. SO ABLE TO GET OUT VERY QUICKLY AND DEAL WITH THINGS THAT WERE COMING FROM THE COMMUNITY CONCERNS. >>JUST QUICKLY SOME OF THE PHOTOS. BUT IN TERMS OF THE RESULTS OF THE EMPHASIS, WE’LL TURN IT BACK OVER TO SPD. >>THANK YOU. IN SOUTH BALLARD, OUR NEIGHBORHOOD NAMED SOUTH BALLARD, BOTH MONTHS, THEY SAW AN INCREASE IN THEIR SIMILAR MONTH FROM 2018. AND SO IN MAY THERE WAS A 40% INCREASE AND IN JUNE A 58% INCREASE. CALLING FOR SERVICES FROM THE COMMUNITY WHERE THEY WERE FLAT ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME THING. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MAJOR CRIME, ACTUALLY IN 2019 WE HAD THREE ADDITIONAL THAN WE HAD IN THE SAME TIME PERIOD IN 2018 AND SO JUST STATISTICALLY FLAT AND THEN YOU CAN SEE IN THE GRAPH, SORRY, IT’S HARD TO TURN AND LOOK. BUT YOU CAN SEE IN 2019, WHICH ARE THE GREEN LINE HAVE BEEN GOING UP SINCE FEBRUARY. WE WERE ALREADY WORKING THERE AND THEY REALLY RAMP UP IN MAY AND JUNE WHEN THIS STARTED AND THEN JULY THE REASON WHY THERE’S NO LINE TO IT FOR FUTURE SLIDES, THAT’S THE PARTIAL MONTH COMPARED TO THE FULL MONTH OF 2018. THAT’S WHY IT’S JUST A DOT. AND SO WE’VE USED, SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MAY THROUGH JUNE OVER 675 EMPHASIS HOURS ACROSS BALLARD AND FREMONT TRACKING THOSE, THEY’RE COMBINED IN THE BUDGET CODE, AND THEN OUR TEAM HAS MADE OVER 180 CONTACTS IF SOUTH BALLARD INCLUDING 24 BOOKINGS INTO JAIL. 96 WARNINGS, WHICH ARE BOTH ORAL AND WRITTEN. WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN WHAT THE WARNING WAS IN REFERENCE TO, BUT SOME OF THEM MAY NOT BE THE WHOLE POINT OF THAT WARNING BECAUSE THERE’S NOT MUCH OF A BENEFICIAL RECORD. AND INCLUDING 13 REFERRALS TO LEAD. >>AND SO I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE REFERRALS, SO THERE ISN’T A LOT OF TEXTURE FOR WHO OR WHAT. ARE THEY FOR HOMELESS SERVICES OR WHAT ARE THEY REFERRING PEOPLE TO? >>FROM THE DATA, THAT OFFICERS WERE TRACKING FOR THIS, YOU KNOW, CRISIS REFERRALS, THOSE ARE REFERRALS TO GET THEM CONNECTED TO OTHER SERVICES THAT THEY MIGHT NEED. WE COULD TRY TO DIG INTO THAT MORE TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM THAT LED TO IT, BUT ALSO WHILE THEY WERE DOING THIS, THEY WERE NOT TRYING TO HAVE THEM OVERLY DOCUMENTED, WHAT THEY ARE DOING WHILE THEY ARE OUT THERE AND NOT DIAGNOSING WHAT IS THE PROBLEM. AND SO IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY TRACKED. BUT WE COULD SHOW YOU A LITTLE BIT MORE AS YOU USE THE WORD TEXTURE. I THINK WE WERE RUNNING OUT OF SPACE IN THIS PRESENTATION. I THINK IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE THIS INFORMATION. I APPRECIATE THAT WE DON’T WANT TO CREATE SORT OF A BURDENSOME STRUCTURE FOR OUR OFFICERS IN THE NEED TO DOCUMENT THESE ITEMS, BUT IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE A GENERAL SENSE AND AN IDEA, WHAT THE REFERRALS ARE TO AND WHO ARE RECEIVING THOSE REFERRALS. IN OTHER ROOMS WE’RE HAVING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT REPEAT OFFENDERS AND HIGH BARRIER INDIVIDUALS, AND ACTIVELY EVALUATING WHAT KIND OF STRATEGIES THE CITY COULD UTILIZE TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THAT PARTICULAR POPULATION. WE WERE VERY GOOD AT REFERRING PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WERE GOOD AT FOLLOWING UP ON THE REFERRALS, BUT THE QUALITY IS AN OPEN QUESTION, AND SO I THINK THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF DATA FOR US TO CONTINUE TO COLLECT, PROVIDING US WITH A LOT OF RICH DATA TO GIVE THE ELECTED PARTS OF THE WORK GROUP TO DIG IN AND GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHO THIS POPULATION IS, WHO ARE THESE INDIVIDUALS, AND WHAT THEIR UNIQUE NEEDS MIGHT BE. I DON’T WANT TO MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO COLLECT DATA THAT COULD FURTHER OUR EFFORTS TO REALLY THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY NEED SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT STRATEGY AND INTERVENTION TO PREVENT NEGATIVE ACTIVITY AND COMMUNITIES. I WOULD FIND IT REALLY HELPFUL TO HAVE THOSE REFERRALS. ALSO I WOULD WANT TO KNOW, YOU KNOW, SETTING ASIDE WHO THEY ARE REFERRED TO. YOU KNOW ARE THESE FOLKS WHO ARE LIVING IN CARS OR FOLKS LIVING IN RVs. ARE THEY FOLKS LIVING IN TENTS AND IT IS ALSO LITTLE UNCLEAR TO ME WHETHER THESE ARE JUST, THESE REFERRALS ARE BEING MADE FROM CONTEXT AS PART OF THE NAVIGATION TEAM THAT ARE GETTING LUMPED INTO THIS OR IF THESE ARE INDEPENDENT FROM NAVIGATION TEAM CONTEXT. >>SO THIS IS MOST