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The Reader – Updating the public on May 1st events

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THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012

Updating the public on May 1st events
On Wednesday, Mayor McGinn and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz gave an overview of the events on May 1st and shared information about 70 weapons that were confiscated from protesters.

Our priority on May 1st was to protect the safety of demonstrators, bystanders and police officers,” said Mayor McGinn. “Our operational and deployment decisions reflected that priority. And I am happy to report that no peaceful protesters or bystanders were seriously injured. Unlike in the protests last fall, we did not see peaceful protesters getting caught up in physical confrontations between police and extremists.


New B&O Tax Deduction for Life Science Research
Working with the life science community, Mayor McGinn proposed an ordinance to allow a business and occupation tax deduction for nonprofit life science community federal fund recipients and subrecipients. The City Council expanded the scope to also include private sector researchers and unanimously passed it earlier this week. This is the first step in a broad effort to review our tax code.

For more information, see the mayor’s blog post.


Building Bridges for Summer Learning Family Symposium – May 12
Seattle Public Schools is hosting a Building Bridges for Summer Learning Family Symposium on Saturday, May 12 from 9:30-2:30 at Chief Sealth High School (2600 SW Thistle Street). The symposium will include workshops for families to learn practical tools and strategies to support the academic achievement of their students. Interpretation services will be available and light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information, visit the symposium’s web page or contact Bernardo Ruiz at 206-252-0693 or bjruiz@seattleschools.org.


Seattle hosts Startup Weekend GOV
This past weekend the City of Seattle, King County, and Washington State hosted Startup Weekend GOV here at City Hall, the first Startup Weekend event in the world to focus on using government datasets to build new startups.

During his opening remarks Friday night, Mayor McGinn also announced the Evergreen Apps Challenge, a partnership between Seattle, King County, and Washington State to award over $75,000 in prize money to the top apps in 7 different categories. Apps that are created as part of Startup Weekend GOV will be eligible for the Evergreen Apps Challenge, but it’s open to everyone; prizes will be awarded in early October.


Council votes unanimously to move toward November vote on seawall
“We’ve taken a critical step toward replacing our deteriorating seawall. The aging seawall is a significant public safety risk. I thank the City Council for working with my office to move this funding package forward,” said Mayor McGinn.


Upcoming Events (for more see http://seattle.gov/mayor/Engage/access.htm):

May 3: 5:00 p.m. – West Seattle Junction neighborhood town hall with Mayor McGinn, Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon St)

May 4: 2:00 p.m. – Magnuson Park Picnic Shelter Dedication (7400 Sand Point Way NE)

May 8: 5:30 p.m. – Mayor’s Town Hall, Seattle Central Community College Main Cafeteria (1701 Broadway)

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


What we’re reading:
Bauhaus has deal to stay at Melrose and Pine

Many share pain of random killing in Pioneer Square

When bike trains collide, it’s heartwarming

ACLU sues U.S. Border Patrol, alleging illegal traffic stops


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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill