Seattle City Council Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development & Arts Committee 9/10/19


>>>Good morning. >>>WELCOME TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS, UTILITIES, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND ARTS COMMITTEE, I AM LISA HERBOLD, THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE, I AM REPRESENTING WAS SEATTLE, AND SOUTH PARK, IT IS 9:33 AM, I AM CALLING IT TO ORDER, WITHOUT ANYONE HERE TO OBJECT TO IT, I WILL APPROVE THE AGENDA, WE WILL START WITH A NUMBER OF APPOINTMENTS, TWO OF THEM TO THE MUSEUM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, AND TWO OF THEM TO THE SEATTLE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, AND 4 REAPPOINTMENTS TO SEATTLE WOMEN’S COMMISSION, AND THEN DISCUSSION OF 4 PIECES OF LEGISLATION, ONE RELATES TO TENANT LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES IN THOSE INSTANCES THAT A TENANT HAS EXPERIENCED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ANOTHER IS RELATED TO RENTAL PROPERTIES IN THOSE INSTANCES WHEN A TENANT IS SEEKING TO HAVE ROOMMATES IN THE RENTAL PROPERTIES. THE NEXT IS ALSO A PIECE OF LEGISLATION RELATED TO THE REQUIREMENT A NEW PROPOSED REQUIREMENT TO PROVIDE PARTICULAR INFORMATION RESOURCES RELATED TO LANDLORD AND TENANT RIGHTS, AS WELL AS RESOURCES TO ASSIST A TENANT IN THE CASE OF AN EVICTION. LASTLY, THERE IS A BILL, TWO MORE, RELATED TO THE REQUIREMENT FOR LANDLORDS TO ACCEPT RENT AND THE LACK OF ABILITY FOR LANDLORDS TO REQUIRE THAT RENT BE PAID ONLY BY ELECTRONIC MEANS. AND FINALLY THE LAST BILL RELATES TO THE COMPLIANCE WITH THE RENTAL REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION ORDINANCE, AND THE ABILITY TO GIVE TERMINATION NOTICES IF A PROPERTY IS NOT REGISTERED WITH THAT PROGRAM. >>>FINALLY, FINISHING UP THE DAY WITH A BRIEFING ON THE SOLID WASTE RATE PATH, SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES, GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE RATES, SO WITH THAT, I WILL MOVE RIGHT INTO PUBLIC COMMENT. ALEX? READING PEOPLE’S NAMES INTO THE RECORD TO THE TIME, TWO DIFFERENT PLACES TO SPEAK, WITH A CHOICE OF THREE DIFFERENT MICROPHONES. WHEN YOU HEAR YOUR NAME, IF YOU WOULD COME TO THE MICROPHONE, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. ALEX WILL BE KEEPING TIME, TWO MINUTES TO SPEAK, HE WILL LET YOU KNOW AS THE CLOCK RUNS OUT AT 1 MINUTE AND 30 SECONDS, WHEN YOUR TIME IS UP, STARTING OFF WITH GINA OWENS. >>>GOOD MORNING COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD, GOOD MORNING TO EVERYONE WHO CAME MY NAME IS GINA OWENS I AM A 18 YEAR MEMBER OF WASHINGTON COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK AND A NEW MEMBER OF THE RENTERS COMMISSIN IN SEATTLE. TO THEY — TODAY THOUGH, I AM IN SUPPORT OF THE TENANT PROTECTION LEGISLATION, AND WILL ADDRESS THE PART OF THE BILL THAT ALLOWS TENANTS TO LIVE WITH A ROOMMATE. THIS BILL IS CRITICAL TOWARDS PREVENTING HOUSING INSTABILITY AND HOMELESSNESS, ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE MY GRANDDAUGHTER. MY OLDEST GRANDDAUGHTER, WHO IS 20, IS CURRENTLY IN COLLEGE, AND WORKS PART-TIME. SHE COULDN’T AFFORD TO LIVE BY HERSELF RIGHT NOW. BUT BY LIVING WITH ME, SHE IS ABLE TO FOCUS ON HER STUDIES WITHOUT THE STRESS OF FINDING HOUSING AND PAYING BILLS THAT SHE CAN’T YET AFFORD.>>>FURTHER, WHEN SHE DOES MOVE OUT, SHE WILL LIKELY NEED TO LIVE WITH ROOMMATES. SINCE OUR RENTALS ARE SO HIGH IN SEATTLE. ENSURING TENANTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE WITH ROOMMATES PROTECTS FAMILIES IN THE WORKING-CLASS, SO I AM URGING EVERYONE TO PLEASE SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION, AND KEY PEOPLE HOUSE, THANK YOU.>>MY NAME IS JOELLE KRAFT, DESK KEEP PEOPLE HOUSED, THANK YOU. >>>MY NAME IS JOELLE KRAFT, I AM ALSO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR, I HAVE A TWO-YEAR PROTECTION ORDER AGAINST A PERSON WHO WAS VERY ABUSIVE, AND WE LIVED TOGETHER, AND WE HAD ACCOUNTS IN MY NAME, THE CHARGES WERE OVER $1700, HOWEVER WHEN TALKING WITH T MOBILE, THEY ARE TAKING THE CHARGES AWAY FOR MY RESPONSIBILITY FROM IT BECAUSE OF THE MYSTIC VIOLENCE ISSUE. THEY HAVE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO USE THEIR INSURANCE OR EVEN JUST TO WRITE IT OFF AND I DON’T KNOW ABOUT TAX CREDITS, BUT THERE ARE OTHER WAYS THAT CAN HAPPEN INSTEAD OF PUSHING IT ON TO SOMEBODY WHO IS ALREADY JUST BARELY TRYING TO SURVIVE, AND IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO FIND WAYS OUT AND NOT HAVE THESE KIND OF HORRIBLE THINGS FOLLOWING THEM, THERE IS NO WAY I COULD SURVIVE IF T MOBILE HAD TAKEN $1700 OUT OF MY ACCOUNT, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT ANYBODY ELSE, BUT I MAKE $10 — $1050 A MONTH IN DISABILITY, AND IT’S VERY IMPORTANT, ANYBODY HAS HIS NAME, THEY CAN GO AFTER HIM, AND MY SITUATION, THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I’M DOING, BUT IT IS NOT THAT EASY FOR MANY OTHER PEOPLE TO DO, AND IT GIVES RENTERS PROTECTIONS. TO BE ABLE TO JUST SURVIVE WHAT HAPPENS IN ANY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SITUATION. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW TERRIFYING IT IS, AND YOU GET BILLS AND LANDLORDS COMING AFTER YOU FOR THAT STUFF IS VERY DIFFICULT, SO I PLEASE ASK THAT THE CANCEL NOT ONLY VOTE ON THIS BUT VOTE TO APPROVE THIS PARTICULAR LEGISLATION, THANK YOU.>> FOLLOWING ISAAC WILL BE AARON.>>WELCOME — GOOD MORNING, MY NAME IS ISAAC, I AM SUPPORTING THE PART OF THE BILL FOR RENTERS RIGHTS TO LIVE THE ROOMMATE, I BECAME ONE WHEN I WAS A FULL-TIME STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, I RECENTLY GRADUATED, AND I’M STILL LIVING WITH ROOMMATES, THAT’S THE ONLY WAY THAT FOLKS CAN AFFORD TO LIVE IN THE CITY, THE COST OF LIVING IN THE CITY IS GOING UP IN GENERAL, AND THE COST OF RENT IS INCREASING YEAR BY YEAR, LEASE TO LEASE. SO THAT THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE TO BE PROTECTING THEM AND PREVENTING FOLKS FROM HAVING TO EITHER LEAVE THE CITY, LEAVE OPPORTUNITIES, IS TO ALLOW THEM TO LIVE WITH ROOMMATES. POLICIES NEED TO BE IN PLACE IN FAVOR OF REAL PEOPLE LIVING HERE IN THE CITY, AND THOSE PURSUING THEIR DREAMS AND THEIR GOALS, AND JUST TRYING TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. IT SHOULDN’T BE THOSE HAVING TO PAY RENT, UTILITIES AND GROCERIES. TO REDUCE EVICTIONS AND THE — THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO HAVE ROOMMATES, LIMIT THE SCREENING REQUIREMENTS, ASSOCIATED WITH ADDING MEMBERS, I THINK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS UP AND I HOPE THAT THE COUNCIL CAN PASS THIS AND I HAVE FULL SUPPORT FOR IT. >>AARON FENNER. — ERIN FENNER. >>WITH WASHINGTON COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK, 20,000 MEMBERS HERE IN SEATTLE, I AM A DISTRICT 3 TENANT, AND I AM IN SUPPORT OF LISA HERBOLD’S BILLS, I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND REMIT ISSUES, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS ARE IN A PRECARIOUS SITUATION, AND THEY DON’T HAVE STABILITY TO BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD, IF THEY DON’T, THEY ARE IN CONDITIONS THAT ARE SUPER DANGEROUS AND PRECARIOUS, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY. SO ONE OF THOSE THINGS, THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE THE LIABILITY, BEARING THE BRUNT OF THE LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES THAT THE ABUSERS CAUSED, IT IS COMMON SENSE AND BASIC DECENCY, AND WE EXPECT BUSINESSES TO PREPARE FOR SITUATIONS LIKE THIS BY GETTING INSURANCE, BY DOING THE TYPICAL THINGS, LIKE JOE WELL MENTIONED, LIKE T MOBILE DID YOU PREDICTOR ACID, WHILE DOING A GOOD JOB LOOKING FOR THEIR STASH LOOKING AFTER THEIR TENANTS, BUT WE THINK IT IS TOTALLY REASONABLE. SPEAKING TO THE REMIT ISSUE, I HAVE ROOMMATES, AND I WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO LIVE IN THE CITY IF I DIDN’T HAVE ROOMMATES, MOREOVER THIS SUMMER, MY COUSIN, A MASSAGE THERAPIST AND ARTIST, NEEDED A PLACE TO STAY, I WAS SO GRATEFUL THAT I HAD THE ABILITY TO HOUSE HER FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS, SHE HAS THE STABILITY SHE NEEDS, WE NEED THIS TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY STRONGER. THANK YOU.>>>DAVE COOK.>>I AM A RESIDENT OF SEATTLE SINCE 1979, I LIVE ON BEACON HILL, I’M HERE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE THIS COMMITTEE TO ADJUST ITS RATE STRUCTURES FOR THE USE OF WATER, ELECTRICITY AND GARBAGE. THE REASON I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT IS NOT SOLELY ABOUT WHAT ANY OF THOSE RATES AMOUNT TO, BUT RATHER THAT THE COUNCIL AS A WHOLE HAS ADOPTED A NEW GREEN DEAL, AND THE RATE STRUCTURE ISN’T REALLY LINED UP WITH ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO REDUCE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE THEIR USE OF WATER, GARBAGE AND ELECTRICITY. JUST AS AN EXAMPLE, I AM SOMEBODY WHO HAS TRIED VERY HARD TO REDUCE ALL OF THOSE THINGS, AND SO EVERY MONTH I PAY $25, THE LOWEST RATE FOR GARBAGE, I ALMOST NEVER PUT ANY GARBAGE OUT, I PUT OUT ONE LITTLE GROCERY BAG WORTH OF GARBAGE A MONTH AT MOST. THERE IS NO INCENTIVE REALLY FOR ME TO HAVE REDUCED MY WASTE THAT MUCH. I HAVE TO PAY A CERTAIN AMOUNT NO MATTER WHAT. SO I WANT TO SUGGEST THAT THERE BE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE BASE RATES. AN EXAMPLE MIGHT BE, YOU >>>HOMES, AND WHEN THEY PUT TOO MUCH GARBAGE, YOU CHARGE EXTRA, AND ALSO >>>HOMES THAT DON’T PUT OUT GARBAGE, AND HAVING NO BASE RATE FOR SOMEBODY WHO PUTS OUT GARBAGE TWICE IN TWO MONTHS, OR ANOTHER EXAMPLE MIGHT BE THAT SOME RUNNING OUT OF TIME, BUT ANOTHER EXAMPLE MIGHT BE IF SOMEBODY USES LESS THAN 500 KILOWATTS OF ELECTRICITY, IN ONE OF THE BILLING PERIODS, THAT THEY DON’T HAVE A BASE RATE, THEY’RE USING SO LITTLE THAT THEY ARE DOING EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO DO, I GAVE MY PHONE NUMBER, I WOULD LIKE SOMEBODY TO CONTACT ME.>>THANK YOU.>>>I’M HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT 598 IN 606, 598, THE NEED TO PROVIDE A COMPOSITION FUND TO COVER THE COST OF DAMAGES TO LANDLORDS, THE BILL RIGHT NOW DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY PROOF, ANY POLICE REPORT, ARREST OR CONVICTION, AND THE ORDINANCE SPECIFICALLY ALLOWS TENANTS TO EXEMPT THEMSELVES FROM LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES THAT ARE NOT CAUSED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, LEAVING IT WIDE OPEN TO ANY KIND OF DAMAGES. YOUR CONSIDERING AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO REMAIN UNDISCLOSED, WHICH FURTHER CALLS FOR THE CITY TO FUND THE, SINCE NO PARTY WOULD BE NAMED IS RESPONSIBLE. THE LANDLORD SHOULD NOT BE GET DESPERATE AND WITH GUESSING WHO CAUSE THE DAMAGES, BASED ON CONJECTURE FOR THIS MIGHT’VE BEEN TRANSLATING TO AN ADDITIONAL BURDEN, THE FINANCIAL BURDEN OF THE TROUBLE úWE WOULD GO THROUGH TO BE MADE WHOLE, THINK ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO ARE TRYING TO MAINTAIN AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR MYSELF AND MY TENANTS, HELP ME KEEP MY RENTS LOW.