PATROL. THE OFFICERS COULD HAVE MADE A REFERRAL OVER TO THE HSD SIDE OF SPD COLLABORATION WITH HSD. REFERRING PEOPLE FOR SERVICES TO THOSE OFFICERS THAT ARE A PART OF THE HSD TEAM. ALSO WE COULD HAVE REFERRED CITIZENS JUST TO OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS, WHICH I SPOKE TO BEFORE WHEN I WAS FIRST HERE ON TRYING TO DO AN EDUCATION PIECE TO THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS THE OFFICERS ON HOW TO PROMOTE CITY SERVICES AND DIRECT PEOPLE TO THE EXACT DEPARTMENT THAT THEY’RE SUPPOSE TO GO TO TO ASK THE PROPER QUESTIONS. SO WE CAN DIG THAT OUT. I’VE BEEN ON MY CACTUS NOW ON DOCUMENTING LOTS OF INFORMATION. WE CAN PULL THAT OUT. >>I APPRECIATE THAT. I REALLY APPRECIATED YOUR COMMENTS AT OUR LAST COMMITTEE HEARING ON THIS TOPIC, WHICH CLEARLY INDICATED IN SOME INSTANCES MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WANT OFFICERS TO ARREST PEOPLE FOR THINGS THAT ARE JUST NOT ARRESTABLE OFFENSES. AND THERE IS, I THINK, A GREATER IMPORTANT EFFORT BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT OFFICERS WHO ARE DOING PATROL UNDERSTAND HOW TO ARTICULATE THAT NUANCE IN THEIR CONTACTS WITH INDIVIDUAL WHO WANT TO SEE, YOU KNOW, IN SOME INSTANCES INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED FOR REASONS THAT DON’T MERIT AN ARREST. >>THANK YOU. >>COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA? >>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I APPRECIATE THE INQUIRY FROM OUR CHAIR AND WOULD ALSO ADD TO THAT. IN ADDITION TO UNDERSTANDING WHERE THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE COMING FROM, WHETHER THEY ARE INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN RVs, INFORMATION ON THE DEMOGRAPHICS IN TERMS OF RACE, ETHNICITY, GENDER, I DON’T KNOW THAT YOU COLLECT INCOME DATA, BUT I ASSUME IF WE’RE TALKING ABOUT CROSSING THE STREET AND NOT AT A CROSSWALK IF WE’RE TALKING ABOUT LITTERING AS THE TWO EXAMPLES THAT WERE GIVEN. THESE ARE GOING TO FALL INTO POTENTIAL AREAS WHERE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE MORE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE GETTING US THE CITATION OR AN INFRACTION POTENTIALLY JUST BY THE FACT THEY’RE OUTSIDE MORE OFTEN. YOU COULD AGREE TO HAVE SOME OF THE GRAPHIC DATA ON THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE POTENTIALLY GETTING BOTH REFERRALS. I WOULD ALSO EXTEND THAT REQUEST TO THE JAIL BOOKINGS INFRACTIONS, CITATIONS, WARNINGS. I DON’T SEE A TON OF INFORMATION IN HERE ABOUT THE TYPE OF INFRACTIONS AND CITATIONS, AND SPECIFICALLY THE JAIL BOOKING CONTENT THAT LED THEM TO THAT SITUATION. THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO HAVE. >>IT’S PRETTY LAYERED. WE HAVE BEEN MANUALLY RECORDING THIS INFORMATION AS YOU KNOW, ROBUST ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM IN THE PRO WILL COLLECT THE INFORMATION. SO THERE ARE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO DISTRACT THAT INFORMATION TO GET IT TO YOU. >>ONE LAST THING ON THIS THAT I HAVE NOTICED. SO THERE IS A REFERENCE TO THE FACT THAT THERE WERE 180 CONTACTS IN BALLARD IN PARTICULAR AND OF THOSE 180 CONTACTS, THERE WERE 13 REFERRALS TO LEAD, WHICH SEEMS LOW TO ME. JUST WANTED TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF AN EXPLANATION OF WHY THERE WERE ONLY 13 AND MAYBE IT’S NOT LOW, SO YOU KNOW, HELP ME UNDERSTAND. >>UNLESS I LOOK AT THE EXACT REFERRAL COVER SHEETS. SO THE NORTH PRECINCT IS SECOND HIGHEST IN REFERRALS TO LEAD. NOW WE’RE TALKING ABOUT JUST ONE MICRO COMMUNITY AND CERTAIN CRITERIA ON WHY THAT PERSON MUST FIT TO BE REFERRED. AND SO WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE EXACT REFERRAL SHEETS, I WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO WHY THEY WERE REFERRED OR IF THEY WERE A SOCIAL CONTACT REFERRAL OR AN ARREST REFERRAL. SO WE ALSO HAVE THAT INFORMATION WE COULD PULL OUT. >>GREAT, THANK YOU. >>AND SO NEXT WE’RE TRY TO TURN IT OVER TO BOBBY. >>JUST A TIME OUT TO GO THROUGH IT PRETTY QUICKLY. THE ENDING IS AT 11:30, IS THAT RIGHT? >>WAS THERE A QUESTION? >>THE END TIME IS 11:30, IS THAT CORRECT? >>WE STARTED AT 10:20. AND WE ALLOTTED 60 MINUTES, BUT OUR COMMITTEE IS SCHEDULED TO END AT 11:30, SO WE TECHNICALLY HAVE UNTIL 11:30. >>I’LL GO THROUGH IT QUICKLY. >>THANK YOU. FREMONT HAS SIMILAR CHARACTERISTICS. >>AND DIRECTOR LEE IF YOU COULD PULL THAT MICROPHONE CLOSER TO YOU. >>I HAVE EXTENSIVE NOTES FROM WHAT WE COLLECTED FROM THE NEIGHBORHOODS, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO GO OVER ALL OF THEM. BUT I’LL BE HAPPY TO TURN THEM OVER. BUT THE THEME IS PAVEMENT PARKING 35th AVENUE, WHICH HAS BEEN RESOLVED. VEGETATION ISSUES, AND, OF COURSE, THERE’S SOME, THERE IS THIS ONE STREET, FINNEY STREET AVENUE THAT HAS BEEN THE POINT OF DISCUSSION EXTENSIVELY WITH THAT NEIGHBORHOOD BECAUSE IT’S KIND OF NARROW, THERE’S A BIKE LANE, FREIGHT ACCESS IS AN ISSUE FOR THE RESTAURANTS WITH SOME PROBLEM SOLVING THERE. AND THEN CURB CUTS AND PASSENGER LOADING ZONES. MOSTLY IT WAS RELATED TO TRANSPORTATION DESIGN-RELATED ISSUES. SO TO SPEAK TO THE WORK IN FREMONT, WE DID SEE IN MAY 161% INCREASE COMPARED TO 2018 IN PROACTIVE POLICING AND 118% IN JUNE. OVERALL FOR THOSE TWO MONTHS IN FREMONT, 911 CALLS WERE ACTUALLY DOWN 8%. THE TEAMS MADE 35 CONTACTS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MAY. AND THEY MADE SEVEN BOOKINGS IN FOUR SERVICE REFERRALS. MAJOR CRIME WAS DOWN 42% WITH PROPERTY CRIME DOWN 58 INCIDENTS. I THINK WE WILL SEE A LOT OF THIS IN THE END OF LAST YEAR, A LARGE INFLUX THAT WAS ADDRESSED. I THINK OVERALL WITH THE WORK WE SAW FURTHER DECREASES IN ACTIVITY IN FREMONT THAT HAS BEEN A VERY BUSY NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE BEGINNING OF 2019. >>ANY QUESTIONS? OKAY. COUNCIL MEMBER PACHECO? >>BEFORE I BEGIN, MY QUESTIONS, YESTERDAY WE HAD AN INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED IN THE U DISTRICT. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE PERSON WHO LOST THEIR LIFE YESTERDAY. IN THE PREVIOUS PRESENTATION IN FOLLOWING COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA’S POINT ON HOW THE NEIGHBORHOODS WERE SELECTED, WHY IT’S AMONG THE HIGHEST IN NORTH SEATTLE. THE POINTS MADE, YOU KNOW, THIS MORNING HAS BEEN WHERE DO WE START? NORTH PRECINCT HAS THE SECOND HIGHEST LEAD EXPANDED INTO THE U DISTRICT, WHICH I APPRECIATE. THERE IS ALSO A NUMBER OF CONCERNS THAT I HAVE HEARD FROM OEDs POINT AND BUSINESSES THERE. I’VE MADE OVERTURES TO YOUR VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS ABOUT THE NEED AND ASSUMING THIS IS DONE TO FOCUS ON OUR INVESTMENTS STRATEGICALLY AND THE CITY DEPARTMENTS TO COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALEZ’S POINT OF IT BEING, GETTING BUREAUCRATS OUT OF CITY HALL. THE U.S. DISTRICT CONTINUES TO BE IGNORED. AND THAT TO ME IS VERY ALARMING BECAUSE THE INVESTMENT AND THE VISION ISN’T VERY FORWARD THINKING. THE FRONT LINE OF DEFENSE FOR MY DISTRICT. SO I HEAR THAT TIME AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN. I WANT TO MAKE SOMETHING VERY, VERY CLEAR. WHILE I’M HERE IN TRUMP BASIS, I’M NOT HERE TO BE AN INTERIM PUNCHING BAG FOR YOUR DEPARTMENT. IT IS VERY FRUSTRATING. AND SO I’M CURIOUS TO KNOW WHAT ARE YOU ALL GOING TO DO COLLABORATIVELY TO FOCUS ON THE U DISTRICT BECAUSE THOSE ARE VERY MUCH VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES. TO SPD’S POINT, HATE CRIME DATA ARE AMONG THE HIGHEST IN THE U DISTRICT. WE CONTINUE TO NEGLECT THAT AREA OF SEATTLE. WE HAVE, WE’VE MADE MULTI- BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENTS IN LIGHT RAIL. WHERE SHE A LIGHT RAIL STATION THAT OPENED UP. SO THE NUMBER OF BUSINESSES ARE MINORITY OR WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES. WHAT PRIORITY IS THIS ADMINISTRATION GOING TO FOCUS ON BECAUSE I HAVE BROUGHT IT UP IN CONVERSATIONS. I’M KIND OF ASKING COLLECTIVELY WHAT THIS BODY IS GOING TO DO. >>IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE. >>AND SO A COUPLE OF THINGS FROM THE DEPARTMENT STANDPOINT AND TO THE DEPARTMENT DOESN’T IGNORE ANY NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE CITY OF SEE YACHT. SO WE TALK ABOUT EMPHASIS, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PLACE-BASED DIRECTIVE PATROLS FOR RESOURCES AND WE WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR ON- DUTY RESOURCES. I THINK MAYBE WHAT YOU’RE REFERRING TO FOR US, WITH OVERTIME OFFICERS IN THAT AREA, NOT AT THIS TIME. WHAT’S HAPPENED IS WE MEET EVERY TWO WEEKS AND WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING AT OUR NUMBERS AND WE’RE ALWAYS LOOKING TO READJUST. AND THE NUMBERS WILL CONTINUE TO PLUMMET IN FREMONT. IT’S VERY CLEAR, I THINK TO ANYONE THAT NOW WE HAVE AREAS THAT ARE WARMING UP. ONE OF THOSE AREAS IS THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT. AND THE AURORA CORRIDOR, WHICH HISTORICALLY EVERY SUMMER STARTS TO WARM UP. WE’RE CURRENTFULLY THE PROCESS OF READJUSTING. WE HAVE TAKEN OUR SQUAD OUT OF THIS ROTATION MOVING THEM TO UNIVERSITY WAY. THAT NEIGHBORHOOD. AND THEY HAVE BEEN DIRECT TODAY GO THAT WAY. WE ARE COORDINATING, WE ARE GOING TO FOLLOW THE LEADS ON THE HOMICIDES AS YOU KNOW WE HAD A HOMICIDE LAST FIGHT ON THE AURORA CORRIDOR AND FOUR THIS YEAR IN THAT WAY AND IT IS CONCERNING TO ME. I LIVE IN THE NORTH END. I SEE THINGS AS I’M COMING AND GOING BACK AND FORTH FROM WORK, SO IT’S HARD. WE WILL ADJUST LIKE WE ALWAYS DO. AND GOING FORWARD, WE WILL READJUST RESOURCES AND LEVEL THINGS OUT WHERE THEY TELL US TO GO. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? >>I WANT ATTORNEY SIZE THAT EARLIER POINT AND THEY WOULD NOT HAVE PREVENTED THE INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY IN THE U DISTRICT. AND WHAT I’M STILL CONCERNED ABOUT, WE WANT TO DO THE PATROLS IN NORTH SEATTLE IN THE AREAS WHERE WE SAID EARLIER AND IN THAT PRIOR COMMITTEE, WHERE THEY WOULD RECEIVE THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS FROM FIXING IT. WELL AGAIN, IF WE’RE FOLLOWING THE LOGICS AND USE DATA WHERE WE’RE GOING TO FOCUS THE EMPHASIS IN REGARDS TO POLICE, DATA OF PERCEIVED CRIME AND REAL CRME IS HIGHEST IN THE U DISTRICT IN NORTH SEATTLE, WE IGNORED IT. ASSUMING EVERYONE COLLECTIVELY WITH THE BEST OF THE INTENTIONS ARE COORDINATING NOT JUST WITH POLICE, BUT CITY SERVICES. AND IF THAT IS THE CASE, WHY ARE WE NOT TO DIRECTOR’S POINT FOCUSING MORE ON WHERE WE ARE FOCUSING AS A COMMUNITY COLLECTIVELY? OUR INVESTMENTS IN LIGHT RAIL, OUR INVESTMENTS ON NEW GROWTH IN TERMS OF POPULATION AND WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE U DISTRICT. AND SO THAT TO ME IS FOCUSING FORWARD-THINKING COLLECTIVELY OF WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING. BUT WE’VE MISSED THE MARK ON THIS. >>I APPRECIATE YOUR POINT. AS WE THROW THIS, IT EQUIPMENT THE COLLABORATION OF THE STRUCTURE AMONGST THE DEPARTMENTS TO DO THIS TYPE OF EFFORT. I’M TALKING ABOUT THE CITY SERVICE COORDINATION. CERTAINLY AS WE LOOK INTO THE U DISTRICT, AS WE LOOK UP IN LAKE CITY AND BEACON HILL AND OTHER AREAS DOWN SOUTH, WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO TAKE THIS MODEL TO SCALE AND SO THAT’S AT THE END OF THE PRESENTATION AS WE TALKED ABOUT NEXT STEPS, AND WE’RE REALLY EXCITED. KIND OF AS OEDs AND THE COCHAIR IN THIS EFFORT TO TRY TO DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. TO GO INTO THE U DISTRICT AS WE HAVE DONE WITH SOME OF THESE AREAS AS WELL. FROM THE CITY SERVICE COORDINATION SIDE, THAT’S ABSOLUTELY THE CASE. >>ALL RIGHT. WELL I WANT TO THANK COUNCIL MEMBER PACHECO FOR HIS ADVOCACY FOR THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT. I AGREE. I’VE SPENT A FAIR AMOUNT OF TIME THERE NOT JUST AS AN ELECTED, BUT PREVIOUS TO BEING IN THE ELECTED OFFICE AS YOU’LL CERTAINLY SEE THE COMPLEX OF PUBLIC SAFETY INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES THAT WILL EXIST WITHIN THE U DISTRICT THAT HAVE BEEN ONGOING FOR A LONG TIME AND I THINK THE POPULATION AND THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIVE IN THE U DISTRICT ARE UNIQUE IN TERMS OF THE ENTIRE CITY AND WE HAVE A MIX OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, MAJOR INSTITUTIONS, STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND THEN JUST, YOU KNOW, THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME AND WE ALSO HAVE A LARGE UNSHELTERED POPULATION PRIMARILY YOUTH POPULATION IN THAT PART OF TOWN AND THAT DOES INCLUDE UNFORTUNATELY SOME STUDENTS WHO ARE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON WHO WILL CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE THE HOUSING INSTITUTIONS AS WELL, SO I DO THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE AN ANSWER TO THE QUESTION THAT COUNCIL MEMBER PACHECO HAS POSED THAT ARE HOLISTIC AND GIVE US AS THE COUNCIL ON HIM AS A DISTRICT 4 REPRESENTATIVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE CITY IS MEETING THOSE UNIQUE NEEDS OF THAT NEIGHBORHOOD WITHIN DISTRICT FOUR. SO I APPRECIATE THE LINE OF QUESTIONING AND THE ADVOCACY THERE. >>THANK YOU, CHAIR, MADAM CHAIR. AS WE CONTINUE TO EXPAND THE VERSION OF THIS, WE WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH YOU TO IDENTIFY THE SPECIFICS. LARGER NEIGHBORHOODS WITH THE U DISTRICT. >>YEAH. >>AND WE ARE JUST GOING TO MOVE. DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION? >>WE’RE GOING TO MOVE ON. WE HAVE EIGHT MINUTES. >>OKAY. >>I’M GOING TO GO QUICKLY THROUGH PIONEER SQUARE, BUT SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS WE