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December 22, 5:06 PM click here to comment > 1

The Reader – Implementing police reforms

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011

Implementing police reforms
Yesterday Mayor McGinn ordered Seattle Police Chief John Diaz to begin implementation of reforms outlined in the Department of Justice’s report. We will also convene a public review panel to oversee the implementation of these reforms. Click here to read more about how we are implementing reforms.


Help needed as food bank donations decline 30% citywide
According to the Seattle Food Committee, in the last four years, Seattle food banks have seen a 30% rise in the number of clients coming to them for help. At the same time a new report on hunger and homelessness by the U.S. Conference of Mayors shows a 31% decline in the amount of food donations in the area.

The holiday season is a good time to step up and help get food to those members of our community who need it.

Mayor McGinn visited the North Helpline Food Bank in Lake City last week to ask the public to donate food, money and volunteer time to local food banks, which are facing increasing numbers of clients and declining food donations. You can get started with your donation by contacting Northwest Harvest.


Sound Transit vote
The full Sound Transit board approved the 2012 budget last week, including accelerated funding to study high capacity transit in the Downtown to Ballard corridor. Approved by the region’s voters in the Sound Transit 2 vote, this planning money, along with a $900,000 federal grant awarded to Seattle in October and City matching funds, will allow the City and Sound Transit to conduct a detailed analysis of alignments and technologies that will enable us to meet the longer-term demand for transit between some of our the fastest growing neighborhoods and downtown.

The Downtown to Ballard corridor was highlighted in both the Seattle Streetcar Study in 2008 and the Sound Transit Long Range Plan in 2005. The corridor also ranked highly in the City’s recently completed Transit Master Plan. Funding to study this corridor was included in the Sound Transit 2 package. This agreement would accelerate that work by 3 years.

Many thanks to everyone who has been working to make this possible, including Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin, Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl, her staff, and the Sound Transit Board.


2012 Town Halls
We’re gearing up for our 2012 town halls and neighborhood visits throughout the city. Join Mayor McGinn, department representatives and community groups at the Queen Anne Community Center on Tuesday, January 10, starting at 5:30, for the first town hall of the new year. The Queen Anne Community Center is at 1901 1st Avenue West.

We’ll keep you informed of future town halls and neighborhood visits. Or watch www.seattle.gov/mayor/Engage/access.htm, where events will be posted as they’re confirmed.


What we’re reading:
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‘Alarming’ new test-score gap discovered in Seattle schools

Cities Face Tough Choices as U.S. Slashes Block Grants Program

186Gbps wide area network created by physicists at SuperComputing 2011


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Comment from Ashley
Time December 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

The police, as a centralized state institution, is charged with, and understood to personify, the problem of how to put into practice the assemblage of reformatory orientations and impulsions generally labeled “neo-liberal.”