>>>I’M MORE CONCERNED ABOUT 606, 119 606, IN VIOLATION OF STATE LAW, IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL, DECIDING WHO IS ALLOWED TO OCCUPY DEPOSITION OF POVERTY IS RECOGNIZED BY STATE LAW AS A FUNDAMENTAL PROPERTY OF STATE OWNERSHIP. AND OBJECTING TO THE REQUIREMENT THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE PARTIES TO THE LEASE, THAT MEANS THEY HAVE NO CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LANDLORD, SO THE LANDLORD HAS NO WAY I — OF IDENTIFYING WHO THEY ARE, NO SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO >>>THEM IF THEY CAUSE DAMAGES, AND I’M NOT UNDERSTANDING WHY PEOPLE COULD BE PUT INTO A RENTAL PROPERTY WITHOUT REQUIRING THAT THEY FOLLOW THE LEASE, THE LANDLORD IS BEING PROHIBITED FROM — YET THEY WOULD NOT BE UPHELD TO THE SAME STANDARDS. I WOULD ASK YOU TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF TENANTS MOVING IN A PREVIOUSLY KICKED UP WITH FOR IN A PARTNER, IN CONJUNCTION ORDINANCE, SOMEBODY WHO HAS VIOLATED OR CAUSED DAMAGE, WE HAD AN ISSUE WHERE A TENANT HAD SOMEBODY WHO MOVED OUT LATER AND CAME BACK A FEW YEARS, THEY LOOKED UP AGAIN, BECAUSE WE HAD HISTORY WITH THEM, WE LIVE ON THE PROPERTY WITH MY CHILDREN, THAT IS OUR HOME, WE TOLD HIM THAT HE WAS NOT ALLOWED ON THE PROPERTY WE WERE ABLE TO TELL HIM HE WAS TRESPASSING, BASED ON WHAT I’M SEEING IN THESE ORDINANCES, THAT WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED, IS PUTTING THAT IN FRONT OF YOU I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR RESPONSE, A TENANT IN A DUTCH A NEW ROMANTIC PARTNER THAT HAS A HISTORY WITH THE LANDLORD, ESPECIALLY MY CASE, WORD IS MY RESIDENCE. ONE MORE THING, I WOULD LIKE YOU TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH LANDLORDS, RIGHT NOW THE AMENDMENTS THAT YOU’RE PROPOSING DON’T REALLY REFLECT OUR CONCERNS, I LOOK FOR TO THAT, THANK YOU.>>>BRETT WALLER.>>GOOD MORNING, I THINK YOU FOR — THANK YOU FOR THE EFFORTS TO CREATE LANDLORD MITIGATION FUN WITH THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILL THAT IS BEING PROPOSED, WE BELIEVE THIS IS THE BEST SOLUTION TO HELP SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ESCAPE A SITUATION WHERE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS OCCURRING, WITHOUT CREATING OPPORTUNITIES TO RE- VICTIMIZE THAT SURVIVOR EDITH RECORD PROCESS, WHERE THE LANDLORD WOULD TRY AND RECOVER DAMAGES FROM THE ABUSER, — THAT SURVIVOR RECORDED PROCESS. AND CONTINUING TO ATTEMPT TO CONTROL THAT SURVIVOR, WE APPRECIATE YOU CONSIDERING THAT MITIGATION FUN, AND WE HOPE YOU CAN CONTINUE THAT WITH SUCCESS. >>>THE BILL THAT IS RELATED TO NONELECTRONIC FORMS OF PAYMENT, WE ARE SUPPORTIVE OF CERTAIN NONELECTRONIC FORMS OF PAYMENT, BUT HUGE CONCERNS ABOUT THE ACCEPTANCE OF CASH ITSELF. CASH CREATES A BIG PROBLEM WITH THEFT, BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY, AND CREATE STRONG OPPORTUNITIES, ESPECIALLY KNOWING THAT RENT IS ALWAYS PAID THE FIRST OF THE MONTH, AND THERE’S ALWAYS A LIKELIHOOD OF LARGE GROUPS OF CASH BEING STORED OR KEPT IN A RENTAL PROPERTY FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, AS A PERSONAL EXAMPLE, MY PROPERTY HAS BEEN BURGLARIZED, THE LEASING OFFICE HAS BEEN BURGLARIZED A COUPLE OF TIMES, TAKEN THE SAFE THAT IS OUT IN THE BACK OF THE LEASING OFFICE, THAT IS BOLTED TO THE GROUND, ALLOWING FOR CASH JUST CREATES MORE OPPORTUNITIES, AND SIGNIFICANT SAFETY ISSUES THAT — WERE THOSE THAT MANAGE THE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES. THANK YOU. >>>FOLLOWING MARIAN IS MEGAN. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, MY NAME IS MARY DURAND, THE INTERNAL AUDITOR FOR SECURITY PROPERTIES RESIDENTIAL, A SEATTLE-BASED NATIONWIDE PROVIDE, I’M SPEAKING TO SHARE COMMENTS ABOUT COUNCIL BILL 119620, RELATING TO THE ACCEPTANCE OF NONELECTRONIC PAYMENTS, PARTICULARLY CASH, I’M AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD OF FRAUD FOR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY, I HAVE WORKED IN INDUSTRY FOR OVER 18 YEARS, 14 OF THOSE BEING AN INTERNAL AUDITOR AND INVESTIGATOR, HAVE ACQUIRED A MASTERS DEGREE IN CRIME MANAGEMENT, AND A FRAUD EXAMINER, AS A COMPANY WE DON’T ACCEPT CASH FOR PAYMENT FOR RENT BECAUSE IT CREATES SIGNIFICANT LIABILITY FOR THE COMPANY AND PROBLEMS FOR RESIDENTS. PUTTING OUR EMPLOYEES AT RISK, WE OFTEN ONLY HAVE ONE OR TWO PEOPLE IN THE LEASING OFFICES, FIRST JOB, 18 YEARS OLD, WE DON’T HAVE SECURITY GUARDS, PROPERTY SIZES RANGE FROM 74 UNITS TO 512 UNITS, THAT COULD RESULT IN HAVING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON SITE AT ANY GIVEN TIME, AND OUR STAFF IS VERY VULNERABLE FOR THEFT, BECAUSE THE RENT IS DUE ANYWHERE BETWEEN THE FIRST AND THE FIFTH OF THE MONTH. IN ADDITION, CASH IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN STRICT ACCOUNTING FUNCTIONS, DIFFICULT TO >>>AND TRACE MOVEMENT. MONEY ORDERS ARE SEPARATE BUT SIMILAR ISSUES THAT WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH, BUT CASH IS EASILY MANIPULATED AND CREATES OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEFT. IT OFTEN AFFECTS THE RESIDENT. IN MY 14 YEARS EXPERIENCE, I HAVE WORKED AT MULTIPLE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES, I HAVE AN ON-SITE MEMBER, WAS LAPPING PAYMENTS, SOME KIND OF PONZI SCHEME, CREATING DELINQUENCIES, AND DOING THE SAME TO ANOTHER TENANT IN FUTURE MONTHS, I HAVE INVESTIGATED ON-SITE MEMBER IS TELLING RESIDENCE THAT THEY MUST PROVIDE MULTIPLE MONEY ORDERS. ON-SITE TEAMS, FLAT OUT ALTER MONEY ORDERS AND STEAL THEM, THIS LIGHT CASH IS EASILY TRANSFERABLE AND DIFFICULT TO TRACE WE DO ACCEPT THEM BECAUSE THEY HAVE A TRACEABLE COMPONENT.>>>UTILIZING — THOSE WHO WANT TO COMMIT FRAUD PREY ON VULNERABLE, LOW INCOME RESIDENTS, WHO SPEAK ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, AND THEY PLACED TRUST IN US TO HAVE THEIR BEST INTERESTS AT HEART, AND IN MANY CASES THAT’S NOT THE CASE, AND IN MANY SITUATIONS THEY DID NOT KEEP THEIR PAY STUBS, FROM THE MONEY ORDERS ARE THE RECEIPTS, BECAUSE THEY TRUST THE ON-SITE STAFF. CAN I SEE ONE MORE THING. THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES, ELECTRONIC MONEY ORDER PAYMENT, WE CAN PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND CONVENTIONAL HOUSING WITH THE MFT UNIT, AND ONE LAST THING, IF THE COUNCIL CONSIDERS MOVING FORWARD WITH REQUIRING ACTUAL CASH PAYMENTS, WE WOULD ASK THAT YOU RECONSIDER IT AT THE SITE LEVEL BECAUSE OF THE RISK THAT IT PUTS OUR SITE TEAMS THAT, THANK YOU.>>THE LAST >>, IS SOMEBODY — THE LAST SPEAKER.>>BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO RENT ARE USUALLY THE MOST VULNERABLE FOR DISPLACEMENT, ESPECIALLY VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, I THINK IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE RESOURCE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE THAT THE PERSON WHO WAS ABUSING THEM IS HELD RESPONSIBLE. SO THEN THAT MAY FREE THE PERSON UP WHO IS ABUSED TO FIND OTHER RESOURCES FOR HOUSING. AND ALSO I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO ALLOW ROOMMATES. I’M READING A BOOK ABOUT GENTRIFICATION, AND USUALLY WORKING-CLASS NEIGHBORHOODS OF THE FIRST TARGETS, EVEN THOUGH THE WEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS COULD SEE THE TRANSFORMATION FROM THE INVESTMENT FROM THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE RELATIONSHIP, WHERE OF COURSE THE PUBLIC RESOURCES WON’T SEE THE TEXT COMING BACK, SO THAT THERE WILL BE A SHRINKAGE OF PUBLIC PROGRAMS, THEY USUALLY TARGET WORKING- CLASS NEIGHBORHOODS. NOT FOR OBSRVING, WILL YES, FOR OBSERVING, GETTING MORE WEALTH, IT BECOMES MORE ABOUT REAL ESTATE AS A SOLID WAY FOR PEOPLE AT THE TOP TO AMASS MORE MONEY, PERHAPS THEY’RE NOT USING IT FOR BASIC NEEDS. BUT JUST FOR SQUANDERING, WHEREAS THE GENERAL PUBLIC, IF IT WAS ORGANIZED AT MORE OF A PUBLIC LEVEL, COULD SEE THEIR HOUSING MORE SUSTAINED, AND COULD SEE THAT THEY ARE HOUSED PERMANENTLY IF THAT’S WHAT THEY PREFER. IF THERE WAS MORE OF A PUBLIC DECISION-MAKING PROCESS ABOUT DRAWING UP ARCHITECTURAL LIVING SPACES. THAT IS WHY I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE AT THE WORKING-CLASS LEVEL, WE HAVE RENT CONTROL, THAT’S THE BEST CANDIDATE SO FAR, BECAUSE SHE WANTS STRONG RENT CONTROL, WHICH THIS REINFORCES. >>THAT WAS MEGAN MURPHY. SHE HAD NOT STATED AT THE BEGINNING, JUST FOR THE RECORD.>>>I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN HAS JOINED US, WE WILL START WITH ITEMS 1 AND 2, THE 2 REAPPOINTMENTS TO THE REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY. >>>01390, ITEM NUMBER 1, REAPPOINTMENT OF DOROTHY HOLLAND MANN, A TERM TO JULY 21 , AND 01392, ROSITA I. ROMERO, GOVERNING COUNCIL, UNTIL JULY 31, 2020. >>HANNAH SMITH FROM THE OFFICE OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS. >> CAN YOU GIVE A? OVERVIEW OF THE MUSEUM DEVELOPMENT GOVERNING COUNCIL? — QUICK OVERVIEW. >>ONE OF THESE CITIES EIGHT PUBLIC DEVELOP AUTHORITIES, AND MDA’S GOAL IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DOWNTOWN MUSEUM AND OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK, HOUSED WITHIN THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, ANOTHER BUILDING DOWNTOWN, GOVERNED BY A NINE-MEMBER GOVERNING COUNCIL, THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, THE MAYOR AND THE MDA GOVERNING COUNCIL ITSELF, I HAVE TWO NEW APPOINTMENTS, RUN FOR THE MAYOR AND ONE FROM THE GOVERNING COUNCIL. >>DO YOU WANT TO TELL US ABOUT THOSE REAPPOINTMENTS?>> SURE, FIRST IS DOROTHY HOLLAND MANN, APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNING COUNCIL, THE FIRST WOMAN AND 1st AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO HEAD REGION 10 OF THE U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, SERVING WASHINGTON, OREGON, IDAHO AND ALASKA. IN HER PUBLIC HEALTH BACKGROUND, SHE ESTABLISHED THE FIRST OFFICE OF WOMEN’S HEALTH THE FEDERAL REGIONAL OFFICE, THE VIOLENCE PROTECTION PROJECT, AND IS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE WASHINGTON WOMEN’S FOUNDATION, PASTURE OF THE SEATTLE ARTS COMMISSION, AND A MEMBER OF THE BOARD CHAIR TRUSTEE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE AT THE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, WITH THIS IMPRESSIVE BACKGROUND, A LONGTIME MEMBER OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL, THIS REPRESENTS HER NINTH TERM. >>NINE TERMS, THAT IS DEDICATION.>>AND ROSITA I. ROMERO IS A MAYORAL APPOINTEE, A CONSULTANT AND COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, THE OWNER AND DIRECTOR OF A R. KELLY, AND AN ORGANIZATION DESIGNED TO GIVE VOICE TO LATINO, HISPANIC AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON. SHE HAS HEADED THESE GO CLUBS AND LATINOS UNITED. AND SHE IS ON THE BOARD OF ARTIST TRUST, AND THE WASHINGTON STATE ART COMMISSIONER FROM 2006-2009, THIS REPRESENTS HER FIFTH TERM ON THE MDA.