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Posts for 'Public Safety'

Somber Recognition of First Anniversary of the Launch of Family Housing Connection

April 25th, 2013

Tonight in King County, children in 215 families will sleep in a car, in a greenbelt, on the streets, in an encampment, or in abandoned building. These children will wait months for their families to be placed in shelter or a hotel. This is unacceptable for a region of our resources.


Update on City/DOJ Settlement: Community Police Commission, Monitoring Plan

March 8th, 2013

Next week the City Council will hold two meetings touching on the Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to reform policing in Seattle. On Monday, March 11, the Council will host Merrick Bobb, the Court-appointed independent monitor, at the 9 a.m. Council Briefings meeting. A federal judge is scheduled to hear the […]


Surveillance Legislation Passes Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee

March 6th, 2013

A couple weeks ago you may recall that I wrote about my efforts to draft legislation relating to the City use of surveillance cameras. Passed today by the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee, Council Bill 117730 will require all City departments to obtain Council approval prior to acquiring surveillance equipment of any type.  […]


Urban Politics #331 Legislation Required to Balance Safety and Privacy

February 20th, 2013

For me the question is when should a free society allow personal activities that occur in public to come under 24/7 surveillance? We must always strive for a balance that provides for safety without compromising the principles of our democracy.


What’s a Living Room Conversation?

January 16th, 2013

Seattle Police Department is seeking community and business members who are willing to host a Living Room Conversation


Tomorrow It Will Be A “Post I-502 Seattle”

December 5th, 2012

The City encourages people who want to celebrate the passage of Initiative 502 to do so in the privacy of their homes.


Creating a Community Police Commission

October 12th, 2012

Yesterday the City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee considered legislation to create a Community Police Commission. The legislation, sponsored by Councilmember Harrell, chair of the committee, was voted out of committee by a 3-0 vote, and will move to the Full Council for consideration on Monday, October 22. The creation of the […]


New Parks Policy

October 4th, 2012

I’m glad that the community members I worked with in 1998 have continued to monitor the issue and have found a way to negotiate a better approach while also not compromising on public safety and fair access to our parks for all.


City leaders propose new cannabis regulations

September 12th, 2012

We don’t want to repeat what is happening in Los Angeles, where law enforcement raids shut down operations of good and bad businesses alike and eventually City Council banned dispensaries altogether.


New Foreclosure Relief Program

August 8th, 2012

Between 2009-2012 the foreclosure crisis is projected to cost Washington communities, homeowners and local governments approximately $3.7 billion