Seattle City Council 10/21/19

Seattle City Council 10/21/19


>>> GOOD AFTERNOON AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE FOR THE OCTOBER 21st, 2019 FULL CITY COUNCIL MEETING. IT WILL COME TO ORDER. IT IS 2:00 P.M. I’M BRUCE HAACK BRUCE HARRELL. PLEASE CALL. >> BAGSHAW, GONZCEZ, HERBOLD, JUAREZ, O’BRIEN, PACHECO, SAWANT, MOSQUEDA, PRESIDENT HARRELL. >> IF THERE IS NO OBJECTION, THE CALENDAR WILL BE ADOPTED. HEARING NO OBJECTION, THE REFERRAL CALENDAR IS ADOPTED. HEARING NO OBJECTION, THE AGENDA WILL BE ADOPTED. HEARING NO OBJECTION, THE AGENDA IS ADOPTED. I WILL SAY FOR THE VIEWING AUDIENCE AND FOR THE BEAUTIFUL AUDIENCE WE SEE THIS AFTERNOON, WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE BUDGETS. WE HAVE ONE AGENDA ITEM TODAY. IT IS AN IMPORTANT AGENDA ITEM. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE AGENDA ITEM. THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 30TH 2019 CITY COUNCIL MEETING HAVE BEEN REVIEWED. IF THERE IS NO OBJECTION, THE MINUTES WILL BE SIGNED. NO OBJECTION, THE MINUTES ARE SIGNED. MADAME CLERK. >> PRESENTATIONS. WE HAVE ONE PRESENTATION THIS AFTERNOON. THE PRESENTATION SECTION. I WILL TURN THE FLOOR OVER TO COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. I HAVE A PROCLAMATION HONORING TODAY AS WORLD TOILET DAY. THIS PROCLAMATION HONORS WORLD TOILET DAY WHICH IS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED DAY IN ORDER TO RAISE AWARENESS IN MAKING TOILETS AND HYGIENE SERVICES AVAILABLE AND ACCESSIBLE AS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE. WORLD TOILET DAY IS OFFICIALLY NOVEMBER 19th. I’M SPONSORING AND PRESENTING TODAY AND PARTNERSHIP WITH THE REAL CHANGE AND SEVERAL OTHER BUDGET ITEMS INTENDED TO INCREASE GREATER ACCESS TO HYGIENE FACILITIES AND BATHROOMS. SPECIFICALLY PROPOSALS BOTH MYSELF AND COUNCILMEMBER SAWANT HAVE PROVIDED TO ADAPT FIVE MOBILE PITSTOPS. SAN FRANCISCO HAS HAD SUCCESS IN ADOPTING THE MOBILE PITSTOP MODEL AND THIS WEEK, SOMEBODY FROM FRANCE HAD WRITTEN ABOUT THE PUBLIC HEALTH IMPORTANCE OF THIS MODEL. SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE WORKED FOR YEARS IN ORDER TO INCREASE ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC BATHROOM FACILITIES. THE BENEFITS IT CAN PROVIDE TO PEOPLE LIVING IN SHELTERS, PATRONS AND BUSINESSES IN THE URBAN VILLAGES AND COMMERCIAL DISTRICT AS WELL AS TOURISTS. I’M PROUD TO SPONSOR THIS PROCLAMATION AND THE MOBILE PITSTOP PROPOSAL SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE CREATING GREATER ACCESS TO RESTROOMS AND HYGIENE SERVICES IS A TOP RECOMMENDATION FROM THE NAVIGATION TEAM AUDIT DONE BY THE CITY AUDITOR TO MANAGE THE PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACT OF THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS. THE CITY AUDITOR FOUND THAT ONLY SIX, THERE ARE ONLY SIX TO 24/7 PUBLIC OPERATED TOILETS IN THE CITY. NOT ONLY DO BATHROOM FACILITIES HELP KEEP THE COMMUNITIES CLEAN AND IMPACT THE IMPACT OF DOMINICAL DISEASE LIKE HEPATITIS A, THE AUDITOR’S REPORT ALSO NOTES THAT HYGIENE FACILITIES CAN SERVE AS A CONNECTION POINT TO SHARE RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS. IF I MAY, I WOULD LIKE TO READ A COUPLE OF HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PROCLAMATION.>> PLEASE DO. IF THERE IS NO OBJECTION, THE RULES WILL BE SUSPENDED AS WELL. >> ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, TODAY 4.2 BILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE STILL LIVE WITHOUT A SAFE TOILET AND SICK 73 MILLION PEOPLE STILL PRACTICE OPEN DEFECATION. AND INADEQUATE SANITATION IS EXPECTED AND IS ESTIMATED TO CAUSE NUMBER 32,000 DIARRHEAL DEATHS EVERY YEAR AND IS A MAJOR FACTOR IN DISEASES SUCH AS INTESTINAL DISEASES AND TRACHOMA. AND DRIED FECES CAN RELEASE THE DANGEROUS VIRUSES SUCH AS ROTAVIRUS WHICH IS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF DIARRHEA IN INFANTS AND CHILDRENWORLDWIDE. 80% OF THE WASTEWATER GENERATED BY SOCIETY FLOWS BACK INTO THE ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT BEING TREATED OR REUSED. AND 1.89 BILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE USE AN UNIMPROVED SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER WITH NO PROTECTION AGAINST CONTAMINATION FROM HUMAN FECES. IT GOES ON. I ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO REVIEW THE CITATIONS ABOUT THIS CRISIS IN THE PROCLAMATION. AND I WOULD LOVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THE PROCLAMATION TO THE FOLKS. >> PLEASE DO. WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM THE GUESTS IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS.>> WE DON’T HAVE NO PLACE TO GO. WE HAVE THE LIBRARY. YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE LIBRARY ALL THE TIME. IT’S ACROSS TOWN. SO WE USE THE ALLEY. I DON’T LIKE GOING OUT IN THE PUBLIC. IT’S EMBARRASSING. WE NEED THESE TOILETS. AND IT WILL PROVIDE JOBS TOO. ONE OF US COULD EVEN GET A JOB MAY BE WORKING ON THEM TO KEEP THEM CLEAN. >> THANK YOU.>> CITY COUNCILMEMBERS, MY NAME IS LISA SAWYER. I’M WITH REAL CHANGE IN THE RESIDENT ACTION PROJECT FOR THE WASHINGTON HOUSING ALLIANCE. AS YOU KNOW, WE DO NEED PUBLIC TOILETS. AS YOU KNOW, SEVERAL YEARS BACK, WE HAD A PUBLIC TOILET IN THE PIKE PLACE MARKET. IT DID NOT WORK OUT SO WELL BECAUSE OF PROSTITUTION, DRUGS AND EVERYTHING ELSE ON TOP OF IT. WITH THIS MODEL, IT HELPS OUT BECAUSE THIS ONE IS BEING SUPERVISED. BUT NOT BY JUST PEOPLE THAT JUST WORK DAY-TO-DAY JOBS BUT PEOPLE THAT ARE CONVICTED FELONS OR TRYING TO GET A SHOT. IT HELPS WITH INCOME AND WE WANT TO GET MORE JOBS OUT THERE. IT IS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY T LOOK AT IT LIKE THAT AS WELL. THERE ARE TOILETS AND FAUCETS AND A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN PUT POOP FOR THE DOGS AND PETS RIGHT OUTSIDE. THERE WILL ALSO BE A SINK OUTSIDE. IT IS A GREAT MODEL. I HOPE YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT IT. I HAVE BEEN OUTSIDE OFF AND ON FOR SEVEN YEARS AND I ALWAYS WANTED TO USE THE RESTROOM ALTHOUGH I HAVE TO PAY FOR IT EVERY TIME I WENT IN. AND OF COURSE THERE ARE TIMES WHEN IT IS SO EMBARRASSING TO GO IN THE ALLEY. ESPECIALLY COVERING YOUR MOUTH OR COVERING YOUR NOSE AND EVERYTHING ELSE. BECAUSE IT STINKS. THAT IS NOT REALLY SANITARY AND IT IS NOT A GOOD REPUTATION, AND WE WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE THAT VISIT THE CITY — WE HAVE A PROBLEM AS A HEALTH ISSUE. PLEASE KEEP THIS UNDER CONSIDERATION AND KEEP IT IN MIND. EVERYBODY POOPS. EVEN YOU GUYS DO. HAVE A GOOD ONE. >> I GUESS IT WOULD BE NICE NOT TO HAVE TO SEE THE TECH OF THE TOURED SO FREQUENTLY IN THE CITY. MOST BUSINESSES ARE LETTING THE CUSTOMERS USE BATHROOMS. AND FRANCE, FOR TOURISM, THEY CHARGED PEOPLE TO USE TOILETS. IT WILL LIMIT THE ACTIVITY GOING ON IN THE RESTROOMS. 90% OF US PAY FOR THOSE THAT DO WRONG. I JUST THINK IT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD OVERALL, HOPEFULLY FIX. AND A CONVENIENT LOCATION WILL BE KEY TOO. THANK YOU ALL.