Seattle City Council Briefing 10/21/19


>>>GOOD MORNING, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE FOR OUR COUNCIL BRIEFING ON OCTOBER 21, 2019. I’M JOINED BY COUNCIL MEMBER BAGSHAW AND COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALEZ. IF THERE ARE NO OBJECTIONS, THE OCTOBER 21 MEETING WILL BE APPROVED. SEEING NO OBJECTIONS, THOSE MINUTES ARE APPROVED. WE’RE GOING TO START OFF WITH A STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION UPDATE, BUT I WILL SAY BEFORE, AS THEY ENTER THAT I WANT TO DESCRIBE THE ONE ITEM WE HAVE ON THE FULL COUNCIL AGENDA AS THEY MAY NOT BE HERE AT THE TABLE. WE WILL GO AROUND THAT PIECE. I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT I HAVE TO MAKE. THE ONE ITEM WE HAVE FOR A VOTE THIS AFTERNOON IS THE RESOLUTION 31913, WHICH IS A RESOLUTION CONCERNING A REFERENDUM OF 88, WHICH AS MANY PEOPLE KNOW 88 CONFIRMED, WE WANT APPROVED ON INITIATIVE 1000. MANY OF YOU ARE UP TO SPEED ON INITIATIVE 1000, BOLDLY PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE, WHICH WILL ALLOW THE CITIES AND STATES AND GOVERNMENTS HERE IN THIS STATE TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING AT HIRING PRACTICES AND POLICIES, ONE OF THE FEW STATES THAT CURRENTLY BAN THAT. ONE OUT OF SIX STATES THAT BAN THIS KIND OF TREATMENT, SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE IN LINE WITH GOOD POLICY AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY ON THESE ISSUES OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. OKAY. >>I THINK PEOPLE ARE CONFUSED ON HOW TO VOTE ON THAT. >>RIGHT. >>WE WILL DO THAT THIS AFTERNOON. ACTUALLY THERE IS APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE IF YOU WANT APPROVED ON 88, SO THAT IS VERY CONFUSING. IT ACTUALLY CONFIRMS INITIATIVE 1000. SO WE WILL HAVE MANY SPEAKERS THIS AFTERNOON TO SUPPORT THIS. PERHAPS EVEN OPPOSE IT, I DON’T KNOW. I HAVEN’T GOTTEN FEEDBACK ON ANYONE OPPOSING IT. BUT WE ARE ALWAYS ANTICIPATING SOMETHING LIKE THAT. OKAY, WHY DON’T WE DO INTRODUCTIONS AND DIVE INTO OUR LEGISLATIVE STATE UPDATE. >>LILY WILSON-CODEGA, OFFICE OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS. >>CARON CARGILL, STATE REGULAR DIRECTOR. >>AND I BELIEVE IT WAS REPRESENTATIVE CLIPPARD WHEN YOU CAME DOWN TO HELP OUT ON THAT ISSUE. SO WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THE LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR 2020, WHICH YOU ALL KNOW IS A SHORT SUPPLEMENTAL DECISION, SO THINGS WILL MOVE VERY QUICKLY. WE HAVE COMPILED FEEDBACK FROM YOU ALL AFTER MEETING INDIVIDUALLY AS WELL AS OUR DEPARTMENTS AND TO THIS INITIAL DRAFT. I BELIEVE YOU’LL TAKE A SECOND LOOK AT IT IN NOVEMBER BEFORE FINAL PASSAGE IN NOVEMBER. WITH THAT I’M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO CARON. SHE WILL DO A BRIEF UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE AT WITH THE PROCESS AND TIMELINE AND GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THE AGENDA AND GIVE US FEEDBACK. >>OKAY. SO YES, LEGISLATIVE SESSION IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER NOW. IT IS SCHEDULED TO START ON JANUARY 13. THIS IS A SHORT SESSION, 60 DAYS, AND IT IS SUPPLEMENTAL. SO THE SECOND YEAR OF THE TWO- YEAR BUDGET CYCLE. AND 60 DAYS, THE IDEA IS THEY ARE NOT WRITING AN ENTIRE BUDGET AT THAT POINT. A FEW THINGS WE SPOKE TO ON OUR LAST PRESENTATION, BUT JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT AGAIN THAT WE DO HAVE A NEW SPEAKER. SHE WILL BE CONFIRMED BY THE HOUSE IN JANUARY WHEN THE FULL LEGISLATURE IS IN SESSION, WHICH IS REQUIRED, BUT AT THIS POINT SHE’S ACTING AS THE SPEAKER DESIGNATE. THE HOUSE DID HAVE COMMITTEE DAYS BACK IN SEPTEMBER. AND THEN THERE WILL BE A SECOND SET OF COMMITTEE DAYS FOR THE HOUSE IN NOVEMBER AND THE FIRST SET OF THE COMMITTEE DAY IS FOR THIS SENATE ALSO IN NOVEMBER. AND THE COMMITTEE DAYS ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE COMMITTEES TO CONVENE IN ADVANCE FOR THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE ITEMS THEY MAY HAVE BEEN WORKING. IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR DIFFERENT WORK GROUPS AND TASK FORCES TO GIVE THEIR PRESENTATIONS AND MATERIALS. KIND OF ACCESSING THE HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW OF SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT WE MIGHT ANTICIPATE SEEING ON THE 2020 SESSION. >>AND I HAD A CHANCE TO BE AT AN EVENT WITH LORI JENKINS AND ANDY BILLINGS LAST WEEK, AND I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED WITH HER. I KNOW SHE’S BEEN AROUND FOR A BIT, BUT I HAVE NOT HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH HER. I LIKE HER PROGRESSIVE VALUES, BUT SHE WAS VERY THOUGHTFUL ABOUT SOLUTIONS ORIENTED AND INCREMENTAL APPROACHES TO THINGS. I THINK SHE’S GOING TO BE GREAT. >>WE AGREE. WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO HAVE LORI IN THIS POSITION. >>GREAT. >>SO AGAIN I KNOW THESE ARE ITEMS WE COVERED DURING OUR LAST PRESENTATION, BUT 2019 WAS A REALLY BIG YEAR FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND FOR THE CITY. THERE WERE A LOT OF ITEMS, LOTS OF FOLKS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR QUITE A WHILE. SO FOR THE HOUSING AND HOMELESS BASE WE WERE ABLE TO PASS THE LOCAL OPTION BOND BILL. QUITE A BIT OF THE TENANT PROTECTION REFORMS AND THE HOUSING TRUST FUND WAS FUNDED A $175 MILLION, SO THE SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT FROM THE LAST SESSION. LOTS OF IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SAFETY NET AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS STAGE WITH THE COMMISSION OF THE LGBT COMMISSION. THE KEY WASHINGTON ACT AND AS COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL MENTIONED I1000 AND THE FUNDING OF THE RAPE KIT TESTING. >>SHOOT, I’M SO SORRY. >>THAT’S OKAY. COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALEZ HAD WORKED ON QUITE A BIT WITH SOME ADVANCES WITH THE GHOST GUNS, GUN RESPONSIBILITY IN GENERAL, AND THE MISSING AND MURDER INDIGENOUS WOMEN LEGISLATION THAT COUNCIL MEMBER JUAREZ WAS WORKING ON. EDUCATION, THERE WAS A CREATION, THE WASHINGTON COLLEGE GRANT, WHICH IS THE ENTITLEMENT OF SOME OF THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES. WE WERE ABLE TO GET AN EXPANSION IN THE WASHINGTON STATE OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP TO OFFER A MUNICIPAL MATCH FOR PRIVATE DOLLARS ALONG WITH THE PRIVATE DOLLARS OF THE STATE CURRENTLY ALREADY PROVIDED AND JUST IMPROVEMENTS IN THE EARLY LEARNING ACCESS. AND IN HEALTH CARE THERE WAS SIGNIFICANT INCREMENTS FOR THE HEALTH SPACE. TOBACCO 21 WAS PASSED. THERE WERE SOME VACCINATION LAWS PASSED REGARDING THE MMR REQUIREMENTS WITH THE MEASLE OUTBREAKS AND THE REMOVAL OF THE PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROTECTIONS. >>GREAT. QUICK QUESTION. THANK YOU. SO I RAISED WITH BOTH NEW SPEAKER JENKINS AND ANDY BILLINGS BOTH A COUPLE OF THINGS ONE, I ASKED THEM ABOUT MOVING FORWARD TO REMOVE THE DEATH PENALTY. AND I WAS QUITE SURPRISED THAT MS JENKINS SEEMED TO NOT REALLY BE TRACKING THAT AND DIDN’T SEEM TO THINK THAT THERE HAD BEEN THE KIND OF MOMENTUM THAT WE HAD ALL TALKED ABOUT LAST YEAR, SO I’M GOING TO ASK YOU AGAIN TO HELP ME MAKE SURE THAT THAT GETS PUSHED FORWARD BECAUSE NOW OUR STATE’S SUPREME COURT HAS MADE IT QUITE CLEAR THERE’S NO REASON NOT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT, BUT SHE DIDN’T REALLY THINK THAT IT WAS A HIGH PRIORITY. >>I WILL JUST NOTE SHE HAS BEEN ALL OVER THE STATE REALLY HUSTLING TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF HER CAUCUS AND DEVELOP THOSE RELATIONS, THE MAYOR MET WITH HER RECENTLY TO TALK THROUGH SOME OF HER POLICY PRIORITIES. I THINK SHE’S IN THE STAGE AT THIS POINT WHERE SHE IS REALLY TRYING TO LEARN FROM OTHER PEOPLE AND AGGREGATE THOSE AGENDAS BEFORE MOVING FORWARD. WE ARE CERTAINLY PRIORITIZING ELIMINATING THE DEATH PENALTY AND STATUTE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. >>THANK YOU FOR THAT. ALSO I BROUGHT UP WITH ANDY BILLINGS THE IDEA OF WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE OUR HEALTH CARE OPPORTUNITIES AND HEALTH INSURANCE MORE AFFORDABLE AND EXPANDING IT, AND HE SAID THIS IS WHAT YOU WERE POINTING TO THAT WE MADE GOOD PROGRESS IN AFFORDABLE CARE LAST YEAR. BUT I’M JUST REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOING WHAT IT IS DOING THAT WE LOSE HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH INSURANCE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST RIGHT ON THE EDGE. IT ONLY MAKES THINGS SO MUCH WORSE FOR EVERYBODY. HE TOLD ME SOMETHING THAT RESPONDED TO THE QUESTION, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS TERRIFIC. HE SAID I’M NOT JUST LOOKING AT HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH INSURANCE I’M LOOKING AT HEALTH AND BRINGING THAT MODEL OF HEALTH TO JUST A LENS AS WE ARE LOOKING THROUGH WHETHER IT IS TRANSPORTATION FUNDING TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE MORE PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS OR MAKING SURE SCHOOL KIDS HAVE A HEALTHIER WAY TO GET TO SCHOOL. I MEAN I WAS SURPRISED AT THE BRUNT OF HIS RESPONSE AND I REALLY THOUGHT THAT WAS SOMETHING VALUABLE. >>GOOD, THANK YOU. >>END OF MY SPEECH. >>SO JUST TO GIVE YOU A RUN THROUGH AGAIN ABOUT WHAT OUR PROCESS IS. I KNOW YOU BOTH HEARD THIS. BUT JUST SO EVERYONE IS ON THE SAME PAGE. SO THE DOCUMENT YOU HAVE ON YOUR DESK IN INCLUSION OF THE SLIDES IS THE DRAFT AGENDA THAT WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON. THIS IS THE REALLY LARGE DOCUMENT THAT KIND OF SETS THE VALUES AND WHAT SOME OF OUR PRIORITIES WILL BE IN THE UPCOMING SESSION. OIR IS LOBBYING WITH THE SCOPE OF THIS. SO WE FEEL IT ENCOMPASSES ALL THE DIFFERENT PRIORITIES, ALL THE DIFFERENT COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THE MAYOR AND THE DEPARTMENTS MAY HAVE AND WHY IT IS SO LONG AND COULD BE DENSE. >>COMPREHENSIVE AS WE WOULD LIKE TO CALL IT. >>YES, THANK YOU. SO WE DID, WE MET WITH MOST OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS AS THEY WERE AVAILABLE TO LEARN WHAT THEIR PRIORITIES ARE WORTH FOR THE UPCOMING SESSION. WE SENT OUT THE REQUEST TO THE DEPARTMENTS AND MET WITH THEM AND WHAT THEIR PRIORITIES WOULD BE. THIS IS ALL INCORPORATED INTO THE DOCUMENT THAT YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU. AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS PRESENTATION, YES, WE HAVE, BUT WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO DO SO, BUT WE WILL SEND THIS OUT, SO YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW IT. I ALSO HAVE A MARKUP IF YOU’RE INTERESTED, WHICH WILL SHOW WHAT THE CHANGES WERE FROM THE LAST AGENDA, JUST SO YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THAT. I KNOW IT’S RELATIVELY DENSE. IF YOU HAVE ADJUSTMENTS OR CHANGES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE, SEND THAT TO US, AND THEN WE’LL WORK TO INCORPORATE THAT. WE’RE ASKING FOR YOUR FEEDBACK TO INCORPORATE IN THIS BY NOVEMBER 13. AS THE NEXT PRESENTATION FOR THE AGENDA ITSELF IS ON NOVEMBER 18. >>SORRY, PROBABLY HELP IF I TURN ON MY MICROPHONE. ONE OF THE CO-SPONSORS OF THE DEATH BILL ELIMINATION HAS BEEN REPRESENTATIVE JENKINS. AND I THINK AS YOU SAID SHE MIGHT HAVE BEEN UP TO HER EYEBALLS WITH THINGS THAT SHE’S WORKING ON RIGHT NOW, BUT I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU AND HER AND EVERYBODY FOR PUSHING IT FORWARD THIS YEAR. THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE YEAR. >>WE’LL MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW UP WITH HER ON THAT SPECIFICALLY. >>AS A CO-SPONSOR, THE CHALLENGE SHE HAD ON THE SENATE SIDE WAS THE BIG OBSTACLE FOR OTHERS. >>THANK YOU. >>SO I JUST WANT TO GO OVER A FEW HIGH-LEVEL ISSUES. THIS DOCUMENT INCLUDES FAR MORE THAN WHAT I’M GOING TO COVER IN THIS, SO IF YOU DO HAVE QUESTIONS AND THERE IS SOMETHING IN HERE THAT YOU SEE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND WE’LL HELP YOU FIND THE LANGUAGE THAT WE HAVE PUT IN THE AGENDA TO INCORPORATE THE DIFFERENT CONCEPTS. THE ONES I’M GOING TO FOCUS ON ARE HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS, TRANSPORTATION, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, AND THEN THE HEALTH CARE AND HUMAN SERVICES. SO FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS, WE ARE CONTINUING TO SUPPORT DIFFERENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING TOOLS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER THE LEGISLATURE WERE ABLE TO PASS THE LOCAL BOND BILL, WHICH WAS A HUGE SUCCESS FOR US, BUT DIFFERENT CITIES AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVOCATES CONTINUED TO LOOK FOR DIFFERENT RESOURCES THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WILL BE ABLE TO UTILIZE. I KNOW IN THE PAST WE HAVE BROUGHT FORWARD THE COUNCIL SALES TAX AUTHORITY. WE ARE STILL WORKING ON LEARNING TO SEE IF THAT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT WILL BE MOVING FORWARD AND WHAT FORM. WE KNOW SEVERAL COUNCIL MEMBERS HAD CONCERNS ABOUT THE AGGRESSIVE SALES TAX AND SO THAT IS SOMETHING WE ARE CONTINUING TO BRING TO THE LEGISLATURE TO MAKE THEM AWARE OF THAT. OTHER CONCEPTS THAT LEGISLATORS ARE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF RATES. WHETHER THAT’S AN ADDITIONAL RATE. SAN JUAN COUNTY CURRENTLY HAS THE AUTHORITY TO USE A THREE- QUARTERS RATE THEY’RE USING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND WE’RE EXPLORING IDEAS AROUND THAT. SO ADDITIONAL ITEMS ARE MFTE AND JUST THE EXTENSION OF THAT FROM 12 YEARS TO A HIGHER NUMBER. WE KNOW SOME OF OUR PARTNERS IN THE LABOR COMMUNITY HAVE ALSO STARTED TALKING ABOUT PREVAILING WAGE WITHIN THE MFTE PROJECTS, SO WE ARE TRACKING THAT AND TRYING TO LEARN MORE TO SEE HOW WE MAY BE SUPPORTIVE IN THAT SPACE. THE HOUSING TRUST FUND, I’M ANTICIPATING IT HAD TO BE A LARGE ISSUE FOR THE CITY OF SEATTLE. THAT’S THE NEXT SESSION. SO WHILE THE LEGISLATURE DID ALLOCATE A RECORD NUMBER FOR THE HOUSING TRUST FUND, WE ARE POTENTIALLY HAVING SOME ISSUES WITH BEING ABLE TO ACCESS IT WITH THE PERMANENT HOUSING PROJECTS THAT WE UTILIZE IT SO MUCH THE HOUSING TRUST FUND FOR, SO WE’RE WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, WHICH IS THE DEPARTMENT THAT MANAGES THE FUND TO MAKE SURE THEY KIND OF UNDERSTAND SOME OF OUR CHALLENGES WITH REPAYMENTS ON PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROJECTS LIKE THIS. >>ARE YOU TALKING TO LISA BROWN? >>WE ARE. >>GOOD. >>CONTINUATION LAND USE AND DENSITY WAS A BIG TOPIC LAST YEAR.THE BILL WAS A REALLY BIG BILL. THERE’S BEEN SOME DISCUSSIONS ABOUT POTENTIALLY OPENING THAT ONE UP AGAIN AND MAKING THE SUGGESTIONS A LITTLE MORE HEAVY HANDED. WE WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO MONITOR ANY LEGISLATION REGARDING ADUs. AGAIN KNOWING THAT LAST SESSION, THAT WAS A REALLY BIG TOPIC. AND I DON’T KNOW IF I MENTIONED THIS EARLIER, BUT WITH THIS BEING THE SECOND YEAR OF THE BILLS THAT DIDN’T PASS LAST SESSION JUST CARRIED OVER INTO THE NEXT SESSION, SO A LOT OF THE ISSUES WILL CONTINUE TO BE ALIVE. AND THEN TENANT PROTECTIONS. WE’RE CONTINUING TO MONITOR THAT. SO TRANSPORTATION AS YOU ALL KNOW ARE ONE OF OUR REALLY BIG PARTIES. LAST SESSION WAS OUR AUTOMATED BOX TO BOX BILL. THAT BILL WILL REVERT BACK TO THIRD READING IN THE HOUSE, SO WE WILL STILL NEED TO PASS THAT, AND THEN WE’LL GO TO THE SENATE AND THE PROCESS OVER THERE. AND SO WE ARE WORKING VERY HARD ON THAT AND WORKING WITH A LOT OF THE OTHER STAKEHOLDERS AND COMMUNITIES THAT WE’RE ENGAGED WITH THE LEGISLATION TO GET IT OVER THE FINISH LINE THIS YEAR. AND A TOPIC THAT I JUST WANT TO KIND OF HIGHLIGHT IS JUST THE TRANSPORTATION BUDGET. I KNOW I MENTIONED DURING SOME OF OUR BRIEFINGS DURING THE SESSION THERE HAD BEEN SOME CONVERSATIONS ABOUT A NEW REVENUE PACKAGE. AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON THAT COULD IMPACT THE TRANSPORTATION BUDGET BOTH AT THE CITY AND THE STATE LEVEL THIS NOVEMBER. SO KIND OF WHATEVER THOSE IMPACTS MIGHT BE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THAT AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE ALL IN THE LOOP OF WHAT’S BEING DISCUSSED IN ANY POTENTIAL CHANGES ON THE BUDGET SIDE. EDUCATION, CHILDCARE ACCESS CONTINUES TO BE A PRIORITY FOR US. BOTH IN THE CHILDCARE PROVIDER SPACE, THE WAGE SPACE, THE FACILITY SPACE. SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THAT. BASIC EDUCATION, WHILE THEY MIGHT TECHNICALLY BE OVER, I THINK IT IS STILL A VERY BIG CONVERSATION POINT ESPECIALLY IN THE SPACE RELATED TO THE SPECIAL EDUCATION, SO WE ARE CONTINUING TO MONITOR THAT AND POST SECONDARY LEARNING. >>AND DO YOU ANTICIPATE MONEY IN THE CHILDCARE ACCESS REALM THAT IT COULD ACTUALLY BE AVAILABLE HERE IN THE CITY? >>AND POTENTIALLY. I MEAN THE SHORT SESSIONS DON’T TYPICALLY COME WITH THE LARGE ALLOTMENTS OF MANY CHANGES IN THAT, BUT WE ARE HAPPY TO CHECK INTO THAT TO SEE IF THERE IS ANY MOVEMENT IN THERE. >>GETTING MOVEMENT FOR THE NEXT SESSION? >>YES, ABSOLUTELY. I THINK A LOT OF THESE ARE THINGS THAT MIGHT NOT HAPPEN AS WE CONTINUE TO PUSH TO MAKE SURE THE STATE IS AWARE OF WHY WE ARE PRIORITIZING IN THAT AREA. ENVIRONMENT, SO IT WILL BE A REALLY BIG BILL AGAIN THIS YEAR AND THAT WILL BE SUPPORTIVE. SENATOR CARLISLE HAS ALSO PUT FORWARD HE’S INTERESTED, HE PUT HIS CAP AND TRADE CONCEPT FOR IT, SO WE ARE KIND OF SEEING HOW THEY MIGHT WORK TOGETHER. THAT WE’RE SUPPORTIVE OF BOTH CONCEPTS TO SEE HOW THEY WOULD POTENTIALLY WORK TOGETHER. AND PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP, SPU, HAS BEEN LEADERS IN THIS SPACE AT THE LEGISLATURE. THERE’S A LOT IN TERMS OF PACKAGING, PLASTICS, AND BAGS THAT ARE STILL AN ISSUE. SO THERE IS QUITE A BIT THAT WE’RE MONITORING AND THAT SPU IS VERY ACTIVE ON, SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU ENGAGED WITH ALL THOSE DIFFERENT IDEAS AND A LOT OF IT WE ARE TRYING TO PRESERVE IS OUR ABILITY IN THE