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  • Re-imagining Public Safety Survey - CM Alex Pedersen Survey From: Councilmember Alex Pedersen <alex.pedersen@seattle.gov>Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 6:25 PMTo: avpoggi@hotmail.com <avpoggi@hotmail.com>Subject: Reimagining Safety / SPD Survey Trouble seeing ...
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    Posted Jul 29, 2020, 9:26 PM by PRCC Webmaster
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  • PRCC April and May Meetings Cancelled Due to COVID-19 The PRCC has cancelled the April and May meetings due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  
    Posted Apr 6, 2020, 9:42 PM by CBF
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Re-imagining Public Safety Survey - CM Alex Pedersen Survey

posted Jul 29, 2020, 9:28 PM by PRCC Webmaster

From: Councilmember Alex Pedersen <alex.pedersen@seattle.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 6:25 PM
To: avpoggi@hotmail.com <avpoggi@hotmail.com>
Subject: Reimagining Safety / SPD Survey
 
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Friends and Neighbors,

This week your City Council passed two major pieces of legislation our office worked diligently to advance:

  • TRANSIT: the November ballot measure giving voters the option to renew funding for our Seattle Transportation Benefit District to support transit and
  • INTERNET: the “Internet for All” Resolution to address the social justice imperative of overcoming the digital divide to achieve digital equity for Seattle.  

As we struggle with what appears to be a new wave of COVID cases and strive to close our city government’s budget deficit, the primary issue we still must tackle in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and countless other victims of law enforcement misconduct is Justice. We have this historic moment to address decades of systemic racism by creating a new paradigm for how we deliver public safety and achieve healthy communities. Please take my quick Public Safety Survey below and, for more information about all of these timely topics, please read on. For more frequent updates, you can always check my website. Thank you.

Re-imagining Public Safety Survey

Camden County, New Jersey police march WITH protesters. Photo published by NBC.
 

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK: Fill out our survey

To take the survey, CLICK HERE. The survey is just two questions: (1) In which neighborhood do you reside? and (2) the following question on re-imagining public safety / reallocating significant dollars from our Seattle Police Department (SPD) to other community safety programs:

Pick the ONE statement that best describes your current views on the proposals:

  1. Defund SPD by at least 50%!  (Note: “Defund” typically means to reallocate dollars to non-police programs that would address safety, crime prevention, and healthy communities. A popular example is to dispatch a mental health professional to a Seattle neighbor having a mental health crisis rather than sending an armed police officer.) In addition to the need to re-imagine public safety, the $400 million police budget has grown to a bloated amount with excessive overtime, military grade weapons, and/or specialty units that are too expensive. It’s okay to lay off some police officers. Seven of the nine Councilmembers have already agreed to this and it’s time to get on board now. (For more information on the “defunding” concept, see my website by CLICKING HERE.)
  2. Do NOT Defund. Support Our Police Department: Do not “defund” our police department because we need their response times to be faster, rather than slower. Our officers also need an ample training budget to complete the accountability reforms of the consent decree.  We already lose police officers to other cities at a rapid rate and we need to provide them with support so they stay here. Our Police Chief Carmen Best is doing a decent job, considering the challenges she is facing.
  3. Let's See Details First and Be Thoughtful. I want our elected officials to address institutional racism and I’m open to them working to reimagine public safety. We often ask our police officers to do the impossible by responding to too many types of complex emergencies. But prematurely pledging to cut our police budget by 50% without a plan and without sufficient capacity today to transfer their duties to community groups is hasty. We need to make sure the programs we reallocate money to are effective and measure results, so we actually achieve the positive outcomes we all want. Let’s do this right the first time by getting a detailed plan from our Mayor, soliciting a wide range of community feedback, debating respectfully during the City Council’s fall budget process, and phasing in a thoughtful, detailed plan that truly increases safety and community wellness.
  4. Undecided: I need to learn more before deciding.
Take the Public Safety Survey
Caveats on surveys: Please be assured that occasional surveys are just one way to gather feedback. We understand that subscribers to this e-newsletter do not include every individual and small business in District 4. We also review thousands of e-mails and phone calls from constituents and hear public comment at the City Council meetings every week.  
 