>> THANK YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THIS ISSUE. IT IS SOMETHING WE ARE WORKING FOR IN THE BUDGET. I ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE ARE SETTING UP PEOPLE FOR FAILURE OUTSIDE TO HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM. IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. YOU CAN BECOME A SEX OFFENDER IF YOU ARE FOUND TO BE GOING TO THE BATHROOM OUTSIDE. THIS IS ALSO AN ISSUE OF DECRIMINALIZING HOMELESSNESS AND MAKING SURE EVERYONE HAS A PLACE TO GO OUTSIDE. SECONDLY, WE ALSO JUST SET PEOPLE UP FOR FAILURE BASED ON THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN OR WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE TAKING A BUNCH OF BAGS INSIDE TO A PLACE, WHETHER OR NOT SOMEONE WILL SUBJECTIVELY DECIDE THEY ARE ACCEPTABLE ENOUGH TO USE THE BATHROOM. LET’S STOP HAVING PEOPLE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT OUTWARD TO SUMMATION AND FUND THIS PROGRAM IN THE BUDGET THIS YEAR. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> THAT WILL CONCLUDE REMARKS FROM THE PRESENTERS.>> THIS IS NOT PUBLIC COMMENT. THIS IS ON THE PROCLAMATION FOR PUBLIC TOILETS. I THINK YOU ARE UNDER GENERAL COMMENTS. >> YOU CAN STICK TO THAT ON GENERAL COMMENTS. COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION. FOR THOSE THAT SPOKE, IT SEEMS LIKE PERHAPS AN ODD THING TO TALK ABOUT BUT IT IS A VERY SERIOUS SUBJECT AND ONE OF WHICH WE ARE CONSIDERING A VERY NOVEL APPROACH AND THE BUDGET THIS YEAR. AND THEN SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES WERE LOOKING AT CREATIVE IDEAS ON HOW TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE. SO COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD, THANK YOU FOR SETTING US UP FOR THOSE DISCUSSIONS WE ARE HAVING. ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS NEEDED? COUNCILMEMBER GONZCEZ, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR. >> I WANT TO THANK COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN THIS SPACE. THIS REALLY FLOWS FROM AN OTHERWISE OBVIOUS NEED AND GAP IN THE HYGIENE SYSTEMS ACROSS THE CITY. I WANT TO COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTFUL APPROACH IN CUING UP A DATA DRIVEN EVIDENCE-BASED PATHWAY FOR US TO CONSIDER YOUR BUDGET REQUEST IN THIS BUDGET CYCLE. THIS REALLY WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE CITY AUDITOR’S REPORT, IN THE CONTEXT OF EVALUATING SOME OF THE ISSUES RELATED TO THE NAVIGATION TEAM. I THINK IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL THAT WE ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. IT IS ONE OF THE CONCERNS WE HEAR FROM THE HOUSE TO FOLKS AND FOLKS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS. AND I’M REALLY SUPPORTIVE OF YOUR APPROACH TO MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE ADVANCING THIS IN A WAY THAT WILL BE TRULY SUPPORTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL. SO LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU IN THESE DELIBERATIONS AND APPRECIATE THE FOLKS THAT CAME TO GIVE PUBLIC TESTIMONY. IT IS NOT EASY TO TALK ABOUT THESE ISSUES AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR WILLINGNESS TO SHARE WITH US YOUR HUMAN EXPERIENCE AND REMIND US WHY WE ARE SITTING UP HERE TO ADDRESS THE MOST IMPORTANT AND CRITICAL NEEDS, THE CRITICAL BASIC SERVICES AND NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE CITY AND THAT OF COURSE MEANS THE PEOPLE THAT NEED OUR SERVICES THE MOST. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> THANK YOU COUNSEL GONZCEZ. >> AT THIS TIME, WE WILL TAKE PUBLIC COMMENT ON ITEMS THAT APPEAR ON THE AGENDA TODAY. OR THE 2019 WORK PROGRAM. PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR 20 MINUTES. GIVING SPEAKERS TWO MINUTES EACH FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. LET ME EXPLAIN SOMETHING. WE ALSO ARE DOING WHAT WE REQUIRED. THERE ARE TWO PUBLIC COMMENT SECTIONS. YOU MAY HAVE MISTAKINGLY SIGNED UP FOR GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT WHICH IS WHAT WE’RE DOING NOW. AFTER PUBLIC COMMENT, WE WILL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION AND WE WILL HAVE A SEPARATE PUBLIC COMMENT SECTION ON THE RESOLUTION 319-313. IF YOU ARE FOR GENERAL COMMENT, I WOULD CALL YOU OUT ON THE ITEMS. BUT IF YOU WOULD WANT TO SPEAK ON THE OTHER MATTER, WE HAVE TWO LISTS. WE ARE ON THE GENERAL PUBLIC COMMON SECTION AND WE WILL LEAD WITH EDDIE RYE FOLLOWED BY LEO ROBBINS. >> I SHOULD BE ON THE OTHER LIST MR. CHAIRMAN, TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF 1000. I THOUGHT THAT SINCE THE MAYOR SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO FOR EQUITY AND INCLUSION, THAT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GOOD TO REMIND EVERYBODY THAT SHE IS TAKING THAT STEP. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> THANK YOU. AND WOULD YOU STILL LIKE TO SPEAK WHEN THE RESOLUTION COMES UP AS WELL? >> YES, I WOULD. THE CIVIL RIGHTS COALITION SENT SOMETHING TO YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS IS ALREADY. I CAN PASS MY TURN ON TO SOMEONE ELSE. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. I WILL JUST TAKE THAT AS A SIGNAL THAT MR. RICE CAN SPEAK ON 31913. AND ACCORDING TO THE RULES IN THE STATE, THE TESTIMONY WE ALLOW FOR THE RESOLUTION 31913, WE HAD TO EXTEND OPPONENTS THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME. SO I DON’T WANT TO MIX THE TWO PUBLIC COMMENT SECTIONS. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THAT SEPARATE. AGAIN, IF YOU ARE ON THE LIST FOR GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT, JUST FLAG IT AND WE WILL TRANSFER YOUR NAME TO THE OTHER PUBLIC COMMENT SECTION. WE HAVE LEO ROBBINS FOLLOWED BY MARK ALDRICH. >> IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY IS STRUGGLING. WE ARE WORRYING ABOUT WHERE WE WILL SLEEP AND HOW WE WILL STAY OUT OF THE COLD AND HOW TO STOP OUR FEW BELONGINGS THAT WE HAVE FROM BEING STOLEN. WORRYING ABOUT THE NEXT MEAL AND EVEN IF THERE IS ONE. HOW TO STAY SAFE FROM THOSE THAT WANT TO HARM US. LIFE IS HARD. THAT IS WHY WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE GENEROSITY OF OUR FELLOW SEATTLEITES. THEY HAVE SHOWN EFFORTS TO PROVIDE HOUSING. IT IS NOT OFTEN THE HOMELES FEEL VALUED AND IT MEANS SO MUCH. BUT THE CITIZENS OF SEATTLE RIGHTFULLY DON’T WANT HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS AND PERMANENT FIXTURES IN THE CITY. THEY WANT WHAT WE WANT. SOLUTIONS. TO HELP PEOPLE BREAK FREE FROM HOMELESSNESS AND GET BACK ON OUR FEET. SOMETIMES WHAT FEELS LIKE HELPING IS ACTUALLY MAKING THE PROBLEM WORSE. WE BELIEVE THE CURRENT FOCUS ON TEMPORARY ENCAMPMENTS AND FEW IF ANY REHABILITATION SERVICES ARE DOING JUST THAT. SHACK ENCAMPMENTS AND ADVERTISED 10 HOUSES COMPLETE WITH SHARED SPACES AND COMMUNITIES OF LIKE- MINDED INDIVIDUALS ALL WORKING TOGETHER FOR HAPPIER LIVES. HOWEVER, THIS IS ANYTHING BUT THE TRUTH. THE SHACK VILLAGES HARBOR AWFUL CONDITIONS, NO BETTER THAN THE DIRTY STREETS WE CAME FROM. RATS CONTAMINATE THE SPACES BRINGING DISEASE AND FILTH. THE COMMUNITY RULES ARE RARELY ENFORCED. PILED TRASH, DRUG USE OF WIDESPREAD. MAKING THEM NARROWLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION. MANY OF SEATTLE’S HOMELESS WOUND UP ON THE STREETS BECAUSE THEY SUFFER FROM ADDICTION OR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES THAT REQUIRE INTENSE TREATMENT TO OVERCOME. DRUG INFESTED TEMPORARY ENCAMPMENTS THAT OFFER VERY LITTLE, IF ANY COUNSELING ADDICTION SERVICES MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT AND JOB TRAINING, WON’T HELP PEOPLE BEAT THESE PROBLEMS. THEY JUST LEAVE PEOPLE STUCK ON THE STREETS PERMANENTLY WITH NO WAY TO LEAVE THE CITY, PAYING MORE AND MORE FOR INCREASING PROBLEMS. WE BEG YOU TO FOCUS MORE OF YOUR TIME AND MONEY ON THINGS LIKE PROVIDING ACTUAL SOLUTIONS. REAL STRUCTURES WITH REAL MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS, REAL JOB-TRAINING AND REAL SECURITY. >> THANK YOU. >> LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION. ARE YOU SPEAKING AS A GROUP? I SEE THREE PEOPLE THERE. >> I AM SPEAKING AS PART OF THE HOMELESS. I’M HOMELESS. >> SO YOUR TIME HAS RUN OUT. ARE YOU SPEAKING AS A GROUP QUICKLY WILL ALLOW FIVE MINUTES IF YOU ARE SPEAKING IS A GROUP. GO AHEAD. >> FOR MANY OF US, CITY SERVICES ARE THE LAST HOPE. WE NEED SOLUTIONS. WE WANT LASTING CHANGE. PLEASE HELP US GET THERE. >> THANK YOU. I WOULD NOT HAVE INTERRUPTED YOU IF I KNEW THERE WAS JUST THAT MUCH LEFT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS. MARK FOLLOWED BY DANIEL LONG.>> HELLO. MY NAME IS MARK OVERAGE. I HAVE BEEN A LIFELONG SEATTLEITES. I’M 59 YEARS OLD. I HAVE BEEN HOMELESS IN EVERY DECADE OF MY LIFE. HERE IN SEATTLE. I HAVE COME WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE LAST 13 YEARS, BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM HERE IN SEATTLE. I HAVE COST THE TAXPAYER MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ALONE IN RECIDIVISM COST, ALMOST COST. AND IT WAS NOT UNTIL RECENTLY THAT I GOT SERVICES AND DRUG TREATMENT. AND THE THINGS THAT HELP. AND I’M SIX MONTHS CLEAN AND SOBER. GETTING A JOB. I’M READY TO GET BACK UP ON MY FEET. BUT THE LOW BARRIER HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS YOU GOT, I USE THEM AS A CRIMINAL BASE OF OPERATIONS WHEN I WAS USING AND SELLING. YOU GO TO THE HOMELESS IN CAMAS AND THE NEEDLE EXCHANGES. IF YOU NEED DRUGS. IT IS A MAGNET FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. NOT A MAGNET FOR SERVICES. AND THAT IS WHAT WE NEED? UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO WRITE OFF A WHOLE SECTION OF THE POPULATION. ALL THE KIDS THAT YOU WASH OUT OF FOSTER CARE, AND YOU WANT TO WRITE THEM OFF , THEN YOU NEED TO LOOK AT THE LOW BARRIER STUFF. IT CAUSES MORE PROBLEMS THEN IT SOLVES. THAT IS ALL I’VE GOT. >> THANK YOU. >> DANIEL LONG FOLLOWED BY JOHN. IS DANIEL LONG HERE? GOING ONCE, TWICE. JOHN — NO LAST NAME. JUST JOHN. JOHN TIFFANY MCCOY, LISA SAWYER, DAVID HAYNES. YOU ARE UP, DAVID. >> CAN BY THE ON THE OTHER, LIST AS WELL? I WANT TO SAY, FIRST OF ALL, TAX BREAKS ARE SUPPOSED TO BENEFIT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, NOT OPPRESS THE CIVILIZED NEEDS OF BATHROOM USE. >> THAT IS IT MR. HAYNES? GO AHEAD. BE MY GUEST. >> HE WANTS TO SPEAK ON THE REFERENDUM. >> THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION HEARING. >> OKAY. WE WILL PUT YOU UP FOR THAT ONE. IF THAT IS IT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON REGULAR PUBLIC COMMENT, I WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC COMMENT SECTION. WE WILL MOVE TO THE PAYMENT OF THE BILLS. PLEASE READ THE TITLE. >> 119666. CLAIMS FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER SEVEN, 2018 THROUGH OCTOBER 11, 2019. ORDERING THE PAYMENT THEREOF. >> I MOVED TO PASS COUNSEL BILL 119666. ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? IF NOT PLEASE CALL ROLE ON THE POSITIVE THE BILL. >> BAGSHAW, GONZCEZ, HERBOLD, JUAREZ, O’BRIEN, PACHECO, SAWANT. PRESIDENT HARRELL. >> AYE.>> EIGHT IN FAVOR COME IN UNOPPOSED. >> I WILL SIGN IT. IT IS PROVIDED UNDER RCW 42- POINT 17A, THE CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER THE ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 31913. AND AT THE CONCLUSION OF OUR COMMENTS, COUNCILMEMBERS COMMENTS, THE COUNCIL HEAR COMMENTS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO SPEAK ON THE RESOLUTION AND APPROXIMATELY EQUAL OPPORTUNITY WILL BE GIVEN TO SPEAK TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND WILL CLERK WITH THAT, PLEASE READ AGENDA ITEM NUMBER ONE INTO THE RECORD. >> THE REPORT OF THE CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM ONE RESOLUTION 31913 CONCERNING WASHINGTON REFERENDUM MEASURE NUMBER 88, PROPOSING VOTER APPROVAL OF INITIATIVE MEASURE NUMBER 1000, AND URGING SEATTLE VOTERS TO VOTE “APPROVED” ON REFERENDUM 88 ON THE NOVEMBER 5th, 2019, GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT. └> PUTTING THE MATTER INTO THE RECORD, I WILL MOVE TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NUMBER 31913. MOVING TO THE SECOND. WE WILL NOW HEAR FROM COUNCILMEMBERS ON THE RESOLUTION. I WILL BEGIN THE DISCUSSION. ANY OTHER COUNCILMEMBERS LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS, FEEL FREE TO. >> ON THE OUTSIDE, THERE HAS BEEN SOME CONFUSION REGARDING WASHINGTON STATE REFERENDUM MEASURE 88 IN FRONT OF US NOW REGARDING INITIATIVE 1000. FOR THAT REASON, I WANT TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT 31913, THIS RESOLUTION PROPOSES VOTER APPROVAL AND URGING VOTERS TO VOTE APPROVED ON INITIATIVE 1000 WHICH WILL BE FOUND ON THE BALLOT UNDER WASHINGTON REFERENDUM MEASURE 88. WE ARE HOPING THAT THE WORD GETS OUT AND THAT THERE IS A VERY CLEAR, WHEN THIS WAS APPROVED IN REFERENDUM 88, MANY VOTERS WERE CONFUSED ON WHAT THEY WERE VOTING ON DURING THAT TIME IN 1998. I WILL SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE RESOLUTION AND ABOUT THE 1000. I HOPE TO NOT STEAL THE THUNDER FROM SOME OF THE GREATER SPEAKERS IN THE AUDIENCE. I WOULD LIKE TO LAY THE GROUNDWORK. FIRST OF ALL, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE VOTERS ON THE NOVEMBER 5th, 2019 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT INITIATIVE, I GO 1000 WOULD AFFIRM A NEW LAW FROM THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURES WHICH WAS PASSED THIS LAST SPRING AND WOULD GUARANTEE EUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS AND BUSINESSES WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE OR SEX OR COLOR OR ETHNICITY OR NATIONAL ORIGIN OR AGE OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR DISABILITY OR MILITARY STATUS. THE NEW LAW REVERSES A 20-YEAR- OLD BAN ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICIES WHILE ENSURING FAIRNESS BY SPECIFICALLY FORBIDDING QUOTAS AND PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT BASED SOLELY ON THE LIST OF CHARACTERISTICS. THIS LAW ADDS ACCOUNTABILITY BY ESTABLISHING COMMISSION ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION TO MONITOR THE STATE AGENCY’S COMPLIANCE WITH THIS LEGISLATION. LAST SPRING, I ATTENDED A HEARING ON I1000 AND I WAS VERY GLAD TO SEE MANY OF THE PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE TODAY. AT THE PUBLIC HEARING, FORMER GOVERNOR DAN EVANS, THE REPUBLICAN THAT CREATED THE STATE COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS AND 1965, TESTIFIED BEFORE THE STATE LEGISLATORS AND HE SAID THAT THE DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY IS STILL JUST A JAR AND NOT FULLY OPEN. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT AND I BELIEVE THE INITIATIVE 1000 IS A RESPONSIBLE MEASURE THAT WILL HELP US THROW THE DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY WIDE OPEN. AND THAT IS COMING FROM A REPUBLICAN. I UNDERSTAND THAT EMBRACING CHANGE FOR SOME VOTERS MAY BE HARD BUT WE ARE FACED WITH INSURMOUNTABLE DATA THAT REFLECTS AN UNFAIR BURDEN ON SOCIETAL INEQUALITY. WE CAN’T JUST RELY ON GOOD INTENTIONS OF GOVERNMENT OR PEOPLE. WE MUST BE VERY INTENTIONAL ABOUT THE DECISIONS AND THE CHOICES WE MAKE AS A LEGISLATIVE BODY. ACCORDING TO STATE DATA, WHEN I2000 WAS PASSED IN 88, 13.31% OF EXPENDITURES BY STATE AGENCIES AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS WENT TOWARD CERTIFIED MINORITY AND WOMEN HOWEVER, THAT FIGURE DECLINED TO 14.6 EXPENDITURES. FROM 1998 TO 2019, A NUMBER OF CERTIFIED WOMEN AND MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES HAVE FALLEN 45% FROM 4917 TO 200. THIS IS ACCORDING TO THE OFFICE OF WOMEN’S MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISES. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS NEARLY 25% HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. WASHINGTON IS ONE OF EIGHT STATES THAT HAS RESTRICTED AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION. LIKE I SAID, GOOD INTENTIONS ARE NOT ENOUGH. I AM ASKING EACH COUNCIL MEMBER AND EACH VOTER TO REALLY SHOW WHAT THEIR TRUE VALUES ARE. SO THAT WE CAN RESPOND TO THIS NEW DATA AND SEE THE RETURN TO THE JUSTICE WE’D LIKE TO SEE. WITH THAT, I’M ASKING OUR COUNCIL TO ADOPT RESOLUTION 131913. WOULD ANY OF MY CLIQUES LIKE TO SAY ANY REMARKS? COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN? >>THANK YOU COUNCIL PRESIDENT AND ADVOCATES. IN MY 10 YEARS HERE, THE CITY HAS HAD TO BE CREATIVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO ADVANCE OUR VALUES AND AGENDA UNDER THE CONSTRAINTS AND IT’S GREAT THAT WE ARE AT A POINT WHERE THE LEGISLATURE HAS MOVED TO REVERSE THAT. UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE TO GO TO A VOTE FOR THIS, BUT I AM THRILLED TO BE BEFORE THE ISSUE.>>THANK YOU. ANY OTHER COMMENTS? COUNCIL JUAREZ. >>I WILL BE BRIEF. COUNCIL PRESIDENT, I BELIEVE IT WAS PASSED IN 1998. >>CORRECT. DID I SAY 1988? >>YEAH, BUT THAT’S OKAY. >>MY APOLOGIES. >>THIS IS THE TIME WHERE I ENJOY NOW BEING 50 YEARS OLD. I WAS IN OLYMPIA WORKING FOR A GOVERNOR WHEN THIS WENT DOWN. I REMEMBER HOW VOLATILE AND HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS, AND SOME OF THE MOST RACIST AND WHILE THINGS WERE SAID ABOUT THOSE OF US, AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION, NOT BEING QUALIFIED, BEING LED INTO THE DOOR OF LAW SCHOOL WHERE WE DIDN’T BELONG, AND I HAD HOPED WE WOULD NEVER RETURN TO THOSE KINDS OF CONVERSATIONS AGAIN. I SAY THIS AS A PERSON WHO GREW UP ON THE PUYALLUP RESERVATION. I PUT MYSELF THROUGH COLLEGE AND LAW SCHOOL WITH HELP FROM MY TRIBE, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, FOR OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR TO BE A MENTOR AND KEEP THAT DOOR OPEN. THERE IS A REASON THIS LAW IS FOCUSED ON — AND THIS IS WHY I AM SO SUPPORTIVE OF IT. PUBLIC EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT IS THE EQUALIZER IN OUR SOCIETY TO JUSTICE. IF WE DON’T HAVE THAT EQUALIZER, IF WE DON’T HAVE THIS WORLD, AND THIS COUNTRY VALUING OUR MINDS AND OUR INTEGRITY, ENTITIES AND INSTITUTIONS, THEN WE WILL NEVER BE THERE. BECAUSE OF THIS, I SIT HERE TODAY. I GOT INTO COLLEGE AND LAW SCHOOL NOT BECAUSE I WAS NATIVE AMERICAN AND LaTINA. I GOT IN BECAUSE I WAS QUALIFIED. THE RECENT ISSUES WE’VE SEEN WITH RECENT PEOPLE BUYING THEIR AND GOING TO PRISON SICKENS ME. WE HAVE WATCHED THE LEGACY. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND LEGACY OF THE RICH IS THEY HAVE INSTITUTIONALIZED IT AND MADE IT OKAY. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>I’VE WATCHED IT MY WHOLE LIFE. I HAVE ONE MORE NOTE BEFORE I GET OFF MY SOAP BOX. WE ARE ONE OF 21 STATES IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE WE HAVE A CASE PENDING IN THE STATE SUPREME COURT WHERE WE RECOGNIZE AND PROTECT THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY. ONE OF 21 STATES. THIS IS NOW PENDING IN THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT, IF YOU ARE LGBTQ AND TRANSGENDER, WHETHER OR NOT IT’S A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BE PROTECTED FOR HEALTHCARE, FOR EDUCATION. ONLY 21 STATES IN OUR COUNTRY RECOGNIZE THAT RIGHT. SO, WE ARE GOING BACK IN TIME. I FEEL LIKE IT IS 1980 AGAIN. 1970 AGAIN. I FEEL LIKE THIS IS THE TIME WHERE YOUNG FOLKS, PARTICULARLY PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE BEING TOLD THAT THEIR MIND, THEIR VALUE, AND THEIR FUTURE ISN’T BEING VALUED. THAT THEY BELONG IN THESE HIGHER INSTITUTIONS. AS A MOTHER WITH TWO DAUGHTERS, 28 AND 25, THEY’VE HAD THE BLESSING AND THE LEGACY OF ME BEING ABLE TO GO TO LAW SCHOOL, AND BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR THEM, BUT NOT EVERYONE DOES. I’M HOPING THOSE OF YOU HERE TODAY, AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, AND I HOPE THOSE WHO ARE OUT THERE WATCHING SUPPORT AND VOTE YES TO APPROVE INITIATIVE 1000. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, COUNCILMEMBER JUAREZ FOR THOSE COMMENTS. ANY OTHER COMMENTS FROM MY COLLEAGUES? HAVING SAID THAT, WE WILL NOW HAVE AN ALLOTTED TIME FOR COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC EITHER IN SUPPORT OF OR IN OPPOSITION TO, AND I WILL START WITH THE IN SUPPORT OF SINCE WE HAVE AN OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF SIGNATURES THERE. AS IS OUR HISTORICAL PRACTICE, WE WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE CURRENT OR FORMER ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. IN THIS CASE, WE HAVE AN ORGANIZER, MISTER JESSE ONE VERY WHO IS THE FORMER CHAIR AND REPRESENTATIVE WITH MISTER NATE DANIEL JACKSON. SO, PLEASE, COME FORWARD AND ADDRESS SOME COMMENTS. WE WILL WILL ALLOW FIVE MINUTES AS YOU ARE PART OF A GROUP. >>THANK YOU. I NEED TO APOLOGIZE FOR MISTER NATE DANIEL JACKSON, WHO IS THE SPONSOR OF I 1000. HE HAD A MEDICAL ISSUE THAT KEPT HIM IN OLYMPIA. HE LIVES IN LACEY, SO HE’S NOT ABLE TO BE HERE WITH US, BUT HE HAS ASKED THAT I PRESENT THESE REMARKS ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE. FIRST OF ALL, GOOD AFTERNOON COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL AND COUNCILMEMBERS. I AM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ONE EQUALITY CAMPAIGN, AND ORGANIZERS OF THE APPROVE I 1000 CAMPAIGN. BEFORE I GO ANY FURTHER, I WANT TO GIVE HONOR ON BEHALF OF THE ONE WASHINGTON EQUALITY CAMPAIGN, AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE ARE ON INDIGENOUS LAND. WE ARE ON THE ANCESTRAL LANDS OF THE DUWAMISH PEOPLE. A PEOPLE THAT HAS OCCUPIED THIS LAND SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL. PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL LIVING HERE TODAY, FIGHTING FOR FEDERAL RECOGNITION, AND BRINGING TO LIFE THE DUWAMISH TRIBE’S RICH HERITAGE, ON THIS LAND WE COME TODAY TO URGE YOUR PASSAGE OF SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 31913. WE ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, WHICH ENCOURAGES ALL SEATTLE VOTERS TO APPROVE I 1000. THE WASHINGTON STATE DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION ACT ON REFERENDUM 88. IT’S QUITE FITTING THAT THE CITY OF SEATTLE, OR FOR THE CITY OF SEATTLE, TO MAKE ITS VOICE HEARD BECAUSE SEATTLE SYMBOLIZES THE BIRTHPLACE OF DIVERSITY IN OUR STATE. OVER 170 YEARS AGO, ONE OF THE FIRST ACT OF DIVERSITY WAS NOT BY A MEMBER OF THE AGILE MAJORITY WHITE COMMUNITY SEEKING TO INCLUDE PEOPLE OF COLOR. AND WAS AN ACT OF DIVERSITY BY A NATIVE MAN OF COLOR AND CHIEF OF THE MINORITY DUWAMISH TRIBE WHEN HE EXTENDED HIS HAND TO WELCOME TO MINORITY WHITE SETTLERS ONTO THE LAND WHICH WOULD ONE DAY BECOME THE CITY OF SEATTLE. TODAY’S I 1000 IS THE PEOPLE’S INITIATIVE TO THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE, BUT IT STARTED OVER ONE YEAR AGO HERE IN SEATTLE. IT WAS DRAFTED IN SEATTLE, AND THE FIRST PEOPLE TO SIGN ON I 1000 WERE SEATTLE RESIDENTS OF ALL RACES, AGES, AT MT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH. A MOVEMENT, WHICH STARTED IN SEATTLE, ULTIMATELY SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE STATE, AND WHEN IT WAS ALL SAID AND DONE, MORE THAN 395,000 WASHINGTON VOTERS HAD SIGNED I 1000. THE MOST SIGNATURES FOR ANY LEGISLATURE IN HISTORY. WE BRING YOU NOW A PEOPLE’S REPRESENTATIVE, WHICH HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY VETTED. ON LIKE INITIATIVE 200, WHICH KILLED AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR IN 1998, I 1000 HAS BEEN PASSED BY THE WASHINGTON SLEET LEGISLATURE, APPROVED BY THE KING COUNTY COUNCIL, UPHELD BY THE WASHINGTON STATE COURTS, ENDORSED BY NOT ONLY GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE, BUT EVERY LIVING FORMER DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN WASHINGTON STATE GOVERNOR. I 1000 BANS DISCRIMINATION AND CREATES THE FIRST GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION TO MONITOR ALL DISCRIMINATION IN THE FUTURE. THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I 1000 HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE SEATTLE TIMES, THE STRANGER, THE NEWS TRIBUNE, THE OLYMPIAN, AND THE VANCOUVER, COLUMBIA NEWSPAPERS. I 1000 REPLACES I 200’S OLD, RACIALLY BLIND POLICY WITH A NEW, RACIALLY CONSCIOUS POLICY, WHICH WAS RECENTLY UPHELD BY THE FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, ALLISON PERLS, FOR FAIR ADMISSIONS VERSUS HARVARD UNIVERSITY. THE BOARDS, STATE AND FEDERAL, HAVE SPOKEN. THE LEGISLATURE HAS SPOKEN. THE STATE’S LARGEST COUNTY, KNOWN FOR DR. KING HIMSELF HAS SPOKEN. WE ARE ASKING THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL TO SPEAK LOUDLY AND PROBABLY ON I 1000 BY URGING THE STATE’S LARGEST CITY TO APPROVE I 1000 ON REFERENDUM 88. ONCE I 1000 IS LAW, WE WILL BE BACK TO ASK THE CITY COUNCIL TO PASS AN ORDINANCE REQUIRING EVERY CITY AGENCY TO IMPLEMENT I 1000 BECAUSE, AS WE ALL KNOW, THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN A BAD LAW IS A GOOD LAW THAT IS NEVER IMPLEMENTED. SO, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON THIS RESOLUTION. WE URGE YOUR UNANIMOUS YES VOTE. >>THANK YOU, MISTER WINEBERRY. WE HAVE THE HONORABLE REPRESENTATIVE SANTURCE HERE IN OUR HOUSE TODAY. NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GOOD AFTERNOON, COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY IN FAVOR OF RESOLUTION 31913. I AM A STATE REPRESENTATIVE, PROBABLY REPRESENTING THE 37th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT, THE MOST DIVERSE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. I AM HERE BOTH ON BEHALF OF RESIDENTS AND AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN, AS WELL. I AM HERE BECAUSE WHEN I WAS ELECTED 21 YEARS AGO, I 200 WAS ALSO ON THE BALLOT. I CAN TELL YOU THAT I 200 PURPORTED TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR ALL PERSONS. I-2 HUNDRED PURPORTED TO END DISCRIMINATION. I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT WAS A FALSE PROMISE. AS THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT AND FORMER REPRESENTATIVE WINEBERRY HAVE SPOKEN, THE NUMBERS TELL THE TALE. IN 1998 TO 2016, I HAVE A LITTLE OUTDATED NUMBERS. WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES PLUMMETED FROM $227 MILLION TO $174.6 MILLION. THE INVESTMENTS OVERALL INCREASED BY $1.7 BILLION, TO $6.1 BILLION. I COULD GO ON ABOUT SUBPOPULATIONS ABOUT OUR SEATTLEITES WHO ARE NOT REPRESENTED IN EDUCATION, AND EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE MET THE GLASS CEILING. SINCE THIS MEASURE WAS ENACTED, I HAVE LED EFFORTS IN THE LEGISLATURE. TO APPEAL I-2 HUNDRED, INCLUDING AND UP TO VOTING ON I 1000. MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, I WANT YOU TO KNOW EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THE SEATTLE DICTATION DELEGATION VOTED FOR I 1000. I WANT TO URGE YOU TO SUPPORT REFERENDUM 88 AND I 1000. I WANT TO GO ON THE LIST OF OPPOSITION. WE WILL HEAR FROM MISTER DAVID HAYNES WHO IS SPEAKING IN OPPOSITION OF I 1000. >>THIS CITY IS THE MOST REVERSE RACIST CITY AND AMERICA’S 21st CENTURY. ONE OF MY HEROES, DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SAID, JUDGE A MAN BY THE CONTENT OF HIS CHARACTER, NOT THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN, YET CITY COUNCIL IS APPROVING A BUDGET THAT MAKES LIVES GO SPUTTER. THIS IS A VIOLATION OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, A SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. THE CHURCH IN QUESTION HAS TODAY CITY COUNCIL MEETING THAT CREATED THIS UGLY RACIST REFERENDUM USING $1.5 MILLION OF CHURCH MONEY TO FUND THE PETITION. CITY COUNCIL IS GOING TO ALLOW THEM TO MAKE THAT MONEY BACK BY SHAKING DOWN TAXPAYERS, STARTING SOCIAL WELFARE BUDGETS TO FINANCE HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS. THE CITY COUNCIL CIRCUMVENTS EVERY FIRST WORLD ZONING AND SOIL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, PROVING THEY REALLY HATE THE POOR AND ARE OKAY WITH MISTREATING THE HOMELESS, AND GAINING REELECTION SUPPORT. TAXPAYERS ARE FED UP WITH LIBERALS WHO HAVE IMPLODED OUR SOCIETY. PERHAPS, CITY COUNCIL SHOULD CREATE A DECLARATION WITH THE PEOPLE OF CATALONIA, WHO CAME OUT AGAINST THE EVIL EMPIRE OF SPAIN. REFERENDUM 88 PROVES SEATTLE IS THE MOST RACIST CITY IN AMERICA AND SHOULD BE BOYCOTTED ON PRINCIPLE. RACIAL WAR BAITING AND HATING HAS OVERTHROWN EVERYTHING BUT THE EDUCATIONS OF HAY TO FEED OFF NEGATIVITY AND BLAMED GAMES. >>NOW, WE WILL GO BACK TO SUPPORT TO MISTER HAYWARD EVANS TO BE FOLLOWED BY MISTER EDDIE RYE. >>HAYWARD EVANS IS NOT HERE. I AM EDDIE RYE JR., HERE IN SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION. WE TALK ABOUT WHAT THE STATE HAS LOST IN TERMS OF ACTIVITY, OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR AND WOMEN, AND I COUNT THERE TO BE $3 BILLION AT THE STATE. REPRESENTATIVE SANTURCE HAS ALREADY SUBMITTED LEGISLATION IN 2012. UNFORTUNATELY, IT WAS NEVER USED. HER LEGISLATION, SUBSTITUTE BILL 1328, WOULD ALLOW THE MUNICIPALITIES TO RESTRICT BIDDING TO THREE FORMS. IF THE FIRM WAS DOING UNDER $250,000 A YEAR, AND THE CONTRACT WAS FOR $30,000, YOU WOULD SELECT THREE FIRMS REGARDLESS OF GENDER OR COLOR, AND THOSE SMALL FIRMS WOULD BID FOR THE CONTRACT. YOU COULD ALSO GO ANOTHER STEP, CONTRACTS UP TO $250,000, FIRMS DOING UNDER $1 MILLION, BIDDING COMPETITIVELY FOR THOSE CONTRACTS. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT LAW WAS NEVER USED. AFTER EIGHT OR NINE YEARS, IT COULD HAVE BEEN A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR OUR FIRMS. WE ALSO HAVE TO LOOK AT THE FACT THAT THE ECONOMIC IMPACT IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE IS 4% AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR DESCENDENTS OF UNITED STATES SLAVES. 4%. ALL OF THAT HAS TO DO WITH ECONOMIC INEQUALITY. I AM PROUD THAT THE CITY COUNCIL IS INTENDING TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, AND I HOPE THE MAYOR AND EVERYBODY ELSE DOES THE SAME. >>THANK YOU. OUR NEXT TWO SPEAKERS WILL BE ROYAL BARNES FOLLOWED BY BERKAI CAIROS. >>GOOD AFTERNOON, COUNCIL PRESIDENT AND COUNCILMEMBERS. THIS IS A TRUE STORY. MY NAME IS ROYAL ALLIE BARNES. IN 2016, WASHINGTON STATE WAS HOME TO 19 SQUAWS, SIX , FIVE , THREE GYM CROWS, TWO RED MEN, AND A CHINA MAN AS NAMES ON WASHINGTON STATE MAPS. ACADEMICS HAVE SAID, AND I QUOTE, “THESE NAMES WERE A PRODUCT OF A WHITE SUPREMACIST SOCIETY THAT SOUGHT TO NATURALIZE ITS RACIST AND SEXIST IDEOLOGY BY INSCRIBING IT, THE IDEOLOGY, INTO THE SYMBOLIC FABRIC OF THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE. ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE SINCE COORDINATED EFFORTS TO SCRUB THESE RACIST REFERENCES FROM OUR NATURAL LANDSCAPES. IN 2019, ECONOMIC AND EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY LOSSES HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY SIMILAR WHITE SUPREMACISTS AND THEIR COLLABORATORS. THEY HAVE WOVEN NEW PATTERNS OF ECONOMIC, AND EDUCATION IN EQUITY, INTO THE CORE FABRICS OF BROWN AND BLACK COMMUNITIES. THIS MUST STOP. WE URGE THE CITY COUNCIL TO SHRED THESE OPPRESSIVE FABRICS OF ECONOMIC AND EDUCATION INEQUITIES THAT ARE CURRENTLY SUFFOCATING OUR COMMUNITIES. SUPPORT INITIATIVE 1000. >>THANK YOU, MISS BARNES. >>DEAR MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL, I AM THE COCHAIR OF IMMIGRANT –. THE INITIATIVE IS NECESSARY AND DISCRIMINATION IN THE PAST HAS HAD A PROFOUND IMPACT ON THE FUTURE, AND THE GENERATION OF POVERTY AND INEQUALITY LEADS MINORITIES TO DISADVANTAGES EVEN ONCE ATTITUDES CHANGE. IT’S GOOD FOR EDUCATION AND WORKPLACE. THIS DISCRIMINATION RESULTS IN LESS DIVERSITY AT SCHOOL AND WORK, WHICH FORCES INEQUALITY AMONG MINORITIES. THE PASSAGE OF INITIATIVE 1000 WOULD HELP. IT IS NOT TIME TO OPPOSE I 1000. GIVEN THE HISTORY OF SLAVERY AND ITS CONTINUED PERVASIVE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, TO THINK OTHERWISE IS A SELECTIVE LOSS OF MEMORY. — DISCRIMINATION PREVENTS MANY FROM EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TODAY, BUT UNEMPLOYMENT, HOMELESSNESS ARE TWICE THAT OF WHITE. WHAT IS THE CORRELATION FOR BLACKS? TWICE WHAT IT IS FOR WHITES. SIMILAR DISPARITIES ALSO FOR HISPANIC. RACIAL PROFILING IS RAMPANT IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. — A JUSTIFIED REMEDY. IT’S A TRAGEDY OF JUSTICE. WHEN OUR MISSION IS DEEPLY DIVIDED, THERE IS A LESS DIVISIVE WAY TO ACHIEVE — TO DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS OF ALL RACES. AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION WITH PREFERENCE HIRING OF AFRICAN- AMERICANS. HOWEVER, FEDERAL AFFIRMATIVE ACTION LAWS ALSO — WOMEN AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY. — HOWEVER, SOME AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IS STILL NECESSARY. IT IN FACT WORSENS THE RACIAL RELATION. IT IS TIME FOR SEATTLE TO CORRECT RACIAL INEQUALITY FOR MARGINALIZED PEOPLE. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. TONY ORANGE AND CABIBE MONET. AND THEN WYNONNA HOLLINGSWORTH HAYES. SORRY, I DIDN’T GIVE YOU MUCH FOREWARNING, TONY. >>GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS TONY ORANGE. AS A SEATTLE STAKEHOLDER, AND CONCERNED CITIZEN REGARDING EVERYDAY EXPERIENCES OF AFRICAN AMERICANS, IN PUBLIC EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, AND CONTRACTING, I COME TODAY TO SHARE MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR RESOLUTION 31913. CONCERNING INITIATIVE 1000 AND REFERENDUM 88. THE STUDIES ARE IN. THE STATISTICS ARE CLEAR. 20 YEARS AND $3 BILLION IS ENOUGH. NOW IS THE TIME. THIS IS THE PLACE. WE ARE THE ONES. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I WANT TO PUBLICLY THANKED PRESIDENT HARRELL AND COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDERS ASSOCIATION. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, MISTER ORANGE. >>MISS CABIBE MONET FOLLOWED BY WYNONNA, AND JODY, DIRECTOR OF THE HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION. >>GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SEEING OUR STATEMENTS. I AM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NEW BLACK ARTS WEST THEATER. I AM HERE ON BEHALF OF MY COMMUNITY. THE SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE REPAIRED, AND THESE ARE SOME WORDS FROM THE LAST POET. I HOPE IT WILL TOUCH YOUR YEARS. FOR THE MILLIONS WHO WERE SHOT, HUNTED, BEAT TO DEATH, TARRED AND FEATHERED, CASTRATED, MISS EDUCATED, SEGREGATED. FOR THE MILLIONS WHO HAVE BEEN LIED TO, DENIED TO COME MISGUIDED TO, AND NONE OF ABIDED TO, SO WE DECIDED TO GET TOGETHER, AND CHANGE THE WEATHER, NOT JUST FOR NOW, BUT FOR EVER. WE DECIDED TO LOVE EACH OTHER. STOP THE MADNESS AND BE REAL SISTERS AND BROTHERS. GREATNESS IS WHERE WE’RE COMING FROM. FOR THE MILLIONS WHO MARCHED, SAYING, PRAYED, LAID, AND LIVED IN, AND JAILED IN, BOYCOTTED, PICKETED, SPIT AT, CURSED AT, YELLED OUT LIKE BLACKS, NOT WHERE IT’S AT, LIKE WE SHOULD BE SATISFIED TO RIDE IN THE BACK. FOR THE MILLIONS WHO KNOW, AND THOSE WHO HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN, THAT NO MATTER WHAT, TRUTH SHALL RISE AGAIN NO MATTER HOW MANY BULLETS AND PRISONS, DISEASES AND DEATHS, NO MATTER HOW MUCH LIQUOR AND CRACK. NOTHING CAN KILL THE FACT THAT WE ARE A DIVINE CREATION, A STARTED CIVILIZATION THAT BUILT THE PYRAMIDS, AND TAUGHT THE WORLD HOW TO PRAY AND THINK. FOR THE MILLIONS WHO ARE READY TO TURN THIS THING AROUND, WHO ARE TIRED OF BEING TIRED, AND CRAWLING ON THE GROUND, IT’S TIME TO TURN THIS MESS AROUND, AND WE SAY, FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>WYNONNA FOLLOWED BY JODI AND THEN SEAN. >>GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS WYNONNA HALLINGSE HAYES. I AM A FORMER COMMISSIONER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN AFFAIRS FOR THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, ALSO FORMER COUNCILMEMBER FOR THE HEALTHCARE DISPARITIES COUNCIL. I HAVE, FOR THE LAST — I AM A NATIVE OF SEATTLE, AND FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS, I ACTUALLY HAVE SEEN AND FELT THE IMPACT OF DISCRIMINATION THAT I 200 BROUGHT TO THE CITIZENS OF WASHINGTON STATE. I BEING 66 YEARS OLD NOW, CONSIDER MYSELF ONE OF THOSE OLDER PEOPLE THAT I USED TO THINK WERE THE OLDER PEOPLE. I SAY THAT I 1000 PROHIBITS AGE DISCRIMINATION, AND I 1000, IN PROHIBITING AGE DISCRIMINATION REALIZES THAT SOME OF US MAY HAVE TO GO BACK TO WORK WITH THE CURRENT ECONOMY AS IT IS, SO WE ARE ADVOCATING THAT YOU LOOK AT I 1000 AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU KNOW THAT IT ALSO HELPS TO SUPPORT THE AGED PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AND ALSO, IT PREVENTS GENDER DISCRIMINATION. IT PROHIBITS THE LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION, AND IT STRENGTHENS OUR VETERANS, AND I AM A FORMER U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE OFFICER, SO I AM ALWAYS CONCERNED ABOUT THE WAY WE CAN DO THINGS TO HELP THE FIRM, AND CREATE A BETTER OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR VETERAN. AGAIN, TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO SAY NO TO THE MONIES THAT ARE COMING IN WITH THE BIG SIGNS SAYING REJECT ALL OVER THE PLACE. SAVE THAT BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT MONEY IS FOREIGN MONEY, AND THOSE CHINESE NATIONALS THAT ARE AGAINST THIS ARE BEING FUNDED BY VERY HIGHLY POLITICAL FOREIGN ENTITIES. WE NEED TO TAKE CONTROL OF THIS STUATION OURSELVES, AND SAY, WE AFFIRM I 1000 BECAUSE IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, AND IT’S THE ONLY THING TO DO. THINK YOU SO MUCH. >>[ APPLAUSE ] JODI, SEAN, BAGBY, AND THEN PEDRO ESPINOZA. >>>>IS THE SON? >>YES. THE GREEN LIGHT SHOULD BE ON. >>GOOD AFTERNOON. I WORK FOR THE SEATTLE INDIAN SERVICES COMMISSION. I WANT TO THANK YOU, COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION. I WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT MY LIVED EXPERIENCE WITH I 1000, THE EXPECTATION THAT COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND FOLKS WHO GET INTO VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS IN THE CITY AND STATE HAVE THE TIME AND ENERGY FOR INCREASED REPRESENTATION, INCREASED ACCESS, AND TO FIND THAT PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO GET IN TROUBLE. THEY ARE WELL-INTENTIONED. I FULLY SUPPORT INITIATIVE 1000. I AM ENCOURAGED THAT THIS MIGHT ACTUALLY MEAN THE TEETH THAT HAVE BEEN MISSING FROM SO MANY INITIATIVES IN THE PAST, SO MANY TASK FORCES ABOUT WRITING RUNS AND BRINGING MORE EQUITY, MIGHT ACTUALLY HAVE ROOM TO DO THAT. I THINK INDIVIDUALS GET HIT UP FOR THESE. CAN YOU GIVE THIS TO YOUR COMMUNITY? CAN YOU TELL PEOPLE, WE WANT PEOPLE OF COLOR TO BE HEARD? EVEN IN THESE ROOMS. IT FELT IMPORTANT TO COME AND SAY THAT BECAUSE IT MIGHT BE LOST ON THESE INSTITUTIONS THAT THIS WORK IS EXPECTED TO COME FOR FREE IN ADDITION TO YOUR DAY JOB AND SCHOOL. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TIRELESS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HERE. I-2 HUNDRED BLOCKS US FROM DOING THAT. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT, AND I HOPE THAT WASHINGTON STATE GETS SOME CLARITY FROM THIS. >>THANK YOU, JODI. >>THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>GOOD AFTERNOON, MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL. MY NAME IS SEAN BAGS BE. MY PREFERRED PRONOUNS ARE HE AND HIM. I AM PROUD TO SERVE AS THE DEVELOPMENT CORRIDOR FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS, IBEW LOCAL 77. WE REPRESENT OVER 5000 ELECTRICAL WORKERS OVER IOWA, MONTANA, IDAHO AND WASHINGTON. I SERVED AS THE NATIONAL BOARD MEMBERS OF THE MINORITY CAUCUS, AND I’M GOING TO SPEAK IN THOSE AND TRANSITION TO A THIRD. THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS FROM 200 ARE WELL DOCUMENTED. THANK YOU, COUNCIL PRESIDENT FOR SETTING THE GROUNDWORK, AND THE OTHER COLLEAGUES FOR SPEAKING ON THAT REGARD. AND ALSO, SPEAKING ABOUT THE BATTLE THAT IT TOOK IN ORDER TO PASS I 1000 AT WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE THIS YEAR, ON BEHALF OF ALL OF OUR MEMBERS, ESPECIALLY OUR VETERANS, THEY DON’T LIKE TO BE COLD OLD, BUT OUR SISTERS, PEOPLE OF COLOR, LGBTQIA PLUS COMMUNITY. I URGE YOU ALL TO MOVE FORWARD AND PASS THIS RESOLUTION. SEATTLE IS A WORLD-CLASS CITY. I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE BORN AND RAISED HERE IN SEATTLE IN THE OLD CENTRAL DISTRICT. SEATTLE IS NOT DYING. IT’S A WORLD-CLASS CITY, AND IT’S UP TO US TO MAKE SURE IT CONTINUES TO BE THAT GOING FORWARD, NOT JUST FOR US, BUT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN. I WOULD LIKE TO SET THOSE TWO HATS DOWN AND SPEAK ON BEHALF OF SEAN BIXBY, THE SON OF A BOEING WORKER AND SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER, ELEANOR BAGS BE, AND A BLACK MAN HERE IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE WHERE I WAS BORN AND RAISED. THIS IS LARGER THAN ALL OF US. NOT EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS, BUT AS STATED EARLIER, IT’S FOR OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN, AND THOSE THAT GO FORWARD IN THIS GREAT CITY WITH ALL OF THE ECONOMIC AVAILABILITY, AND OPPORTUNITY, TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL PEOPLE, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE, WHERE THEY COME FROM, CAN BENEFIT FROM IT. THAT IS WHY I 1000 IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. I URGE YOU TO ADOPT THIS RESOLUTION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK. >>THANK YOU. PEDRO, BEFORE YOU BEGIN, LET ME READ OFF THE NEXT THREE NAMES. KEVIN WASHINGTON, NATHAN MILES AND RHEA JOHNSON. >>THANK YOU, SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL FOR THE INVITE. MY NAME IS PEDRO ESPINOZA. I REPRESENT THE CARPENTER’S UNION. I AM HERE TO SUPPORT I 1000 AND REFERENDUM 88. AS A UNION MEMBER, WE REPRESENT ABOUT 29,000 MEMBERS THROUGH SIX STATES. A MAJORITY ARE IN WASHINGTON STATE. WE ARE ADVOCATING FOR THEM TO SUPPORT AND PASS REFERENDUM 88, AND PASS I 1000. AS AN ORGANIZATION, WE SEE IT AS A HUGE STEP FOR OUR COMMUNITIES TO COME UP AND BE PART OF SOCIETY, NOT LEFT BEHIND. THE GOVERNMENT ALWAYS SAYS, COMMUNITIES ALWAYS FOLLOW BUT WE CAN LEAVE PEOPLE BEHIND. OUR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR HAVE BEEN SUFFERING. IT SEEMS WE ARE ALWAYS LEFT BEHIND. WITH THAT BEING SAID, I WANT TO SPEAK ON MY OWN BEHALF. I THINK, COMING FROM A SECTOR OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE ALWAYS BEEN STEPPED ON, ESPECIALLY NOW, IN THIS TREMULOUS GOVERNMENT WE HAVE IN OFFICE, WHERE THEY TEND TO CRIMINALIZE, DOMINION ICE US FOR WHO WE ARE BECAUSE I WAS BORN WITH THIS SKIN COLOR, AND IT HURTS ME WHEN I HEAR THAT BECAUSE MY KIDS — I HAVE TWO BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS THAT ARE PART OF THIS SYSTEM. FOR THEM TO GO THROUGH THIS, BECAUSE WE HAVE TO FIGHT JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE. I AM SORRY FOR BEING EMOTIONAL. IT’S TIME FOR THIS COUNTRY TO PULL TOGETHER. A LOT OF OUR COMMUNITIES ARE LEFT BEHIND. WE ARE BEING OPPRESSED. I DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK IT’S THE WHITE PEOPLE THAT ARE SUPPORTING THIS, AND IT’S THEIR FAULT. IT’S NOT. IT’S THE SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN CATERED BY THE RICH TO KEEP THESE COMMUNITIES DOWN. WE SEE THIS SYSTEM ON AND ON, GOING WHERE THEY BUY SCHOOL FOR THEIR KIDS WHEN THEY HAVE NO REASON OF BEING THERE BECAUSE OF THE PRIVILEGE. I CALL IT A PRIVILEGE BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ARE. THEY ARE WHITE. AND BECAUSE I DIDN’T CHOOSE TO BE BORN THIS WAY, BUT I AM PROUD OF BEING A MEXICAN, AND I AM PROUD TO BE HERE, TO SUPPORT REFERENDUM 88. HOPEFULLY, YOU GUYS WILL SUPPORT IT TOO. >>THANK YOU. >>I WANT TO GIVE HONOR TO GOD, WHO IS THE COUNCIL OF MY LIFE. COUNCIL, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THIS