CITY’S ABILITY TO PUT FORWARD POTENTIALLY MORE PROGRESSIVE POLICIES IN THAT AREA AND JUST MAKE SURE WE’RE ABLE TO GO AS FAR AS THE CITY WOULD LIKE US TO GO. AND OIL TANKS AS YOU ALL PROBABLY RECALL THAT COUNCIL AND THE MAYOR HAVE PASSED LEGISLATION THAT WILL PHASE OUT THE OIL TANKS. AND OVER THE NEXT I THINK 10 YEARS. AND SO WE ARE WORKING WITH OSE ON THE POLLUTION LIABILITY INSURANCE AGENCY. AND THAT’S THE INSURANCE PROGRAMS THAT INDIVIDUALS ARE ABLE TO PUT ON THE OIL TANKS IN THEIR HOMES, BUT IT’S INSURANCE THAT YOU HAVE TO SIGN UP IN ADVANCE, SO WE ARE WORKING WITH EVERYONE TO SEE WHAT TYPES OF OPORTUNITIES WE HAVE TO KIND OF EXPAND THAT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF THE PROGRAMS. AND SO THAT IF ANY OF THESE TANKS ARE IDENTIFIED AS HAVING LEAKS THAT THEY WOULD HAVE SOME INSURANCE POLICY BEHIND THAT AND THAT COULD HELP WITH THE CLEANUP COSTS. HEALTH CARE AND HUMAN SERVICES. AND SO AGAIN AS ALWAYS, SOMETHING WE’RE WORKING ON IS ENHANCED FUNDING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, AND ADDICTION SERVICES AS WELL AS OTHER IMPORTANT HUMAN SERVICES. I KNOW A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS WITH ALL OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS, REIMBURSEMENT RATES CAME UP QUITE A BIT, SO WE WANTED TO PRIORITIZE THAT. AND HEALTH CARE IN GENERAL, I THINK THAT’S WHAT YOU MENTIONED, COUNCIL MEMBER BAGSHAW, WITH SPEAKER JENKINS IN THAT SPACE I THINK WE’LL SEE SOME VERY INTERESTING CONVERSATIONS IN THE NEXT SESSION. SO AGAIN NOT COMPREHENSIVE AT ALL. WE KNOW THAT THERE IS LOTS OF IMPORTANT LANGUAGE HERE FOR THE LABOR COMMUNITY AND OUR AGENDA. WE HAVE A LOT ON CIVIL RIGHTS, PUBLIC SAFETY, WE’LL CONTINUE TO PRIORITIZE GUN RESPONSIBILITY AND MAKING PROGRESS ON THAT. WE’RE SO THRILLED TO HAVE REBECCA JOHNSON STILL ON OUR TEAM FOR THE NEXT SESSION TO HELP US WITH THAT SPACE. AND SO AGAIN PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE AGENDA. I WILL SEND OUT THE ELECTRONIC VERSION WITH THE RED LINE VERSION, SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT WAS ADDED AND REMOVED FROM THE LAST VERSION OF THIS, AND THEN SEND FEEDBACK THAT YOU HAVE FOR US AND WE’LL BE HAPPY TO WORK THROUGH ANY ISSUES. WE ARE WORKING TO SCHEDULE A DELEGATION MEETING IN DECEMBER IN ADVANCE OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO KIND OF GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THE MAYOR TO SIT DOWN, TALK WITH THE SEATTLE DELEGATION, SO WE CAN KIND OF DISCUSS OUR SHARED PRIORITIES. LEGISLATORS WILL RETURN TO OLYMPIA ON JANUARY 13. WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH YOU TO IMPROVE OUR AGENDA FOR NEXT SESSION. ANY QUESTIONS? >>VERY GOOD. >>DID YOU SCHEDULE SOME TIME FOR ME TO GO TO OLYMPIA AND MEET WITH SENATOR KING? >>I’M WORKING. >>THANK YOU FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS TO HELP WITH THAT. >>WE’RE SO GRATEFUL. >>OKAY, VERY GOOD. EXCELLENT PRESENTATION. ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS FROM THE TEAM HERE? AND WE ARE ALL GOOD. OKAY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANKS FOR THE UPDATE, WE APPRECIATE IT. OKAY, WE HAVE ANOTHER BRIEFING FROM THE GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP, OUR PRESENTERS ARE HERE. RESTORING NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS IN FORESTED PARKS AND NATURAL AREAS. WOULD YOU LIKE TO TEE IT UP? >>YES, I WOULD, THANK YOU COUNCIL PRESIDENT. THE GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP HAS BEEN FOR MY PERSPECTIVE AT LEAST AN AMAZING PARTNERSHIP OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS WHEN WE CREATED THE PARKS DISTRICT. WE PUT SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS INTO THIS PARTNERSHIP. AND WHAT IT HAS ENABLED FOLKS TO DO IS REALLY LEVERAGE A BUNCH OF COMMUNITY RESOURCES INCLUDING, WELL, WE WILL PROBABLY HEAR THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEER HOURS. AND IN RESTORING SOME OF THE PARKLAND WE ALREADY OWN, BY RESTORING IT TO A PLACE WHERE IT CAN BETTER SERVE BOTH HABITAT AND PEOPLE BY LARGELY REMOVING INVASIVES AND MAKING IT MORE ACCESSIBLE. WE HAVE OFTEN TALKED A LOT ABOUT AS THE CITY CONTINUES TO GROW AND ENSURING EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO OPEN SPACE, AND SOMETIMES THAT’S ABOUT LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL, ACQUIRING NEW OPEN SPACE, WHICH IS NOT A BAD THING TO DO. BUT ONE OF THE LOWEST HANGING FRUIT IS TO LOOK AT THE EXISTING FRUITS WE HAVE, I HAVE BEEN OUT THERE ON VARIOUS VOLUNTEER DAYS WORKING IN THE PARKS. IT’S SO AMAZING TO SEE PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES OUT THERE DOING WORK OFF AND ON RAINY DAYS TO RESTORE A SMALL CHUNK AT A TIME. AND THEN YOU COME BACK AND LOOK AT IT OVER THE COURSE OF A COUPLE OF YEARS AND HOW ACREAGE COULD BE RESTORED. SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN OUR PARK SYSTEM IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE ARE PLACES THAT I KNOW A DECADE AGO WERE INACCESSIBLE COMPLETELY BECAUSE OF THE WORK FOLKS HAVE DONE. I’M GOING TO MOVE TO THE OTHER SIDE TO LOOK AT YOU ALL WHEN YOU MAKE THIS PRESENTATION. MAKE YOUR INTRODUCTIONS FIRST. >>IS THIS ON? >>THE GREEN LIGHT. THE LITTLE GREEN LIGHT AND BRING IT CLOSER. YEAH, IT WAS ON. MY NAME IS JOANNA NELSON DE FLORES WITH FORTERRA. >>I’M PATTI BAKKER WITH SEATTLE PARKS AND RECREATION. >>AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME FOR THIS BRIEFING. I KNOW IT’S A VERY, VERY BUSY SEASON FOR YOU ALL. IT’S ALSO OUR BUSIEST SEASON WITH THERE WERE 20 O EVENTS ACROSS SEATTLE LAST WEEKEND ALONE, AND ANOTHER 15 OR 20 COMING UP IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. THERE’S A LOT OF FOLKS OUT THERE EVEN IN THE POURING RAIN LIKE LAST WEEKEND. SO THESE ARE DEDICATED FOLKS. SO TODAY WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE JUST WANT TO COVER SOME OF THE BASICS AGAIN. WHAT IS THE PARTNERSHIP, WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? HOW DOES A PARTNERSHIP WORK IN TERMS OFGOALS, WHO’S INVOLVED, WHERE IS THE WORK HAPPENING, PROGRESS TO DATE AND, OF COURSE, ALSO WHAT’S REMAINING. THE BUDGET THAT’S BEEN PUT TOWARDS THIS OVER THE COURSE OF THE PROGRAM. HOW SEATTLE IS SERVING AS A MODEL AND A CHANCE FOR YOU ALL TO HAVE AN INVITATION TO SEE THE PARTNERSHIP IN ACTION. SO THAT’S WHAT WE’RE PLANNING TO COVER IN OUR BRIEFING. SO TO START OFF JUST WHAT IS THE GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP? AND SO THE GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP IS A COMMUNITY- BASEDSTEWARDSHIP PROGRAM DEDICATED TO RESTORING ALL OF SEATTLE’S FORESTED PARKS AND NATURAL AREAS BY 2025. AND THAT TIME IS COMING IN A LOT SOONER NOW THAT WE’RE 14 YEARS IN THIS PROGRAM THAN I IMAGINED. WE’VE MADE REALLY GREAT PROGRESS. IT’S A REALLY AMAZING PROGRAM. AND JUST TO PUT A LITTLE CONTEXT. PRIOR TO THE FORMATION OF THIS PROGRAM, YES, THERE WERE VOLUNTEERS OUT THERE. THERE WERE GROUPS DOING THIS WORK, BUT IT WAS LARGELY UNCOORDINATED. THE CITY AS A WHOLE DIDN’T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT THE STATE OF THE FOREST WAS AT WHAT RATE IT WAS BEING RESTORED, WHAT THE NEED WAS. AND SO SOME GREAT INFORMATION CAME OUT AROUND 2003 OR 2004 THAT REALLY SHED LIGHT ON WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE FOREST. THESE NATURAL AREAS AS BRIAN WAS SAYING SOMETIMES THEY WERE NOT REALLY ACCESSING BECAUSE THEY WERE LARGELY OVERGROWN. AND A STUDY CAME OUT THAT REALLY SHOWED SEATTLE’S FORESTED PARKS, NATURAL AREAS WERE IN SEVERE DECLINE. MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF ENGLISH IVY, BLACKBERRY, AND JUST OLD AGING TREES. THAT’S A LOT OF THINGS SOMETIMES WE FORGET. THESE TREES, TREES LOSING THEIR LEAVES RIGHT NOW, THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL, YELLOW, ORANGE, THOSE TREES DON’T LIVE FOREVER, RIGHT? THEY LIVE 60, 80 YEARS. A LOT OF THE TREES RIGHT NOW ARE REACHING THE END OF THEIR LIFE SPAN. SO WE CAN SEE THE FOREST IN OUR PARKS WAS ON A TRAJECTORY. AND OF LOSS AND DECLINE AND IF WE WANTED TO MAINTAIN THIS ASSET THAT WE ALREADY HAD AS A CITY AND TO HAVE IT BETTER SERVE OUR COMMUNITY THAT WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION. THAT’S WHERE THE PARTNERSHIP CAME. AND FORTERRA WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDING PARTNERS ALONG WITH THE THREE DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE CITY. AND SO LARGELY THE PARKS DEPARTMENT, BUT ALSO SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES AND OFFICE SUSTAINABILITY OF ENVIRONMENT. TODAY THE PROGRAM HAS GROWN TO INCLUDE PROBABLY A LIST OF OVER 20, 30 DIFFERENT NON-PROFITS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS THAT ARE WORKING TOGETHER UNDER THIS COMMON VISION TO RESTORE ALL OF SEATTLE’S FOREST PARKS AND NATURAL AREAS. AND SO BEFORE WE DIVE INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT, I JUST WANTED THIS PICTURE, SORT OF ZOOMS OUT ACROSS A PART OF SEATTLE. AND JUST PUT SOME OF THIS WORK INTO CONTEXT. SO THE URBAN FOREST ACROSS OUR CITY IS MADE UP OF ALL THE TREES IN THE CITY, RIGHT? AND SO TREES IN OUR BACKYARD. TREES ALONG THE STREETS IN SCHOOL GROUNDS AND, OF COURSE, IN OUR PARKS AS WELL. AND SO THE MOST RECENT UPDATE ON OUR TREE CANOPY WAS ABOUT 28% AND THE GOAL FOR SEATTLE IS ABOUT 30. THE CANOPY COVER. AND WITHIN THAT 28%, PARKS NATURAL AREAS, THESE AREAS THAT ARE BEING MAINTAINED AND RESTORED BY GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP WILL CARRY ABOUT 14% OF THAT TREE CANOPY. SO IT IS A REAL SIGNIFICANT PIECE AS WE ALSO NEED TO THINK ABOUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE DIDN’T DO THIS WORK. WE WOULD LOSE ALL THAT CANOPY THAT’S HERE. SO THIS IS ABOUT MAINTAINING AND RETAINING OUR EXISTING CANOPY THROUGH THESE PROGRAMS. AND THIS IS SO YOU CAN SEE TREES ACROSS OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HERE, THIS IS WEST SEATTLE, A BIG EXAMPLE OF THE FOREST CHUNK, LINCOLN PARK, THAT’S REALLY A POWER HOUSE OF BENEFITSFOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD THERE. WE SEE THIS ACROSS OUR CITY IN PARKS AND IN EVERY DISTRICT. SO WHY IS THIS WORK SO IMPORTANT? IT IS MUCH MORE THAN A TREE HUGGING PROGRAM. THESE TREES REALLY SERVE US ALL WHETHER YOU VISIT THE PARKS OR NO. THE BENEFITS RAID YACHT WELL BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF THE PARKS. THERE’S A LOT OF GREAT RESEARCH ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD REALLY DEMONSTRATING THE BENEFITS OF HAVING HEALTHY TREES, HEALTHY FOREST WITHIN OUR CITY LIMITS AS FAR AS QUALITY OF LIFE. AND SO EVERYTHING FROM ACCESS, MAKING SURE WE HAVE ACCESS TO NATURE AND THE MANY BENEFITS THAT THEY PROVIDE FOLKS THAT CAN ACCESS THE NATURAL AREAS REDUCES STRESS AND THE WORK THE PARTNERSHIP IS DOING HELPS BUILD SOCIAL COMMUNITY COHESION AND, OF COURSE, AIR QUALITY IS A BIG ONE. THE TREES ACT AS A NATURAL FILTER TO HELP PARTICULATES IN THE AIR AND HELP OUR AIR QUALITY. AND ANOTHER REALLY IMPORTANT úBENEFIT IS THE COOLING ELEMENT AS WE’RE SEEING HOTTER SUMMERS AND WARMER TEMPERATURES. P THE FOREST AND TREES IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HELP REDUCE THAT, THOSE TEMPERATURES, IN WHERE WE LIVE. AND ALL IN ALL IN CLIMATE CHANGES AS WE’RE FACING THE EFFORTS OF RESTORING THESE FORESTS, WE WILL HELP BUILD A MORE RESILIENT FOREST TO WITHSTAND CLIMATE CHANGE, FLOODING STORMS, HOT, AND COLD TEMPERATURES OVERALL. AND SO THE LIST GOES ON. WE COULD HAVE AN HOUR PRESENTATION ON ALL THESE BENEFITS, BUT I THINK YOU GET THE PICTURE. WE CAN COME BACK TO IT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. >>WHERE WAS THE CONCEPT OF THE TREE PRODUCING OXYGEN FALL INTO ONE OF THOSE BUCKETS? AND THAT IS ALWAYS ONE OF THE HIGHEST BENEFITS I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TOLD. WOULD THAT BE UNDER THE COOL CITIES OR THE REDUCING AIR POLLUTION? >>THAT IS A GOOD OBSERVATION. IT IS NOT LISTED UP THERE. I THINK — >> CARBON ECO AS WELL. >>IT HELPS TAKE CARBON OUT AND REPLACE IT WITH THE OXYGEN THAT WE NEED. I WOULD SAY — >> I LIKE THIS CHART BY THE WAY. I SAW IT BEFORE AND I READ IT. I JUST LIKE THE SCHEMATIC. BUT I WAS THINKING WHERE THAT OXYGEN PIECE WOULD BE. >>THIS IS MORE IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR URBAN ENVIRONMENT, WHEREAS THE AMOUNT OF TREES THAT WE HAVE. I MEAN THE BIG OXYGEN PRODUCING FOREST AROUND IN THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD ARE WHAT ARE ALLOWING US TO SUSTAIN LIFE HERE ON OUR PLANET. AND THEN WHEN WE HONE IN TO SOME OF THE SMALLER FRAGMENTATION OF TREES, THESE ARE THE BENEFITS THEY PROVIDE DIRECTLY TO THE CITY. AND WHILE THAT IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING WE NEED, I DON’T THINK THEY’RE THE BIGGEST PRODUCERS. IT IS MORE OF THE LARGE AMAZON FOREST AND THINGS ACROSS THE WORLD THAT ARE PROVIDING THAT FOR US. >>THE WILDERNESS AREAS TO THE EAST OF HERE AS WELL. >>WE COULD ADD ANOTHER POINT OR TWO FOR CARBON. >>AND YES IN GENERAL, DEFINITELY PROVIDE THAT. WE COULDN’T LIVE HERE WITHOUT THEM. [ LAUGHTER ] OKAY. SO AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THAT BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE CITY, THAT PARKS AND RECREATION PLAYS A BIG ROLE IN CARING FOR OUR URBAN FOREST. AND THAT FITS RIGHT IN WITH OUR MISSION TO PROVIDE WELCOMING AND SAFE OPPORTUNITIES TO PLAY, LEARN, CONTEMPLATE, AND BUILD COMMUNITY AS WELL AS TO PROMOTE RESPONSIBILITY STEWARDSHIP OF THE LAND. AND IT DEFINITELY FITS IN WITH OUR VALUES OF PROMOTING HEALTHY PEOPLE, A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, AND STRONG COMMUNITIES. 11% OF THE CITY IS IN PARKLAND, SO WE MANAGE MORE THAN 6,400 ACRES OF PUBLIC LANDS. AND THE MAGENTA AND THE GREEN SHADED AREAS ON THIS MAP SHOW ALL OF THOSE PARKLANDS WITH THE MAGENTA BEING THE NATURAL AREAS. AND SO THAT TOTALS MORE THAN 2,500 ACRES. ALL OF THOSE ARE SLATED FOR RESTORATION THROUGH THE GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP. >>AND AGAIN AS JOANNA COVERED, THE REASON THOSE AREAS ARE IN NEED OF RESTORATION IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN LEFT ALONE FOR DECADES SINCE THEY WERE A NATURAL AREA NOT NEEDING REGULAR MAINTENANCE. SO THEY HAVE BECOME GREATLY OVERRUN WITH INVASIVE WEEDS. SO IN 2005 SEATTLE AS A COMMUNITY THROUGH THE GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP COMMITTED THROUGH THAT 20-YEAR PLAN OF RESTORING AND REACTIVATING THE FORESTED PARKLANDS. WITH THESE TWO IMPORTANT GOALS IN MIND, FIRST JUST TO DO THAT RESTORATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE LANDS AND WHILE DOING SO TO ALSO EXPAND AND GALVANIZE AN INFORMED ACTIVE COMMUNITY AROUND THAT RESTORATION AND STEWARDSHIP OF THE LANDS. NOW I WANT TO EXPLAIN IN MORE DETAILS OF THE PARTNERSHIP A LITTLE BIT. WE OFTEN GET ASKED QUESTIONS LIKE SO IS GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION? WE DO MAINTAIN A DOT ORG WEBSITE, SO IT IS NOT IMMEDIATELY OBVIOUS TO THOSE COMING TO IT. BUT IT’S A PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP MADE UP OF NON- PROFIT PARTNERS, COMMUNITIES, AND VOLUNTEERS. THE RESTORATION WORK HAPPENS PRIMARILY ON PARKLANDS. SO PARKS AND RECREATION IS THE LEAD AGENCY CURRENTLY ALONG WITH OUR LONG-TIME AND NEW PARTNERS THAT WE’RE ADDING OVERTIME. AND THE WORK IS ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH EFFORT ON SEVERAL FRONTS. IT INVOLVES BOTH PROFESSIONAL CREWS AND VOLUNTEERS. FROM THE BEGINNING VOLUNTEERS HAVE BEEN CRITICAL TO THE EFFORT AND TODAY WE LOG ABOUT 80,000 VOLUNTEER HOURS FROM EVERY YEAR. IT’S BEEN GROWING. WE’VE BEEN STEADY FOR ABOUT 80,000. THIS COMES FROM HOURS DIRECTED BY OUR LEAD VOLUNTEERS, OUR FOREST STEWARDS AND ALSO FROM ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE WORK WITH TO HELP US LEAD VOLUNTEER EFFORTS. THAT ALLOWS US TO DIRECT VOLUNTEER WORKS TO PARTS OF THE CITY IN EQUITY ZONES THAT ARE NOT CURRENTLY SEEING A LOT OF VOLUNTEER EFFORTS. BUT NOT A█LL THE RESTORATION AREAS ARE SUITABLE FOR VOLUNTEERS TO WORK ON, SO WE DO ENGAGE PROFESSIONAL CREWS. SOME OF THOSE ARE PARK STAFF AND SOME OF THOSE ARE CONTRACT CREWS FROM LOCAL RECREATION COMPANIES. >>SO ON THAT, THAT COULD BE SOMEONE LIKE EARTH CORPS WITH THE AMERICORPS VOLUNTEERS, BUT NOT THE OTHER SIDE. >>YES, EARTH CORPS IS A GOOD POINT. WE WILL TALK ABOUT THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE, BUT THEY HAVE TWO PRONGS WE WORK WITH. THEY HAVE VOLUNTEERS AND PROFESSIONAL CREWS. >>THEY’RE A NON-PROFIT, BUT DO YOU ALSO CONTRACT WITH NON- PROFIT AND FOR-PROFIT? >>YES, THEY HAVE THE EXPERTISE OF DOING THE RESTORATION WORK. >>GREAT. >>AND YOU ALSO MENTIONED, I’VE BEEN OUT, I FORGET, I THINK IT’S THE HERON HABITAT. >>YES. >>WHICH IS A VERY SPECIFIC GROUP OF ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD. I’M ASSUMING THAT WA A PART OF THE GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP WHEN I WAS UP THERE? >>YES, THEY STARTED THE HERON PARK. >>AND ARE THERE OTHER GROUPS THAT ARE MUCH SMALLER ON SCALE THAT ARE REALLY NEIGHBORHOOD OR SPECIFIC PARKS SPECIFIC THAT HAVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH GSP? >>WE HAVE LOTS OF GROUPS THROUGHOUT THE CITY AND FRIENDS OF THE PARK IS ONE OF THEM AND WE HAVE ANOTHER SLIDE THAT WILL FOCUS ON THAT AS WELL, BUT LOTS OF INDIVIDUAL FOREST STEWARDS ON UP TO SMALLER MEDIUM SIZE AND THE GROUP AT DISCOVERY PARK IS MUCH LARGER. SO YEAH, KIND OF A WHOLE SPECTRUM OF VOLUNTEER AND GROUP EFFORTS. >>GREAT. >>AND THEN ALL THESE DIFFERENT ENTITIES, THE PROFESSIONAL AND THE VOLUNTEERS OFTEN WORK TOGETHER. SO OFTENTIMES WE’LL HAVE PARKS THAT HAVE A VARIETY OF THESE ENTITIES WORKING TOGETHER. SO PICTURED HERE IN THIS SLIDE ARE SOME MEMBERS OF OUR PARKS AND RECREATION NATURAL AREA CREW. WORKING ALONGSIDE A FOREST STEWARD IN THE THURTON CREEK TRAIL AREA, WORKING TOGETHER TO ACCOMPLISH THIS WORK. >>I WANT TO ADD A FOREST STEWARD IF THEY GET A CREW DAY AND A CREW COMES OUT AND MAYBE MOWS DOWN A BIG AREA OF BLACKBERRY, AND