MORE WAYS TO ENGAGE ON SPD’S BUDGET:  
 
Our City Council Budget Chair, Public Safety Chair, and Council President are signaling that much of the important work to fully re-imagine public safety will require ample time and will, therefore, likely occur during our more thorough Fall budget process. While our Council office has already received countless phone calls and over 30,000 e-mails (including 2,000 from our District 4 residents), we wanted to provide the survey above as yet another way to communicate with us. In addition -- when input will have the MOST impact on our 2021 budget -- I plan to organize a robust budget panel in District 4, which will include our City Budget Office and other officials so that District 4 residents can ask their thoughtful questions about the city budget and public safety. Please look forward to that in a few weeks.

Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD)

On Monday, July 27 -- after a lengthy debate on several amendments -- your City Council unanimously approved a 6-year transit measure with a 0.15% sales tax to send to the November ballot, giving voters the option to renew funding for our Transportation Benefit District. The current measure is funded by a 0.1% sales tax (the 0.1% of the 10.1% total sales tax in Seattle). To keep the promises I previously made about not increasing the sales tax, I voted against the amendments to increase the prudent rate the Mayor originally proposed. But, in the spirit of compromise and unity that City Hall so desperately needs during these tumultuous times, I joined all my colleagues to make sure we put this transit measure on the ballot for voters to decide. For the Seattle Times article on the City Council’s action, CLICK HERE.  

As chair of the Committee that shepherded this transit legislation through the City Council on a tight schedule, I believe it was healthy for our city government to have a robust, yet respectful debate on the tradeoffs of the various details and then move it forward for voters to decide.

My comments at the conclusion of the City Council debate:  

“This is a good day for public transit. Many were concerned that, with the turmoil and uncertainty of the COVID pandemic and economic recession, we might not be able to complete the funding option for the Transportation Benefit District. In fact, our colleagues at King County had to abandon a regional measure as they shifted their attention to the public health crisis. It was up to us, here in Seattle, to beat the clock before the money for transit expired. Fortunately, my colleagues and I share common ground in believing that public transit is an essential and affordable option to move the most people in our region, as we look forward to a vibrant economy and a healthy planet.

"Despite the divisions and conflicts that many people see reported in the media, the Mayor and the City Council can pull together and row in the same positive direction when we focus our energy on the hard responsibility of governing.”

 
My statement as Council adopted the measure for voter consideration:  

"Because I believe public transit is an essential and affordable option to move the most people in the most environmentally friendly way as our economy recovers, I’m thankful the Mayor and a unanimous City Council agreed to provide Seattle voters with the option this November to renew funding for the successful Seattle Transportation Benefit District during these challenging and uncertain times.”


For more information:
  • My website blog, CLICK HERE.
  • Website for the Seattle Transportation Benefit District, CLICK HERE.
  • Mayor Durkan’s joint statement with Council President González, CLICK HERE.

Internet for All Resolution Unanimously Approved

On Monday, July 27th, the Seattle City Council passed the Internet for All resolution sponsored by me, Council President González, and Councilmember Juarez. If you called into the Council meeting to comment, emailed Councilmembers, or participated in our preliminary, yet extensive stakeholder engagement process, we thank you for your time and efforts. Your feedback and input are reasons for this successful passage.

My statement on the passage of the resolution:

Seattle is a city that rightfully prides itself on world-class technology, but the COVID crisis has laid bare the inequities and injustices of the Digital DivideWe can no longer afford to allow limited access to the internet to prevent learning, to impede our workers, or to hinder our small businesses. It’s time to provide reliable and affordable access to the internet as part of our city’s vital infrastructure for social justice, for education, and for economic development. Passing our resolution today amps up Seattle’s long-term efforts to achieve Internet for All.” 

We know this is just the first step, but it is a significant one, and we look forward to partnering with stakeholders and our City’s Information Technology Department as we craft solutions to address the disparities in tech exacerbated by this COVID crisis.

To read our entire press release and for my blog post on Internet for AllCLICK HERE. To view the Resolution, CLICK HERE.

NEXT STEPS:  As the chair of the City Council Committee that includes technology, I’m having our Seattle Department of Information Technology present an initial report this Fall.

Updates on COVID Pandemic

Governor’s latest orders:
  • On July 25, the Washington State Secretary of Health expanded face mask requirements to any indoor setting outside your home, as well as any outdoor setting where maintaining six feet of distance is not possible. Please continue to wear a mask in public and practice social distancing.
  • The Governor also extended the eviction moratorium through October 15.
  • CLICK HERE to learn more. 
More Action at City Council: Consistent with my support of COVID relief and recovery legislation and budgets, I joined my colleagues to vote in favor of this COVID relief bill: Council Bill 119812. This legislation taps larger amounts from our Emergency Fund and Revenue Stabilization Fund. While a strong advocate for building up and preserving “rainy day” funds, I believe the COVID pandemic is a sufficiently severe crisis justifying the use of these emergency funds. These funds will be replenished with future revenues.
 
Information for small businesses:
  • You can learn about your temporary permit options for outdoor spaces by clicking HERE. You can find information about applying for a temporary outdoor café permit HERE and a temporary merchandise display permit HERE. For more support, you can reach Seattle’s Office of Economic Development at oed@seattle.gov and 206-684-8090.
  • CLICK HERE to access reopening toolkits, including safety checklists and other resources.
More COVID updates:

EASTLAKE OPPORTUNITY
 

Seattle Parks and Recreation
invites community to help re-design Terry Pettus Park

As announced earlier this month, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) asked us to remind District 4 residents of this opportunity: 
 
“SPR invites the community to provide input on four concept designs for Terry Pettus Park. Please register for the online Zoom meeting at https://bit.ly/pettusparkmeeting1 and join us online July 29 at 4 p.m. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting. While we cannot meet in person right now, your input is important to us!
 
“SPR is excited to announce that we acquired additional land to the south of the existing park, allowing for a new expanded park design. Thank you to all who participated in our online survey in the spring. When asked, what features would enhance your enjoyment of the park, the community's top priorities were habitat enhancement, native plants and trees, shoreline restoration, more seating, better dock and launch area for kayaks and canoes, and better access to the water. We also heard that better visibility into the park was desired. 
 
“The online meeting on July 29 is an opportunity for the community to meet the design team from Jones and Jones Architects and Landscape Architects, ask questions about the design and provide input.” For more info, CLICK HERE.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU AT CITY HALL

City Council Meetings on the Internet:

 
Listening: Even though City Council is not currently holding meetings in person in order to follow public health guidelines, you can still follow along by listening on your computer or phone by CLICKING HERE. You can also listen on your phone by calling 206-684-8566.
 
Commenting: You can also submit public comment by sending an e-mail to me at Alex.Pedersen@seattle.gov or to all 9 Councilmembers at council@seattle.gov. Please remember to add “For City Council Meeting” in the comments. Now you can also phone into the meeting to speak directly to the Council live. For the instructions on how to register and call in, CLICK HERE. Sign up begins two hours prior to the meeting start time.
 
As I mentioned earlier, we received over 30,000 e-mails– an unheard-of volume– in June/July, so I ask for your patience as we try to respond to those District 4 constituents who asked for a response. Either way, we read your e-mails and they have an impact. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

Virtual Meetings with Your Councilmember Pedersen: I continue to schedule virtual in-district office hours, so we can chat by telephone or via Skype. Please continue to sign up through my website or by CLICKING HERE so I can hear your ideas, concerns, and requests. Due to their popularity, we are behind on scheduling these meetings, so thank you in advance for your patience. To get your comments to me right away, simply send an e-mail to alex.pedersen@seattle.gov

 
For previous e-newsletters, visit my blog by CLICKING HERE.
 
We will get through this together, Seattle.
 
 
With gratitude,
Councilmember Alex Pedersen
Seattle City Council, District 4

Email: Alex.Pedersen@seattle.gov
Phone: (206) 684-8804
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Green Lake Community Center Redevelopment and Stabilization

posted Jul 29, 2020, 9:26 PM by PRCC Webmaster

RSVP for Dan Strauss District 6 Zoom Town Hall - Tuesday July 21, 5:00

posted Jul 18, 2020, 10:53 AM by PRCC Webmaster

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Dear Neighbor, 

In this newsletter we share updates about the Golden Gardens Keep It Moving Street and the South Parking Lot opening, changes this weekend to the Route 44 bus, updates from City Hall, and our upcoming Town Hall. Our Town Hall is happening next Tuesday, July 21 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm - and the RSVP link is below!

To make my work at City Council more accessible, I have begun sharing videos of my work at council on social media. I continue to meet with D6 residents each week, and if you would like to meet with me I would love to speak with you. You shouldn't have to go out of your way to have your voice heard by City Hall - and many of my initial outreach plans have been shuttled due to COVID. If you have ways you would like to me engage and increase my accessibility, please let me know.
 
We are in a historic moment in our nation's history. These moments are never easy and absolutely necessary in order to form a more perfect union. I look forward to working with you as we create a better city and nation. 
 


--Dan

In District 6

Town Hall  

I am excited to invite you to our District 6 Town Hall! I will report on my work, answer your questions, hear reports from our district councils representing Green Lake, Fremont, Phinney, Wallingford and Ballard, convene a community conversation on race in District 6, and answer questions.

When:  Tuesday, July 21, from 5:00-6:30 pm.
Please RSVP here. Before the event you'll be emailed participation instructions as well as a link to a submit your questions.

Hope to see you there!

Meeting with You!

I continue to hold district office hours every week over the phone. When I came into office I began by opening a district office, meeting with neighborhood groups, attending meetings, meeting residents at their homes, and hosting office hours after 5:00 pm and on the weekends. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how I am able to meet with you - I truly miss seeing you in person. 

It is important to me to ensure you don't need to go out of your way to have your voice heard at City Hall. And I would love to speak with you. Please use this form to schedule a time to meet. Note: In order to respect constituents' time, everyone requesting a meeting during office hours will be scheduled ahead of time.

I look forward to talking with you!

Metro 44 Temporarily Re-Routed

From Saturday, July 18 through Sunday, July 19, at all times, Metro Route 44 will be re-routed off portions of N 46th Street and N 45th Street between East Green Lake Way N and Stone Way N. The change is due to construction.

During this time, Route 44 will travel via alternate nearby streets depending on the destination and direction of travel.

  • Heading toward the University of Washington Link Station, Route 44 is re-routed, but will serve all its regularly-posted stops.
  • Heading toward Ballard, Route 44 will not serve the westbound stop on NE 45th Street, just west of Stone Way N.  Riders may board or exit at the temporary stop on NE 45th Street just east of Stone Way N.
Transit re-route start and end times may be subject to change.Visit Metro's Service Advisories page for more information about bus service changes, routing, and stops for planned construction or events.
Golden Gardens Drive Designated a
"Keep Moving Street"
SDOT has designated Golden Gardens Drive NW as a "Keep Moving Street" where residents can walk, roll, and bike to the beach from Sunset Hill. In the first days of this street closure there were some aspects not working well. My office was quick to coordinate with SDOT and Parks to ensure the "Local Access Only" signs were visible to trucks pulling boat trailers and that unimproved sidewalks were not used for parking.
 
The boat launch does remain open, and ADA spaces will also be added to the top of the closed street at NW 85th Street and 32nd Ave NW.

Any feedback on this closure can be sent to: StayHealthyStreets@Seattle.gov. Please let SDOT know if people keep moving, share the road well, and whether you'd like to see the closure extended throughout the summer.
Golden Gardens South Parking Lot Re-Opened
My office has been advocating for the the south parking lot to re-open for months now. I am excited to share the news you may already know: the south parking lot at Golden Gardens re-opened as of July 10 and can be utilized 6:30 am - 9:30 pm. New ADA spaces will be added (temporary ADA parking spaces in the area will remain) and the loading zone will be moved into the lot.  

At City Council

The Council continues the process of considering a revised 2020 City Budget based upon anticipated revenue shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 economic downturn.

We have also been convening special meetings of the Public Safety and Human Services Committee to address emergent issues around the Seattle Police Department budget and police accountability.
Now more than ever, I encourage you to stay engaged.

Here's how:
  • You can find all council and committee meetings and briefings on the council calendar
  • Council meets twice every Monday; we hold briefings at 9:30 am when we have presentations and discuss upcoming legislation and again at 2:00 pm when we have public comment and vote on legislation
  • You can watch all of our council meetings live here or you can listen to council meetings live through our listen line, by dialing (206) 684-8566
  • To provide public comment, sign up on this page. Registration opens two hours before a meeting begins. For example, the sign up form opens at noon for the 2pm City Council meeting on Mondays. Or you can write to us at council@seattle.gov
  • You can view a visual summary of the Council's summer budget season, illustrating when voting vs discussions are happening on the main issues we're working on.
Want to see past work from the council? Previous Council meetings and briefs can be watched here. Also, the City Clerk keeps a history of briefing agendas so that the public can remain informed about Council actions.
If you need help navigating these resources, please reach out to my office:
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PRCC April and May Meetings Cancelled Due to COVID-19

posted Apr 6, 2020, 9:42 PM by CBF

The PRCC has cancelled the April and May meetings due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  

KINDerReminder's Tie-Dye Saturday - Registration Open

posted Feb 29, 2020, 11:07 AM by PRCC Webmaster

Use the following link to register kids 7-12 years old for KINDerReminder's Tie-Dye Saturday on June 6th. The registration deadline is May 1 — or until all our 100 tee-shirts are spoken for!  Registration allows KinderReminer.org to order tee-shirts in advance and manage tie-dyeing on the day of the June 6 event.   More information about KinderReminder.org at:

2019 PRCC Community Issues Survey

posted Sep 24, 2019, 8:10 AM by CBF   [ updated Sep 24, 2019, 8:13 AM ]

Please go to this link to give your input to the Phinney Ridge Community Council via a survey that we are conducting.   Thank you!


What is important to you, when it comes to your next City Council District 6 Councilmember?

Phinney Ridge Community Council is collecting feedback on the topics most important to the residents and business owners in Phinney Ridge.  We will use these topics to select/generate questions for the Phinney Ridge Community City Council D6 Candidate Forum on October 12th.

The area served by the Phinney Ridge Community Council is bounded on the east by Aurora Avenue, on the west by 8th Avenue NW, on the south by N 46th Street, and on the north by N 75th Street in the City of Seattle.

The responses to this survey are anonymous.  We would like to collect as much input as possible so please consider sharing with adult family members and neighbors in Phinney Ridge.

It is our goal to post the results of the survey on the PRCC website & Facebook page.

Protect Seattle's Trees and Urban Forest

posted Aug 13, 2019, 10:14 PM by PRCC Webmaster

Take action to protect Seattle's trees and urban forest.  Follow these links to engage and for info to communicate to Seattle government officials:

Friends of Urban Forests - Includes draft revision for the Tree and Urban Forest Protection Ordinance


The Last 6000 - Help inventory the last 6000 trees in Seattle over 30" in diameter

SCALE Will Appeal MHA to the Growth Management Hearings Board: Press Release

posted Jun 4, 2019, 11:10 AM by CBF   [ updated Jun 4, 2019, 11:12 AM ]


5/19/2019

 

SCALE Will Appeal MHA to the Growth Management Hearings Board

The Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability and Equity (SCALE) has decided to appeal the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) citywide upzone ordinance to the Growth Management Hearings Board and will submit the appeal by June 3. Issues include displacement of existing residents, preservation of trees, historic resources, and failure to consider alternative policies.
“We are not opposing growth or density,” SCALE President David Ward said, “but we are asking that the Growth Management Act be followed when it calls for balance between growth and livability. Each neighborhood has its own needs. Impacts should be evaluated on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis.”
“Affordable housing for current residents should be preserved, and those residents not be displaced. Racial and social justice impacts should be at the forefront, not be an afterthought. Neither the City’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) nor the MHA ordinance acknowledged this duty to preserve livability while we grow,” Ward said. Ward is a renter in the Ravenna neighborhood.
“After 19 days of hearings and 11 expert witnesses, the City’s Hearing Examiner ignored almost all the evidence,” Ward said. The examiner found the EIS “adequate,” except for the City’s lack of any assessment of historical resources. The City Council adopted the MHA ordinance on March 18.
“We believe the ordinance violates not only the requirements of the State Environmental Policy Act, but also the Growth Management Act, so the next step is to appeal to the Growth Management Hearings Board on this broader basis,” Ward said.
SCALE is optimistic that the Growth Management Hearings Board will find in its favor and will remand the EIS and the entire upzone ordinance back to the City for planners to complete a true EIS that is thorough, transparent, accurate, inclusive and honest, and an ordinance that includes true neighborhood engagement and neighborhood-by-neighborhood planning for impacts and mitigations.
For More  Information :
See the SCALE website at 
www.scaleseattle.org.
Contact Frank Fay at 
media.contact@scaleseattle.org.
The goals of the state Growth Management Act (GMA) are defined in RCW 36.70A.020.

The Growth Management Hearings Board process can take up to six months for a decision.

The purpose of the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability & Equity (SCALE) is to defend and promote affordability, livability, and equity in Seattle neighborhoods as informed by public participation of the residents themselves in each of Seattle’s unique neighborhoods.

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