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The Reader – Family friendly policies

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Flexible, family friendly workplace policies
We are working hard to address gender justice in Seattle. Last week, Mayor McGinn sent a letter to Julie Nelson and Patricia Hayden, co-chairs of our Gender Equity in Pay Task Force, to ask them to examine the possibility of a City ordinance on family friendly workplace policies as they develop recommendations on the gender pay equity gap. These policies would support workers’ ability to request from their employer caregiving arrangements including changes in start times, telecommuting, and other flexible scheduling.

Our 2014 Proposed Budget also includes a new investment in our gender justice work in the form of a $1.5 million reserve to fund future recommendations made by the Gender Equity in Pay Taskforce and help equalize the City of Seattle’s gender pay deficit.

Seattle Transit Reception: Expanding Rail and High Capacity Transit in the City
Join Mayor Mike McGinn and City Councilmember Richard Conlin as they share their vision for expanding transit in the City of Seattle. Following the adoption of the Transit Master Plan in 2012, Seattle is moving forward on all four high capacity transit routes identified. Learn more about Seattle’s transit corridors, the timeline for implementation, and how we’ll get there.

Monday, October 21st 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Spitfire, 2219 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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This event is open to the public. Light appetizers will be available, and drinks for purchase. Location is 21 and over.

Seattle Divestment Forum
Mayor McGinn is convening the Seattle Divestment Forum this week (October 17-18). The Forum will bring together local government leaders, staff and financial professionals for a dialogue on divesting from fossil fuels. The forum will provide a unique opportunity for city governments and the institutional financial sector to interface on the components and implications of fossil fuel divestment. Investment experts will provide empirical arguments and address concerns of institutions considering divestment or simply interested in becoming more knowledgeable about the topic. The Forum will explore the costs of fossil fuels investment, risk and diversification, return, fiduciary implications, and reinvestment as they pertain to fossil fuel divestment.

The Forum will bring together the decision makers from cities that are committed to or considering divestment to learn together and map out the path forward. We can also demonstrate a strong demand for fossil fuel free investment options that will drive the financial markets to broaden the options that are available, making the transition to a divested portfolio possible in the coming years.

Supported Employment program wins Governor’s “Employer of the Year” award
Word is spreading about the City of Seattle’s innovative and effective Supportive Employment program, which employs 80 people with developmental disabilities working across 17 different City departments, including the mayor’s office. The program bundles small tasks and entry-level duties in various departments into full and part-time positions for people with developmental disabilities.

Thanks to the hard work and success of each supported employee, along with their supervisors, job coaches and supportive colleagues, the City received an “Outstanding Employer Award” from the Community Employment Alliance and the Association of Washington Business Institute. The award is designed to honor employers in Washington state “who have made exceptional efforts to employ people with disabilities; and who by their recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion policies are role models in their community.”

Upcoming events (for more see
Oct 17, 6:00 p.m. – Seattle Parks and Recreation Parks Legacy Plan Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting, Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave E)

Oct 19, 1:00 p.m. – Utility/Household Preparedness Class, Magnolia Branch Library (2801 34th Ave W)

Oct 21, 7 p.m. – Seattle Transit Reception, Spitfire (2219 4th Ave)

Oct 23, 7:15 p.m. – Kubota Garden Terrace Overlook Public Meeting, Rainier Beach Community Center (8825 Rainier Ave S)

Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. (5 p.m. sign up) – Budget Public Hearing, Garfield High School Commons (400 23rd Ave)

What we’re reading:
Communities channel low-power radio future

The San Francisco Exodus

Business leaders advocate for City Center initiative

Rob Mattson, King of Ballard, bids neighborhood adieu

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill


Comment from Michael
Time October 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Re: The San Francisco Exodus: I hope the mayor pays attention to ALL the things the author of this article talks about, as well as other tools not discussed.

The key-words to take away are “well-desinged and well located.” The other reference refers to transit options. What is not discussed is the role that rent-control would play on the POSITIVE side. Neither San Francisco nor Seattle have rent control. I understand that Seattle is prohibited from outright rent control ordinances, like Los Angeles has implemented, by State Statute. Seattle has not tried very hard to either get that repealed–I am aware it was Charlie Royer that lobbied FOR it. Nor has Seattle tried very hard to limit the rents in other ways, or preserve existing conversions of affordable housing by Condos or teardowns that don’t actually add any net new units, and take away affordable ones. What is left is the result today.

What Seattle has done has made it worse, not better, by allowing the cart before the horse. Development should FOLLOW transit, not precede it. Poorly designed inflil makes it worse, not better for livability. Just declaring by policy or edict a redeveloped neighboorhood “car-free” does not magically transform what has already occured into something less expensive or better. Failure to adhere to the neighborhood plans approved by the neighboorhoods is another reason why Seattle does not compare with San Francisco. In Seattle, those plans allowed for “well-desinged and well located” infill, and were discarded by the Nickles team.

So, where does that leave Seattle now? Much more expensive and a more of a horrible patchwork than is needs to be. This cannot be addressed by Urbanist thought, but by better and more intelligent planning and zoning, and a political environment that won’t shy away from Eminent domain as a last resort. That is, if the focus here is on truly accomodating growth for middle income people, and not high-end developers and high income and/or transient workers.