THEN THAT IS JUST THE BIGGEST REWARD FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY GET SO MUCH HELP. AND THEN THEY CAN SEND VOLUNTEERS OUT TO DIG OUT THE ROOTS AND IT IS JUST A GREAT WAY TO ACCOMPLISH EFFORTS. >>OKAY, SO NOW WE WANT TO SHARE SOME STORIES THAT HELP EXPLAIN THE PARTNERSHIP AS WELL. ANOTHER ASPECT OF THAT COMBINATION OF WORK TYPES THAT’S INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT IN OVER THE YEARS IS THE WORK OF THOSE PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE ENGAGE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN VALUABLE EFFORTS TO DIRECT THE VOLUNTEER WORK, WHICH HELPS US LOG MORE VOLUNTEER HOURS, OF COURSE, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THEY’RE DOING IT IN WAYS THAT PROVIDE ADDITIONAL BENEFITS, PROVIDING GREEN JOB TRAINING AND ENGAGING WITH UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, AND SO ON. THIS SLIDE HERE HIGHLIGHTS EARTH CORPS, WHO AGAIN HAVE BEEN A LONG-TIME PARTNER WITH THE PROGRAM. AND AGAIN PROVIDING VALUABLE RESTORATION WORK ON THE GROUND, BUT ALSO PROVIDING VALUABLE GREEN JOB TRAINING. AND THAT THEN HELPS US GROW AND DIVERSIFY THE TALENT POOL FOR THESE FIELDS. AND THESE FOLKS PICTURED HERE ARE ALL EARTH CORPS ALUMNI WHO ARE NOW ENGAGED IN IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL WORK IN THE REGION INCLUDING JOANNA NELSON DE FLORES HERE. >>YES, I OWE IT ALL TO EARTH CORPS. >>AND WE OWE IT TO THEM. NEXT ONE. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THIS IS THE DIRT CORPS OR THE DUWAMISH CORPS WHO IS A RELATIVELY NEW PROGRAM. THEY PROVIDE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, ECOLOGICAL URBAN FORESTRY. THEY DO SO USING A VERTICAL MENTORSHIP MODEL IN RECRUITING DIVERSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH UNDEREMPLOYMENT OR UNEMPLOYMENT, AND HELPING THEM DEVELOP THEIR LEADERSHIP SKILL AND ECONOMIC RESILIENCE. THEIR MODEL IS ADDRESSING THE REAL BURDENS OF INCOME, CHILDCARE, TRANSPORTATION, FOOD, AND HOUSING THAT MIGHT OTHERWISE PROHIBIT INDIVIDUALS FROM EXPLORING THESE CAREERS. AND IN THIS PHOTO HERE IS VERONICA WHO IS WORKING WITH RESTORATION IN LITTLE BROOK NATURAL AREA. VERONICA IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT THESE PAID TRAINING PROGRAMS CAN DO FOR OUR RESIDENTS IN OUR SHARED RESOURCES. SHE BEGAN AS A TRAINEE IN 2018, AND NOW OVERSEES SOME OF DIRT CORPS’S RESTORATION WORK. SHE’S AN URBAN ECOLOGY INSTRUCTOR FOR THE YOUTH CORPS THAT’S SHOWN HERE. THEY ARE WORKING IN THAT LITTLE GROUP. AND ALSO A LEAD FOR OUR JOINT EFFORTS. HELPING TO LEAD DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ADULTS IN LEARNING EMPLOYABLE RESTORATION SKILLS. SHE IS ALSO NOW A TALENTED GREEN MONITOR INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGNER, BUILDER, AND HAS BEEN CO-DESIGNING THE GROUP PROJECTS FOR THE RAIN WISE PROGRAM. SO YOU CAN SEE WHILE WE’RE GETTING THE NECESSARY RESTORATION WORK DONE ON THE GROUND FOR OUR URBAN FOREST, THE PROGRAM LEVERAGES THESE RESOURCES EXPANDED TO ALSO ACHIEVE OTHER BENEFITS FOR THE COMMUNITY AND FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AS WELL. >>OKAY. THANKS. AND SO NOW FROM STORIES OF STRENGTHENING PEOPLE TO STORIES OF HEALTHIER FORESTS. BECAUSE PHOTOS GO A LONG WAY TO ILLUSTRATE WHAT THE PROGRAM DOES. HERE IS A BEFORE PHOTO OF A PORTION OF LEWIS PARK ON BEACON HILL. THIS PARK IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT UNLOCKING THESE GREEN SPACES AND STRENGTHENING NEIGHBORHOOD COHESION AND CREATING A CONNECTION TO THE LAND. >>THIS IS THE NORTHEAST PART? >>THE NORTHEAST PART OF IT THAT WE CALL TRIANGLE. >>WHO IS THERE THAT TOOK OUT SOME OF THESE BLACKBERRIES? >>YOU WERE THERE? >>OH YEAH. >>THAT WAS MINE, RIGHT THERE. >>YES. >>AND SO AS YOU CAN SEE AND AS YOU EXPERIENCE, THE PARK WAS LARGELY OVERRUN WITH BLACKBERRY FOR YEARS. KEEPING RESIDENTS FROM BEING ABLE TO ENJOY THE PARK. AND ALSO INVITING AND ALLOWING SO MUCH MORE NEGATIVE USES. AND FOREST FROM THE COMMUNITY STARTED LEADING THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS. IN REMOVING BLACKBERRY RAMBLES. OVER THE YEARS HAVE TRANSFORMED THE PARK FROM THAT BLACKBERRY INFESTED AWFUL PLACE TO THIS WONDERFUL FUTURE HEALTHY FOREST. >>IT IS GREAT. WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT THE COMMUNITY, SO MANY COMMUNITY FOLKS WERE THERE. I’M JUST REALLY IMPRESSED AT THEIR DEDICATION. >>YEAH. WE HAVE A GREAT TEAM OF LEAD FOREST STEWARDS THERE AND ALSO MANY PEOPLE FROM THE COMMUNITY AND THE LOCAL SCHOOLS, THAT THEY ENGAGE WITH REGULARLY TO BE A PART OF THIS WORK. AND THE GROUP WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT WHAT THEY LITERALLY UNCOVERED IN REMOVING ALL THAT IVY AND BLACKBERRY THAT THEY PURSUED, RECEIVED GRANT FUNDS TO INSTALL THE TRAIL SYSTEM. AND SO THAT TRAIL SYSTEM HAS NOW BEEN INSTALLED. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO THEY HAD A GREAT OPENING CELEBRATION FOR THAT TRAIL SYSTEM. AND LOTS OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND THEY HAD AN ARTIST OUT THERE. JUST TO SEE THE PRIDE, THE JOY THEY FELT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS OF WORK TO NOT ONLY HAVE THIS, YOU KNOW, PARK IN THIS CONDITION, BUT ALSO PROVIDING THAT TRAIL SYSTEM FOR THE COMMUNITY TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY IT. >>WELL DONE. >>THE SCHOOLS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE, IT HAS PLAYED A BIG ROLE, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL UP THERE IN BEACON HILL. >>THEY HAVE PERIODICALLY, THEY HAVE THESE, THEY PLANNED FOR SIX DAYS WORTH OF RESTORATION WORK, ENGAGING WITH THE LOCAL SCHOOL THERE, SO IT WOULD BE THREE DAYS THERE AND THE FOLLOWING WEEK AND THAT IS ON A REGULAR BASIS. SO IT’S BEEN A GREAT ENGAGEMENT THERE. THAT WAS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THAT KIND OF TRANSFORMATION. THERE ARE STORIES LIKE THAT ALL OVER THE CITY IN EVERY DISTRICT AND EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD. >>AND THE GREEN STREET, GREEN SPACE IS ANOTHER ONE WHERE NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THAT FOR WELL OVER A DECADE. SOME OF THESE KIDS HAVE GROWN UP WITH THAT. >>THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE. >>THANK YOU, I APPRECIATE THAT. >>TO ADDRESS THE STORY OF THE PARTNERSHIP OVERTIME. 14 YEARS INTO THE PROGRAM NOW WE HAVE SEEN GREAT SUCCESSES. THESE ARE SOME OF THE STATISTICS WE HAVE ACHIEVED TO DATE. ALMOST 1,700 ACRES HAVE BEEN ENROLLED IN RESTORATION. THESE ACRES ARE IN VARIOUS PHASES. I’LL PROVIDE MORE DETAILS AND THE STATUS ON THE NEXT SLIDE. WE’VE PLANTED MORE THAN ONE MILLION PLANTS. THOSE ARE TREES, SHRUBS, AND GROUND COVERS. WE’VE LOGGED MORE THAN ONE MILLION VOLUNTEER HOURS. THOSE ARE FROM OUR FOREST STEWARDS, SOME OF WHOM ARE ACTIVE SEVERAL DAYS A WEEK, ALL YEAR LONG, BUT ALSO INCLUDES THOSE ENGAGED IN THE PROGRAM FOR DIFFERENT LEVELS OF FREQUENCY. AND AGAIN WE ENGAGE VOLUNTEER, PROFESSIONAL CREWS, AND HAVE LOGGED MORE THAN 400,000 HOURS OF WORK FROM THOSE CREWS. WE LIKE TO INCLUDE THAT NUMBER IN THE BOTTOM, THE SURVIVAL RINGS, WHICH MEANS WE’VE CUT THE DECLINES AWAY FROM THE TREE TRUNKS, THE NUMBER OF TREES THAT HAVE BEEN SAVED FROM STRANGLING INVASIVE PLANTS. THOSE NUMBERS IN THE MIDDLE, ACRES MULCHED AND WEEDED, ESTABLISHING WORK DONE ON THE ACRES FROM JUST BEING STARTED TOWARDS THAT HEALTHY FOREST STATE. HERE IS A BREAK DOWN OF THE ACRES. AGAIN THERE’S FOUR PHASES TO THE WORK. PHASE ONE STARTS WITH REMOVAL OF THE INVASIVE PLANTS. BECAUSE AGAIN THESE AREAS WERE HEAVILY INFESTED WITH PLANTS LIKE ENGLISH IVY AND HIMALAYAN BLACKBERRY THAT CROWD OUT OUR NATIVE PLANTS AND IF THEY ARE NOT TREATED. THEN WHEN SITES ARE READY PHASE 2INVOLVES INSTALLING THE NATIVE PLANTS. PHASE 3 IS AN ESTABLISHMENT PERIOD THAT’S TYPICALLY TWO TO FIVE YEARS AS WE WORK TO MAKE SURE THOSE NATIVE PLANTS GET ESTABLISHED AND KEEP THE WEEDS FROM RETURNING. WHEN WE ARE SUCCESSFUL IN ALL OF THIS, SITES THEN REACH WHAT WE CALL PHASE IV OR THAT FINAL HEALTHY STATE, THE CHART ON THE RIGHT ILLUSTRATES THE STATUS OF THE ACRES INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM. SO 61% OF THE ACRES HAVE BEEN ENROLLED. AGAIN THOSE 1,691 ACRES THAT ARE INITIATED AND THAT’S ALL THOSE FOR GREEN SHADES TOGETHER ON THE CHART. AND SO WE NOW FOCUS ON CONTINUED MAINTENANCE OVER THE ACRES. THAT’S THE DARK GREEN SECTION UP IN THE TOP THERE. SO THAT LEAVES 49% OR 1,349 OF THE ENROLLED ACRES THAT ARE IN PHASES 1-3, THE OTHER GREEN SHADES. THEY’VE BEEN ENROLLED IN RESTORATION AND NEED CONTINUED WORK TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE ESTABLISHED SIGNIFICANTLY TO REACH PHASE 4. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TIME IN THE LIFE SPAN OF DOING RESTORATION WORK BECAUSE IT’S IMPORTANT TO SUSTAIN OUR EFFORTS IN THOSE PHASES. AND SO THAT WE DO KEEP ADVANCING THOSE ACRES, AND THEY DON’T REVERT BACK TO WEEDS. AND 39% HAVE NOT BEEN ENROLLED IN MUCH OF WHAT REMAINS ARE SOME CHALLENGING ACRES. WE HAVE A LOT OF STEEP SLOPES, FOR INSTANCE. IN THE EARLY YEARS THE PROGRAM WORKED FIRST ON THE LOW HANGING FRUIT, THE EASIER ACRES VOLUNTEERS COULD WORK ON AND WHILE WE WERE WORKING TO DIAL IN ON THE PROCESS OF WHAT IT WILL TAKE FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE FOREST AND IN AN URBAN SETTING. SPEAK EGG OF WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO DO THE WORK, WE WANTED TO SHOW YOU SOME OF THE RESEARCH. THANK YOU. SOME OF THE RESOURCES REQUIRED TO COMPLETE IT. AND THIS CHART IS A SNAPSHOT OF THE FUNDING. THAT HAS BEEN PROVIDED OVER THE YEARS FROM THE START OF THE PROGRAM FOR 2005. AND THEN THROUGH 2018. THE GREEN PARTS OF THE BARS ARE PROVIDED BYPARKS AND RECREATION AND THE PURPLE SHOWS THE VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTION IN TERMS OF DOLLAR EQUIVALENCE. SO THE VALUE PER HOUR OF VOLUNTEER WORK EACH YEAR. YOU CAN SEE THAT BOTH OF THOSE HAVE INCREASED OVERTIME. AND THAT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY ARE DEPENDENT ON EACH OTHER. IN ORDER TO LEVERAGE AND MAINTAIN THE STRONG VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT, IT IS NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN THE CONTRIBUTION FROM THE CITY THROUGH PARKS AND RECREATION. AND SINCE THAT VOLUNTEER SUPPORT WOULD DECREASE WITHOUT THE DIRECT SUPPORT PROVIDED IN THE FORM OF TOOLS, SUPPLIES, AND STAFF SUPPORT AS WELL AS THAT GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT FROM THE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOU’RE ABLE TO ENGAGE WITH THE DEPARTMENT FUNDS. OTHER IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS SHOWN HERE ARE ANNUAL FUNDING THE PROGRAM RECEIVES FROM SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES WHO CONTRIBUTES TO THE PROGRAM BECAUSE OF THE VALUE THAT WE PROVIDE IN TERMS OF IMPROVED AREA WATER WAYS AND WATER QUALITY. AND ALSO CONTRIBUTIONS FROM FORTERRA, WHO PROVIDED KEY FUNDING IN THE INITIAL YEARS WHILE THE PROGRAM WAS RAMPING UP, AND THE TEAM IS FIGURING OUT EXACTLY HOW TO DO THIS WORK AND WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE. OVERALL YOU CAN SEE THE TREND OF INCREASING RESOURCES NEEDED TO KEEP THE PROGRAM GOING AS IT HAS PROGRESSED. IT’S CUMULATIVE. THERE IS MORE WORK TO DO IN ALL THOSE PHASES. AND THERE IS A LEARNING CURVE TO DIAL IN WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO MAKE SURE EACH ACRE DOES PROGRESS TO PHASE FOUR AND WE ARE STILL LEARNING THAT ESPECIALLY AS WE ARE ALREADY EXPERIENCING THE EFFECTIVE CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE FORM OF LONGER, DRIER, SUMMERS. AND WE ARE SEEING THIS INCREASE NEEDS TO ENSURE THEY PERSIST. >>AND ANY THINKING ABOUT TAKING THAT INTO CONSIDERATION, OUR SUMMERS REQUIRING THE RESILIENCY OF THESE PLANTS? ANY THINKING AROUND MAYBE MODIFYING THE TYPE OF PLANTS THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY PLANTING AND PUTTING IN OUR URBAN FOREST TO REQUIRE LESS WATER AND TO BE MORE RESILIENT ON THEIR OWN? >>RIGHT, YES. WE HAVE BEEN STRATEGIZING HOW TO MANAGE FOR THESE EFFECTIVE CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE YEARS THAT WE’RE FACING NOW AND ALSO LOOKING AT LONG TERM FOR THE FUTURE. AND LOOKING AT THE PLANT LIST AND ALSO WHERE WE ARE SOURCING THOSE PLANTS FROM TO MAKE SURE WE ARE GETTING PLANT SPECIES AND SOURCING THAT WILL BE SUSTAINABLE AND PERSIST FOR YEARS INTO THE FUTURE. WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT OUR PRACTICES. AND MAYBE WHERE WE WOULD EXPECT TO USE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MULCHING. YOU KNOW, IN EARLIER YEARS, NOW THAT WE’RE SEEING THESE EFFECTS. MAYBE WE PLAN TO DO MORE TO MAKE SURE THE WATER IS RETAINED IN THE AREAS. >>THAT’S GOOD. SO IT’S GREAT TO SEE THE TREND GOING UP AND ONE WILL LEVERAGE THE OTHER. BUT IN LOOKING AT THAT PREVIOUS CHART WITH THE BREAK DOWN AND AS WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THIS WORK. I IMAGINE THERE’S A COUPLE OF THINGS GOING ON. WE’LL SEE MORE AND MORE IN PHASE IV, WHICH WILL REQUIRE KIND OF AN ONGOING MAINTENANCE LEVEL OF INVESTMENT. AND SO MORE OF THE INVESTMENT WE WILL NEED TO SHIP TO MAINTAIN IT. AT THE SAME TIME YOU ALSO MENTIONED THAT SOME OF THE REMAINING ACRES THAT ARE ENROLLED, THEY ARE STEEP SLOPES OR OTHER THINGS THAT ARE PROBABLY MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS TO BE OUT THERE VOLUNTEERING. AND I IMAGINE THOSE ARE PROBABLY MORE EXPENSIVE PLACES TO MAINTAIN. WE HAVE THE HARDEST ACRES TO GET TO OR MAYBE THE ONES THAT ARE LEFT TO HAPPEN IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. AND THIS NECESSITY THAT WILL SHIFT OUR EXISTING FUNDING TO MAINTAIN THE STUFF WE’RE DOING. GOOD WORK ON. AND WHAT IS THE PLAN AND THE PATH TO DO THAT SUCCESSFULLY? >>WE ARE STILL WORKING ON THAT. >>OKAY. >>YEAH. WE DID A PLAN UPDATE. AND KIND OF FINISHED THAT PROCESS IN 2017. AT THE TIME WE DID SOME ANALYSIS TO FIGURE OUT HOW MANY ACRES WE HAVE ENROLLED AND HOW MANY ARE LEFT. AND WE CAME UP WITH ESTIMATES OF FUNDING IT WOULD REQUIRE TO FINISH THAT. BUT WE HAVE LEARNED A LOT SINCE THEN ALSO. SO WE ARE FINDING THE FUNDING THAT WE NEED TO TACKLE THOSE LAST CHALLENGING ACRES WASN’T INCORPORATED AS WELL AS IT COULD HAVE BEEN. >>AND SO IS THE PLAN AS WE’RE GOING FORWARD WITH THE MPD ANALYSIS IN THE NEXT YEAR OR SO TO MAKE SURE THERE IS ADDITIONAL MONEYS GOING IN YOUR DIRECTION? ARE YOU INVOLVED IN THAT? >>YES, WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THAT APPLICATION. >>AND I’M ASKING IF CLEAN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP IS HELPING US IDENTIFY AND HOW MANY MORE ACRES AND MONEY AND TO MAKE SURE THAT’S INCLUDED IN THE NEXT ROUND OF METROPOLITAN PARK DISTRICT PRIORITIES. >>AND YES, WE HAVE BEEN, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN BRIEFLY AND HOPE TO BE INVOLVED MORE IN THE PLANNING PROCESS AROUND WHAT THE NEXT METRO PARK DISTRICT FUNDING PACKAGE WILL LOOK LIKE. >>YOU MIGHT NOT REMEMBER, BUT GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP WAS VERY IMPORTANT WHEN WE WOULD HAVE OUR FIRST ROUND ON THIS AND IN FACT IN 2014 I REMEMBER VERY CLEARLY SITTING HERE IN THESE CHAMBERS WHEN A NUMBER OF YOUR COLLEAGUES CAME IN AND SAID IF YOU DON’T HAVE MONEY FOR THIS, WE’RE NOT GOING TO SUPPORT THE MPD AND WE SAID ALL RIGHT, YOU’RE LISTENING. EARS WIDE OPEN. >>AND EVERY MONSTER CAME OUT TOO. >>YES, THAT’S RIGHT. EXACTLY. AND HOW MUCH WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH OUR URBAN FORESTRY COMMISSION? AND WE PASSED A RESOLUTION WORKING TOWARDS THIS CITY WIDE, AND WE WANTED TO USE A PORTLAND MODEL AND THE MAYOR’S OFFICE IS SUPPORTING IT, BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EXPANDING THE TREE CANOPY AREA IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND NOT JUST IN PARKS, BUT ACROSS THE CITY? >>YES, I WAS ON THE COMMISSION FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS, AND JUST THE MAN OF MY POSITION THIS YEAR AND SO I DO FOLLOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND THAT IS AN ORGANIZATION AND YOU’RE ON THE TEAM, CORRECT? >>YES, AND SO THERE ARE DIFFERENT LEVELS, WHATNOT. >>GREAT. >>AND SO I’M GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE US ALONG HERE BECAUSE WE HAVE OTHER THINGS AND WE HOPE TO BE. >>YES. >>AND JUST ONE QUICK COMMENT ON THAT. THE UPDATE TO THE PARKS DISTRICT FUNDING, WHICH WILL BE HAPPENING NEXT YEAR. AND FROM MIKE AS A COUNCIL MEMBER FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS, AND THEN GOING INTO NEXT YEAR AS A RESIDENT OF SEATTLE. I THINK IT WILL BE REALLY IMPORTANT TO SEE A CLEAR PLAN OR WHAT ARE THE LEVELS OF INVESTMENTS THAT WE NEED TO MEET OUR ORIGINAL GOALS, WHICH WILL BE MY HOPE AND IF THERE IS A REASON WHY WE NEED TO LOOK AT SOMETHING ELSE AND REALLY INTENTIONAL PLAN OF WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO GET THE REST OF THE ACRES ENROLLED AND TO CONTINUE TO GET THAT PROCESS AND THE INVESTMENT TO MAINTAIN IT. AND I IMAGINE IT IS NOT GOING TO BE AN INSIGNIFICANT NUMBER AND THEY THINK THE ALTERNATIVE OF LETTING IT GO IS A HUGE LOSS AND TO ACQUIRE GREEN SPACE AND THAT IS WHY I THINK IT IS A SMART INVESTMENT TO MAKE. >>GREAT. >>THANK YOU. >>AND I THINK WE COULD SKIP THROUGH AND AN INTEREST OF TIME. THIS IS JUST RECAPPING SOME OF THOSE BENEFITS. AND THE IMPACTS OF DOING THIS WORK THAT IS REALLY, REALLY ESSENTIAL. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY NON- NEGOTIATABLE FR THE QUALITY OF LIFE HERE IN SEATTLE AND SO ACCESS TO NATURE AND CLIMATE RESILIENCY AND, YOU KNOW, HAVING THE HEALTHY PUGET SOUND. I WON’T GO INTO THIS TOO MUCH, BUT JUST A NOTE THAT GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIPS HAVE BEEN A LEADER FOR THE REGION AND WE HAVE BEEN FORTERRA AS A NON- PROFIT WITH ALL THE CITIES YOU SEE ON THE MAP NOW AND GROWN TO 14 CITIES AND SNOHOMISH COUNTY ADOPTING THIS MODEL AND ARE LOOKING TOWARDS SEATTLE AS THE LEADER IN URBAN FOREST RESTORATION. THE PROGRAM IS ALSO GOTTEN A LOT OF NATIONAL ATTENTION AND THIS IS JUST ONE RECENT EXAMPLE WITH THE NEW YORK CITY NATURAL AREAS AND HIGHLIGHTING GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP IN DOING A CASE STUDY AMONG THE OTHER FORESTRY PROGRAMS AND HIGHLY REGARDED ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS A LEADER AND AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHER CITIES. >>AND WE DO HAVE GREEN SEATTLE DAY COMING UP. IT IS AN ANNUAL TRADITION HERE IN SEATTLE AND IT IS VERY EXCITING BECAUSE WE FINALLY FEEL LIKE IT IS A THING AND PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT GREEN SEATTLE DAY AND ALMOST THREE, FOUR WEEKS BEFORE THE DATE, 900 PEOPLE WERE SIGNED UP. AND SO WE KNOW WE’RE GOING TO GET GOOD ATTENDANCE, LIKE SPOTS ARE FILLING UP. AND THIS IS A HIGH DEMAND. >>AND IT IS GREAT ESPECIALLY FOR THE NEW SHIRTS. >>WE DON’T HAVE SHIRTS THIS YEAR, BUT WE WILL HAVE COOL STICKERS. >>YES. AND YOU CAN WEAR YOUR OLD SHIRTS, YOU KNOW, HIGHLIGHT YEARS PAST. AND GREEN SEATTLE OF 2007. >>AND HOW ARE THESE LOCATIONS PICKED? >>LOCATIONS FOR GREEN SEATTLE DAY? >>CORRECT. >>WELL, THERE IS A VARIETY OF CRITERIA THAT WE USE AND WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THEM REPRESENTED IN EACH DISTRICT. AND THEN IT’S A MATTER OF WHERE THERE ARE PROJECT SITES THAT COULD HANDLE ENOUGH PEOPLE AND WHERE THERE ARE PROJECTS READY BECAUSE THEY WILL DO A YEAR OR TWO OF REMOVAL AND SO IT IS A PROCESS TO LEAD UP TO PLANTING AND THERE IS A GROUP READY. WE WOULD TRY TO SHIFT OVER THE YEARS, AND SO THERE ARE A VARIETY OF LOCATIONS AND THEN SOME OTHER THINGS THAT WILL COME IN TO PLAY WHERE THEY HAVE PROJECTS THAT ARE GOING THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SUPPORT. >>AND IS THERE AN EARLIER SLIDE WHERE THERE WAS A MAPPING OF ALL THE FORESTS THAT ARE NATURAL AREAS. AND IT ALSO MATCHED UP THE PARKS PROPERTY. I THINK WHEN YOU DO THIS, YOU LAY OVER THAT MAP WITH THIS MAP, IT WILL TELL THE UNFORTUNATE STORIES AND THAT IS NOT, I’M NOT DESCRIBING INTENT OR ANYTHING TO YOU ALL, BUT THE FACT IS MANY OF OUR COMMUNITIES WHO ARE ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED OR IN MOST NEED OF TREE CANOPY IN URBAN FORESTRY ARE JUST UNFORTUNATELY NOT REPRESENTED ON SOME OF THESE MAPS. SOUTHEAST SEATTLE HAS SOME PRETTY GOOD REPRESENTATION, BUT SOUTHWEST SEATTLE, YOU KNOW, IS I THINK STILL IN NEED OF A LOT OF ATTENTION AS IT RELATES TO. AND GREEN SPACE AND RESTORATION WORK AND JUST WONDERING IF YOU HAVE PUT SOME THOUGHT ON HOW TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF SOUTHWEST SEATTLE IN PARTICULAR. >>AND WE DO THAT FOR THE PROGRAM OVERALL FOR OUR WORK AND WHAT WE’RE PLANNING EACH YEAR AND FOR INSTANCE OUR WORK IN WEST COAST PARK WAS AN INTENT TO GET MORE OF THAT NEIGHBORHOOD INVOLVED BECAUSE THEY HAD NOT BEEN AS MUCH INVOLVED IN THAT RESTORATION EFFORTS IN THAT PARK. BUT YEAH AS JOANNA SAID, THERE ARE ALL THESE OTHER FACTORS THAT WILL COME IN TO DECIDING SITES FOR GREEN SEATTLE DAY AND SO WE DON’T HAVE AS MUCH IN SOUTHWEST SEATTLE FOR GREEN SEATTLE DAY SITES. BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE’RE NOT ENGAGING IN THAT COMMUNITY. >>AND THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE’RE NOT ENGAGING IN THIS COMMUNITY. WE WORK WITH A DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION. AND EARTH CORPS, WE WOULD WORK WITH THEM TO DECIDE ON WHICH SIDE THEY WOULD WORK ON. AS WE CONTRACT WITH THEM SPECIFICALLY TO MAKE SURE WE GET MORE ENGAGEMENT IN SOME OF THESE AREAS IT BE THAT WILL MAKE SENSE. >>IT DOES AND I APPRECIATE IT. I WAS JUST WONDERING IT SEEMS TO BE A BANNER EVENT FOR YOU ALL. AND I THINK THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SORT OF HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE EQUITY ISSUES RELATED TO THE GREEN SPACE AND OPEN SPACES WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TREE CANOPY IN URBAN FORESTRY ISSUES IN GENERAL AND SO I THINK I’M ASSUMING GIVEN THE FACT YOU ALL ROTATE AROUND THAT THIS MAP DOESN’T ALWAYS LOOK LIKE THIS, BUT CERTAINLY AS A CITY WIDE REPRESENTATIVE APPRECIATE THERE ARE CERTAIN CLEAR POCKETS OF LACK OF EQUITY IN TERMS OF ATTENTION TO GREEN SPACES AND OPEN SPACES AND RESTORATION WORK THAT HAPPENS ACROSS THE CITY THAT HAVE DISPROPORTIONATE HEALTH IMPACTS AND SOCIAL COHESION IMPACTS ON ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGHOUT OUR CITY AND JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE AS YOU’RE DOING YOUR WORK TO SELECT THE GREEN SEATTLE WORK THAT YOU’RE PUTTING THAT AT FRONT IN TERMS OF A FILTER FOR HOW THESE LOCATIONS ARE CHOSEN. >>AND I HAVE BEEN TO A COUPLE OF EVENTS AT THE PARKLAND ADJACENT TO SOUTH SEATTLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. >>AND THE GREEN BELT? >>YES. >>OBVIOUSLY THERE IS A LOT OF ACREAGE THERE. >>TONS. >>I THINK ONE WAS PROBABLY TEN YEARS AGO. ANOTHER ONE WAS A FEW YEARS AGO. BUT OBVIOUSLY THERE’S A LOT OF GREAT RESTORATION WORK GOING THERE. >>OF COURSE, THAT’S NOT AN INDUSTRIAL AREA. AND I’M A LITTLE MORE FOCUSED ON THE MEYER’S WAY SPACE OR, YOU KNOW, DOWN IN SOUTH PARK. AND GEORGETOWN, WHICH, YOU KNOW, THERE IS AN EFFORT, THERE IS A REAL IMPORTANT EFFORT TO SORT OF CLARIFY WHO WILL OWN THAT ONE LIMITED PARK SPACE AND IT IS DOWN IN SOUTH PARK RIGHT ON THE DUWAMISH. I THINK THERE WILL BE OPPORTUNITIES TO DO ADDITIONAL WORK THERE NOW THAT THE OWNERSHIP QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN CLARIFIED AND THE CITY OF SEATTLE WILL BE TAKING THAT ENTIRE PARK SPACE. AND I THINK THERE WILL BE A REAL OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO INVEST IN THAT SPACE AND TO GET BROADER DEGREE OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO WORK ON RESTORING AND REALLY ACTIVATING THAT LIMITED GREEN SPACE IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD. >>DEFINITELY. THANK YOU. >>SO ANYTHING ELSE? ARE YOU SAYING THAT YOUR SPOTS HAVE FILLED UP FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 ACROSS THE CITY OR JUST CERTAIN PARKS? >>AND THERE ARE STILL SOME SPOTS IN CERTAIN PARKS. WE WOULD MAKE ROOM FOR ANY OF YOU. >>OH, THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>I MEAN WE WOULDN’T WANT TO MISS THE BLACKBERRY PARALYSIS. MOSTLY PLANTING VENT ON THE SECOND. >>NO KIDDING. AND WHAT I HAVE LEARNED, YOU BUY WELDING CLUBS WHEN YOU’RE DOING BLACKBERRIES. >>ABSOLUTELY. >>IT TOOK ME ABOUT SIX YEARS TO FIGURE THAT OUT, BUT WELDING GLOVES, THEY WILL DEAL WITH THE BLACKBERRIES VERY NICELY. OKAY, I’LL SEE YOU ON NOVEMBER 2. >>GREAT. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMING. >>I APPRECIATE THAT. >>THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. >>CAN I SAY ONE LAST THING? >>OF COURSE. >>ALONG THE LINES OF MY EARLIER COMMENT ABOUT A PLAN GOING FORWARD. I’M CONSIDERING DOING A STATEMENT OF LEGISLATIVE INTENT TO ASK THE PARKS WHO WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH YOU ON THIS TO REPORT BACK EARLY NEXT YEAR ON WHERE WE ARE IN THAT PLANNING PROCESS TO GET THE COUNCIL AND PUBLIC TO WEIGH IN ON THAT AS WE ARE BUILDING TOWARDS THAT UPDATE OF THE PARKS DISTRICT. >>GREAT, THAT’S REALLY GOOD. THEN WE CAN KEEP IT PARALLEL TOO WITH THE CANOPY EFFORT THAT WE’RE DOING. I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. THANKS FOR COMING. REALLY APPRECIATE BOTH OF YOU. THANKS TO ALL YOUR COLLEAGUES WHO ARE WORKING ON THIS AS WELL. COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL JUST STEPPED OUT FOR A MOMENT AND ASKED ME TO SAY THIS AFTERNOON THAT THERE’S ONLY ONE ITEM OF BUSINESS ON THE SEATTLE COUNCIL RESOLUTION 31913, AND THAT IS A RESOLUTION CONCERNING WASHINGTON REFERENDUM MEASURE NUMBER 88 AND THIS IS PROPOSING VOTER APPROVAL OF INITIATIVE MEASURE NUMBER 1000 AND URGING SEATTLE VOTERS TO VOTE APPROVED ON THIS MATTER. AND SO THAT IS IN THE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON. AND LET’S JUST GO AROUND THE TABLE AND TALK ABOUT ISSUES. I WILL END WITH BOTH MINE AND COUNCIL MEMBER JUAREZ’S. AND HOW ABOUT IF WE START DOWN. WE WILL DO A BISHOP MOVE THIS MOMENT AND COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALEZ, WHAT DO YOU HAVE FOR THIS AFTERNOON? >>I HAVE NOTHING ON THIS AFTERNOON’S AGENDA FROM MY COMMITTEE. OBVIOUSLY GIVEN THE BUDGET DELIBERATIONS IN COMMITTEE HEARINGS, THERE ARE NO REGULARLY SCHEDULED COMMITTEE HEARINGS THAT I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR. I DO HAVE A REGIONAL COMMITTEE TO ATTEND ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24. I WILL BE CALLING IN TO THE PUGET SOUND REGIONAL COMMITTEE TO REPRESENT THE CITY OF SEATTLE. THAT’S AT 9:00 A.M. EXCITED ABOUT THAT. AND I WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING THURSDAY, 24 AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL, THE LEVY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEETING FOR THE FAMILIES EDUCATION PRESCHOOL AND PROMISE LEVY THAT IS AN OPEN MEETING THAT OCCURS IN THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL TOWER ON THE 40th FLOOR I BELIEVE. AND THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO REPORT. >>GREAT, WELL THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT. I KNOW THESE EXTRA COMMITTEES ARE — >> THEY JUST DON’T END. >>AND THEY STRETCH. THEY SEEM TO GO ON AND I APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THIS ON. COUNCIL MEMBER O’BRIEN WHAT DO YOU HAVE? >>FOR THE SUSTAINABILITY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, NOTHING ON THE AGENDA NOR DO WE MEET. I WILL MENTION ON BEHALF OF COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD THAT I’M PASSING AROUND A PROCLAMATION FOR WORLD TOILET DAY. IT DOES BRING UP A SMILE AND A LAUGH. >>NO, ONLY BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, WE DON’T THINK ABOUT IT WORLDWIDE, BUT YOU AND I IN PARTICULAR, COUNCIL MEMBER O’BRIEN, HAVE BEEN FIGHTING TO GET TOILETS IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE FOR TEN YEARS. AND SO WHAT WILL WORLD TOILET DAY PROCLAMATION DO FOR US IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE? >>THE WORLD TOILET DAY HIGHLIGHTS THE FACT THAT WE ALL NEED ACCESS TO SAFE AND — >> I THINK THEY WROTE A BOOK ON THIS CALLED “EVERYONE POOS.” >>IT’S A GREAT BOOK. IN OUR REPERTORY WITH THE LITTLE ONES. HAPPY TO PASS THAT ALONG. >>I DO NOT HAVE THAT AS PART OF MY LIBRARY YET, SO HAPPY TO TAKE IT. >>YOU WILL BE THERE. >>BUT IT DOES HIGHLIGHT COUNCIL MEMBER BAGSHAW, THE POINT YOU WERE MAKING, PEOPLE NEED ACCESS TO TOILETS. FOR MANY OF US THAT IS RELATIVELY EASY TO DO BECAUSE OF WHERE WE LIVE AND WHERE WE WORK, BUT FOR A LOT OF FOLKS IT’S NOT. SO COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD WANTED ME TO MENTION OBVIOUSLY THIS WILL BE A PROCLAMATION WORLD TOILET DAY IS OFFICIALLY NOVEMBER 19. WE’RE IN ADVANCE OF THAT. AND THEN COUPS HERBOLD IS ALSO SPONSORING A NUMBER OF BUDGET ITEMS RELATED TO WHAT WE COULD DO IN SEATTLE TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IN OUR CITY HAS APPROPRIATE ACCESS TO THE TOILET FACILITIES. >>GREAT. >>SO I APPRECIATE COUNCIL MEMBER HERBOLD’S LEADERSHIP ON THAT. >>I DO TOO. IT’S BEEN AMAZING TO ME HOW HARD IT HAS BEEN FOR US TO GET SOME TOILETS IN AREAS WHERE PEOPLE NEED THEM. I KNOW THAT WE GET CALLS FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY SAYING HEY, SOMEBODY’S GOT TO CLEAN THIS UP, IT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY BUSINESS, I’M TRYING TO OPEN AGAIN YET AT THE SAME TIME IT SEEMS TO ME OTHERS ARE UNWILLING TO TRY PORTLAND LOOS. AND SO I’M HOPEFUL THAT MAYBE THIS WILL KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING WHEN YOU AND I ARE NOT HERE TO PUSH IT. VERY GOOD. THANK YOU. >>COUNCIL MEMBER PACHECO? >>GOOD MORNING. >>GOOD MORNING. >>SO THERE ARE NO RELATED ITEMS FOR THE FULL COUNCIL AGENDA TODAY. AND THE EVENTS THIS WEEK, MY OFFICE WILL BE CO-HOSTING A TRIVIA NIGHT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY MUNICIPAL ARCHIVES AS PART OF OUR 150- YEAR CELEBRATIONS. THAT WILL BE THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, AT 7:30 P.M. AT THE FREMONT DOCK BAR AND GRILL. THE EVENT IS OPEN TO ANYONE 21 AND OVER, AND SO I HOPE TO SEE EVERYBODY THERE. >>I UNDERSTAND YOU’VE GOT A TOUGH TEAM GOING? >>YEAH. EACH OF YOUR RESPECTIVE OFFICES HAVE BEEN INVITED AND THERE IS A CHALLENGE TO SEE WHO CAN GET THE TOP PRIZE. >>NICE. >>ON FRIDAY WE HAVE THE, I HAVE THE ROOTS DINNER AT GRADUATE SEATTLE. AND THAT IS IN SUPPORT OF THE ORGANIZATION IN THE U DISTRICT. >>VERY GOOD. >>WELL THANK YOU FOR THAT. AND SO DEBORA JUAREZ WILL BE WITH US THIS AFTERNOON, BUT THIS MORNING SHE ASKED ME TO LET US KNOW THAT HER STAFF ATTENDED THE PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT FIRE STATION 31. THAT IS THE FIRE STATION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE ADDITIONAL CANCER RESULTS FROM IT. SEATTLE FIRE CHIEF CALVIN POTTER, I THINK THAT’S CHRIS POTTER FROM FAS AND LIEUTENANT KENNY STEWART FROM LOCAL 27 WERE ALL THERE. DEBORA JUAREZ IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A PLAN FOR FIRE STATION 31 THAT WILL PROVIDE A SITE FOR AN INTERIM STATION AND INFORMALLIZING THE PROCESS TO PLAN AND BUILD A NEW STATE OF THE ART FIRE STATION IN DISTRICT FIVE. AND SO I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE GOOD WORK SHE HAS DONE AND SHE ALSO EXTENDS HER THANKS TO MAYOR DURKAN AND CALVIN GOINGS AND CHIEF SKOGAN FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP TO ENSURE OUR FIREFIGHTERS ARE HEALTHY AND SAFE. SO THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBER JUAREZ FOR DOING THAT. FROM OUR BUDGET THIS AFTERNOON, I JUST WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE IT AT 2:00 AFTER THIS COUNCIL MEETING, IT WILL LAST FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES THAT WE DIVE BACK INTO BUDGET. TODAY WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ISSUE IDENTIFICATION RELATED TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE, LEED, AND SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT. TANK YOU FOR BUCKLING YOUR SEAT BELTS FOR THAT ONE THIS AFTERNOON. TOMORROW WE’LL HAVE OUR LAST I.D. MEETING, WHICH COVERS MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS. AND THAT WILL START IN THE MORNING AT 9:30. I’M NOT SURE HOW LONG THAT’S GOING TO GO, SO I JUST ASK FOR YOUR FLEXIBILITY THAT MAYBE WE GO ON AS LATE AS 1:00. I WOULD RATHER GET IT DONE IN THE MORNING THAN RECESSING AT NOON AND COMING BACK AT 2:00 BECAUSE WE DO GET STARTED WITH THE BIG PUBLIC HEARING TOMORROW NIGHT AT 5:30. I EXPECT THAT ONE TO BE LONG. I EXPECT ALL THE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, THAT THE CHAMBERS WILL BE FULL. I PROMISED EVERYBODY I WILL STAY UNTIL THE END, TWO MINUTES OF PUBLIC COMMENT A PIECE. AND GROUPS WILL GET FIVE MINUTES, THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING, STAY AS LONG AS YOU CAN TOMORROW. AND I KNOW THERE ARE OTHER REQUIREMENTS THAT YOU HAVE ON YOUR SCHEDULE, BUT SIGN UP STARTS AT 4:30 FOR ANYBODY WHO IS INTERESTED IN THAT. AND JUST A REMINDER THE FORM Bs, THAT’S THE NEXT STEP AFTER OBVIOUSLY FORM As ARE DUE THIS WEDNESDAY AT 2:00 P.M. SO ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT TO ADJUST FROM YOUR FORM As OR IF YOU WANT TO CONSOLIDATE, THAT’S DUE AT 2:00 THIS WEDNESDAY. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALREADY COUNCIL CENTRAL STAFF, MY OFFICE HAS BEEN DOING A PHENOMENAL JOB OF TRYING TO KEEP THINGS ON AN EVEN KEEL AND TO MAKE IT AS CLEAR AS POSSIBLE. SO AGAIN COUNCIL CENTRAL STAFF REALLY GETS TO WORK AFTER THE FORM As COME IN AND THEN THE FORM Bs THAT WE DO. WE’VE GOT QUITE A SCHEDULE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS, SO THANK YOU ALL TOO FOR THE GOOD WORK YOU’RE DOING. SO THAT IS ALL FOR ME. OH, I KNOW ONE THING I WAS GOING TO SAY ABOUT TOMORROW IGHT, THE VIETNAMESETRASLATION WILL BE THERE. VIETNAMESE IS THE ONLY LANGUAGE THAT HAS BEEN REQUESTED. SO IF YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHERS, PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THAT DONE. >>COUNCIL MEMBER BAGSHAW FOR TUESDAY MORNING’S SESSION, DO YOU HAVE A SENSE OF WHAT THE MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS WILL BE? OR ARE YOU STILL WORKING TO FINALIZE THOSE? >>WELL I THINK THIS IS WHERE CENTRAL STAFF COMES IN AND TALKS ABOUT ISSUES THAT MAY BE SMALLER AND WE HAVEN’T HEARD FROM THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OR THINGS THAT HAVEN’T COME FORWARD AT THIS POINT. AND IT ALSO DEPENDS UPON WHAT PEOPLE, WHAT COUNCIL MEMBERS I DON’T HAVE A COMPLETE LIST THIS MORNING, BUT WE CAN GET YOU THAT IF YOU WOULD LIKE IT BY THE END OF THE DAY. >>YES. I MEAN I’M AWARE OF CONSENSUALLY WHAT FALLS INTO THE MISCELLANEOUS PACKET, BUT I WAS JUST WONDERING IF YOU HAD THE LIST OF THINGS AND SO THAT WE COULD BEGIN TO PROCESS PREPARING FOR THOSE DISCUSSIONS AND TO BE EFFICIENT IN OUR DISCUSSIONS. >>I LOVE THAT ABOUT YOU. I WILL TELL YOU WHAT, I WILL CHECK IN WITH CENTRAL STAFF AND ALLISON AFTER THIS MEETING ANDSEE WHAT THEY HAVE PLANNED AND GET THAT OUT. >>I APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. AND I ALSO WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE THREE OF YOU WHO ARE HERE. JUST WHAT A GREAT JOB I FELT WE DID LAST WEEK. YOU WERE ENGAGED AND INVOLVED AND ASKING GREAT QUESTIONS AND MAKING GREAT POINTS AND IT HAS MADE THIS PHASE SO EASY FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO KNOW WHAT YOUR ISSUES ARE GOING FORWARD, SO THANK YOU FOR THAT. >>YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB, COUNCIL MEMBER BAGSHAW. HANK YOU FOR BEING AN EXCELLENT CHAIR. >>THANK YOU, I APPRECIATE THAT. >>OKAY, ANYTHING ELSE FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER? >>DITTO. >>VERY SWEET. THANK YOU. >>AND SO WE WILL CONCLUDE THIS MEETING THIS MORNING, I’LL SEE YOU AT 2:00. AND COUNCILPRESIDENT HARRELL WILL BE BACK AND THEN WE WILL DIVE INTO BUDGET. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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