>>TERRIFIC. ANY THOUGHTS OR QUESTIONS?>>THAT IS A LOT OF TERMS. >>BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM, 14. IF THERE ARE NO FURTHER QUESTIONS, I’M GOING TO MOVE APPOINTMENT 01390 AND 01392 . >>I WILL SECOND. >>ALL THOSE IN FAVOR VOTE COUNCIL MEMBER SAWANT. NONE OPPOSING, NONE ABSTAINING, THE REAPPOINTMENT WILL MOVE TO THE FULL COUNCIL ON MONDAY.>>> ITEMS THREE AND 4. — 3 AND 4. >>01397, REAPPOINTMENT OF TYRONE GRANDISON AS MEMBER OF THE SEATTLE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, FOR A TERM TO JULY 22, 2021, AND 01398, 01392 SIX, THE SEATTLE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, FOR A TERM TO JULY 22, 2021. — AARON G. ORAVILLO .>>MY NAME IS MARTA IDOWU, WITH THE OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS. >>AND I’M WITH THE SEATTLE LIAISON.>>FOR THE VIEWING PUBLIC, A? OVERVIEW OF THE COMMISSION? — QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE COMMISSION AND WHAT IT DOES?>>I MANAGE THE SEATTLE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, THE WOMEN’S COMMISSION, AND THE COMMISSIONS, ADVISING THE CITY — THE MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL, GOING INTO DOING WORK PLANS EVERY YEAR. >>HUMAN RIGHTS AS WELL.>>STARTING WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, BASICALLY THE WORK THAT THEY DO, ESTABLISHED IN 1963 TO ADVOCATE FOR JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO ADVISE ON HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES AND TO COLLABORATE WITH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS IN ORDER TO EDUCATE THEM ON METHODS TO PREVENT AND ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION CITYWIDE, THE COMMISSION’S GOAL IS TO ADVOCATE IN THE COMMUNITY, AND BE A VOICE IN THE COMMUNITY, TALK TO ELECTED OFFICIALS, ENSURE THERE IS GREATER PUBLIC AWARENESS FOR WHAT THEY DO, WHAT THE CONCERNS ARE AND CREATE ACTIONABLE — OBJECTIVES. AND LOOKING AT A LOT OF POLICY ISSUES. THINGS LIKE THAT. PUTTING ON A LOT OF EVENTS LIKE HUMAN RIGHTS DAY. >>AND YOU SPEAK TO THE REAPPOINTMENTS?>>TYRONE GRANDISON, AND AARON G. ORAVILLO CUP BOTH OF THEM ARE FAIRLY NEW ON THE COMMISSION, WE DID REAPPOINTMENT SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, NOW NOT QUITE TO TWO YEARS, THEY FILLED THE POSITION OF SOMEONE ELSE. A VACANCY. BOTH OF THEM HAVE BEEN VERY ACTIVE ON THE COMMISSION, DOING THE WORK OF THE COMMISSION, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY HAVE STEPPED UP TO DO IS TO HELP WITH THE PLANNING OF A LOT OF EVENTS WE HAVE, A COUPLE OF MAJOR EVENTS COMING UP, HUMAN RIGHTS DAY, AND THAT IS ON INDIGENOUS WOMEN, AND 01392 SIX WENT TO A HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION WHERE THEY HAVE A YEARLY GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO DO HUMAN RIGHTS CITY WORK, STATES THAT ARE KNOWN TO HAVE A HUMAN RIGHTS CITY, AND BE KNOWN AS A HUMAN RIGHT CITY, THE GET TOGETHER, AND THEY HAVE A CONFERENCE. AND NEXT YEAR IN MARCH, THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION IS PUTING ON THIS EVENT. IT IS GOING TO BE AT THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM.>>THE NATIONAL CONVENING. THE SEATTLE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION IS SPONSORING? >>50 STATES IN THE UNITED STATES, 12 OR 14 CITIES THAT ARE NOW HUMAN RIGHTS CITIES, HE WENT TO ONE OF THEM LAST YEAR, WE SHARED THAT IT WOULD BE GOOD, AND ASKED THE CITY OF SEATTLE TO PUT ON AND SPONSOR IT. HE IS LEADING THAT, WE’VE BEEN HAVING A LOT OF PLANNING MEETINGS AROUND THAT. >>AND IS THERE A PROCESS TO BECOMING A HUMAN RIGHT CITY? BAKER THE SEATTLE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION STATED THE RESOLUTION TO THE CITY, THEY WROTE THE RESOLUTION, AND HAD A GO THROUGH THE PROPER PROCEDURES ARE COMING BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL TO BECOME A HUMAN RIGHT CITY. >>I WAS UNAWARE THAT OTHER CITIES WERE DOING THAT AS WELL? PART OF A NATIONAL EFFORT? >>YES. I WAS REALLY SURPRISED THAT HE CAME BACK, I DIDN’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS THAT MANY THAT HAVE THERE ARE.>>I CERTAINLY S, BUT APPRECIATE YOUR WILLINGNESS OF BOTH TYRONE AND AARON TO BE SERVING ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, IF THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS, I WILL MOVE THE APPOINTMENTS — 01397 AND 01398, NONE OPPOSED, THOSE WILL MOVE ON TO FULL COUNCIL ON MONDAY.>>>AND WE HAVE 4 REAPPOINTMENTS TO THE SEATTLE WOMEN’S COMMISSION. >>YES.>>I WILL READ THEM INTO THE RECORD. ITEM 5, DARYA FARIVAR, SEATTLE WOMEN’S COMMISSION, FOR A TERM TO JULY 1, 2021. 01934, ROKEA JONES, 01395, K. MIN PEASE, AND 01396, REAPPOINTMENT OF JAMILAH WILLIAMS, ALL FOR A TERM TO JULY 1, 2021.>>IF YOU COULD TELL US A LITTLE BIT FOR THE VIEWING PUBLIC ABOUT THE WOMEN’S COMMISSION AND WHAT THE PURPOSES?>>THE SEATTLE WOMEN’S COMMISSION IS A ADVISORY BODY FOR THE CITY OF SEATTLE WHO COME TOGETHER AS VOLUNTEERS TO RESEARCH, ANALYZE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL AND CITY DEPARTMENTS ON ISSUES AFFECTING WOMEN IN SEATTLE, THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED ONE PRIMARY FOCUS, PUBLIC AWARENESS ISSUES, FOR 2019, THE PRIMARY POLICY AND PUBLIC AWARENESS ISSUES ARE PROMOTING STABLE HOUSING FOR WOMEN AND HOUSING — WOMEN IN SEATTLE, AND THE FOCUS FROM 19- 20, AND THE NEXT ONE IS DRIVING DISCOURSE ON THE EXPERIENCE OF WOMEN AT WORK IN SEATTLE, AND NUMBER 3 IS PROMOTING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE AND QUALITY CHILDCARE FOR FAMILIES IN SEATTLE, AND 4, DRIVING AXIS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — ACCESS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAMS. CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON POLICY OPTIONS, WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS, CITY COUNCILMEMBERS, MEMBERS OF OTHER COMMISSIONS AND PARTNERS TO DETERMINE GOALS AND STRATEGY. THEY LIKE TO PURSUE COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES, TRADITIONAL MEDIA AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE ISSUES AND ORGANIZE ADVOCACY EFFORTS. AND ADVOCATE TO POLICYMAKERS THROUGH, LETTERS, IN PERSON TESTIMONY AND OTHER AVENUES, CONTINUOUSLY WORKING TO DISMANTLE RACISM’S — RACISM AND GENDER NORMS THAT PERPETUATE HARM. >>WE VALUE AND APPRECIATE ALL OF THAT WORK. WE CAN MOVE INTO JUST A COUPLE OF SENTENCES ABOUT EACH OF THE REAPPOINTMENTS? >>I KIND OF DID COLLABORATIVELY ALTOGETHER, THE 4 FOLKS THAT ARE COMING FORWARD, K. MIN PEASE, JAMILAH WILLIAMS , DARYA FARIVAR , ROKEA JONES. THOSE FOLKS ARE THE NEW COCHAIRS, AND ZOE IS THE CHAIR. >>I HAVE DARYA FARIVAR, BAGSHAW ONE, K. MIN PEASE, AND JAMILAH WILLIAMS — ROKEA JONES, K. MIN PEASE, JAMILAH WILLIAMS. THEY BECAME THE COCHAIRS FOR THE SEATTLE WOMEN’S COMMISSION, THEY’VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF WORK IN THE AREAS THAT THEY ARE INTERESTED IN, ALONG THE LINES OF THE THINGS I JUST READ, DEVELOPING POLICY, DARYA FARIVAR IS ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT GO TO OLYMPIA AND LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON AT THE STATE LEVEL, AND REPORT ISSUES, SORRY, NOT ZOE, I WILL MOVE HER PACKET, THEY HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN MOVING POLICY AND MAKING CHANGES, I DON’T KNOW — I KNOW YOU HAVE SEEN THE REPORT ABOUT HOUSING AND THE PROBLEMS AROUND THE CONVICTIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THOSE ARE THE TYPE OF THINGS THEY HAVE DONE. JUST SHARING THAT THEY HAVE DONE A LOT OF WORK AROUND POLICY STUFF, PUTTING ON LARGE EVENTS, AUGUST 20, AN EVENTS ON MATERNAL HEALTH, WE WILL HAVE THE AWARD COMING UP ON SEPTEMBER 26, PUTTING IT TOGETHER COLLABORATIVELY AS A COMMISSION. SO THAT IS PRETTY MUCH WHAT I WANTED TO SHARE, THEY ARE DOING WORK, ATTENDING MEETINGS AND TAKING ON LARGER ROLES ON THE COMMISSION, AND REALLY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING AND CONTINUE TO DO ON THE WOMEN’S COMMISSION. >>THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT WITH US, WE SEE A LOT OF EVIDENCE OF THAT WORK BOTH IN THE COMMUNITY AND IN THE WORK THAT WE ARE MOVING FORWARD IN THIS COMMITTEE AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO RENTER PROTECTION. THAT SOUNDS FANTASTIC. >>ONE LAST THING, I WANTED TO HAVE JANET STAFFER COME UP, SHE IS TAKING — OUT OF CLASS TO HELP THE LGBT COMMISSION, I WANTED TO INTRODUCE HER.>>WE HAVE THOSE APPOINTMENTS BEFORE US, AND YOU WILL BE PRESENTING THEM?>>YES. >>I WILL MOVE 01393, APPOINTMENT 01934, APPOINTMENT 01395, AND APPOINTMENT 01934 >>SECOND. >>ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE, NONE OPPOSED, NONE ABSTAINING, THEY WILL MOVE TO THE FULL COUNCIL ON MONDAY. I WILL LET EVERYBODY KNOW THAT WE EXTEND OUR THANKS. — PLEASE LET EVERYBODY KNOW. >>I SURE WILL.>>>ITEM NUMBER 9.>>>119598 . AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO RENTAL AGREEMENTS AND TENANT LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES; RELIEVING A TENANT EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FROM LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE TO THE LANDLORD BY A PERPETRATOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 7.24.020, 7.24.030, AND 22.206.170 OF THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE.>>I AM ASHA VENKATARAMAN, COUNCIL CENTRAL STAFF. >>IF YOU WANT TO GIVE US A? BACKGROUND OVERVIEW. — QUICK BACKGROUND OVERVIEW. >>THIS WAS IN RELATION TO THE LOSING HOME REPORT, PRESENTED LAST SEPTEMBER, ONE OF THE ITEMS THAT WAS SLATED FOR THE COUNCIL TO CONSIDER IN THE RESOLUTION, IN TERMS OF POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS TO THE ISSUE OF TENANTS BEING HELD LIABLE FOR DAMAGE CAUSED TO A LANDLORDS PROPERTY WHEN IT WAS DONE BY A PERPETRATOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, DURING THE LAST COMMITTEE MEETING, 119598 ESSENTIALLY EXEMPTED THEM IF THEY PROVIDED NOTIFICATION AND REPORT TO A LANDLORD THAT THEY WERE A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE DAMAGE CAUSED WAS BY THE PERPETRATOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. THE INTENT OF THIS BILL IN A LOT OF WAYS IS TO MERE PROTECTIONS THAT EXIST AT THE STATE LEVEL AROUND REMOVING A TENANT FROM LIABILITY FROM A RENTAL AGREEMENT IF THERE ARE A VICTIM, AND THOSE PROTECTIONS WOULD ALLOW A TENANT TO TERMINATE THE RENTAL AGREEMENT EARLY WITHOUT FURTHER OBLIGATION.>>SO THAT LEGISLATION, IN STATE LAW, IS BASED ON A SIMILAR CONCEPT, A DIFFERENT TYPE OF LIABILITY, BUT A FINANCIAL LIABILITY THAT AGENT HAS WHEN THEY BREAK THE LEASE, AND UNDER STATE LAW THEY DON’T HAVE THE FINANCIAL LIABILIT IN THE INSTANCE THERE ARE FLEEING THE ABUSE OF SOMEBODY WHO’S ENGAGED IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST THAT PERSON. AGAIN, THE IDEA IS, THAT YOUR STATUS AS A SURVIVOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHOULD NOT BE A BARRIER WHEN — AFTER FLEEING THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO GET NEW HOUSING. AND HAVING A BROKEN LEASE IS ONE FORM OF LIABILITY THAT CAN KEEP PEOPLE FROM GETTING HOUSING. ANOTHER KIND OF LIABILITY IS AN UNPAID BILL ASSOCIATED WITH THE APARTMENT. >>IN A LOT OF CASE, THE LIABILITY CAN HELP TO KEEP THE SURVIVOR IN THE RELATIONSHIP, OR LINK TO THE PERPETRATOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. >>BECAUSE OF FEAR OF WHAT THAT LIABILITY — THE FEAR OF THAT LIABILITY BEING A BARRIER TO GETTING NEW HOUSING, PEOPLE CHOOSE TO STAY IN THE ABUSIVE SITUATION. >>THEY CAN, OR IN ADDITION, IT CAN BE BECAUSE OF THE FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, ONE OF THE ISSUES WE ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS, MAKES THE PERSON DEPENDENT ON THAT PARTICULAR HOUSING. OR THE PERPETRATOR THEMSELVES. >>THANK YOU. >>SOME OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS WERE ISSUES DISCUSSED DURING THE LAST COMMITTEE MEETING, THERE ARE SEVEN PROPOSED AMENDMENTS THAT COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD IS PROPOSING, I CAN DO THEM PER AMENDMENT, OR TOGETHER.>>LET’S SEE IF WE CAN VOTE AS WE GO. IS THAT RIGHT? THE FIRST PROPOSED AMENDMENT WOULD ALIGN PROTECTIONS TO COVER CRIMES THAT ARE COVERED IN STATE LAW THAT WE JUST DISCUSSED, AS ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED, THE DRAFTING WOULD HAVE COVERED ONLY CRIMES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, BUT IN THE STATE LAW, THE COVERAGE IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AS WELL AS SEXUAL ASSAULT, STALKING AND UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT AND THE ASSUMPTION WAS THAT THOSE THINGS ARE COVERED WITHIN THE NARROW DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, BUT THAT’S NOT ACTUALLY THE CASE. SO TO ENSURE THOSE CRIMES ARE COVERED ALSO, INSERTING THOSE PROTECTIONS INTO THE BILL, THE DEFINITIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT AND STALKING ON PAGE 2 OF YOUR MEMO. AND ESSENTIALLY TO INSERT THOSE INTO THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE A SUBSTITUTE BILL, BECAUSE WE WOULD NEED A TITLE CHANGE BECAUSE THE SCOPE WOULD BE LARGER, YOU WILL SEE IN ATTACHMENT A, THOSE PROTECTIONS, SEXUAL ASSAULT, ARE INSERTED, WHEREVER YOU SEE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, THAT WOULD REQUIRE A SUBSTITUTE, WHICH MEANS WE WOULD NEED A NEW BILL, THAT WOULD BE INTRODUCED AT SOME POINT BEFORE THE NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING ON THE 24th. >>JUST FOR THE VIEWING PUBLIC AND THE FOLKS HERE WITH US TODAY, MY INTENTION IS TO VOTE ON THE AMENDMENTS. WITH THE ASSUMPTION THAT WE STILL HAVE STUFF TO WORK OUT AND WE WILL BRING IT BACK TO COMMITTEE ONE MORE TIME.>>JUST SO I’M CLEAR, WE WILL VOTE ON THE AMENDMENTS OF THIS BILL PROBABLY MORE SYMBOLICALLY THAN ANYTHING, BECAUSE WE GET A NEW BILL INTRODUCED, BUT IT WILL REFLECT WHAT WE’VE DONE TODAY.>>CORRECT. >>THAT WILL BE THE WORKING THING WE WORK ON IT THE NEXT COMMITTEE? >>THAT’S RIGHT. >>OKAY. >>SO IF YOU WANT TO VOTE ON THE FIRST ONE, WE CAN MOVE TO THE SECOND ONE.>>I WILL MOVE AMENDMENT 1, PROTECTIONS TO COVER CRIMES INCLUDED IN THE REVISED CODE OF WASHINGTON, BY ADDING IN SEXUAL ASSAULT, STALKING AND UNLAWFUL ATTACHMENT. AND NO OBJECTIONS.>>IT UPDATES THE LANGUAGE, IN THE MOMENT TOO, ALIGNING WITH STATE LAW, THE DIFFERENCE IS THE BILL WAS ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED, USING DEFINITIONS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS AS DEFINED BEFORE THE CURRENT LEGISLATIVE SESSION. DURING THE 2019 STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION, BILL 1517 PAST, WHICH REVISE THE DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND IT WAS REVISED TO SEPARATE OUT INTIMATE PARTNER VERSUS FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBER, SO THOSE CHANGES ARE REFLECTED ON PAGE 3 OF THE MEMO, AND HOW THE STAPLE CHANGES THEM, AND FOR FAMILY MEMBERS, IT TOOK OUT SPECIFIC DESCRIPTIONS IN THE DEFINITION AND CHANGE THEM TO THE DEFINITION OF INTIMATE PARTNER, AND NOW THAT I’M SAYING THAT, I CAN SEE THAT IT IS NOT INCLUDED HERE, IT MIGHT BE WORTH A DISCUSSION OF WHETHER WE SHOULD INCLUDE INTIMATE PARTNER, AND INSERT IN WHEREVER FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBER IS DEFINED IN THE BILL.>>>THE REMAINDER OF THE AMENDMENT IS PAGE 1 OF ATTACHMENT B, NOT ONLY WITH THE DEFINITIONS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD NUMBERS BE CHANGED TO REFERENCE THE DEFINITIONS IN THE RCW, THE DEFINITION WOULD BE ALIGNED TO REFERENCE THE RCW AS WELL, AND LASTLY, BECAUSE OF OTHER CHANGES MADE AT THE STATE LEVEL, THAT AFFECT THE REFERENCES MADE IN THIS BILL, AND IN THE RCW, IT WOULD JUST BE A CHANGE FROM THE — 20 6A, OR 20 6B. A LOT OF 26 IS — 26 A AND B, THAT IS A LOT OF 26’S.>>THE CHANGE THAT WOULD BE NEEDED LATER, IS TO INCLUDE THE DEFINITION OF INTIMATE PARTNER?>>YES, INTIMATE PARTNER IS DEFINED, ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE CROSSED OFF HERE ON PAGE 3, THOSE GOT TRANSFERRED INTO THE DEFINITION OF INTIMATE PARTNER. IT WOULD JUST BE INSERTING THAT DEFINITION INTO THE BILL AS WELL.>>INTO THE DEFINITION SECTION, ALL RIGHT, NO QUESTIONS, COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN? >>I AM HAPPY TO MOVE AMENDMENT TO WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE NEW BILL WONDERS — ALSO REFLECT THE DEFINITION OF INTIMATE PARTNER. >>I WILL SECOND. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR VOTE AYE. IT PASSES.>>AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 CLARIFIES THE CONTENTS OF THE PETITION THAT IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO LANDLORD, AS ORIGINALLY DRAFTED, THE THINGS THAT WOULD BE INCLUDED ARE THAT THEY WERE A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND INFORM THE QUALIFIED THIRD- PARTY OF THE DAY, AND THE PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND THEY HAD INFORMED THEM OF THE NAME OF THE PERPETRATOR. THE WAY WAS DRAFTED IMPLIED THAT IT HAD TO HAPPEN AT THE SAME TIME, BUT BECAUSE OF THE WAY THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MANIFESTS, THERE ARE THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN OUT OF THE STRICT LEGAL DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THAT CAN FIT INTO A PATTERN OF ABUSE, BECAUSE THE INTENT WAS TO ENSURE THAT THE DAMAGE DONE BY THE PERPETRATOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, NOT JUST DONE ANY SPECIFIC LEGAL INSTANCE, THE AMENDMENT WOULD CHANGE TO SEPARATE OUT THOSE TWO THINGS. IN ATTACHMENT B ON PAGE 3, YOU WILL SEE THE REVISION IS TO CROSS OUT THE ACT OR ACTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, IN THE-D, THE ONLY VERIFICATION OF THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SIDE WOULD BE THAT IT IS THE PERSON THAT IS PERPETRATING IT THAT HAS CAUSED THE PROPERTY DAMAGE. >>IDEALLY, IT SEEMS THAT THE DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WOULD INCLUDE ACTIONS THAT CONSTITUTE A PATTERN OF ABUSE, BUT GIVEN THAT IT DOESN’T APPEAR TO ENCAPSULATE THAT TYPE OF ACTIVITY THAT IS A PATTERN OF ABUSE, I THINK THIS IS A GOOD WAY OF APPROACHING THAT. THAT ISSUE. AND THE FACT THAT SAME SORT OF DAMAGE CAN HAVE A LASTING IMPACT ON A TENANT IF THAT DAMAGE COSTS MONEY TO FIX, AND THE TENANT IS AGAIN TRYING TO GET OUT OF THAT SITUATION. SO I THINK AMENDMENT THREE IS A GOOD ONE TO INCLUDE. I WILL MOVE AMENDMENT THREE, CLARIFYING THE CONTENTS OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION IN ATTACHMENT B, PAGE 3. >>SECOND.>>ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF PASSING AMENDMENT THREE, VOTE ABEL PACHECO, NONE — VOTE AYE. >>ALIGNING THE CITY REGULATONS WITH THE STATE BILL, THIS IS PARTICULARLY ABOUT IDENTIFICATION OF THE PERPETRATOR IN THE REPORT, AND THE PROHIBITION AGAINST THE NAME WAS NOT INCLUDED IN ORDER TO BALANCE A LANDLORD’S ABILITY TO PURSUE COMPETITION FROM A PERPETRATOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, THE INITIAL THOUGHT WAS HOW WOULD THEY BE ABLE TO FIGURE IT OUT IF IT WASN’T IN THE PARTICULAR REPORT. AFTER FURTHER RESEARCH IT BECAME CLEAR THERE ARE OTHER WAYS IN WHICH A LANDLORD CAN FIND OUT WHO THE PERPETRATOR WAS, AND THE WRIST TO BOTH THE SURVIVOR AND THE ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE TRYING TO SUPPORT SURVIVORS, AND REQUIRING THEM TO REPORT THE NAME, OUTWEIGHED THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A LANDLORD FIND OUT ABOUT THE PERPETRATOR IN THAT SPECIFIC MECHANISM. IN TERMS OF THE RESEARCH, THAT SORT OF MADE THIS CLEAR, THE REPORT TO THE THIRD-PARTY FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS, THE PATTERN OF ABUSE, IT CAN BE COMMON FOR ABUSERS TO ISOLATE THEIR VICTIMS EITHER PSYCHOLOGICALLY, PHYSICALLY, AND SO CREATING A SENSE OF ACCOUNTABILITY FOR TRADERS CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR VICTIMS, BECAUSE IT IS IN AN EFFORT TO GET OUT OF THE RELATIONSHIP. ONE OF THE WAYS THAT SURVIVORS TRY TO DEAL WITH THE LIABILITY THAT HAPPENS, OR THE HARM THAT IS BEING CAUSED, IS REPORTING TO A QUALIFIED THIRD-PARTY, AND THOSE REPORTS, THE NAME OF THE PERPETRATOR MAY BE IN THAT REPORT, BUT IF A PERPETRATOR THINKS THAT THE SURVIVORS TRY TO GET OUT, OR THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED TO A THIRD PARTY IN AN EFFORT — THEY CAN BE REALLY SERIOUS RETAIL DATE — RETALIATION, IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT SURVIVORS, THOSE QUALIFIED THIRD-PARTY REPORTS ARE BOTH PRIVILEGED, AND THEY — THE PROTECTIONS IN THE STATE LAW PROHIBIT THE IDENTITY OF THE PERPETRATOR FROM BEING SHARED MORE WIDELY, IN THE REPORT TO THE QUALIFIED THIRD- PARTY. THAT CASE, THE PROTECTION APPLIES IN THAT CIRCUMSTANCE. THE PEACE AROUND THE LANDLORD BEING ABLE TO PURSUE LIABILITY FOR THE PERPETRATOR, EVEN THOUGH THEY CAN’T GET THE IDENTITY OF THE PERPETRATOR THROUGH THE SPECIFIC REPORT, THERE ARE OTHER WAYS THEY MAY HAVE KNOWN WHO IT IS, OF THE PEOPLE IN THE AREA MIGHT KNOW WHO THE PERPETRATOR IS, AND MORE LIKELY THAN NOT, IF A SURVIVOR FEEL SAFE ENOUGH TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF, IT IS PROBABLE THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE ENOUGH TO SHARE THE IDENTITY OF THE PERPETRATOR, THIS DOES NOT PREVENT LANDLORDS FROM PURSUING THE TRADER FOR PURPOSES OF COMPENSATION, IT JUST PROHIBITS IT IN THIS PARTICULAR REPORTING MECHANISM, THE PROTECTION IN THE STATE LAW WOULD BE INSERTED INTO THIS BILL, AND TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT LANDLORDS ARE ABLE TO SEE COMPENSATION, THIS PROPOSED AMENDMENT WOULD INCLUDE LANGUAGE THAT CLEARLY STATES THAT NOTHING WOULD PRECLUDE LANDLORD FROM PURSUING A ARBITRATOR FOR COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGES CAUSED. THAT IS REFLECTED ON PAGE 4 OF ATTACHMENT B. BECAUSE AMENDMENT ONE WAS ADOPTED, THE AMENDMENT THAT WOULD BE VOTED ON WOULD BE 4A.