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Affordable Housing

Police Chief Confirmation Process
Kathleen O'Toole was appointed Interim Chief of Police by Mayor Ed Murray on May 19, 2014. Seattle City Council will undergo a review process to determine whether to confirm or reject the candidate.

Preschool for All

Seattle Preschool Program
Learn more about the plan for voluntary, high-quality preschool being considered by the Seattle City Council. The Seattle Preschool Program page is a convenient source of information on the Council's proposal and all of the public discussion.

Affordable Housing

Select Committee on Parks Funding
The Select Committee on Parks Funding will review recommendations from the Parks Legacy Citizens' Advisory Committee for a package of parks and recreation services and funding options for implementing that package. This City Council Select Committee (comprised of all nine members) will deliberate and make a final decision on whether to send a proposal for parks funding to the voters for consideration in the August election.

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Wall Signs
(Since 2011) The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has permitted 48 new wall signs that are 288 square feet or larger, including 25 wallscapes in excess of 672 square feet. In addition, the size of some of these wall signs continues to increase . . . Many of these images make clear that individuals or entities are seeking on-premises sign permits for signs that the average person would view as off-premises advertising signs.

Taxi and For Hire Regulations

Committee on Taxi, For Hire and Limousine Regulations
The Committee will work with the Department of Finance and Administrative Services to study the existing market for Taxi, For-hire and Limousine services, the current approach to the regulation of these services and potential modifications to this regulatory structure. The Committee plans to coordinate with both King County and the Port of Seattle in this work.

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Paid Sick Leave
Introduced on June 27, 2011, the Housing, Human Services, Health, and Culture Committee has discussed a proposed paid sick leave ordinance, sponsored by Councilmember Nick Licata.

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Yesler Terrace Redevelopment
Yesler Terrace is a 30-acre publicly subsidized housing community located on the southern slope of First Hill, adjacent to downtown, Harborview Medical Center, the International District, and Seattle University.


Job Assistance Legislation
A proposed legislation to increase public safety and job assistance by reducing criminal recidivism and enhancing positive reentries to society by prohibiting certain adverse employment actions against individuals who have been arrested, convicted, or charged with a crime.

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Community Center Partnership and Planning Analysis
Last fall, we went into the budget process knowing three things: 1) the City faced a $67M shortfall; 2) we wouldn't be able to make all the reductions through budget cuts alone; and 3) the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) would be severely impacted.

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Community Conversations
A series of discussions on the City's priorities. These pilot conversations are held in the "world café" format, with smaller groups in a facilitated meeting format, discussing five pre-scripted questions.

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Families and Education Levy
The City's primary role in the education of Seattle schoolchildren revolves around the Families and Education Levy. Using revenue from a voter-approved supplemental property tax, the Levy funds a variety of support services to improve the academic achievement of struggling students.

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Plastic Bag Ban
Seattle would join cities along the West Coast, hundreds of cities across the country and twenty nations worldwide that have already taken action to reduce the use of single use plastic bags.


Review of Solid Waste, Drainage and Wastewater Rates
On July 3, 2012, the Mayor and Seattle Public Utilities delivered their proposals for drainage, wastewater, and solid waste rate increases to the City Council Libraries, Utilities, and Center Committee.

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Seattle Children's Hospital's proposed Major Institution Master Plan
The Council is reviewing a proposed Major Institution Master Plan (MIMP) for the expansion of Seattle Children's Hospital.  The review of a proposed MIMP is subject to the city's quasi-judicial rules which means the Council will act as judges in its review, rather than legislators. Reports, appeals, and other documents regarding the proposed MIMP are available at this link.

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Solutions for Economically Distressed Americans
Seattle City Council passed resolution 31337 supporting the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment and seeking solutions for economically distressed Americans at the federal and local levels.

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Special Committee on the Library Levy
Providing funding stability for The Seattle Public Library is a priority for the City of Seattle. The Library supports the economic, educational and cultural vitality of our city, contributes to an informed community, and serves as anchors of Seattle's neighborhoods.

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Street Food Vending
In July 2011, the Council passed rules to regulate mobile food vendors, allowing for expanded menu options, better health enforcement and allowing more sidewalk vending.

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Seattle for Washington
The Seattle for Washington program helps us strengthen relationships with key policy makers and better understand issues important to communities around the state. By building relationships and opening dialogue, we hope to reduce conflict and create opportunities for positive and constructive working relationships.

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Zero Waste Strategy
On January 25, 2010, the Council passed Resolution 31169 which calls on the state of Washington to provide a Do Not Mail registry to minimize the volume of unwanted direct mail delivered to Washington residents.

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