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The Reader – Helping more people find good jobs

From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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‘Career Bridge’ project will support job seekers who face barriers to employment
Mayor McGinn detailed support for the Career Bridge pilot project, an innovative partnership among the City of Seattle, the Seattle Jobs Initiative, and grassroots community groups to help individuals who face significant barriers to employment begin on a pathway to a living-wage job and career. The program is included in the mayor’s proposed 2013-14 budget.

Thomas Turner, Seattle Jobs Initiative graduate and supervisor at Alaskan Copper

“We are committed to building a city where everyone in our community has the opportunity to prosper,” said Mayor McGinn. “Career Bridge will work with community partners to provide personal support and mentoring, needed services, job search skills, and career development to help low-income adults find good jobs and become self-sufficient.”

Expanding access to high speed fiber optic internet
Mayor McGinn released a request for information (RFI) to identify private parties who may be interested in using the excess capacity of the city of Seattle’s fiber optic cable network for providing high speed internet services and increasing competition among service providers.

“We are moving ahead on expanding our next-generation infrastructure, helping Seattle compete in the global economy,” said McGinn. “I look forward to seeing the applications from private providers seeking to improve our city’s internet service for our residents and businesses.”

Since 1995, Seattle and approximately 20 governments have been partners in a fiber partnership that has built out some 500 miles of fiber throughout the city. That network has excess capacity in some locations. Numerous residents and businesses have told the city that they do not have adequate access to high speed internet service. As a result, the mayor submitted legislation, adopted by Council in August 2012, authorizing the city to enter into agreements for using its excess fiber.

Join us at the Safe Communities meeting in your precinct
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Safe Communities large group meetings in the Southwest Precinct on September 27 or in the North Precinct last night. We had great conversations about what we can do collectively as a community to make Seattle safer.

To get involved, sign up at, and be sure to join us when we hold a meeting in your precinct:

West Precinct- October 18, 2012, 7-9 p.m. – Belltown Community Center (415 Bell St)
South Precinct – October 29, 2012, 7–9 p.m. – South Shore K-8 (4800 S Henderson St)
East Precinct – November 8th, 2012, 7-9 p.m. – Miller Community Center(330 19th Ave E)

Financial Planning Day this Saturday, October 13
Want free financial advice from professionals? Come to Financial Planning Day on October 13 at Garfield Community Center (2323 E Cherry St) between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Free workshops on budgeting, credit reports and scores, and dealing with debt collectors will be offered, along with one-on-one financial planning advice and credit/debt/housing counseling. Register at

Upcoming Events (for more see

Oct 12, 7:30 p.m. – Arts and Social Change Symposium, Seattle Center Northwest Rooms (305 Harrison St)

Oct 13, 11:00 a.m. – Wallingford neighborhood town hall with Mayor McGinn, Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N)

Oct 15, 5:30 p.m. – Former Fire Station #39 Community Meeting, Nathan Hale High School Cafeteria (10750 30th Ave NE)

Oct 25, 5:30 p.m. (5 p.m. sign up) – Budget public hearings, City Council Chamber, Seattle City Hall (600 4th Ave)

Recent video clips:

MadisonPark CareerBridge
Madison Park Neighborhood Visit recap Reverend Williams talking about the Career Bridge program
Bitter Lake Town Hall recap Paul Patu testifying in favor of expanding the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill