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The Reader – Fireworks on the 4th

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TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013

Fireworks on the 4th
We were proud to work with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Seafair to ensure that Seattle’s annual Lake Union 4th of July fireworks celebration is on in 2013 and for years to come with a new funding strategy and great business and community support.

The celebration in Gas Works Park will begin at noon, with the fireworks show starting at 10:15 p.m. All the details, including activities, food & beverage, transportation and safety tips can be found here. And a reminder that personal fireworks are illegal in Seattle. Every 4th of July, 911 centers become overloaded with non-emergency fireworks calls. DO NOT call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from police, fire or medics. Unnecessary 911 calls block people with real emergencies from reaching 911 and getting help.

Enjoy the celebration and be safe!


New Health Program Launched for Struggling Students
Mayor McGinn announced last week the awarding of Families and Education Levy funds to Group Health Cooperative to provide health care services to students in the Seattle Public Schools’ Interagency Academy.

“The Families and Education Levy has always been intended to support Seattle’s most challenged students” said McGinn. “Interagency Academy has been innovative in meeting the needs of these students, and I’m pleased we can add health services to their program. We are also expanding our partnership with Group Health, which has an excellent record of serving students at other schools.”

“Group Health is a national leader in improving the health of adolescents, a traditionally underserved population,” said Michael Soman, M.D., Chief Medical Executive of Group Health Physicians. “We know from our experience that school-based health centers are a highly effective way to provide care for adolescents. We’re pleased to have our multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners and mental health professionals working directly in the Interagency Academy, helping us reach busy teens with care that works for them.”

School Based Health Centers have been funded by the Levy since it was first passed in 1990. All comprehensive high schools have health clinics, along with five middle schools, four elementary schools, and the Seattle World School which serves recent immigrant and refugee students. The citizen advisory committee that recommended renewal of the Levy proposed extending these services to students at the Interagency Academy.


City asking consultants to work directly with local ethnic media outlets
Mayor McGinn announced a new approach to increase inclusive outreach by strengthening collaboration between City consultants and ethnic media outlets. Consultants seeking to contract with the City on projects that include a community outreach component will be required to submit an ethnic media strategy as part of the request for proposals/qualifications (RFP/RFQ) process.

“As Seattle is home to the one of the most diverse ZIP codes in the country, the City has long recognized the importance of ethnic media in our efforts to be inclusive in our outreach and engagement to all residents,” said McGinn. “We expect our contracted consultants to share and support our values. This new requirement will ensure they identify and follow through on a strategy to utilize ethnic media for community outreach and communications on City projects.”

Consultants submitting responses to City-issued RFPs and RFQs must now identify a strategy, including needs and benefits, for using local ethnic media sources, whenever the contract may benefit from such inclusion. This will be an important part of the review and selection of consultants for city projects that benefit the greatest from such outreach.


Mayor kicks off summer meal program for kids
Mayor McGinn recently joined U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, City Councilmember Nick Licata and community members at the Jefferson Community Center to kick off the Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program.

“We want young people in Seattle to have a fun, safe and healthy summer,” said Mayor McGinn, “And it all starts with good nutrition. We want more people to know about this great free program for kids and teens.”

Thousands of Seattle children ages 1 through 18 will enjoy free breakfasts and lunches this summer through the Summer Food Service Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded program, formerly known as “Summer Sack Lunch,” is open from June 24 through August 23, 2013 at approximately 100 sites across the city. These include designated community centers, Seattle park playgrounds, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and YWCAs, and other community sites throughout Seattle and parts of King County.


Statement on the Voting Rights Act decision
“The Voting Rights Act is the pinnacle of civil rights legislation adopted by the US Congress. It is a critical piece of legislation that protects voters by requiring that specific states with a history of voting discrimination go through a “preclearance” before amending their elections laws. It is one extra step to protect every person in this country exercising their democratic right to vote.

Tuesday’s ruling by the US Supreme Court rendered components of the Voting Rights Act invalid, thereby undoing decades of hard work by advocates around racial equity. At the crux of the 5-4 decision was the question as to whether racial minorities continue to face barriers to voting in states with a history of discrimination.

I think there is no question that racial minorities continue to face barriers to voting and I am committed to working with advocates and other elected officials to break down these barriers. Now is the time for us to stand together and stand up for what is right – this decision impacts not just those voters in those enumerated states; but also, many counties and municipalities and counties in other states. The time is now for Congress to create a new coverage formula and maintain protection of every voter.”


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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill

Comments

Comment from Kay
Time July 9, 2013 at 10:51 am

Thanks for leading the charge to save the fireworks this year. Given the marina fire, traffic nightmares, etc I believe that careful consideration should be given to moving the fireworks show to Elliott Bay where the Ivar’s show once reigned. Traffic would be alleviated and more citizens of Seattle would be able to enjoy the show from Myrtle Edwards, Magnolia, Queen Anne, Belltown, Downtown and West Seattle.

Regards, K.