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This Week in the Mayor's Office
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Confronting racism, stigmatization and police reform

The issue of race and racism is the greatest challenge we face as a country. This week, within 24 hours, two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were killed by police officers. Thursday night five police officers were killed and seven were injured during a peaceful protest for an end to racism and excessive use of force in Dallas. Seattle's thoughts are with all the families, children and loved ones of those killed during this extremely difficult and sad time.
The stigmatization of any group leads to violence and we must come together as a community to rebuild trust and stand together against racism, hate and violence. This starts here in Seattle with getting police reform right and having the most robust civilian oversight our city has ever seen. 
Seattle is committed to making dramatic reforms in the Seattle Police Department and working with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the federal courts to comply with the federally-mandated consent decree. In partnership with the Department of Justice and the federal monitor that oversees our consent decree, we are creating a model Force Review Board that is being replicated across the country.
Mayor Murray will send legislation to Seattle City Council to expand and strengthen civilian oversight and independent review of the Seattle Police Department. The legislation will create a permanent citizen oversight commission, an independent director of the police accountability process and a stronger auditor of the police discipline process with greater authority to investigate complaints.
As we move forward, our conversation cannot be about blaming one group or another, it must be about changing our institutions and systems.

Mayor, Council propose new workforce equity plan

This week Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Council members proposed a joint comprehensive Action Plan to promote greater workforce equity, including actions to improve equity in hiring, promotion and career development, as well as proposals to broaden existing parental leave policy and increasing current family care benefits for City employees.
This includes:
• Steps to increase the City's paid parental leave benefit from four to eight weeks
• Advance a four-week paid family leave policy, to support employees who must care for a serious family illness
• Implementing citywide training on unbiased employment practices
• Continuing the adoption of citywide performance management systems and standards through E3 (Equity, Engagement, Expectations)
• Consolidating and standardizing City human resource services
• Developing accountability practices on workforce equity and inclusive workplace standards
• Improving the tracking of workforce demographic metric

Council will take discuss the Action Plan in the coming weeks.

Chinatown-International District action plan

Late last week Mayor Ed Murray issued his action plan to address persistent public safety and disorder challenges in the Chinatown-International District (C/ID). The action plan reflects the recommendations of Murray's Chinatown-International District Public Safety Task Force, which was convened last year in the wake of the murder of long-time public safety advocate and community activist Donnie Chin.
The plan includes four key elements identified for early action:
• Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist – This one-year pilot creates a new civilian position at the Seattle Police Department that will be trained in national best practices around community policing and will be the City's lead on implementing strategies to address the most acute criminal activities afflicting the neighborhood.
• Neighborhood-Based Public Safety Coordinator – The Department of Neighborhoods will provide matching funds for a position based in the neighborhood to provide public safety coordination between City departments and the residents and organizations in the C/ID.
• Public Safety Steering Committee – City employees and community members will identify key public safety projects to implement in the next 12-18 months, which will be measured and monitored for concrete outcomes.
• Improved Police Communication and Responsiveness – The Seattle Police Department will increase positive police engagement and relationship building within the community with additional and redeployed staff, improve 911 responsiveness and language capabilities, and ensure that police patrols maintain high visibility in the neighborhood.

New Mobile Medical Clinic to assist homeless in Seattle

Mayor Murray helped launch a new Mobile Medical Clinic that will begin operations this month. The clinic helps address the Homeless State of Emergency by offering better access to medical, mental health and chemical dependency services at various sites around Seattle.
Public Health-Seattle & King County received federal funding to purchase the new van, built to accommodate two exam rooms and a small reception area. The new van will focus on the Seattle service area in the same way that the South and East King County van serves those communities.

Mayors urge expansion of low-income housing tax credit

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called on Congress this week to expand the federal low-income housing tax credit, the country's most successful housing program, by 50 percent.
The mayors represent two cities whose residents are among hardest hit by one of the worst housing crises in our nation's history. This week they sent a letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UT, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, the chair and ranking member of Senate Finance Committee, urging swift passage of S. 2962, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act.

First year of preschool program a success, per-child payments to increase

This week the City announced enhancements to the Seattle Preschool Program after a successful first school year that served 280 students in 15 classrooms.
In order to maintain the high-quality standards of the program and facilitate SPP's expansion across the city, the City will raise the payments to its early learning providers by an average of 21 percent in Year Two. Funding to each provider varies based upon their funding structure.
In addition to the rate increase, City Council approved additional enhancements to the program this spring, including expediting the curriculum waiver, updating the student selection process to be more "parent friendly", and allowing providers who serve targeted populations to reserve a select number of spaces in their classroom to enroll on their own.
Program expansion adjustments and provider payment changes will take effect for the 2016-17 school year.

Traffic impacts this weekend

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Friday, July 8:
West Seattle Summer Fest: Community festival in the West Seattle Junction features crafts, live music and a kid's play area. The festival starts Friday at 10 a.m. and continues through Sunday at 5 p.m.
Seattle Night Ride: Starting at 9 p.m. bicycle riders will take to the streets and trails from Ballard, through Queen Anne, to Myrtle Edwards Park and back.
Saturday, July 9:
Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk: A 3.1-mile course around historic Queen Anne. Race starts at 8 a.m. at 5th Ave W and W Halladay St and ends in front of Coe School on 7th Ave W between W Smith and W McGraw Streets.
Wedgwood Art Festival: Family-friendly art event in northeast Seattle on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Our Lady of the Lake Parish School located at 3520 NE 89th Street.
Ballard Seafood Fest: A celebration of Ballard's Nordic roots featuring arts and crafts, live music, a skate event and plenty of seafood. Festival hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wallingford Family Parade: The 67th Annual Seafair Wallingford parade features drill teams and marching bands. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Interlake Ave N and N 45th St, runs east to Bagley Ave N and turns north into the Meridian Playground.
Uwajimaya Natsu Matsuri Summer Food Festival: Family-friendly summer festival featuring Japanese street food on S. Weller St between 5th Ave S and 6th Ave S. The festival is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Queen Anne Days Festival: Celebration at the Queen Anne Community Center field at 1901 1st Ave N. Live music, car show, art walk and a kiddie parade, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 10:
See Jane Run Women's Half Marathon and 5K: Race starts at Gasworks Park at 8 a.m., heads west on Northlake Way, south over the Fremont Bridge, along the Ship Canal trail and south around Lake Union; heads north on Fairview Ave N, crosses the University Bridge and returns to Gasworks Park along Pacific Avenue.
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