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The Reader – Making downtown Seattle streets more safe, inviting and vibrant

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Making downtown Seattle streets more safe, inviting and vibrant
We’ve been working on the Center City Initiative – a major project focused on public safety in our downtown core.

We started working groups last year in Belltown and Pioneer Square. These groups included every City department that could contribute to solutions: Police, Parks, Human Services, Transportation, Law, City Light and Public Utilities. They also included strong representation from stakeholders in each community. The external stakeholders in each case have helped us define an aggressive work program to address a range of challenges – from public safety and human services concerns, to better lighting, to improved trash, litter and graffiti clean-up.

In the beginning of 2012, we expanded those working groups into a broader Center City Initiative that now includes a working group in the Third Ave and Pike/Pine corridor, as well as in the Chinatown/International District. These working groups have been meeting with community stakeholders to develop work plans for 2012 and beyond.

Read more about the Center City Initiative on the mayor’s blog.

May is Bike Month
This month is nationally recognized as Bike Month, a celebration of biking, from work and school commutes to errands to recreational riding. Over 20,000 in the region are expected to participate in Bike to Work Day on May 18th and the Commute Challenge motivates new bike commuters all month long.

The video below, “Three stories from the road,” is a nice profile of Seattle area residents working to make cycling safer.

Free whooping cough booster shots
In response to the ongoing whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic, Public Health – Seattle & King County and Group Health Cooperative are partnering to provide free whooping cough booster shots for adults. Adults without health insurance and those who cannot afford to pay can get a free booster on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Group Health Burien Medical Center (140 SW 146th St, Burien WA, 98116)

Latino Community Forum with Mayor McGinn
An opportunity for open conversation with the Mayor of Seattle on topics of interest to the Latino community of Seattle.

Saturday, May 19, 2012, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Beacon Hill International School (2025 14th Ave S)

Spanish interpretation will be provided.

RSVP to Thao Tran (206) 684-4033 or

Update on efforts to combat human trafficking
The Mayor sent a letter to the CEO of Village Voice last week demanding the company do more to stop the exploitation of children through its advertising service, In response,’s lawyer ran an op-ed in the Seattle Times claiming that Backpage was an “ally” in the fight to end the trafficking of children for sex. Just over two days before that op-ed ran, Seattle Police rescued another minor who’d been advertised on Backpage. State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel stood up with Mayor McGinn to decry’s continued denial of their role as an accelerant of the commercial sexual exploitation of youth, and call on them to implement in-person age verification. The same day a letter signed by nearly 50 mayors, including Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, Michael Bloomberg of New York sent a letter affirming the need for in-person age verification. Those mayors will be considering a resolution to that effect at the upcoming meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors.

Upcoming Events (for more see

May 11, 7:00 a.m. – Commute Seattle’s Bikes And Bagels, McGraw Square (5th & Stewart)

May 12, 1:00 p.m. – Foster Dog Orientation, Seattle Animal Shelter, Upper Level Conference Room (2061 15th Ave W)

May 14, 6:30 p.m. – First Hill – Park Acquisition Public Meeting, Skyline at First Hill (725 9th Ave)

May 19, 12:30 p.m. – Latino Community Forum, Beacon Hill International School (2025 14th Ave S)

What we’re reading:
Mayors urge to check ages

A Fundamental Misunderstanding of Parking and Land Use

Developer says won’t tear down Melrose and Pinevue buildings

As parties finalize Seattle arena terms, freight interests seek to slow project

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill