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The Reader – Pay by phone for parking

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Pay by phone for parking
Making it more convenient to park on the street, today Mayor McGinn launched the City of Seattle’s new pay by phone parking initiative. Beginning with downtown’s retail core, drivers are now able to use their phones to pay for on-street parking without needing to visit a pay station or display a printed sticker. Users can receive text message updates and buy more parking from their phone, if they have not yet reached the maximum time allowed.

“Just by using your phone, it’s now faster and easier to pay for parking in Seattle,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “We’re deploying technology to make it more convenient for people to visit downtown and our neighborhood business districts.”

With an established PayByPhone account, drivers can simply pay for on-street parking with their phone and the unique location number for each street. Smartphones can also scan the QR code or tap the Near Field Communication tag on PayByPhone stickers to initiate the streamlined payment.

Launching a Gender Justice Initiative
Though much progress has been made toward gender justice since women fought for the right to vote nearly 100 years ago, we have a lot of work ahead of us on the road to true gender equity. A recent report from the National Partnership for Women and Families (NWPF) ranked Seattle as having the widest gender wage gap among the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas. Mayor McGinn has written in the past about this report, which found that women in the Seattle area are paid 73 cents on the dollar compared to men, amounting to an average yearly gap of $16,346 between men and women who work full time.

In response to the NWPF report, Mayor McGinn directed the City Personnel Department to conduct a review of the City’s salary structure to determine if these disparities were present among City of Seattle workers as well. Not surprisingly, our review found that the City of Seattle does indeed have gender disparities in pay. Men employed by the City of Seattle make approximate 9.5% more than women on average, and this week we announced a Gender Justice Initiative designed to change that.

The first step is to convene a Gender Equity in Pay Task Force, led by Office for Civil Rights Director Julie Nelson and Patricia Hayden, YWCA Director of Specialized and Integrated Services, made up of community experts who will use their expertise to help us come up with creative solutions to this complex problem.

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New training program for police sergeants and commanders
Mayor McGinn and Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel announced the completion of two initiatives of SPD: 20/20 – A Vision for the Future. Initiatives number six and seven call for new leadership training for all sergeants and commanders in the Seattle Police Department; program curricula have now been completed and training will begin next week.

“Our sergeants and commanders are charged with providing leadership and guidance to the officers who keep our city safe” said McGinn. “We need to make sure they have all the tools they need to be effective leaders and impart our community’s values to the officers they command. This new training program will ensure that all our sergeants and commanders are up-to-date on new procedures, and have the leadership skills they need to enforce those guidelines.”

New bilingual street name signs unveiled in the Chinatown-International District
This weekend, Mayor McGinn and Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) board member Tuck Eng unveiled the first of several bilingual street name signs at Dragon Fest, the Chinatown-International District’s summer festival. The first sign, located at the corner of Sixth Avenue South and South King Street, is being installed as part of a neighborhood wide program in Seattle’s historic Chinatown and Japantown. Over the summer, translated street name signs in English and Chinese, or English and Japanese will be added to over thirty intersections through a partnership between the CIDBIA and the City of Seattle.

“These signs will help us celebrate the ongoing diversity of the Chinatown-International District, as well as help people navigate the neighborhood,” said Mayor McGinn. “I want to thank the CIDBIA and the neighborhood stakeholders for helping get this done.”

Video highlights (for more see

Bilingual street signs Police training update
Linden Avenue celebration South Precinct Safe Communities update

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