>>I REALLY APPRECIATED LEARNING ABOUT ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND APPRECIATE THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCACY COMMUNITY TEACH ME ABOUT THIS ISSUE, AND I CERTAINLY WOULD NOT WANT TO INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD EITHER OF RETALIATION AGAINST A TENANT USING A THIRD-PARTY REPORT, OR TO MINIMIZE THE LIKELIHOOD THAT TENANTS MAKE THESE REPORTS, BECAUSE AS YOU MENTIONED, THEY ARE USEFUL FOR MANY OTHER REASONS ASSOCIATED WITH PRESERVING THE SAFETY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS.>>>IS ALSO USEFUL TO REFERENCE, EVEN THOUGH THE THIRD PARTY REPORTS ARE USED FOR OTHER THINGS, WE ARE MIRRORING THE LANGUAGE IN THE STATE LAW THAT ALSO REQUIRES A THIRD- PARTY REPORT TO ALLOW A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR TO GET OUT OF THE LEASE, AGAIN, WE ARE DOING WHAT WE CAN TO MIRROR THE PROTECTIONS FOR THE SURVIVOR AS WELL AS LIMITING THE SURVIVORS LIABILITY IN THIS LEGISLATION, MUCH LIKE THEY DO IN STATE LAW AS WELL. SO I APPRECIATE HAVING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THAT, THEN WHEN WE FIRST DRAFTED THE BILL. >>I ALSO APPRECIATE THE WORK ON THIS AND THE ADVICE FROM FOLKS THAT WORK IN THIS FIELD TO HELP US GET THIS RIGHT.>>IF THERE ARE NO FURTHER QUESTIONS, I WILL MOVE AMENDMENT 4A, ALIGNING CITY REGULATIONS WITH THE PROHIBITION AGAINST SHARING THE NAME OF THE PERPETRATOR, WITH THE LANDLORD AND THE RCW, AND AS A FOUNDS TESH AS FOUND ON ATTACHMENT B PAGES FOUR AND 5. >>I SECOND THAT. >>– AS FOUND ON ATTACHMENT B PAGES 4 AND 5. NONE OPPOSED.>>>THE PROTECTIONS IN THE RC W, THE STATE LAW INCLUDES PROVISIONS THAT MAKE SURE THAT THE PRIVILEGED NATURE OF REPORTING WITH A SURVIVOR AND A QUALIFIED THIRD-PARTY STAYS THAT WAY EVEN IF THE REPORT DETAILS THE VERIFICATION, IT IS SHARED WITH THE LANDLORD, WITHOUT THE SURVIVOR SPECIFICALLY WAIVING PRIVILEGE, PROVIDING THE DETAILS WOULD NOT OTHERWISE WAIVE PRIVILEGE, IN A COURT PROCEEDING THAT IS INITIATED AGAINST A SURVIVOR. A LOT OF TIMES IT IS NOT ALWAYS CLEAR BECAUSE OF THE PATTERN OF ABUSE WHO IS A SURVIVOR AND WHO IS A PERPETRATOR, AND SOMETIMES CASES ARE TAKEN UP AGAINST SURVIVORS AS BEING THE PERPETRATORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, PROTECTIONS MAKE SURE THIS REPORTING ISN’T THE WAY TO FURTHER VICTIMIZE SURVIVORS, THIS PROTECTION WOULD BE MIRRORED IN THIS CURRENT BILL AS WELL. AND THIS IS REFLECTED ON PAGE 6. BECAUSE AGAIN, AMENDMENT ONE WAS ADOPTED, 5A. >>AND AGAIN, THIS IS IMPORTANT, IN THAT WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT IN TRYING TO STRENGTHEN THE RIGHTS OF TENANTS, WE ARE NOT WEAKENING THE RIGHTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS, I WILL MOVE AMENDMENT 5A, ADDING IN THE PROTECTIONS FOR SURVIVORS. ALL IN FAVOR, VOTE I. — VOTE AYE. >> AND THE LAST ONE, THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION AND INSPECTION IS THE ENFORCEMENT BODY, A LOT OF CHANGES TO LANDLORD TENANT LAW, AND THIS EXTENSION WOULD ALLOW SDC I TO FIGURE OUT THE RESOURCES, APPROPRIATE OUTREACH MATERIALS AND ANALYZE ANY ADDITIONAL NEEDED ENFORCEMENT CAPACITY. >>IN OUR ONGOING DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE BILL, A LOT OF INTEREST IN TALKING ABOUT SOME SORT OF A MITIGATION FUND THAT WOULD LIKELY BE SOMETHING THAT WE COULD DISCUSS DURING THE BUDGET PROCESS, I DO WANT TO USE MY COMMITTEE AS A PLACE TO TALK MORE ABOUT HOW, IF WE WERE TO ESTABLISH A FUND LIKE THAT, HOW IT WOULD BE ACCOMPLISHED, WHETHER OR NOT IT IS NECESSARY, I AM REALLY SURPRISED THAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM FOLKS WHO WANT — IN REACTION TO NOT HAVING THE ABILITY TO SEND A BILL TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR, THE ARGUMENT IS THAT THE CITY SHOULD BE PAYING FOR THE DAMAGE , I’M SURPRISED BY THAT, I WAS SURPRISED WHEN I SAW THE LOSING REPORT, AND I SAW THE INSTANCE OF THE LANDLORD WHO SENT A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORA BILL FOR BLOOD ON THE CARPET, BUT NONETHELESS I AM COMMITTED TO HAVING A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE COST OF DAMAGES, AND WHAT OPTIONS LANDLORDS HAVE AVAILABLE TO THEMSELVES TO MAKE THEM WHOLE FOR THOSE DAMAGES. I THINK CHANGING THE EFFECTIVE DATE TO JANUARY 21, 2020, ALLOWS US TO HAVE THIS DISCUSSIONS. I WILL MOVE AMENDMENT SIX, CHANGING THE EFFECTIVE DATE TO JANUARY 1, 2020. NONE OPPOSED, AND ABSTAINING. >>>AMENDMENT SEVEN. >>THE LAST AMENDMENT IS MORE OF A TECHNICAL ONE, WE HAD INSERTED A CODE REVISORY SECTION THAT WOULD ALLOW THE FUTURE POSITION TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS, AND ORDINANCE ALREADY DOES THAT, THIS WOULD REMOVE THE SECTION AS UNNECESSARY.>>WITH THAT, I WILL MOVE AMENDMENT SEVEN. ALL OF THOSE IN FAVOR VOTE AYE. NONE OPPOSED. DO Y█OU WANT TO CLOSE US OUT WITH NEXT STEPS? >>BECAUSE AMENDMENT ONE WAS ADOPTED, THIS BILL WILL NOW STASH ALL OF THEM WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO A NEW COUNCIL BILL THAT WILL BE INTRODUCED BETWEEN NOW AND THE 24th, A FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE 24th, INCLUDING POTENTIALLY ANY ADDITIONS OR UNDO DEDICATION FUND, IF THAT BILL IS VOTED OUT OF COMMITTEE, IT WILL GO FOR A FULL COUNCIL VOTE ON SEPTEMBER 30.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH, APPRECIATE IT.>>>LET’S MOVE TO THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA.>>>119606. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO RENTAL PROPERTIES; RESTRICTING A LANDLORD NUMBER OF PERSONS RESIDING IN A RENTAL UNIT; PROHIBITING THE USE OF CONDITIONS THAT ARE APPLIED TO PERSONS RESIDING IN A RENTAL UNIT WHO ARE NOT TENANTS; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 7.24.020 AND 7.24.030 OF, AND ADDING NEW SECTIONS 7.24.031 AND 7.24.032 TO, THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE. >>>AGAIN, A RECOMMENDATION COMING OUT OF THE LOSING HOME REPORT, MODELED ON SIMILAR LEGISLATION, IN NEW YORK, PROHIBITING THE LANDLORD FROM LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE RESIDING IN A RENTAL UNIT TO FEWER THAN THE LEGAL OCCUPANCY UNIT ESTABLISHED BY LOCAL, STATE OR FEDERAL LAW, WE HAVE A BILL AND SOME ISSUES TO TALK THROUGH ON THIS ONE? >>AS WE DISCUSSED, AT THE LAST COMMITTEE MEETING, A VARIETY OF ISSUES CAME UP FOR POTENTIAL AMENDMENT, TODAY’S DISCUSSION DEALS WITH THOSE AMENDMENTS, AND I WILL TALK THROUGH SOME ISSUES FOR FUTURE AMENDMENT THAT HAVE COME UP SINCE THE LAST TIME THIS CAME UP. AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 IS JUST CHANGING SOME TERMINOLOGY, AND YOU WILL SEE REFLECTED IN ATTACHMENT A, PAGES ONE AND 2, THE FIRST CHANGE WOULD BE REFERENCE TO THE TERM HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS, AMENDING THE SAME SESSION OF THE CODE AS WE JUST DISCUSSED, DOES, THERE ARE DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS THAT WE WANT TO USE FOR DEFINING FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS, THE TERM WOULD BE CHANGED TO IMMEDIATE FAMILY, TO BE CLEAR ON THE DISTINCTION. IT WOULD ALSO ALIGN THE CONVENTIONS FOR THE USE OF DEFINITIONS. RENTAL AGREEMENT WOULD BE THE RCW, AS AMENDED, NOT SUBSTANTIVE, IN SESSION 2, YOU WOULD BE ADDING IN THE TERM IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER TO SWAPOUT FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS, AND MAKING CLEAR THIS APPIES TO RENTAL UNITS, NOT JUST UNITS GENERALLY, AND CHANGING FROM ADDITIONAL PERSON TO ADDITIONAL RESIDENTS, THAT WOULD BE REFLECTED IN SECTION 3 OF THE BILL. >>ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CAME UP IN PUBLIC COMMENT THAT I HAD NOT THOUGHT ABOUT AS IT RELATES TO THIS PARTICULAR BILL IS THAT WE HAVE LAWS AS IT RELATES TO THE ABILITY TO SCREEN OUT TENANTS, FOR REASONS THAT WE MAY HAVE OTHER LAWS THAT SAY YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SCREEN OUT TENANTS FOR THOSE REASONS, ARE DIFFEREN, IN THAT INSTANCE WHERE SOMEBODY RENTS FOR ME LANDLORD WHO LIVES ON THE PROPERTY. AND I’M JUST WONDERING, WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD CONSIDER THAT SORT OF AN EXEMPTION FOR THIS BILL, IN ORDER TO BE CONSISTENT WITH OUR OTHER LAWS THAT CREATE THAT EXEMPTION IN THOSE INSTANCES WHERE A LANDLORD LIVES ON SITE? >>AS CURRENTLY DRAFTED, THE ONLY EXEMPTION THAT WAS INCLUDED IN HERE WAS THE FEDERAL EXEMPTION AROUND PRODUCTION OF METHAMPHETAMINES ON THE PROPERTY OR THE LIFETIME SIX OFFENDER — SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION. SHARED OCCUPANCY, THE OWNER LIVES ON THE PROPERTY, THAT YOU MENTIONED, AND WERE — DETACHED WERE THE OWNER LIVES IN THE PREMISES, BOTH OF THOSE COULD DEFINITELY BE CONSIDERED FOR EXCLUSION FROM THIS BILL, IT MIGHT JUST REQUIRE SOME DIGGING INTO THE IMPLICATIONS. >>LET’S PUT A PIN IN THAT AND CONTINUE TALKING ABOUT IT.>>THAT IS AMENDMENT ONE. I DIDN’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO DEVOTE AS WE WENT.>>LET ME GET MYSELF ORGANIZED. FOR THIS BILL, HOW MANY AMENDMENTS? >>FIVE AMENDMENTS.>>WE JUST WENT OVER AMENDMENT ONE, YES, LET’S DO THAT AGAIN, DOES THAT WORK FOR YOU? I WILL MOVE AMENDMENT ONE, WHICH MAKES THE DEFINITION CONSISTENT, REVISES IT TO RENTAL UNIT, AND CHANGING ADDITIONAL PERSON TO ADDITIONAL RESIDENT. ALL IN FAVOR VOTE AYE, NONE OPPOSED, NONE ABSTAINING. >>>AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 AMENDS THE DEFINITION OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLD MEMBER, WHICH WOULD NOW BE IMMEDIATE FAMILY, ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT CAME UP WHILE DISCUSSING THIS DEFINITION, IS THAT IN SOME WAYS IT IS EXTREMELY BROAD, AND COULD ENCOMPASS ANY NUMBER OF PEOPLE, BECAUSE THE INTENT OF THE BILL IS SPECIFICALLY TO DO WITH PARTNERS AND CHILDREN, AND ESSENTIALLY WHAT WE WOULD MEAN TRADITIONALLY BY IMMEDIATE FAMILY, THE CHANGE WOULD BE TO TAKE OUT SOME OF THE BROADER TERMS HERE, WE WERE — REMOVING WHETHER THEY WERE MARRIED ANYTIME, ADULT PERSONS RELATED BY BLOOD, IT WOULD MOVE THAT, BECAUSE IT IS NOT ENTIRELY CLEAR HOW FAR THAT WOULD — WITHIN A FAMILY THAT WOULD GO. >>PEOPLE WOULD BE GETTING DNA TESTS. [ LAUGHTER ]>>IT TAKES OF THAT PROVISION, IT PUTS IN SIBLINGS, TO MAKE SURE THAT IS COVERED, A FEW LINES DOWN, THE ORIGINAL HAD PARENT AND CHILD RELATIONSHIP, BUT IT COULD MEAN ANY NUMBER OF THINGS, IN ADDITION TO STEPPARENTS, STEPCHILDREN, AND COVER THE LEGAL PEACE, ADOPTIVE PARENTS, FOSTER PARENTS, CUSTODIANS OF MINORS. THE LAST PIECE THAT DIDN’T MAKE T INTO THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGEIS DATING RELATIONSHIP, INCLUDING IN PIECES AROUND PERSONS 16 OR OLDER WHO ARE RESIDING TOGETHER OR HAVE PRESENTED TOGETHER AND HAVE HAD A DATING RELATIONSHIP, THAT DEFINITION COMES FROM THE SAME SECTION OF THE RCW, SO WE ARE CONSISTENT WITH WHAT COURTS WOULD OTHERWISE INTERPRET AS DATING RELATIONSHIP. >>FINDING DEFINITIONS FOR ALL THESE THINGS. ALWAYS BETTER TO NOT MAKE IT UP AS YOU GO. IF WE CAN REFER TO OTHER JURISDICTIONS, LET’S DO IT. AMENDMENT 2, THE DEFINITION OF FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBER, I MOVE NUMBER 2, NONE OPPOSED, NONE ABSTAINING. >>>AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 IS SOMETHING WE DISCUSSED IN THE LAST COMMITTEE MEETING, AT THE TIME THERE WASN’T ANY PROVISION THAT WOULD REQUIRE A TENANT TO NOTIFY THE LANDLORD OF WAS WAS LIVING IN THE UNIT, SO WHAT THIS WOULD DO IS REQUIRE THAT A TENANT NOTIFY THE LANDLORD WITHIN 30 DAYS OF ANOTHER PERSON OCCUPYING THE UNIT OF THE IDENTITY OF THE PERSON, ALLOWING LANDLORDS TO >>>WHO IS THE — TRACK WHO IS IT, WHO IS IN THE UNIT, IN ORDER TO IDENTIFY THAT. >>THAT IS SUPER HELPFUL, I THINK IN SOME WAYS, IT POINTS TO ONE OF THE QUESTIONS RAISED IN THE PRIOR LEGISLATION, LANDLORDS , IN THE CASE — BACK TO THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SITUATION, THE LANDLORDS WOULD KNOW WHO IS LIVING IN THE UNIT, AND THUS INDEPENDENT OF THE TENANT BE ABLE TO HOLD PERPETRATORS WHO LIVE IN THE UNIT LIABLE FOR DAMAGES. ANY QUESTIONS? I MOVE AMENDMENT THREE, REQUIRING NOTICE TO LANDLORD OF WHO IS OCCUPYING THE UNIT. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, AYE, NONE OPPOSED, NONE ABSTAINING. >>> AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 ADDS A, –>>– IT ADDS A COMMA. >>I’M OPPOSED. [ LAUGHTER ] >>IN SECTION 031, THEY CAN IMPOSE THOSE THAT ARE IMPOSED ON A TENANT, BEYOND THE TENANT, WITHOUT A COMMA, IT ESSENTIALLY SAYS THAT THEY CAN’T DO IT ON ANYONE OTHER THAN A TENANT, IT WOULD INSERT THE COMMA AFTER THE WORD CRITERIA, BEYOND THOSE IMPOSED ON A TENANT, AS OPPOSED TO NO CONDITIONS AT ALL.>>THE LAWYERS AND ENGLISH TEACHERS, HOW CRITICALLY IMPORTANT IT CAN BE.>>FANTASTIC. I WILL MOVE AMENDMENT FOR. ADDING THE COMMA FOR ACCURACY. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, VOTE AYE. NONE OPPOSED, NONE ABSTAINING.>>>AND AN AMENDMENT 5, ESSENTIALLY A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE MAKING CLEAR THAT EVEN IF SOME PARTS OF THE BILL ARE STRUCK DOWN, OR HELD INVALID IN SOME WAY, OTHER PARTS OF THE BILL WOULD REMAIN VALID. AMENDMENT 5 WOULD INSERT THE PROVISION AS SECTION 5, AND RENUMBER THE EXISTING SESSIONS AS FIVE AND 6. >>I SUPPORT THAT.>>I WILL MOVE A MEMO NUMBER 52 AT A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE. RENUMBERING THE SUBSEQUENT SECTIONS.>>I WILL SECOND.>>ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. VOTE AYE. NONE OPPOSED, NONE ABSTAINING.>>THIS BILL WILL BE BROUGHT BACK TO COMMITTEE ON SEPTEMBER 24.>>>WE HAVE A FEW MORE BILLS TO CONSIDER RELATING TO TENANTS RIGHTS. >>AGENDA NUMBER 11, 119619, AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO NOTICES TO RESIDENTIAL RENTAL TENANTS; REQUIRING CERTAIN NOTICES TO CONTAIN A REFERENCE TO CITY LANDLORD-TENANT INFORMATION AND RESOURCES; AND AMENDING SECTION 22.206.180 OF THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE. >>THINK YOU FOR JOINING US, START OFF WITH? INTRODUCTIONS. >>GEOFF TALENT, SD CI AND THE RENTAL MANAGER.>> MICHELE HUNTER, DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION AND INSPECTIONS. >>THREE BILLS, A PRESENTATION THAT COVERS ALL THREE OF THEM?>>YES.>>TAKE IT AWAY. >>BEFORE YOU START, WOULD YOU PREFER THAT WE PAUSE ON EACH BILL OR DO YOU WANT US TO GO THROUGH ALL THREE? >>I THINK IT MIGHT MAKE SENSE TO PAUSE AND EACH BILL TO SEE WHAT DISCUSSION WE HAVE FOR EACH.>>WE WILL START WITH A? INTRODUCTION, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE MET MICHELLE HUNTER, THE NEW SUPERVISOR OF THE TENANT ASSISTANCE GROUP, SHE COMES WITH A BACKGROUND IN EVICTION DEFENSE, HAS BEEN AN ATTORNEY, AND HELD SEVERAL ROLES, FRONT- LINE STAFF PERSON IN THE GROUP AND THE SUPERVISOR, VERY WELL- ROUNDED AND SHE HAS KIND OF SEEN IT ALL. WITH RESPECT TO LANDLORD AND TENANT ISSUES.>>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THESE BILLS, AND THE MAYOR’S LEADERSHIP, THE SECOND OF A COUPLE OF ROUNDS OF WORK THAT THE MAYOR’S OFFICE IS LEADING, LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO ENHANCE TENANT PROTECTIONS, IN PARTICULAR, IMPROVING THE BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN LANDLORDS AND TENANTS. AND WE PUT THE VALUES UP THERE, I GUESS A REMINDER, WITH LANDLORD AND TENANT ISSUES, REALLY FOCUSING ON EQUITY AND COMMUNITIES IN OUR WORK. TURNING THAT RIGHT OVER TO MICHELLE TO JUMP IN.>>FANTASTIC I THINK YOU. >>THE FIRST THAT WE ARE PROPOSING DEALS WITH RENT PAYMENT ISSUES. THE STATE LAW ALREADY REQUIRES PAYMENT RECEIPTS FOR CASH PAYMENTS AND OTHER REQUESTS FOR OTHER TYPES OF PAYMENTS, WE WOULD ALLOW OUR GROUP, TO ENFORCE WHEN THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO GET RECEIPTS FROM THE LANDLORDS, ESSENTIALLY GIVING TENANTS A WAY TO ENFORCE A RIGHT THAT THEY ARTY HAVE.>> CAN WE PAUSE FOR ONE? SECOND. — ONE QUICK SECOND. I AM NOT TRYING TO BE RIGID, ITEM 11, IS THE FIRST BILL, WHICH IS 119619, CAN WE DO THAT FIRST? SO WE CAN GO IN THE ORDER EVERYTHING IS.>>I DIDN’T HAVE THE AMENDMENT NUMBERS IN FRONT OF ME.>>I DON’T HAVE THE AGENDA HERE.>>WE HAVE EXTRA.>>SO 119619, READ INTO THE RECORD BY ALEX EARLIER, SPECIFICALLY RELATES TO THE NOTICES TO RENTAL TENANTS, REQUIRING NOTICES TO CONTAIN A REFERENCE TO LANDLORD TENANT INFORMATION. >>WE HAVE THAT OF COURSE LAST IN THE SLIDES, THIS IS ABOUT BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE úINFORMATION ON THE NOTICE, THA IS GIVEN TO A TENANT THAT IMPACTS THEIR RIGHTS, TO HELP THEM POINT TO INFORMATION AT OUR DEPARTMENT THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP THEM RESPOND TO THAT NOTICE. SO OUR GOAL IS TO AGAIN ACCESS — OF THEM ACCESS THE RESOURCES — HELP THEM ACCESS THE RESOURCES, AND A FOOTNOTE THAT REFERS THEM TO SDCI TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE RATES AND TO ASK QUESTIONS. ALREADY A STATEMENT REQUIRED ON THE NOTICE TO INCREASE HOUSING COSTS, UNDER THE PROHIBITED ACTS NOTICE, A FAIRLY MINOR CHANGE IN PRACTICE, WITH A LARGE IMPACT, TAKING THE SAME PRACTICE AND APPLYING IT TO NOTICES TO TERMINATE AND ENTER INTO UNITS. >>SO IF YOU JUST BACK UP A LITTLE BIT, YOU MENTIONED THAT THERE IS A REQUIREMENT ON WHICH NOTICES? >>TO INCREASE HOUSING COSTS. THEY ALREADY HAVE A REQUIREMENT INSIDE THE ORDINANCE TO GIVE TENANTS A STATEMENT ABOUT WHERE THEY CAN FIND ACCESS — WHERE THEY CAN ACCESS INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR RIGHTS. >>OKAY, JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY, DOES THAT INCLUDE NOTIFICATION OF THEIR RIGHTS TO LOOK TO SEE IF THE UNIT — WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS IN ANOTHER BILL, IF THE UNIT IS REGISTERED?>>BY POINTING THEM TO OUR ORGANIZATION, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP THEM OUT QUESTIONS ABOUT REGISTRATION AND VALIDITY OF THE NOTICE, AS WELL AS REFERRALS TO OTHER NOTICES, LIKE WAYS TO PAY THEIR RENT. >>SO IN ESSENCE, THIS IS THE SAME INFORMATION THAT YOU REQUIRE ON RENT INCREASES THAT YOU ARE NOW REQUIRING ON WHICH NOTICES? >>ALL NOTICES — WE ARE SAYING IMPACT TENANTS RIGHTS, ENTER THEIR UNITS, OR ASK THEM TO MOVE, THOSE VERY IMPORTANT NOTICES THAT ARE ASKING A TENANT AT THAT TIME TO DO SOMETHING. GIVING THEM A CHANCE TO CHECK IN WITH THE CITY, MAKE SURE WHATEVER THEY ARE BEING ASKED TO DO IS WITHIN THE REQUIREMENTS OF CITY LAW. >>WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR ENSURING THAT NOTICES THAT ARE PRODUCED AT THE PLACE OF PRODUCTION, INCLUDE ALL OF THIS UNIFORM INFORMATION? >>WE ARE GOING TO BE CREATING A DIRECTORS RULE, THAT IS WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING TO DO, TO HAVE THE SPECIFIC LANGUAGE WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ON THEIR NOTICE, THE FLEXIBILITY, CHANGING FROM EPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT TO DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONS, WE WOULDN’T HAVE TO REWRITE THE ORDINANCE, BUT A SIMPLE LINE ON THERE, PLEASE CONTACT OUR RENTING IN SEATTLE RESOURCES. >>A LOT OF THESE NOTICES, THE 10 DAY NOTICES, NOT PRODUCED BY THE CITY, THEY ARE PRODUCED BY ATTORNEYS? >>THEY CAN CALL IN AND COMPLAINED THAT IT IS MISSING, WE WOULD SAY IT IS NOT VALID UNTIL IT IS REPRODUCED WITH THE INFORMATION ON IT.>>IF THIS PASSES, WE WOULD DO A BUNCH OF LANDLORD OUTREACH, SOME OF THE TOOLS, WE CAN EMAIL THE REAL REGISTERED LANDLORDS, 19,000 CONTACTS, THE QUARTERLY LANDLORD TRAINING, A CHANCE TO GET THAT UP THERE, WORK WITH THE ASSOCIATIONS LIKE WASHINGTON MULTIFAMILY HOUSING ASSOCIATION, TO GET THE WORD OUT.>>WE ALWAYS GIVE LANDLORDS AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTARILY COMPLY BEFORE WE TAKE VIOLATION ACTION AS WELL.>>LET’S MOVE ON TO THE NEXT BILL, WHICH IS?>>AT A NUMBER 12, 119620 , AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO RESIDENTIAL RENT PAYMENTS; REQUIRING RECEIPTS AND NON-ELECTRONIC PAYMENT OPTIONS; AND AMENDING SECTION 7.24.030 OF THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE. >>WE WILL RETURN TO THE FIRST SLIDE, AND PROVIDING RECEIPTS TO TENANTS, EVERY TIME THEY PAY WITH CASH, AND WHEN A TENANT ASKED FOR A RECEIPT IF THEY PAY BY ANOTHER METHOD, WE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE IT AND MAKE IT PART OF CITY LAW, ALLOWING US TO ENFORCE, GIVING TENANTS A WAY TO ENFORCE THE RIGHT THAT THEY HAVE UNDER STATE LAW, BUT MAY BE HAVING DIFFICULTY ENFORCING AT THIS TIME.>>THE RIGHT IN STATE LAW IS THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE A RECEIPT. WE ARE GOING WITH THIS LEGISLATION A STEP FURTHER, WHICH SAYS TEST GIVING TENANTS AN AFFIRMATIVE RIGHT TO PAYING CASH IS THAT CORRECT? >>THE SECOND PART IS PROPOSING THAT OWNERS CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A NONELECTRONIC MEANS OF PAIN, IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE CASH, CASH OR MONEY ORDERS, WHICH IS WHAT THEY HAVE DONE BEFORE ONLINE PORTALS BECAME A PRACTICE, MANY TENANTS DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM, BUT MANY TENANTS DO, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE TRADITIONAL BANKING SERVICES, THEY CAN CREATE A PROBLEM WHERE THEY ARE HAVING TO PAY VERY LARGE CONVENIENCE FEES. >>UNDERSTOOD, PART OF THIS BILL ISN’T SIMPLY GIVING THE RIGHT OF A TENANT TO RECEIVE A RECEIPT, IT IS ALSO EXTENDING THE RIGHT TO A TENANT TO PAY RENT, WHICH IS NOT A RIGHT THAT URRENTLY EXISTS IN STATE LAW?>>PAYING WITH A NONELECTRONIC SOURCE.>>FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE, THE BARRIER, THOSE TYPES OF REQUIREMENTS. OF SOME PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES, WILL KIND OF BARRIERS. >>IN THE PUBLIC,, ABOUT REQUIRING CASH PAYMENTS TO BE ACCEPTED, MANY LANDLORDS IN THE CITY HAVE A POLICY OF ONLY TAKING MONEY ORDERS OR TRACEABLE FUNDS, WE ARE NOT PROPOSING THAT THEY CHANGE THAT, JUST THAT THEY ALLOWED TENANTS A WAY OF PAYING THAT IS NOT ON THE INTERNET. ONE OF THEM DID TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT PROBLEMS WITH MONEY ORDERS, PROBLEMS WITH MONEY ORDERS, SOMETIMES UNFORTUNATELY WITH DIFFERENT SCAMS THAT HAPPEN, THAT IS NOT SOMETHING WE ARE LOOKING TO FIX WITH THIS, BUT THOSE TENANTS THAT ARE USING THEM ARE DOING THAT BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE TRADITIONAL BANKING MEANS, AND UNFORTUNATELY THAT IS THE BEST TRACEABLE OPTION WE HAVE FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT A BANK ACCOUNT, OTHER THAN GOING ONLINE, WE ARE HEARING TENANTS COMPLAIN THAT THEY ARE PAYING RENT FOR 20 YEARS, AND SUDDENLY A REQUIREMENT TO PAY ONLINE, THE D’ESTE EITHER DON’T HAVE THE ABILITY TO USE THE INTERNET TO DO THAT, OR A PROBLEM WITH CONVENIENCE FEES, THEY ARE PAYING UP TO 5% SOMETIMES IN ADDITION TO THE RENT JUST FOR THE ABILITY TEST THE ABILITY TO PAY THAT RENT.>>THIS LEGISLATION WOULD NOT GIVE TENANTS AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT — >>THE CONCERN WE HEARD ABOUT THAT I WOULD ARGUE IS NOT AS FOUNDED, GIVEN THAT A BUNCH OF MONEY ORDERS, NOT AS MUCH OF A ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE AS A SAFE FULL OF CASH? >>WE AGREE, THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PROBLEMS WITH LOCKBOXES WERE COLLECTING RENT, TENANTS ARE AWARE OF THOSE PROBLEMS, THEY DO THEIR BEST TO TRY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, BUT IF THEY HAVE AN OPTION TO GO ONLINE OR PAY WITH A MONEY ORDER, AND THEY ARE CHOOSING TO TAKE THE ADDITIONAL RISK, WE WANT THEM TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT, THEY ARE PROBABLY CHOOSING THAT FOR ANOTHER REASON. >>PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES COULD PROHIBIT CASH PAYMENTS, BUT THEY WOULD HAVE TO ACCEPT CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS THE WAY THIS IS WRITTEN. >>SOUNDS GOOD. >>I APPRECIATE THAT. AND THE COMMENT THAT I HEARD, THE WOMAN WHO DOES FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS. AND I APPRECIATE THAT EXPERTISE, AND I DON’T KNOW IF THERE WAS A MISUNDERSTANDING, WHEN SHE WALKED THROUGH, VERY EXPLICIT, WE ACCEPT MONEY ORDERS, THAT WOULD BE CONSISTENT WITH THIS LAW.>>WE CAN MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ONE. AGENDA ITEM 13>>>ITEM NUMBER 13, 119621, AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO TERMINATION OF RESIDENTIAL RENTAL TENANCIES; REQUIRING COMPLIANCE WITH THE RENTAL REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION ORDINANCE BEFORE ISSUING NOTICES TO TERMINATE A TENANCY; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 22.206.160 AND 22.214.075 OF THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE. >>THIS IS ABOUT REQUIRING THEM TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE RENTAL REGISTRATION, WE WOULD LIKE THEM TO BE REGISTERED BEFORE AN EVICTION NOTICE, IN THE CURRENT LAW, LANDLORDS ARE REQUIRED TO BE REGISTERED BEFORE THEY EVICTED. REQUIRING IT EARLIER IN THE PROCESS, ALSO A MATTER OF FAIRNESS. BREAKING RULES, AND COMPLYING WITH THE RULES AS WELL.>>I THOUGHT WE HAD ADDRESSED THE ISSUE, WITH THE EARLIER LEGISLATION, PROHIBITING THE EVICTION IF NOT REGISTERED, BUT DID NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WAS AN ISSUE AS IT RELATES TO THE TIMING. THE TIMING OF THE NOTICE. AND THE ABILITY — I THINK THAT WAS AN UNINTENDED LOOPHOLE AND I’M GLAD YOU CAUGHT IT, IT SHOWS I THINK — ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE COUNCILS AND THE EXECUTIVE SEVEN WORKING FOR YEARS TO DO IS TO GIVE SDCI THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO BECOME A MORE ROBUST ENFORCEMENT UNIT, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENS IS THAT YOU HAVE THESE ON THE GROUND EXPERIENCES OF THE DIFFICULTIES IN ENFORCING SEATTLE’S WALLS. AND WITH THE GAPS ARE. — SEATTLE’S LAWS.>>THE LAST SLIDE, WE TOUCHED ON THE SOMEWHAT, IS WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR IMPLEMENTATION, LIKE MOST OF THE WORK, A ROBUST RENTING IN SEATTLE, LANDLORDS AND TENANTS, POSSIBLY QUARTERLY NOTICES TO LANDLORDS, ELECTRONICALLY, ABOUT 19,000 PEOPLE ON THE LIST, THAT LANDLORDS NEED OUT THERE, AS THESE CHANGES ROLLOUT, AND OTHER CHANGES, WE WILL CONTINUE TO GET THEM INTO LANDLORDS HANDS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THE MATERIAL IS ON OUR WEBSITE, AND TO THE EXTENT WE NEED TO UPDATE THE MATERIALS, THEY WILL BE UPDATED AND INTEGRATED INTO THE FUTURE LANDLORD TRAININGS, WHICH HAVE BEEN VERY POPULAR. WE ASK FOR PREREGISTRATION, THEY ARE SOLD OUT EVERY TIME.>>CHARGING A GOOD FEE. [ LAUGHTER ] >>THE CLASSES ARE FREE, WE JUST ASK FOR PREREGISTRATION, ABOUT 150 LANDLORDS WITH EACH EVENT. >>WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN ON SEPTEMBER 24, HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE MOVING OUT ALL OF THESE PIECES.>>>LAST ITEM ON THE AGENDA. >>ITEM 14. 2020-2022 SOLID WASTE RATE PATH , BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION.>>>GREETINGS, WELCOME.>>MAMI HARA . >>PAULA LASCHOBER. >>SPENCER HUANG. >>THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THE PROPOSED SOLID WASTE RATES FOR 2020 THROUGH 2000 22 CUSTOMERS WILL PAY 6/10 OF A PERCENT LESS . — 2022. 6/10 OF A PERCENT LESS FOR THE SAME RATE., RATE AFFORDABILITY IS CRITICAL, AND BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT THINKING ABOUT SOLID WASTE, THEY DON’T FACTOR THAT MUCH, WHAT — IT IS IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT ARE THE DRIVERS OF COST, AND HOW WE ARE AIMING TO GIVE THE BEST VALUE POSSIBLE, THE SOLID WASTE COSTS, THE CURRENT COLLECTIONS PROCESSING AND TRANSFER CONTRACTS MAKE UP ABOUT 55% OF THE SOLID WASTE EXPENSE, AND THE REMAINDER COVERS THE MODERNIZATION OF OUR TRANSFER STATIONS, PAYING FOR OPERATIONS, ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES, CUSTOMER SERVICE, TAXES AND OTHER GENERAL COSTS SUCH AS PLANNING AND RECYCLING PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT. BEFORE WE STARTED THE PRESENTATION, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE PAULA LASCHOBER, WHO HAS THE RULE FOR SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES, THE INTERIM SINCE APRIL, YOU PROBABLY KNOW HER FROM HER 32 YEAR CAREER AT CITY LIGHTS, AND SHE WAS MOST RECENTLY THEIR CFO. >>THANK YOU. SHALL WE MOVE INTO THE PROPOSAL, A ONE PAGE, IT IS ALREADY ON THERE IN CASE THE PUBLIC WANTS TO SEE IT.>>>ON THIS PAGE, WE HAVE NOTED A VARIETY OF FACTORS THAT HAVE LED TO THE FACT THAT WE CAN CHARGE A LITTLE BIT LESS THEN WE HAD PLANNED WHEN WE DID THE STRATEGIC PLAN. NOTICE THAT THE AVERAGE INCREASE IS JUST AROUND 3% PER YEAR, AND THE FACTORS LEADING TO THE DOWNWARD TREND COMPARED TO THE STRATEGIC PLAN, ARE THE NEGOTIATION OF A NEW COLLECTIONS CONTRACT, WHICH SAVED US ABOUT $5 MILLION TO PUT TOWARDS THE NEW RATE. OF 2020-22, THE SECOND THING IS A — TOWARDS THE NEW RATE YEAR OF 2020-22, REALIZING $6 MILLION MORE THAN EXPECTED, ALSO CONTRIBUTING TO THE LOWER RATE INCREASE. >>CAN YOU REMIND US OF — THE $5 MILLION IN SAVINGS UNDER THE NEW CONTRACT, JUST TO GET A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL INTO WHY THAT WAS, WHY THAT THAT WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE THE SAVINGS.>>THE $5 MILLION IS AN ANNUAL SAVINGS FOR THE SOLID WASTE COLLECTIONS CONTRACT, PART OF THAT IS JUST THE COLLECTIONS SAVINGS THROUGH NEGOTIATION, AND ABOUT $3 MILLION A YEAR, IT IS SAVINGS BASED OFF OF THE CONTAINERS THAT SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITY, NO LONGER PAYING FOR THE CONTRACTORS, OR PROVIDING THE CONTAINER CAUSE. >>>THE THIRD THING IS, THE FINANCIAL POLICIES –>>I WILL ASK YOU TO PAUSE, WHAT DOES IMPROVED DEMAND MEAN? >>YOU EXPECT CERTAIN COLLECTIONS OF CERTAIN SIZES OF CONTAINERS, AND CERTAIN HAULERS DUMPING THEIR BUILDING MATERIALS AND SO ON. YOU GET MORE. >>IT IS MORE DEMAND. WE HAVE BEEN SEEING MORE USE OF THE NORTH TRANSFER STATION THAN WAS PREVIOUSLY PROJECTED, SO WE HAVE HAD MORE REVENUE THERE THAN WE ANTICIPATED.>>SO WHEN THERE IS MORE TO DO, IT DRIVES THE COST TO EVERYBODY DOWN? NOT JUST IMPROVED DEMAND, IT IS INCREASED DEMAND? >>INCREASED. >>AND THAT IN ITSELF HAS RESULTED IN $6 MILLION IN SAVINGS. >>LITTLE BIT OF AN OUTSET — AN OFFSET.>>THE 2020-22 RATE PERIOD. >>HOW DOES THAT ALIGN WITH THE STATISTICS THAT WE HEARD IN THE SOLID WASTE REPORT, THAT SHOWS A REDUCTION IN THE SOLID WASTE COLLECTION, ARE YOU POINTING TO OTHER PARTS OF THE SYSTEM, THE RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL USE WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE SOLID WASTE COLLECTION? >>YES, ONE OF THE MAIN PARTS, AS MAMI HARA POINTS OUT, SEEING A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE COMPARED TO WHAT WE HAD ORIGINALLY PLANNED BEFORE THE NORTH TRANSFER REOPENED, ONCE IT REOPENED, ABOUT 70% MORE TONNAGE THAN WE HAD EXPECTED.>> 77 — 70%. EVEN THOUGH WE HAD MORE WASTE OUR >>WE HAD A POPULATION INCREASE, EACH RESIDENT SHOULD BE APPLAUDED, BUT WE DO HAVE MORE PEOPLE. >>WHEN THE NORTH TRANSFER STATION — WE SAW THEM TRANSFER TO OTHER STATIONS, NOT NECESSARILY A SYSTEM INCREASE, IT IS AN SPU INCREASE, NOT NECESSARILY CREATING 70% MORE WASTE NOW. >>SUCH AS THE KING COUNTY ONE. >>A GREAT IDEA, SUCH A ATTRACTIVE TRANSFER STATION, PEOPLE WANT TO THROW MORE WAY. [ LAUGHTER ] >>INCLUDING CONSTRUCTION WASTE. >>THAT’S WHAT I WAS THINKING. A LOT OF IT PROBABLY IS CONSTRUCTION WASTE CONSIDERING ALL THE DEVELOPMENT HAPPENING. COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN? >>A BEAUTIFUL FACILITY, I COULD SEE THAT’S OBVIOUSLY WHEN THE TRANSFER STATION WAS CLOSE, SOME PEOPLE WENT TO SOUTH, BUT SOME PEOPLE WENT TO KING COUNTY, I ASSUME, AND THEN OF COURSE THE POPULATION CONTINUES TO GROW, SO I CAN SEE AN EXPEDITION, AS THE PATTERNS HAVE CHANGED, IT CAME BACK, THIS GREAT FACILITY, FOLKS WILL SAY I WILL DRIVE A LITTLE BIT OUT OF MY WAY TO GO TO SEATTLE, WHEREAS THEY USED TO GO TO KING COUNTY, EASIER TAXES, THAT CAN MAKE MORE SENSE. AND GREAT STAFF. CONSTRUCTION WASTE IS A REQUIREMENT, I BELIEVE, IS THERE A — THIS IS TRICKY, WE BOTH WANT TO RUN A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS ODYSSEY, THE MORE VOLUME WE DO, THE MORE YOU CAN ADVERTISE OVERHEAD, MORE REVENUES, COVER COST, LOWER RATES, THAT’S GREAT, FROM A POLICY PERSPECTIVE, WE WANT YOU TO COLLECT NO WASTE. I THINK THERE’S A BIT OF AN EXPEDITION HERE, THAT WE ARE STEALING BUSINESS FROM KING úCOUNTY, OR RECAPTURING BUSINESS, MORE STUFF HAPPENING IN THE CITY, BUT I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE TO WATCH THAT AND FIGURE OUT IF WE SEE CONTINUAL INCREASING TRENDS, CURBSIDE PICKUP AND DROP OFF AT THE NORTH AND SOUTH TRANSFER STATION, WHAT IS THE PER CAPITA WAYS TRENDING TO, THAT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT, AND FRANKLY, IF THERE IS SOME REASON WHY PEOPLE ARE USING TRANSFER STATIONS INSTEAD OF CURBSIDE, WHY IS THAT, DOING REMODELS, THAT MIGHT BE A BIG PIECE, BUT UNDERSTANDING THE DYNAMICS IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT. >>WE SHARE THE GOAL OF ZERO WASTE, OUR TEAM HAS PASSIONATELY DRIVEN TOWARDS, THEY ARE WORKING HARD FROM ALL THE WAY UPSTREAM, THE PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY, LEGISLATION AND OTHER ACTIVITIES, DOWN TO WORKING AT THE CUSTOMER LEVEL, AND HELP THEM REDUCE THEIR WASTE, IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE ALL SHARE THE INTEREST IN, AND ULTIMATELY, IT CAN BENEFIT THE BOTTOM LINE OF ALL RESIDENTS, WE JUST HAVE TO DESIGN THE DYNAMIC OF REDUCTION, AND OUR OBLIGATIONS IN THE RIGHT WAY.