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The Reader – Improving SPD recruitment policy

From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013

Improving SPD recruitment policy
Mayor McGinn announced that as part of SPD 20/20: A Vision for the Future, new recruitment policies and outreach strategies have been adopted to encourage more diversity among Seattle Police Department officers.

“When we announced SPD 20/20, we promised to do everything possible to make sure we’re recruiting new officers for our police force who reflect the diversity and values of the community they serve” said Mayor McGinn. “We project that in the next 5 years we will hire more than 300 police officers to replace officers who will be completing their careers. We are determined to make the most of this opportunity to shape the police department of the future.”

The mayor also announced the next round of testing for new officers – the test will be conducted on July 13th, with enrollment open as of May 6th. Interested applicants can attend upcoming workshops Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00 at the Atlantic Street Center (2103 S Atlantic St) and Monday, May 13th at 6:00 at El Centro de la Raza (2524 16th Ave S). More information on these and more community workshops can be found at SPD’s new recruitment website

There was some good coverage of the announcement by Q-13, KOMO, KING5, The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, West Seattle Herald and The Stranger.

Making excuses for the gender pay gap doesn’t help women who face discrimination
The Seattle Times recently published a point/counterpoint opinion piece on the gender wage gap, with Bruce Ramsey arguing that the dramatic differences between men and women’s compensation can be explained away by women supposedly choosing to pursue lower-paying jobs. This argument has been made and debunked time and time again. Though Lynne Varner did an excellent job responding, there are some basic factual inaccuracies in Bruce’s piece that Mayor McGinn points out here.

Building a great neighborhood in South Lake Union
Monday Seattle took an important step toward sustainable, environmentally friendly economic growth. The City Council, after thoughtful deliberation, has adopted our proposal to rezone the South Lake Union neighborhood to support more jobs and housing. This rezone helps to secure Seattle’s future as a global economic leader. It provides more opportunities for people to live, work, and enjoy a modern urban neighborhood while also bringing important investments in infrastructure, parks, and affordable housing.

This comprehensive rezone of South Lake Union will help us continue to build shared prosperity in Seattle. We anticipate that by 2035 this rezone will have created 12,000 new housing units (reducing the pressure on tenants in existing housing stock) and 22,000 new jobs, along with $378 million in new property tax revenue for the City.

Read more here.

Leadership Alliance Against Coal
Mayor McGinn continues to lead the fight against the proposal that would have up to 18 additional coal trains pass through Seattle. On Saturday, he joined State Representative Reuven Carlyle, Kyle Griffin of the Seattle Great Wheel, Cary Moon of the People’s Waterfront Coalition and the Sierra Club for a rally against coal trains on the waterfront.

The Leadership Alliance Against Coal now includes 30 mayors, councilmembers, representatives and tribal leaders all along the proposed route. To keep up with the latest news from the alliance, please “like” the Leadership Alliance Against Coal’s facebook page and follow @NoCoalNW on twitter.

Upcoming events (for more see
May 7, 6:00 p.m. – City Council Town Hall on Climate Action, University Heights Center (5031 University Way NE)

May 14, 4:00 p.m. – King County Council hearing on potential Metro cuts, Union Station (401 S Jackson St)

May 17, all day – F5 Bike to Work Day (citywide)

May 18, 9:00 a.m. – Light Search and Rescue, Warren Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE)

What we’re reading:
The City Council’s SLU Rezone Actually Provides Less Affordable Housing Than the Mayor’s

Seattle plan would make city carbon neutral by 2050

Seattle’s Invisible 28-Lane Freeway

Seattle Leads by Example with Green Buildings

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill