Seattle City Council: Select Budget Committee Public Hearing 10/22/19

Seattle City Council: Select Budget Committee Public Hearing 10/22/19


>>>GOOD EVENING, CAN HEAR BACK THERE? IF YOU CAN HEAR ME RAISE HER HAND. THANK YOU WILL FOR COMING. IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU. THIS IS OCTOBER 22 ARE SOMEWHAT 2nd PUBLIC HEARING. I’M SALLY BAGSHAW. WITH THE COUNCILMEMBER– COUNCIL PRESIDENT HAROLD AND COUNCILWOMAN BACK SHUT. WE KNOW THAT WE WILL HAVE MANY MORE COUNCILMEMBERS HERE. I WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY THAT WE ARE GOING TO ASK SPEAKERS TO STICK WITH 2 MINUTES. IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK AS A GROUP YOU CAN HAVE 5. I KNOW WE HAVE STUDENTS HERE. I LIKE TO KNOW WHAT SCHOOLS YOU ARE REPRESENTING SO THANK YOU FOR COMING. THIS IS A REALLY GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO SEE DEMOCRACY IN ACTION AND OUR FOLKS IN SEATTLE HERE TO TALK TO US ABOUT THE BUDGET AND WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO THEM. I BELIEVE THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS SO IF YOU ARE WILLING, AFTER YOU HAVE SPOKEN, IF YOU WOULD LEAVE YOUR SEATS AND MAKE ROOM FOR PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS SO OTHERS CAN COME UP. ALSO COUNCILMAN THE SAWANT , WHEN WE HAD OUR VIETNAMESE SENIORS I THINK YOU MADE A MOTION TO SUGGEST THEY SPEAK FIRST. I THINK THEY ARE 7th ON THE LIST BUT IF IT’S OKAY WITH MY COLLEAGUES, I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE THEM UP TO SPEAK. I KNOW SOME HAVE A BUS TO CATCH AND I HEARD THAT SOMEONE WAS ON THEIR WAY TO THE HOSPITAL. I DON’T WANT TO GET IN THE WAY OF MEDICAL TREATMENT SO IF IT’S OKAY WITH YOU I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE THEM UP TO SPEAK. IS THERE ANY OBJECTION? MISS LYNN I KNOW YOU ARE BACK THERE BUT IF WE COULD ADDRESS VIETNAMESE SENIORS WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS US COULD BECOME UP TO THE MICROPHONES? >>THE SPEAKER HAS NOT SHOWED UP SHOWN UP YET. >>I SEE. WE LET ME KNOW WHEN THEY DO SHOW UP? THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I’M GOING TO CALL 3 NAMES AND IF I CANNOT READ YOUR HANDWRITING WHICH HAPPENS ON OCCASION I’M GOING TO CALL YOUR NUMBER. AND THEN, I THINK THERE’S A PLACE FOR YOUR CARDS OVER THERE. THERE ARE 2 MICROPHONES HERE, ONE OVER HERE, I FEEL SORT OF LIKE IN THE AIRPLANE WHEN YOU FIRST GET IN AND YOU HAVE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS DIRECTING YOU HERE HERE AND OVER THERE, ARE THEY HERE NOW? VERY GOOD. MISS LIN WOULD YOU INVITE YOUR SENIORS TO JOIN US? WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THEM SPEAK FIRST. ANYONE WHO WANTS TO COME UP WILL BE WELCOME. >>ALSO MR. INTERPRETER, WOULD YOU PLEASE LET THEM KNOW THAT I BELIEVE THE REQUESTS THEY HAVE MADE FOR THE BUDGET WAS IN THE MAYOR’S BUDGET AND THAT THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO SUPPORT THAT. SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE CONVINCING US OF ANYTHING. >>[ SPEAKING VIETNAMESE ] >>MISS LIN, JUST APPROACH THE MICROPHONE. >>THANK YOU COUNCILMEMBER. ON BEHALF OF THE VIETNAMESE SENIOR ASSOCIATION I THINK WE PASSED THE PUBLIC TESTIMONY SO WE JUST WANTED TO STAND UP ALTOGETHER TO SAY THANK YOU TO OUR COUNCILMEMBER FOR SUPPORTING THE FUND. BUT WE PASS ON TESTIMONY. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>THE SENIORS JUST GOT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL ON FRIDAY. BUT BECAUSE OF, YOU KNOW THEY REALLY NEED THE FUNDS AND SOME OF THEM CAN REALLY STAND UP BUT THEY ARE HERE TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THEY REALLY WANT YOUR SUPPORT. AND THINK YOU COUNCILMEMBER GONZALES. AND ALSO, I USED TO WORK FOR YOU. I LOVE YOU. >>DID YOUR COLLEAGUE WANT TO SPEAK? >>WELL THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING. >>SPEAKER NUMBER ONE. IT LOOKS LIKE CECILE HANSEN AND NUMBER 2 LOOKS LIKE QUINN RIOS. NUMBER 3 IS SANDRA CROWN MAYBE? 12 AND 3. GREAT, ARE YOU A GROUP? LOVELY. IT MAKES ME VERY HAPPY TO HAVE THIS MANY PEOPLE STAND UP AND TALK ABOUT SAFE STREETS FOR KIDS. YOU’VE GOT 5 MINUTES AND WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO SEE YOU ALL. AND JUST INTRODUCE YOURSELF PLEASE. >>I’M CECILE HANSEN, I’M THE CHAIR OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF SEATTLE AND HAVE BEEN CHAIR FOR 40 YEARS. I’M HERE TO ADVOCATE FOR SAFETY ON STREETS ESPECIALLY ON THE W. MARGINAL WAY IN SEATTLE. >>THANK YOU. >>AND IF I COULD ASK EACH OF YOU TO SPEAK INTO THE MICROPHONE SO OTHERS CAN HEAR YOU. >>ARE YOU DONE? MY NAME IS JOLENE HAAS AND I’M THE DIRECTOR OF THE CULTURAL CENTER AND I AM DUWAMISH’S TRIBAL MEMBER. WE ARE HERE TO ASK YOU TO SUPPORT THE– GIVEN TO EACH ONE OF YOU TO CONSIDER FUNDING THIS PROJECT IN THE MAYOR’S BUDGET. WE BEEN WORKING WITH SDOT WHO HAS COME UP WITH A $2 MILLION PRICE TAG WHICH IS WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO PUT A CROSSWALK ACROSS W. MARGINAL WAY TO GIVE US EQUAL AND SAFE ACCESS TO THE T107 PARK AND HERRINGS HAS PARK WHICH IS A CULTURALLY SIGNIFICANT HERITAGE SITE OF HOURS. IT’S THE REASON WHY WE PUT THE DUWAMISH CULTURAL SUNIL WHERE CURRENT– CENTER WHERE CURRENTLY IS. WE WANTED TO HAVE IT ON THAT SIDE OF THE STREET BUT AS FUN AS IT IS WE NEED TO HAVE ACCESS TO IT AND TRYING TO GET BACK AND FORTH HAS CREATED HAZARDS TO SCHOOLCHILDREN, TO OURSELVES, PEOPLE WHO ARE WALKING AND BIKING TO LOCATIONS SINCE WE DON’T HAVE TRANSPORTATION. WITH THAT BEING SAID, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS THAT ARE STANDING HERE WITH THE DUWAMISH. THIS HAS BEEN AN ONGOING ISSUE SINCE BEFORE WE EVEN BUILT THE LONGHOUSE. WE KNEW THIS IS GOING TO BE A PROBLEM AND WE ARE ASKING CITY COUNCIL, PLEASE TAKE SERIOUSLY THIS REQUEST TO GET THIS A SAFE CROSSWALK ACROSS W. MARGINAL WAY AND I WANT TO ASK THESE FOLKS WANT TO SEE SOMETHING TO SPEAK TO THIS ISSUE, PLEASE DO. >>MY NAME IS SAMSON AND I’VE LIVED IN WEST SEATTLE FOR YEARS. I’M HAPPY TO SEE THE DUWAMISH CULTURAL CENTER OPENED IN 2000 AND. I’VE ATTENDED MANY EVENTS THERE AND WE BEEN HOLDING OUR DISTRICT ONE COMMUNITY NETWORK MONTHLY MEETING. THE LONGHOUSE PROVIDES US SPACE FOR THE MEETING AT NO COST AS THEY BELIEVE IN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH RESIDENTS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS. I’M ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE PROPOSAL TO ADD A CITY BUZZ IT — BUDGET FOR PAVING OF SIDEWALKS, A CROSSWALK, AND ANCHORING A TRAFFIC SLOWDOWN SIGNAL. IT IS NOT SAFE TO CROSS THE STREET RIGHT NOW. THESE CROSSWALKS ARE NOT EVEN ADA, REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT BEING MET AND SIDEWALKS ARE UNPAVED. IT IS NOT SAFE FOR FAMILIES OR THE ELDERLY. WE WOULD LOVE TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE LONGHOUSE BUT NEED ADDITIONS MADE. I’M ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT WITH WHAT THESE TOTALS COST. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH ALL OF YOU. >>I’M LINDA BLACK AND 10. ON THE LIAISON FROM THE SAMMAMISH NATION TO THE DUWAMISH. WE ARE BEHIND THEM 100% FOR ANY SAFETY FEATURES. I LIVE ON ELKIND AVENUE AND IF I HAVE TO PARK AT T107 I WOULD RATHER NOT BECAUSE THE TRAFFIC IS SO BAD YOU TAKE YOUR LIFE IN YOUR HANDS GETTING ACROSS. IT’S HARD ENOUGH GETTING UP THERE WITH A CAR SO THEY NEED SOMETHING DONE AND THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT THINGS YOU CAN DO. I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S IN THE PROPOSAL BUT PLEASE LOOK AT THIS. IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO GET THAT SAFETY FEATURE DONE. >>I’M DOWN BRUBECK AND WE ACKNOWLEDGE WE ARE ON THE ANCESTRAL LANDS OF THE FIRST PEOPLES OF SEATTLE, THE DUWAMISH TRIBE . THIS IS A CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE ARE ALL HERE AS PART OF A BROAD COALITION OF NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS INCLUDING GEORGETOWN COMMUNITY COUNCIL, HIGHLAND PARK, ACTION COMMITTEE, THE NORTH DELL RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, THE DUWAMISH RIVER TAG , OVER A DOZEN GROUP, DUWAMISH SAFE STREETS BY SEATTLE BUT CONNECTIONS AND OTHERS WHO ARE STRONG SUPPORT. IT’S A BROAD COALITION, A DOABLE PROJECT THAT SDOT HAS A CONCEPT DESIGN FOR AND WE HOPE FOR YOUR VOTE >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>I APPRECIATE THE TIME. WELL DONE. HOW MANY NUMBERS DID WE GO THROUGH? ONE? JUST ONE. WELL DONE. AND SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAYS ARE THERE AS WELL. THANK YOU FOR THAT. >>LET’S MOVE ON TO NUMBER 2. QUEEN AM KING RIOS AND SANDRA CROWN AND OLIVER ANDERSON STANFORD NUMBER 4. >>GOOD EVENING SEATTLE AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS. MY NAME IS QUEEN BEE KING RIOS, AND I’M HERE AS A MATTER OF WILL AND WOMEN IN BLACK. WOMEN A BLACK WILL HAVE STOOD FOR 94 VIOLENT DEATHS IN KING COUNTY AND OF COURSE RIGHT HERE IN SEATTLE INCLUDED. OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN AND WE ARE GRIEF STRICKEN. I’VE BEEN TRYING TO PASS OUT AS MANY FLYERS AS I CAN TO GET PEOPLE TO STAND VIGIL WITH US BUT DEREK FROST WHO WAS MURDERED IN LAKE CITY LAST WEEK, WE HAVE TO FIND AND NEED TO FUND TINY HAS RELIGIOUS. THERE’S NO WAY OUR CITY IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO SURVIVE IF WE DON’T GET THE MEANS NECESSARY TO HELP STOP ONE OF THESE THINGS AND OUTSIDE BY VIOLENCE IS NOT ONE WAY. THIS BEAUTIFUL RIDGE CITY SHOULD BE LIVED IN AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK HERE, I’M ASKING YOU TO PLEASE SUPPORT TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. GOD BLESS YOU AND THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>I AM ANITA FREEMAN WITH SHARE AND WHEEL AND WOMEN IN BLACK AND I’M VERY GLAD TO SEE A PROPOSAL FROM COUNCILMEMBER SAWANT FOR $12 MILLION TO FUND 20 NEW TINY HOUSE VILLAGES INCLUDING THE STIPULATION TO NOT SPEND ANY MONEY ON SHUTTING 2 OF THEM DOWN. AS MY FRIEND SET, WE HAVE TOO MANY DEATHS. WITHOUT SHELTER, PEOPLE DIE. MORE SHELTERS SAVES LIVES. I WAS THERE WHEN CHAIR WHEELS STARTED TENT CITY 3 WHICH IS STILL GOING. I WAS THERE WHEN THE NICKELODEON’S STARTED THE FIRST TINY HOUSE VILLAGE AND THE NICKELODEON’S ARE STILL GOING.. THESE ARE THE PIONEERS. THEY ARE THE PIONEERS AND SELF MANAGED, ORGANIZED ENCAMPMENTS AND TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT INCLUDING FUNDING. ALSO YOUR SUPPORT TO KEEP REAL DEMOCRACY AND REAL SELF- MANAGEMENT GOING. IT WORKS AND IT KEEPS PEOPLE ALIVE AND KEEPS PEOPLE GOING AND KEEPS GIVING PEOPLE THE STRENGTH TO SUCCEED. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING ANITA. [ APPLAUSE ] >>NUMBER 3? WE HAVE SANDOR VANDENBERG AND 4 IS OLIVER SANFORD AND 5 IS MARCO VELEZ. >>MY NAME IS SANDRA CRONAN AND I’M HERE ABOUT THE RIDESHARE TAX. YOU CALL IT FAIR SHARE. WE ALREADY PAY 49.4% TAX A GALLON FOR THE STATE TAX. 18.4% FEDERAL TAX. WE PAY $.24 A RIDE THAT GOES OUT OF SEATTLE WHICH I JUST FOUND OUT. THAT’S OKAY BECAUSE THAT GOES FOR WHEELCHAIR TAXI SERVICE. AND THEN WE HAVE PROPERTY TAX WE HAVE TO PAY AS CITIZENS. I’VE LIVED HERE 32 YEARS. I JUST PAID MY PROPERTY TAXES. ABOUT $3000. TO REGISTER MY CAR, ALMOST $400. $80 WAS TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT. I GUESS THAT’S THE BENEFIT OF GETTING TO LIVE IN SEATTLE. $251 FOR REGIONAL TRANSIT, 25 FOR HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT. AND THEN I PICK UP AT THE AIRPORT SO I HAVE TO HAVE A D&C STICKER WHICH INCLUDES, THAT’S FREE. GREAT. BUT ALSO INCLUDES NEEDING TO HAVE A BUSINESS LICENSE SO YOU HAVE TO DO THE FILING OF TAXES AND ALL OF THAT. SO NOW YOU WANT TO CHARGE $.51 MORE TO MAKE IT $.75 A RIDE OUT OF SEATTLE. SO YOUR $.51, YOU WANT $125 MILLION OVER THE TIME OF THIS TAX WHICH TO ME LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE REPLACING YOUR AMAZON HAD TAX. THAT’S FOR HOUSING UNITS WHICH THE UBER DRIVERS ARE GOING TO NEED A. THE CITY CENTER CONNECTOR STREETCAR THAT YOU GUYS ORDERED THE WRONG SARS– SIZE FOR AND DRIVER’S PROTECTION AND UNREPRESENTED UNIONIZATION. I THINK YOU GUYS SHOULD RETHINK THIS BEING A CITY RESIDENT. I DON’T WANT TO BE TAXED OUT OF THE CITY. >>THANK YOU SANDRA. OLIVER,– AND ELEANOR JOHN. IF I COULD ASK YOU PLEASE TO COME UP? EXCELLENT. LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE SUPPORTERS HERE. >>GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. I’M OLIVER ANDERSON STANFORD. >>WILLIAM CAP AND DOESN’T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE BECAUSE HE WAS FOUND DEAD AT 59 YEARS OLD WITH HIS DOG BUT HE CRAWLED AT HIS SIDE. ACCORDING TO THE SEATTLE TIMES WILLIAM WHO PREFERRED TO BE CALLED 3 STARS BECAUSE IT REFLECTED HIS TRAVEL COMMUNITY WAS HOMELESS FOR YEARS. HIS BOW COVERED IN A TARP HELD UP BY A PVC FRAME, HE MOVED HIS BOAT UNTIL WAS EVENTUALLY STATIONED UNDER THE 520 BRIDGE WHICH IS WHERE HE WAS FOUND DEAD ONLY 2 MONTHS AGO ON AUGUST 7 HIS BOW COVERED IN A TARP HELD UP BY A PVC FRAME, HE MOVED HIS BOAT UNTIL WAS EVENTUALLY STATIONED UNDER THE 520 BRIDGE WHICH IS WHERE HE WAS FOUND DEAD ONLY 2 MONTHS AGO ON AUGUST 7, 2019. THE MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE DISCOVERED HE HAD PASSED AWAY 8 MONTHS BEFORE HE WAS FOUND. ALL THAT WAS LEFT WAS HIS SKELETAL REMAINS. HOW IS THIS ACCEPTABLE? SABRINA TATE DIED BECAUSE OF COMPLICATIONS RELATED TO DRUG USE. SHE WAS 27 YEARS OLD. AFTER STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION SABRINA MOVED TO SEATTLE FROM SPOKANE IN HOPES OF FINDING A BETTER LIFE IN A BIGGER CITY BUT ONLY FOUND AN ENDLESS STRUGGLE WITH ADDICTION AND HOMELESSNESS. SHE ENDED UP LIVING IN A SO- CALLED SAFE LOT BUT ULTIMATELY NEVER RECEIVED THE HELP SHE NEEDED. HOW IS THIS ACCEPTABLE? >>THERE WAS SARAH STEWART WHO AS REPORTED BY COSCO IN 2018 BECAME HOMELESS AFTER GETTING EVICTED BECAUSE HER ABILITY TO WORK WITH LIMITED. SHE STRUGGLES WITH CHRONIC PAIN AND FATIGUE AND IS FORCED TO SLEEP IN HER CAR, COUCHES AND FLOORS AND WHEREVER ELSE SHE CAN FIND. SHE STILL WORKS WHEN SHE CAN BUT WAS ADDITIONALLY BURDENED WITH $2000 OF LATE FEES AND ATTORNEY FEES WHICH SHE SIMPLY CANNOT PAY. HOW IS THIS ACCEPTABLE? >>THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE PEOPLE YOU COULD HAVE HELPED, THAT WE COULD HAVE HELPED AS A CITY BUT YOU’VE BEEN COMPLACENT. YOU’VE WASTED TOO MUCH MONEY ON COPS AND REPEALED TAXES DUE TO SUBSERVIENCE TO BIG BUSINESSES LIKE AMAZON. IS BUSINESSES COULD NOT CARE LESS ABOUT OUR CITY AND EVEN LESS ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN IT. HOW IS THAT ACCEPTABLE? >>AROUND 48 HOMELESS PEOPLE IN SEATTLE DIE EACH YEAR AND ONLY A FRACTION OF THEM ARE INVESTIGATED. 70% OF HOMELESS PEOPLE IN SEATTLE BECAME HOMELESS WHILE LIVING IN OUR OWN CITY. A SURVEY IN 2017 FOUND THAT 25% OF HOMELESS PEOPLE LOST THEIR HOMES AFTER LOSING A JOB AND 93% OF THOSE SURVEYED WOULD MOVE INTO AFFORDABLE HOUSING IF IT WAS AVAILABLE. IT’S NOT. 41% OF PEOPLE LIVING ON STREETS WORK IN SOME CAPACITY. HOW IS THIS ACCEPTABLE? AS LEADERS OF SEATTLE HOW DO YOU RATIONALIZE THIS? THIS IS A CRISIS. YOU CANNOT CALL YOURSELF A PROGRESSIVE OR FREE CITY WHEN THERE ARE 12,000 PEOPLE LIVING HERE WITHOUT A HOME. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>THESE PROBLEMS CAN BE SOLVED BY REALLOCATING FUNDING TO THE WAGES OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS. IT WOULD BE ONE THING IF ALL 12,500 HOMELESS PEOPLE WERE SHELTERED, IF THEY HAD BEDS TO GO TO. WE COULD DEAL WITH THAT. BUT THEY DON’T. 47% DON’T. HIRING 30 POLICE OFFICERS WILL NOT GIVE US BEDS. THE MAYOR HAS ASKED YOU TO TURN AGGRESSIVE VALUES INTO PROGRESSIVE ACTION. WE CAN’T EXECUTE THAT ACTION WITH POLICE ARE OFFICE WORKERS. WE NEED PEOPLE ON THE GROUND, THERAPISTS AND OFFICES, NURSES DOCTORS FAMILY PRACTITIONERS AND PEOPLE WHO MAKE REAL CHANGE. THESE ARE THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS AND THE PEOPLE ACTUALLY GETTING OTHERS OFF THE STREETS. THEY DESERVE A LIVING WAGE AND WHEN YOU DON’T PROVIDE WHEN THEY HAVE TO MOVE ON WHICH IN TURN HARMS PLANS. WE CANNOT SOLVE THIS WITHOUT DEDICATED COMPASSIONATE AND EXPERIENCED PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEIR JOBS. WE LEAVE YOU WITH A SIMPLE REQUEST. DON’T WASTE OUR MONEY ON OFFICERS WITH GUNS. SPEND IT ON THE PEOPLE WHO CARE, SPEND IT ON A BED, SPEND IT ON ANYTHING BUT POLICE. I HOPE WE’VE PROVEN HOW YOU CAN INCREASE PUBLIC SAFETY NOT BY SPENDING LESS OF IT AS A DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY AND MORE AS IT IS A GROUP OF HUMANS WHO CARE ABOUT EVERYONE’S HEALTH. THANK YOU. >>WHAT SCHOOL DO YOU ATTEND? >>WE GO TO THE CENTER SCHOOL. >>WELL DONE. >>I THINK WE HAVE MARCO AEOLUS, ELEANOR JOHN AND KELLY McKINNEY NEXT. THOSE ARE NUMBERS 56 AND 8. MORE CENTER SCHOOL? WELL DONE. >>GOOD EVENING COUNCIL MEMBERS. WE ARE HONORED TO BE HERE TONIGHT. WE ARE SENIORS FROM THE CENTER SCHOOL. NAME IS MEDICALLY IS LESS.– THERE ARE MANY STUDENTS HERE TO TESTIFY ON THE BUDGET SO WE WILL TRY TO LIMIT TESTIMONY TO 3 MINUTES TO LEAVE ROOM FOR ALL OF US TO SPEAK. IN ALIGNMENT WITH THOSE PEERS WE ARE HERE TO ADVOCATE FOR AN INCREASE IN HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FUNDING. >>WE ARE NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT OURSELVES. WE ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT– >>COUNCILMEMBER HER BOLD. YOU PASS LEGISLATION 2nd OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING. YOU SEEN HOW BADLY COMMUNITIES ARE IN NEED DUE TO RISING RENTS. IN ORDER TO KEEP COMMUNITIES SAFE AND HEALTHY WE NEED YOU. COUNCILMEMBER HAROLD. WE BOTH LIVE ON BEACON HILL AND WE SEE THE EFFECTS OF POVERTY ON OUR COMMUNITY EVERY DAY. WE KNOW YOU SEE THEM TOO. WHEN YOU ANNOUNCED YOU ARE NOT RUNNING FOR REELECTION YOU TALKED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES YOU HAD BECAUSE OF THE MENTORS TEACHERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS TO HELP TO. FUNDING YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SERVICES HELPS PEOPLE WHO NEED THE SAME KIND OF ROLE MODELS. >>COUNCILMEMBER SAWANT. YOU BEEN ONE OF THE MOST PROGRESSIVE VOICES FOR YEAR. YOU FOUGHT FOR WORKING-CLASS, RENTERS, IN THE HOMELESS. YOU KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS. KEEP FIGHTING. WE NEED YOU. >>COUNCILMEMBER PROTECTION PETACA. YOU WORKED WITH THE MINORITY AFFAIRS AND DIVERSITY. PEOPLE OF COLOR ESPECIALLY BLACK PEOPLE ARE VASTLY OVERREPRESENTED IN POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS. IN ORDER TO HELP ALL OF OUR CITIES POPULATIONS, WE NEED YOU. >>COUNCILMEMBER WAREZ. 3 YOUR WORK YOU UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT THAT FUNDING CAN HELP CONTINUE PUSH PUSHING FOR SOLUTIONS THAT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PROVIDE. >>COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN YOU BEEN DEDICATED TO FIXING OUR HOMELESS CRISIS. >>COUNCILMEMBER BACK SHOT. YOU TALK ABOUT WANTING TO CREATE A HEALTHY AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT REGARDLESS OF RELIGION OR RACE. BY NOT GIVING HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES THE FUNDING THEY NEED PEOPLE OF COLOR WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CONNECT TO THEIR CULTURE. COUNCILMEMBER BACK SHOT WE NEED YOUR SHOP. >>COUNCILMEMBER MOSQUEDA YOUR GOAL IS TO LIFT UP FAMILIES AND CREATE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. >>HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SERVICES TO THE SAME THING AND TO BE TRULY EFFECTIVE THEY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL FUNDING. >>COUNCILMEMBER GONZALEZ YOU KNOW FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE THAT PLEASE CAN INFLAME RATHER THAN ASSIST. >>HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IS WHAT’S TRULY NEEDED. IN A CITY WHERE WE DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY OVER OUR HOMELESS CRISIS ONLY 10% IS OFFERED TO SOLVE THE ISSUE. THE PEOPLE OF SEATTLE DESERVE BETTER. IN ORDER TO GET CITIZENS THE HELP THEY NEED, WE NEED YOU TO STEP UP AND MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION. THINK YOU. >>THANK YOU ALL. >>[ APPLAUSE ]. >>NUMBER 6 IS ELEANOR JOHN. 8 IS KELLY McKINNEY, 9 IS TERRELL DAVIS. — TERRELL DAVIS. >>OUR NAMES ARE BRENDAN HOPPER, ELEANOR JOHN, AND– ANDERSON. WE HAVE SOURCES WITH US TODAY. 27% OF THE GENERAL FUND, $409,500,851 IS ALLOCATED TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND ONLY 10% HAS GONE TO HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. WE BELIEVE CITY COUNCIL SHOULD REDISTRIBUTE THE $2,477,433 ALLOCATED FOR HIRING AND RETENTION BONUSES ADDED TO HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO AID RESIDENTS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING OR AT RISK OF HOMELESSNESS ABUSE OR ADDICTION. >>SUPPORT THE IDEA THAT MORE POLICE OFFICERS EQUALS LESS CRIME. IN A PRODUCT STUDY PROJECT STUDY, CRIME RATES IN THOSE AREAS OF ALSO DROPPED. WORK WITH POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN CHICAGO ALBUQUERQUE IN NEW ORLEANS, MOST DEPARTMENTS HAVE ISSUES NOT WITH THE NUMBER OF OFFICERS BUT HOW THEY ARE DEPLOYED AND SCHEDULED. IT IS MORE IMPORTANT WHAT OFFICERS DO VERSUS HOW MANY OF THEM THERE ARE. >>THE KEY TO AN EFFECTIVE AND RESPECTFUL POLICE FORCE IS NOT TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF OFFICERS. IS TO TRAIN OFFICERS IN BEING AWARE OF IMPLICIT BIASES, THE CORRECT RESPONSES TO COMPLEX SITUATIONS WITHOUT RESORTING TO UNNECESSARY VIOLENCE AND USING EVIDENCE AND DATA ANALYSIS TO SCHEDULE PATROLS WHERE AND WHEN THEY ARE NEEDED MOST. QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY IS WHAT MAKES A POLICE FORCE WORK FOR EVERYONE. >>ORGANIZATION SKIMMING FUNDING FROM THE CITY OF SEATTLE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GENERAL FUND SECTION ARE SUBJECTED TO INTENSE AUDITS AND REPORTS TO HOW THE CITY’S MONEY IS BEING PUT TO USE. THE POLICE FORCE SHOULD ALSO HAVE TO PROVIDE THE CITY AND ITS PEOPLE WITH REPORTS ABOUT HOW THEIR MONEY IS BEING USED, HOW THIS IS HELPING OR HINDERING COMMUNITIES. >>ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS SOUTHWEST YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES PROVIDE PROGRAMS LIKE úOPPORTUNITIES TO GETTING GD, CREDIT RETRIEVAL CLASSES, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, AND FAMILY SUPPORTS WHICH ARE INTEGRAL IN GETTING PEOPLE OFF OF THE STREET AND HELPING PEOPLE GET A 2nd CHANCE. THERE IS SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH MONEY GET INTO THESE ORGANIZATIONS IN ORDER TO SERVE PEOPLE THE WAY THEY DESERVE. >>INCREASING FUNDING FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ALLOWS FOR ORGANIZATIONS TO DO IMPORTANT WORK AND EXPAND PROBLEMS THAT WILL NOT ONLY HELP FAMILIES BUT REDUCE CRIME. THE HOUSING FIRST STRATEGY IS NOT ONLY ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM HOMELESSNESS GET BACK ON THEIR FEET, BUT CONNECTING PEOPLE BACK TO STABLE HOUSING INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD HEAD THAT THEY WILL– BY 60%. IN ADDITION, CONNECTING X OFFENDERS HAS A LIKELIHOOD OF THE RETURN TO PRISON. >>WE BEEN RESEARCHING THIS ISSUE FOR WEEKS AND WE FULLY UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. EACH OF YOU HAS HAD AT THE VERY LEAST 2 YEARS IN OFFICE TO GAIN THIS UNDERSTANDING. WE ARE COUNTING ON YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE PEOPLE YOU PROMISE TO SERVE. WE WILL BE WATCHING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND PLEASE CONSIDER THE INCREDIBLE POSITIVE COMMUNITY IMPACT FOR OUR GENERATION AND FUTURE GENERATIONS INCREASING FUNDING FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND WHAT THAT WILL PROVIDE. >>THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING. >>NUMBER 8? KELLY McKINNEY, GERALD DAVIS, AND ANDREA PORTER.>>MY NAME IS KELLY McKINNEY. I’M GOING TO TRY TO KEEP THIS SHORT. I’M GOING TO ROTATE THIS. I SUPPORT THESE STUDIES FOR 24 7 ENHANCED SHELTER AS PROPOSED BY COUNCILMEMBER WAREZ. IT IS AN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITY AND NEEDS A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO GATHER AS THE COMMUNITY GROWS. SEATTLE ONLY HAS ONE ENHANCED SHELTER SPACE IN THE CITY FOR SINGLE ADULTS LOCATED SOUTH OF THE CANAL. THERE IS NO SHELTER FOR SINGLE ADULTS. I CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THIS FOR SEVERAL REASONS. IT IS CONDUCTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON AND WERE POSITIVE. EVERY SEATTLE POLICE PRECINCT CAPTAIN AND LIEUTENANT I’VE EVER HEARD HAS PRAISED IT AND IT WORKS WITH POLICE. I SUPPORT THE EFFORTS TO RECRUIT MORE POLICE AND COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS. I’M SKEPTICAL IN THE INCREASE OF THE NAVIGATION TEAM. WHILE NOT OPPOSED TO THE PRINCIPAL, I CANNOT HELP BUT WONDER HOW THE NAVIGATION TEAM CAN NAVIGATE PEOPLE TO SHELTER IF WE LACK SUFFICIENT SHELTER AND HOUSING. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE BEING SUCCESSFULLY REFERRED TO SHELTER ARE NOT GOOD. SEATTLE NEEDS TO STEP BACK ABOUT REFERRALS AND WHY THEY ARE NOT WORKING. >>DARRELL DAVIS, ANDREA PORTER, AND AARON THOMAS AND. >>MY NAME IS JARRELL DAVIS AND I AM PASSING OFF MY TIME TO DECRIMINALIZE SEATTLE. >>GOOD EVENING. I’M WITH DECRIMINALIZE SEATTLE AND WE ARE CALLING ON COUNCILMEMBERS TO REJECT THE PROPOSED EXPANSIONS WITHIN THE SEATTLE TO POLICE DEPARTMENT. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOCATE $800,000 FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THE PATROLS. THESE DO NOT ALLOCATE $800,000 FOR SWORN OFFICER HIRING INCENTIVES, AND PLEASE DO NOT ALLOCATE $1.6 MILLION TO RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION AND RETENTION INITIATIVES. THE SPD AND CITY ARE UNDER FEDERAL CONSENT DECREE. HOW CAN WE JUSTIFY ADDING ADDITIONAL FUNDING WHEN WE ARE STILL OUT OF COMPLIANCE? THE TOTAL DIVESTMENT OF $3.2 MILLION CAN MAKE REAL CHANGE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. COUNSEL SHOULD INSTEAD USE THIS MONEY TO FUND PROJECTS SUCH AS THE GREEN LIGHT PROJECT AS PROPOSED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSQUEDA TO PROVIDE OUTREACH TO SECS WORKERS– SEX WORKERS AS A HAVE BEEN DOING THIS YEAR MAKING SURE PEOPLE HAVE LATEX CONDOMS, PLAN B AND SAFE INJECTIONS. ALSO, FREEDOM SCHOOLS AT REGNIER BEACH AS IT IS BY COUNCILMEMBER SAWANT WHICH WE KNOW IS A COUNCIL– IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO CONTINUE LEARNING. WE ALSO SUPPORT BYSTANDER TRAININGS FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE DE FACTO FIRST RESPONDERS AND NONMEDICAL EMERGENCIES. LASTLY, ALLOCATE FUNDING TO CREATE A HARM REDUCTION WORKING GROUP THAT UTILIZES NONCRIMINAL LEGAL SOLUTIONS TO CREATE APOLOGIES– TO CREATE POLICIES ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES THAT THE CITY FACES. >>I’M WITH DECRIMINALIZE SEATTLE. THIS IS AN ISSUE OF ECONOMIC JUSTICE. WE KNOW THAT SEATTLE HAS THE MOST REGRESSIVE TAX CODE IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY MEANING THAT LOW- INCOME BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES ARE PAYING A GREATER SHARE THAN WEALTHY WHITE NEIGHBORS. TAX DOLLARS SHOULD NOT BE USED TO FURTHER CRIMINALIZE COMMUNITIES AND HARM YOUTH AND FAMILY AND THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY STRONG. I’M CALLING ON ALL COUNCILMEMBERS TO REJECT THE PROPOSED EXPANSIONS WITHIN THE MUNICIPAL COURT. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOCATE $170,000 FOR ENHANCED PROBATION. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOCATE $150,000 TO THE CITY ATTORNEYS OFFICE FOR CASE CONFERENCING. THE DETAILS OF THIS PILOT PROJECT ARE UNCLEAR. I WOULD LIKE THE COUNCIL TO ALLOCATE $320,000 THROUGH THE YOUTH CONSORTIUM PACKAGE CONSISTING OF CREATIVE JUSTICE, COMMUNITY PASSAGEWAYS AND THE SAFE FEATURES YOUTH CENTER. THIS SHOULD BE USED TO HEAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH PROGRAMS LIKE THESE. >>MY NAME IS MARK RUN AND I’M A STUDENT AT SEATTLE CENTRAL AND WORK IN HOUSING POLICY. THERE IS A DIRECT INVERSE CORRELATION BETWEEN THE AMOUNT OF RESOURCES THAT A COMMUNITY HAS AND IS CRIME RATE. POLICE DON’T EXIST TO PROTECT PEOPLE. THEY EXIST TO PROTECT PROPERTY. GIVES HER’S RESOURCES DIRECTLY TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH PROJECTS LIKE THE GREEN LIGHT PROJECT AND THE YOUTH CONSORTIUM PICK. THANK YOU. >>WE ALSO HAVE COPIES OF OUR PLATFORM FOR COUNCILMEMBERS AS WELL. >>THANK YOU. >>WE HAVE A FEW REMARKS. THE COUNCIL SHOULD ALSO SUPPORT ANTIDISPLACEMENT EFFORT SUCH AS THE EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE AND COMMUNITY PLANNING LIKE THE GRAND STREETS STATION PROJECT. WE DO NOT SUPPORT THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM USING THE LANGUAGE OF HARM REDUCTION AND REFORM TO FURTHER INVEST IN HARMING OUR COMMUNITY. STUDY AFTER STUDY HAVE SHOWN THAT INCREASED PROBATION DOES NOT RESULT IN LOWER CRIME RATES. NATIONALLY, MUNICIPALITIES ARE MOVING AWAY FROM PERMISSION SO IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE FOR OUR CITY TO DOUBLE DOWN. THAT IS NOT PROGRESSIVE VALUES. OUR BUDGET SHOULD BE USED TO ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF WHY PEOPLE END UP IN THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>NUMBER 10 IS ANDREA PORTER, AARON THOMASON, AND 10 IS KEOSHE. >>GREETINGS. MY NAME IS LACEY WARRIOR. I’M A MENTOR — MEMBER OF SEATTLE MEAN. I’M HERE TO ENCOURAGE SUPPORT OF FUNDING FOR SMALL-SCALE MANUFACTURERS AND PRODUCERS IN THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 20/20 BUDGET. I MANAGE NATIVE WORKS, A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM THAT EMPLOYS 15 AND LOW INCOME NATIVE AMERICANS AND ALASKA NATIVES. THEY CREATE AUTHENTIC INDIGENOUS ART IN PIONEER SQUARE AT THE CHIEF SEATTLE CLUB AND IS SOLD AT PIKE PLACE MARKET. WE GIVE APPRENTICES A SAFE AND SECURE SPACE TO RELEARN EMPLOYMENT SKILLS AND RECONNECT WITH THE NATIVE COMMUNITY WHILE MENTORING AND GUIDING THEM INTO GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT. MANY APPRENTICES HAVE GAINED FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING BECAUSE OF THE NATIVE WORKS PROGRAM. WITHOUT WHICH THEY WOULD HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE DIFFICULT OF A TIME DOING SO, FINDING JOBS. THE SUPPORT OF SEATTLE MADE PROVIDES RESOURCES AND TRAINING FOR APPRENTICES AND HAS ALSO GIVEN NATIVE WORKS A VOICE IN THE NOISE OF BIG BUSINESS. AGAIN MY NAME IS LACEY WARRIOR. I’M HERE TO ASK YOU TO FUND THE WORK OF SEATTLE MADE IN THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 2020 BUDGET, NATIVE WORKS, AND HUNDREDS OF OTHER SMALL BENEFITS– BUSINESSES. >>IS THERE AND ANDREA PORTER? >>YOU ARE ALL ANDREA PORTER. >>WE ARE ALL ANDREA PORTER. [ LAUGHTER ] >>NICE. >>I’M FRANCINE YOUNG AND I’M HERE WITH SEATTLE MADE. I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUPPORT FUNDING FOR SEATTLE’S SMALL-SCALE MANUFACTURERS IN THE 2020 BUDGET. MY STUDIO AND SHOP ARE BOTH LOCATED IN CAPITOL HILL JUST OFF OF UNION. I MAKE LEATHER GOODS. EVERYTHING FROM LEATHER EARRINGS TO BAGS AND CLOTHING. I BEGIN THIS BUSINESS OVER 8 YEARS AGO. OVER THIS TIME I’VE EMPLOYED 10 PEOPLE RANGING FROM STUDENTS MOTHERS AND ANY PERSON NEEDING A JOB. IF I COULD HELP THEM, I DID. I MOVED TO SEATTLE BECAUSE OF SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. HAVING THE SEATTLE MADE ORGANIZATION ONLY EMPHASIZES WHAT I LOVE ABOUT SEATTLE. I WANT TO STAY IN SEATTLE AND CONTINUE TO GROW MY BUSINESS IN A COMMUNITY THAT MATTERS TO ME. WITH HIGH COST OF REAL ESTATE AND MINIMUM WAGES, I FIND THAT I CAN TURN TO SEATTLE MADE GROUP FOR RESOURCES AND KNOWLEDGE AND SHARING MATERIALS AND INFORMATION THAT WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE COSTLY LEARNING CURVES. THE SUPPORT AND EASY ACCESS HAS HELPED ME OVERCOME BARRIERS AND OBSTACLES. SEATTLE HAS A CULTURE THAT I’M AFRAID WILL BE LOST WITH TECH JOBS CURRENTLY PRESENT. PEOPLE NEED TO BE AWARE THERE IS A HEALTHY AMOUNT OF MANUFACTURING HAPPENING HERE IN SEATTLE. EVERYTHING FROM WORKING ARTISTS TO MANUFACTURERS OF BEDDINGS BIKES, A MULTITUDE OF FOOD ITEMS, AND OF COURSE COFFEE. WE ARE PROUD TO BE SEATTLE MADE AND NEED HELP IN A NOISY MARKETPLACE LETTING PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE EXIST. WITH MORE AWARENESS WE CAN GROW BUSINESSES, FURTHERING OUR IMPACT, PROVIDING MORE JOBS IN CREATING A HEALTHY CIRCULAR ECONOMY. SEATTLE MADE HAS ALMOST 600 MEMBERS, NEARLY 70% OF BUSINESSES ARE WOMEN AND MINORITY OWNED. ME BEING ONE OF THOSE. MANY OF US EMPLOY OTHER WOMEN AND MINORITIES. IF THE CITY OF SEATTLE IS SERIOUS ABOUT COMMITMENTS TO PROVIDING REAL ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN AND MINORITIES I ASK YOU TO PLEASE SUPPORT SEATTLE MADE. MY NAME IS FRANCINE AND I ASK YOU TO FUND THE WORK OF SEATTLE MADE IN THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS 2020 BUDGET. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>I AM ARCHSTONE AND ALSO SUPPORT INCLUDING SEATTLE MADE IN THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BUDGET. SEATTLE MADE HAS BEEN A GREAT RESOURCE FOR ME AS I TRY TO GROW MY BUSINESS WHICH IS IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE. WE EMPLOYED 10 PEOPLE. úAS WE GROW AND MAKE MORE DELICIOUS FOOD, AND WE HAVE TO EXPAND, WE WANT TO DO THAT IN SEATTLE AND NOT HAVE TO MOVE TO THE SUBURBS LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE. IT IS RESOURCES THAT SEATTLE MADE PROVIDES THAT MAKE THIS POSSIBLE. >>I AM AN ACUPUNCTURIST AND HERBALIST AND WORK IN SEATTLE ALSO. I AM A BOARD MEMBER SORE– FOR SEATTLE MADE AND I’M HERE TO REITERATE REQUESTS FOR FUNDING FROM THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO SUPPORT THE GREAT WORK THAT HAPPENS AT SEATTLE MADE. KEEPING AND HOLDING A DIVERSE LOCAL MAKERS ECONOMY HERE IN OUR PROGRESSIVE CITY. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH ALL OF YOU FOR COMING. [ APPLAUSE ] >>NUMBER 11, WE ARE NOW ON PAGE 2 OF 12. AARON THOMASON AND 13 IS JESSIE MORE. NUMBER 1112 AND 13. >>I AM AARON THOMASON. >>I’M RUSSELL CODY. >>MEDICINE CHAMBERLAIN. >>ON YOUR LAVAR. >>WE ARE HERE TO ADVOCATE FOR HUMAN SERVICES. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO LISTEN AND FOR GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY. WE WOULD LIKE TO START BY ACKNOWLEDGING THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE THE WORK FOR THE CITY THUS FAR AND URGE YOU TO CONSIDER OUR PROPOSAL TONIGHT. >>ON MY WAY TO SCHOOL ONE MORNING I SAW A BURNED BOOK ON THE GRAND. AT FIRST I WAS CONFUSED AS TO WHY IT WAS THERE UNTIL I REALIZED SOMEONE HAD NO OPTION BUT TO BRING THEIR BOOK TO STAY WARM THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT. I MOVED TO SEATTLE THIS APRIL AND I SEE PEOPLE IN SOUTH LAKE UNION WHO HAVE EVERYTHING AND OTHERS IN PIONEER SQUARE WITH CLOSE ON THEIR BACK. IN THE BUDGET $357.21 MILLION ARE GOING TOWARD THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WHILE HOMELESSNESS HAS ALLOCATED 2 POINT MILLION. — ARE GOING TOWARDS HIRING INCENTIVES FOR POLICE OFFICERS S WELL AS RECRUITMENT AND INTENTION RETENTION. THERE IS NO EMPIRICAL LINK TO MORE POLICE EQUATING TO LESS CRIME. THE LINK IS IT’S NOT HOW MANY OFFICERS YOU HAVE BUT HOW YOU UTILIZE THEM. >>ACCORDING TO THE MARSHALL PROJECT MEMPHIS TENNESSEE HIRED 300 MORE POLICE OFFICERS IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE CRIME RATE. MANY OF THE POLICE DID NOT MEET STANDARD AND WERE LARGELY INEFFECTIVE UPHOLDING PUBLIC SAFETY. THE VIOLENT CRIME RATE INCREASED BY 2.4%. IN NEW YORK CITY, A CITY VERY SIMILAR TO OUR OWN WITH THE LARGEST POPULATION, THE COUNCIL TOOK ACTION TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF POLICE HIRED IN THE CRIME RATE DROPPED DRAMATICALLY. HIRING MORE OFFICERS AND GIVING THEM FRIVOLOUS BONUSES IS NOT HOW WE SHOULD BE SPENDING MONEY. WE SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON RETRAINING CURRENTLY EMPLOYED OFFICERS TO BETTER DEAL WITH SITUATIONS AND ASSIST NEIGHBORS IN NEED. >>IT WOULD BE LARGELY MORE COST-EFFECTIVE AND BENEFICIAL TO RETAIN, RETRAIN CURRENTLY EMPLOYED OFFICERS SO THEY CAN DO THEIR JOBS MORE EFFECTIVELY. WE BELIEVE IN RESTORATIVE JUSTICE RATHER THAN MASS INCARCERATION. >>THERE ARE MORE THAN 12,000 HOMELES PEOPLE IN SEATTLE. OVER 40 PEOPLE DIED ON THE STREET AND HALF OF THOSE WERE DRUG AND ALCOHOL RELATED. WALKING DOWN ANY STREET YOU WILL ONLY SEE THE GOLD SLEEVES WITH THE DRESS. >>MANY HAVE COMPLEX MEDICAL CONDITIONS, AND ACCESS TO MEDICARE IS A MAJOR PROBLEM. AN INDEPENDENT HUMAN SERVICES ORGANIZATION ARE FORCED TO PICK UP THE SLACK AND ARE EASILY OVERWHELMED. AND THEY ARE OFTEN UNABLE TO PROVIDE ARTICLE– ADEQUATE MEDICAL CARE DUE TO A LACK OF HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS. >>YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THIS TO FULFILL YOUR PROMISE OF A JUST SEATTLE FOR ALL. I WAS SUPPOSED TO WORK TONIGHT AS I DID EVERYTHING IS– TUESDAY. BEING KICKED OUT AS A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY AND I CANNOT AFFORD TO WASTE MY TIME. INSTEAD OF TREATING THE SYMPTOMS, AND EVEN THEN ONLY BARELY BRUSHING THE SURFACE, WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE ROOT. GETTING PEOPLE OFF OF THE STREET WILL CONTRIBUTE TO INCREASED PUBLIC SAFETY. OVER THE PAST FREED 3 DAYS 116 SIGNATURES HAVE BEEN GATHERED IN SUPPORT OF THE PROPOSAL TO FUND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FURTHER. SPECIFICALLY COMBATING SEATTLE’S HOMELESS PROBLEM. >>EVERY CITY COUNCILMEMBER HAS ONE COMMON VALUE, BUILDING A SEATTLE FOR EVERYONE WHERE WE CAN ALL THRIVE AND PROSPER. YOU HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO AID THE MOST VULNERABLE AND MARGINALIZED MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY. WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO REALLOCATE THE $2,447,433 GOING TOWARD HIRING MORE POLICE TO HOMELESSNESS RELIEF INITIATIVES. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >>12, 13, 14 PLEASE. >>GOOD EVENING CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO HEAR US. WE ARE SENIORS AT THE CENTER SCHOOL. >>THIS POEM IS TITLED PUBLIC SAFETY IS KILLING OUR PEOPLE. >>FUNDING PUBLIC SAFETY IS JUST ANOTHER WAY TO SAY GAMBLING ON LIVES. THE CRIMES NEVER GO DOWN THAT THE BODIES OF INNOCENTS FROM THE FINGERTIP TRIGGERS OF ILLEGAL EXECUTIONS ELEVATING, ESCALATING SITUATIONS, RELYING ON INCOMPLETE CONCENTRATIONS AND SEEING ONLY COLORED SKIN NOT HUMAN EMOTIONS, PUT THE KNIFE DOWN. 5 SECONDS PASSED. FOR SHOTS TO HIS BODY, BULLETS DECORATING GUN CLIPS. >>3 M AWAY FROM ANOTHER HUMAN BUT THE POLICE SAW BULL’S-EYES WAITING TO BE TARGETED. >>4:15 P.M. AND ONLY ONE SURVIVED AND WALKED FREE. NO CHARGES, JUST PAPERWORK AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. >>YOU CAN’T THREATEN A GUN WITH A SCRAP OF WOOD. >>YOU CAN’T STAB A MAN WITH A CLOSED POCKET KNIFE. >>YOU CAN’T TAKE AWAY A MAN’S LIFE WITHOUT BLOOD. >>NOW HE’S A TOTEM POLE AND NOT A BEATING HEART. MICHAEL TAYLOR LOOKED BETWEEN 2 OFFICERS NOT BEING ABLE TO PROCESS INFORMATION AND DIAGNOSED WITH DELAYED RESPONSE SYNDROME. POLICE BELIEVE HE WAS DECIDING WHICH TO HURT FIRST. >>THE POLICE DID NOT HAVE BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS. >>HE WAS DANGEROUS IN THE EYE OF AUTHORITY. 35 MINUTES AFTER HE APOLOGIZED TO A MAN FROM ALMOST ROBBING HIM HE WAS SHOT DEAD BY THE GOVERNMENT’S HANDS. >>HE COULD NOT DROP THE KNIFE BECAUSE HE DIDN’T KNOW HE HAD TO. >>ALL HE RECEIVED WAS A BULLET FROM A GUN TRIGGER. NOW HE LIVES ON THE 2nd PAGE OF GOOGLE. CHARLENA LILES WAS SHOT DEAD IN HER APARTMENT AND OFFICERS LEFT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WHILE LIFE WAS LEFT IN HER BODY AND THE UNBORN CHILD IN HER WOMB. HER SON CRAWLED HIS WAY TO HIS MOTHER’S CORPSE AND LAID IN HIS FAMILY’S BLOOD AND THE POLICEMAN GOT TO GO HOME TO THEIR OWN FAMILIES. THEY COULD NOT SEEN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LETHAL AND DEFENSE WHEN THEY WORKED LOOKED AT A WOMEN OF COLOR. SHE HAD 4 CHILDREN AND THEY WILL ALL GROW UP WITHOUT THEIR MOTHER. >>SHE HAD 4 CHILDREN INTO POLICEMAN SHOT HER. >>SHE HAD 4 CHILDREN AND PUBLIC SAFETY SHOT HER. 50% OF THE BUDGET IS KILLING OUR PEOPLE. >>THESE ARE 3 CASES OF DOZENS OF LOST LIVES. >>PUBLIC SAFETY IS KILLING OUR PEOPLE AND MOST ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR. FOR SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS KILLING OUR PEOPLE, GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN. AS– TAYLOR, KYLE GRAY, THESE ARE THE NAMES OF WHO HE LOST. SEE THEIR NAMES NEXT TIME YOU GIVE A BONUS TO ANOTHER POLICE OFFICER. THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>13? SETH EMERSON, SAID, AND 15. >>THAT IS A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW. >>NO KIDDING. >>MY NAME IS PATTY FOLEY AND I’M THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE GEORGETOWN OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE. THE GEORGETOWN TO SOUTHPARK TRAIL IS ONE OF OUR COMMUNITIES TOP PRIORITIES. AS DEFINED IN THE GEORGETOWN OPEN SPACE VISION FRAMEWORK, THE DUWAMISH VALLEY ACTION PLAN, THE GEORGETOWN MOBILITY STUDY, THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN OF SOUTHPARK, THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN OF GEORGETOWN, IT’S ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT GEORGETOWN AND SOUTHPARK ARE INTERESTED IN CONNECTING COMMUNITIES VIA A SAFE WALKING AND BIKING TRAIL. THANKFULLY WE RECEIVED FUNDING FOR 30% DESIGN A FEW YEARS BACK IN THE WORK IS COMING TO COMPLETION SO HERE WE ARE AGAIN ADVOCATING AGAIN TO GET THE NEXT ROUND OF FUNDING. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE IT WOULD BE AMAZING AND MOST EFFICIENT TO FUND THE TRAIL THROUGH CONSTRUCTION. I’M HERE TODAY AND HOPES THAT THIS PROJECT WILL NOT STALL. HELP US CONNECT GEORGETOWN AND SOUTHPARK IN A WAY THAT PROMOTES HEALTH AND COMMUNITY. THANK YOU. >>HELLO COUNSEL. MY NAME IS RICH BROWN. I LIVE IN SOUTH SEATTLE IN THE GEORGETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD. I’M A BICYCLE COMMUTER AND HAVE BEEN COMMUTING FOR OVER 12 YEARS. DURING THAT TIME I HAVE NOTICED MANY AREAS THAT HAVE RECEIVED BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS. I HAVE ALSO NOTICED THAT IN SOUTH SEATTLE I HAVEN’T SEEN AS MUCH OF THAT. RESIDENCE IN SOUTH SEATTLE DESERVE MORE INFRASTRUCTURE. LASTLY, I WOULD LIKE TO URGE THE COUNCIL TO WORK WITH SDOT TOWARDS MAKING THINGS MORE EQUITABLE FOR RESIDENCE IN SOUTH SEATTLE. WE NEED MORE BIKE LANES, THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO EVERYBODY. ALSO BIG SHOUT OUT TO THE SENIORS. I THINK THEY ARE DOING A GREAT JOB. [ APPLAUSE ] MY NAME IS MARTY AND I AM A CIS GENDERED MAIL. MY PRONOUNS ARE HE AND HIM. I’M A PARENT IN GEORGETOWN, I HAVE AN 8-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER AND AS THE SUMMER ENDED I SIT DOWN AND SAID WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THIS SUMMER? WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER OR WORSE? AND SHE SAID DAD,, I WISH WE SPENT MORE TIME TOGETHER RIDING BIKES LIKE WE USED TO DO. >>I’M HERE TO ASK YOU ALL HELP ME SPEND MORE TIME TO MY BROTHER. TO BUILD AND FUND THE BIKE TRAIL FROM GEORGETOWN TO SOUTHPARK WHICH WOULD CONNECT HER TO A COMMUNITY THAT’S RUSH IN HER LATIN HERITAGE, PLEASE FUND THE GEORGETOWN TO SOUTHPARK TRAIL. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>I’M HERE WITH MY NEIGHBORS REQUESTING THAT YOU PLEASE FUND OUR TRAILS TO SOUTHPARK. I WORK IN SOUTHPARK AND I GO THERE OFTEN TO GET FRUIT AND VEGETABLES FROM THE STANDS AND FOR MANY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS THAT I ALSO COORDINATE SO I REALLY APPRECIATE IF YOU COULD SUPPORT MY COMMUNITY. THINK PHIL– THANK YOU. >>WE ALL WORKED AS A COMMUNITY TO DO A LOT OF OUTREACH AND THE PEOPLE WE WORK WITH AT SDOT SAID WE DID A REMARKABLE JOB, WE GOT OVER 400 PEOPLE TO GIVE INFORMED INPUT AND CAME UP WITH A COMMUNITY SUPPORTED PLAN BY BOTH EMERGENCE ASSOCIATIONS AND NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER. WE WERE EXHAUSTING FUNDING THAT WAS ORIGINALLY GIVEN AND WILL BE OUT OF MONEY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. SDOT IN THE COMMUNITY ARE READY TO GO FORWARD. THEY ESTIMATED FINISHING THE DESIGN AND BUILDING THIS, I THINK $3.7 MILLION? I ASK THAT YOU LOOK AT THE MONEY COMING OUT OF THE MEGA BLOCK SALE THAT HAS BEEN DESIGNATED FOR BICYCLE MASTER PLAN PRODUCTS. PLEASE FUND AS MUCH AS YOU CAN FROM THAT >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>WHERE YOU GREW 13? ARE YOU JESSE? >>THANK YOU. YOU WERE THE LAST SPEAKER. I HOPE WE HAD A JESSE HERE. SETH 15, SID, 16, 17 RENC MURRAY. >>MY NAME IS CLAIRE CANTOR FROM NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAYS AND WE ARE SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE ESCALATION. WE ARE A COALITION OF TRANSPORTATION AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FOCUSED ORGANIZATIONS THAT CAME TOGETHER TO PUSH FOR A WHOLE SLATE OF REQUESTS IN THE BUDGET THIS YEAR. IMPROVEMENTS FOR PEOPLE WALKING AND TAKING PUBLIC TRANSIT IN SEATTLE. RIGHT NOW THIS IS A MATTER OF CLIMATE URGENCY. THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL AND THE MAYOR’S OFFICE HAVE SIGNED ON TO SUPPORT OF THE NEW DEAL WHICH ASKS FOR 100% RENEWABLES BY 2030 AND TRANSPORTATION MAKES UP OVER HALF OF CARBON EMISSIONS. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE INVEST IN SAFE PLACES FOR PEOPLE TO WALK AND BIKE AND MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE TO USE TRANSIT. THIS IS ALSO A SAFETY ISSUE. WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PEDESTRIAN SAFETY CRISIS AND LAST NIGHT HAD ANOTHER TRAGIC INCIDENT WHERE A WOMAN WAS KILLED ON AURORA AVENUE BEING HIT BY A CAR. THAT HAS HAPPENED WAY MORE TIMES THAN IT SHOULD ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING WE’VE COMMITTED TO VISION 0 WHICH IS 0 TRAFFIC DEATHS AND SERIOUS INJURIES BY 2030. IT IS ALSO AN EQUITY ISSUE BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THOSE IMPACTS OF TRAFFIC VIOLENCE ARE AFFECTING PEOPLE OF COLOR, LOW- INCOME PEOPLE, ON HOUSED PEOPLE, DISABLED PEOPLE AT MUCH HIGHER RATES THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE POPULATION. THANK YOU. >>WITH THOSE THINGS THAT CLAIRE HAD MENTIONED, HERE ARE SOME OF OUR ASKS. FIRST OF ALL THE MESS COLLISION THINKS IT WOULD BE UNCONSCIONABLE TO REACH THE END OF THE MOVE SEATTLE LEVY AND NOT HAVE A ROUTE FOR BIKES. THAT IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR US AND WE THINK THAT MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WAY, BEACON AVE., SOUTH IN THE SOUTHPARK TO GEORGETOWN REAL ARE CRITICAL CONNECTIONS FOR HAVING A ROUTE TO GET TO SOUTHEAST SEATTLE. 2nd OF ALL, WE THINK THERE NEEDS TO BE DELINEATED MONEY FOR BIKEWAY MAINTENANCE AND WE FEEL THAT POOR MAINTENANCE IS MAKING IT HARD TO USE, AND UNWELCOMING AND PUTTING MONEY TOWARD IT WILL ENABLE MORE PEOPLE TO BIKE SAFELY AROUND THE CITY. LASTLY ON MY PART I WANT TO SEE THE MESS COLLISION FEELS AS IF WE SHOULD PUT ASIDE MONEY TO FUND THE TRANSPORTATION EQUITY AGENDA WHICH WAS CREATED BY THE TRANSPORTATION EQUITY WORK GROUP FORMED IN 2017. >>CONTINUING, DISABILITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS WASHINGTON. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THIS RESOLUTION THAT YOU WONDERFULLY PAST TALKING ABOUT THE NEED TO BUILD MORE DEDICATED OFF SIDEWALK PARKING FOR BIKES AND POTENTIAL ESCOOTES IN THE FUTURE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT GETS THE FUNDING THAT IT NEEDS TO ROLL FORWARD BECAUSE SIDEWALKS ARE A CRITICAL PIECE OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND HAVING SIDEWALKS BLOCKED BY BIKES AND SCOOTERS REALLY LIMITS ACCESS TO THE CITY AND WHERE WE NEED TO GO. I WANT TO ALSO MENTION SUPPORT FOR THE CONNECTION FROM THE DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE WHICH YOU HEARD EARLIER, AND FROM THE SOUTHPARK GEORGETOWN CONNECTION WHICH YOU JUST HEARD AS WELL. >>THANK YOU ALL. >>GOOD EVENING. I WORK FOR SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAYS AND WILL HIGHLIGHT 3 ADDITIONAL PROJECTS WE THINK ARE REALLY IMPORTANT. THE FIRST IS MORE OF A POSITION THAT A PROJECT PROPOSED BY COUNCILMEMBER MIKE O’BRIEN TO FUND AN ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR AND THE REASON THAT’S IMPORTANT IS BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF KIDS IN SEATTLE ARE REQUIRED TO WALK OR BIKE TO SCHOOL WHICH IS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE THEY ARRIVE HEALTHY, READY TO LEARN, THEY’VE GOTTEN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR THE DAY, BUT THERE IS NO ONE AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HELPING THOSE KIDS GET TO SCHOOL. THERE’S NO ONE AT SDOT WHOSE JOB IT IS TO DO THINGS LIKE HELP WITH SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL, TRAINS WERE YOU WALK WITH A GROUP OF STUDENTS. WE’VE TALKED TO PRINCIPALS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT GANG VIOLENCE OR RECRUITMENT ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL AND IF WE HAD SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS WE COULD HELP THEM GET TO SCHOOL MORE SAFELY. THE 2nd IS FROM COUNCILMEMBER BACK SHOT– COUNCILMEMBER KEOSHE. THE SEATTLE CENTER FUNCTIONS AS OUR ARTS AND CULTURE HEART OF THE CITY AND SOON THERE WILL BE EVENTS TWO THIRDS OF THE NIGHTS IN SEATTLE SO WE NEED TO GET PEOPLE THERE IN A SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE WAY. THIRDLY, THE HOME ZONE PILOT IS PROPOSED TO BE CONTINUED BY COUNCILMEMBER JUAREZ FOR THE COST OF ONE BLOCK OF SIDEWALK. YOU CAN MAKE AN ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD SAFER TO WALK IN. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH ALL OF YOU. >>NUMBER 15, SID, 16 RENC MOORE COME– MURRAY, 17 WENDY KRUGER. >>HELLO. >>I’M HERE ON BEHALF OF BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF PUGET SOUND AND ALSO THE THOUSANDS OF YOUTH THAT NEED OUR HELP WITHIN THE SEATTLE AREA. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE COUNCIL FOR VOTING FOR THE COST OF LIVING INCREASE FOR HUMAN SERVICE CONTRACTS. AND I’M ASKING EACH OF YOU TO SUPPORT THE SEATTLE HUMAN SERVICE COMMISSION BUDGET PACKAGE. WHILE THE REDIRECT OF FUNDING UNDER SAFE CONTRACT TO SUPPORT YOUTH AGES 18-24 ARE IMPORTANT, IT LEAVES A SIGNIFICANT VOID FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT THAT ARE UNDER THAT AGE. IT IS VITAL FOR THE COUNCIL TO SUPPORT THE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS TO INTERVENE MUCH EARLIER IN GENERAL. FOR PEOPLE AND FAMILIES TO AVOID THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ALTOGETHER AND I’M ASKING YOU TO SUPPORT THE BUDGETARY ASK FOR THE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVES OF KING COUNTY AND SEATTLE HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION TO ENSURE THAT ALL OF THE YOUTH AND ALL FAMILIES CAN THRIVE WITHIN THE CITY. THAT’S WHAT I GOT. >>RENC? AND THEN I THINK WE HAVE AN ENTIRE ROOM FULL OF GARDEN GNOMES. >>I’M RENC MURRAY WITH YOUTH DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVES OF KING COUNTY. WE REPRESENT OVER 100 YOUTH DEVELOPING ORGANIZATIONS THE MAJORITY OF WHICH PROVIDE SERVICES IN SEATTLE. I’M HERE AS A MEMBER OF SH SC AS WELL TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO ADOPT THE ENTIRE PACKAGE. WE ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE HUMAN SERVICES COST OF LIVING BUT THERE ARE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE PARTLY BECAUSE WE DID ASK FOR ANOTHER $2 MILLION TO BE INVESTED IN THE HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FUND. IT’S PARTLY, ALL BECAUSE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT IS THE MISSING PIECE. YOU’VE DONE A GREAT JOB INVESTING IN EARLY LEARNING AND WE HAVE SEATTLE PROMISE OVER HERE. THE CBO’S OF OUR REGION ARE WILLING AND WAITING TO PROVIDE EXTRA SERVICES TO GET THOSE YOUTH FROM ONE TO THE OTHER. THE SCHOOL SERVICES HONESTLY CANNOT DO IT ON THEIR OWN. WE HAVE 500 YOUTH WAITING FOR A MENTOR. ONE HAS 800 KIDS WAITING. EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY SERVICES HAS AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS, 130 ON THE WAITLIST. TEAM READ THAT HIRES TEENAGERS TO TUTOR OTHER CHILDREN HAD ENOUGH MENTORS TO SERVE ANOTHER GROUP OF KIDS WHO WERE GAINING SERVICES BUT NOT ENOUGH FUNDING. WE ARE ASKING FOR AN ADDITIONAL $2 MILLION IN THE HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT BUDGET TO HELP FILL THIS GAP. WE HAVE PROGRAMS WAITING AND KIDS WHO NEED IT. WE WANT TO SERVE THOSE CHILDREN BUT WE NEED MORE FUNDING IN ORDER TO ACCESS AND FILL THEIR NEEDS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. WE APPRECIATE THE WORK YOU DO AND WE HOPE YOU WILL SUPPORT US. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>CINDY KRUGER? AND YOUR TEAM? >>GOOD EVENING. MY FELLOW GARDENERS AND GARDEN GNOMES THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BRING OUR SUPPORT FOR THE MAYOR’S PROPOSED $3 MILLION FOR THE PEA PATCH PROGRAM AND OUR CAMPAIGN TO SAVE IT ONCE AGAIN TONIGHT. ALONG WITH THIS LARGE GROUP WE BRING MORE THAN 3000 VOLUNTEER COLLECTED PETITIONS AND 18 LETTERS OF ENDORSEMENT. WE SUBMIT THESE TO THE CITY CLERK FOR THE RECORD. THESE PETITIONS ALLOW THE CITY TO MAKE FUNDING AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT THE BALLARD PEA PATCH ORGANIZATION– THE BALLARD PEA PATCH. IF YOU HAVE NOT VISITED THOSE IN YOUR DISTRICT PLEASE DO SO. SEATTLE WAS AMONG THE FIRST TO CREATE A PEA PATCH PROGRAM AND IT REMAINS ONE OF OUR MOST IMITATED IDEAS. IN THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING WE TALKED ABOUT STATISTICS AND CAMPAIGN DETAILS. WE WANT TO FOCUS ON COMMUNITY VOICES AND CONCERNS. WHY WOULD ANYONE BE INTERESTED IN SAVING THE BALLARD P-PATCH? THEY ARE A BUFFER BETWEEN — AND FOOD SUFFICIENCY BY GROWING NUTRITIOUS, ORGANIC FOOD. FOOD BANKS ARE BIG BENEFICIARIES OF P PATCHES. THEY SHARE INFORMATION WITH SEASONED GARDENERS AND THEY CAN LEARN INNOVATIVE GROWING METHODS. I’VE USED PHOTOS IN MY LECTURES. A LACK OF CONNECTEDNESS AFFECTS CITYDWELLERS AND P PATCHES ADDRESS THIS. THE OFFER A VITAL CONNECTION WITH GREEN AND LIVING THINGS IN A WORLD OF PLAQUE PLASTIC. IT IS ARGUED THAT HUMANS HAVE A NEED TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH NATURE AND OLIVER SACKS OBSERVED THAT JUST LOOKING AT PLANTS AIDS HEALING AND WELL- BEING. WE KNOW THESE THINGS AND WORK TOGETHER TO TRANSFORM BARREN LAND INTO RICH, FERTILE, AND PRODUCTIVE COMMUNITY RESOURCE. WE MUST SUPPORT AND PRESERVE THESE SPECIAL PLACES FOR ONCE GONE, THEY CAN NEVER BE REPLACED. THIS LETTER WAS SENT TO US BY SHARON COLEMAN WSU PROFESSOR. A P-PATCH PARENT HAS TOLD US E HAVE 2 YOUNG DAUGWHEN WE MOVED TO BALLARD WE KNEW THAT WE WANTED A P-PATCH PLOT BECAUSE WE WERE MOVING TO AN APARTMENT WITH NO YARD. OUR KIDS HAVE BEEN ENTHUSIASTIC GARDENERS AND VEGETABLE LEADERS SINCE THEY WERE SMALL. MANY GARDEN FOR FOOD SECURITY. IN BALLARD AT LEAST 50% OF GARDENERS ARE SENIOR CITIZENS WITH MANY LIVING ON FIXED INCOMES. A CURRENT DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOOD SURVEYS INDICATE THAT 33% OF GARDENERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR LOW INCOME HOUSING. P-PATCH GARDENING IS A GREAT WAY FOR ALL AGES TO ENHANCE THEIR DIET WHILE KEEPING HEALTHY AND FLEXIBLE. GARDENERS PARTICIPATE FOR FELLOWSHIP. MANY OF US LIVE ALONE AND MANY RESIDENTS ARE TRANSPLANTS WITHOUT EXTENDED FAMILY. IT MAY SOUND CORNY TO SAY THAT GARDEN FRIENDS BECOME FAMILIES BUT FOR MANY OF US IT’S THE TRUTH. THE LOSS OF A GARDEN LIKE THE BALLARD P-PATCH HAS A RIPPLE EFFECT FAR BEYOND THE 85 FAMILIES THAT GARDEN THERE. IT’S A LOSS OF 2500 POUNDS OF FRESH AND ORGANIC FOOD AND A LOSS OF POLLINATORS. IT IS A LOSS TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD, A PLACE TO LEARN WALK AND BE IN NATURE. IT’S A LOSS OF 2000 VOLUNTEER HOURS TO MAINTAIN SPACE AND A LOSS OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. WE’VE HEARD TONIGHT MANY OF THE CHALLENGING ISSUES THAT SEATTLE IS GRAPPLING WITH, MANY OF WHICH ARE WITHOUT CLEAR OR GUARANTEED SOLUTIONS. THE P-PATCH PROGRAM IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WORKS THAT PROVIDES HUGE BENEFITS TO THE CITY OF SEATTLE AND IS LARGELY SELF-SUSTAINING. ONLY 100 YEARS AGO BALLARD WAS AN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY. THEY WERE FLEEING POVERTY AND OPPRESSION IN NATIVE NORDIC COMPANIES COUNTRIES. WHEN THEY ARRIVED THEY BROUGHT VALUES OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND COMMUNAL SUPPORT. THEY ALSO BROUGHT TRADITIONAL FOLKLORE WHICH INCLUDED THE GARDEN KNOWN AS PROTECT YOUR OF HOME AND LAND. TONIGHT WE ASK YOU TO BE GARDEN GNOMES FOR ALL THE COMMUNITY GARDENS IN SEATTLE. PROTECT AND HELP THEM GROW. OUR CITY WILL BE A BETTER PLACE FOR THAT. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU ALL OF YOU FOR COMING. >>1819 AND 20. 18, 19, 20. LACKLAND JOHNSON IS NUMBER 19? >>18 IS FLOW BOWMAN. RIGHT HERE. WELCOME. >>GOOD EVENING COUNCILMEMBERS. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. FIRST, TO TELL YOU ABOUT ONE OF OUR PROGRAMS, SACRED HEART SHELTER. BARBARA? >>MY NAME IS BARBARA. GOOD EVENING TO EVERYONE. I WANTED TO COME HERE TO THANK YOU TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT SACRED HEART SHELTER FAMILIES. MY NAME IS BARBARA AND MY FAMILY AND I WERE HOME SORRY. IT’S EMOTIONAL. >>YOU ARE DOING GREAT. >>CATHOLIC COMMUNITY CHARITIES HELP US FIND PERMANENT HOUSING 2 YEARS AGO AND THEN CCS TRAINED ME TO WORK IN CIRCLE SOCIAL SERVICES. TODAY I AM A FAMILY ADVOCATE AT SACRED HEART WHERE I LOVE PROVIDING SERVICES TO FAMILIES WHO HAVE STRUGGLED LIKE I DID. SACRED HEART IS A TRULY LOW BARRIERS SHELTER WITH A LONG HISTORY OF SUCCESSFUL SERVING HIGH SCHOOL NEED FAMILIES AND HOMELESSNESS. WE ARE A TRANSITIONAL SHELTER HOME THAT MEETS FAMILIES WHERE THEY ARE, WELCOME 24 HOURS A DAY 65 DAYS A YEAR, AND EMPOWER FAMILIES WITH TOOLS KNOWLEDGE COMPASSION SKILLS TO MOVE FROM HOMELESSNESS AND INTEGRITY STALENESS, I’M SORRY, AND PERMANENT HOUSING TODAY WE ARE CELEBRATING OUR 5th FAMILY MOVING OUT INTO STABLE HARNESSING– HOUSING IN LESS THAN 9 WEEKS. [ APPLAUSE ] BUT ALL OF OUR FAMILIES NEED A SAFE PLACE WHERE THEY CAN GO WHEN LIFE FALLS APART. PLEASE PUT A RESOURCE TO KEEP THE SACRED HEART FAMILY SHELTER AND ALL OF THE SHELTERS OPEN. YOU WILL SEE THAT WOULD ALLOW US FAMILIES TO GET ON THEIR FEET. I ALSO WANTED TO THANK YOU GUYS FOR YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK HERE TONIGHT >>THANK YOU BARBARA. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>COUNCILMEMBERS, SACRED HEART SHELTER IS ONE OF THE OLDEST SHELTER PROGRAMS IN SEATTLE AND HAS BEEN SERVING FAMILIES SINCE THE LATE 1970S BEFORE CCS TOOK IT ON. OUR MISSION HAS NOT CHANGED. WE BRING IN FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST HOUSING AND WORK WITH THEM TO GET BACK INTO HOUSING AGAIN THE ENVIRONMENT HAS CERTAINLY CHANGED AND I DON’T THINK I NEED TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOW HARD IT IS FOR A FAMILY WITH LOW INCOME IN A NEGATIVE RENTAL HISTORY TO GET BACK IN. THAT WE WORK TOGETHER SIDE-BY- SIDE AND WE DO IT 5 OUT OF 5 FAMILIES THAT EXITED FROM THIS PROGRAM WENT INTO HOUSING. 100%. I DON’T KNOW IF WE CAN EVER DO THAT AGAIN BUT WE ARE REALLY GLAD AND WERE GOING TO KEEP TRYING. BUT, SACRED HEART LIKE ANOTHER THAT I TALKED ABOUT A FEW WEEKS AGO IS COMING UP TO A FINANCIAL CLIFF. BOTH OF THEM ARE BIG DEFICIT PROGRAMS, THE AGENCY CAN SUPPORT THEM ONLY SO LONG, AND CITY OF SEATTLE FUNDING HAS NOT KEPT THE WITH INCREASING COSTS. I’M GIVING YOU ADVANCE WARNING OF A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH A COUPLE OF OLDER SHELTERS WHICH HAVE BEEN A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE FUNDRAISING. WHENEVER THE REGIONAL HOMELESSNESS AUTHORITY GETS GOING YOU ARE GOING TO DEVOTE HUMAN SERVICES DOLLARS TO THAT BUT WHEN YOU DO YOU ARE GOING TO NEED TO LOOK AT THE SCOPE OF THE NEED AN INCREASE WHAT SEATTLE IS DOING IN ORDER TO MEET THE NEED AND NOT CUT EXISTING PROGRAMS. >>I AM ALSO HERE TO ASK YOU TO SUPPORT THE COMPARABLE WAGE STUDY. WE CANNOT HIRE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO DO THESE SERVICES. IT’S HARD CCS HAS GONE OUT ON A LIMB AND WE’VE GIVEN ALMOST ALL OF OUR STAFF A 5% COST-OF- LIVING INCREASE AND IT’S STILL NOT ENOUGH. WE ARE ALSO ASKING THAT YOU SUPPORT HOME FOR GOOD THE PROPOSED SHALLOW RENT SUBSIDY FOR PEOPLE ON FIXED INCOMES, ON DISABILITY WHO CAN SUCCEED IN THE HOUSING MARKET IF THEY HAVE HELP. THEY CANNOT DO IT THEMSELVES BUT YOU CANNOT DO IT ON YOUR OWN IF YOU ARE ON SSI OR SSDI. IF YOU SUPPORT RENT WE CAN MOVE PEOPLE OUT OF SHELTERS AND HOMELESSNESS SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANK YOU ALL. LACKLAND JOHNSON 19, THOSE 20 AND 21 IS MEGAN MURPHY. >>I WOULD LIKE TO KNOWLEDGE WE ARE ON THE TRADITIONAL LAND OF THE FIRST PEOPLE OF SEATTLE, THE DUWAMISH PEOPLE PAST AND PRESENT IN THE DUWAMISH TRIBE. WE ARE HERE AS MEMBERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST OF AMERICA TO SUPPORT THE SAFE STREET AND ACCESSIBILITY PROJECT. THE ROAD IN FRONT OF THE TRAIN LONGHOUSE IS CARRYING 1900 VEHICLES PER WEEK DAY, 85% OF WHICH MOVE FASTER THAN 45 MPH. AS SOCIALISTS WE ASSERT THAT MOBILITY IS A HUMAN RIGHT AND IT IS NOT BEEN DISTRIBUTED EQUALLY AND FAIRLY TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AS A LONGHOUSE IS SITUATED IN AN INDUSTRIAL AREA MUCH LIKE THE REST OF SEATTLE AND IS SEEING RAPID GROWTH. THE ROAD IS DANGEROUSLY UNSAFE. PEOPLE SPEED THROUGH IT MUCH HIGHER THAN IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS 5060 70 OR HIGHER MILES PER HOUR. WE ENCOURAGE THE COUNCIL TO HEED THE WORDS THAT CECILE HANSEN AS THEY FIGHT FOR ROAD SAFETY FEATURES. THE GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED TO UPHOLD DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE TRIBE BUT DOES NOT ABSOLVE THE CITY OF SEATTLE FROM UPHOLDING THESE RIGHTS FROM THE CITIZEN LET ALONE THE MORAL DUTY THAT IT HAS TO RESPECT THE DIGNITY OF THE FIRST PEOPLES OF THIS LAND. WE WOULD LIKE TO PROCEED ANY REMAINING TIME OF THE DISTRICT ONE COMMUNITY NETWORK IF THEY ARE AVAILABLE. >>DEB BARKER WITH THE DISTRICT 1 COMMUNITY NETWORK AND WE’VE SPOKEN OUR WORDS AND ASK YOU TO SUPPORT THE DUWAMISH TRIBES FUNDING REQUEST. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTS THAT. EVERYBODY. THINK YOU. >>YOUR NUMBER 20. 21 IS MURPHY. >>COUNCILMEMBER KEOSHE, I’M A CO-LEAD WITH JEAN DARCY WHO SENDS HER REGARDS AND APPROVES MY COMMENTS. WE REQUEST YOUR APPROVAL OF THIS MITIGATION/IN TENSION A VEHICLE RESIDENT OUTREACH PROPOSAL BEFORE YOU. WE HAVE DONE MITIGATION SINCE 2011 WITH NO PUBLIC FUNDING. DURING THAT TIME THERE HAS BEEN LITTLE TO NO INTENTIONAL VEHICLE OUTREACH. LIVED IN VEHICLES ARE ONE 3rd OF THE ON SHELTERED COUNT ANNUALLY AND RECENTLY THEY WENT OVER 50%. EXPENDITURES HAVE NEVER EVEN REACHED 10% OF ALL FUNDING. FURTHER THERE IS NO COORDINATED OUTREACH TO DATE FOR VEHICLE RESIDENT, NO DIVERSION, NO VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT. THE PATHWAY TO HOUSING IS INVISIBLE. THERE IS LITTLE TO NO INCLUSION IN HMI AS A SYSTEMIC ON SHELTERED HOMELESS REPORTING EXCLUDING VEHICLE RESIDENCE. FUNDING WILL BEGIN TO CHANGE THAT WE WILL INCLUDE NECESSARY PART IS MANY FUNDED TO ADDRESS ON SHELTERED HOMELESS BUT FEW TO NONE INCLUDING VEHICLE RESIDENCE. WE USE VOLUNTEERS WHO EXTEND USE OF FUNDING AND SUPPORT STRUCTURES. WE HIT THE GROUND RUNNING BECAUSE WE WILL EXPAND PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE ALREADY HAVE AND WILL SUSTAIN MITIGATION ALSO WITH PARTNER SEATTLE PARKING ENFORCEMENT IN THE MUNICIPAL COURT. AND WHEN REFERRALS LAG WE WILL USE OUR TIME TO DO THAT INTENTIONAL OUTREACH. I HAVE NOT SEEN ANYTHING DIRECTLY ADDRESSING THESE. A LOT OF MONEY TO SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES FOR TRASH COLLECTION BUT NOT THE PERSONS IN THE RVS. AND ALSO NAVIGATION TEAMS THAT DO NOT NAVIGATE ONTO THE STREET. FUNDING FOR THE PROPOSAL AND UNNECESSARY EXPANSION WOULD BEST COME FROM THE MAYOR’S BUDGET WERE $1.2 MILLION IS A TO DISMANTLE TO EXISTING VILLAGES. KEEP THE VILLAGES. >>YOU HAVE THE LEGISLATIVE TOOLS TO DO IT IN TO HELP START THAT FUNDING. >>MEGAN MURPHY 21, PATRICIA HAYDEN 22 AND MOHAWK GUZMAN IS 23. >>THIS IS FROM COUNCILMEMBER SAWANT’S BUDGET PROPOSALS. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A RIGHT TO A LAWYER FOR ALL RENTERS FACING EVICTION. PROVIDE FUNDING TO HIRE HOUSING JUSTICE ATTORNEYS TO ENSURE THAT TENANTS FACING EVICTION HAVE THE RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY, PROPERTY BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR RENTERS, CREATE A CITYWIDE KNOW YOUR LANDLORD DATABASE, TO HELP TENANTS SEEKING HOUSING BY COMPILING INFORMATION ON OWNERSHIP, EVICTION RATES, BUILD TINY HOUSE VILLAGES, FUND CONSTRUCTION OF 20 ADDITIONAL VILLAGES AND FRUIT APPROVE A HUMANE WAY TO REDUCE THE HOME OF HOMELESSNESS AND HELP PEOPLE FIND AFFORDABLE HOUSING. FUND RENTER ORGANIZING EMPOWERMENT IN THE COMMUNITY, FUND COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO DO OUTREACH AND ORGANIZING, AND HELP DEVELOP THE INDEPENDENT VOICE OF RENTERS. BUILD MORE PUBLIC THE CONTROLLED AFFORDABLE HOUSING, 5000 NEW HOMES WITH A HOUSING BOND PAID FOR BY REINSTITUTING A MODEST TAX ON AMAZON AND OTHER SUPER WEALTHY BUSINESSES. SAFE YOUTH SHELTER BEDS, CENTRAL DISTRICTS, SMALL BUSINESS DISPLACEMENT NEEDS TO BE FUNDED. FUNDING ANTIDISPLACEMENT COMMUNITY WORK IN THE CENTRAL DISTRICT, SUPPORT VIETNAMESE SENIOR ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES. I SAY THIS IN HONOR OF MY SON RAY. I LIVED IN IOWA AND THE STATE DECIDED THAT I HAD A DIAGNOSIS THAT I DON’T HAVE AND HAVE SINCE FOUND OUT– I FOUND COMMUNITY HERE IN SEATTLE AND LAST WEEK MY SON WAS ABLE TO GIVE A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO ME. IT WAS BECAUSE OF SAWANT WHO TOLD ME TO ORGANIZE. I COLLECTED 100 SIGNATURES AND GOT SOME TO MY SON. ORGANIZING WORKS IN ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE SO WORTHY OF FUNDING. >>I’M GLAD YOU CONNECTED WITH YOUR SON. PATRICIA HAYDEN? COACH LENNY WILKINS LOOKING FORWARD TO YOU. >>MY NAME IS PATRICIA HAYDEN AND I’M THE CHIEF PROGRAM OFC. AND COCHAIR OF THE SEATTLE HUMAN SERVICES COLLISION. MEMBERS APPRECIATE YOUR WORK FOR AUTOMATIC ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT FOR INFLATION THAT WILL BEGIN TO STABILIZE HUMAN SERVICE CONTRACTS THROUGH HST. IT IS TIME TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP TO CORRECT THE LONG-TERM LEGACY OF UNDERPAYING HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS FOR THE SKILLS EDUCATION EXPERIENCE AND INTEGRAL IMPORTANCE OF THIS WORK TO BUILD WELL-BEING TO BUILD COMMUNITIES ACROSS SEATTLE. YOU HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN WITH THE PRECOCIOUS STATE OF INEQUITY AS WELL AS INTEREST IN REMEDYING IT YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY IN THIS BUDGET TO BEGIN. WE RECOMMEND THE CITY OF SEATTLE IN COLLABORATION WITH DIVIDERS CONDUCT A PAY EQUITY ANALYSIS OF HUMAN SERVICE JOBS AS COMPARED WITH JOBS THAT REQUIRE SIMILAR SKILLS, EDUCATION, AND DIFFICULTY. WE URGE COUNCIL MEMBERS TO ALLOCATE RESOURCES FOR ROBUST, COMPARABLE WORTH ANALYSIS OF INCH MARK JOBS. THIS WOULD REQUIRE $500,000 IN 220 AND WE RECOMMEND A COMPANION INVESTMENT OF 120,000 FOR COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO COORDINATE PARTICIPATION OF HUMAN SERVICE PROVIDERS IN THE DESIGN AND FERMENTATION OF THIS ANALYSIS. IN ADDITION WE ENCOURAGE COUNCILMEMBERS TO RESTORE FUNDING FOR SPAN ADVOCACY AND INVEST IN FOR ADDITIONAL ACTIONS OUTLINED IN OUR RECOMMENDATION. TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD A THRIVING COMMUNITY IF WE MAKE IT OUR PRIORITY INCLUDING A BUDGETED PRIORITY. TO THE MEMBERS OF SH SC THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. >>THANK YOU PATRICIA. >>24 COACH LENNY WILKINS AND 25 IS–. >>I GOT YOUR SOLUTION. I’M NOT GOING TO GIVE ALL THESE SOLUTIONS. I TALKED TO 23 STATES, ONE MISSION WITH VOLUNTARY HOMELESS. AND HOMELESSNESS IN SEATTLE AND I’VE FIGURED OUT HOW TO DO THIS. YOU GET $50 MILLION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING BECAUSE WE CURRENTLY NEED AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO AFFORD TO LIVE IN THIS. ALSO WE NEED ABOUT $75 MILLION IN ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE INCREASE. ALSO, THE DOMAIN ON ABANDONED HOUSES, GET FOOD DELIVERY JOBS. I DO A FOOD DELIVERY JOB AND MAKE $100 A WEEK. IT’S EASY TO GET A JOB. SAVE COLLECTION BOXES, CHANGE COLLECTION BOXES. IT REDUCES PANHANDLING BY 75%. I’VE WITNESSED THAT. ALSO, FAMILIES, MAKE SURE 2 WEEKS, A MONTH OF IT’S AN INDIVIDUAL. ALSO, EDUCATE THE HOMELESS ABOUT JOB OPPORTUNITIES. THERE ARE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES THERE. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY OUR CITY HAS AND HOMELESSNESS. DON’T GIVE MONEY TO CHILDREN THAT REVOLVER AND HOMELESSNESS LIKE THE GOSPEL MISSION. THEY DON’T SOLVE IT. AT THE END OF THE DAY IF YOU WANT TO AND HOMELESSNESS AND SEEING WHAT CAN HAPPEN AND IF YOU WANT TO AND HOMELESSNESS THAT’S FINE BUT DON’T EXPECT ME TO SEE CITIES BE DESTROYED. I CAN SOLVE THEM. YOUR CHOICE, NOT MINE. >>LENNY WILKINS WITH RISE ABOVE . >>MY NAME IS JACKIE McCORMICK FROM THE NEZ PERCE TRIBE. WE FOCUS ON EMPOWERING YOUTH EDUCATION IN CREATING RESILIENCY USING SPORT AS A MODALITY. WE BELIEVE THAT RISE ABOVE IS ONE OF ITS KIND AND ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THIS PROGRAM TO SEATTLE. INDIGENOUS YOUTH ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE GROUP OF CHILDREN IN THE COUNTRY. OVER A QUARTER OF IN POVERTY AND ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE II DIABETES. MANY SELF-REPORT IN SEATTLE LACKING A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. IN 2017 WITH 1.5% OF CHILDREN LIVING IN WASHINGTON’S, THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM DISPROPORTIONATELY REPRESENTED 6.3% OF THE POPULATION. INDIGENOUS YOUTH ARE 30% MORE LIKELY THAN CAUCASIAN YOUTH TO BE REFERRED TO JUVENILE COURT SO WHAT RISE ABOVE DOES IS RATHER THAN TALK ABOUT A REACTIVE APPROACH WE ARE LOOKING AT A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO KEEPING CHILDREN ON THE RIGHT PATH. IF YOU WOULD HAVE TOLD ME 5 YEARS AGO THAT I WOULD HAVE THIS DREAM TEAM OF PEOPLE BEHIND ME INCLUDING ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC FIGURES IN SEATTLE SUPPORTING RISE ABOVE I WOULDN’T HAVE BELIEVED YOU SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, COACH WILKINS? >>I’M LENNY WILKINS. I’M AN ADVOCATE. [ APPLAUSE ] I AM AN ADVOCATE OF SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE. THEY ARE TOMORROW’S DOCTORS LAWYERS AND CITIZENS AND OUR FUTURE HERE IN SEATTLE SO I DEFINITELY SUPPORT RISE ABOVE. RISE ABOVE EMPOWERS NATIVE YOUTH TO LIVE HEALTHY LIVES BY PROVIDING AWARENESS, PREVENTION, AND CHARACTER ENRICHMENT USING SPORTS AS A MODALITY. SO I SUPPORT JACKIE BECAUSE I AM ALL ABOUT THE FUTURE OF SEATTLE. >>STINKY. >>I’M THE COFOUNDER OF RISE ABOVE AND WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE COACH WILKINS BE ONE OF OUR PARTNERS. THERE ARE 2 THINGS I WANT TO EMPHASIZE. ONE IS THAT WE ARE ABOUT PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION. WE WANT TO GET TO THAT 11 AND 12-YEAR-OLD NATIVE YOUTH, SPECIFICALLY URBAN NATIVE YOUTH WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO RESOURCES AND MAY BE DISCONNECTED. YOUTH SPORTS ARE EXPENSIVE TODAY SO WE BREAK DOWN THE COST BARRIER. >>YOU CAN RAISE THAT MICROPHONE UP. >>JACKIE WAS A POINT GUARD. SORRY. >>SO WE GET TO THEM UP FRONT, 11 AND 12-YEAR-OLD TO INTERACTIVE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION. WE KNOW THAT THE FIRST USES OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL OCCUR AT 11 OR 12 YEARS OLD. WE GET TO THEM EARLY. ON THE BACKEND I WILL GIVE YOU A PERSONAL STORY. I WORK WITH 5 NATIVE GIRLS OUT OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE. AMAZING YOUNG WOMEN. THEY WERE 17 YEARS OLD. IT WAS A DECADE AGO. WE’VE LOST 3 OF THEM AND THE OTHER 2, I DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE AT. RISE ABOVE CAN FULFILL THAT NEED TO REENGAGE CHILDREN AS THEY AGE OUT OF A PROGRAM SYSTEM OR FOSTER CARE ENVIRONMENT. WE CAN BE THAT NEED AND FULFILL THAT GAP HERE IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE. >>I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THIS. BASKETBALL IS A DRIVING SPORT IN NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES. IF WE SAY, JACKIE AND I, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A PREVENTATIVE CLINIC FOR DRUGS AND ALCOHOL WE WILL HAVE 4 KIDS SHOW UP BUT IF WE SAY WE WILL HAVE COACH WILKINS SPEAK TO YOU, IT’S A FREE CLINIC OR FREE ACTIVITY AND WE WILL ENGAGE THEM IN BASKETBALL AND HAVE 300 KIDS SHOW UP. >>URBAN NATIVE KIDS NEED A PLACE TO GO PLAY AND PARTICIPATE. I GUARANTEE YOU THEY WILL COME, THEY WILL PLAY, AND THEY WILL PARTICIPATE. >>THANK YOU. >>I’M AN INDIGENOUS RIGHTS LAWYER AND HAVE PARTNERED WITH RISE ABOVE THE NONPROFIT THAT I’VE RUN WHICH FOCUSES ON INCARCERATED INDIGENOUS CITIZENS IN USE. WE’VE WORKED WITH THE STATE OF WASHINGTON TO MAKE SURE INCARCERATED RELATIVES GET WHAT THEY NEED TO REINTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY AND AS FOR YOUTH WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY FIND A BETTER WAY. SPECIFICS THAT SHE SHARED WITH ME SHOULD BE ASTONISHING PARTICULARLY THE FACT THAT MANY ARE REFERRED INTO THE SYSTEM RATHER THAN A WAY IS THERE CAUCASIAN COUNTERPARTS. WE WORK TO GET THEM BEFORE THEY END UP IN THE PRISON PIPELINE SYSTEM AND ARE OTHERWISE LOST. >>WE HAVE 2 LETTERS TO THE CLERK. >>BRIAN ROBINSON THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THIS. I APPRECIATE IT. >>AURORA LICKED AND SPRINGS URBAN VILLAGE. 2526 AND 27. >>MY NAME IS LEAH ANDERSON AND AS HE MENTIONED I LIVE IN THE AURORA LICKED IN URBAN VILLAGE AND AM A MEMBER OF THAT GROUP. IF YOU ARE NOT A MINUTE AWARE THEY CAME INTO PLACE IN THE 90s AND THE AREA IS NORTH 84th TO NORTH 110th INTERSECTED BY AURORA AVENUE. WE WERE FORTUNATE TO WORK WITH THE CITY TO GET ZONING CHANGED FROM COMMERCIAL TO NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL WHICH WILL ALLOW FOR DENSE DEVELOPMENT ALONG AURORA AVENUE, IDEALLY HOUSING ABOVE TO ADD TO THE DENSITY WE ALREADY HAVE ON PARALLEL STREETS. WITH THAT DENSITY WE NEED PLACES FOR THE COMMUNITY. WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING OF WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN A RESIDENTIAL URBAN VILLAGE. WE DON’T HAVE SERVICES SUCH AS A GROCER, A PHARMACY, A BANK, POST OFFICE, AND WE DON’T HAVE COMMUNITY CITY INVESTMENTS. WE HAVE ONE PARK BUT DOESN’T EVEN COVER THE WHOLE AREA IN THE 5 MINUTE WALK REQUIREMENT BUT WHAT WE ARE HERE ASKING FOR IS FOR YOU TO FUND THE FEASIBILITY STUDY AND FOR A COMMUNITY CENTER SPONSORED BY COUNCILMEMBER JUAREZ. OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS A PLACE TOGETHER TOGETHER. WE NEED A PLACE FOR KIDS FAMILIES SENIORS AND TEENAGERS TO GO. AND SUPPORT SERVICES TO GET TO COMMUNITY CENTERS. IT’S A NOMINAL ASK BUT WILL HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY AND THE FIRST STEP TO GETTING A COMMUNITY CENTER IS THE FEASIBILITY STUDY SO PLEASE APPROVE THAT IN THE BUDGET. >>VERY GOOD, THANK YOU. >>MY NAME IS KEVIN WATLEY INTO ECHO A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT LEAH HAD TO SAY, WE ARE ONE OF THE URBAN VILLAGES THAT IS UNDERSERVED AND UNDERFUNDED. I BELIEVE THE SYSTEM THAT SEATTLE HAS HAS HIGH DENSITY AND GROWTH BUT WHEN YOU DRIVE UP, PEOPLE JUST WANT TO DRIVE THROUGH IT. THEY ARE NOT AWARE THERE’S AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY WE ARE TRYING TO BUILD HERE TOGETHER. THAT WAS IMPORTANT WHEN WE STARTED ALOVE. WHEN I STAND BACK AND LOOK AT YOU I’M PROUD THAT YOU ARE IN CITY COUNCIL BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY IT TAKES A COMMUNITY COUNCIL LIKE YOU. THE IDEA IS ACTUALLY TO BUILD AND SUPPORT COMMUNITY, THE SAME THING WE ARE TRYING TO DO TODAY. I WANT TO ECHO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE TODAY. I WANT TO SUPPORT ALL OF YOU BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING WE HAVE THIS SAFE SPACE FOR DIVERSE VOICES TOGETHER AND SHARE OPINIONS. THAT IS SOMETHING WE ARE TRYING TO DO IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE A LACK OF AMENITIES, EVEN SIDEWALKS, BUT ALL PEEPER OF– PEOPLE OF COLOR DESERVE TO FEEL SAFE FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, YOUNG CHILDREN, AND HAVING A BASIC COMMUNITY CENTER, WE ARE ACTUALLY ONE OF THE HIGHEST NEEDS AREAS AND ONE OF THE MOST UNDERFUNDED COMMUNITY VILLAGE IN ALL OF SEATTLE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT CAPITOL HILL, LAKE CITY WAY, BALLARD, ALL OF THESE ARE THRIVING BUSINESS DISTRICTS IN WHICH WE ARE TRYING TO BUILD STEP-BY-STEP BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS IMPORTANT IS RECOGNIZING THE COMMUNITY FIRST AND GIVING US A SAFE SPACE TOGETHER AND FOR POPULATIONS TO COME TO FIRST. >>THIS BUDGET BEFORE YOU, IT IS GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT TO GO THROUGH AND YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS BUT THIS IS A SMALL ASK THAT WILL AFFECT AN ENTIRE URBAN VILLAGE AND IS A VERY SMALL AMOUNT. JUST OVER $100,000. THAT’S ALL IT’S GOING TO TAKE TO HELP INVEST IN OUR COMMUNITY. I WANT TO THINK YOUR TIME LEADERSHIP AND SAFE SPACE FOR ALL OF THESE OPINIONS TO BE ABLE TO ADVOCATE FOR THOSE CAUSES. I LOVE SEATTLE. I LOVE OUR PROGRESSIVE VALUES, THAT WE CAN ORGANIZE AND TALK AND SHARE THESE THINGS WITH YOU. I WILL BE BRIEF AND GIVE THE REST OF MY MINUTES TO OTHER PEOPLE HERE. >>THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH. >>IS IT DEEP HOURS? >>DEEP HOURS CASSANDRA GASPARD AND THE NUMBER 28. >>GOOD EVENING CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS. I AM HERE WITH SOME OF MY FRIENDS FROM STOP THE SWEEP SEATTLE. WE ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT HOW HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT EVICTION CAUSES SIGNIFICANT HARM AND ARE A MAJOR DRAIN ON FUNDING AND RESOURCES. I AM HERE AS SOMEONE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCED AND FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE TO OFFER THE CITY FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND HUMANE ALTERNATIVES TO ENCAMPMENT SUITES. I HAVE STOOD IN WITNESS AS MY NEIGHBORS ARE EVICT TO FROM WHAT LITTLE STABILITY THEY HAVE FOUND WITHIN THE COMMUNITIES THEY HAVE CREATED. I HAVE SEEN TEARS IN SHEER PANIC IN THE EYES OF GROWN MEN AS THEY SCRAMBLE TO SAVE MEDICINE AND DOCUMENTS BEFORE IT IS THROWN IN A DUMP TRUCK. I HAVE SEEN THE CITY DESTROY NEWLY DONATED TENTS. THEY PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH AN ADEQUATE BUT ESSENTIAL PROTECTION FROM THE ELEMENTS. THE MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE INVESTIGATED 122 HOMELESS DEATHS IN SEATTLE LAST YEAR. WITH WINTER COMING, I’M GETTING WORRIED ABOUT THE THOUSANDS WHO ARE ABOUT TO FACE A DEADLY SEASON WITHOUT SHELTER. ENCAMPMENT EVICTIONS SCATTER PEOPLE MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR SMALLER ORGANIZATIONS TO RESUME SERVICES AS IT CAN ALSO OFTEN TAKE WEEKS TO REESTABLISH CONTACT WITH HOUSEHOLDS LOST DURING THE SHUFFLE. ADDITIONALLY, REPLACING SURVIVOR — LIKE SIPPING BLOGS– LIKE SLEEPING BAGS WE HELP SALVAGE. HERE ARE 5 IDEAS I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE AS ALTERNATIVES TO THE CRUELTY OF ENCAMPMENT SUITES. PROVIDE BASIC SANITATION SERVICES FOR ESTABLISHED ENCAMPMENTS THAT ARE NOT ON THE HAZARD SLEEP LIFT. THIS COULD BE SOMETHING AS MINIMAL AS MEETING UN REFUGEE CAMP PROTOCOLS. THAT’S ONE PORTABLE TOILET PER 20 OR 30 PEOPLE AND A WEEKLY TRASH PICKUP. PREEMPTIVE SANITATION OPTIONS ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LESS EXPENSIVE THAN MOPPING UP AFTER WHAT COULD BE MONTHS OF NEGLECT. THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO MAINTAIN THEIR DIGNITY. WE NEED TO REDUCE THE BUDGET ALLOTTED TO THE NAVIGATION TEAMS SWEEP ACTIVITY. HAZARD AND SAFETY SWEEPS ARE NECESSARY IN CASES WHERE FOLKS ARE LEGITIMATELY IN DANGER BUT THESE ARE A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THOSE CURRENTLY HAPPENING. IT WOULD BE MORE COST-EFFECTIVE TO ADD SOCIAL WORKERS, SUBTRACT LAW ENFORCEMENT IN REVERSE THE EVICTION POWER ONLY TO HAZARD AND SAFETY SWEEPS WHERE LIVES ARE IN IMMINENT DANGER. [ APPLAUSE ] >>THANK YOU. WE ALSO NEED TO REESTABLISH AN AFFORDABLE, SAFE OVERNIGHT PARKING PROGRAM WITH SOME OF THAT MONEY WE ARE REDIRECTING FROM THE NAVIGATION TEAM AND THEIR CLEANUP CREWS. VEHICLE RESIDENCY IS ON THE RISE AND I’M SURE WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT COMPLICATES THE LIVES OF VISIT BUSINESS OWNERS AND RESIDENTS ALIKE. WE NEED TO BUILD AND SUPPORT MORE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES, NOT BE SHUTTING THEM DOWN. HOMELESS NEIGHBORS OVERWHELMINGLY PREFER TINY HOUSES. THEY ASK FOR IT AS FIRST CHOICE ALMOST EVERY TIME. THEY ARE EASY TO SECURE, EASY TO MAINTAIN, THEY CREATE DIGNITY AND PRIVACY WITHIN THE COMMUNITIES. IT IS WHAT PEOPLE WANT AND IF IT’S GOING TO HOUSE PEOPLE BETTER THAN SHUFFLING THEM BACK AND FORTH WHO ARE WE TO SAY NO? LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I ASK THAT YOU AS THE CITY CONSIDER A POLICY CHANGE TOWARDS THE HOUSING FIRST PROGRAM. IT HAS BEEN PROVEN TO WORK IN EVERY AREA THAT HAS IMPLEMENTED IT EXCEPT WASHINGTON DC. EVERY AREA. SEATTLE PIONEERED THIS STYLE OF SERVICE 15 YEARS AGO AND IS TRYING TO EXPAND. REPEAT STUDIES HAVE SHOWN WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL’S ENVIRONMENT IS STABILIZED DEPENDENCE ON SUBSTANCES DECREASES IN THEIR PREFERENCE TOWARD GETTING HELP AND PSYCHIATRIC CARE INCREASES. THE TIME IS LONG OVERDUE TO ADMIT THAT POLICIES SURROUNDING ENCAMPMENT SWEEPS ARE CRUEL, INEFFECTIVE, AND FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE. THEY RUN CONTRARY TO THE VALUES OF THE COMMUNITY AND WE’VE GOT TO DECREASE THE SUFFERING AND GET PEOPLE HOUSED. >>THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >>27 IS CASSANDRA, 20 IS 28 AND 29 IS RICH CASE MANAGEMENT. I’M SORRY, I CANNOT– MAY BE BARBARA? GOOD EVENING COUNCILMEMBERS. MY NAME IS CASSANDRA AND I’M A RESIDENT OF ONE OF THE TINY VILLAGES AND I WANT TO SAY WHEN I BECAME EVICTED FROM MY HOUSE IN APRIL I WAS LIVING IN MY BRAND-NEW CAR WHICH THEN GOT REPOSSESSED AND I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW GRATEFUL I AM TO HAVE A TINY VILLAGE HOUSE WHERE I CAN CLOSE THE DOOR AND NOT WORRY ABOUT MY BELONGINGS BEING STOLEN. NOT WORRY ABOUT SOMEONE TRYING TO STAB ME ON THE STREET TO NOT GET MY SHOES, AND LET ALONE SUFFERING WITH THE ELEMENTS IN THE COLD AND WET. I CANNOT SPEAK FOR ALL THE HOMELESS PEOPLE BUT CAN SPEAK FOR MYSELF THAT HAVING A SAFE SECURE AND SOBER ENVIRONMENT HAS GIVEN ME THE STABILITY TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL IN THE NEXT STEPS TO TRANSITIONING TO PERMANENT HOUSING. I ASK FOR EXPANSION OF THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. >>THANK YOU CASSANDRA. [ APPLAUSE ] >>MY NAME IS ERIC DAVIS. I AM A SITE COORDINATOR BUT I’M ALSO A COFOUNDER OF CAMP 2nd CHANCE. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE EXPANSION OF TINY HOUSE VILLAGES JUST AS A RESIDENT SAID. ONE OF THE THINGS WE NEED IS SAFETY SUPPORT AND HEAT. AS THE SEASON GOES AROUND THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST TIMES I REMEMBER EXPERIENCING INTENSE. WE DIDN’T HAVE ANY WAY TO STAY WARM. IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS I WANT ALL THE OTHER HOMELESS TO EXPERIENCE THE GOOD THINGS THAT WE ARE BUILDING IN THESE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. WE NEED THAT.. SAFETY AND STRONG, PEOPLE GO UP TO WORK WITH THE SMILE AND PEOPLE CAN’T REPLACE THAT. WE WANT EVERYONE TO EXPERIENCE JUST A LITTLE BIT OF THAT SO I STRONGLY SUPPORT THAT EACH OF YOU TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE VILLAGES IN THE WINTER AND SEE WHAT WE ARE SAYING. YOU WILL SEE THEM OPEN A WARM DOOR AND GREET YOU. SOMEONE COMING FROM WORK. SOMEONE NOT ANGRY TO SEE YOU. BECAUSE ALL OF THAT STRESS IS GONE. FOR MY HOMELESS BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THANK YOU. >>I AM JUST ECHOING THE VOICE OF MANY YOU SEEN SPEAKING ABOUT HOMELESSNESS AND TINY HOMES. IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK ON THE MATTER AND SPEAK FOR ALL OF US IN THAT MANNER. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT IS ABOUT UPLIFTING FALLEN HUMANITY AND WE KNOW THOSE ON THE STREETS THAT NEED THE HELPING HAND OR THAT PLACE THEY CAN BE WARM, SAFE, AND SURE OF THEIR NEXT DESTINATION BASED ON HAVING A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD, BEING ABLE TO PREPARE FOR A JOB OR COME BACK FROM ONCE HAVING A HOME. I’M JUST ECHOING A VOICE AND I HOPE THAT YOU HEAR THE ECHO BECAUSE IT IS LOUD AND CLEAR. [ APPLAUSE ] >>I’M A VETERAN. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN IN A HOMELESS CAMP IN A TIMELY VILLAGE– TINY VILLAGE VISITING? HOW MANY OF YOU ALL? I WOULD INVITE YOU TO SEE THE 2nd CHANCE HOME AND I THINK YOU WILL FIND IT ENLIGHTENING. PEOPLE GREET YOU AND OFFER YOU A CUP OF COFFEE. I THINK YOU WOULD LIKE THAT. A LOT OF US WERE NOT THAT WAY A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. I WAS UNDER FIRST AVENUE BRIDGE. I WAS DOING COPPER, SCRAPS, EVERYTHING I COULD TO SURVIVE. NOW I HAVE A FULL-TIME JOB, A TRUCK, I’M ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CAMP. I HAVE MY DIGNITY BACK. AND IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU HAVE A COMMUNITY YOU CAN WALK INTO OR WALKOUT AT 5:00 IN C 20 OTHER PEOPLE GOING TO WORK. THIS IS YOUR NORMAL HOMELESS VILLAGE AND THIS IS WHAT A GOOD VILLAGE DOES, TO MAKE COMMUNITY MAKE IT. >>THANK YOU. >>I’M KYLE MALONE. I LIVE AT CAMP 2nd CHANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY FORMAT THAT I HAVE SEEN OR KNOW OF THAT WORKS TO FIX YOUR HOMELESS PROBLEM. I HAVE SECURITY THERE. I HAVE FOOD AND CLOTHING. IT IS SAFE, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>VERY GOOD, THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING. >>BARBARA? AND THEN WE HAVE REACH CASE MANAGEMENT. SOMEBODY JOHNSON. NUMBER 30. 28, 29, AND 30. >>GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS DEBBIE CARLSON AND I AM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LGBTQ ALLY SHIP AND WE REPRESENT NEARLY 4000 COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN KING COUNTY AND BEYOND. ALLY SHIP HAS BEEN WORKING ON HOUSING ISSUES FOR 4 1/2 YEARS. FROM A REPORT ADDRESSING LGBTQ INEQUITIES HOUSING AND SENIOR SERVICES, 4 OUT OF 5 SENIORS EXPERIENCED DISCRIMINATION BUT DID NOT REPORT IT. IT IS REPORTED THAT 40% OF LGBTQ SENIORS EXPERIENCED HOMELESSNESS. OF THIS REPORT OF 2017 WE DISCOVERED THAT MARGINALIZED RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN ECONOMICALLY EVICTED AND OVER 60% HAVE EXPERIENCED A RISE IN RENT OVER THE LAST 2 YEARS. ALLY SHIP HAS BEEN CONDUCTING RENTERS RIGHTS FOR OVER A YEAR AND HAVE OUR OWN LGBTQ RENTERS RIGHTS CURRICULUM. THROUGH OUR WORK WITH RENTERS SENIORS AND HOMELESS YOUTH, WE KNOW THAT EDUCATION ORGANIZING AND AFFIRMATIVE MARKETING ABOUT HOUSING RESOURCES PREVENTS UNLAWFUL EVICTIONS AND DISPLACEMENT FOR AND TRANS YOUTH AND ELDERS. WE ARE AN ORGANIZATION THAT KNOWS WHAT OUR COMMUNITIES NEED AROUND HOUSING JUSTICE. PLEASE FULLY FUND TENANT EDUCATION ORGANIZING AND OUTREACH WORK SO WE CAN TRULY ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS, DISPLACEMENT, AND HOUSING DISCRIMINATION. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO BARBARA, A MEMBER OF OUR LGBTQ SENIOR HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE. >>IT WAS 30 YEARS AGO I CAME OUT AS TRANS AND I FACE A LOT OF ANGER, A LOT OF DISCRIMINATION, AND THERE WERE EVEN PEOPLE WHO WERE TRYING TO KILL ME INCLUDING MEMBERS OF MY OWN FAMILY. AND FROM TIME TO TIME, MYSELF. I SURVIVED ALL THAT AND NOW I’M AT A DIFFERENT POINT IN MY LIFE. I NO LONGER FACE DISCRIMINATION BECAUSE I AM TRANS. I NOW FACE DISCRIMINATION BECAUSE I’M OLD. I’M 71 AND I’VE BEEN OUT IN THE COMMUNITY WHERE I LIVE BUT BEING OUT IN THAT COMMUNITY IS NOT AS SIMPLE AS PAYING MY RENT ON TIME. IT’S ABOUT LIVING WITH EACH OTHER LITERALLY IN SMALL PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS. WHEN I GOT THERE I FACED EVERY BIT OF DISCRIMINATION THAT I EXPERIENCED WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. AND I FACED NEIGHBORS, PEOPLE THAT DID NOT WANT TO KNOW ME. I HAD TO GIVE BACK. I HAD TO MAKE A FORMULA TO BE ABLE TO LIVE THERE AND NOT LIVE ON THE STREET. AND WHAT I DID WAS CALL ON MY SKILLS. I KNOW EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT COMPUTERS. I HAVE THE SKILLS, I HAD COMPUTERS OF MY OWN, AND I STARTED TEACHING CLASSES. I TAUGHT GRANDPARENTS HOW TO WRITE EMAILS TO THEIR GRANDKIDS. I TAUGHT HOW TO USE A CATALOG. HOW CAN YOU BUY SOMETHING ON THE INTERNET? HOW DO YOU KEEP FROM GETTING SCAMMED? SUDDENLY I WAS ONE OF THE HOTTEST PEOPLE IN THE ENTIRE BUILDING. [ LAUGHTER ] IT WORKED SO WELL THAT SHA DECIDED TO EXPAND MY CLASSES TO 3 OTHER BUILDINGS. AND THAT’S THE KIND OF WORK THAT ALLYSHIP CONTRIBUTES TO THE WORLD, THAT PEACE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING. THAT IS WHY I AM SO PROUD TO STAND HERE WITH DEBBIE AND TOBIAS– I’M SORRY. I AM REALLY PROUD TO BE HERE AND I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR LISTENING. THANK YOU. >>I’M PROUD OF YOU TOO. THANK YOU. >>I AM THE ECONOMIC PROGRAM COORDINATOR AT LGBTQ ALLYSHIP FUNDED THROUGH THE OLS AND I STAND BY EVERYTHING SAID HERE. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. I LIKE THAT. >>29 IS REACH CASE MANAGEMENT AND IT LOOKS LIKE, MAYBE IT’S CAROL BUT IT’S JOHNSON, NUMBER 30. 31 IS TRULY. >>– JULIE. >>MY NAME IS MARCUS AND I’M A LEAD CASE MANAGER WORKING SPECIFICALLY ON AURORA. I STAND TODAY BEFORE YOU AS A VETERAN AND A MENTOR OF THE NORTH TEAM. I WAS TASKED WITH WORKING WITH THE MEN IN THE HOMELESS AREA OF AURORA. OF THESE ARE MEN BATTERED DAILY DAILY BY VIGILANTES THERE TO TEAR UP TENTS OR THROW BIX BRICKS WHEN THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A WARM PLACE TO SLEEP AT NIGHT. BREAKING DOWN VULNERABILITY ISSUES FOR THESE MEN AND EMPOWERING THEM TO BE STRONGMEN AND LEADERS OF THEIR COMMUNITY. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I LIKE TO TELL TO SOME OF MY MEN IS TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO FAIL FORWARD. A LOT OF THESE MEN FAIL EVERY DAY OF THEIR LIVES WHETHER THAT BE WITH ADDICTION OR HAVING TO STEAL FOOD TO GET BY FOR THE DAY. ONE OF THE MEN THAT TOOK TO THAT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE CLIENTS WHO CHOSE TO FAIL FORWARD AND IS NO LONGER SERVING A SIX-YEAR SENTENCE. HE’S FREE OUT IN HIS OWN, HE STAYS AT THE XANADU AND IS DOING WELL FOR HIMSELF LOOKING TO GET HIS LICENSE. HE IS EMPLOYED AND HAS BEEN EMPLOYED AND FREE FROM HEROIN FOR CLOSE TO A YEAR NOW. WE ARE DOING GREAT WORK HERE AND I AM THE ONLY MALE FOR THE TEAM. I WORKED NEXT TO A GAGGLE OF WOMEN WHO ARE VERY STRONG. I ASK YOU GIVE US THE GRANT SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO HELP THESE MEN AND WOMEN ON AURORA FAIL FORWARD INSTEAD OF FAIL BACKWARDS EVERY DAY. >>THANK YOU MARCUS. >>MY NAME IS STEPHANIE HARRISON I’M ALSO A CASE MANAGER AND WORK UP ON AURORA. MY CLIENT LOAD IS MAINLY WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE SEX TRADE AND HIGHLY ADDICTIVE. I AM A SURVIVOR AND USED TO WORK ON AURORA FOR 10 YEARS SO TO BE OUT THERE AND TO SERVE IN A PLACE WHERE MY PERSONAL TRAUMA HAS BEEN HAS BEEN REWARDING AND SO PRIVILEGED AND HONORED TO DO THAT. I OFTEN LOOK AT CLIENTS AND THE ABILITY, LIKE OUR CASELOADS AND THINGS WE ARE ABLE TO DO WITH THEM. I WISH THAT ALL OF THOSE YEARS I WOULD HAVE BEEN, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A CASE MANAGER FOR WOMEN AND MEN THAT I KNOW OUT THERE. AT THE END OF THE DAY MONEY IS THE MOTIVE AND WE NEED MORE TO HELP PEOPLE JUST LIKE ME. IF WE WANT TO SERVE THIS POPULATION WE NEED PEOPLE WITH LIFE EXPERIENCE TO BE ABLE TO COME IN AND SHARE THAT LIFE EXPERIENCE TO HELP THEM. [ APPLAUSE ] AND NEED A PROPER GRANT TO GET THERE. I WAS BLESSED ENOUGH. I’M A WHITE WOMAN. I HAD A LOT OF PRIVILEGE IN MY RECOVERY BUT WHEN I LOOK AT THE WOMEN OF COLOR WHO FACED THE SAME STORY AS ME, THEIR TRAIL WAS DIFFERENT THAN MINE. I GET TO DO THIS WORK EVERY DAY BUT I SEE PEOPLE WHO COULD BE DOING THIS WORK BUT DON’T HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET THERE FOR WHATEVER LACK OF RESOURCES. I REALLY WANT TO PUSH FORWARD A PRIME EXAMPLE OF OUR CASELOAD AND HOW TAXING IT IS. TODAY I WAS TIED UP WITH THE CLIENTS AND MARCUS FOUND ANOTHER ONE OF MY CLIENTS ON AURORA IN A BROAD AND LIKINGS SOAKING WET WITH NO FOOD, NOTHING. I WAS NOT ABLE TO GET TO HER. LOVELY MARCUS HAD FREE TIME BUT IT’S RARE FOR US TO HAVE FREE TIME. IF WE ARE THE ONLY ONES HELPING THIS HUGE POPULATION THERE ARE NOT PEOPLE SERVING WOMEN WORKING IN PROSTITUTION, MEN WORKING IN PROSTITUTION WHO ARE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE. THERE ARE ORGANIZATIONS DOING ANTITRAFFICKING WORK BUT THEY ARE NOT SERVING PEOPLE WHO ARE NODDING OFF IN THEIR PLACE. THEY ARE GETTING KICKED OUT FOR THAT, YOU KNOW? LEAD AND REACH ARE DOING THIS WORK, DOING IT WELL, SO WHY TRY TO FIX SOMETHING THAT IS WORKING? WE ARE DOING IT. WE ARE DOING THE WORK. PLEASE CONTINUE TO HELP US AND SUPPORT US. WE ARE PRETTY BAD ááá. THANK YOU. >>ARE YOU NUMBER 30? BEFORE YOU START ARE YOU 30? HOLD THAT FOR JUST A 2nd WOULD YOU? AND JULIE IS 31 AND IDA BELL IS 32. >>MY NAME IS CARA JOHNSON AND I’M AN ADVOCATE WITH THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN YES TO DRUG USER HEALTH. I AM HERE TO ASK FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE COUNCIL FOR THE METHAMPHETAMINE RESEARCH PILOT INTO THE COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN FOR SPONSORING THIS AD. THANK YOU ALSO TO CHAIR KEOSHE AND COUNCILMEMBER TRAN20 5 FOR SUPPORT. THIS IS COMING FROM A LOCAL TREATMENT EXPERT AND HAS A WIDE RANGE OF DIVERSE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING EVERGREEN TREATMENT SERVICE, THE SEATTLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND COUNSELING SERVICES. THIS LEGISLATIVE BODY HAS SHOWN IMMENSE LEADERSHIP PROVIDING FUNDING INTERVENTION DOLLARS FOR OPIOID USE DISORDER BUT WE HAVE A CRISIS OF METHAMPHETAMINE ISSUES AND YOUR ATTENTION IS AGAIN NEEDED. THIS MODEST BUDGET EDITION CAN CREATE AND BE A LEADER FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER. I HOLD A MASTERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND VOLUNTEER EVERY WEEK AT THE NEEDLE EXCHANGE. THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT DRUG USERS REQUEST HIS TREATMENT AND ACCESSIBLE WAYS TO REDUCE USE AND RELATED HARMS. THEY ARE JUST TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES AND WOULD LOVE TO HAVE EVIDENCE-BASED OPTIONS FOR METHAMPHETAMINE TREATMENT. THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING THIS AND SUPPORTING THIS MUCH-NEEDED RESEARCH. I WILL PASS THIS TO MY COLLEAGUE. >>MY NAME IS RICHARD WATERS. I’M A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN IN THE COMMUNITY AND WORK WITH AN AMAZING TEAM OF INTERDISCIPLINARY PROFESSIONALS INCLUDING THE WONDERFUL FOLKS AT LEAD AND FULLY PROMOTE THEIR SICK EXPANSION. TO EMBRACE AND WELCOME THOSE WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS AND SEE THEM LINKED WITH HOUSING OPPORTUNITY AND HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, AND EVIDENCE- BASED TREATMENTS FOR OPIOID USE DISORDER IN THE FORM OF MEDICATIONS. THE TRANSFORMATION CAN BE HUGE. IT IS QUITE AMAZING TO SEE THE NUMBER OF CLIENTS AND THE PROGRESS THEY HAVE MADE. WE DO NOT YET HAVE THE SAME TREATMENTS FOR METHAMPHETAMINE USE DISORDER. THERE HAS BEEN RESEARCH BUT NOT SUFFICIENT. THE IDEA OF CITY COUNCIL FUNDING A RESEARCH PILOT TO BROADEN THE SCOPE OF KNOWLEDGE AND SEE WHAT ARE OUR TOOLS TO HELP CLIENTS WITH METHAMPHETAMINE USE DISORDER MAY SEEM OFF AND YET THIS IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE CITIZENS, TO SO THOSE WITH DISORDERS AND THE BROADER PUBLIC. THERE HAS CERTAINLY BEEN AN OUTCRY HOPING FOR SOLUTIONS. SOME OF THE PROPOSALS WE’VE HEARD TODAY, AMAZING HOUSING CAN CERTAINLY HELP OPPORTUNITIES AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE. OUR ASK IS TO FUND THE PILOT FOR A METHAMPHETAMINE STUDY IN HOPES OF GETTING MORE INFORMATION ON WHETHER A CERTAIN MEDICATION COULD BE USED TO HELP CLIENTS REDUCE OR STOP METHAMPHETAMINE USE. MANY PATIENTS DESIRE THAT BUT ARE CAUGHT UP IN THE CYCLE OF CRAVINGS USE AND WITHDRAWAL, STRUGGLING TO BREAK OUT OF THAT STRIKE CYCLE. SOCIAL SERVICES AND HOUSING ARE AN ESSENTIAL STEP. ADMITTEDLY THIS IS ONE SMALL PIECE BUT COULD GIVE US IN THE COMMUNITY MORE TOOLS TO TREAT THE CRISIS. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. >>YOU BET. >>JULIE, AND ELLIOTT SWANSON. 31, 32, 33 OUR NEXT. >>MY NAME IS JULIE STILLMAN. I’M HERE TO SUPPORT THE MOBILE PITSTOP PROGRAM. A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO I CAME OUT FROM MY HOUSE AND SAW HUMAN FECES DOWN THE SIDE OF MY NEIGHBORS HOUSE. I CLEANED IT WITH A FEELING OF COMPASSION AND DISCUSSED. I GASPED AT HOW DESPERATE THAT PERSON MUST HAVE FELT. THEY WERE IN DESPERATE NEED OF A TOILET. INTO THE MOBILE PITSTOP HOGAN. THESE INCLUDE NOT ONLY TOILETS BUT NEEDLE DISPOSAL AND DOG POOP DISPOSAL. THEY ARE MOBILE AND CAN BE MOVED ANYWHERE AROUND THE CITY IN NEIGHBORHOODS THAT NEED IT AS NEEDED. THEY COST LESS THAN PORTLAND’S PROGRAM SO WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR SOME EXTRAVAGANT PROGRAM, AND THIS IS NOT JUST A MATTER OF CONVENIENCE. IT’S A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN PROBLEMS WITH TOILETS IN THE PAST AND THEY’VE BEEN USED FOR DRUG DEALERS OR OTHER USES. BUT THERE ARE ATTENDANCE WHO WOULD BE MONITORING USE AND I THINK THAT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE. >>I HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS A BUS DRIVER AND A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO HE WAS THINKING ABOUT A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR A FRIEND. WHAT HE DID WAS, HE TOOK A KEY AND MADE A DUPLICATE AND GAVE IT TO HIS FRIEND FOR A BIRTHDAY PRESENT. THIS KEY WAS VERY PRECIOUS BECAUSE IT WAS THE BUS DRIVERS SECRET KEY TO ALL OF THE TOILETS IN THE CITY FOR BUS DRIVERS. HE IS RETIRED, YOU WILL NEVER FIND HIM. BUT I THINK NOT ALL OF US HAVE A BUS DRIVER FRIEND SO I URGE YOU TO FUND 5 MOBILE PITSTOP’S. >>NICE. THANK YOU. >>ELLIOTT 33 AND KATRINA JOHNSON 34. >>I AM SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE YWCA OF SEATTLE KING AND SNOHOMISH COUNTIES. I’M HERE TO ADVOCATE FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FUNDING THAT PARTICIPANTS NEED IN ORDER TO MOVE CLOSER TO THRIVING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. FIRST OF ALL WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ENACTING AN AUTOMATIC ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT FOR INFLATION ON ALL OF THE HUMAN SERVICES CONTRACTS THROUGH HST. THERE IS GREAT WORK BEING DONE TO BUILD WELL-BEING IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS SEATTLE AND WE URGE YOU TO SUPPORT THAT BY MAKING NO CUTS TO SERVICES. >>ONE OF OUR PRIORITIES WAS NOT ADDRESSED BY THE MAYOR AND THEREFORE WE ARE ASKING YOU TO PLEASE FUND A LONG-TERM LEGACY OF UNDERPAID HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS. HUMAN SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE SKILLED PROFESSIONALS WITH SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE AND YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. TYPICALLY ONCE WORKERS HAVE ACQUIRED THOSE SKILLS, PAY AND EQUITY IN NONPROFIT WORK FORCE THEM TO LOOK FOR BETTER PAYING JOBS. THIS LEADS TO HIGH TURNOVER OF GOOD WORKERS AND RISKS TO PARTICIPANTS NOT GETTING THE HIGHEST QUALITY HELP THAT THEY COULD. WE ARE ASKING YOU ALLOCATE THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO TAKE ON A COMPARABLE WORTH ANALYSIS WHICH WOULD COST BETWEEN 500 AND $600,000 IN 2020 AS A FIRST STEP IN HELPING AND THIS INEQUITY. SECONDLY WE ARE ASKING THAT YOU TAKE ACTION ON THE PROPOSAL OF THE MAYOR TO FUND AND IMPLEMENT A MUCH-NEEDED COUNTYWIDE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE WHICH WILL PROVIDE IMMEDIATE CRISIS SUPPORT AND COUNSELING AND SERVE AS A SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT TO THE SPECIALIZED ADVOCACY SERVICES OF THE REGION. SURVIVORS IN MOST NEED OF HELP OFTEN HAVE DIFFUSED ACCESS AND CALLING A HOTLINE IS OFTEN THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN ACCESS SERVICES A. AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AND COMMITMENT TO THOSE MOST IN NEED TO GET THE CARE REQUIRED ARE REQUIRED TO LEAD HEALTHIER LIVES. >>33. YOU DO NOT LOOK LIKE ELLIOTT SWANSON. >>IS A TRUE IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY? >>IT SURE IS. >>HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLISON. >>HAPPY BIRTHDAY. >>IT HAS TO BE A ROUND OF YOU SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY WE WILL LET YOU SING, BUT OTHERWISE NO. GO AHEAD. >>SINCE I HAVE A COLD I WILL PAUSE WITH THE SINGING BUT THINK YOU. ELLIOTT SWANSON HAD TO LEAVE BUT WAS HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT THE HOME FOR GOOD PROGRAM AND I BELIEVE EACH OF YOU RECEIVED A LETTER FROM SUSAN BOYD THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BELLWETHER HOUSING. MY NAME IS ALLISON AND I AM THE DIRECTOR OF THE SEATTLE KING COUNTY COALITION. I THINK YOU COUNCILMEMBERS FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT AND LISTENING TO THIS WONDERFUL ARRAY OF HEARTFELT AND SMART RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A BUDGET THAT WE KNOW NEEDS TO EXPAND. THE HOME FOR GOOD PILOT PROGRAM IS A PROGRAM THAT WE ARE RECOMMENDING THAT YOU FUND AS A PILOT. I HAVE TO BE HONEST, I DON’T GO FOR PILOT PROGRAMS BECAUSE I THINK GENERALLY SPEAKING THEY ARE A WAY OF NOT DOING THE THING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AT THE SCALE THAT IS NEEDED BUT YOU’VE JUST HEARD FROM PEOPLE THAT YOU’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO FUND A PILOT PROGRAM FOR METHADONE TREATMENT AND SIMILARLY THIS IS A SHALLOW RENT SUBSIDY PROGRAM THAT I WANT TO AGAIN BE HONEST WITH YOU ABOUT AND SAY IS NOT WHAT WE WOULD TYPICALLY RECOMMEND. PEOPLE DO NOT NEED SHALLOW RENT SUBSIDIES. THEY NEED DEEP RENT SUBSIDIES BUT WE ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE NEED TO DEPLOY ALL OF THE TOOLS AVAILABLE TO US. SOMEONE RECEIVING $771 OF SSI PER MONTH IS NOT AT 30% AMI. IT’S AT 12%. IN ORDER FOR THAT PERSON TO BE ABLE TO FIND AND KEEP HOUSING, THEY NEED A SUBSIDY AND WE ARE WILLING TO RECOMMEND THIS PROGRAM EVEN THOUGH IT MEANS PEOPLE RECEIVING IT WOULD BE RENT BURDENED. WE THINK IT’S A SMART INVESTMENT AND A WAY TO PUT CITY DOLLARS TO USE WHILE WE WORK WITH YOU TO MAKE A SMART STATE RECOMMENDATION. I’M GOING TO HAND OVER MY TIME. >>GOOD EVENING COUNCILMEMBERS. I WANTED TO ECHO THE ASKS THAT PATRICIA AND IDABEL SHARED. WE SUPPORT THE FULL HUMAN SERVICES COALITION PACKAGE AND PARTICULARLY WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE FUNDING A COMPARABLE WORTH ANALYSIS. WE ARE GLAD FOR THE PASSAGE OF INFLATION ADJUSTMENTS EARLIER THIS YEAR BUT AS WE ALL DISCUSSED, THAT IS JUST A START OF WHAT WE REALLY NEED TO DO TO LOOK AT THE WAGE GAP OF HUMAN SERVICES PROVIDERS BRINGING YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, LIVED EXPERIENCE AND EXPERIENCE GAINED IN OTHER WAYS. AND, PROVIDE WELL-BEING FOR CITIZENS. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE ARE FUNDING THAT WAGE STUDY. >>GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS JASON AUSTEN WITH THE COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS. PRIOR TO MY POSITION I USED TO BE A CASE MANAGER WITH THE HOUSING AND ESSENTIAL NEEDS PROGRAM MEETING I’VE HELPED COUNTLESS OF RESIDENTS MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM TEMPORARY STATE ASSISTANCE TO PERMANENT FEDERAL DISABILITY INCOME OR SSI. THE DAY IS APPROVED IS SUPPOSED TO BE ONE OF RELIEF THAT GIVES SOMEONE HOPE. BECAUSE SSI LAGS SO FAR BEHIND THE COST OF HOUSING IT IS A DAY THAT IS OFTEN MARKED BY FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY. I REMEMBER A MAN THAT I USED TO WORK WITH, A GENTLEMAN NAMED RODNEY. HE GOT THE FIRST PERMANENT HOUSING OF HIS ADULT LIFE THROUGH THE HOUSING AND ESSENTIAL NEEDS PROGRAM. HE CALLED ME THE DAY THAT HE FOUND OUT THAT HIS BENEFITS WERE APPROVED AND LEFT ME A VOICE MESSAGE ASKING IF THERE WAS SOMETHING HE COULD DO TO APPEAL THAT DECISION. HE WAS WILLING TO GO AS FAR AS CONSIDERING HIRING A LAWYER TO REVERSE THE BENEFITS HE HAD SPENT YEARS FIGHTING HARD TO ACQUIRE. HE WAS SCARED BECAUSE HE WAS FACING IN A POSSIBLE CHOICE. SHOULD HE STAY IN HOUSING HE COULD NO LONGER AFFORD AND RISK THE CONSEQUENCES OF BEING EVICTED? OR SHOULD HE WALK AWAY FROM THE ONLY STABLE HOUSING HE HAS ALREADY HAD EVER HAD? HE WAS SET UP TO FAIL. WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ADDRESS EVERY FACTOR THAT CONTRIBUTES TO HOMELESSNESS BUT WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO CREATE A SYSTEM THAT ITSELF DOES NOT PERPETUATE THE PROBLEM FURTHER. PLEASE ALLOCATE NO LESS THAN $750,000 TOWARD THE HOME FOR GOOD PROGRAM THAT WE ARE NOT NEEDLESSLY MAKING THIS CRISIS WORSE THAN IT ALREADY IS. >>I APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU COMING. THE NEXT IS KATHERINE JOHNSON 34, THE WASHINGTON RECOVERY ALLIANCE 35, AND LOOKS LIKE DANNY GARCIA WITH REACH, 36. COULD I PLEASE ASK THE NEXT 2 TO COME UP AS WELL SO WE ARE READY TO GO? CATHERINE? >>MY NAME IS TRACY GILLESPIE BUT I WAS SIGNED IN ON BEHALF OF KATRINA JOHNSON. >>AND YOU HAVE YOUR CARD? >>I DO. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I AM ONE OF THE PROJECT MANAGERS FOR THE LEAD PROGRAM IN THE NORTH PRECINCT SO I OVERSEE THE AURORA CORRIDOR AND AM HERE TO TALK ABOUT 2 POPULATIONS LARGELY UNDERSERVED. I KNOW YOU HEARD TESTIMONY LAST NIGHT IN REGARDS TO SECS WORKER POPULATION AND I WANT TO ECHO SOME OF THE SENTIMENTS THAT WERE SHARED. SPECIFICALLY THAT PEOPLE DO FOLLOW ALONG A CONTINUUM AND THE HARMS ASSOCIATED WITH FOLKS IN THE TRADE ARE MORE PROFOUND FOR PEOPLE ENGAGING IN STREET BASED SEX WORK. ANY TYPE OF DIVERSION WOULD HAVE TO REFLECT THE CONTINUUM WITHIN STREET BASED SEX WORK AND BE COMPETENT IN THE HARMS. THE SERVICES I’M HERE TO PROMOTE AND ASK FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS THE GREEN LIGHT PROJECT WHICH PROVIDES HARM REDUCTION, OUTREACH BASED SERVICES, DROP- IN SERVICES, AND OF COURSE YOU HURT FROM OUR AMAZING CASE MANAGERS DOING INTENSIVE HARM REDUCTION CASE MANAGEMENT, AND TO PROMOTE THE ORGANIZATION FOR PROSTITUTION SURVIVORS WHO DO DIVERSION AND SURVIVOR SERVICES . ALL OF THESE AGENCIES LARGELY EMPLOY PEOPLE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE AND ARE PROVIDING UNPARALLELED SERVICES FOR THOSE INVOLVED IN SEX WORK. I WOULD LIKE TO PLUG THE LAW MITIGATION TEAM. THEY ARE ONE OF THE ONLY PROBLEMS DOING ASSERTIVE OUTREACH FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THEIR VEHICLES AND SUPPORTING THEM WITH VERY SPECIFIC SETS OF NEEDS. THINK IT TO ALL OF THE COUNCILMEMBERS CHAMPING THESE INITIATIVES AND PROGRAMS SERVING THESE LARGELY UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS. FOR THOSE OF YOU UNFAMILIAR, I URGE YOU TO LOOK INTO THEM AND TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THEIR FUNDING REQUESTS THIS BUDGET SEASON. THINK YOU. >>35 TRO WE HAVE A GROUP AND DANNY GARCIA HAS A GROUP AND KATIE WILSON HAS A GROUP SO YOU ARE THE NEXT 3. 35 3637. >>I’M A DISPLACEMENT CONSULTANT HERE IN SEATTLE AND I AM HERE ON BEHALF OF WASHINGTON RECOVERY ALLIANCE IN SEATTLE HARM REDUCTION COALITION. I AM ASKING YOU TO NOT ONLY KEEP FUNDING LEAD PROGRAMS BUT WE NEED EXPANSION AS WELL. WORKING WITH AND HARM REDUCTION, LAST SUNDAY WE SAW 70 PEOPLE IN 2 HOURS FOR HARM REDUCTION NOT COUNTING LUNCHES OR OTHER SUPPLIES. IT WOULD BE IN THE CONVERSATION FOR US TO SAY IT WOULD BE GREAT TO REACH OUT TO REACH OR LEAD AND GET PEOPLE INTO TREATMENT WHEN WE HAVE PEOPLE APPROACH US AND SAY I WANT OUT NOW. HOPEFULLY YOU STAY ALIVE UNTIL TOMORROW. THESE SERVICES, THE WRAPAROUND, COLLABORATIVE SERVICE AND COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES ARE ESSENTIAL TO KEEPING PEOPLE FROM NOT ONLY REOFFENDING BUT BECOMING PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY. IT STOPS INSTITUTIONALIZATION INTO DIFFERENT FORMS OF WHETHER THAT BE JAILS, BEING HOMELESS IS A FORM OF THAT BEING VULNERABLE IS A FORM OF THAT. IN ORDER TO LIFT THESE PEOPLE UP WE NEED COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES. WE NEED WRAPAROUND SERVICES. WE NEED TO NOT ONLY FUND THEM BUT EXPAND THEM BECAUSE THEY WORK. WE KNOW RIGHT NOW THAT A LOT OF TALK GOES INTO SOLUTIONS. WE HAVE ONE. IT NEEDS TO BE REFINED. THERE ARE FLAWS THAT I’M SURE WE CAN WORK OUT BUT IT WORKS. IT WORKS NOT ONLY HERE BUT GLOBALLY. THAT IS WHAT I’M ASKING YOU. TO FUND WHAT WORKS. I CAN TELL YOU THAT I AM LIVING PROOF OF IT WORKING. I HAD TO LIVE A YEAR AND A HALF UNDER A BRIDGE WHILE I UNDERWENT BRAIN INJURY TREATMENT. I HAVE BEEN HOUSED, I HAVE MY OWN COMPANY AS A DISPLACEMENT CONSULTANT AND I CONNECT NONPROFITS TO EACH OTHER AND CONNECT PEOPLE TO RESOURCES. I CAN TELL YOU THAT NONE OF THAT, NONE OF WHAT I’VE BEEN ABLE TO GIVE BACK TO MY COMMUNITY, NONE OF THE PEOPLE I’VE BEEN ABLE TO HELP HEAL WOULD BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT WRAPAROUND SERVICES THAT FIRST HELPED TO HEAL ME. YOU CANNOT HAVE A HEALTHY COMMUNITY WITHOUT HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS. [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE TO GIVE PEOPLE A CHANCE TO NOT ONLY SURVIVE BECAUSE SURVIVALISTS HARD. WHEN YOU ARE JUST SURVIVING IT IS HARD TO MAKE THESE MEETINGS, TO TALK TO THE PEOPLE THAT YOU NEED TO. IT IS MUCH EASIER WHEN YOU ARE ALLOWED TO THRIVE. THAT IS WHAT I HAVE TO SAY. I KNOW I HAVE MORE TIME BUT I’M GOING TO LET IT GO. >>THANK YOU ALL. [ APPLAUSE ] >>DANNY GARCIA FOLLOWED BY KATIE WILSON FOLLOWED BY BRADBURN. >>THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WORK THAT MY COLLEAGUES AND I DO ON A DAILY BASIS. MY NAME IS DANIEL GARCIA AND I AM A LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTED DIVERSION CASE MANAGER WITH THE REACH PROGRAM. IN THE LAST 5 YEARS, I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY AND GOOD FORTUNE TO WORK WITH SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. THESE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING WITH HOMELESSNESS, HAVING TO DO WITH UNTREATED MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, LIVING WITH CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS, AND ARE STRUGGLING WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS. IN MOST CASES THEY ARE STRUGGLING WITH ALL 4. FOR MANY DECADES, THE WORK THAT MY COLLEAGUES AND I DO ALLOWS US TO WALK WITH RESILIENT AND RESOURCEFUL PEOPLE WHO HAVE LIVED THROUGH PAINFUL LIFE EXPERIENCES AND POVERTY. SUBSTANCE USE CAN BE INTENSIFIED OR INTENSIFY THESE STRUGGLES BUT WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE DOING IS WHAT THEY KNOW TO DO TO DEAL WITH THAT PAIN AND SURVIVE. >>I GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADVOCATE FOR PEOPLE WITHIN THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND EXPLAIN TO JUDGES PROSECUTORS AND POLICE OFFICERS WHY CRIMINALIZING DRUG USE IS NOT USEFUL AND THE TRADITIONAL JAIL SENTENCES ARE NOT AFFECT OF. WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING IS THAT THE WAR ON DRUGS IS AN EFFECTIVE AND THE CASUALTIES ARE PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY. MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR. INDIVIDUALS WHO ALREADY HAVE TO FACE OPPRESSION DISCRIMINATION AND HISTORICAL TRAUMAS, AS PROVIDERS WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP ADDRESS THIS BY MEETING PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE, SUPPORTING THEM, AND PROVIDING VITALLY NEEDED SERVICES THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO ACCESS BECAUSE OF THINGS LIKE RACIAL BIAS. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO SPEAK UP AND FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE THAT WE SERVE. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT SERVICES WE PROVIDE REQUIRE AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF TIME AND TRUST. WHEN WE MEET CLIENTS THEY DO NOT TRUST US BECAUSE THE EXPERIENCE THEY HAVE HAD WITHIN THE SYSTEM. THE WORK REQUIRES WE BE TRAUMA INFORMED AND CLIENT-CENTERED AND REQUIRES WE HAVE THE TIME TO DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS AND TRUST. RECENTLY FOR EXAMPLE, I LOST A CLIENT. SHE WAS A REMARKABLE HUMAN BEING AND A FIGHTER IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. SHE WAS LIVING WITH SIGNIFICANT HEALTH ISSUES AND STRUGGLING WITH SUBSTANCE USE FOR OVER 20 YEARS. MANY OF THOSE WHILE LIVING ON THE STREETS. IT TOOK ME A YEAR TO GET HER TO BELIEVE THAT I WAS THERE TO HELP HER AND IN ONE OF OUR FINAL CONVERSATIONS SHE WOULD SAY TO ME I KNOW YOU HAVE MY BACK, AND TELL ME THAT SHE TRUSTED ME. THIS WORK REQUIRES US TO DO INTENSIVE OUTREACH MEETING WE NEED TO GO OUT UNDER BRIDGES, IN PARKS, ON THE STREETS, IN JAILS, HOSPITALS, AND BE PRESENT FOR THEM WHERE THEY NEED HELP. I MUST TELL YOU THIS WORK ON SOME DAYS, IS DIFFICULT SOME DAYS BECAUSE I SEE AND AM AWARE OF THE PAIN THAT IT HAS ON OUR CLIENTS. THAT CAN BE EXHAUSTING BECAUSE THE SIZE OF OUR CASELOADS. EARLIER I STATED I HAD A PERSONAL CONNECTION TO THIS WORK AND WHY I BELIEVE THE SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE ARE CRUCIAL. ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO I WAS A MAN OF COLOR STRUGGLING WITH UNTREATED MENTAL HEALTH, LIVING WITH AN UNTREATED CONDITION. I HAVE BEEN HOMELESS OFF AND ON AND STRUGGLING WITH SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES TO HELP ME COPE WITH MY OWN DEMONS. FORTUNATELY I HAD CASE MANAGERS WHO PROVIDED ME WITH SERVICES AND HELPED ME SO I COULD BE HERE TODAY TO SPEAK WITH YOU. IT CAN BE EXHAUSTING AND CHALLENGING TO HOLD SPACE FOR AN INDIVIDUAL’S EXPERIENCE AND TRAUMA. AT ONE TIME I HAD MORE THAN 40 CLIENTS AND 25-30 OF THEM REQUIRED MY HELP AND ATTENTION. AT THAT TIME WE WERE ONLY IN 2 PRECINCTS AND NOW THAT WE ARE AT 5 THE WORK HAS BECOME HARDER. BECAUSE THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH OF US, THE PEOPLE BEING REFERRED ARE FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS. THEY ARE UNABLE TO GET SERVICES THEY NEED AND FIND THEIR WAY OUT OF THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES. AS PROVIDERS WE ARE ASKING THAT YOU PLEASE SEE HOW HARM REDUCTION APPROACHES ARE EFFECTIVE. IT ALLOWS US TO BE ABLE TO TREAT PEOPLE WITH DIGNITY COMPASSION AND RESPECT. WE SHOW UP WITHOUT JUDGMENT, WE SEE THEM WHEN OTHERS DON’T WANT TO AND MAKE THEM FEEL INVISIBLE. PLEASE HELP US BY NOT CUTTING THE FUNDING THAT WE NEED TO KEEP DOING THIS WORK, WORK THAT WILL IMPACT ISSUES SUCH AS INCREASING DEATHS THAT WE SEE AS A RESULT OF OVERDOSES. WE ARE ASKING YOU TO PLEASE HELP US CONTINUE THIS WORK. WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN DO THE BEST TO IMPACT ISSUES WE ARE FACING AS A COMMUNITY. >>DANNY THINK YOU. >>WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN IMPACTED THE COMMUNITY. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING. KATIE WILSON? NICE TO SEE YOU. >>MY COLLEAGUES HAD TO LEAVE SO 2 MINUTES IS FINE. >>PAMELA BRADBURN, AARON LEVEL. >>MY NAME IS KATIE WILSON. I’M HERE REPRESENTING THE TRANSIT RIDERS UNION. THINGS FOR HEARING OUR COMMENTS. I JUST WANTED TO EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR A FEW OF THE PROGRAMS YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT TODAY. FIRST OF ALL WE SUPPORT FUNDING , REAL CHANGES CALL FOR FUNDING OF 5 MOBILE PITSTOPS. PEOPLE NEED A PLACE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM. IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. SECONDLY WE SUPPORT THE HOME FOR GOOD PROGRAM. WE NEED TO HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES LIVING ON SSI STAY HOUSED, GET HOUSED, AND THERE’S NO WAY THAT SOMEONE LIVING WITH THAT MUCH MONEY CAN AFFORD TO LIVE IN THIS CITY. THOROUGHLY WE SUPPORT OUR FRIENDS WITH TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. TINY HOUSES SAVE LIVES. WE DO NOT SUPPORT THE PART OF THE BUDGET WHERE MONEY IS BEING SPENT TO CLOSE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND RESIDENTS NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO RETAIN THEIR SELF-MANAGEMENT MODEL. FINALLY YOU HEARD EARLIER TONIGHT, IT FEELS LIKE HOURS AGO, FROM SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THE MASS COALITION SPEAKING ABOUT TRANSPORTATION PACKAGES. WE ALSO SUPPORT ALL OF THOSE OBVIOUSLY AND I WANT TO SAY WE ARE ABOUT TRANSIT FUNDING. W NEED MORE DEDICATED BUS LANES SO WE ARE HAPPY ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN THE REINDEER CORRIDOR. OF COURSE WE ARE LOOKING THE TREPIDATION AT WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH INITIATIVE 976. EVERYONE VOTE NO ON 976 IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. IF THE WORST HAPPENS WE WILL BE LOOKING TO YOU TO FIND NEW REVENUE BECAUSE NO IS NOT THE ANSWER. WE ARE IN A CLIMATE CRISIS. WE NEED TO BE INVESTING IN CLEAN TRANSPORTATION AND GIVE PEOPLE BETTER OPTIONS THAN DRIVING. >>THANK YOU KATIE >>3839 AARON LEVEL AND TANIKA THOMPSON 40. >>WELCOME. I AM ALSO HERE TO TALK ABOUT MOBILE PITSTOPS. I’M A LONGTIME RESIDENT OF SEATTLE AND SINCE 1985 I’VE LIVED IN DISTRICT 1. ANOTHER GRADUATE STUDENT AND I WERE THE FIRST TO RESEARCH WORKING FOR CITY COUNCIL. YOU HAVE HUGE STAFFS NOW STARTING WITH 2 PART-TIME GRADUATE STUDENTS SO THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO. EACH OF YOU AND I ARE PRIVILEGED TO LIVE A SHELTERED LIFE. NOT ONLY ARE WE HOUSED BUT WE ARE SHELTERED BY OUR PRIVILEGE FROM MANY ISSUES OTHER PEOPLE HAVE TO LIVE WITH. THAT FACT IS TEMPORARY. WE WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT WE CONTROL THE CONDITIONS OF OUR LIVES BUT IT IS NOT CORRECT. A BENIGN BRAIN TUMOR, A LOST JOB, YOU ARE ALL UP FOR ELECTION AND I’M SURE YOU ARE FACING THAT. >>NOT ALL OF US. >>A DIVORCE. >>ONE OF US IS. >>A VARIETY OF ISSUES CAN ARISE THAT TOTALLY CHANGE OUR LIVES AND TAKE US AWAY FROM THE CONNECTIONS THAT WE’VE HAD IN THE COMFORT THAT WE’VE LIVED IN. HOWEVER, WHEN THE CONDITIONS OF OUR LIVES CHANGE OUR BODILY FUNCTIONS DON’T. I KNEW THAT I WAS COMING TO TALK TO YOU SO I NOTICED, I USED THE TOILET 4 TIMES AND WOULD HAVE BEEN HIGHER IF I HAD NOT BEEN WAITING IN LINE SINCE 3:45 TO TALK TO YOU. HOW MANY TOILETS ARE AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO BUY ACCESS? WHEN I NEEDED ONE URGENTLY I WAS ABLE TO BUY ACCESS. THESE ARE FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN’T. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING. >>WE HAVE 39, TANIKA IS 40 AND NANCY IS 41. >>I’M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL COUNSEL FOR YOUTH AND CHILDREN. WE WORK TO IMPROVE THE WELL- BEING OF YOUNG PEOPLE BY ADVANCING LEGAL RIGHTS. WE PROVIDE DIRECT SERVICES THROUGH 4 PROGRAMS. CHILD WELFARE, JUVENILE COURT, YOUTH AND FAMILY INTEGRATION AND YOUTH HOMELESSNESS. I’M HERE ON BEHALF OF LCYC TO SEEK SUPPORT FOR OUR PROGRAM. WE PROVIDE CRITICAL, HOLISTIC LEGAL AID SERVICES TO HUNDREDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE AGES 12-24 WHO ARE OR ARE AT RISK OF EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS ALONE. BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1 AND AUGUST 31, 2019 WE SERVED 200 YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH THIS PROGRAM. THE MAJORITY OUR YOUTH OF COLOR. ABOUT 20% IDENTIFY AS LGBTQ. 17% ARE IMMIGRANT YOUTH AND OVER THE PAST 3 YEARS HALF OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT WE SERVE EVERY YEAR ARE MINORS. THEY ARE FACING HOMELESSNESS ON THEIR OWN. ALL OF THEM HAVE A LEGAL ISSUE BECAUSE SOMEONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MEETING THEIR NEEDS AND MOST YOUNG ADULTS HAVE MULTIPLE LEGAL ISSUES. WE ADDRESSED A NUMBER OF ISSUES THAT DIRECTLY IMPACTS THE SAFETY OF INCOME AND HOUSING. SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT WE ADVOCATE ON OUR CEILING RECORDS, MEDICAL DEBT, CHARITY CARE, CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES, NAME AND GENDER MARKER CHANGES, LANDLORD TENANT ISSUES AND PUBLIC BENEFITS. REFERRALS HAVE STEADILY INCREASED AS COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS HAVE GROWN AND WE EMBED OURSELVES IN ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS YOUTH CARE INTERAGENCY ACADEMY SO WE CAN CONDUCT REGULAR INTAKES AT LOCATIONS WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE ALREADY ARE. WE RECEIVE NO CITY FUNDING FOR SERVICES WE’VE BEEN PROVIDING AND OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS THERE HAS BEEN A DROP IN HOMELESSNESS IN TERMS OF YOUNG ADULTS AND MINORS. WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THE AMOUNT OF $100,000 IN THE 20/20 BUDGET. THANK YOU. >>>>GOOD EVENING. I AM A FOOD ACCESS ORGANIZER FORGOT GREEN. I’M GOING TO BE BRIEF BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN BEFORE YOU SO MANY TIMES THIS YEAR. WHEN THE SUGARY BEVERAGE TAX WAS ANNOUNCED GRASSROOTS ORGANIZERS WORKED HARD TO ENSURE THAT THE CITY WOULD DIRECT THAT REVENUE INTO COMMUNITY DRIVEN FOOD ACCESS PROGRAMS. GOT GREEN AND THE ALLIES IN THE COALITION HAVE BEEN WORKING TIRELESSLY TO TELL PEOPLE WHO ARE MOST IMPACTED BY THIS TAX THAT THIS REVENUE IS GOING TO EXPAND AND INCREASE CITY FUNDING TO REACH MORE PEOPLE IN NEED. PEOPLE IN THE FOOD SECURITY GAP FOR EXAMPLE HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATING THAT THE CITY IS GOING TO BE EQUITABLE AND ACCOUNTABLE TO ITS INTENTIONS. I BELIEVE CITY COUNCIL WILL DO JUST THAT. MY CONCERN TODAY, AND CONCERNS OF A LOT OF FRIENDS IS $3 MILLION THE MAYOR IS PROPOSING GO TO P PATCHES. MY UNDERSTANDING IS IT IS SUPPOSED TO GO TO BALLARD. WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE ON THE SOUTH END? WE NEED FOOD FOR PEOPLE IN SEATTLE. NOT JUST BALLARD. $3 MILLION IS A LOT OF THAT MONEY. IT’S A LOT OF REVENUE FROM THE SUGARY BEVERAGE TAX. WE NEED THAT MONEY TO FEED ALL FAMILIES IN SEATTLE. AND ONE MORE THING. I’VE JUST BEEN APPOINTED TO THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD AND WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THAT $3 MILLION. FOR WATER FILLING STATIONS, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY CENTERS, MICRO-GRANTS FOR FOOD ACCESS AND EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS, EVALUATIONS, SO WHY $3 MILLION TO P PATCHES AND ONLY 825,000 TO FOOD BANKS? >>HI EVERYONE, I’M NANCY. THIS IS A STATEMENT FROM SIMONE ADLER ORGANIZING DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE, A MEMBER OF THE COALITION TO CLOSE THE FOOD SECURITY GAP. USED TO BUY THE VALUES OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND EQUITY AND APPROVED CREATING A SEPARATE FUND FOR SUGARY BEVERAGE TAX REVENUE AND YOU VOTED TO ENSURE THAT SBT FUND PROGRAMS WOULD FUND PROGRAMS IN LINE TO EXPAND FOOD ACCESS PROGRAMS AND PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITIES MOST IMPACTED BY A TAX ON SUGARY BEVERAGES. LOW-INCOME PEOPLE AND– FAMILIES. IT IS THESE WHO ARE TARGETED. MAYOR DURKAN IS PROPOSING TO USE MONEY TO FUND THE P PATCHES PROGRAM. CURRENTLY ONLY $2 MILLION ARE BEING RECEIVED. THE MAYOR IS PROPOSING TO PUT MORE MONEY INTO P PATCHES THAT A PROGRAM HAS THAT HAS BEEN IN DIRECT RESPONSE TO COMMUNITY CONCERNS. THE MAYOR IS TRYING TO FUND A PROGRAM NOT IN LINE WITH RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD THAT IS NOT ONLY UNACCOUNTABLE BUT WRONG AND UNACCEPTABLE. WHILE THEY DESERVED THE CITY’S RESOURCES TO INCREASE LOCAL FOOD ACCESS THE MAYOR IS YET AGAIN CAUSING CONFUSION AROUND THE CITY’S PRIORITIES AND HOW THEY ARE GETTING FUNDING. THIS CANNOT COME AT THE EXPENSE OF ACCOUNTABILITY OR EQUITY TO THE COMMUNITIES MOST IMPACTED BY THE TAX OR CREATING DERISION AROUND COMMUNITY RESOURCES. THEY ARE WORKING HARD TO ASSURE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ALIGNED BY WITH PEOPLE DIRECTLY IMPACTED AND YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE SUPPORT FOR THE RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH INCLUDE FUNDING WATER HYDRATION STATIONS, COOKING SCRAP CLASSES DO NOT APPROVE THE $3 MILLION FOR P PATCHES. INVEST THE MONEY INTO IMPACTED COMMUNITIES. I STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH DECRIMINALIZE SEATTLE AND SUPPORT THEIR DEMANDS. >>THE NEXT 3 ARE WILL AND JOAN IRVINE, DENNIS, WILL TRACY AND DENNIS? >>I AM TESTIFYING ON BEHALF OF SOLID GRAND POVERTY ACTION. THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH AND MOST IMPORTANT THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE. WE PURSUE THE MISSION TO END POVERTY BY PROVIDING A WIDE RANGE OF SUPPORTS AND SERVICES AS WELL AS ADVOCATING AND ORGANIZING TO UNDO THE ROOT CAUSES OF POVERTY. MY COWORKERS WILL BE TESTIFYING ON A NUMBER OF CRITICAL PROGRAMS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR FAIR WAGES. THE PAY OF HUMAN SERVICE PROVIDERS DOES NOT REFLECT THE EDUCATION REQUIRED DIFFICULTY OR VALUE OF THE WORK TO SERVE COMMUNITIES. IS INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT FOR HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS TO LIMIT COMMUNITIES AND STAY IN HUMAN SERVICE JOBS. THE BURDEN OF HIGH TURNOVER IS IN THE COMMUNITIES THAT WE SERVE. WE THINK THE LEADERSHIP ON RAISING THE COST OF LIVING BUT WE ARE ASKING THE CITY OF SEATTLE TO WORK WITH PROVIDERS TO CONDUCT A PAY EQUITY ANALYSIS ROBUST, COMPARABLE WITH OR A ANALYSIS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE JUST TREATMENT OF WORKERS IN THE COMMUNITIES THAT THEY SERVE. >>I’M JAY DORIAN WITH THE STATE WIDE PARTY ACTION NETWORK. WE ADVOCATE AT THE STATE LEVEL TO CHANGE POLICIES AND SYSTEMS THAT CREATE AND MAINTAIN POVERTY. I’M HERE TO ASK YOU TO INCREASE STATE FUNDING FOR YOUR BALANCING PACKAGE AND WAS SLASHED BY $65,000 IN THE MAYOR’S BUDGET. FOR ABOUT A DECADE WE’VE HAD A STRONG PARTNERSHIP AND CONTRACT WITH THE CITY AND WITH THE MODEST INVESTMENT BY THE CITY WE BRING A SUBSTANTIAL RETURN TO THE RESIDENCE OF SEATTLE. A FEW HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT THE CONTRACT HAS BEEN OVER THE LAST 2 YEARS. WE HAVE INCREASED BENEFITS THAT PEOPLE RECEIVE FROM THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES PROGRAM BY 10%. WE ARE EXPANDING HOUSING SERVICES PART 4 HOUSING AND ESSENTIAL NEEDS, AND THE WIND AND DISABLE PROGRAM. WE HELPED PERFORM THE APPLICATION SYSTEM AND MADE IT EASIER FOR PREVIOUSLY INCARCERATED PEOPLE TO REENTER THE COMMUNITY AND HELP REGULATE DEBT COLLECTORS AND STRENGTHEN — FOR ALL WASHINGTONIANS. PLEASE AT 65,000 PLEASE AT $65,000 BACK INTO THE BUDGET. >>MY NAME IS FRANK MIRANDA REPRESENTING FOOD SYSTEM SUPPORT . FOOD SYSTEM SUPPORT SUPPORTS THE FOOD BANKS OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE THROUGH SUPPORT OF THE SEATTLE FOOD COMMITTEE, A COALITION OF 27 FOOD BANKS THAT OPERATE IN THE CITY. I’M HERE TO THANK YOU FIRST OF ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF NUTRITION EDUCATION AND COORDINATION SERVICES, AND URGE YOU TO FULLY FUND FOOD SYSTEM SUPPORT, NUTRITION EDUCATION SERVICES AS WELL AS OTHER REQUESTS FROM THE MOST RECENT RFP. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE PUSH AND ACHIEVEMENT OF RESTORATION OF CITY FOOD BANK FUNDING AS WELL AS THE INSTITUTION OF AUTOMATIC INFLATION BENDING. LIKE MANY PEERS I’M HERE TO URGE THE COUNCIL TO MAKE THE ANALYSIS A PRIORITY IN THIS YEAR’S BUDGET. NONPROFIT WORKERS INCLUDING HUMAN SERVICES FIND IT MORE DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN INFLATION THAN FOR PROFIT WHICH MAKES THE INFLATION ADJUSTMENT SO IMPORTANT. INFLATION-ADJUSTED SATISFIED AND OFTEN ENOUGH MAKE THEM ELIGIBLE FOR THE SERVICES THEY ARE PROVIDING ESPECIALLY IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF GROWTH SUCH AS WHAT SEATTLE HAS EXPERIENCED. IT SEEKS TO RESOLVE THE QUESTION ABOUT HOW MUCH OF A GAP MAY EXIST AND ONCE COMPLETE, SHOULD BE ABLE TO HELP QUANTIFY THAT DECISION TO PUSH THE CONVERSATION FORWARD TOWARDS PAY EQUITY. >>I’M HERE TO DISCUSS TENET COUNSELING. DESPITE A LARGE INCREASE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTIONS AND INSPECTIONS, DOLLARS ALLOCATED GO TOWARD PERMITS AND AWAY FROM FUNDING INCLUDING THE BILINGUAL TENET HOTLINE SERVING OVER 1000 PEOPLE ALONG WITH IN PERSON WORKSHOPS EMPOWERING SEATTLE RENTERS TO UNDERSTAND RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. FUNDING HAS DECLINED IN PAST YEARS FROM 175,000 175,020 TEAM TO 128,000 AND WE BEEN RECENTLY TOLD TO EXPECT ANOTHER CUT IN 2020. I URGE THE COUNCIL TO REINSTATE FULL FUNDING TO CONTINUE PROVIDING THESE VALUED SERVICES FOR THOUSANDS IN OUR COMMUNITY. IS A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF HOMELESS PREVENTION AND IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE PREVENTING EVICTION AND COMBATING THE CYCLE AND EXPERIENCES OF HOMELESSNESS. >>I BELIEVE 44 IS NEXT BECAUSE TRACY GILLESPIE SPOKE WITH A DIFFERENT GROUP. DENNIS 45 AND MELODY AT 46. >>MY NAME IS JOAN IRVINE AND I AM A LIFETIME MEMBER AND DEDICATED VOLUNTEER AT THE SENIOR CENTER. YOU HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT US BUT MY POINT TODAY IS JUST TO RELATE TO YOU OUR SUPPORT IN OUR COMMUNITY. MOST RECENTLY I WAS PART OF A TEAM BECAUSE WE HAD A CAMPAIGN GOING TO RAISE $55,000 IN ABOUT A WEEK TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF OWNERSHIP. WE TOOK THAT ON AND I CALLED MANY PEOPLE, AND WE SPOKE TO, WHEN DIANE OUR DIRECTOR PRESENTED THIS CHALLENGE I THOUGHT IT WAS AN IMPOSSIBLE FEAT. I WAS ENCOURAGED BY THE IMMEDIATE RESPONSE. PEOPLE LINED UP AT OUR DOORSTEP’S TO MAKE DONATIONS. THE PHONES RANG OFF THE HOOK WITH PLEDGES. THE POOR RECEPTIONIST WAS OVERWHELMED AND NEEDED HELP FROM STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS TO TAKE IN DONATIONS. THEY CAME FROM OUR ETHNIC COMMUNITIES, BUSINESSES, PEOPLE OF COLOR, MEMBERS FROM FAR AND NEAR. DONATIONS KEPT COMING AND WE EXCEEDED OUR GOALS. I SPOKE TO ONE LADY WHO SAID FINANCIALLY SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO SUPPORT US BUT WOULD PRAY FOR US AND I SAID PRAYERS ARE A STRONG FORCE AND WE WELCOME THAT AS WELL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH– MONDAY I WANT TO SAY THIS PAST MONDAY, WE GAVE A THANK YOU, WE HAD AN OPEN HOUSE FOR A THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY FOR SUPPORTING US. IT WAS A FREE LUNCH AND WE HAD ACTIVITIES AND IT WAS A VERY FUN EVENT. >>THANK YOU. >>MY NAME IS GLENN AND I LIVE 1 MILE–. I AM ACTIVE IN ENHANCED FITNESS AND OTHER PROGRAMS AND I AS WELL AS MANY OTHERS WANT TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PROGRAMS IN CLOSE PROXIMITY. PAST MAYORS SUPPORTED MAINTAINING THE CENTER AS A COMMUNITY RESOURCE AND 2 YEARS AGO A CONSULTANT RECOMMENDED THE CITY TRANSFERRED THE DEED BUT IT HAS NOT HAPPENED. WHY NOT? WHY WASN’T THAT PART OF THE MAYOR’S BUDGET? CITY COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE TRANSFER AND YET IT HAS NOT HAPPENED. TO GIVE THE SENIOR CENTER TO DEVELOPERS FOR SO-CALLED AFFORDABLE HOUSING GOES AGAINST THE 1975 REFERENDUM 29 PROVIDING FOR THE SENIOR CENTER TO SERVE AS A COMMUNITY CENTER OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THE SENIOR CENTER NEEDS TO CONTINUE TO BE THE GREAT COMMUNITY RESOURCE THAT IT IS. MAYOR DURKAN– JENNY DURKIN, PLEASE TRANSFER THE DEED. >>I AM SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF MLB GREENWOOD AND CENTRAL AREA SENIOR CENTERS AND OUR PLACE PROPERTIES TO BE TRANSFERRED BY A LEGAL OF A DEED FOR 3 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS. THIS EFFORT OF OWNERSHIP FOR THESE ORGANIZATIONS HAS BEEN THOUGHT OF AS A 50 YARD– BUT IS MORE OF A 26 MILE MARATHON OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS. MAYOR ED MURRAY HAD BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF THESE TRANSFERS. HOWEVER FOR THE PAST 2 CYCLES OUR CURRENT MAYOR HAS NOT BEEN SUPPORTIVE. THEREFORE, IT WILL TAKE AGAIN THE MAJORITY OF THE SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL TO MAKE THIS TRANSFER HAPPEN THIS YEAR. PLEASE CONTINUE YOUR EFFORTS AND MAKE THIS CROSSOVER THE FINISH LINE FOR THESE 3 ORGANIZATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]. >>WE THANKED CITY COUNCIL LAST YEAR IN LISA HERBOLD AND MIKE O’BRIEN FOR CHEERING THE EFFORT TO MAKE THE RESOLUTION HAPPEN EVERY DAY WE HAVE A NEW CRITERIA. JOAN WAS CELEBRATING $97,000 SUCCESS BECAUSE THE CITY SAID WE HAD AT LEAST $50,000 IN THE BANK FOR MAINTENANCE. FOR MAINTENANCE FROM 2014-2019. EVERY DAY THERE IS A NEW CRITERIA AND WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO USE ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS RESOURCES AND POWER TO MAKE SURE THE TRANSFER OF THE MUTUALLY OFFSETTING BENEFIT PROPERTIES HAPPEN THIS YEAR. >>I LITERALLY JUST LEFT YOUR PLACE ABOUT 20 MINUTES AGO. >>45 DENNIS, 46 MELODY READS, 47 ON A COMPUTER– 47 ON A. >>WERE YOU TALKING TO US? >>NO. >>SORRY. THANK YOU. 46 MELODY AND 47 ANNIKA. >>MY NAME IS DENNIS AND I’M AN ALUMNI STATUS OF THE LEAD PROGRAM. 3 YEARS AGO I WAS IN MY TRIBULATION, DARKNESS, AND THE GRIP OF MY DISEASE. HEROINE, COCAINE, METHAMPHETAMINES. I SAY THAT BECAUSE CERTAIN DRUGS AFFECT ME IN DIFFERENT WAYS. TODAY I HAVE 2 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS CLEAN. [ APPLAUSE ] THE LEAD PROGRAM HAS BEEN MY FOUNDATION. I WAS STRUGGLING WITH 30 DAYS CLEAN, 30 TO 60 DAYS CLEAN AND I KNEW ABOUT THE LEAD PROGRAM. I WAS IN KING COUNTY JAIL AND HEARD ABOUT THE PROGRAM FROM OTHER INMATES. EVEN ON THE STREETS OF SEATTLE. I REMEMBER LOOKING AT THE WINDOW AND SEEING ONE OF THE OFFICERS LONGING FOR THE LEAD PROGRAM. SAYING FELIX, PLEASE. HE CAME TO THE WINDOW, HE TALKED TO ME. PLEASE, I NEED THIS PROGRAM AND THERE WERE A FEW OTHER STEPS. I’M GLAD I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE AND SAVED MY LIFE SIGNIFICANTLY. THEY’VE DONE INCREDIBLE THINGS COMING TO COURT WITH ME AND ADVOCATING FOR ME. THEY HELPED ME INTO SOBER LIVING, TAUGHT ME BUDGETING, ALL TYPES OF WONDERFUL THINGS. WITH THE HELP OF HARM REDUCTION MEDICINE NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS THE FELLOWSHIP AND THE GENUINE LOVE OF THIS PROGRAM SAVED MY LIFE. I WORK AT THUNDERBIRD TREATMENT CENTER AS A COUNSELOR ZAIDA. I’M ALMOST DONE WITH MY DEGREE AND– AS A COUNSELORS AID. I’M ALMOST ON MY DONE WITH MY DEGREE AND HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER AND MOTHER. THE SMILE ON MY MOTHER’S FACE IS PRICELESS. >>HOW LONG– I PUT MY MOTHER THROUGH . I’M A SINGLE CHILD AND SOMETIMES I WOULD BE SO BROKEN AND LOADED AND WOULD BE ON THE FLOOR JUST PRAYING FOR THE NEXT TO COME TO KNOW FOR ANOTHER CHANCE DESPERATE FOR THIS PROGRAM AND DESPERATE FOR A NEW LIFE. THIS PROGRAM HAS EVEN THEN THE ABILITY TO BE MY TRUE, AUTHENTIC HEALTH– SELF. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>YOUR 46? AND ANNIKA IS 47 AND CHRIS McDANIEL IS 48 . >>MY NAME IS MELODY REESE. I AM A LEAD PROJECT MANAGER WITH THE PUBLIC DEFENDER ASSOCIATION. I AM A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SWAP SEATTLE AND AN ACTIVE SEX WORK RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND AS A PROJECT MANAGER, I WANT TO FULLY ADVOCATE FOR THE FULL FUNDING OF THE PROGRAM AS WELL AS FUNDING OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT OVERLAP WITH LEAD POPULATIONS. I ALSO WANT TO CLARIFY MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM AS IT CAME TO THE PUBLIC HEARING FROM SWAP SEATTLE. INTERACTION WITH POLICE IS NOT ACTUALLY REQUIRED FOR REFERRAL INTO LEAD SERVICES. THE IDEA THAT SEX WORKERS HAVE TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH POLICE WHEN THIS MODEL IS FULLY FUNDED IS NOT ACTUALLY ACCURATE. HOWEVER, IT’S BEING OPERATIONALIZED THAT WAY BECAUSE WE HAVE TO PRIORITIZE REFERRALS IN ORDER TO BALANCE CAPACITY ISSUES. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE KEEP THE LEAD MECHANISM INTACT AND OPERATING AT FIDELITY IN ORDER TO HAVE THE BEST OUTCOMES FOR THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY. THERE ABSOLUTELY COMPETENT AND MANY ARE SURVIVORS AND HAVE BEEN MEMBERS AS YOU’VE HEARD EARLIER. THERE ARE A RANGE OF REASONS WHY THEY ARE DOING SEX WORK ON THE STREET AND SERVICES SHOULD REFLECT THAT. RELATE PROJECT HAS BEEN GROUND ZERO. AGAIN I WANT TO ADVOCATE FOR FULL FUNDING AS IT IS THE MOST APPROPRITE MECHANISM AND ALSO COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES. >>IT LOOKS LIKE YOU’VE GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE BEHIND YOU SO WELCOME TO THE GROUP AND I APPRECIATE YOU TALKING ABOUT TINY HOUSES. >>MY NAME IS ANNIKA. I LIVE AT GEORGETOWN TINY HOUSE VILLAGE WITH MY FIANCCE AND 2- YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER. OVER THE PAST 2 YEARS GEORGETOWN HAS BEEN A MODEL OF ACCEPTANCE COMPASSION RECOVERY AND SUCCESS. WORKING WITH THE NAVIGATION TEAM SERVES SEATTLE’S MOST VULNERABLE ADULTS, SOME WHO HAVE BEEN ON THE STREETS 10 TO 15 YEARS. SHOULD THIS END, 60 ADULTS ONE CHILD AND 22 PETS WOULD BE BACK ON THE STREET OR IN THE SHELTER. THEY WOULD NO LONGER FEEL ACCEPTED BUT THE OUTCAST OF SOCIETY CAN. IT WOULD BE THE CONTINUATION OF SOCIETY AND THE OPENING OF VILLAGES WOULD HELP THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUALS FEEL THE DIGNITY THAT WE FEEL DAILY AS WELL AS FROM THE GEORGETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD. I WOULD LIKE TO END WITH A QUOTE FROM THE BOOK COMMUNITY GROWTH. WHEN WE PULL OUR STRENGTH AND SHARE THE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY, WE CAN WELCOME MANY PEOPLE, EVEN THOSE IN DEEP DISTRESS AND HELP THEM FIND SELF-CONFIDENCE AND INNER HEALING. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE REST OF MY TIME TO BARBARA. >>WELCOME. >>I’M BARBARA GRACE HILL, A MEMBER OF THE GEORGETOWN COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL AND HAVE HAD THE HONOR AND PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH THE VILLAGE SINCE ITS OPENING. IT HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE. I’M HERE TO ASK YOU TO PLEASE KEEP FUNDING MORE VILLAGES AND TO PLEASE KEEP THE GEORGETOWN VILLAGE OPEN AS WELL. THE COST TO CLOSE A VILLAGES APPROXIMATELY $300,000. THAT IS THE COST OF BUILDING APPROXIMATELY ONE MORE BILLET VILLAGE WHICH WE DESPERATELY NEED. OR, IT WOULD PROVIDE SALARIES FOR AROUND 6 TO 8 CASE MANAGERS FOR UP TO A YEAR. AS WE’VE LEARNED OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, MORE CASE MANAGERS RESULT IN PEOPLE MOVING UP THE HOUSE AND CONTINUE ON INTO PERMANENT HOUSING. THAT IS A CRITICAL NEED AS WE’VE HEARD FROM MANY THIS EVENING INCLUDING THOSE WHO HAVE RISEN FROM HOMELESSNESS TO BECOME CASE MANAGERS, MENTORS, TEACHERS. THIS LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IS ONE OF THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS THAT I HAVE WITNESSED WITHIN THE GEORGETOWN VILLAGE. ANNIKA IS A LEADER IN HER VILLAGE COMMUNITY AND I HAVE CONFIDENCE SHE WILL CONTINUE TO GROW. PATTY HERE IS ANOTHER. SHE IS WORKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY CARRYING THE MESSAGE OF SUCCESS OF THE TINY HOME VILLAGE MODEL. ANDREW IS ALSO DOING THAT AND HE IS A RESIDENT AND LEADER. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MAYOR JENNY DURKIN I AM SURE THAT MAYBE ONE DAY WE WILL CALL HIM MAYOR. THEY ARE MODELING LEADERSHIP AND DEMOCRATIC DECISION-MAKING TO RESIDENTS AS ARE ALL OF THE RESIDENTS BACK TO THEM. THEY WORKED WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD ON NUMEROUS EVENTS AND WITH THOSE OF US SERVING IN CONCERT WITH HUMAN SERVICES, THE DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS, RECENTLY WE’VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF SITTING AND SPEAKING WITH SOME OF YOU AND ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THAT TIME AND COLLABORATION WITH ALL OF THE CITY. THAT RELATIONSHIP IS GETTING BETTER EVERY DAY AND WE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. ARE GEORGETOWN COMMUNITY LARGELY SUPPORTS THE CONTINUATION OF THE GEORGETOWN VILLAGE. GEORGETOWN IS A MODEL FOR THE CITY. LET US CONTINUE TO DO THIS TRANSFORMATIVE WORK TOGETHER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. PLEASE CONTINUE THE VILLAGES AND GEORGETOWN SPECIFICALLY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >>CONGRATULATIONS ON A VILLAGE WELL TENDED. CHRIS McDANIEL IS 48. DEVON IS 49, AND WE HAVE A NUMBER 50. IT LOOKS LIKE NAOMI. >>I’M CHRIS McDANIEL. I LIVE IN THE TINY VILLAGE ALSO. I’VE BEEN LISTENING TRYING TO THINK OF WHAT TO SAY AND I’LL BE BRIEF. KIM, MO, THOSE ARE PEOPLE THAT ONCE LIVED IN GEORGETOWN TINY HOUSE VILLAGE BUT LEFT. THEY ARE DEAD NOW. THEY DID NOT KILL THEMSELVES. THEY WERE KILLED. IF YOU CLOSE THIS VILLAGE THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN WITH OTHER PEOPLE. YOU NEED TO OPEN MORE VILLAGES. THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ]. >>ARE YOU DEVON? 49, HOLD ON JUST A MINUTE. NAOMI IS 50, AND BRITT FLEMING IS 51. >>THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. >>LAST YEAR I MOVED UP HERE OUT OF MOVING OUT OF AN EXTENSIVE SITUATION. I CAME UP HERE WITH NOTHING BUT THE CLOTHES ON MY BACK. I WAS LET INTO THE VILLAGE AND HAVE BEEN THERE FOR OVER A YEAR. IT HAS SHELTERED ME FROM THE COLD, THE VIOLENCE, DISCRIMINATION AND HATRED. THESE VILLAGES THAT YOU HAVE ALL THE WAY AROUND, WE VISITED MANY DIFFERENT ONES. MANY CULTURES AND MANY TYPES OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE MANY IDEAS. THESE VILLAGES PROMOTE THE IDEA, THE GROWTH OF THE IDEAS AND THE GROWTH OF THE PERSONAL POTENTIAL WELL-BEING. $600,000 ALLOCATED TO DEMOING THESE VIDEOS OR REALLOCATING THEM CODE, AS SPOKEN EARLIER, OPEN UP 2 MORE WHICH WOULD MAKE IT 22 MORE VILLAGES THAT WAS PROPOSED. I’M GOING TO GIVE IT TO MY FRIEND TRAVIS FOR THE REST OF MY TIME. >>I’M KNOWN AS– TRAVIS. I’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF THIS COMMUNITY FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS. I MOVED HERE VERY YOUNG. I WAS THE FIRST UNDERAGED PERSON AT THE UNION GOSPEL MISSION. THE MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT WAS A TEAM. I WAS 16 AT THE TIME. IT WAS A TERRIBLE PLACE. THEN I LEFT AND GOT INTO A TENT IN FRONT OF CITY HALL WITH MY MOTHER. I GOT REFERRED BY THE REACH TEAM AND AM A PERMANENT RESIDENT OF THE TINY HOME VILLAGE. IT HAS SAVED MY LIFE. I HAVE PERSONALLY BEEN BLESSED BY THAT IN WAYS YOU WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND. I THINK YOU ALL FOR LISTENING TO ME. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING TRAVIS. [ APPLAUSE ] >>NUMBER 50 AS NAOMI. AND 52 IS ALEX FINCH. >>GOOD EVENING. I’M A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON THE BUDGET PROPOSAL ALLOCATING MONEY TO THE OFFICE OF PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TO CONTRACT WITH COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS IN THE CENTRAL DISTRICT LIKE THE BLACK DOLLAR DAYS TASK FORCE. TO SUPPORT BLACK CHURCHES AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS DEVELOP VACANT AND UNDERUTILIZED PROPERTIES. GROWTH IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE SHOULD NEVER COME AT THE COST OF DISPLACING AND DISENFRANCHISING GROUPS OF THE POPULATION. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL OF US TO EMPOWER COMMUNITIES TO ADVANCE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND DEVELOP SAFE AND CULTURALLY RELEVANT NEIGHBORHOODS. WE CANNOT RECOGNIZE GROWTH AS PROGRESS IF WE ARE NOT DOING THIS WORK. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF TINY HAS A VILLAGES. AS A VOLUNTEER WITH THE LOW- INCOME HOUSING INSTITUTE I FEEL PRIVILEGED TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND TIME IN THESE INCREDIBLE COMMUNITIES. IT IS CLEAR WE ARE CALLING FOR SOLUTIONS TO THIS CRISIS AND TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IS ONE OF THE SOLUTIONS. PLEASE HEAR THE VOICES OF THOSE IMPACTED BY THE VILLAGES BECAUSE THEY SHOWED UP TO TALK TO YOU TODAY. AND REMEMBER WHEN YOU INVEST IN A TINY HOUSE VILLAGE YOU ARE INVESTING IN THE BEAUTIFUL COURAGEOUS AND IMPORTANT LIVES THEY SUPPORT. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING. [ APPLAUSE ] SPEED HAVE– WE HAVE >>WE HAVE– AND ALEX. 51, 52, 53. >>I’M A RESIDENT AT 2nd CHANCE TINY HOUSES. I BECAME HOMELESS 10 YEARS AGO SUFFERING IN ALL OF THE USUAL WAYS. IN THE BEGINNING I STAYED AT MISSIONS AND OVERNIGHT SHELTERS BEING KICKED OUT THE NEXT MORNING IN DESPAIR. AND LONELINESS. AND DESPERATION. I TURNED TO DRUGS. IT WAS AN EASY WAY OUT AND A WAY FOR ME TO FEEL GOOD. IN TURNING TO DRUGS, IT DID NOT LAST LONG, THE FEELING OF SECURITY AND ALL OF THAT. IT MADE IT WORSE SO I TURNED TO METHODS LIKE HARM REDUCTION AND IN GETTING SOBER I FOUND MYSELF IN PLACES LIKE TENNESSEE AND BECOMING MORE AND MORE DEBILITATED WITH ARTHRITIS. AND ALONG THE WAY, GETTING SOBER AND HEALTHY AND OTHERS GOING ON LIKE LIVER DISEASE. I’VE BEEN ON THE LIST FOR SEATTLE HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR 5 YEARS AND NO HOUSING AVAILABLE. NOW WITH TINY HOUSES I HAVE A HOUSE AND A HOME THAT I LIVE IN WHEN I RECEIVED A NEW LIVER. I AM NOW ON THE TRANSPLANT LIST SO I’M JUST GLAD I HAVE A HOME TO LIVE IN. THANK YOU. >>ALEX FINCH? SEAN SMITH IS 53 AND REBECCA THINK IS 54. >>SOMEONE LEFT A PHONE UP HERE.>>I’D LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR STAYING WITH US THIS LONG. MY NAME IS ALEX FINCH AND I’M THE EXTERNAL AFFAIRS COORDINATOR AT NORTH LIKE. HELPED WITH POSITIVITY IN MY LIFE SINCE MOVING INTO NORTHLAKE. BUT I WILL NOT BECAUSE IT IS A STORY THAT YOU’VE HEARD MULTIPLE TIMES TONIGHT, NOT TO MENTION I COULD NOT TOP THOSE KIDS WITH THE POEM. INSTEAD I WILL ASK YOU A QUESTION. IT IS A QUESTION THAT I POSED SLIGHTLY DIFFERENTLY WITH THE EH T AND THAT IS ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR LEGACY AS SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS? I KNOW THAT SOME OF YOUR LEAVING AT THE END OF THE TERM. SOMEONE ELSE WILL TAKE YOUR SPOT, BUT ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR LEGACY? A LEGACY IN WHICH HOMELESSNESS AND DEATHS HAVE BEEN INCREASING. BY EXAMPLE, WHEN I FIRST STARTED TALKING, 67 AT THIS TIME. AS YOU HEARD EARLIER THERE WAS 94. IT IS A LEGACY WHERE A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF DATA THAT WOULD PUT THE POST OFFICES SERVERS TO SHAME IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE FLESH AND BLOOD PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE PAYING YOU TO GOVERN WITH COMPASSION TO SAVE LIVES.. I’M NOT HERE JUST FOR ME BUT FOR THE PERSON WHO WILL BE IN MY SHELTER AFTER ME WHEN I NO LONGER NEED IT. SO PLEASE SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT TO FUND MORE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES , DO NOT CLOSE DOWN AND HELP THE MAYOR FOLLOW THROUGH ON A CAMPAIGN PROMISE OF OPENING MORE TINY HOUSES. >>THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >>SEAN 53 REBECCA 54 AND LINDA 55. >>GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS SEAN SMITH BUT YOU ALREADY KNOW WHO I AM. I COULD TALK ABOUT WHO INVENTED SOFT MANAGEMENT BUT I WON’T. I CAN TALK ABOUT WHO INVENTED TINY HOUSE VILLAGES THAT I WON’T. INSTEAD I’M HERE TO ASK YOU TO BE HONEST WITH YOURSELVES AND LOOK AT THE CRISIS THAT WE FACE ON THE STREET NIGHTLY. WE NEED YOU TO VOTE FOR COUNCILMEMBER SAWANT’S AMENDMENT . $12 MILLION FOR 20 VILLAGES. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO SHUT DOWN ONE. WE ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BUILDING THE HOUSING THAT WE NEED. PLEASE. LET’S GET BACK TO WORK AND HELP PEOPLE. THINK YOU. >>THANK YOU. REBECCA? LINDY IS 55 AND JASON AUSTIN 56. >>I WORK FOR THE LOW-INCOME HOUSING INSTITUTE WITH THE TINY HAS PROGRAM AND AM SO GRATEFUL TO RESIDENTS WHO CAME OUT TO SPEAK ABOUT EXPERIENCES AND WILLINGNESS TO BE VULNERABLE AND OPEN ABOUT THOSE. IT IS NOT MY ROLE TO SPEAK ON THEIR HARDSHIPS BUT I WANT TO BRING UP A POPULATION THAT VILLAGES SERVE LEFT OUT OF THESE DISCUSSIONS. THE 2019 POINT IN TIME COUNT IDENTIFIED 1583 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18 EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS THIS YEAR ON ONE NIGHT AND THAT’S PROBABLY AN UNDERCOUNT. THE VILLAGES CURRENTLY OFFER SAFE AND DIGNIFIED SHELTER FOR 26 OF THOSE CHILDREN EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS– HOMELESSNESS. THE KIDS IN THE úVILLAGE RIGHT AROUND ON BIKES, LOVE TO PLAY HIDE AND SEEK AND ARE THE SWEETEST, GOOFIEST HUMANS I’VE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING. THEY OFFER A PLACE FOR CHILDREN TO TAKE A SHOWER BEFORE SCHOOL, TO GET A FULL NIGHT’S REST, AND THE STABILITY TO THINK ABOUT WHO THEY WANT TO BE WHEN THEY GROW UP. I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT INCREASED FUNDING FOR MORE VILLAGES. I THINK WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE CAN DO BETTER FOR CHILDREN EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND THIS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY IS NOT ONLY A DISSERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY BUT ALSO THE FUTURE. I SPOKE ON SIMILAR SENTIMENTS BUT FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT IF ANY OF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VISITING A VILLAGE AND MEETING SOME OF OUR NEXT ASTRONAUTS POLICE OFFICERS AND PRESIDENTS. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>LINDY? 56 IS JASON AUSTIN PICK >>IT’S LINDA ACTUALLY. IT’S THE SPELLING, IT’S GERMAN. >>I CAME TO TALK ABOUT PROBLEMS THAT ARE COMING UP THAT YOU MAY NOT BE AWARE OF. THE WILDFIRE DESTROYED 8000 STRUCTURES AND IN MANY COMMUNITIES BOTH HIGH-END MIDDLE CLASS AND LOWER CLASS. THE CITY LOST 5% OF HOUSING STOCK. IMAGINE THAT HAPPENING HERE. WITH ONE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY OWNER BUILDING A TINY HOUSE VILLAGE FOR SOME OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR HOMES AND DONATED LAND TO PUT IT ON, EACH HOME COST $15,000 TO CONSTRUCT AND A LOT OF THE WORK WAS DONATED BY NOT ONLY CARPENTERS BUT ELECTRICIANS AND PLUMBERS, THE EXPENSIVE STUFF AND THESE ARE PERMANENT HOMES. THEY ARE NOT WHAT YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU THINK OF TINY HOMES OF TODAY WHICH ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. WHAT I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT IS SOMETHING NOT SO GOOD COMING UP IN THE FUTURE. I LIVE NEXT DOOR TO A MAN WITH DEMENTIA AND HE WAS CRYING TO ME THE OTHER DAY BECAUSE HE LOST $20 WHICH HE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE BECAUSE THERE WERE HOLES IN HIS POCKETS AND HE COULDN’T FIGURE OUT THAT HE HAD TO TAKE THE CLOTHING THAT HAD HOLES IN THE POCKETS OFF AND PUT ON CLOTHING THAT HAD NO HOLES IN THE POCKETS. I HAD TO GUIDE HIM THROUGH THAT JUST LIKE I WOULD A CHILD, BUT WITHOUT MESSING UP HIS SELF- ESTEEM. THEN I FOUND OUT HIS JACKET HAD HOLES IN THE POCKETS SO I GAVE HIM ONE OF MINE THAT DID NOT. 2 MINUTES ALREADY? WE HAVE GOT TO CONSTRUCT TINY HOUSES PERMANENTLY FOR THESE PEOPLE AND CAREGIVERS BECAUSE WE ARE DUE TO HAVE 140,000 MORE PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON WITH DEMENTIA. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING TONIGHT.>>YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE JASON BUT WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU. >>WE ARE SLOTTING IN. I AM DANIEL MALONE AND I AM HERE WITH MIKE COLLEAGUES TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF COUNCILMEMBER MEG SHAW’S PROPOSAL ORDERED BY SEVERAL OF YOU TO INVEST $2 BILLION INTO THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MEDICAL CLINIC TO BE LOCATED IN THE HOPSON PLACE. WITH THIS FUNDING WE PLAN TO BUILD OUT A CLINIC, HIGH QUALITY AND INTEGRATED TO BECOME A REALITY FOR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WITH SIGNIFICANT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL HERE IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT. IT IS OLDER THAN IT USED TO BE AND I AM SEEING INCREASINGLY COMPLEXED AMONG PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS. PEOPLE WITH BOTH CONDITIONS OFTEN GET INADEQUATE CARE FOR EITHER TYPE OF CONDITION. THIS PROJECT BUILDS ON AND EXPANDS PARTNERSHIPS TO HELP SERVE IN AN INTEGRATED WAY SO THAT MORE ARE EFFECTIVELY TREATED. >>I AM TRYST WITH HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER AND WE HAVE NURSES AND DOCTORS AND PHYSICAL THERAPIST AND NUTRITIONIST AND PSYCHIATRIST WORKING HARD EVERY DAY TO TREAT PEOPLE WHO ARE IN- HOUSE AND DEALING WITH POVERTY AND SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH ISSUES. WE HAVE PARTNERED FOR WELL OVER 45 YEARS BRINGING NURSES INTO SHELTER AND INITIATING THAT FIRST PARTNERSHIP OF HOUSING FIRST AND THIS PROJECT HAS REALLY BEEN THE NEXT STEP AS YOU ARE HEARING EVERYBODY TALK TODAY ABOUT NEEDING HOUSING AND THIS INTEGRATED CARE MODEL OF PEOPLE GOING OUT ON THE STREET AND DOING STREET SERVICES AS WELL AS ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE CLINICS THAT ARE INTEGRATED WITH CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT AND PSYCHIATRY SERVICE AND CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES. IT IS REALLY COMPREHENSIVE INTEGRATED CLINIC THAT WILL HAVE 175 UNITS OF HOUSING AND WOULD REALLY THINK THIS IS KIND OF THE NEXT STEP. WE WAS CUTTING THE EDGE WITH 1811 E. WAY AND I THINK THIS PRODUCT IS THE NEXT STEP FOR THAT. I FEEL LIKE WE HAVE HEARD PLENTY OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THE FAKSA BEING UN-SHELTERED AND UN-HOUSED ON YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH. THIS WOULD JUST BE A GREAT PROJECT TO TRY AND BE ABLE TO HELP ADDRESS THOSE NEEDS. >>WE ARE EXCITED TO MAKE THIS CLINIC AND THE CARE WILL PROVIDE A REALITY. THE TOTAL PROJECT BUDGET IS APPROXIMATELY $22 MILLION. úWE HAVE MOST OF THE FUNDING FROM THE STATE ALLOCATION AND NEW MARKET AND TAX CREDITS. WE HAVE A REQUEST WORKING TO KING COUNTY AND ARE APPEALING TO PHILANTHROPY AND OTHER GRANTMAKERS. ANY REMAINING GET Y TO BE COVERED VIA DEBT, BUT WE ARE WORKING TO KEEP THE DEBT LOW TO KEEP OPERATING COSTS AS LOW AS POSSIBLE. THIS KIND OF INTEGRATED, BEHAVIORAL, AND PHYSICAL HEALTHCARE ALONG WITH BADLY NEEDED SUPPORT OF HOUSE UNITS THAT WILL BE CONSTRUCTED IN THE BUILDING IS A MAJOR PIECE OF THE PUZZLE TO SOLVING HOMELESSNESS AND THE IMPACT ON THIS COMMUNITY. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO US AND FROM LISTING TO EVERYBODY YOU HEARING FROM TONIGHT. >>THANK YOU.[ APPLAUSE ]>>JOSH, NICE TO SEE YOU AND DO YOU HAVE A GROUP WITH YOU OR IS IT JUST YOU? >>IT IS JUST ME. I AM JOSS CASHEL AND I WORK FOR LEHIGH AND 196 PEOPLE DIED LIVING ON THE STREETS. NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO DIE DUE TO A LACK OF SHELTER. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO ALL OF YOU AND OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY IN THE FUNDING OF EIGHT TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IN SEATTLE WHICH IS GREATLY SAVED AND IMPROVED THOUSANDS OF LIVES SINCE THE FIRST VILLAGE OPEN 3.5 YEARS AGO’S. THESE ARE NOT A PERMANENT SOLUTION BUT A CRITICAL STEPPINGSTONE FROM HOMELESSNESS TO HOUSING. THEY PROVIDE SHELTER, COMMUNITY, AND SAFETY TO CLOSE TO 1000 PEOPLE A YEAR AND HIGH RATES OF COMPARED TO OTHER SHELTER PROGRAMS. EVEN WITH THE LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN OUR CITY OUR CASEMANAGERS HAVE TRANSITIONED OVER 500 TINY HOUSE RESIDENTS INTO THE HOUSING SINCE THE PROGRAM BEGAN. RIGHT NOW IT IS CITY-OWNED AND PRIVATE AND FAITH-BASED LAND EXIST TO ACCOMMODATE MORE VILLAGES AND THOUSANDS OF BULGES ARE READY TO JUMP IN AND BUILD THEM. WE ARE REQUESTING THE CITY COUNCIL TO SUPPORT THE ALLOCATION OF 6 MILLION FROM THE SALES AND PROCEEDS OF THIS UNION BLOCK AND OTHER SOURCES TO SUPPORT 10 TINY HOUSE VILLAGES WITH 20-60 TINY HOUSES EACH AND SHELTER AN ADDITIONL 800-1200 WOMEN, MEN, AND CHILDREN AND KEEP THEM SAFE AND WARM WITH HYGIENE FACILITIES. WE ALSO ASKED THE COUNCILMEMBERS WHO WANT LEGISLATION TO AUTHORIZE MORE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IN SEATTLE. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT THE TINY HOUSE ORDINANCE PASSES BEFORE THE END OF MARCH 2020 WITH THE TEMPORARY PERMITS EXPIRE FOR VILLAGES THAT ARE NOT CHURCH SPONSORED. RESIDENCE ALMOST OF THE VILLAGES ARE HERE TODAY TO SHARE THE STORIES OF HOW THE VILLAGES HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM AND PLEASE LISTEN TO THEM. PLEASE SUPPORT MORE THAT WE NEED TO HELP THE MANY FAMILIES FORCED TO LIVE IN THEIR VEHICLE AS WELL. WE ARE REQUESTING THAT THE COUNCIL AS FUNDING TO PROMOTE MORE SAFE PARKING. I WANTED TO THANK THE COUNCILMEMBER FOR PARTICIPATING IN THAT FORM — FORUM A FEW MONTHS AGO. LASTLY WE ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORT THE REAL CHANGE CAMPAIGN FOR FIVE PITSTOPS. THANK YOU.%[ APPLAUSE ]>>ARE YOU ART. >>ART GAVE ME HIS CARD AND LEFT. MY NAME IS DAVID DELGADO WITH THE BIA. >>HOLD ON DAVID I RECOGNIZE YOU. AFTER DAVID IT IS GOING TO BE RENCE AND SHOSHANA IS NUMBER 60.>>WE ARE WITH THE GROUP. >>OKAY. GO AHEAD. >>WOULD YOU SET HIS TIME FOR FIVE MINUTES PLEASE? >>THANK YOU. >>GOOD EVENING NOW AT THIS POINT CITY COUNCILMEMBERS AND MY NAME IS DEVON RIDDLES AND HERE ON BEHALF OF THE BALLOT ALLIANCE AN ORGANIZATION THAT REPRESENTS HUNDREDS OF INSTANCES AND THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS. WE ARE ADVOCATING FOR A GREEN SHEET THAT WOULD PROVIDE SUPPORTIVE FUNDING FOR OUTREACH WORKERS. THE FIRST CONTRACT WITH THE REGION IN 2017 PROVIDED NEIGHBORHOOD-BASED OUTREACH OR HOUSING INDIVIDUALS WITH THE GOAL OF OFFERING SERVICES, SHELTER, AND HOUSING. THIS PROGRAM HAS WORKED REALLY WELL AND FOR EXAMPLE THIS YEAR ALONE OUR OUTREACH WORKER HAS AVERAGED 85 CONTACTS PER MONTH AND 71 INDIVIDUALS HAVE RECEIVED SHELTER THIS YEAR AND 18 INDIVIDUALS HAVE GOTTEN PERMANENT HOUSING THIS YEAR. FOR 2018 THE CITY PROVIDED FUNDING TO HELP SUPPORT THE COST OF EACH PROGRAM IN THE DISTRICT. THE GREEN SHEET PROPOSAL BEFORE YOU WILL HELP PROVIDE PARTIAL FUNDING TO CONTINUE THIS PROGRAM FOR 2020 AND 2021. WE BELIEVE THIS PROGRAM IS A SUCCESSFUL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP THAT PROVIDES A CRITICAL TOOL FOR SERVING AND HOUSED PEOPLE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. WE ENCOURAGE CONTINUED COMMITMENT FROM THE CITY TO HELP SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>GOOD EVENING MY NAME IS DAVID DELGADO AND I AM HERE IN SUPPORT OF THE BIA OUTREACH PROGRAM. THE TITLE GIVEN TO MEET WITH UNIVERSITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR BUT I WILL ALSO BE A SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATE FIRST. I SAY THIS BECAUSE I WANT THE CITY COUNCIL TO KNOW THAT I WILL NOT SPEAK ON BEHALF OF OF PROGRAM FOR EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. I AM HERE TODAY BECAUSE I AM CONVINCED THAT ASSERTIVE NEIGHBORHOOD-BASED OUTREACH IS CURRENTLY THE MOST EFFECTIVE OUTREACH MODEL FOR MEETING THE NEEDS OF SOME OF OUR MOST MOBILE POPULATIONS. THE PROGRAM NOT ONLY HELPS OUR COMMUNITY WITH INDIVIDUAL NEEDS BUT THIS PROGRAM HAS POSITIVE EFFECTS THAT I DON’T WANT TO GO UNNOTICED. YES DURING MY WORK DAYS I AM DOING THE MICRO WORK SUCH AS HELPING PEOPLE GET INTO THE SHELTER AND HOUSING AND OBTAINING IDS AND PROVIDING HARM REDUCTION SERVICES OR HELPING PEOPLE GET ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY. THINGS THAT ARE BEING RECORDED. THE BIA OUTREACH WORKER ALSO DOES LOTS OF WORK THAT TENDS TO GO UNNOTICED. FOR ONE EXAMPLE CONDUCTING SAFETY CHECKS ON PEOPLE CONDUCTING EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS. BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF REACHING WORKERS WITH THE BIA I HAVE HAD THE HONOR WORKING WITH THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. WITH THE HELP OF THE SPD AND THE LOCAL BUSINESSES MY ABILITY TO HELP OTHERS HAS GREATLY INCREASED AND IN MY SHORT TIME WORKING WITH THE BIA AND FOUND A MISSING PERSON AND CONNECTED WITH HIS PARENTS. I FOUND A NEWBORN THAT WAS IN AN UNSAFE SITUATION FOR CPS AND I HAVE HOUSED TWO MENTAL HEALTH PERSONS AND NOT JUST MOVE THEM AROUND. SORRY. GIVE ME ONE SECOND. IT HAS BEEN A LONG DAY. >>YOU ARE DOING GREAT. >>ALSO HELP PEOPLE FIND PEOPLE. I GET CALLS FROM THE POLICE REQUESTING SUPPORT FOR EITHER PERSON THAT WAS ON HOUSED OR SOMEONE YOU THINK THEY WAS MENTALLY ILL. I GET CALLS FROM BUSINESSES DIRECTLY HELP ON HOUSE PEOPLE OR SOMETIME THE STORE WILL CALL ME TO HELP ME THE ISSUE LATE PEOPLE WHO APPEAR IN DISTRESS. I FEEL LIKE I’M BEING USED AS A TOOL FOR THE POLICE AND BUSINESSES AND I WELCOME IT. I THINK IT IS A GOOD THING THAT I PLEASE HAVE A SOCIAL WORKER AT THEIR DISPOSAL WHEN DEALING WITH AN IN HOUSE COMMUNITY AND OFTEN HEAR FROM STORES AND PROPERTY OWNERS THAT BEFORE THE HAVE MY NUMBER THEY SUGGEST THEY CALL THE POLICE AND SAID THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHO ELSE TO CALL. NOW THE PUBLIC HAS MORE OPTIONS TO BETTER THE SAFETY AND UGLINESS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN A WAY THAT IS MORE ETHICAL THAN BEFORE THE OUTREACH BIA PROGRAM. I THINK NEIGHBORHOOD-BASED OUTREACH IS EFFECTIVE AND CURRENTLY THE MOST ETHICAL MEANS OF DOING OUTREACH. MY HOPE IS THAT THIS COUNSEL WOULD RECOGNIZE THE BIA OUTREACH PROGRAM AND SUPPORT IT.>>THANK YOU DAVID. >>GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS MARK CRAWFORD AND I AM SERVING AS HE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PARTNERSHIP AND WE BEGAN OUR PILOT PROGRAM IN MARCH EMPLOYING DAVID DELGADO IN OUR COMMUNITY. HE HAS ONLY SPOKEN TO YOU BUT I LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY IN PUBLIC THANK HIM FOR ALL HE IS DONE FOR THE PUBLIC PEOPLE IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. HE HAS MADE A PROFOUND DIFFERENCE AND WE HAVE A LOT OF DATA, BUT IN SEVEN SHORT MONTHS HE HAS HELPED WHAT HE FOR INDIVIDUALS, AND 35 INDIVIDUALS WAS SHORT TO — SHORT-TERM SHELTER AND 26 INDIVIDUALS WITH MEDICAL REFERRALS AND SO MUCH MORE. TWO LOSSES PRIVATE PROGRAM THEY PROVIDED FUNDING WHICH WE DID IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY AND THE ROTARY. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THAT LAUNCHED FUNDING AND WE WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE THE PROGRAM. WE WILL ALSO COMMIT TO THE CONTINUED FRAMEWORK OF PRIVATE PUBLIC FUNDING TO SUPPORT THE PROGRAM AND WE ARE ASKING THE CITY TO SUPPORT US AT THIS ICKY % LEVEL AND WE WILL RAISE THE PRIVATE FUNDS FOR THE REMAINING 40%. SIMPLY PUT THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT WORKS. IT HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY BOTH IN TERMS OF THE BUY-IN AND THE WILLINGNESS TO BUY A SIZABLE PERCENTAGE OF THE FUNDING. IT IS EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE. WE HOPE THE CITY COUNCIL WILL SUPPORT THE REQUEST TO ADD DEDICATED FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]. >>THANK YOU. I WAS CONCENTRATING. AFTER MY ABLE ASSISTANT JUST SCARE ME. WE HAVE RENCE AND SHOSHANA AND SUNDAY. >>ARE YOU 59. >>YES. >>THANK YOU. PLEASE GO AHEAD. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EACH ONE OF YOU BECAUSE THE CHANCES ARE I MIGHT NOT SEE YOU AGAIN AND I HAVE BEEN DOWN HERE MANY TIMES TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF ALL THE HUMANITY FOUR HOUSING AND ALL OF THAT. I WANT TO THANK EACH ONE OF YOU THAT WILL NOT BE RETURNING FOR YOUR SERVICE AND I DO WISH YOU THE BEST. THE LEAD OF PROGRAM IS WONDERFUL AND I DEFINITELY SUPPORT MORE FUNDS THAN THAT. KEEPING PEOPLE OUT OF THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS THE BEST THING ACTUALLY. ANYWAY WE HAD THIS IDEA A LONG TIME AGO, AND I WAS HAPPY TO HEAR THAT PEOPLE WAS TALKING ABOUT THIS. THESE MOBILE SHOWERS THEY START AT $22,000 AND ON UP, AND FOR $48,000 YOU COULD JUST GOOGLE IT, AND THEY HAVE SOME LAUNDROMAT FACILITIES WITH THEM AND SOME OF THEM HAVE BATHROOMS. BUT AS FAR AS PERSONAL HYGIENE, IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR ANYONE. SO WE CANNOT HAVE HOUSING FOR EVERYONE RIGHT AWAY, BUT THE BEST WAY TO HAVE PEOPLE HAVE DIGNITY TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT AND FIT INTO SOCIETY. I AM NOT SEEING ANY OF THESE THINGS TAKE PLACE. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT MY SAFETY AND OTHER PEOPLE SAFETY BUT I WILL ADDRESS THAT IN A MINUTE. YOU CAN GET BATHROBES WHILE THEY WASHING THEIR CLOTHES, AND THESE DETAILS ARE PRACTICAL. THEY ALSO CAN HAPPEN. TINY VILLAGES ABSOLUTELY AND WITHOUT THE MONEY TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE MAZE OF DOLLARS OF COST FOR THE OTHER THINGS, TINY VILLAGES ARE ALSO COMMON SENSE. >>RENCE, AS YOU TO GET TO THE LAST SENTENCE. >>AND I DO SUPPORT HIRING MORE POLICE BECAUSE WE DO, AND IT IS REALLY GOOD THAT THEY HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY AND THEY ARE BEING RETRAINED, THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING. SHOSHANA AND I UNDERSTAND THAT 61 HAS LEFT SO IS SUNNY 61? SO BRAD NUMBER 62 WILL BE AFTER SHOSHANA. >>GOOD EVENING COUNCIL MEMBERS. I AM HERE ON BEHALF OF YOUTH CARE AND SUPPORT OF THE BUDGET PACKAGE FOR THE DRAGON COMMUNITY AS WELL IS A BUDGET REQUEST FOR LEGAL COUNSEL FOR YOUTH AND CHILDREN TO PROVIDE LEGAL AID FOR YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS. THANK YOU FOR UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTING THE ANNUAL INFLATION ADJUSTMENT FOR THE HUMAN SERVICES CONTRACT THIS SUMMER. WE ARE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP IN SUPPORTING A COMPARABLE WORK- STUDY TO ASSESS THE CHRONIC UNDERFUNDING OF THE FIELD AND CREATE NEW WAGE BENCHMARKS. WE ARE ALREADY STARTING TO SEE SMALLER COMMITTEE BASED ORGANIZATIONS CLOSE THEIR DOORS BECAUSE THEY CANNOT PAY STAFF OR KEEP UP WITH RISING COSTS. HUMAN SERVICES CREATE THE FOUNDATION BY WHICH ALL PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY CAN ACHIEVE STABILITY AND SUCCESS AND WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE THAT FOUNDATION. ON THAT NOTE YOUTH CARE RELIES HEAVILY ON OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH LEGAL COUNSEL TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS ACHIEVE STABILITY AND UNFORTUNATELY AS MENTIONED EARLIER THAT LEGAL AID IS ALSO AT RISK. I WANT TO ECHO THE WORDS THAT WAS SHARED EARLIER THAT THE YOUNG PEOPLE WE WORK WITH ESPECIALLY THE MINORS ARE NAVIGATING MULTIPLE SYSTEMS WITH COMPLEX LEGAL NEEDS. OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH LEGAL COUNSEL HAS BEEN TRANSFORMATIVE IN HELPING THE YOUTH ADDRESS THE TYPE OF LEGAL ISSUES THAT CREATE BARRIERS TO ACCESSING HOUSING AND LONG-TERM STABILITY. THANK YOU TO COUNCILMAN GONZALEZ FOR SUPPORTING THIS WORK AND WE ARE FULL SUPPORT FOR BOTH OF THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING IN. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUTH CARE. NUMBER 62 BRADFORD AND NUMBER 63 MAUREEN. SAID HELLO AND THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBERS. MY NAME IS BRADFORD GERBER AND I AM A PROGRAM MANAGER AT THE LOW INCOME HOUSING INSTITUTE. FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS I HAVE WORKED ON THE TINY HOUSE PROGRAM IN THIS COMMUNITY WHAT I HAVE SERVED AS LIAISON, PROJECT MANAGER, ADVOCATE, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY STUDENT TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN THESE VILLAGES AND WORKING IN THESE PROGRAMS. WE HAVE NEVER NOT BEEN BUSY. MOST RECENTLY WE HAVE ADDED A NEW KITCHEN AND COMMUNITY AREA AND WE HAVE ADDED HOT SHOWERS TO CAMP SECOND CHANCE. WE HAVE ADDED TOILETS AND LAUNDRY FACILITIES AT SAFE HARBOR. WE HAVE BUILT ACCESSIBLE RAMPS AND ADDED ASSESSABLE GRAVEL AND PORCHES WITH HANDRAILS TO GEORGETOWN VILLAGE AND ADDED 12 TINY HOUSES TO A FELLOW VILLAGE AND ALL OF THESE THINGS FUELED BY VOLUNTEERS AND FUNDED BY THE COMMUNITY. SEATTLE IS UNIQUE. WE HAVE UNIQUE CHALLENGES WITH MORE PEOPLE ARE AT THE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN THE CITY THAN ANY OTHER MAJOR CITY IN THE COUNTRY AND IN A CLIMATE THAT IS NOT FORGIVING. WE HAVE UNIQUE SOLUTIONS AS WELL . THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMMUNITY RESIDENT PARTNERSHIP OF THE PROGRAM IS UNIQUE IN THE NATION. THE NATION IS WATCHING. ONE VILLAGE OPENED IN BELLINGHAM AFTER HAVING COME AND RECEIVED ASSISTANCE FROM RESIDENTS AS WELL AS ORGANIZATIONS. ONE OPENED IN DENVER. ONE OPENED IN SACRAMENTO AND THREE HAVE OPENED IN OAKLAND AND ONE IN HAWAII AND ONE IN MINNESOTA. THE LIST GOES ON AND ALL OF THESE GROUPS HAVE LEARNED FROM THE SEATTLE WORK AND SO HAVE WE. THE DATA IS THERE. TINY HOUSES IN SEATTLE ARE MORE EFFECTIVE AND COST-EFFECTIVE THAN THE OTHER OPTION. INDUSTRIES IS THE SEATTLE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY. PLEASE VISIT THESE COMMUNITIES, ALL OF THEM AS THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT AND HAVE DIFFERENT THINGS TO TEACH US. SUPPORT MORE VILLAGES AND SUPPORT FUNDING >>>THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND HANGING WITH US THIS EVENING. I AM HERE REPRESENTING THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS THAT UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE SAFE LAW. AND WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. OTHER WEST COAST CITIES HAVE BEEN FIGURING IT OUT. I HAVE SPENT HOURS AND HOURS A WEEK TALKING TO THEM. PARTICULARLY IN URBAN AREAS LIKE L.A. I CAN’T EXPRESS THE NEED FOR FOLKS GOING BEFORE ME. IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE HEIGHT CENTER TO BE A PLACE AND WE CAN PROVIDE A PATHWAY TO HOUSING THERE IN A REGULATIVE WAY. RIGHT NOW THERE’S MINIMUM OF RESIDENTS IN OUR AREA. AND OUR BUDGET INCLUDES NOT ONLY PROVIDING A PARKING SPACE BUT PROVIDING A TRASH SERVICE AND MEETING BASIC NEEDS. WE NEED TO MEET PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE TO REACH THEM WHEN HOUSING IS AVAILABLE SO IT’S CRITICAL THAT WE HAVE THIS SERVICE. DIFFERENT CITIES AND DIFFERENT MODELS. THERE ARE STRONG OPINIONS ON HOW TO RUN A PROGRAM. WHAT WE CAN AGREE ON IS THAT WE NEED TO LAUNCH THIS PROGRAM AND WE NEED TO DO IT NOW. THIS IS A PILOT. WE’RE ADAPTABLE. WE’RE SURROUNDING OURSELVES WITH THE KEY PARTNERS IN THE U DISTRICT. THE Y HAS OFFERED SHOWERS AND WE HAVE GOT SUPPORT FROM THE OTHER LOCAL SERVICE PROVIDERS AND FACT BASED COMMUNITIES AND WE WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT SO WE CAN BE THE SECOND LOT IN SEATTLE. AND A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS AND ELEMENTARY STOOLS ARE RALLYING AROUND THIS PROJECT. THANK YOU, MA’AM. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING. >>DAVID 84. >>CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, MY NAME IS DAVID ROSEN. AND CURRENTLY A BOARD FELLOW FOR A UNIVERSITY OF HEIGHTS CENTER. I’M HERE TO ADVOCATE FOR FUNDING TO ESTABLISH A SAFE LAW FOR UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS. THAT’S OVER 2000 VEHICLE RESIDENTS IN THIS AREA. AND VERY LIKELY THEIR LAST TAGS AGAINST SLEEPING ON THE STREET IN THE COLD AND THE DARK. WE ALL KNEW THE STORY. RENT ARE INCREASING WITH PEOPLE BEING LEFT BEHIND. WE CANNOT, SHOULD NOT AND WILL NOT ACCEPT THE WORD AR BECOMING SUNOMMOUS WITH HOME. THE CITY HAS PLANNED TO ADDRESS. THE WE HAVE A PLAN. WE’LL PROVIDE PEOPLE A PLACE TO SLEEP. A PLACE TO BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS GOING TO BATHROOM. IN AUGUST WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HOLD A VEHICLE FORUM WITH SUPPORTERS FOR YOUR SAFE LOT LINED UP OUTSIDE OF THE DOOR. THERE’S COMMITMENT IN THE COMMUNITY, UNIVERSE HEIGHTS AND COMMITMENT IN THIS ROOM. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING. AFTER MACK WE HAVE DANIEL GONZALES AND BRUCE IS 67. >>HI, I’M MACK McGREGOR. MANY OF YOU MAY KNOW THAT THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY IS THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO FACE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPARED TO THE REGULAR POPULATION AND 5 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNDEREMPLOYED. AND SO I HAVE WORKED WITH A COMPANY THAT HELPED TO FACE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES WE FACE IN THE JOB MARKET. WE HAVE TACKLED THEM ONE BY ONE AND CREATED AN EDUCATION PROGRAM THAT HELPS EMPOWER PEOPLE TO WALK INTO THE JOB MARKET WITH CONFIDENCE, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE. AND JUST TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE INSIGHT INTO THE THINGS THAT WE IN THE TRANS COMMUNITY FACE I’M SOMEONE THAT IS LUCKILY TO HAVE A GREAT EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT. I HAVE A COLLEGE PROFESSOR AND ALSO INDIRECT OF AN INTERNATIONAL NONPROFIT. SO IF I APPLY FOR SOMETHING NOW I HAVE TO ASK A POTENTIAL EMPLOYER TO EITHER DEAL WITH THAT OR HAVE TO TRY TO CALL THOSE PLACES AND REFERENCES AND ASK AND EXPLAIN TRANS 101 AND HOPE THEY GET IT AND COME ALONG. THERE’S REALLY UNIQUE OBSTACLES THAT WE FACE. WE HAVE A LARGE TRANS AND GENDER NONCONFIRMING POPULATION HERE IN SEATTLE. AND WE WANT THEM TO BE AN ACTIVE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY FAZE NOT WORRIED ABOUT MAKING RENT AND PUTTING FOOD ON THEIR TABLE. SO I’M ASKING YOU TO FUND THE PILOT PROGRAM. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. WE HAVE 66, 67 AND 68. >>THANK YOU. SIT DOWN. SHUT UP. DON’T ROCK THE BOLT. THESE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS POUNDED INTO THE MIND OF TRANSGENDER AND NONCONFIRMED PEOPLE. WE BEGIN TO INTERNALIZE THAT NARRATIVE. IN ADULTHOOD THAT TRANSLATES INTO A PROFESSIONAL PASSIVENESS. TWO YEARS AGO I WAS FIRED FROM A PIZZARIA. I SAID NOTHING. I MOVAL TODAY ON AND BEING SEXUALLY HARASSED AND AGAIN I SAID NOTHING. THIS STORY IS ALL TOO FAMILIAR. WE PUT UP WITH CIVIL RIGHTS AND LABOR VIOLATIONS AND BECAUSE TOO OFTEN IT’S AVAILABLE AND WE DON’T WANT TO ROCK THE BOAT. ACCORDING TO THE 2015 TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION SURVEY 20% TRANSGENDER PEOPLE LIVE IN POVERTY. 30% OF TRANSGENDER PEOPLE REPORT BEING HOMELESS THAT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES. TRANSGENDER EXPERIENCE UNEMPLOYMENT. THE PROPOSEDSERVICE WOULD GO ON TO HELP THE PEOPLE DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND THEIR VOICE TO ENTER INTO THE WORKFORCE, LOWER THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE. TWO YEARS AGO WHENNIEST WORKING AT THAT PIZZERIA I NEVER WOULD HAVE GOTTEN BEHIND THIS MICROPHONE. AND NOW I’M STARTING MY OWN BUSINESS TO COACH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMPANIES AROUND THE SEATTLE AREA ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVENESS. BY APPROVING THIS BUDGET MEASURE THERE ARE THESE KIND OF GIFTS YOU’LL BE GIVING TO SEATTLE’S MOST VULNERABLE BUSINESSES. YOU SURE YOU THAT THOSE THAT RECEIVE THIS TRAINING WILL GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WITH TALENTS AND A FLAIR FOR LIFE. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>67 IS BRUCE, 68 IS PEGGY HOTES AND WE’RE SKIPPING 69 BECAUSE THEY SPOKE AS 44. AND THEN WE GOT AT 70. IT LOOKS LIKE STEVEN. >>GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS BRUCE GOGLE. I HAVE A SHOCKING THING TO SAY. I’M NOT GOING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT LEE HIGH TONIGHT. INSTEAD, WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY IS THAT WITH FAILURE SOMETIMES THE GREATEST SUCCESS CAN BE ACHIEVED. AND YOUR FAILURE TO GET LEE HIGH AFTER HEARING COUNTLESS TESTIMONY IS NOW GIVING YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE YES FOR MORE TINY HOUSES AND YES TO HAVE 10 TINY HOUSE VILLAGES RAN FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. AND WITH THAT WE WILL FINALLY FIGURE OUT THAT AND BETTER. AND MAYBE NEXT SUMMER HEARING ME COMPLAIN ABOUT LEE HIGH I EXPLAIN ABOUT STATISTICS AND SELF STORIES THAT COME FROM MISS MANAGEMENT. >>LINDA, TWO MINUTES FOR THIS. >>PEGGY, ARE YOU PLANNING TO SPEAK FOR TWO MINUTES? BECAUSE STAFF HAS ALREADY BEEN HERE. >>YES. >>THEY’RE THERE FOR MORAL SUPPORT. GOOD EVENING COUNCIL MEMBERS. I’M LEER TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE BUDGET AMENDMENT AND THAT WOULD PROPOSE NEW FUNDING FOR 20 NEW TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. 10 OF THOSE TINY VILLAGES WOULD BE OPERATED BY GRASS ROOTS GENERATIONS. THAT’S A GOOD THING BECAUSE FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS THE CITY HAS BEEN PROMOTING A MONOPOLY OF PRATERS OF TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. AND IT’S PRETTY INTUITIVE THAT ONE TINY HOUSE ISN’T GOING TO SUIT ANYBODY AND WE NEED ARRAYING OF OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE TO GO TO. ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL, SO WE NEED TO HAVE DIFFERENT OPERATE OPERATORS OUT THERE. $1.2MILLION WOULD GO INTO THE OPERATING BUDGET. SO THANKS FOR LISTENING AND PLEASE VOTE FOR THAT AMENDMENT. >>>DO WE HAVE A 70. >>72 JUST TO BE CLEAR. >>MAYBE A 72. DO WE HAVE A NUMBER 72? IF I SKIP SOMEONE RAISE YOUR HAND AND LET ME KNOW.>>GOOD EVENING. Y’ALL KNOW ME. IT’S WELL BE FREE. I’M HERE TO REPRESENT CREATIVE JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY PASSAGE WAYS. COUNCIL MEMBERS I WOULD LIKE Y’ALL TO KNOW THAT ALL THE WORK WE DO IS IN COLLABORATION. SO IT’S EFFECTIVE THAT YOU FUND ALL OF THESE PROGRAMS IN ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE ARE BRINGING UP TODAY. AND ACTUALLY I GOT A RECOGNITION Y’ALL. I DON’T THINK THEY HEARD ME. >>RECOGNIZED. I WANT TO SHOUT OUT THE COMMUNITY JUSTICE, COMMUNITY PASSAGE WAYS, NURTURE ROOTS, THE BLACK ELEPHANT ARMY, THE BLACK PRISONERS CAUCUS, CREDIBLE MESSENGERS, DECRIMINALIZE SEATAL. NONE OF THIS WORK THAT WE DO IS SOLO. IT TAKES ALL OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS TO MAKE THIS WORK. >>I DON’T THINK THEY HEARD ME. I SAY I THINK THEY GOT ANOTHER RECOGNITION. >>RECOGNIZE. >>I WANT TO RECOGNIZE IN THE LA TWO WEEKS OVER 600 STUDENTS, PARENTS, TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS SIGNED A-POINT CONVERSION ABOUT WHY FREEDOM SCHOOLS ARE SO VITAL. WE’RE GOING TO USE THE REST OF OUR TIME TO UPLIFT SOME OF THE STORIES FROM OUR COMMUNITY. >>I’M THE PROGRAM MANAGER WITH WALL BLOCK. I CAN NOT SHARE HOW BENEFICIAL WALL BLOCK IS TO THE COMMUNITY AND SCHOLARS. DURING SUMMER PROGRAMMING STUDENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK CLOSELY WITH ADULTS THAT TRULY CARE ABOUT. THE THEY PROVIDE EDUCATION, ARTS, LITERATURE JUST TO NAME A FEW THINGS. >>MY NAME IS SHELLBY JONES, I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN SOUTH SEATTLE. STUDENTS ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE UNDERSERVED IN THE REGULAR SCHOOL YEAR. FAMILIES DESERVE A COMPELLING AND CULTURALLY SUSTAINED LEARNING EXPERIENCE. >>>HI, I’M CURRENTLY THE OPERATIONS SPECIALIST AT WALL BLOCK. WE NEED HIGH QUALITY PROGRAMS CREATED FOR AND LEAD THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. IT EMPOWERS YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH SUCCESS AND LEADERSHIP. >>>GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS CHELSEA. I COULD NOT DO MY JOB WITHOUT WALL BLOCK AND FREEDOM SCHOOLS. THEY LEARN HEALING AND RESTORATIVE PRACTICES. NAY GAUGE IN A DAY OF SOCIAL ACTION. WE HAD A MAJOR ATTENDANCE ISSUE BECAUSE KID COULD NOT AFFORD BUS FAIR. THEY HELPED US LAUNCH A TRANSIT CAMPAIGN AND WE NOW HAVE A FREE ROUND OF LOCAL PASSES FOR EVERY SINGLE HIGH SCHOOLER IN THE DISTRICT AND THAT’S BOUGHT 2015 FREEDOM SCHOOL SCHOLARS. PLEASE CONTINUE TO INVEST IN THIS PROGRAM. >>>GOOD EVENING. I’M AN ORIGINAL FOUNDER OF WALL BLOCK. I’M GOING TO READ A TESTIMONY FROM THE STUDENT THAT IS NOW A SENIOR. RAINER BEACH GRADUATE AND FREEDOM SCHOOL PARTICIPANT FOR FOUR YEARS I SAW THE DIRECT FEED FOR FREEDOM SCHOOLS IN THE SOUTH END. THE PROGRAM BUILT ME UP TO WHO I AM TODAY AND TO ALWAYS GROW IN MY POWER. I LEARN THAT MY VOICE MATTERS AND I CAN CREATE CHANGE BY SPEAKING UP AND SPEAKING LOUD. IF I DID NOT GET THE ABOUT TO PARTICIPATE IN FREEDOM SCHOOLS I WOULD NOT BE WITH THE UBOF MINNESOTA. >>THESE ARE JUST TEN OF THE STORIES. WE HAVE A STORY BOOK THAT WE CREATED FOR EACH OF YOU AND LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING WITH EACH OF YOU IN THE COMING WEEKS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. >>THANK YOU.>>DOES SOMEBODY HAVE A 74 COLLEGE. >>I’M DOMUNIQUE DAVIS. >>I THOUGHT I RECOGNIZED YOU. >>OKAY. PLEASE AHEAD. FIRST OF ALL, I WILL TO SHOUT OUT TO THE OSFOR REACHING OUT TO ME AND ASKING WHAT OUR NEED ARE IN THE COMMUNITY. I ALWAYS WANT TO SHOUT OUT TO THE COUNCIL. I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. THAT’S WHAT GOT THE BALL ROLLING. ALL THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS THAT JUST GOT RATTLED OFF A FEW YEARS AGO THOSE ARE MY FRIENDS AND ALLIES IN THIS FIGHT. WHAT I DO WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS THE YOUTH CONSORTI’M THAT’S FINANCED. WE HAVE BEEN BUILDING THIS EUG COMMUNITY CONSORTIUM FOR A WHILE. THESE GUYS PLANNED. THE THEY PUT IT TOGETHER AND FACILITY STALED. THE THEY GRADED ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS AND THEY DID THE WELL 9. THROUGH THAT PROCESS THEY DID WORK SHOPS WITH PEOPLETALITY WORK THROUGH THE CITY AND THE COUNTY TO LEARN HOW THE LOCAL ELECTIONS WORK. I’M LEER BECAUSE I WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW DO WE TAKE MONEY FROM THE SYSTEMS AND PUT MONEY INTO THE COMMUNITY SYSTEMS? HOW DO WE TAKE INVESTMENTS THAT GO INTO LOCKING THESE KID UP THAT ARE SO BRILLIANT AND BRIGHT LOW DO WE TAKE THE MUN THAT DOES THAT AND LOCKS THEM UP AND PUTS THEM AWAY. THIS PROGRAM THAT WE’RE DOINGPLORE AND MORE KID WANT TO KEEP COMING AND BE A PART OF THE YOUTH CONSORTIUM. BUT FOR THE EUG CONSORTIUM WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYMORE. I PAY THEM FOR THEIR INTELLIGENCE AND THEIR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES AND BECAUSE I MEANT THEM TO FEEL VALUED AND COME AND SHOW BRILLANCES IN THEIR PLACES THAT THEY NEED AND DEVELOPMENT THEM INTO LEADERS INSTEAD OF BEING PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT ARE BEING CRIMINALIZED AND BEING LOOKED AT AND BEING HARASSED BY THE POLICE OR WHATEVER IT IS. SOME OF THESE KIDS WERE FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES AT ONE TIME. WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DIVERT THEM OUT THE SYSTEM AND NOW THEY’RE WORKING DOWN THE PATH OF SUCCESS. SOME OF THEM ARE BUSINESS OWNERS AND BEING GOOD ADULTS. HOW DO WE GROW THAT? LET’S TAKE THE MONEY FROM WHERE WE HAVE BEEN INVESTING THE WHERE IT DOESN’T WORK. AND WE KEEP POURING MONEY INTO THE SAME SYSTEMS AND EXPECTING THE SAME RESULT AND IT DON’T WORK. AND WE KNOW WHAT DOES WORK. YOU SEE IT RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES. YOU KNOW THESE THINGS WORK. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WORKS AT A HIGHER LEVEL. THERE’S NOTHING THE SYSTEM CAN DO BETTER THAN WHAT COMMUNITY CAN DO. NOT EVEN CLOSE. COMMUNITY IS WAY BETTER TAN THE SYSTEM. LET’S POUR MONEY INTO SYSTEM SO WE CAN SPREAD OUR TOUCH ACROSS THE WELL COUNTY AND NOT JUST THE CITY. I’M HERE TO ADVOCATE FOR US TO ADVOCATE THE YOUR CITY AND BE THE GREAT PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE. I’M GOING TO HEALTH MY YOUNG KID CLOSE THIS OUT. >>HOW ARE YOU DOING? MY NAME IS KAYSHAWN ADAMS. JUST THE JOURNEY THAT I’VE TAKEN I WAS FACING THREE FELONY CHARGES. I’M A BUSINESS OWNER NOW. I GOT A CONTRACT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC DEFENSE AND JUST TAKING STEPS AND MY BIG BRO RIGHT NOW AND TAKING INVESTMENT AND ALL THE YOUTH THAT ARE SHOWING UP HERE BECAUSE LIKE HE SAID OUR CAPACITY IS JUST HIGH ENOUGH. WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE WE ARE WILLING AND WANT TO LEARN TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES. BUT IN THE MARGINAL COMMUNITIES THAT THEY COME FROM IF YOU SEE THE WORK THAT WE’RE DOING IS WORKING AND YOU SEE THAT THE YOUTH ARE THE FUTURE RIGHT HERE. SO IF YOU’RE WILLING TO IGNITE FOR THE FUTURE AND INVESTMENT AND IGNITE INTO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE RIGHT HERE IN YOUR FACE WE’RE NEXT. SO INFORMATION SHOULD BE DONE. SO I HOPE YOU GUYS SUPPORT THIS CAUSE. >>THANK YOU. DO WE HAVE DEBBIE CARLSON? >>NO. >>AND AFTER 7 IS 77 IS JENNIFER PIERCE, PRICE. >>PEOPLE AS YOU LEAVE PLEASE GET OUT IN THE HALL BEFORE YOU START YOUR CONVERSATIONS. >>SO PATIENTLY LISTENING TO ALL THE ISSUES. I HAVE THE GREAT FORTUNE OF WORKING WITH SAIL COUNSELING SERVICES AND I’M THE PROGRAM ASSISTANT WITH PROGRAM NEON. THEY’VE BEEN OFFERING SERVICES. I’M ABLE TO RENT AN APARTMENT WHERE I LIB WITH MY TWO DOGS. THIS HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE. I’VE BEEN SAFELY HOUSED. AND I’M HERE TOED A MY VOICE TO THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN SUPPORTED PASSIONATELY. I WORK WITH SOME OF THE MOST MARGINALIZED AND STIGMATIZED PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND I WATCH SO MANY PEOPLE STRUGGLE WITH YOUTH SERVICES. PLEASE FUND THIS PILOT PROGRAM. THANK YOU. >>GREETINGS COUNCIL MEMBERS. MY NAME IS JAY SCOTT. I’M BEEN A CITY COUNCIL SERVICE. I’M A RECOVERY COACH. AND WE HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE. I’M HERE TO SPEAK OUT ON THE ORGANIZATION TO PROJECT TO HELP WITH METHAMPHETAMINE. I’M BEEN IN RECOVERY FOR CRYSTAL METH SINCE AUGUST 7th 2015. I’VE FACED THE STIGMA. MY SUBSTANCE ABUSE MADE ME LOSE MY HOME AND TOOK EVERYTHING FROM ME BOUGHT WE DO RECOVER. I HAVE A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH MEMBERS OF MY COMMUNITY WE ARE BLESSED WITH MEDICAL TREATMENT. I’VE WITNESSED THE POWER AND WONDER SO THAT THEY COULD GROW AND BECOME A GREAT AST TO THE COMMUNITY. IT IS GIVEN THEM THEIR LIFE BACK AND MOST IMPORTANTLY IT’S GIVEN THEM HOPE. AS WE ALL KNOW OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS TAKEN SO MANY LIVES. KING COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT SHOWS THAT’S USE OF METHAMPHETAMINE HAS SURPASSED OTHER OPIOID DEATHS THIS YEAR. FROM MY PERSONAL AND PROGRESSIONAL EXPERIENCE I DON’T SEE EFFORTS BEING HELPED FOR THE DISORDER. I’M HERE TODAY AS NOT ONLY A PERSON WHO’S EXPERIENCED THE STRUGGLES OF TRYING TO RECOVER BUT TO BE THE VOICE OF THOSE THAT CANNOT BE HERE. IT IS WITHIN YOUR POWER TO GRANT IF FUNDING IN A WORLD OF SO MANY PROBLEMS. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO GIVE THOSE STILL SUFFERING ANOTHER TOOL TO FIND HOPE AND LIVE A HEALTHIER LIFE. THANK YOU.>>LEVY GONZALES IS 77. >> MORGAN HARRIS. I’M HERE WITH MY COLLEAGUES. I SPECIFICALLY WORK WITH PRETRIAL SERVICES AT THE COURT RESOURCE CENTER. AS OFFED TO, WE HAVE 150 PEOPLE ON THE PRETRIAL CASE HOLD. THAT’S 150 PEOPLE WE ARE ABLE TO GO TO WORK, ATTEND TREATMENT, MEET WITH CASE MANAGEMENT AND BE WITH THEIR FAMILIES INSTEAD OF BEING IN JAIL. WITH THIAMILATE WITH US IN THE OFFICE WE ARE FOLLOWING UP WITH CASE MANAGEMENT CALLING DETOXVISE TO GET SOMEONE A BED DATE, AND HELPING WITH MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT AND STALING IN CONTACT TO ELIMINATE THE CLIENT’S BARRIERS WITH THE COURT. AT THE COURT RESOURCE CENTER WHICH IS RUN BY THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT WE HAVE DHFS AS WELL AS AGENCIES WE PROVIDE CELLPHONES, EMPLOYMENT READINESS AND THE GOAL IS ALWAYS THE PRETRIAL SERVICES AND PROBATION IS TO ENGAGE WITH OUR CLIENTS AND DO YOUR PART FOR THEM. PEOPLETALITY ARE A PART OF YOUR CLIENT TO LIVE HEALTHY AND SAFER LIVES. >>MY NAME IS TODD SANDS. AS A SCREENER AT THE JAIL I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE JUST THE WORK WE DO AS PR SCREENERS AND ALSO TELL YOU ABOUT THE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE I HAD A A PROBATION COUNSELOR. THEY’RE PRESENT IN THE JAIL 365 DAYS A YEAR, 24 HOURS A DAY, AND THEY INTERVIEW ALL INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ARRESTED ON CHARGES. AND THOSE INDIVIDUALS, WE ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE RELEASED SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO STAY IN THE JAIL PENDING AN APPEARANCE BEFORE THE COURT. ADDITIONAL ON NONJUDICIAL DAYS WE INTERACT WITH THE JUDGES BY PHONE OR EMAIL IN ORDER TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESS OF GETTING THOSE PEOPLE OUT OF CUSTODY. WE PUT THEM IN CONTACT WITH THEIR CLIENTS, WE COORDINATE TEMPORARY RELEASED FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE FUNERALS OR OTHER EMERGENCIES. WE CONTACT FRIENDS AND FAMILIES OUTSIDE OF RESOURCES FOR CLIENTS WHO HAVE TROUBLE NAVIGATING THE VEIL SYSTEM. WE EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE IN CUSTODY AND OUT OF CUSTODY, WHAT SHELTER RESOURCES ARE VINYL, WHAT THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER HAS TO OFFER. WE HELP THEM NAVIGATE THE PROCESS. A CUT TO PROBATION WILL SERVE ONLY TO KEEP PEOPLE IN JAIL LONGER WITH FEWER OPTIONS, LESS INFORMATION AND MORE CHANCES TO UNDERSTAND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. >>MY NAME IS NICK GONZALES AND MY POSITION IS MONITORING INDIVIDUALWISE THE INTERLOCK DEVICE. SO SOMEONE GETTING A DUI IS GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER. I’M SURE ANY OF YOU KNOW CAN BE A TRYING PROCESS. SO I’M HELPING THEM RIGHT FROM THE GET GO. EVERY PERSON THAT GOES ON PROBATION I’M MEETING THEM AND HELPING THEM ALONG THE WAY. IN ADDITION TO THAT, MY COLLEAGUES ARE GOING TO EXPLAIN FURTHER AND GIVE EXAMPLES. WE ARE PHOT DOC. WE’RE NOT TRYING TO PUT PEEP IN JAIL. WE’RE THE STANDARD. KNOLLING PUB PERCEPTION ABOUT PROBATION WE WANTED TO BE CLEAR AND HOPE THAT YOU MIGHT COME TO A NEW UNDER UNDERSTANDING THAT WE MEETING PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE AND WORKING WITH THEM. AS YOU’RE PROBABLY AWARE THERE’S A LOT OF GREAT PROGRAMS TONIGHT. THE REALITY STAT THERE’S MANDATORY REQUIRING CHARGES. AND WE ARE ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF SUPERVISING. THE CUT WOULD DERAIL US FROM MAKING THAT PROGRESS THAT MYSELF AND THOSE BALLOON HE WOULD LOVE TO TELL YOU MORE ABOUT. >>OKAY. JENNIFER PIERCE, YOU’RE THE NEXT GROUP SO GO AHEAD. >>HELLO, MY NAME IS MENA JAY. I WORK WITH THE COURT’S COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS. BOTH PROGRAMS ARE ALTERNATIVES TO CONFINEMENT. AND CLIENTS THAT WORK DOING EITHER COMMUNITY SERVICE OR WORK CREW HAVE A LOT OF GOOD THICKS TO SAY ABOUT. THE IT GIVES THEM A WORK ETHIC. THEY ARE ABLE TO COME OUT OF THE AND SOMETIMES THEY’VE GOTTEN JOBS THAT FAWN PROFITS THAT THEY’RE ABLE TO VOLUNTEER THAT. AND PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO WORK OFF THEIR FINES. THEY’RE NOT PENALIZED BECAUSE OF THEIR FINES. I CAME FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND WHAT DREW ME TO THE COURT WAS THE HOLISTIC PROP THAT THE COURT HAS TO PROBATION AND BEING CREATIVE WITH RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AND THE PROGRAMS WE ADMINISTER TO HAD CLIENTS. AND THAT’S WE WE HAVE DIFFERENT JUNES. WE’RE THE FACES OUR CLIENTS SEE ON THE DAILY BASIS. WE SEE THEIR UPS AND DOWNS. AND WE HELP THEM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. EVERY PART OF PROBATION IS VERY CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR CLIENTS SO WE WOULD ASK THAT YOU MAINTAIN OUR FUNDING. >>GOOD EVENING. I’M SHAWN RICHARD DAVIS. AN ALMOST 28 YEARS WORKER. I MANAGE RIGHT NOW A CASE LOAD OF PROBABLY 90 PLUS DEFENDANTS ON CLIENTS THAT ARE ON DUI SUPERVISION. WHAT I BRING 32 JOB IS PLY COME PASSION, IS MY LOVE FOR PEOPLE AND SEE PEOPLE DO TEAR BEST. AND THE PERSON THAT YOU SEE TONIGHT, THE SMILETALITY YOU SEE TONIGHT THAT’S WHAT I BRING TO JOB EVERYDAY. AND WE WORK WITH CLIENTS FROM THE TAKE, TO COMPLETION OF THE CASE. WE HAVE A PLAN SET OUT FOR FOR THEM TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH PROBATION AND WE TRY TO FOLLOW UP WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE COMPLYING WITH TREATMENT, ADIS, VICTIM PANELS. WE HELP THEM TO GET INTO IMPATIENT TREATMENT. I’LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF A YOUNG MAN THAT I WAS WORKING WITH IN COURT LAST WEEK. HE HAD PREVIOUSLY GONE TO SCHOOL THAT UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON BUT HE HAD NOT FINISHED SCHOOL YET. HE CAME TO PLEA AS A CLIENT AND WAS ADDICTED TO A PRESCRIPTION DRUG. SO HE HAS RELAPSED A NUMBER OMTIMES. BUT EVERY TIME HE RELAPSED WHO DOES HE CALL? HE CALLS ME BECAUSE HE KNOWS THAT I’M ANYTHING TO GET TO THE RIGHT PLACE. AND SO AS A PROBATION COUNSELOR I HEARD THEIR CRIES AND TRIED TO GIVE THEM ALL THE RESOURCES THEY COULD. SO WHETHER WE LEFT COURT, WHAT HAPPENED WAS HIS ATTORNEY TOLD THE JUDGE THAT THE THREE OF US WERE WORK TOGETHER AS TEAM FOR HIS SUCCESS AND THAT’S EVERYDAY THAT PROBATION. THAT’S WHAT WE DO. GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS JENNIFER PIERCE. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE SMC PROBATION COUNERS WHO IN THE PAST HAVE WORKED AS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCATES, IMPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS, COURT PREP CLERKS, FAMILY TEAM DECISION MAKING FACILITATES, WORK RELEASE EDUCATION MANAGERS, SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL TEACHERS, HOUSING BOUNDARIES, ADOPTION WORKERS, FAMILY ADVOCATES. SIMPLY PUT, YOU WILLINATE FIND A BELTER GROUP OF PEOPLE. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING. ú>>NEXT UP, PRAY, MADDEN. OH, I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT. AMSON JUST WANTED ME TO REMIND ALL OF YOU THAT THE PARKING GARAGE IS CLOSING AT 10:00 ROT NOW IT’S 9:36. IF YOU WANT THERE ARE PAGES OVER HERE THAT YOU CAN WRITE YOUR TESTIMONY ON. THOSE CAN BECOME PARL OF THE PUBLIC RECORD. IF YOU RIN THAT POSITION THAT YOU’RE PARKED OVER THE YOU’VE GOT ABOUT 20 MINUTES. ALSO, WITH YOU LEAVE USE THE ELEVATOR TO TAKE YOU DOWN. AND WE’RE SETTING UP FOR THE OVERNIGHT SHELTER. SO OUT OF THE MATTER OF RESPECT FOR THE PEOPLE TRYING TO GET SETTLED IN IF YOU TAKE THE ELEVATOR. SO YOU WANT THEM TO TAKE THE ELEVATOR TO THE FIRST FLOOR LOBBY. >>GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS STEVEN PRAY AND I’M A UNION REPRESENT AT PROTECH STEAN AND REPRESENT OVER 30 PROBATION COUNSELORS. THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL COURT WAS PROPOSED. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY WE’RE HAVING THESE CONVERSATIONS. THIS PROPOSAL OR ANY LIKE IT ARE MISGUIDED. LET’S BE CLEAR, THERE’S NO WAY A BUDGET CUT OF THIS SIZE WILL DIRECTLY IMPACT THIS. HOW CAN WE SAY THAT THIS PROPOSED CUT RESPECTS THE WORK OF OUR EMPLOYEES? WE CAN’T. THERE’S NO GUARANTEES THAT THIS PROPOSED BUDGET CUT WILL CHANGE THINGS. I DON’T WANT TO HEAR THIS RHETORIC IN YOUR PUBLIC COMMENT. I WANT TO SEE IT WHEN YOU VOTE ON THE BUDGET. I WANT TO INVITE EACH OF YOU AND MY MEMBERS TO TALK ABOUT THE WORK THAT WE DO EACH DAY. THANK YOU. >>TRISHA MADDEN IS 80, >>THAT PERSON ACTUALLY LEFT. CAN I THINK IN THEIR SPOT? >>WHAT’S YOUR NAME? >>MY NAME IS RUSSELL HAN LAWNY. >>RUSSELL DO YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT NUMBER? >>110, MA’AM. >>THERE’S ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO RAISE FUNDS AND THIS REALLY PUTS AN UNDUE MEMBERSHIP. MANY OF MY RIDERS ARE ON FIXED INCOME THIS IS GOING TO HURT THEIR POCKET. AND IF A 10% SALES TAX HAS NOT PROVIDED YOU WITH THE MONEY TO DO THE THINGS YOU DO YOU NEED TO LOOK THAT BUDGET. FURTHER MORE, ON THE ASPECT OF THE PROPOSED MINIMUM WAGE THE MINIMUM WAGE THEY RECEIVED IN NO, IS 17 .$22. FURTURE MORE, THEY ARE LOCKING PEOPLE OUT OF THE APP. AS IT STAND RIGHT NOW I HAVE NO FAMILY AND I CAN WORK FOR 84 HOURS A WEEK. I CAN MAXIMIZE MY PROFITS FANTASTICALLY. THIS IS ONLY RESTRICTING MY ABILITY TO WORK. I WORKED FOR 3 HOURS TODAY AND I MADE $100 AND SOME CHANGE. >>ED SULSING IS 81, GENAND 22. >>THANK YOU ALL FOR STAYING STRONG THROUGH THIS MARATHON. >>MY NAME IS EDD SULSING. WE’RE IN SUPPORT OF THE OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS. IT PROVIDES ALLIABLE PLAYING FIELD FOR FAIR MINDED BUSINESS OWNERS AND FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE CITY. THAT MEANS WORKERS FOR AN HOUR WHO SHAVED OFF A TIME CARD AND A TWO MILLION DOLLAR UNCOVERED EMERGENCY ROOM VIZ VISIT AND WORSE. THROUGH OUTROOF AND ENFORCE. OLS HAS HELPED THOUSANDS GET RELIEF AND RETURNED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS STOLEN FROM THEM. ENFORCEMENT OF WORKER PROTECTION LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD FOR FAIR MINDED BUSINESS OWNERS BY TAKING AWAY THE ADVANTAGE. YOU STOOD UP FOR GOOD BUSINESS AND WORKS ON THE MARGIN BY PASSING ORDNESS FOR PAID SICK AND SAFE TIME, WAGE THEFT, I THINK THERE’S A TOTAL OF 11. PLEASE KEEP THE TEAM IN THOSE ORDINANCES WITH FUNDING FOR THE OLS. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>SO GENAND WHO’S, >>NATHANIEL. >>AND WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER, NATHANIEL? >>GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS GEN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT FOR HUMAN SERVICES. TONIGHT I’M LEER TO URGE YOU TO SUPPORT THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND SPECIFICALLY THERE COME COMPARABLE STUDIES PUT TOGETHER. YESTERDAY I SPOKE WITH TWO SEPARATE PROVIDERS WORKING TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH STAFF. AT OUR OWN FOOD BANK WE APARTMENTNERED WITH OUR OWN NONPROFIT PROVIDERS AND THEY CONDUCTED OUTROOF AND SIGNED CLIENTS UP FOR SERVICES. IN FACT, WE HAVE SEEN THE VERY SAME SOCIAL WORKER SIGN UP FOR THAT. IT IS A COMMON STORY AMONG NONPROMPTS FOR HIGH PAYING JOBS. WEEK DO BELTER. STAFF PLAY AS CRITICAL ROLE, YES, WE’RE LEER FOR THE MISSION. I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT THE BUDGET. >>I WOULD LIKE TO DRAW ATTENTION THAT OFTEN TIMES WE ARE DRAWN FROM THE SAME COMMUNITIES THAT WE ARE SERVING FOR THE PEOPLE AND THAT THIS LEADS TO QUESTION OF SOCIAL JUSTICE IN PAYING PEOPLE A WAGE. WE ARE NOT LIVING UP TO SEATTLE’S OWN RACE AND SOCIAL INJUSTICE CLAIMS THAT WE NEED TO SHOW UP FOR THE COMMUNITY. WE ASK YOU TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP TOWARD THAT IN SHOWING UP AND VALUING THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SHOWING UP. >>KELLY ROGERS, 84, >>GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS IS GLENWELL. ON BEHALF OF OUR 30 MEMBER PROGRAMS WE SUPPORT PROPOSALS BEING CONSIDERED. FIRST AND ALWAYS WE ARE PROUD MEMBERS OF THE SETTLE HUMAN SERVICES COALITION. WE SUPPORT THE HUMAN SERVICE RECOMMENDATIONS TO ADDRESS THE HISTORIC OVERFUNDING. THE NEXT TWO ITEMS THAT I WANT TO TALK AWITHOUT. 132,000 WOMEN A YEAR EXPERIENCE INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE TRIUMPH CONVERSATIONS TATS I HAD ON THE LINE. IT’S FOR SOME SURVIVORS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THEY CAN CONNECT FOR SAFETY AND CHOICE. THE HOTLINE WILL GIVE SURVIVORS THE TIME, FOCUSED ATTENTION AND RESPONSE THEY NEED AND DESERVE. WE ALSO STRONGLY SUPPORT FUNDING FOR REPRESENTITATION AND REPRESENTATION. THEY REQUIRE ACCOSTERS ATTORNEYS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLYIZED SPECIALIZED FOR THEIR NEED. PROVED BY THIS COUNSEL WEEKS AGO THAT CALLS FOR SUSTAINABLE MURDERING INDIGENOUS WOMEN. THEY PROVIDE DIRECT SERVICES TO NATIVE PEOPLE WE HAVE EXPERIENCED VIOLENCE. FINALLY THE VIOLENCE THAT MANY OF US HERE WANT TO HAVE TONIGHT WE EARN YOU TO EXPLORE AND EXPAND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>THANK YOU. WELL, DONE. THAT WAS LOTS OF INFORMATION. >>KELLY ROGERS 84, JAMES 85 AND PATEO 86. NOT HERE? >>OKAY. MOVING TO 87, FARMEN, 89, MICHAEL WOLFF AND 90 IS WILLIAMS. WHAT URNAME AND WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? >>87. >>WAKE UP. >>WE’RE ALMOST DONE. >>SO MOST OF Y’ALL KNOW ME FROM WHEN I WORKED HERE. A RESOLUTION THAT WAS MOVING TOWARDS ENDING YOUTH DETENTION AND THAT WAS PASSED IN THISBERS ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO. >>ALLOCATING $3 MILLION INTO A PEA PATCH. OF ALL DISTRICTS BALLERED HAS THE MOST AMOUNT OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES. THAT MEANS MOST PEOPLE HAVE BACKYARDS AND GROCERY STORES. MOVE THAT MONEY TO SOUTH I IT’S ACTUALLY NEEDED. >>HELLO. MY NAME IS HELEN ANDI’M RAR STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. I’M CALLING ON ALL THOSE WITH THE MUNICIPAL COURT. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOCATE 170,000 THE THE 170,000. IF PEOPLE ARE DEALING WITH ADDICTION. WE ARE LOOKING AT JAILS. IN ADDITION INCREASED TRACKING BY PROBATION OFFICERS. OH, MY GOSH. I SAID THE WRONG WORDS. I MEANT PROBATION. ARE CONTORT THE SPIRIT. THE CONFUSION AROUND THE RULES OF PROBATION OFFICERS WHO DOUBLE AS COUNSELORS FURTHER CREATE CONFUSION OBLIGATED BY THE COURT. PROBATION OFFICERS ARE NOT EFFECTIVE IN SERVING AS CONFIDANTS. >>HELLO, MY NAME IS IS AMANDA. SO I HAD ALSO LIKE TO SAY PLEASE DO NOT ALLOCATE THE CONFERENCING. THE PILOT GUARANTEES THE PRESENCE OF THE ATTORNEY. AND WE DO THOL TRUST THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM TO HOLD ITSELF ACCOUNTABLE. I WOULD LIKE THE COUNCIL TO ALLOCATE THE $320 TOWARD THE YOUTH CONSORTIUM PACKETS. THEY SHOULD HELP TOWARD THECWITTABLE INITIATIVE. I DO NOT SUPPORT CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM OF USING LANGUAGE OMHARM RELDUCTION. THE CITY SHOULD INSTEAD THE VEST AND EXPAND RELDUCTION SERVICES FOLLOWING SERVICES LIKE THE VITAL PROGRAM. THESE ARE TWO EXAMPLES OF PROGRAMS THAT THE CITY CAN INVEST IN. NEW JERSEY HELPS TO SHOW THAT THE CREASED PROBATION DISTANT HELP SO IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE ARE IF CITY TO DOUBLE DOWN ON THIS PROGRAM. THANK YOU. >>MICHAEL AND EMA GENE WILLIAMS. GREG IS 91 AND CARLA IS 92. >>GOOD EVENING. AND THANK YOU ALL FOR STAYING SO LATE. LOT OF OUR MEMBERS ARE HAVING TO OUT. TO THAT END 1 OF OUR DRIVERS WANTED ME TO SPLIT HIS WRITTEN TESTIMONY. NOW ON THE MATTER AT HAND, THE FAIR SHARE PLAN. SO DRIVE FORWARD IS SUPPORTIVE OF SOME OF THE GENERAL IDEAS OF THE FAIR SHARE PLAN. WE HAVE COMMUNICATED VERY PUBLICLY SHOULD BE SET AT 2715 AN HOUR. WE THINK THE CITY CAN ADOPT THAT SAFELY AND BE ABLE TO AHEBE THAT STANDARD THE DRIVERS IN THIS ADDRESS. ON TOP OF THAT, WE DO BELIEVE THAT THERE SHOULD BE SOME KIND OF PATHWAY FOR A DRIVER DEACTIVATION REVIEW PANEL. IT SHOULD BE WHOEVER IS MANAGING IT SHOULD BE IN A DEMOCRATIC OPEN PROCESS THAT ANY ORGANIZATION CUPLY FOR THAT IS VOLT TODAY ON BY THE DRIVERS. THE CITY SHOULDN’T SELECT WHO RUNS THAT PROGRAM. IT SHOULD BE VOTED ON BY THE DRIVES IN A DEMOCRATIC TAGS. WE ARE OPPOSED TO THE TAX BECAUSE IT DOES NOT DIRECTLY BENEFIT DRIVERS. IT GOALS TO A PROJECT WHERE YOU CAN’T EVEN ORDTHER RIGHT KIND OF STREET CAR. IT’S NOT FAIR TO DRIVERS TO BE TAKING MONEY OUT OF THEIR POCKET AND CHARGING DRIVES MORE TO CHARGE PROJECTS. THIS IS AN UNFAIR PLAN. I’M GOING TO YIELD MY TIME TO SOME OF MY DRIVERS. >>GOOD EVENING COUNCIL MEMBERS. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO TAKE YOUR EVENING TIME TORY US OUT TODAY. MY NAME IS EMILY READ. I LIB IN OLYMPIA AND END UP NORTH TO THE AIRPORT AND HAVE A MEETING UP HERE AND TURN MY APP ON AND HEAD OUT. THE FLEXIBILITY I HAVE IS EVERYTHING TO ME. I HAVE A BAD KNEW THAT’S GETTING WORSE. AND SOME DAYS I HEAD OUT AND FEEL LIKE I CAN TAKE ON THE T AND C WORD AND OTHER DAYS I GET TO THE END OF BLOCK AND HAVE TO TURN AROUND AND GO HOME. SO THE FLEXIBILITY THAT WE HAVE NOW MEANS SO MUCH TO DRIVERS. AND MY FEAR IS THAT WITH THIS INCREASED TAX IT MEANS FOR COMPANIES AND ELIMINATING DRIVERS ON THE ROAD TO BE ABLE TO FUFILL THESE LIMITS. THE DRIVERS OPPOSED THE LIMIT OF THE MINIMUM FLOOR EARNINGS GUARANTEE THEREAT INCLUDED A 5 TO $6 FOR EXPENSES AND WE SUBMITTED THAT TO MAYOR’S LAUGHS AND IT FELL ON DEAF EARS. WE GOT DATA FROM OUR DRIVE MEMBERSHIP AND WAS REAL DOWN ON WHAT IT WOULD TAKE ON THE MINIMUM WAGE FLOOR FOR A DRIVERS. AND UNFORTUNATELY WE WEREN’T LISTENED TO. WE NEED THAT IMPLEMENTLED NOW AND NOT A YEAR FROM NOW WHETHER THE MAYOR GETS TO HER STUDY THAT SHE WANTS TO DO ON. THE WE ALSO LOOKEDATS IT AND IT WOULD COSABOUT 5 TO $0.10 PER TRIP. NOT $0.50 TO IMPLEMENTED THE DRIVE LED PROGRAM FOR DEACTIVATIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. AND SO PLEASE TAKE A SECOND LOOK AT THIS AND FIGURE OUT WHERE YOU CAN GET MONEY FROM THIS MISDIRECTED STREET CAR OTHER THAN TAKING THE OUT OF THE POCKET OF DRIVERS. THANK YOU. >>GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS DAVE AND I’M A DIAMOND DRIVE FOR UBER. IF THINGS GO AS PLANNED RIGHT NOW TALE PROBABLY GO TO THE TEAM AFTER THE BOARD. I WOULD RATHER THAN HAVE SOMEONE LOOK AT THE BOARD WHERE YOU CAN SAVER MONEY. I’M SURE THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE THAT ARE MORE QUALIFIED THAT CAN DO IT FOR HALF AS MUCH. IT’S 17 POINT 5 YEARS. FOR ABOUT 25 DRIVERS A MONTH. SO GREG AT 91.>>I’M LEER FOR ♪ PEOPLE’S BUDGET AND SPECIFICALLY PLUNY. I LIVE IN A LOW INCOME BUILDING THAT WAS THE FIRST IN THIS NATION, ACTUALLY IN THE WORLD WITH AIDS. THIS PAST YEAR WE WERE RUNNING INTO THE ISSUE WITH THE MANAGER OF THE BUILDING. AND I REACHED OUT TO THE OFFICE AND THEY SUGGESTED CONTACTING TENANT’S I KNOW OF WASHINGTON AND THEY WERE REALLY HELPFUL AND SUPPORTS US. THE RESULT IS THAT WE HAVE A NEW MANAGEMENT COMPANY AND NONE OF OUR TENETS WERE EVICTED AND I FEEL LIKE THEY >>NUMBER 92? AND THEN 93 LYNN MORE. AND THEN LONNIE? >>HELLO. MY NAME IS CARLA ESQUIVEL. I’M A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER IN COLUMBIA CITY. STILL ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE AREAS. OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS IN BUSINESS I’VE SEEN A MULTITUDE OF SMALL BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE OF COLOR BUSINESSES BE FORCED TO LEAVE THE COMMUNITY THAT THEY LOVE. I CAN SEE AT LEAST TWO BUSINESSES LONG-TERM THAT MAY BE FORCED TO LEAVE BECAUSE RENTS ARE BEING TRIPLED. I THINK THE CITY NEEDS TO HELP PROTECT SMALL BUSINESSES FROM GOUGING RENT AND PROMOTE ONE OF THE MOST PROGRESSIVE TAX STRUCTURES IN THE COUNTRY. I WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE PEOPLE’S BUDGET IS WORKING WITH SMALL BUSINESSES LIKE MINE TO SPEARHEAD FUNDING FOR CENTRAL DISTRICT SURVEY WHICH WILL IDENTIFY KEY FACTORS THAT LEAD TO BUSINESS DISPLACEMENT AND DETERMINE STEPS THAT THE BUSINESS CAN TAKE TO LOOK AT THE MARGINALIZE BUSINESSES. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE FIBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. WE DON’T WANT TO TURN MAIN STREET INTO PLACE ONLY BIG CHAINS WITH DEEP POCKETS CAN AFFORD. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING. NUMBER 93 LYNN MOORE AND LONNIE AND NUMBER 95 KELSEY COOK. >>AS A COMMITTEE MEMBER WE ARE PROUD PEOPLE. SO I’M HERE TO SHARE THAT MY FATHER IS HOMELESS. HE HAD CARDIAC ARREST SIX TIMES AND IS NOW AT A REHAB CENTER. HE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE EXTREME TO RECEIVE THE SERVICES THAT HE NEEDS WAITING FOR HOUSING. FOR SOMEONE THAT UNDERSTANDS WERE MY FATHER IS AT I FEEL LIKE THE GOVERNMENT HERE IS TO MEDIATE HARM CAUSED BY WHITE ABLEST HETERO PATRIARCH CAPITALISM. THEY ARE THE PEOPLE THAT NEED TO THE MOST. NOT JUDGES AND BUSINESSES. NOT TO THE COPS. I PAY MORE TAXES THAN PESOS AND THE WEALTHY. I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO SERVE UP MY HEART ON A PLATTER TO YOU TO REMIND YOU OF WHO YOU SERVE. LET’S BE CLEAR. THE POLICE AND THE COURTS ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE. WHICH THE CITY COUNCIL AND THE ATTORNEY SUPPORTS. THEY SHOULD NOT BE ORGANIZING THEMSELVES OUT OF A JOB AND NOT ASKING FOR MORE FUNDING. 3 MILLION IT SHOULD NOT ALSO GO TOWARD THE VALOR ONE PEA PATCH. HERE TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY BASED FIRST RESPONDERS AND BYSTANDER TRAININGS FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE DEFECTIVE FIRST RESPONDERS IN NONMEDICAL EMERGENCIES AND ALSO I JUST WANTED TO SAY THE LAST PUBLIC HEARING YOUNG FOLKS PART OF YOU ARE HERE AT 9 PM. THERE WAS A LAST TO SPEAK WHILE THE JUDGES GOT PRIORITIZED. AND THAT IS NOT OKAY. >>HELLO. MY NAME IS A KEY TO ALL OF HER. AND THE COEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE JUSTICE. WHICH IS AN ARTS-BASED ALTERNATIVE TO INCARCERATION AND PARTNERS WITH COACH DOMINIC WITH COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS ON THE CONSORTIUM. I WANT TO ASK THE COUNCIL TO PLEASE NOT INVEST ADDITIONAL FUNDING INTO SEATTLE MENISCAL COURT WITH ENHANCED PROBATIN AND NOT INVEST HUNDRED $80,000 IN THE STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE WITHOUT A CLEAR PLAN AS TO WHAT IT DOES ME TO HAVE CASE CONFERENCING. AND UNDERSTAND THAT THE COURTS COULD EASILY VIOLATE PEOPLE’S RIGHTS BY NOT ENTERING WITH THAT PLAN ACTUALLY HONORS. WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A HEALTH- BASED APPROACH IN OUR COMMUNITIES. AND WOULD ASK YOU TO NOT INVEST MORE MONEY AND EMPHASIS INDIVIDUALS. WHAT I WANT YOU TO INVEST IN IS ENHANCING THE COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS. THOSE THAT ARE DOING FRONTLINE WORKING KEEP YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS FROM EVER TOUCHING THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM. A SYMBOL THAT IS TRAUMATIZING MANY TO. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO EMPHASIZE YOUR COMMITMENT TO THIS YOUR YOUTH ATTENTION RESOLUTION IN PHOTO FOUR YEARS AGO. AND THE CITY’S DESIRE TO GET TO A PLACE OF ENSURING THAT EVERY YOUNG PERSON AND COMMUNITY HAS THE FULL OPPORTUNITIES TO THRIVE. AND I WANT YOU TO INCENTIVIZE OUR USE IN THAT DIRECTION. PART OF CREATIVE JUSTICE PROGRAM IS TO ENSURE THAT EVERY YOUNG PERSON RECEIVES A STIPEND FOR THEIR TIME WITH US ACKNOWLEDGING ECONOMICS IS OFTEN THE DRIVER INTO THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM. WE LIVE IN A CITY THAT CONTINUALLY CRIMINALIZES POVERTY. TWO OF THE PROPOSALS PUT BEFORE YOU ARE FOR THE USE CONSORTIUM WHICH HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE DEVELOP VOICE AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS. BUT THOSE THAT I SPOKE WITH ARE ALSO HELPING TO FUND THE YOUTH STIPENDS THAT GIVES THOSE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM TO BE INVOLVED IN ARTS-BASED PROJECTS THAT ADVOCATE FOR CHANGES TO THAT SYSTEM. WE WANT TO HONOR THEIR BILLING IT’S BUT ALSO THAT CAPITALISM PLAYS A ROLE IN THE WAY YOUNG PEOPLE ARE DRIVEN INTO THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM. DO NOT INVEST IN COURTS AND POLICE. AND RECENT COMMUNITY-BASED ALTERNATIVES. >>THANK YOU. >>HERE COMES LONNIE. LONNIE, JESSE IN THE NUMBER 96. >>HELLO. I AM LONNIE. I AM CURRENTLY RESIDENT AT THE TONY HOUSE. TO MY UNDERSTANDING LAST YEAR OR THE YEAR BEFORE THERE WAS ALMOST A HALF-MILLION DOLLARS SPENT ON PICKING UP TRASH AND CAMPSITES THROUGHOUT SEATTLE. THAT COULD HAVE GONE TO HELPING PEOPLE WITH THE TINY HOUSES. >>USE THE MICROPHONE PLEASE. >>THEY ARE DETRIMENTAL TO OUR SOCIETY AND TO THE PUBLIC. AND CLEANING UP THE STREETS AND EVERYTHING THE TINY HOUSES ARE REAL AND THE HELP IS THERE TO REJUVENATE PEOPLE. HELPING THEM OUT OF POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS. IT IS VITAL TO OUR COMMUNITY. AND I JUST ASK YOU TO PLEASE PUT SOME FUNDING TOWARD MORE TINY HOUSES. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING. >>95? >>HELLO. MY NAME IS JESSE. I’M AT THE WHITTIER HOUSE IN WHITTIER HEIGHTS TINY HOUSE HOMELESS VILLAGE. I AM SO THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL TO BE THERE. WHEN I WAS FOUND I WAS STAYING IN MY CAR AND NOW I CAN LOCK MY DOOR I CAN GO TO THE BATHROOM AND I CAN TAKE A SHOWER. I CAN COOK I CAN WASH MY CLOTHES AND I’M JUST VERY THANKFUL FOR THAT. AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND TROUBLE LISTENING TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. I AM ASKING THAT YOU THINK MORE ABOUT THE FAMILIES WHO NEED THESE HELPS. THE BABY BOOMERS LIKE ME. AND EVERYONE WHO REALLY TRULY NEEDS YOUR HELP. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING JESSE. >>TO WE HAVE 96 HERE? OKAY. DON BLAELY I DON’T SEE HIM. HAVE A 98? I CANNOT READ THE NAME ON 98. AFTER 98, WE HAVE THE REVEREND ANGELA YANG AND THEN 100. FARM REDUCTION RESEARCH TREATMENT CENTER. BUT I DON’T KNOW WHO HAS NUMBER 100. >>HELLO. I HAVE 98 MY NAME IS MISTER CHEN. >>SORRY ABOUT THAT. MY NAME IS IN A IS ARISTA CHEN AND I’M THE ORGANIZING DIRECTOR AT FEAST SEATTLE. A FOOD JUSTICE ORGANIZATION LED BY USE OF COLOR AND SOUTH SEATTLE AND SOUTH KING COUNTY. FEAST IS HERE TO CELEBRATE THE SOUTH BEND. WE SUPPORT FUNDING FREEDOM SCHOOLS A BIG SHOUT OUT TO TERREL AND WERE BLOCK FOR THEIR SUPPORT. AND THOSE IN SOUTH SEATTLE AND SOUTH KING COUNTY WHO COULD NOT BE HERE TONIGHT. AS IT IS PRETTY LATE. WE ARE HERE TODAY TO ADVOCATE FOR FOOD JUSTICE BY FINDING SCRATCH COOKING FOR SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. INCLUDING PURCHASING SCRATCH COOKING EQUIPMENT AND FUNDING TRAINING FOR CAFETERIA STAFF. NOT TO USE $3 MILLION TO FUND P PATCHES AS THEY PROPOSED. A LOT OF WHICH WE GO TOWARD LAND ACQUISITION IN BALLARD. STUDENTS ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT USE THE FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM SCHOOL IS WHERE THEY GET TWO OUT OF THE THREE MEALS FOR THE DAY. HOWEVER, IN STUDIES DONE IN SOUTH KING COUNTY THIS PAST YEAR PROXIMALLY ONE OUT OF FOUR STUDENTS SKIP SCHOOL LUNCH EVERY DAY AND STUDENTS HAVE REPORTED THAT SKIPPING LUNCH MAKES THEM FEEL SLEEPY LIKE THEY CANNOT FOCUS AND ULTIMATELY NEGATIVELY IMPACTS THEIR ABILITY TO LEARN. HOWEVER, 73% OF STUDENTS SAID THAT THEY WOULD EAT LUNCH MORE OFTEN IF THERE WERE FRESHER ITEMS AND MORE VARIETY ON THE MENU. SUPPORTING SPS AND MAKING US FROM SCRATCH RATHER THAN USING PREPACKAGED MEALS AND INGREDIENTS IS THE KEY TO GETTING FRESH HEALTHY ITEMS ON THE LUNCH MENU AS THE MEALS THAT OUR STUDENTS WILL ACTUALLY EAT AND ULTIMATELY SUPPORTING THE STUDENTS DESIRE TO DO THEIR BEST IN SCHOOL. WE NEED TO FIND A SYSTEMIC CHANGE IN THE SCHOOLS. THIS IS ONE PART BUT WE DO KNOW THAT THE MOST URGENT AND EFFECTIVE WAYS TO MAKE SYSTEMIC EQUITABLE CHANGE FOR FOOD JUSTICE IS TO FUND SCRATCH COOKING INCLUDING EQUIPMENT FOR CAFETERIAS AND TRAINING FOR KITCHEN STAFF. WHEN A STUDENT CAN EAT FRESH MEALS THE AIRPORT FEELING HEALTHIER AND MORE ENGAGED. WE URGE THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER AN ADOPTIVE BUDGET THAT INCLUDES ROBUST FUNDING FOR SCRATCH COOKING IN THE SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND A HEALTHIER MORE ADDRESSED AND EQUITABLE FUTURE FOR ALL OF HER STUDENTS. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING. >>99? >>DOES SOMEONE HAVE 99? >>OKAY. >>GOOD EVENING. COME ON IN. SO WE HAVE 43 FAITH LEADERS FROM THE MUSLIM JEWISH CHRISTIAN SIKH AND BUDDHISTS A NUMBER OF THEM HAD TO LEAVE SO I INVITED MY SOUTHERN SISTERS TO JOIN ME IN SOLIDARITY SO THEY ARE HERE WITH ME. GOOD EVENING. I AM THE REVEREND ANGELA YANG. I AM SENIOR PASTOR AT THE CHURCH OF CHRIST. WHERE WE ARE A SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMUNITY. ON THE SOUTH END HERE WE ARE IN COALITION WITH PARTNERS SUCH AS GOT GREEN. THE FREEDOM SCHOOL WHICH YOUNG PEOPLE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER. USE AN INSTITUTIONAL RACISM. NO NEW JAIL FOR THE YOUTH AND ALSO RE-WALL. WITH RAVENNA AND RAINIER VALLEY. AND SOUTH AND RAPID RESPONSE. NOT TO MENTION BLACK POWER REPRESENTED COOPERATIVE FOLKS I’M HERE TONIGHT AS I SPEAK ON BEHALF OF OF 43 FAITH LEADERS AND THEIR FAITH COMMUNITIES. JEWISH, CHRISTIAN, MUSLIM, SIKH BUDDHIST THE SYNAGOGUES CHURCHES MOSQUES AND TEMPLES. THE NUMBER OF SIGNATORIES IS GROWING. AS LEADERS OF FAITH WE URGE THEM TO EXPAND THE NUMBER OF TINY HOUSE VILLAGES AS WE SPOKEN TONIGHT TO PROVIDE BASIC SAFETY AND HUMAN DIGNITY TO THOSE CURRENTLY LIVING ON THE STREETS. IT IS A CRISIS CALLING OUT FOR JUST REMEDIES. LAST YEAR THERE WAS A RECORD OF HUNDRED 91 PEOPLE WHO DIED IN SEATTLE AND KING COUNTY STREETS. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. THAT IS UNJUST. AND WE FOUND IN AMONG 5228 PEOPLE WILL BE ON THE STREETS. GOING THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY WITHOUT ANY SHELTER. TONIGHT OVER 3500 PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO GO TO SLEEP UNDER BRIDGES AND INTENSE ON SIDEWALKS IN ABANDONED BUILDINGS AND THAT IS JUST PLAIN UNACCEPTABLE. BUT WE CAN FIX THIS. THEY’VE PROVEN TO BEING A LIFELINE FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT HOMES AS THEY SHARE TONIGHT. AND THEY GAVE WITNESS. CURRENTLY WE HAVE NINE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES WHICH ARE THRIVING IN SEATTLE PROVIDING LIFE-SAVING SHELTER AND COMMUNITY TO HUNDREDS OF WOMEN, FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN, LGBTQ PEOPLE, STRAIGHT AND COUPLES, IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS AND EVEN PEOPLE WITH PETS. OOPS THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE NOT AND CANNOT ACCESS TRADITIONAL SHELTERS. MANY OF OUR FAITH COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN BUILDING AND SPONSORING TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. THANK YOU REVEREND. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. CAN YOU GIVE US YOUR LAST SENTENCE PLEASE? >>WE ARE EXCITED THAT THE CITY COUNCIL AND COUPLE MENDER’S WANT HAS BROUGHT FOR LEGISLATION TO ALLOW FOR UP TO 40 TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IN THE CITY AND WE DO HOPE THAT YOU SUPPORTED FOR HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHTS. TINY HOUSE VILLAGES WORK SWEEPS DON’T. >>THANK YOU. >>DOES SOMEONE HAVE NUMBER 100? HARM REDUCTION RESEARCH? >>INTRODUCE YOURSELVES PLEASE? >>MY NAME IS HARMONY OF INTEREST. I AM A RESEARCH AND CLINICIAN IN THE HARM REDUCTION RESEARCH CENTER. I’M HERE TO ASK THAT YOU DO NOT ALLOCATE $170,000 TO THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL COURT FOR ENHANCED PROBATION. I AM HERE TO VOICE MY CONCERNS ABOUT THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM ATTEMPTED TO USE THE LANGUAGE OF HARM REDUCTION TO FURTHER INVEST AND EXPAND ITSELF. HARM REDUCTION IS A SET OF APPROACHES THAT AIM TO REDUCE HARM OFTEN SUBSTANCE RELATED AND TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE. HARM REDUCTION IS NOT COERCED OR MANDATED TREATMENT. AND IT IS NOT INTERVENTIONS THAT INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD THAT MEMBERS OF MARGINALIZED AND STIGMATIZED COMMUNITIES WILL FIND THEMSELVES ENMESHED AN INHERENTLY ADVERSARIAL SYSTEM. WE ONLY HAVE A FEW MINUTES I WILL NOT USE THEM TO READ THE LONGER DEFINITIONS OF HARM REDUCTION IN THIS BOOK. A BOOK THAT RESPECTS THE COMMUNITIES THE FIRST ARTICULATED THESE PRINCIPLES. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE ONE OF THE AUTHORS. AND THE CODIRECTOR OF THE HARM REDUCTION RESEARCH AND TREATMENT CENTER. DOCTOR SEYMOUR, TEMPE. >>A GOOD EVENING. I AM A PSYCHOLOGIST A CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER AND AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN PSYCHIATRY AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER. I CODIRECT THE HARM REDUCTION TREATMENT CENTER ALONG WITH DOCTOR SUSAN COLLINS THE PROFESSION AT WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY. DOCTOR COLLINS AND I PREPARED THE STATEMENT JOINTLY. WE ARE ALL HERE TONIGHT AND INVESTED IN THE SAME THING. HOW CAN WE HELP PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN MARGINALIZED BY SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER AND PROTECT PUBLIC SAFETY? TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION, WE HAVE SPENT THE PAST 13 YEARS CONDUCTING A SERIES OF PEER- REVIEWED EVALUATIONS RIGHT HERE IN SEATTLE. WITH THE VERY POPULATION THAT IS PROPOSING TO SERVE. STUDY AFTER STUDY HAS SHOWN THAT OVERALL THIS POPULATION DOES NOT RESPOND WELL TO LEGAL COERCION OR EVEN ABSTINENCE- BASED TREATMENT. SPECIFICALLY THE POPULATION HAS BEEN THROUGH ABSTINENCE-BASED TREATMENTS 16 TIMES ON AVERAGE. THE ATTENDANCE IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH DECREASED SUBSTANCE USE OR RELATED HARM. WHAT DOES WORK TO HELP BOTH PEOPLE WHO USED SUBSTANCES AND TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY? HARM REDUCTION APPROACHES WHICH SUPPORT PEOPLE’S AUTONOMY TO MOVE TOWARD POSITIVE BEHAVIOR CHANGE ON THEIR OWN TERMS AND TIMELINES. EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT CURRENTLY READY, WILLING OR ABLE TO STOP USING. IN THE PAST 13 YEARS, WE HAVE SCIENTIFICALLY EVALUATED MANY HARM REDUCTION APPROACHES. DSC LOW BARRIER HOUSING FIRST APPROACH SEATTLE’S LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTED DIVERSION PROGRAM AND THE NAVIGATION CENTER AS WELL AS OUR OWN THE HARM REDUCTION INTERVENTIONS WHICH WE OFFER AT HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER. WE HAVE REPEATEDLY FOUND THAT HARM REDUCTION APPROACHES WHICH DO NOT REQUIRE ABSTINENCE OR EVEN USE REDUCTION ARE NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ENABLING INCREASED USE. INSTEAD HARM REDUCTION APPROACHES ARE ASSOCIATED IN EVERY STUDY WITH REDUCED USE AND SUBSTANCE RELATED HARM. COMMUNITY LEVEL PROGRAMS LIKE HOUSING FIRST AND LEADER ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH DECREASED INVOLVEMENT WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND LEGAL SYSTEMS WHEN COMPARED TO SYSTEMS AS USUAL. THEY NEED TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. LET ME BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT HARM REDUCTION IS VERSUS WHAT IT IS NOT. NO DEFINITION OF HARM REDUCTION WOULD SUPPORT ENHANCED PROBATION MANDATED ABSTINENCE-BASED TREATMENT OR COERCION BY THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND LEGAL SYSTEMS. WELL-INTENTIONED AS THEY MAY BE, SUCH APPROACHES ARE DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED TO EVERYTHING THAT THE HARM REDUCTION FIELD STANDS FOR AND EVERY RESEARCH FINDING THAT WE HAVE ACCUMULATED OVER THE PAST 13 YEARS. WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO NOT SUPPORT FUNDING ENHANCED PROBATION AND OTHER LEGALLY COERCIVE APPROACHES. AND INSTEAD ALLOCATE FUNDING TO ALREADY PROVEN EVIDENCE-BASED TRUE HARM REDUCTION PRACTICES. THOSE THAT AIM TO REDUCE SUBSTANCE RELATED HARM AND IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT ARE GROUNDED IN THE COMMUNITY AND THAT PROMOTE SOCIAL AND RACIAL JUSTICE. THANK YOU. >>COURTNEY JACKSON. EVEN THOUGH I CONSPICUOUS IN ACADEMIC OR PROFESSIONAL I’M CHOOSING TO SPEAK WITH YOU AS A COMMITTEE MEMBER. WHOSE FAMILY HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY SOME OF THE POLICIES WE ARE DISCUSSING TODAY. JUSTICE IS A NEBULOUS CONCEPT INTO WE LEARN TO THINK IN TERMS OF THE MATERIAL REALITY. FOR ME THAT REALITY MANIFESTED IN A FATAL DISEASE TRANSMITTE TO MY STEPFATHER THROUGH THE DRUGS THAT LANDED HIM IN PRISON OR THE TATTOOS THAT PROVED HE HAD BEEN THERE. IT MANIFEST IN THE FELONY CHARGE THE CAPTAIN FROM THE TRANSPLANT HE NEEDED TO LIVE AND IT MANIFESTED IN THE FINANCIAL AND PERSONAL WHOLE THAT HIS DEATH LEFT IN MY FAMILY. SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT JUSTICE, WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE PUNISHMENT THAT WE GIVE TO AN INDIVIDUAL IS THE PUNISHMENT THAT WE GIVE TO THE FAMILY. THIS IS NOT JUSTICE. EXPANDING AN INHERENTLY OPPRESSIVE SYSTEM IS NOT JUSTICE. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>101 IS JOY STANTON AND 102 IS LORALEE STERN. AND 103 IS BARBARA FINNEY. DO WE HAVE THOSE PEOPLE. >>MY NAME IS JOY STANTON. >>HOLD EFFORTS THE SECOND. DO WE HAVE 102 103? OKAY. GREAT. IS 102 HERE? OKAY. COME ON UP. THANK YOU. THANK YOU JOEY PROCEED. >>THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE EVERYONE STAYING UP LATE. YOU ALL LOOK GREAT. I KNOW YOU’RE KIND OF HUNGRY BUT HERE’S WHAT ABOUT ME. MY NAME IS JOY STANTON. I’M ALUMNI OF 1811. I’M ALUMNI OF THE STREETS. AND I’M ALSO AN ALUMNI OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. I REALLY THINK THAT IT IS ALL OF OUR JOB TO MONITOR THE NARRATIVE THAT WE ARE GETTING PEOPLE. WHAT WE ARE TELLING THE PUBLIC TONIGHT I HEARD THE TERM HARM REDUCTION. IT WAS USED APPROXIMATELY 42 TIMES. OKAY. WHEN I READ THE PROPOSAL FOR THE ENHANCEMENT OF PROBATION IN THERE THEY SAID THAT THEY TRAIN PEOPLE IN HARM REDUCTION. THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE, THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE, THEY COMMITTED AND TOLD US ABOUT THINGS THAT JUST DON’T WORK. LIKE GRADUATED WHAT WAS IT? SORRY. OH THEIR EGO. GRADUAL GRADUATED SANCTIONS. AND OTHER SMALL INCENTIVES. THOSE DON’T WORK. I MEAN I’M NOT TRYING TO TELL YOU YOUR JOB. BUT STAY IN YOUR LANE. I MEAN HARM REDUCTION IS GRASSROOTS. WE LEARN FROM PEOPLE LIKE BILL HOBSON WHO STARTED DSC. ALAN MORAN WHO HELPED WRITE THIS BOOK. DOCTOR IS CIMA CLOSE TO SAPI WHO HELPED WRITE THIS BOOK. AND IF YOU SCOUR THE PAGES OF THIS BOOK YOU WILL SEE NO MENTION OF REQUIREMENTS. OTHER THEN WHERE YOU ARE AT, WHAT YOU NEED AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP YOU GET THERE. AND THAT DOESN’T MEAN A FREE RIDE. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU ON THIS COUNCIL THAT THINKS THAT’S, YOU ARE WRONG. >>THANK YOU JOEY. >>LAURA? BARBARA FINNEY AND TERESA BARKER. >>HELLO. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYONE STAYING SO LATE. MY NAME IS LORALEE STURM. AND I’M A SOCIAL WORK STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. I JUST STARTED MY SECOND YEAR. I AM ALSO THE OUTREACH MANAGER FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF STREET MEDICINE OF THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGE. I AM HERE TO OPPOSE THE REMOVAL OF THE FUNDS AND SUPPORT COUNCIL MEMBERS PROPOSAL TO BUILD UP TO 40 MORE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES ACROSS THE CITY. THE CITY HAS TRIED A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS. ONE OF THE MAIN CRITIQUES I KNOW YOU’VE HEARD 1 MILLION TIMES, IS THAT THE CITY IS FUNDING METHODS THAT DON’T WORK. BUT HERE IS THE THING, TINY HOUSE VILLAGES DO WORK. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS I’VE HAD INCREDIBLE CHANCE TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH INDIVIDUALS IN THE NORTH LAKESITE. ONE OF THE VILLAGES THAT MAYOR DURKIN INTENDS TO SHUT DOWN. FOLKS THAT HAVE A CHANCE TO BUILD LEADERSHIP OF ELEMENT SKILLS AND GAIN A REAL SENSE OF INDEPENDENCE. THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS IS BY PROVIDING HOUSING. WHY ARE WE SPENDING MONEY TO TAKE HOUSING AWAY? WHAT GOAL ARE WE REALLY SERVING WHEN WE PROPOSE REMOVING HOUSING? THERE IS NO CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE BEING PROPOSED TO HOUSE THOSE THAT ARE CURRENTLY STABLE LIVING IN THOSE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES THAT THEY WANT TO SHUT DOWN. THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGE RESIDENTS WILL BE HOMELESS AT THE MAYOR’S BUDGET PROPOSAL PASSES AS IS. WE WILL THEN SPEND EVEN MORE MONEY ON A NAVIGATION TEAM TO WHAT EXACTLY? CONNECT THESE HOMELESS RESIDENTS TO SERVICES TO HELP THEM FIND HOUSING? THEY ALREADY HAVE IT. USE THE RESOURCES TO BUILD MORE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES AND BUILD THE COMMUNITY. I WANT TO END BY ASKING YOU TO TAKE A MOMENT AND THINK HONESTLY ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU TO HAVE A DOOR. PEOPLE REFER TO IT HAVING A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD. THAT’S REALLY TRANSACTIONAL. HAVING YOUR OWN DOOR IS WHAT IS TRANSFORMATIONAL. CONTRIBUTE TO THE TRANSFORMATION THE CITY BY INVESTING IN THE SOLUTIONS THAT EMPOWER THE COMMUNITY. AND VEST IN THE DIGNITY OF OUR RESIDENTS BY SUPPORTING COUNCIL MEMBER SALONS PROPOSAL TO BUILD MORE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES AND PRESERVE OUR EXISTING VILLAGES. THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN. >>103 IS BARBARA FINNEY. IS ONE OF THREE HERE? OKAY. TERESA BARKER IS 104? RUTH BURGE IS ONE OF FIVE? LOTS AHMED 106? OKAY. COME ON UP. AND THEN WE HAVE 107. IS 107 HERE? GOOD. 106 AND 107. IS DOMINIQUE DAVIS HAS ALREADY SPOKEN. SO WE HAVE CARLO AT 109. IS CARLO HERE? GOOD. OKAY. IF YOU ALL LINE UP THERE THAT WOULD BE GREAT. >>OKAY. MY NAME IS PETER VENTER. TAKE YOU FOR BEING HERE. I KNOW YOU’VE BEEN HERE FOR A LONG TIME. WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE BASE DECISION. WE SUPPORT THIS PLAN. WE SUPPORTED. WE SUPPORT ALSO THE DRIVERS THAT CAN HELP DRIVING AROUND OUR CITY THE DON’T HAVE ANY HELP. AND ALSO WE SUPPORT THE HOUSING AND TRANSIT BOARD. WE HAVE A LOT HERE. IT’S VERY SAD TO SEE THEM LIKE THIS EVERY DAY. I RECOMMEND PUTTING IT OUT HERE. DO THAT FOR THEM. TRY YOUR BEST TO PUT MORE MONEY THERE FOR THE HOMELESS. WHEN WE SEE THEM IT IS SAD. FOR ME AND FOR EVERYONE OF US. LET’S GIVE THEM A PLACE. LET’S MAKE SEATTLE THE BEST CITY IN THE U.S. AND ACCOMMODATE OUR HOMELESS. ANOTHER THING, MY FRIEND HAS PUT THIS BEFORE. I WILL SAY IT AGAIN, THE PROPOSED SHARE PLAN HAS PEOPLE UNDERSTANDING THAT IT IS NOT A PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM WITH THE DOLLAR $.50 GO TO ENSURING. IT DOESN’T BENEFIT ME OR THE 30 PEOPLE DRIVING IN SEATTLE. WHEN YOU GET INTO AN ACCIDENT THEY WILL TURN YOU OUT OF THE SYSTEM. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU COUNCILMEMBER AND THANK YOU FOR STAYING THIS LATE. MY NAME IS LOTS AHMED. I AM AN UBER DRIVER AND A LEADER OF A COMMITTEE. I’M JUST HERE TO SUPPORT WHAT THEY SAID IS REALLY ENOUGH. I HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO ADD REALLY. BUT I AM HERE TO SUPPORT THE FAIR SHARE PLAN. OUR COMMUNITY IS DIVERSE AS YOU KNOW. THEY ALL SUPPORT THIS FAIR SHARE PLAN. I WANT TO JUST MENTION VERY QUICKLY WHAT COMES FROM THE DRIVER TOGETHER TO MAKE SEATTLE GROWTH AND HOW IT WORKS FOR EVERYONE. THE FAIR SHARE PLAN PRIORITY IS A LIVING WAGE AFTER EXPENSES. TO MAKE SURE THAT SEATTLE IS THE FIRST CITY IN THE NATION AND THEY DESERVE A POWERFUL VOICE AND SUPPORT THE SOLID INCENTIVE WHICH IS MORE NEED FOR THE DRIVERS. WE ARE ALL ASKING FOR THAT. AND WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP TO SUPPORT US FOR THE FAIR SHARE PLAN. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION. COME ON UP. >>HELLO. MY NAME IS HOSSEIN I AM A VOLUNTEER WITH MOM’S DEMAND ACTION. AND FOR GUN SAFETY. MY NAME IS CATHERINE PARKER AND I ALSO VOLUNTEER. >>MY NAME IS LAUREN OH AND I ALSO VOLUNTEER HERE. >>I LIVE IN WEST SEATTLE. AND I AM HERE BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WE KNOW THEIR EVIDENCE- BASED SOLUTIONS TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF GUN VIOLENCE THAT WE ARE SUFFERING FROM IN SEATTLE. WE REALLY WANT TO THOSE SOLUTIONS TO CONTINUOUSLY BE FULLY FUNDED. AND I’M REFERRING TO COMMUNITY- BASED VIOLENCE INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION MEASURES IN THOSE ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE. SUCH AS CHOOSE 180 COMMUNITY PASSAGEWAYS AND OTHERS. RESEARCH SHOWS US THAT SOME OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS OF REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. BUT THEY LIVE FARTHER UPSTREAM. AND SOCIAL JUSTICE POLICIES AND IN FUNDING CHOICES. THESE PROGRAMS HAVE EXTRAORDINARY MENTORS THEY WORK TO KEEP SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY DO TO KEEP STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS BY DIVERTING SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS BY PROVIDING A SCHOOL DAY ALTERNATIVE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS. >>THE BRAVE AND REMARKABLE YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THESE PROGRAMS HAVE FACED TREMENDOUS DIVERSITY AMONG HIGHLY CHALLENGING AND INEQUITABLE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LED THEM TO THE GATEWAY OR INTO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. WHILE THE ODDS WERE CLEARLY STACKED AGAINST THEM BECAUSE OF THE HARD WORK THEY HAVE DONE TO THESE EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS THEY HAVE MADE GENUINE COMMITMENTS TO FIND NEW PATHS THE POSITION THEM TO AVOID GUNS AND CRIME AND BUILD STABLE HEALTHY AND HAPPY LIVES. THESE INTERVENTION AND RETORTED RESTORATIVE JUSTICE POSSIBILITIES ARE THE BEST OPTION FOR THEM BEFORE INVOLVEMENT IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. THE YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECTED TO LONG AND COSTLY POLICE INVESTIGATIONS PROSECUTOR EVALUATIONS LENGTHY COURT PROCESSES OR DETENTION IN ANYTHING BUT THE MOST EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES. WE KNOW THAT BOTH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND GUN VIOLENCE DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT BLACK AND BROWN SEATTLEITES AND THOSE OF THE LOWEST SOCIO-AUTO ECONOMIC BRACKETS. WHILE THESE COMMUNITY BASED PROGRAMS ARE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO SUPPORT AND UPLIFT THEM. WE KNOW THAT DETENTION OUTCOMES ARE UNLIKELY TO DO ANYTHING TO DETER FUTURE CRIMINAL OFFENSES. >>WE DO UNDERSTAND THAT SOME FUNDING HAS BEEN ALLOCATED FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN 2020. WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO PROVE THESE IN YOUR FINAL BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS. HOWEVER WE ALSO HOPE THAT YOU WILL CONSIDER INCREASING FUNDING AGAIN IN 2021 AND BEYOND. AS WE DO KNOW THAT THERE IS A MUCH GREATER OPPORTUNITY FOR SEATTLE TO SEE A DRASTIC REDUCTION IN GUN VIOLENCE WITH THE HELP OF THESE PROGRAMS. THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME CONSENSUS AMONG SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND ALSO CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE COUNCIL THIS FALL THAT THE COMMUNITY BASED VIOLENC INTERVENTION PROGRAMS SUCH AS CHOOSE 180 AND COMMUNITY PASSAGEWAYS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL. SO MY FELLOW EVERY TOWN AND MOMS ADVOCATES WANT TO ENSURE THAT EVERYTHING POSSIBLE IS BEING DONE TO ACT UPON THESE BELIEFS AND INCREASE PUBLIC FUNDING FOR THESE INCREDIBLE ORGANIZATIONS. WE KNOW THAT WE CAN AND GUN VIOLENCE AT THE SAME TIME CREATE BRIGHTER AND MORE EQUITABLE FUTURES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP. >>THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING. >>CARLO 109? >>WE HAVE JAMES LOCKHART? >>HOLD ON. JUST A SECOND. JAMES LOCKHART 111 AND DEVON REYNOLDS FOR 112 AND PHILIP CURRIER 115. DO I HAVE HANDS HERE? OKAY MOVING ON TO 114 AND THAT? 115 A RESTORE? 116 JESSICA? >>OKAY. BINGO. AND THEN DEN ROCHE AT 117? MELISSA PURCELL 118? OKAY. GREAT. IF YOU COULD JUST LINE UP WE HAVE THREE PEOPLE GO AHEAD. >>MY NAME IS CARLA NIKKI. I’M A RESIDENT AT THE SAFE HARBOR VILLAGE OPERATED BY LEHIGH AND IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BORDERS OF SEATTLE. WE’VE HEARD ALL NIGHT HOW PEOPLE NEED TO HELP THE HOMELESS. AND I’M THANKFUL FOR THAT. AND I DO APPRECIATE THAT. BUT THAT’S NOT THE WAY I LIKE TO FRAME THIS ARGUMENT. YOU GUYS ARE UP FOR REELECTION. NOT ONLY DO I SUPPORT THE TINY CABINETS I WOULD BE TELLING CONSTITUENTS THAT I WANT ONE HERE FIRST. U.S. MOM-AND-POP IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, IF WE LEFT TO HIT THEIR BOTTOM LINE? IF WE LEFT, WOULD TENANTS GO UP? WOULD NEEDLES BE ON THE STREETS? WE HAVE SHARP BOXES. WE TAKE 60 TENTHS OFF THE STREETS WITH ONE CAMP. AND WE ARE RIGHT THERE AT THE CRUISE SHIPS. YOU THINK TOURISTS WANT TO SEE TENTS? SO THE TINY CABINS ALSO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL KIDS TO LEARN CARPENTRY BY HELPING VOLUNTEER TO BUILD THE CABINS. THIS COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. THEREFORE-YEAR-OLD THAT HELP MAKE SACK LUNCHES. A LOT OF US WORK. I WORK FOR THE CONSERVATION CORPS. WE GIVE A LOT TO THE COMMUNITY TOO. THERE IS A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY THEY CAN BE MADE BY WORKING WITH THE TINY CABIN VILLAGES. ALSO WE ARE A GREAT LAB. IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA WE WOULD LOVE TO TRY TO TEST IT OUT. LET’S FIGURE OUT WHAT WORKS. IF WE CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT WORKS HERE WE CAN EXPORTED TO OTHER STATES AND THE FEWER HOMELESS WILL COME TO OUR STATE FROM THE OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. IT ONLY SEEMS TO MAKE SENSE TO EXPAND THIS WHEN WE KNOW IT WORKS. I HAVE CLEANED UP SOME OF THOSE UNSANCTIONED CAMPSITES. TWO PEOPLE IN A CAMPSITE FOR ABOUT A MONTH AND F3 50 DUMP BED AND IT F2 50 FULL OF TRASH AND ONE OF THE PARKS. TWO PEOPLE. WE TAKE 60 TENTHS OFF THE STREET WITH ONE CAMP. THANK YOU. >>HELLO. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. MY NAME IS JESSICA’S COWS OH. AND I AM JUST HERE TO SUPPORT MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT SPOKE TONIGHT. I HAVE A LOT OF ISSUES THAT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT. MY LIST IS THAT WE DEFINITELY NEED RENT CONTROL AND I THINK A MASSIVE EXPANSION OF PUBLIC AFFORDABLE HOUSING AS WELL AS TINY HOMES THE MORE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT IT THE MORE I AM IN FAVOR OF IT. SOMEONE MENTIONED TONIGHT TO HOUSING FIRST MODEL WHICH I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT TO SOLVING A LOT OF OTHER ISSUES THAT WE HAVE IN THE CITY AND BEYOND. I’M ALSO HERE FOR WORKING FOR ALL LEGISLATION TO HAVE CORPORATIONS IN SEATTLE PAID FOR ALL OF THEIR WORKERS. AND, I WOULD DEFINITELY PREFER US TO FUND POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY INSTEAD OF A POLICE FORCE EXPANSION. AND EXPANDS THE LEAD PROGRAM HERE. AND I DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE REACH SOCIAL WORKERS BUT THE MORE I’VE HEARD THEM TALK THE MORE I THINK WE DEFINITELY NEED MORE FUNDING TO O TO THEM.SO MORE CAN THEN BE AVAILABLE TO HELP MORE PEOPLE. ALSO, THE RANIER BEACH AND USE THIS CONSORTIUM NEEDS TO BE FUNDED. I WAS VERY HAPPY TO HEAR THEM SPEAK TONIGHT. AND FUNDING HERE I AM GLAD TO HEAR THIS SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL SUPPORTS THE GREEN NEW DEAL AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A LOT OF FUNDING GOING TO THAT. BRINGING JOBS AND TRAINING HERE. AND THE LAST THING I HAVE, IS ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE. AND THE MASS SHOOTINGS. I WAS HAPPY TO HEAR THE THREE WOMEN THAT SPOKE ABOUT THAT TONIGHT. I WOULD ALSO PIGGYBACK ON TOP OF THAT, THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME FUNDING GOING TO GET THE INFORMATION OUT ABOUT EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDERS. BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT YOU CAN PETITION THE COURT TO GET GUNS TAKEN AWAY FROM SOMEONE THAT IS A RISK TO THEMSELVES OR OTHERS. AND I DO LIKE WHAT CALIFORNIA HAS DONE HERE BECAUSE THEY’VE EXTENDED THAT BEYOND POLICE OFFICER’S. TO COWORKERS AND TEACHERS AND THE WORKS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>OKAY. SOME A CALL NEXT ON CHARITY AND SETH? WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME UP? WHATEVER’S CONVENIENT FOR YOU IF YOU CAN REACH THAT ONE. >>THANK YOU. THANK YOU ALSO FOR LETTING US SKIP THE LINE A LITTLE BIT. WE ARE HAPPY TO WAIT OUR TURN. ANYWAY THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING. MY PARTNER CHARITY AND I LISTEN AFFORDABLE HOUSING THROUGH CAPITOL HILL HOUSING. WE FEEL EXTREMELY GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. THE SAFETY, SECURITY AND STABILITY OF THE HOUSING HAS ENABLED US TO REALIZE OUR POTENTIAL AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. WE’VE HOUSED A SERIES OF LIVING CAREGIVERS WHO HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD A RESUME AND JOB SKILLS AND INDEPENDENCE INSTEAD OF SUCCUMBING TO THE CRISIS IN THEIR LIVES AND BECOME HOMELESS THEMSELVES. WE WATCHED OUR NEIGHBORS KIDS. CHARITY HAS A P PATCH PLOT THAT FEEDS THE NEIGHBORS IN OUR BUILDING BUT ALSO OUR RON HOWES NEIGHBORS WHO USED IT AS A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO SPEND THEIR DAYS AND OFTEN DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO FRESH VEGETABLES. BY THE WAY SHE SITS HERE IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE GARDEN GNOMES WHO WANT TO SAVE THE BALLARD P PATCH BUT ALSO ARE WITH THE WOULD BE GARDEN GNOMES WHO WOULD BE HERE TO ADVOCATE FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE PROGRAM TO LOWER INCOME PARTS OF OUR CITY TOO IF THEY WEREN’T LOOKING FOR NEW PLACE TO LIVE WHERE THEY CAN AFFORD THE RENT. THE SOLIDARITY ALSO EXTENDS THE CHILDREN THAT WE COULD HELP BY FUNDING A SCRATCH COOKING PROGRAM AND THAT MONEY IS PROBABLY BETTER SPENT THERE. I HAVE THE TIME AND SECURITY TO TRY TO ORGANIZE THE UNION AT THE PLACENTA FROM WHICH I WAS RECENTLY FIRED FOR THAT ACTIVITY DO NOT BECOME HOMELESS BEFORE I WAS ABLE TO SECURE EMPLOYMENT. WE HAVE THE TIME TO EXPLORE ORGANIZING WITH THE TENANT UNIT. WE HAVE TIME TO BE EDUCATED CITIZENS AND KNOCK ON OUR NEIGHBORS DOORS TO ADVOCATES THEY VOTE AGAINST I 976 AND WE HAVE TIME TO DO OUR CIVIC DUTY TO COME HERE AND PESTER ALL OF YOU. NONE OF THAT WOULD BE POSSIBLE IF THE LANDLORD WAS FREE TO RAISE OUR RENT EVERY YEAR. HIS BEHAVIOR ON THE PART OF THE CITY’S LANDLORDS THE WORST OF IT BY BIG CORPORATE DEVELOPERS OFFENDS NOT ONLY THE LIVES OF INDIVIDUALS WITH MUNIZ THAT THEY CREATE WHEN THEY ARE ABLE TO STAY IN PLACE. COUNCIL MEMBERS, COMMUNITY IS A FRAGILE THING THAT TAKES A LONG TIME TO BUILD BUT WHICH CAN BE DESTROYED EASILY BY THE CRUEL INDIFFERENCE OF ECONOMIC CONVICTION. WE HAVE TO STOP THE BRUTAL DISRUPTON OF OUR COMMUNITIES. THE COUNCIL WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO START THAT WORK LAST YEAR BUT PASSING THE TAX TO AFFORD TO BRING IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND THEY’VE DONE VERY LITTLE TO BRING IN THE DEARTH OF FORMAL HOUSING LIKE HOURS. I HOPE YOU REALIZE IT IS A MISTAKE SINCE AMAZON HAS PUT SOME DECISIVELY ON THE SCALE IN THIS YEAR’S ELECTIONS BUT THEY WERE ALWAYS GOING TO DO REGARDLESS OF THE REPEAL. NOW YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY I REALIZE I’M OUT OF TIME SO I WOULD JUST AHEAD. NOW YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FUND MANY OF THE PROGRAMS BROUGHT BEFORE YOU TONIGHT AND I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO ENCOURAGE THE COUNCIL TO RECOGNIZE COUNTS MEMBERS SO WANT FOR HER WISDOM WITH THE $15 AN HOUR MINIMUM WAGE AND ALL THE ISSUES THAT WERE NOT ALREADY POPULAR WHEN SHE TOOK THEM UP. YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FUND HOUSING AT THE SCALE THAT WE NEED BY USING THE BONDING AUTHORITY. >>GO AHEAD AND FINISH. >>THANK YOU. CHARITY DID YOU WANT TO SPEAK? >>THANK YOU FOR COMING. AND THANK YOU FOR WAITING FOR SO LONG. I KNOW IT HAS BEEN MANY HOURS. OKAY. SO I THINK WE DECIDED THAT 117 WAS NOT HERE? OKAY MS. MELISSA PURCELL AT 118? OH BOY. DO WE HAVE THE ENTIRE OFFICE? I LOVE IT. OKAY. >>GREAT. MY NAME IS ALYSSA PURCELL. I’M JUST GOING TO READ OFF MY SCRIPTA SO FORGIVE ME HERE. THANK YOU COUNTS MEMBERS FOR YOUR TIME TODAY. WHEN WE STARTED OUT EARLY ON TODAY WE ARE APPROXIMATELY 30 PEOPLE. BUT WE HAVE DWINDLED OVER THE HOURS. >>THAT MUCH. >>AND NORTHERN BUSINESS AGENT OF IATSE LOCAL 488. THE MECHANICS OF PACIFIC NORTHWEST. I REPRESENT THE CREWS OF COMMERCIALS FILMS TV SHOWS CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL WEB CONTENT. I’M ALSO PROP MASTER BY TRAIN THIS TRADE AND PART OF THE FOUNDERS OF THIS SEATTLE IS A COALITION. IT WAS FORMED IS A LABOR GROUP REPRESENTING ABOUT 3000 WORKING PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE IN SEATTLE’S FILM AND MUSIC INDUSTRIES. THE UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS INCLUDE TEAMSTERS LOCAL 174 IRC LOCAL 488, INTERNATIONAL SOME PHOTOGRAPHERS GUILD OF IRC LOCAL 600, THE DIRECTORS GO TO AMERICA, SAG AFTRA, MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION OF SEATTLE AFM LOCAL 76 OF IRC LOCAL 600, THE DIRECTORS GO TO AMERICA, SAG AFTRA, MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION OF SEATTLE AFM LOCAL 70 6493 THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST A COURT RECORDING ACADEMY AND THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPHONY OFFER A BUILDING ASSOCIATIONS. WE INVITED ANYONE WHO HAS CONCERNS ABOUT OUR PROPOSED CHANGES TO JOIN US. WHY WE ARE HERE? THIS COALITION WAS FORMED BECAUSE OUR INDUSTRY HAS A GROWING CONCERN ABOUT PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE DIRECTION OF THE OFFICE OF FILM AND MUSIC. IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR THE DIRECTOR THE FILM AND MUSIC OFFICE LEFT HER POSITION. AT THAT TIME WE WERE TOLD BY OFM THAT THE MAYOR HAD REQUESTED A PAUSE AND REVIEW OF THAT OFFICE. WE ARE TOLD THAT STAKEHOLDERS WOULD BE INCLUDED WITH OUTREACH AND RESEARCH ABOUT THE STATE OF OUR INDUSTRIES AND HOW IT MIGHT BE BEST UTILIZED BEFORE NEW DIRECTOR BE HIRED. THERE GO THAT WILL HELP. >>IT’S JUST DARK. >>OKAY. AT THAT TIME, MANY INSTRUMENT THE DEPARTMENT OF THE DIRECTOR OF ARTS AND CULTURE WAS APPOINTED INTERIM DIRECTOR OF OFM. WHICH WAS A SURPRISING APPOINTMENT WAS BECAUSE IT SITS WITHIN THE OFFICE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. WE WERE SURPRISED AT THE INTERIM DIRECTOR WOULD NOT COME FROM OSM. THINGS COULD BE A GROWTH OPPORTUNITY MANY OF US GAVE THEM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT. THAT THE INTEREST WILL BE PRIORITIZED AS THEY HAD BEEN ASKING FOR SUPPORT FOR INDUSTRIES AND NOW IT WAS SEEMINGLY BEING DONE. OVER THE COURSE OF THE FOLLOWING MONTH THEY PRODUCE BEEN A STUDY TO FIND OUT WHAT WE FELT THE CITY COULD BE DOING BETTER TO SUPPORT US TO STABILIZE OUR INDUSTRY AND GROWTH. THE SPECIAL EVENT STAKEHOLDERS TO THEIR OWN AND THEY WERE SENTIMENT MEET WITH THE ARTS DIVISION. WE WERE LED TO BELIEVE THAT IT WAS GOING TO PRODUCE ACTION TO GROW JOBS WAGES AND REVENUE IN OUR INDUSTRIES. WILL WE DID LEARN IS THAT WHILE THESE CONVERSATIONS WERE TAKING PLACE THERE WERE OTHER AGENDAS MOVING FORWARD TO MERGE THE MUSIC COMMISSION INTO THE ARTS COMMISSION AND COMPLETELY TRANSFORM OFM’S ADVOCACY WORK THAT WE THE FILM AND MUSIC INDUSTRIES HAVE WORKED DECADES TO BUILD. FOR INSTANCE BY THE TIME WE WERE GIVEN THE RESULTS IN THE FILM REPORT IN AUGUST, OED HAD ALREADY SUBMITTED OFM’S CHANGES TO THE MAYOR FOR THE BUDGET RELEASE. WE WERE NOT BRIEFED ON THOSE ACTIONS. WE’VE COME TO LEARN THE MUSIC COMMISSION HAS ABOUT 50% VACANCY AND IS CURRENTLY BEING ADMINISTERED BY ARTS EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS NO DUE PROCESS FOR THIS CHANGE TO THE CHARTER WHICH EXCLUSIVELY STATES THAT IS A FUNCTION OF OFM UNDER OED. WE ALSO CONTINUE TO GET CONFLICTING RESPONSES ABOUT THE PROCESS OF WHAT POLICIES WERE BEING ADVANCED. WHEN THE MAYOR REDUCE THE BUDGET IN SEPTEMBER WE SAW OFM WAS GOING TO BE QUOTE UNQUOTE REPURPOSED TO FOCUS ON A NEW CREATIVE INDUSTRY CLUSTER. THIS WAS A SURPRISE BECAUSE THE CHANGE IN NO WAY REFLECTS OUR PARTICIPATION IN THE PROCESS. IN FACT IN ALL OF OUR CONVERSATIONS WE HAVE YET TO FIND ONE PERSON WHO ASKED FOR A WITH OFM TO BE CHANGED TO A NEW CREATIVE INDUSTRY CLUSTER. DELETE BASED ON OUR FREIGHT FEE BACK IT’S A COMPLETE MISCHARACTERIZATION OF OUR INPUT. IT FEELS LIKE WE WERE USED TO TO SUPPORT A PREDETERMINED OUTPUT THE BUREAUCRATS WANTED TO PURSUE. FOR THESE REASONS WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES AND ASKED FOR YOUR HELP TODAY. AS YOU ARE TO LIBERATING THIS PROPOSAL PLEASE NOTE THAT IT DOES NOT REFLECT OUR PARTICIPATION OR OUR PRIORITIES OR NEEDS. THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY CLUSTER PROPOSAL DOES NOT HAVE CONCRETE DEFINITIONS OR ECONOMIC ELEMENT GOALS TO WHAT WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE. IT DOESN’T SEEM TO HAVE MEASUREMENTS IN PLACE TO SEE THE EFFECTIVENESS NOR ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE INDUSTRIES THAT OFM HAS HISTORICALLY PROPOSED. THIS PROPOSAL AS WRITTEN WILL NOT SUPPORT A BE A BENEFIT TO OUR JOBS OR OUR INDUSTRIES. TO BE CLEAR, THIS IS NOT JUST SEMANTICS FOR NAME CHANGE. WHAT WE WANT? WE WANT TO FIX THIS PROBLEM AND WE QUESTION THE CITY COUNCIL TO REJECT THIS INTO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN MET. REESTABLISH A FULLY SEATED MUSIC COMMISSION OF THE FUNCTION OF THE OFFICE OF SELLING MUSIC TO DRIVE THE MUSIC INDUSTRY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENDA. ESTABLISH A FULLY SEATED FILM COMMISSION AS A FUNCTION OF THE OFFICE OF FILM AND MUSIC TO DRIVE THE FILM AGENDA. AND ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE BUILT FOR MEMBERS OF THOSE COMMISSIONS TO WRITE A JOB DESCRIPTION AND DRIVE THE HIRING PROCESS FOR NEW DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MUSIC. IN OTHER WORDS SLOW DOWN AND LET US HAVE A VOICE IN THIS. IN A BRIEF SUMMARY, OLSON WAS BUILT BY STAKEHOLDERS WORKING COLLABORATIVELY TO MAKE SEATTLE A SUCCESSFUL PLACE TO MAKE A LIVING IN THE FILM AND MUSIC INDUSTRIES. THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES OF THESE INDUSTRIES HAVE THRIVED AND SERVED US WELL. THE FILM INDUSTRY HIRES WERE ARTS DISCIPLINES AT THE HIGHEST WAGES THAN ANY OTHER CREATIVE BUSINESS. THEY IMPORT MONEY BY BRINGING OUT OF STATES AND HIRE LOCALLY. >>CAN YOU GET THE LESSONS HERE? >>WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT IF THE CONDITIONS OF THE INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS CAN DESCRIBE ARE PUT IN PLACE WITH THE IN OFFICE THAT IS READY TO WORK TOGETHER ON INCLUSIVE JOB CREATION THAT ALLOWS OUR INDUSTRY TO THRIVE AND GROW. THIS WILL HELP SEATTLE TO THE FOREFRONT. >>THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING AND STAYING. >>IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE WE’RE DOWN TO JUST A FEW MORE SPEAKERS. WE HAVE GREG WHO IS SPOKEN AND MELISSA WHO IS BROKEN. CHRIS I KNOW YOU ARE IN AND THE GERMAN BLUE IN THE BACK? >>OKAY. >>SO I BETTER READ OFF NUMBERS SO I DON’T MISS ANYBODY. OKAY. ELAINE? WILEY? SHARON WILLIAMS? NUMBER 120 RICHARD BECKNER. YOU ARE UP. >>AND 121 YOU WILL BE NEXT AFTER MISTER BECKER. >>OKAY. AND BEFORE YOU JUMP IN, DO WE HAVE 122 HERE? TIM LENNON? OKAY TIM, CAN YOU JUST LINE APPEAR BEHIND SHARON? VIVIAN? 123? IF YOU WILL GET READY PLEASE? LIZ? NUMBER 124? OKAY. LET’S GO THAT FAR THAN. THANK YOU RICHARD. THANK YOU ALL FOR WAITING. >>I AM HERE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT I’M HERE TO SPEAK ON THE PILOT TREATMENT FOR METHAMPHETAMINES. MY SON HE IS LIVING HOMELESS ON THE STREET TO SETTLE US I KNOW. I’M TALKING TO YOU FROM MY PERSPECTIVE AS A PARENT. FOR YEARS HE HAS STRUGGLED AND I HAVE ALWAYS DREADED AND THOUGHT HE MIGHT END UP ON THE STREET TO SEATTLE. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENED. I LIVE WITH TREMENDOUS GRIEF BECAUSE I KNOW THE TERRIBLE EFFECTS WITH THE CHRONIC ISSUES. THAT IS DIFFICULT AS A PARENT TO LIVE WITH. I ALSO FEEL HELPLESS AS THEIR TOUGH PROBLEMS. PART OF MY HOPELESSNESS HAS BEEN A LACK OF MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR METH ADDICTION. IVAN ONOING FEAR AND I WILL RECEIVE A PHONE CALL HERE. ONE DAY SOON TELLING ME THAT MY SON IS GONE. AND WHEN THE PHONE RINGS AND I DON’T RECOGNIZE THE NUMBER SOMETIMES I EXPECT THE WORSE. — WORST. THIS IS NOT AN UNFOUNDED FEAR. PEOPLE ARE DYING FROM IT. GOT SO FOR THOSE THAT ARE READY OR HAVE ALREADY LOST THEIR LOVED ONES, AND SO I ASK HOW CAN WE NOT TRY A PROGRAM THAT COULD SAVE LIVES? HAD THE POWER TO GIVE ARE STRUGGLING LOVED ONES POSSIBLE PATH TO SURVIVE AND HEAL AND TO GIVE THOSE THAT LOVE THEM SOME HOPE. HE CAN DO IT BY FUNDING THIS PROGRAM. I UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEMS ARE DIFFICULT. AND THEY REQUIRE MANY DIFFERENT ACTORS INCLUDING HOUSING. BUT THIS IS ONE STEP THAT YOU CAN TAKE TO SAVE LIVES. IF YOU ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO NOT HAVE A LOVED ONE IN THIS SITUATION, I ASK YOU TO IMAGINE THAT YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER OR OTHER LOVED ONE WAS SUFFERING FROM A METH ADDICTION AND LIVING ON THE STREETS. IMAGINE THAT THERE IS A PROGRAM THAT COULD GIVE YOUR LOVED ONE A CHANCE TO SAVE THEIR LIFE AND CHANGE THE LIFE. WOULD YOU THINK IT WAS WORTH TRYING? I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO FUND THIS PROGRAM. EVERY DAY THE DAMAGES WORST. PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING AND DYING AND THERE IS NO TIME TO WAIT. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING AND SHARING YOUR STORY WITH US. SHARON, >>GO AHEAD. >>THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. FOR STAYING SO LATE. THANK YOU TO YOUR TEAM OUTSIDE OF YOUR. YOU DON’T KNOW BUT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING AN AMAZING JOB. MY NAME IS SHARON I READ WILLIAMS. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL DISTRICT FOR FOR ARTS AND IDEAS. I AM A VOLUNTEER THE SEATTLE ARTS COMMISSION FOR SIX YEARS. I AM ALSO VOLUNTEER OF THE COCHAIR OF THE HISTORIC CENTRAL AREA ARTS AND CULTURAL DISTRICT. AND OUTSIDE OF THAT I AM A STORYTELLER IN VARIOUS.GENRES INCLUDE MUSIC, FILM, THEATER AND POETRY. I AM HERE TODAY IN REGARDS TO THE PROPOSAL AND IMPOSE CHANGES TO THE OFFICES OF ARTS AND CULTURE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. AND THE OFFICES OF FILM AND MUSIC. IT IS BEEN A TOUGH SIX MONTHS. WE’VE BEEN MEETING REPEATEDLY OVER AND OVER AGAIN. WE’VE HAD JOINT MEETINGS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIX YEARS THAT I’VE BEEN ON THE ARTS COMMISSION WITH FILM AND MUSIC AND NIGHTLIFE. WITH INTERACTIVE AND HELP ME OUT THERE. YES. IN WITH THE FESTIVALS. AND SPECIAL EVENTS. WE HAVE BEEN BECAUSE WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING. WE WANT A THRIVING AND CREATIVE ECONOMY. I DON’T WANT THE ARTISTS THAT I WORK WITH THAT I EMPLOY FOR MY OWN PERSONAL USE ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS LIKE NORTHERN BRIDGE STUDIOS AND MICHAEL B MAY AND ARTISTS LIKE NIKITA ALL OF HER AND LIKE MYSELF TO HAVE TO BE HOMELESS. TO NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO FEED THEIR KIDS OR NOT TO BE ABLE TO LIVE IN A PERFECT PLACE FOR THEM TO STRIVE AND GROW. THAT IS ALL THAT WE ONCE IN THE SEATTLE ARTS COMMISSION AND THE MUSIC COMMISSION. AND THAT IS ALL THAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO. TO UPLIFT AND INCREASE THE AFFORDABILITY AND VISIBILITY. AND THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES. AND THE GREATER RACIAL EQUITY HERE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. >>THANK YOU. TIM AND THEN VIVIAN AND IS TRACING WELLINGTON HERE? 125? OR 126? 127? I KNOW CHRIS IS HERE WITH 128. CIGAR HAD 10. >>THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME THIS EVENING. WITH CIALIS SOLIDARITY HERE. WITH OUR NEIGHBORS IN TINY HOMES AND THOSE DEALING WITH ADDICTION AND LOVED ONES. MY NAME IS TIM LENNON AND I’M HERE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF PROPOSED CHANGES TO OSM AND ARTS. I’M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LANGSTON AND THE VERA PROJECT. I LIVE AND WORK IN THE THIRD DISTRICT MORE SPECIFICALLY THE CENTRAL DISTRICT. OUR DISTRICT HAS SEEN THE LOSS OF MORE BLACK OWNED MUSIC BUSINESSES AND BLACK AND POC AND MORE ARTIST REMOVED IN THE CITY. IT IS EXPANDED IN LARGE PART DUE TO THE ECONOMIC BOOM THAT CERTAIN SECTORS OF HAD. I’M QUITE ENCOURAGED BY THIS NEW PROPOSAL TO ADD STAFF AND RESOURCES TO THE BODY OF WORK THAT LIVED IN THE OFFICE OF FILM AND MUSIC. WITH THE SPECIAL EVENTS AND INTERACTIVE HERE. I’M MORE ENCOURAGED BY THE ALIGNMENT OF THE WORK WITH OMD ALIGNMENT AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS TO MORE EFFECTIVELY SERVE OUR STAKEHOLDERS AND CENTER THEIR EFFORTS. BY THE POLICIES AND GROWTH THAT THEY DISPLAY. SO THOSE IN PNC HAVE FELT THE BRUNT OF THIS GROWTH FOR A VERY LONG TIME. THEY WERE UNDER REPRESENTATIVE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OR AS CONVERSATIONS AS WE HAVE LARGE- SCALE LABOR CONVERSATIONS HERE AND LARGE LOCAL INDUSTRY MEANS HERE. THIS IS A REAL OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS AND THE NONPROFIT SIDE OF EDUCATION AND REALLY BOLSTER AND SUPPORT THE FOLKS THAT NEED IT THE MOST. I’M HOPING TO SEE THESE CHANGES GO THROUGH. I AM PLANNING TO HOLD ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE TO THE THINGS THAT THEY SAY THEY’RE GOING TO DO. BUT I FEEL IT MY FIRST RESPONSIBILITY IS TO CONTRIBUTE TO MAKING THIS PLAN A SUCCESS. AND THEN WE CAN GO FROM THERE. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU 10. VIVIAN IS BEFORE YOU CHRIS. VIVIAN IS 123. >>OKAY. TO GO FOR THE SHORTER MICROPHONE HERE. MY NAME IS VIVIAN BOND. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NORTHWEST FILM CENTER IN A COMMUNITY SAYS COMMUNITY SPACE AND CAPITAL HILL. WE ARE LOOKING AT A THRIVING FILM SYSTEM FOR ARTIST TO BE ABLE TO LIVE AND WORK YOUR. IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS, ALONGSIDE TWO MEN SHARING EVEN THE CURRENT FILM CAPACITY SPECIFICALLY WORKING WITH AMY WHEELER IN THE OFFICE OF FILM AND MUSIC SPENDING HOURS CONVENING CONVERSATIONS WITH A NUMBER OF PHONE STAKEHOLDERS SEVEN DIFFERENT GROUPS SPECIFICALLY REPRESENTING LOCATION MANAGERS AND PRODUCTION COMPANIES AND NONROFIT EDUCATORS WITH PRODUCTION RESOURCES AND GROUP. WE LISTEN DEEPLY AND DISTILL ALL OF THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS AND FINDINGS. MOST OF THE OPPOSITION THAT CAME OUT TODAY ACTUALLY HAS NOT CLOSELY READ THE RECOMMENDATIONS. THEY MIGHT HAVE FOR INSTANCE SEEN IN SOME OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ONLINE THAT THEY WERE STRESSING THAT WE ARE NOT CREATING A PHONE COMMISSION AND THAT WAS NOT IN OUR RECOMMENDATIONS WHEN IT WAS ACTUALLY PART OF THE RECOMMENDATION. AND SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS A LONGTIME PROCESS AND WE ARE RECOMMENDING SHORT-TERM SOLUTIONS BEFORE WE GET TO THE LONG-TERM SOLUTION. WHAT IS THERE IS THAT WE ARE ALL WORKING TOWARD THE SAME GOAL AND WE ALL WHAT TO LEVERAGE THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY IN A WAY THAT CAN BRING ECONOMIC STIMULUS TO THE FILM INDUSTRY. IN COMMUNITY-BASED CONVERSATIONS I THINK THE RESTRUCTURING OF THE OFFICE OF FILM AND MUSIC IS SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO BENEFIT US ALL EVEN THOUGH IT MAY NOT SEEM OBVIOUS AT THE TIME. SO IN RENAMING IT, IT CREATES A WAY OF PUTTING IN ECONOMIC IMPACT ON IT TO THE OFFICE OF FILM AND MUSIC HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO LEVERAGE THE RESOURCES THUS FAR. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT IT HAS BEEN SOMEWHAT BROKEN AND UNDER RESOURCED. BY REPOSITIONING IT, WE ARE ABLE TO ADD THREE NEW POSITIONS IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET TO UPLIFT THE CREATIVE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE. I THINK PART OF IT IS THE HOPE TO LEVERAGE THE CREATIVE ECONOMY IDEA IN ORDER TO PULL AND INFLUENCE THE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS FOR THE OFFICE OF MUSIC HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO IT THIS FAR. THANK YOU. >>THEY WERE COMING VIVIAN. AFTER CHRIS IS 129 HERE? JIM? HOW ABOUT 130? OKAY. ERICA LEE? 131? STEPHEN SCHROCK DAVID BUTLER? ANDREW GREIDER? JOE GRUBER 136? OKAY. DROVE YOU ARE GOING TO BE LIKE CLEANING UP AFTER CHRIS. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR. I’M USED TO SPEAKING TO EMPTY ROOMS AT BUDGET HEARINGS. I HAVE TO SAY THAT FOR SOMEONE THAT HAS BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME SITTING THROUGH A MEETING TONIGHT NOT ONLY DOES IT MAKE YOU APPRECIATIVE OF THE WORK THAT YOU ALL DO BUT IF YOU SAT HERE AND LISTENS TO EVERYTHING LIKE I DID, JADED CYNICAL GUY IT’S PRETTY INSPIRATIONAL AT THE END OF THE DAY. I’M JUST FOLLOWING ON MY TESTIMONY FROM LAST FRIDAY. I DON’T WANT ABUSE THE PRIVILEGE AND KEEP YOU ANY LATER. WE SAID THAT THE FAIR DRIVER PROPOSAL WAS NOT GOING TO BE REWRITTEN SO THAT ALL THE MONEY EVERY DIME WENT INTO THE DRIVERS POCKETS. NOT ANYWHERE ELSE. DRIVERS ARE THE ONES THAT NEED THE MONEY. WE CRAFT THE INITIATIVE TO REPEAL AND WE HAVE DONE THAT. WE DID THAT TO THE WEEKEND. YOU GET THAT IN FRONT OF YOU. AND I JUST WANT TO POINT YOU TO THE KEY ELEMENTS. FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE BEEN AROUND AS LONG AS I YOU’LL REMEMBER THIS IS THE PATTERN FOR THE LAW THAT UNDERLINES I 91 JUST CLOSE TO THE KEY ARENA INITIATIVE. WE DEFINED SECTION 1 IS A CONSIDERATION OR RATE AT WHICH WE STAYED FOR THE VALUE OF FOR HIGHER VEHICLE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE HIGHER VEHICLE OPERATOR. SHALL BE AT COST OR REASONABLE COMPENSATION INCLUDING COMPOSITION FOR THE BRISTOL SERVICES OF THE OPERATOR. WE DEFINE FAIR VALUE IS BEING THREE TIMES THE IRS DEDUCTION. BASICALLY COMES OUT AT A DOLLAR $.74. SUGGESTED EVERY YEAR. IS ADJUSTED AND THEN WE STATE THAT THE CITY OF SEATTLE SHALL IMPOSE NEW TAXES UPON ANY TRANSACTION THAT IS BASED ON A RATE OR PASSENGER TRANSACTION. IT WORKS TOGETHER AND IT IS SIMPLE. IT REQUIRES NO BUREAUCRACY AND VERY LITTLE IMPLEMENTATION. ALL OF THE MONEY GOES TO THE DRIVERS AND USE THAT THEIR FAIR RATE AT A DOLLAR $.74. IT IS DONE. IF YOU DON’T WANT US TO DO IT AS AN INITIATIVE THEN DO IT AS A SUBSTITUTE ORDINANCE OR MOTION OR WHATEVER YOU CALL IT. THANK YOU. >>JOE? >>GOOD EVENING COUNCIL MEMBERS. MY NAME IS JOE GRUBER AM THE DIRECTOR OF THE DISTRICT FOOD BANK. WHILE WE ARE LOOKING AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHICH RELOCATED WE SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES FROM ACROSS FOR COUNCIL DISTRICTS. I’M HERE TONIGHT TO OFFER MY PERSONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT FOR MANY OF THE EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTMENT THAT YOU ALL HAVE BEFORE YOU AND THE 2020 BUDGET. TO BEGIN I WOULD LIKE TO URGE YOU TO SUPPORT THE BUDGET FROM THE HUMAN SERVICES COALITION. AND TO FIND A COMPARABLE WORK ANALYSIS FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS. THE PAST SUMMER HE TOOK AN IMPORTANT STEP TO PROVIDE AUTOMATIC INFLATION ADJUSTMENTS WITH THE HUMAN SERVICES CONTRACTS. THANK YOU. THE SMALL STEP HELPS US KEEP UP WITH SOME THE RISING COSTS THAT WE EXPERIENCE. YOU CAN DO MORE THROUGH THE COMPARABLE WORK-STUDY. SEEN AT THE OWN AGENCY WITH THE POWER OF A FAIR COMPETITIVE WAGE HAS ON RECRUITMENT AND STAFF ATTENTION WITH MORALE AND JOB PERFORMANCE AND ULTIMATELY THE MISSION EFFECTIVENESS. THE OPPORTUNITY TO STRENGTHEN OUR HUMAN SERVICES WORKFORCE, THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH OUR COMMUNITY WELL-BEING IS BUILT, AND THE FUNDING OF A COMPARABLE AWARD CEREMONY IS NOT JUST JUST BUT IT IS IN LINE WITH COMMUNITY VALUES AND NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT THE NETWORK OF HUMAN SERVICES NONPROFITS REMAINS A STRONG RESOURCES FOR ALL OUR NEIGHBORS. I ALSO URGE YOU TO MAKE ADDITIONAL INVESTMENTS IN THE BUDGET THAT IMPROVE AND EXPAND HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS. ESPECIALLY FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. SPECIFICALLY I URGE YOU ALL TO FOLLOW THE INVESTMENT RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SUITE BEVERAGE TASKS IN COMMUNITY ADVISEMENT BOARD. THEY HAVE THE EXPANSION INTO HIGH SCHOOL EXPANDED SUPPORT FOR SINGER SENIOR CONGREGANT MEALS AND SERIOUS INVESTMENT IN THE SCRATCH COOKING IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND EVEN A MODEST MICROCREDIT PROGRAM. THESE ARE INVESTMENT WITH SPD PROPERTY PRIORITIES AND YOUR COMMUNITY DRIVEN. THEY SHOULD NOT BE PITTED AGAINST ANYTHING ELSE. AND FINALLY I DO WANT TO ASK YOUR SUPPORT ON SEVERAL ISSUES IN PORTON TO TWO DISTRICT NUMBER FOUR INCLUDING FUNDING FOR SAFE PILOT KENNEDY HEIGHTS T UNIT CONTINUED FUNDING OF THE COMMITTEE HEIGHTS RESEARCH PROGRAM AND REFERRAL STAFF TO THE DISTRICT WHICH IS CAUTIONARY WITH THE PARTNERSHIP IN BIA AND FINALLY FUNDING FOR YOU LOU WHICH IS ALREADY IN THE MAYOR’S BUDGET. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THESE INVESTMENTS IN THE 2020 BUDGET IN BUILDING THE WELL-BEING ACROSS THE SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOODS. >>THANK YOU JOE. >>WELL DONE. THANK YOU ALL DID I MISS ANYONE? THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. COLLEAGUES, 5 1/2 HOURS CONGRATULATIONS. OKAY. GOOD NIGHT. THE MEETING IS NOW ADJOURNED.

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