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Council News Release

4/26/2007  12:02:00 PM
Lisa Herbold, Licata Office, (206) 684-8803
David West, SAGE, (206) 441-0499

open to the public

When: Friday, April 27th - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Where: Council Chambers - City Hall 2nd Floor, 600 4th Avenue - entrance at 5th Ave

Who: Michael Ramos, Church Council of Greater Seattle Director of Social Justice Ministries; Leslie Moody, People for Working Families (PWF) Executive Director; John Goldstein, PWF Program Director; and Lee Strieb, Change to Win Federation Research Coordinator

Sponsors: Council President Nick Licata with Councilmembers Sally Clark, Richard Conlin, David Della, Jean Godden, Richard J. McIver, Tom Rasmussen, and Peter Steinbrueck

Issues to be discussed:
Seattle is undergoing a wave of development; city leaders and citizens are asking: can development work for individuals and families of all incomes?

Recommendations will be offered by national experts towards a more livable Seattle. Development partnerships between developers, communities, and government can address possible impacts upon housing, employment, and our environment.

Development partnerships can help:
Increase the affordable housing supply so low-wage service and retail workers dont move further from jobs, travel long distances, and contribute to sprawl.

Keep wages and benefits from slipping for lower-wage workers.

Minimize new demand on taxpayer-funded health care.

Improve urban livability and environmental sustainability by increasing density with community mitigation.


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