SAW THERE AROUND THE CLEAN UP OF BENCHES, PAINTED BENCHES, AND RESTRETCHED CROSSWALKS. A LOT OF THE DISTRICT OF THE SHARP CONTAINERS ARE SOMETHING THAT THEY ASKED US. AND A BIG CONCERN WAS AROUND THE PHONE BOOTH THAT WAS THERE AND WE WERE ABLE TO REMOVE THAT AND THEN ALSO IMPROVE THE BENCHES AT PIONEER SQUARE AND WILL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE THERE AT SPU. SPD. >>EMPIRE SQUARE THERE WAS SIGNIFICANT INCREASE, 78% IN MAY, 31% IN JUNE. OVERALL 911 CALLS WERE DOWN 15%. WE MADE OVER 100 CONTACTS SINCE BEING THERE FOR JAIL BOOKINGS AND 22 CITATIONS AND MULTIPLE ORAL WARNINGS AND PARK WARNINGS. IN MAY CRIME WAS DOWN EIGHT INCIDENTS IN JUNE UP NINE INCIDENTS, SO WE’RE MONITORING THAT. THERE WAS SOME AS CHIEF MENTIONED IN JUNE, WE WOULD START TO SHIFT MORE FROM PIONEER SQUARE TO PIKE PINE. WE’RE ASSESSING HOW THAT WORKED. WE TOOK NARCOTICS AND FIREWORKS AS A RESULT OF PIONEER SQUARE WITH 700 HOURS SPENT AT PIONEER SQUARE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MAY. BOBBY? >>DOWNTOWN, STREET LIGHT, WE HAVE A STREET LIGHT ISSUE DOWNTOWN. I THINK THAT’S BEEN FIXED ALREADY. THE SEAT, THE STREET OF SIDEWALK WASHING AND I LEARNED EXTENSIVELY ABOUT THE CONTINUOUS WASHING THAT GOES ON DOWNTOWN AREA. AND ACTUALLY DISTRICTTHAT DOES WEEKLY WASHING ON THE WEEKENDS, THE LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE, THE NEWSPAPER BOXES, WHICH IS AN INTERESTING ISSUE DOWNTOWN. IT’S ATTRACTING NUANCE, THESE EMPTY BOXES. AND THEN DEALING WITH THIRD AVENUE KIOSK. I’LL LEAVE IT THERE FOR NOW. I HAVE EXTENSIVE NOTES IF YOU WOULD LIKE FOR US TO TURN IT OVER. AND THEN DOWNTOWN, WHICH IS A LITTLE MORE FOR US TO DESIGN IN TERMS OF PULLING DATA TO THE REPORTING AREA TO GET NO NEIGHBORHOOD THAT’S EXCLUSIVELY THE PIKE PINE CORRIDOR AND HOW WE WERE ABLE TO PULL THE DATA. WE DID SEE THE OFFICER’S INTERVIEWS WERE DOWN IN MAY AND JUNE BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF WORK GOING ON THERE. BUT WE MENTIONED IN JUNE, WE DID START TO SHIFT SOME OF THE WORK THAT HAD BEEN GOING ON AT PIONEER SQUARE AND UP TO PIKE PINE. DESPITE BEING DOWN COMPARED TO 18, THEY MADE OVER 100 CONTACTS INCLUDING EIGHT BOOKINGS, 45 INFRACTIONS, 11 ORAL AND PARK WARNINGS AND ONE SERVICE REFERRAL. CRIME WAS DOWN 61% IN MAY. AND IN JUNE IT WAS DOWN THREE INCIDENTS. OVER 700 EMPHASIS AT THIS HOUR SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MAY. >>OKAY, WE’LL GO INTO SODO, A PRETTY DYNAMIC PLACE. I WANT TO SAY THEY HAVE MADE CONSIDERABLE INVESTMENTS IN THEIR BUSINESSES, INCLUDING HOMELESS OUTREACH AND ENHANCED SERVICES. MAJOR ISSUES ARE PARKING SIGNS, VEGETATION MAINTENANCE. RV TRASH REMOVAL AND RV ISSUES IN GENERAL INCLUDING DURING SPORTS EVENTS AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH CONSIDERATION FOR, AGAIN, RV-RELATED ISSUES. I’LL LEAVE IT AT THERE. I HAVE EXTENSIVE NOTES IF YOU NEED THEM. >>YOU HAVE FOUR MINUTES. >>AND FOR BOTH MONTHS IF OVERALL 911 CALLS WERE DOWN IN SODO. OFFICERS MADE OVER 120 CONTACTS IN MAY, 26 BOOKINGS, TWO SERVICE REFERRALS AND ONE INCLUDING, SORRY, INCLUDING ONE REFERRAL TO LEAD PROPERTY CRIME, WHICH WAS THE MAJOR CONCERN. IT WAS DOWN 9% IN THE PAST 28 DAYS. OVER 1,5 HUSHES EMPHASIS AT THIS HOUR SPLIT BETWEEN SODO AND GEORGETOWN JUST BECAUSE OF THE BUDGETING CODE, BUT A LOT OF WORK BEING DONE IN SODO. >>JUST ONE MORE THING. BECAUSE IT INCLUDES INDUSTRIAL AREA, THE WORKERS AND THE BUS SERVICES WERE ALSO AN ISSUE. >>SO QUICKLY THROUGH GEORGETOWN, AGAIN, THANK YOU TO THE GEORGETOWN ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY TASK FORCE FOR CORD FATING THIS TOUR. IN THERE WE SAW A LOT OF REQUESTS FOR VEGETATION MAINTENANCE. YOU SEE AN EXAMPLE HERE AS WELL AS PAVEMENT MARKINGS THAT WE ATTENDED TO. >>SO AGAIN IN BOTH MONTHS, THEY WERE UP 116%. SPD TEAMS IN GEORGETOWN MADE 15 CONTACTS INCLUDING SEVERAL ORAL WARNINGS, TWO CITATIONS, AND ONE JAIL BOOKINGS. OVERALL CRIME WAS DOWN. UP THREE INCIDENTS IN JUNE. BUT SIX FEWER PROPERTY CRIMES IN JUNE. A LOT OF WORK AROUND RVs IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF CALLS, NOT CALLS FOR HELP, BUT CALLS TO ASK FOR HELP, NOT 911 CALLS, PEOPLE ASKING TO ADDRESS RVs IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND THAT SPLIT THE 1,500 HOURS, NOT AS MUCH WORK IN GEORGETOWN AS SODO, BUT A SMALLER NEIGHBORHOOD AND A LOT OF EFFORT GOING ON THERE. >>AND SO IN SOUTH PARK I JUST WANT TO THANK THE YOUTH CORE MARTINEZ PULLING A LOPEZ AND CLEAN UP COALITION THAT IS REALLY HELPING US PUT THAT TOGETHER AS WELL AS THE MERCHANTS. IN SOUTH PARK THERE IS A LOT OF WORK DONE BY PARKS IN SDOT, SO I WILL TURN IT OVER TO CHRISTOPHER AND SAM. >>GREAT, THANK YOU, ANDREAS. WE WERE CURRENTLY WORKING TO DEVELOP AN MOU THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO ENGAGE IN CONTINUING MAINTENANCE OF THE SKATE PARK. A FEW IMAGES THAT WILL SHOW THE BEFORES AND AFTERS AS THEY WOULD DO THE ENHANCED CLEANING UP OF THE BRANCHES TO CREATE FROM THE PARK TO THE STREETS. SO THEY COULD SEE INTO THE PARK, REMOVING A LOT OF VEGETATION, LITTER, GARBAGE WASTE, AND CONTINUE TO PARTNER WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND TO DO GRAFFITI REMOVE AND TO REALLY TAKE CARE OF THE THINGS THAT EMPHASIS THE BROKEN WINDOW THEORY AND THE MORE THAT WILL GIVE THE MESSAGE TO THE COMMUNITY THAT WILL BE CARED FOR AND THAT LOVE SPACE IN THAT COMMUNITY SINCE THEY TREATED IT THAT WAY. >>AND ANOTHER AREA EMPHASIS AS YOU KNOW WERE CONCORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THAT WAS PLACED IN A LOT OF OUR SOUTH PARK FAMILIES, USING TRAILS AND THE BRIDGE AND ACCESS TO THAT IN LIGHTING AROUND THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CONCERN. SO A LOT OF HOURS, PAID ATTENTION TO THAT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE YOUTH AND KIDDOS WERE SAFE IN USING THAT. I’LL TURN IT OVER TO SAM. >>AND WE WERE ABLE TO DO A LOT OF THE SAME THINGS THAT PARKS AND REC WERE ABLE TO DO. AND SOME OF THIS, IT’S SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF COORDINATING THESE EFFORTS THAT WE’RE BOTH DOING THOSE THINGS AT THE SAME TIME, SO IT’S NOT SD ORBS T GOING OUT IN ONE WEEK AND GOING OUT THE NEXT WEEK TO DO SIMILAR OR SIX MONTHS LATER TO DO SIMILAR THINGS, SORT OF CONCENTRATING AND FOCUSING ON THE SAME THINGS. >>AND JUST COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD WAS NOT HERE, BUT IF SHE WAS THE ISSUES AROUND THE VACANT PROPERTIES, AND WAS ALL SOMETHING WE HEARD VERY CONSISTENTLY, NOT JUST IN TERMS OF ONE THAT WAS PARTICULARLY OF A CONCERN THAT BURNED DOWN A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, WORKING WITH THE PROPERTY OWNERS TO DO SOME CLEANUP. BUT ALONG 14th SPECIFICALLY AND CLOVER DALE AND SOME PROPERTIES THAT HAD BEEN BOUGHT UP BY WHAT WILL INITIALLY BECOME A PRODUCT IN THE MEANTIME AND ARE FAIRLY ACCUMULATING LITTER, TRASH, AND SO THEY DID GO AND WORK WITH THE PROPERTY OWNERS AND CLEANED UP THE AREAS. WHAT IS IMPORTANT THERE, SIMILARLY IT’S VERY USEFUL TRAIL ON THE OTHER RALLY, I GUESS ON THE OTHER SIDE THAT WOULD HAVE ACCESS INTO THE BUSINESS CORRIDOR. SO A LOT OF THE SOUTH PARK RETAIL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION WAS VERY CONCERNING WITH THAT AS WELL AS COMMUNITY MEMBERS THERE. >>COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA? >>THAT REMINDS ME OF WHAT WAS ALLEGEDLY PUBLISHED, AND GIVEN THAT MUCH OF THE DUMPING ILLEGAL DUMPING THAT WAS OCCURRING APPEARS TO BE GENERATED FROM THOSE WHO WERE HOUSED. NOT JUST THOSE WHO WERE HOUSE LIST, AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT AND WHO IS BEING SORT OF TARGETED, THE WRONG WORD, WHO IS BEING POINTED TO THE GARBAGE. AND I APOLOGIZE COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALEZ, MADAM CHAIR. I DO HAVE TO LEAVE A LITTLE EARLY. I JUST WANT TO SAY I APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION AND TO THE POINTS THAT WERE MADE EARLIER BY SPD, I DID LOOK BACK AT THE MAY PRESENTATION AND DO SEE THE DATA. I’M SORRY FOR THAT. I OVERLOOKED SOME OF THE DATA POINTS IN THE PAST. COUNCIL MEMBER’S PACHECO POINT IS VERY WELL TAKEN, HOW DOES THAT DATA COMPARE TO OTHER AREAS IN THE CITY. I ALSO CONTINUE TO BE INTERESTED IN THE DEMOGRAPHICS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, AND OVERALL I THINK THAT’LL HELP INFORM OUR FUTURE ANALYSIS OF THIS. HOW DOES THIS WORK WITH OUR CITY’S COMMITMENT TO OUR EFFORTS, AND I BELIEVE TO COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALEZ’S POINT TO OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSION WORK AND GETTING MORE FOLKS TO LEAD. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE BIG QUESTIONS THAT I STILL HAVE AND I’M CONCERNED THAT THE HOT SPOTS FOCUS GETS US AWAY FROM SOME OF THOSE DIVERSION PRINCIPLES WITHOUT TOTAL ANALYSIS OF HOW WE’RE GETTING FOLKS INTO SERVICES VERSES CITATIONS AND JAIL. SO I APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION, AND I DO APOLOGIZE FOR HAVING TO GO EARLY. >>THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING. APPRECIATE IT. OKAY. >>WE HAVE A FEW MORE, SO REAL QUICK. >>AND IN SOUTH PARK, ALL THE VIEWS WERE UP BOTH MONTHS BY A LOT, AND 911 CALLS WERE DOWN ALMOST 14% IN SOUTH PARK. THEY MADE 15 JAIL BOOKINGS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MAY. IN JUNE REPORTED CRIME WAS DOWN 11%, WHICH IS FOUR INCIDENTS, AGAIN NOT A HUGE NUMBER, BUT STILL EVERY DECREASE AND OVER 285 EMPHASIS HOURS HAVE BEEN USED SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MAY. >>THIS IS SORT OF AN OVERVIEW OF THE TAKEAWAYS, WHICH I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO EXPAND ON THAT AT ALL OR IF YOU WANT TO MOVE INTO THE FEEDBACK LOOP. >>OKAY. >>AND SO I HAD MENTIONED ACTUALLY AS SOON AS WE WOULD ANNOUNCE THIS APPROACH, WE DID HEAR FROM A LOT OF COMMUNITIES, ASKING WHY AREN’T YOU HERE? WE WANT THIS TYPE OF COORDINATION INCLUDING THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT AND ALSO CHINA TOWN INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT AND BEACON HILL AND IN OTHELL ORBS. WE’RE SEEING THE VERSION OF THIS MODEL WORKING IN TERMS OF TALKING ABOUT KIND OF THE CITY DEPARTMENT COLLABORATION AND DELIVERY OF SERVICE. AT THE VERY BASIC LEVEL, IT’S JUST COMMUNITIES ACCESS TO DEPARTMENT LEADERS AND DECISION MAKERS, SO THEY FEEL THEY HAVE THAT CONNECTION TO THE CITY GOVERNMENT. IT’S A CORE PART OF OUR MISSION TO LOWER THE BARRIERS TO THE PARTICIPATION AND CITY GOVERNMENTS. WE HAVE BEEN DOING A LOT OF THINKING ABOUT HOW WE CONTINUE THIS COLLABORATION NOW THAT WE HAVE BUILT UP THIS INFRASTRUCTURE IF YOU WILL AND JUST VERY QUICKLY, WE THROUGH THIS PROCESS FILLED 305 MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE ISSUES. WE ARE DOING REGULAR UPDATES TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THE SCREEN SHOT HERE. BUT COMMUNITY WALK UPDATES. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHEN IT WENT TO SODO, SHOWING SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT WERE PEAKED AND A LIVE LINK TO RESOURCES AND INFORMATION FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPORT. SO WHETHER IT BE THE COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS, WHETHER IT WILL BE A CHANCE TO UPDATE WITH SOME REGULARITY AND THE NEXT SLIDE, HOW DO WE TAKE THIS MORE TO A SCALE? I MENTIONED THE COMMUNITY WALK UPDATES. AND WE ARE FORMING UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF SENIOR DEPUTY MAYOR FONG AND DIRECTOR LEE AND MYSELF. THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS TEAM, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY HOW WE TAKE THIS INTO THE OTHER COMMUNITIES, I’M TALKING ABOUT THE COORDINATION OF THE CITY DEPARTMENTS. AS WE LOOK AT THAT AND AS WE LOOK AT POTENTIALLY MONTHLY DIRECTOR LEVELS OR KEY STAFF TOURS, SIMILAR TO THAT PERIOD AND THEN WITH THE COMMUNITY ROUND TABLE, SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO ESTABLISH THIS COMMUNITY FEEDBACK LOOP. TOO OFTEN WHAT WE’RE SEEING, FOLKS DON’T KNOW HOW TO ACCESS INFORMATION THAT THEY NEED OR ACCESS IT IN A TIMELY MATTER. WE SEE THE MODEL IS WORKING AND THERE IS A COMMAND FOR IT, SO WE ARE MOVING TO FILL THAT DEMAND. BUT WE KNOW IT CAN’T BE JUST THE WALKS, IT HAS TO BE PAIRED WITH PROBLEMATIC INVESTMENTS AS WELL. IN CENTRAL AREAS, COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALEZ, THROUGH THE PUBLIC HEARINGS, SOME OF THE INTERESTS WE’RE WORKING ON IS REALLY PAIRING THIS WITH AN AFFORDABILITY THAT WILL TALK ABOUT ALL THE INVESTMENTS THAT ARE HAPPENING AROUND AFFORDABILITY, WHETHER IT WILL BE THROUGH THE INITIATIVE OR THE VARIOUS EXECUTIVE ORDERS THAT THE MAYOR HAS DONE AND HAS SIGNED AS IT RELATES TO THE CHOICES, OPPORTUNITY ZONES AND HOW DO WE BRING THAT ALL TOGETHER IF A RELATIVE WAY THAT WILL TALK TO THE COMMUNITY VALUES. AND INFORMED BY COMMUNITY VALUES. SO WE WILL SEE THIS AS KIND OF A TWO-PRONGED APPROACH MOVING FORWARD. CENTRAL TO THAT THOUGH IS BETTER TO FIND IT AND FIX IT AND THERE IS A TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION THAT WE NEED TO INTEGRATE. IT WILL BE ESSENTIAL TO US BEING SUCCESSFUL. SO THIS IS KIND OF HOW WE MOVE INTO THE NEXT STEPS. AND QUICKLY ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND THE COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS TEAM AS I MENTIONED, IT WILL BE TO CONTINUE RELATIONSHIP BUILDING WITH COMMUNITY AS I MENTIONED AGAIN, BRINGING CITY HALL OUT TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH WALKS AND COMMUNITY ROUND TABLES. IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO IDENTIFY THE CHALLENGES AND THE IMPROVEMENTS AND OTHERS AND TO SAY TO ADDRESS THE COMMUNITY CONCERN BY SAYING HEY, WE HEAR YOU, WE CAN’T DO THIS FOR WHATEVER REASON RIGHT NOW, BUT WE’RE PROVIDING THAT DIALOGUE AND THEN THIS EXISTING BEYOND THE AREAS THAT WE ARE ALREADY DOING IT, SO DIVERSIFYING AREAS BEYOND THOSE WALKS. AND THAT’S THE PRESENTATION. >>ALL RIGHT, COUNCIL MEMBER PACHECO, ANY QUESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL COMMENTS? NONE? SO I APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION FOR TODAY. IT WAS VERY DETAILED, AND I APPRECIATE THAT. AGAIN, I THINK, YOU KNOW, I REALLY WANTED TO SORT OF EMPHASIS AROUND THE THEORY OF CHANGE THAT MY QUESTIONS ARE NOT DESIGNED TO, YOU KNOW, SEND THE SIGNAL THAT I’M TRYING TO UNDERMINE THIS EFFORT. IT REALLY IS ROOTED IN A SINCERE DESIRE TO HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WE ARE EXPECTING TO SEE AS RESULTS. I TAKE THAT RESPONSIBILITY WITH OVERSIGHT ABILITY, VERY SERIOUSLY. AND SO FOR ME WHEN I ASK THOSE QUESTIONS, I DON’T ASK THEM CASUALLY AND I’M NOT TRYING TO BE FLIPPANT, I’M VERY SINCERE AS THE CHAIR OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE, AND UNDERSTANDING WHY WE ARE ALLOCATING RESOURCES IN A PARTICULAR WAY AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE AND WHAT WILL THE OUTCOMES BE THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS CAN EXPECT TO SEE. AND THAT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE TRANSPARENCY, AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE ACCOUNTABILITY AND AN IMPORTANT PART OF JUST GETTING BACK TO BASICS, DELIVERING CITY SERVICES IN AN EQUITABLE FAIR MANNER TO COMMUNITIES WHO FEEL THAT THEY HAVE BEEN NOT SEEING THESE TYPES OF INVESTMENTS OCCURRING IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE LIVABILITY ISSUES THAT WILL ULTIMATELY EXACERBATE AND COMPROMISE SOME OF THE GOOD WORKS THAT WE’RE DOING IN THE OTHER SPACES AND IN OTHER AREAS OF PROBLEMATIC WORK FOR THE CITY OF SEATTLE. AND SO I APPRECIATE GETTING A LITTLE BIT MORE TEXTURE AROUND WHAT THE THEORY OF CHANGE IS HERE AND I THINK WE HAVE SOME CLEAR FOLLOW UPS IN TERMS OF THE QUESTIONS THAT COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA POSED AND THE LINE OF QUESTIONING THAT HE MADE AROUND THE U DISTRICT IN PARTICULAR AND ALSO SOME OF THE DETAILS AROUND THE REFERRALS AND INCLUDING TO LEAD AND IN SOME ADDITIONAL DETAILS AROUND WHAT KIND OF CITATIONS ARE BEING GIVEN AND WHAT KIND OF SOCIAL CONTEXT DO WE HAVE WITH INDIVIDUALS. I RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE SOME INSTANCES IN WHICH PEOPLE WILL BEHAVE IN A CERTAIN MANNER THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AND WILL REQUIRE CONSEQUENCE APPROACH. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AND RECOGNIZE THAT THAT IS SOMETIMES THE REALITY. I ALSO AT THE SAME TIME ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES WHERE LAW ENFORCEMENT MAY NOT BE THE APPROPRIATE TOOL TO INTERVENE AND TO PREVENT THAT BEHAVIOR FROM OCCURRING IN THE FUTURE AND THAT IS WHEN WE REALLY WANT TO FOCUS ON THE DIVERSION ASPECTS TO MAKE SURE WE’RE NOT TAKING A BROKEN WINDOWS APPROACH THAT IS FOCUSED ON ZERO TOLERANCE AND FUNNELING PEOPLE INTO PUNITIVE JAIL SYSTEMS THAT ARE EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE AND ULTIMATELY NOT GOING TO YIELD THE BEHAVIORAL CHANGE THAT WE ACTUALLY ARE SEEKING TO ACHIEVE. AND I APPRECIATE AGAIN THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR MORE DIRECTLY FROM YOU ALL ABOUT WHAT IT IS WE’RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH AND THAT IS YOUR POINT AROUND MAKING SURE THAT AS A FOLLOW UP AND A FEEDBACK LOOP WE’RE REALLY FOCUSING ON THE UPSTREAM HOLISTIC APPROACHES THAT WILL ULTIMATELY ALSO CREATE A HUGE IMPACT, MIGHT NOT BE IMMEDIATE, BUT JUST BECAUSE IT’S NOT IMMEDIATE DOESN’T MEAN WE SHOULDN’T DO IT. WE SHOULDN’T BE SO TEMPTED BY THE QUICK FIX TO JUST ABANDON SOME OF THE LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS THAT WE KNOW WILL WORK TO ADDRESS MANY OF THE LIVABILITY ISSUES THAT INDIVIDUALS ARE EXPRESSING CONCERNS WITH TODAY. >>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I APPRECIATE THE COMMITTEE’S ATTENTION TO THIS ISSUE. >>YES. IT WILL CONTINUE, I ASSURE YOU. SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, THAT IS THE LAST ITEM ON OUR AGENDA, AND WE ARE ADJOURNED. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE WITH US.

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