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The Reader – Responding to recent violent crime in Seattle

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Responding to recent violent crime in Seattle
Mayor Mike McGinn and Councilmember Bruce Harrell joined community leaders and the Seattle Police Department to respond to recent incidents of violent crime in Seattle. The mayor detailed the recent launch of new violence prevention emphasis patrols in each of the city’s five precincts. Precincts are deploying extra officers on the street to address street disorder, assaults, and shootings, focusing on the specific problems in each neighborhood.

For more, see the mayor’s blog.

Investments in Local Business Districts
The City of Seattle offers grants to neighborhood business districts to support our small businesses as part of the Seattle Jobs Plan. This year’s recipients were announced Tuesday, totaling $1.1 million in 19 districts.

“Our neighborhood business districts are a critical economic asset. Their diversity and strength is a part of what makes our city special,” said Mayor McGinn. “The dollars that the city invests support projects that make an immediate impact in our neighborhoods, and they also serve as catalysts that bring neighborhood business district leaders together to organize and create a shared vision for long-term revitalization strategies, which will help our city’s overall economic recovery.”

Downtown Seattle Association Quantifies Economic Impact of Seattle’s Major Institutions
The Downtown Seattle Association announced the results of a recent study regarding the impact of Seattle’s 14 “Major Institutions” — our leading educational organizations and medical centers.

“Major institutions play an important role in my Seattle Jobs Plan and in our local economy as job creators and stimulators of additional economic activity,” said Mayor McGinn. “This quantifies what we already know – that major institutions are a huge part of our economy. And I am committed to fostering an environment where our local institutions get what they need from city government to continue to thrive.”

To see the full report, click here.

Upcoming neighborhood town halls
Mayor McGinn will be hosting town halls in three neighborhoods in the next two weeks. These are opportunities to ask the mayor a question or tell him what’s on your mind.

Tuesday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. at TOPS K-8 School (2500 Franklin Ave E)

Saturday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE)

Tuesday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW)

Aki Kurose celebrates national attendance championship
Aki Kurose Middle School Academy students got a surprise visit Monday from singer Ne-Yo, their prize for winning the Get Schooled Foundation’s National Attendance Challenge. Mayor McGinn’s Be Here, Get There campaign has shown positive results across Seattle’s schools, but there’s still much work to be done. As Ne-Yo told students, “It’s so important to show up, be present and pay attention so your dream becomes a successful reality.”

The visit and attendance campaign were covered by KOMO and KING.

Upcoming Events (for more see

March 5: 5:30 p.m. – Waterfront Seattle Forum: Setting the Stage – Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Downstairs at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave)

March 6: 7:00 p.m. – Open House for Rainier Beach Community Center & Pool – South Shore K- 8 School Rotunda (4800 S Henderson St)

March 7: 8:30 a.m. – WMBE Wednesday Workshop, Seattle Municipal Tower – Room 4070 (700 5th Ave)

March 7: 4:00-7:00 p.m. – First Hill Streetcar Open House, Silver Cloud Hotel Broadway Room (1100 Broadway)

March 7: 7:00 p.m. – Volunteer Park Conservatory business plan, Montlake Community Center (1618 E Calhoun St)

What we’re reading:
Efforts to boost Seattle Public Schools students’ attendance is paying off

New tech incubator space to open in downtown Seattle

Washington Measure Aims To Curb Sex Trafficking, Targets Online Ads

Seattle-area transit ridership up; gas prices likely to add more

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill