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The Capital Improvements Advisory Committee reviewed proposals for capital projects and requests for appropriations, and passed along their recommendations regarding priorities and project feasibility.
Agendas and minutes of Committee meetings. The Committee discussed appropriations and plans for capital projects throughout the city, including roads, parks, libraries, utilities, recreational facilities, and administrative buildings. Also covered in the minutes are discussions of land acquisition, beautification, energy usage, urban renewal, and funding issues.
The Citizens Review Panel was convened by Mayor Paul Schell in 1999 to study the Seattle Police Department's policies and procedures relating to accountability and the reporting of police misconduct. The panel consisted of a retired judge, two attorneys, and a retired FBI agent. While the group found no evidence of widespread corruption within the department, it did determine that the mechanisms for reporting misconduct were not sufficient. In its final report, the panel made several recommendations, perhaps the most important of which was the creation of an Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) to replace the Internal Investigations Section. Other recommendations involved training, performance evaluations, and rules for investigations. Most of the report's recommendations were followed, including the creation of the OPA to handle complaints and investigate misconduct.
Materials gathered and consulted by the Citizens Review Panel in the course of preparing its report. Includes SPD policy and procedure manuals, curriculum materials from the Law Enforcement Academy, union contracts, and reports previously published about the police department. Also includes information solicited from other cities and agencies regarding police auditors, internal investigations, and other relevant programs. The panel's final report is cataloged separately in the Published Documents Collection.
Mayor William F. Devin appointed the Seattle Civic Arts Committee (SCAC) in September, 1944 to encourage cultural activities defined as the Fine Arts and to broaden public interest in civic art and arts organizations. Fine Arts was defined by the committee as "those arts that exist primarily as an appeal to the emotions." The citizen committee consisted of representatives from arts organizations and citizens interested in one or more of the arts. The committee was composed of over two dozen members. To make it less unwieldy, a seven-member Executive Committee was established to supervise and manage the work of the larger committee and its work committees. During its existence the SCAC conducted a survey to determine the extent of fine arts activities in Seattle; discussed establishment of a War Memorial, Civic Arts Center, Music Hall, and other arts related topics; and struggled with ideas of how these various projects could be funded. In November 1945 the SCAC recommended that the City find a suitable site for a Civic Arts Center and Mayor Devin directed the City Planning Commission to study the idea. In 1946, the SCAC was instrumental in forming the Civic Center Association which, in turn, superseded Committee. The outgrowth of SCAC's work and the subsequent work of the Association was the creation or renovation of several venues that later became part of Seattle Center.
The Seattle Civic Arts Committee records include minutes of meetings between 1944 and 1947, and rosters of committee members and the Executive Committee. The minutes provide a brief synopsis of discussion related to the various issues that came before the committee. Besides discussion of the War Memorial, Music Hall, and Civic Arts Center, the minutes include a glimpse of the politics of the arts world at the time, a several month discussion of the artwork in the Frye estate, and some speculation about the lack of cultural philanthropy in Seattle and the potential reasons for it.
The Mayor's Maritime Advisory Committee made recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on issues relating to marine industries and infrastructure. Members included representatives from shipyards and other industries, labor unions, the fishing trade, and the Port of Seattle.
Agendas and minutes from committee meetings. Topics discussed include shipyards, the Alaska pipeline, Seattle's waterfront, fisheries, and union issues.
The Metropolitan Problems Advisory Committee was appointed in 1956 by Mayor Gordon S. Clinton and the Board of King County Commissioners to study regional issues that were too large for individual local governments to handle. The 75-member committee, chaired by John Ellis, identified sewage disposal, regional transportation, and comprehensive planning as the three problems of most concern. The committee recommendations were used to convince the State Legislature to pass the Metropolitan Council Act of 1957 that authorized creation of regional governments. The ultimate outcome of the process and legislation was formation of the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle, better known as Metro.
Proceedings of Metropolitan Problems Advisory Committee meetings.
Created by Resolution 30003, the Pro Parks 2000 Committee was convened to ensure citizen participation in the development of park, open space, and recreation projects and programs. The committee started with the objectives identified in the Parks comprehensive plan that was written in 1993 and updated several years later as part of the neighborhood planning process. Members were directed to develop a package of projects and identify options to fund those projects, including bonds, levies, and junior taxing districts. The committee was made up of 28 citizens selected by the Parks Department based on their past participation in neighborhood and/or park planning as well as their representation of a cross section of the community.
The majority of the records consist of materials compiled for meetings, including agendas, minutes, background materials, and draft documents. Other records include correspondence, work plans, and other working documents.
The Public Works Committee was established in June 1933 by City Council resolution, with the Mayor concurring, in response to Depression-era state and federal legislation designed to help local jurisdictions fund public works and provide jobs. The Committee was responsible for assembling all available data necessary for securing federal funds through the National Industry Recovery Bill, as well as state aid through the Emergency Relief Bond Act. The Committee included the chairs of the City Council Finance Committee and the Streets and Sewers Committee, the president of the City Council, the chair of the Board of Public Works, and the City Engineer.
The Committee was also charged to cooperate with other local jurisdictions in coordinating public works programs, including King County, the Port of Seattle, the Seattle School Board, the King County Welfare Board, and other agencies in the region. Committee representatives lobbied in the State Legislature, coordinated public works proposals for potential funding, and worked closely with the City Council and Mayor in establishing priorities.
The Committee records include a copy of enabling Resolution 11267, a synopsis of activities prior to and immediately following the Committee's first meeting, and minutes of subsequent meetings.
The Rapid Transit Advisory Committee made recommendations to the Mayor relating to planning and design of rapid transit systems for the Seattle area.
Minutes of committee meetings. Topics discussed include coordination of transit responsibilities by multiple jurisdictions, establishing exclusive bus lanes, funding issues, integration with land use planning, and studies of transit systems in other cities. The series also includes correspondence and background papers circulated to committee members.
An independent Citizens' Rate Advisory Committee was established in July 1978 by Resolution 25852. The Committee, comprised of individuals with a particular interest and knowledge of electrical rates, was responsible for providing review, comment, and recommendations to the Superintendent of City Light regarding the work of the department's Rate Preparation Team and consultants hired to assist in the rate review and increase process. The Committee also was responsible for issuing comments and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on all final products produced by City Light related to rate review. The Committee was staffed by City Light.
The Committee was not a standing or ongoing entity. It was established to serve only through the rate review cycle. Meetings usually occurred over the course of one year. City Light conducted rate reviews every two years during the 1980s. A new committee was formed during the year preceding the anticipated year of rate change and was established by passage a new City Council Resolution. The size and membership requirements of the committee changed with each new iteration.
The records in this series are for the Committee formed in 1983 to consider the rate review and increase in 1984, as well as for the Committee looking at issues related to the 1987-1988 rate review. Records include Committee minutes, copies of Resolutions related to rate review procedures, a membership roster, the charter for the Committee, the work program schedule, reference materials gathered by the Committee, and recommendations of the Committee to the City Council, Mayor, and Superintendent of City Light.
Mayor Wes Uhlman created the Mayor’s Reinvestment Task Force to investigate disinvestment and redlining by lending institutions in minority, mixed-race, and diverse socio-economic neighborhoods. The task force’s final report recommended the establishment of a Public Reinvestment Review Board.
Agendas, minutes, staff reports, correspondence, reference materials, discussion papers, and draft reports of the Mayor's Reinvestment Task Force. Records relate to disinvestment and redlining by lending institutions in minority, mixed-race, and diverse socio-economic neighborhoods. Also includes 1978 minutes of the Public Reinvestment Review Board, a board established as a result of the Reinvestment Task Force final report.
RIBCO was a multi-agency coordinating committee concerned with water pollution control and abatement for the Lake Washington and Green River Basins. Member agencies included the cities of Seattle, Renton, Auburn, Kirkland, and Bellevue; King and Snohomish Counties; several water and sewer districts; and other agencies including METRO, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the EPA, and the Puget Sound Governmental Conference.
Minutes recording discussions taking place at RIBCO meetings. Issues included budgets and funding, pollution control, solid waste, urban runoff, and water resources management.
The City of Seattle Safety Coordinating Committee was made up of members from many city departments, including Engineering, Police, Health, Law, Personnel, Parks, Planning, and City Light. The committee’s focus was on improving safety for City employees, as well as reducing the City’s insurance rates for its vehicles.
Minutes detailing attendees and discussions at meetings of the Safety Coordinating Committee. Subjects covered include defensive driver training, alcohol treatment, first aid kits, accident reports, and fire prevention.
The Relief Committee was appointed by Mayor Robert Moran following the Great Fire of 1889. The Committee was responsible for receiving, managing, and disbursing aid donated by communities, organizations, and individuals for the general relief of the City. Over 100,000 dollars in money and goods was received. Committee members were Joseph R. Lewis, Elisha P. Ferry, John Leary, George H. Heilbron, and Griffith Davies.
Correspondence and telegrams relating to donations and relief work following the Great Fire of 1889. Includes brief narrative on relief and introductory letter by Thomas W. Prosch. Prosch compiled this volume in 1914.
The Sister City relationship between Seattle, Washington and Kobe, Japan began in 1957 through the office of Seattle Mayor Gordon Clinton and Mayor Chujiro Haraguchi of Kobe. The program was part of an international "People-to-People" initiative first suggested by President Eisenhower in 1956. The Seattle-Kobe relationship was the first of 21 sister-city relationships held by Seattle today; others include Mazatlan, Mexico; Galway City, Ireland; and Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The Affiliation Committee public relations records contain quarterly reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs illustrating the activities of the committee and the relationship between residents of Seattle and Kobe. The Sister City relationship between the two cities began in 1957 through the office of Seattle Mayor Gordon Clinton and Mayor Chujiro Haraguchi of Kobe. Kobe was Seattle's first Sister City and was part of an international "People-to-People" initiative first suggested by President Eisenhower in 1956. The public relations records were maintained by Jeanne Smith, public relations director for the committee.
Mayor Wes Uhlman convened the Sick's Stadium Task Force in March 1977. The group was asked to define criteria for a variety of potential uses for the stadium site, as the new Kingdome had replaced the facility as the city's baseball venue. The task force included representatives from the Building Department, Parks Department, Department of Community Development, and Mayor's Office, as well as citizen members representing neighborhood groups and local businesses. Their report was completed and submitted to the mayor in June 1977.
Records documenting the work of the task force, including meeting minutes and agendas. Other materials include the group's work plan, background information about the stadium property, and neighborhood input, as well as a proposal from the United Indians of All Tribes for use of the site. The task force's work products - their proposed use criteria and final report - are also part of the series.
The Citizen Advisory Committee for Urban Runoff was a 31-member citizen group appointed by Mayor Wes Uhlman to develop surface water management goals for the City's nine drainage basins.
Minutes, agenda, memoranda, task force rosters, discussion papers, reports, and maps related to the work of the Urban Runoff Task Force and the issue of storm water drainage in Seattle. The records address three specific issues: the use of storm water, minimizing erosion and flooding, and the disposal of excess runoff.
The Waterfront Advisory Committee was appointed by Mayor Dorm Braman in 1969 as a policy advisory body charged with assisting a consultant hired to who was hired to develop an urban design plan for the central waterfront. The consultant was hired to provide recommendations for siting a waterfront park, planning street and pedestrian traffic, creating more effective links between the waterfront and downtown, and completing an economic analysis of potential private uses of the waterfront. The Committee was also charged with representing public opinion to the consultant.
Minutes, correspondence, reports, and surveys of the Mayor's Waterfront Advisory Committee. The Committee was established as a policy advisory body charged with assisting a consultant hired to develop an urban design plan for the central waterfront. The consultant was hired to provide recommendations for siting a waterfront park, planning street and pedestrian traffic, creating more effective links between the waterfront and downtown, and completing an economic analysis of potential private uses of the waterfront. The Committee was also supposed to represent public opinion to the consultant.