>>CAN YOU SPEAK TO THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE, THERE WAS A COMMON IN THE PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING, BEFORE YOU WERE HERE, A TEST OF FIRE SPOKE TO THE DESIRE THAT IT IS DESIGNED IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT INCENTIVIZES THE BEHAVIOR WITH A DIFFERENT BASE CHARGE FOR PEOPLE WHO — THIS TESTIFIED WAS TALKING ABOUT UTILITIES GENERALLY, NOT SPECIFICALLY SOLID WASTE, SOLID WASTE WATER AS WELL AS ELECTRICITY, BUT FELT STRONGLY THAT THE WAY THAT THE RATE PATH FOR BOTH UTILITIES IS CURRENTLY DESIGNED, IT DOESN’T INCENTIVIZE A REDUCTION IN THE USE OF THE UTILITIES? THAT WAS THE EXAMPLE OF THE FACT THAT HE PAYS $25 AS IS BASE RATE FOR GARBAGE PICKUP, REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH GARBAGE SHE PUTS OUT, IN THIS EXAMPLE, HE PUT OUT ONE VERY SMALL BAG A MONTH, YOU GIVE EXAMPLES FOR — I WON’T ASK YOU TO SPEAK TO THAT, BUT ARE THERE OTHER THINGS WE CAN BE DOING TO INCENTIVIZE WASTE PRODUCTION BEHAVIOR THAT WE WANT TO SEE, WHILE ALSO THINKING ABOUT THE RATES AND NOT CREATING A RATE PATH THAT IS REALLY UNAFFORDABLE FOR PEOPLE FOR REASONS EXTERNAL TO THEM. THEY HAVE LIMITS ON HOW MUCH THEY CAN REDUCE THEIR PRODUCTION? >>IS IMPORTANT FOR UTILITIES TO TAKE THE LONG VIEW, AND TO REALLY LOOK OVER ALL OF THE POTENTIAL STAGES OF EVOLUTION TOWARDS BOTH YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS AND YOUR FINANCIAL EQUITY GOALS, FOR YOUR CUSTOMER BASE. AND TO CALIBRATE THE APPROACH THEY USE, AND THE DESIGN OF RATES IN ORDER TO MEET THOSE NEEDS IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE AT ANY GIVEN TIME WITHIN THAT ARC. SO WE ARE CONSTANTLY LOOKING AT POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVE MECHANISMS THAT WE CAN USE IN ORDER TO INCIDENT CONSERVATION AND BETTER BEHAVIOR. — INCENT. OUR RATE TEAM IS ALWAYS LOOKING AT INCENTIVES, AND IN-HOUSE ECONOMISTS AND CONSULTANTS TO HELP US CONTINUALLY LOOK AT RATE DESIGN. BUT IT IS HARD FOR ME IN THE ABSTRACT TO SAY WHAT IS THE RIGHT THING AT ANY GIVEN POINT, BUT THERE ARE SOME REALLY EXCITING OUT — IDEAS OUT THERE IN THE FIELD, WE ARE LOOKING AT, I WOULD WELCOME A CONVERSATION LATER ON, AT SOME POINT, WHEN WE HAVE MORE TO SHARE.>>DID YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING? >>NO.>>ARE WE FINISHED WITH THE PRESENTATION? OR THERE IS STILL MORE TO COVER?>>THE DRIVERS.>>WE WILL TALK ABOUT THE THINGS THAT ARE DRIVING UP. >>ANOTHER DRIVER DOWNWARD WAS THE FINANCIAL POLICY. WE HAVE ONE .7 SERVICE COVERAGE, CERTAIN YEAR IN CASH BALANCE, KIND OF GIVEN US A CASH RESERVE THAT WE CAN APPLY TO THE NEXT RATE CHANGE. AND THE FOURTH THING IS THE UP DATE IN THE CUSTOMER ACCOUNT SIDE, IN THE DISCOUNT PROGRAM, WHEN WE WERE DOING THE STRATEGIC PLAN, SINGLE PLAN — FAMILY, WE HAVE A PREPONDERANCE OF MULTI-HOUSING, MULTIFAMILY COMPARED TO SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING, AND CHEAPER TO SERVE IN THE MULTIFAMILY ARENA, THAT ALSO SAVES ALMOST $8 MILLION IN TERMS OF LOOKING AT THE FUTURE RATE CHANGE.>>THAT IS VERY LOGICAL. WE TALK ABOUT HOW WE LIVE IN THE CITY, AND WE TALK ABOUT DENSITY AS BEING A WAY TO REDUCE PEOPLE’S IMPACT, IT IS ALSO EASY TO SERVE PEOPLE FOR COVERAGE PICKUP, TOO. >>PARTICULARLY EASIER AND LESS EXPENSIVE FOR FOLKS WHO RELY ON AND NEED A DISCOUNT. YES. >>THAT IS RIGHT. >>THOSE ARE 4 FACTORS DRIVING RATES DOWN, 2 FACTORS DRIVING RATES UP, ON THE BACK OF THE HANDOUT, ONE IS THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, THE RECYCLING CENTER, ENTERED INTO SERVICE IN 2021 AS COMPARED TO THE STRATEGIC PLAN, WHERE WE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE DONE BY 2019, THE OTHER IS RECYCLING COMMODITY REVENUES, OFFSETTING CUSTOMER RATES, CHINA’S RECYCLING BAN HAS RESULTED IN SUPPRESSED COMMODITY RECYCLING PRICES, THE PROJECTIONS FOR THAT, A $50 MILLION DECREASE IN EXPECTED REVENUES. 12 MAKE IT CLEAR, THAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO RECYCLING, WE DON’T SEND THINGS TO LANDFILLS, WE HAVE NEGOTIATED OTHER CONTRACTS.>>CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE RECYCLING CENTER AND THE TIMELINE DELAY? >>SURE. WHEN THE PROJECT WAS ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED, THERE WAS SOME PROGRAM ELEMENTS THAT WERE INCLUDED THAT HAVE NOW BEEN TAKEN OUT, BUT WE NEEDED TO VALUATE WHETHER THAT WAS THERIGHT BUSINESS DECISION. FOR EXAMPLE, ONE OF THE THINGS WE WERE ORIGINALLY THINKING ABOUT WAS HANDLING — DEWATERING AT THE SOUTH TRANSFER STATION, SO THEREFORE THE DRAINAGE AND WASTEWATER LINE OF BUSINESS WAS GOING TO BE CONTRIBUTING FINANCIALLY TO THE PROJECT, AND ALSO USING UP A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE SITE. IT TURNED OUT THAT WAS NOT THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE WAY TO PUT THAT FACILITY, ANOTHER PLACE TO PUT IT, TO DO THESE ACTIVITIES, ABLE TO COME UP WITH A MUCH MORE SIMPLE AND USER FRIENDLY SITE PLAN. AND THAT TOOK TIME TO COME UP WITH BETTER FLOW FOR THE SITE, WITH THE SITE DESIGNERS, AND MAKE SURE WE HAD A DESIGN THAT ELIMINATED ANY KINDS OF DANGER FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE RECYCLING, DRIVING THROUGH A BUILDING AND RECYCLING AT THE SAME TIME, DOING SOME REFINEMENTS LIKE THAT. SO I AM PRETTY SURE THAT THE OVERALL COST OF THE FACILITY IS LESS, THE SITE IS LESS, BUT IT WILL BE A MUCH BETTER FACILITY. >>IF THE COST OF THE SITE IS LESS WISE IT GOING UP?>>BECAUSE OF THE TIME. YES.>>THAT IS HELPFUL.>>>FINALLY ON THE RECYCLING BAN, CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW OUR CONTRACTS ARE DIFFERENT THAN THE CONTRACTS OF SOME OTHER JURISDICTIONS, AND WHY THAT PUTS US IN A DIFFERENT POSITION AS IT RELATES TO THE RECYCLING BAN, BUT THAT THERE IS COST ASSOCIATED WITH THAT, BUT THE COSTS ARE WORTH BEARING?>>THE SHORT OF IT IS, THE RECYCLING CONTRACTS DO NOT ALLOW THE CONTRACTORS TO DISPOSE OF THE RECYCLABLES IN LANDFILLS, AND MANDATES THAT THEY HAVE TO MOVE THOSE — THE COMMODITIES, ALLOWING US TO TAKE A FIRM LINE AND NOT PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS TO THE CONTRACT. >>WHICH MEANS WE ARE CONTINUING TO RECYCLE, WHEREAS OTHER JURISDICTIONS ARE NOT. >>THEY DID NOT NECESSARILY HAVE ANY STIPULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS, PEOPLE THOUGHT THE MARKETS WOULD BE OPEN, AND THEY WOULD ALWAYS GET SOME KIND OF MONEY BACK FOR THE RECYCLING, AND WE WERE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE STUFF, THAT WAS SO PRESCIENT. >>NOT HAVING THAT REQUIREMENT IN THE CONTRACT, WITH THESE SERVICE PROVIDERS ALLOWS THEM TO TAKE ACTIONS THAT ARE INCONSISTENT WITH THE CITY’S GOALS AND VALUES. AGAIN, MANY THINGS TO OUR CONTRACT STAFF WHO THOUGHT AHEAD AND INCLUDED THIS LANGUAGE.>>>I REALLY APPRECIATE THE LONG-TERM DEDICATION THAT THE UTILITY AND THE PEOPLE OF THE UTILITY HAVE MADE TO THIS, IT IS GREAT TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE GLOBAL RECYCLING MARKET, A REAL CHALLENGE, WE FIGURED OUT HOW TO NAVIGATE THAT, TO THE OVERALL WASTE STREAM THROUGHOUT úTHE COUNTRY REDESIGN HAS TO HAPPEN, AND PART OF TRYING TO FIND ALTERNATIVES, NAVIGATING WITH A TRANSITION LOOKS LIKE, OTHER JURISDICTIONS THAT MAY NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY, WE ARE NOT DOING EVERYTHING, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN YOU PUT SOMETHING IN THE RECYCLING BIN IT GETS RECYCLED, BUT WE WANT EVERYBODY TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT, TO THE EXTENT THAT WE CAN DEVELOP NEW MARKETS FOR THINGS, DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL, THAT IS NOT JUST GOOD FOR SEATTLE, THAT IS GOOD FOR EVERYONE ELSE, TOO.>>DEVELOPING THE MARKETS HERE IS CRITICAL, THE ROLE THAT THE COMMUNITY PLAYS IN TERMS OF MAKING SURE THAT RECYCLABLES ARE CLEAN, DRY AND EMPTY, CANNOT BE UNDERSTATED, IF THEY WERE, THOSE MARKETS INTERNATIONALLY WOULD BE OPEN TO US, AND WE WOULD BE ABLE TO GET A HIGHER PRICE FOR THOSE COMMODITIES. MY NUMBERS ARE GOING TO BE WRONG, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 90 AND A HUNTER — HUNDRED DOLLARS, WE MIGHT GET $40 FOR. BECAUSE OF THE QUALITY OF THE RECYCLER BE — RECYCLING. THEY KNOW THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE RECEIVING THEM, POSING A HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL RISK FOR THE COUNTRIES. THAT FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE AT EACH RESIDENCE AND BUSINESS CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN AFFORDABILITY FOR ALL OF US, AND ALSO FOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, REGARDLESS OF WHERE THE RECYCLING IS HANDLED. >>I REMEMBER READING AN ARTICLE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. ABOUT RECYCLING IN JAPAN, TALKING ABOUT ONE SITE WHERE THEY HAD 30 DIFFERENT BINS THAT THEY WOULD SORT INTO, NOT AT THE RECYCLING CENTER, AT THE RESIDENTIAL LEVEL. AND THESE MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS, PEOPLE WOULD POLICE THEIR NEIGHBORS, IF THERE WAS SOMETHING IN 26 THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN AND 27, IT SOUNDED LIKE SEATTLE, BUT ON STEROIDS. LEFT BACK — [ LAUGHTER ] IT IS FUNNY AND INTERESTING. >>IT IS IN ALL LIKE — AT ALL LIKE SEATTLE, WE DON’T HAVE REQUIREMENTS FOR BINS ON EVERY LEVEL OF THE BUILDINGS. >>PEOPLE IN SEATTLE WHO ARE DILIGENT, I WILL USE THAT WORD, BUT THE CULTURE THAT HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AROUND RECYCLING OVER THERE IS INTERESTING TO READ ABOUT, BUT IT HAS SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS, THE VALUE OF THE PRODUCTS ARE VERY HIGH. >>WE DON’T ASK FOR THAT, BUT PLEASE CLEAN, DRY AND EMPTY.>> THE ASPIRATIONAL RECYCLING. I WANT THIS TO BE RECYCLABLE. IF YOU ARE IN DOUBT, THROW IT IN THE TRASH. >>WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT. THANK YOU.>>>SO THIS IS JUST A BRIEFING, WE WILL HAVE A BILL THAT APPROVES THE NEW SOLID WASTE RATES AS PART OF THE BUDGET PROCESS, IS THAT CORRECT? >>YES, WE ARTY HAVE THE BILLET COUNCIL, IT WILL BE PART OF BUDGET LEGISLATION. >> AND THE HIGH-LEVEL TAKE AWAY, THE AVERAGE REDUCTION IN SOLID WASTE RATES OF 6/10 OF A PERCENT, THAT IS INDEED GOOD NEWS. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.>>THANK YOU ALL.>>>IF THAT IS IT FOR THE MEETING, I WILL ADJOURN, IT IS 11:25 AM, I THINK YOU EVERYBODY. — THANK YOU EVERYBODY.>>>THANK YOU.

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