RESOLUTION, AND GIVE PRAISE TO REPRESENTATIVES SANTOS AND WINEBERRY. WITHOUT THEM, WE WOULD NOT BE HERE FOR THE HARD WORK THAT THEY’VE DONE, AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK SOME OF THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE NAMELESS. PEOPLE LIKE MY FATHER, BOOKER T. MILES. HE AND OTHER CONTRACTORS WHO PUT EVERYTHING ON THE LINE, AND RISKED IT ALL. MORTGAGED HOUSES TO START, BEFORE THEY COULD GET JOBS IN THE UNION, TO REALLY START BUSINESSES AND PUT THEM ON THE LINE, AND START SMALL BUSINESSES, AND THEY WERE THE ONES WHO REALLY MADE THIS DAY POSSIBLE TODAY. I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THAT. I WANT TO THANK PEOPLE ON THE EDUCATION FRONT THAT WENT OVER AND TOOK OVER THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, KICKED THOSE DOORS OPEN, AND MAKE SURE WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO SCHOOL THERE. IT’S WHY IT MAKES ME SO MAD WHEN I HEAR THE OPPOSITION SAY, THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED. THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THE FACT THAT I’VE WATCHED A MOTHER, MY MOM, WHO WAS A PART-TIME DOMESTIC AND PART-TIME BUS DRIVER GET UP ON A BUS WHEN IT WAS ICY, AND FALL OFF THE BUS, GETTING ARTHRITIS IN HER KNEES. EVERY DAY, MAKING SURE, GETTING BACK UP THERE WHEN SHE DIDN’T HAVE INSURANCE, MAKING SURE THAT SHE WORKED HER BUTT OFF TO GET US TO SCHOOL, MAKING SURE SHE WENT WITHOUT THAT INSURANCE BECAUSE SHE WASN’T COVERED. EVERY DAY, MAKING SURE WHEN SHE WOULD GO AND SCRUB THOSE PEOPLES FLOOR WITH ARTHRITIC KNEES, AND DIABETES IN HER SYSTEM, BUT MADE SURE WE WOULD WORK HARD, SO DON’T TELL US THAT WE DON’T WORK HARD, AND WE ARE UNQUALIFIED. SHE TOLD US TO GO TO SCHOOL, AND WE HAVE JUST AS MUCH RIGHT TO THAT UNIVERSITY AS ANYONE ELSE, SO THE FACT THAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING THIS, SAYING THERE IS GOING TO BE FAIRNESS IN THIS SYSTEM, AND THIS CITY COUNCIL BELIEVES IN FAIRNESS, WE WANT TO, AND ON BEHALF OF BOOKER T. MILES, I WANT TO EMBRACE YOU FOR TAKING A STAND TO DO SO. >>THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>YOU ARE UP THERE, KEVIN. >>GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS KEVIN WASHINGTON. I AM THE BOARDMEMBER OF TABOR 100. I AM ALSO REPRESENTING EDUCATION. THAT’S THE HAT I AM WEARING. I WOULD ASK ANY OF THE TABOR 100 MEMBERS HERE TO STAND. TABOR 100 WAS FOUNDED AFTER I 200 WAS PASSED. IT WAS NAMED AFTER LANGSTON TABOR. IT’S AN ORGANIZATION LARGELY OF BLACK AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN BUSINESS PEOPLE, AND IN THE 20 YEARS SINCE I MET 200 WAS PASSED, OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY HAS BEEN DECIMATED. THE NUMBER OF CONTRACTS AWARDED, THE LOW PERCENTAGE OF DAUGHTERS OF SPEND BY STATE, COUNTY, THE BOARD, AND THE CITY, ARE NOT WHAT THEY COULD HAVE BEEN, AND NOT WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN IF I MAKE 200 DIDN’T PASS. WHILE I 1000 DOESN’T REPEAL I 200, IT’S A SOLID STEP IN STRENGTHENING POSITIVE ACTIONS TOWARDS SEEKING AWARDS OF CONTRACTS WITHIN THE MINORITY BUSINESS COMMUNITY. IT ALSO STANDS TO IMPACT ADMISSIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, AND OTHER PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. NO MORE SHOULD CITY, COUNTY, COURT, AND STATE EMPLOYEES, PEOPLE WHO WORK CONTRACTS, HIDE BEHIND I-2 HUNDRED, CLAIMING THEY CANNOT FIND A WAY, CANNOT FIND THE PEOPLE, THAT THERE ARE AND QUALIFIED, BLAH BLAH BLAH. NO MORE OF THAT. I AM URGING YOU TO SUPPORT YOUR RESOLUTION. I 1000 AND REFERENDUM 88. THIS IS LONG OVERDUE. YOU NOW HAVE A PLACE TO STAND, AND A ROLE TO PLAY. I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT I 1000, REFERENDUM 88. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, MISTER WASHINGTON. THE LAST TWO SPEAKERS I HAVE IS RHEA AND MISTER COVINGTON, THEN ROBERT STEVENS. >>GREETING, PRESIDENT AND HONORABLE COUNCIL. MY NAME IS RHEA JOHNSON CUMMINGTON. I AM YOUR NEIGHBOR FROM PIERCE COUNTY. I HAVE COME TO STAND IN SUPPORT OF 31 913, INITIATIVE I 1000 AND REFERENDUM 88. AS A LEADING MEMBER ON A CORPORATE DNI COMMITTEE, WE RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING INTENTIONAL CONVERSATIONS THAT SURROUND SENSITIVE AND EMOTIONALLY CHARGED TOPICS TO CREATE PROCESS AND PROCEDURES FAIRLY. SO, I AM ASKING YOU HERE TODAY, THE CITIZENS OF WASHINGTON STATE, NOT ONLY TO SET ASIDE YOUR OPPOSITION, BUT LET’S RECONCILE OUR DIFFERENCES, JOIN TOGETHER TO ENSURE ALL THE CONCERNS ARE HEARD, EACH OF US ARE ACCOUNTABLE, AND LEAD IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE ON BEHALF OF WASHINGTON STATE. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>MISTER STEVENS. >>GOOD AFTERNOON TO YOU ALL. MY NAME IS ROBERT STEVENS JR. I AM ONE OF THOSE 19-YEAR-OLDS WHO GOT DRAFTED IN 1965, AND SERVED MY COUNTRY. I CAME BACK TO GIVE TO MY COMMUNITY. I WAS ABLE TO GO TO SCHOOL, GO TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, FOR ABA AND THEN I WENT TO GRADUATE SCHOOL. THOSE ELEMENTS THAT ARE IN THIS 1000 WERE NOT IN PLACE AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME. I WENT TO FIGHT FOR MY COUNTRY, SO ALL OF US CAN ENJOY THE BOUNTIES OF THIS COUNTRY, SO I ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUPPORT 1000 AND PASS THE RESOLUTION. THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>A FEW HOUSEKEEPING ITEMS. THOSE ARE THE SPEAKERS I HAVE SIGNED UP. I ALSO WANT TO GO BACK TO THE IN OPPOSITION TO. GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE OPPOSITION TO SPEAK TO THE RESOLUTION. HOLDING THE MOTION OPEN. THAT OPPORTUNITY IS CLOSED. JUDGE, I DON’T WANT TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT, BUT I ASSUME YOU’RE HERE FOR THE BUDGET MATTER, NOT FOR THIS MATTER BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE AFFORDED YOU OPPORTUNITIES TO SPEAK BUT I’M NOTSURE. I THINK THERE MIGHT EVEN BE ROLES ASSOCIATED WITH YOU PROVIDING PUBLIC TESTIMONY WITH THE BALLOT. I DIDN’T WANT YOU TO BE UNETHICAL. A FEW THINGS BEFORE WE CAST VOTES. I WILL GIVE MY COLLEAGUES THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IF YOU LIKE. THIS HAS GOTTEN VERY PERSONAL FOR MANY PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM. YOU HAVE PUT YOUR HEARTS AND SOULS, YOUR TIME AND MONEY, AND RESOURCES INTO THIS EFFORT. IT’S BEAUTIFUL. IT’S ONE OF THE MOST WELL ORGANIZED, AND COMMITTED MOVEMENTS I’VE SEEN IN POLITICAL HISTORY, OVERCOMING ODDS. OVERCOMING ANGER, HATRED, EVEN POLITICS. JUST KUDOS TO YOU. I THINK YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. I’VE WORKED WITH YOU IN THE FIELD. MANY OF YOU, I’VE KNOWN FOR 40 OR 50 YEARS. I’VE SHOWN MY AGE HERE. BUT, AS COUNCILMEMBER JUAREZ SAYS, SOME OF US ARE DIRECT BENEFICIARIES OF THE WORK YOU’VE DONE. IT IS CERTAINLY MY HONOR TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. A HOUSEKEEPING ITEM. SOME GOOD NEWS HERE BEFORE WE VOTE. I’VE GOT HOT, PRESSING NEWS THAT THE MAYOR WILL BE HOLDING ON WEDNESDAY, A SIGNING CEREMONY OF THIS RESOLUTION, ASSUMING THAT IT SUCCESSFULLY PASSES. AT 5:15 IN THE NORMAND B. RICE ROOM. SO, PUT THAT ON YOUR CALENDARS. BEFORE WE VOTE ON THIS EXCITING RESOLUTION, DOES ANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, WHAT THEY LIKE TO SAY ANY WORDS BEFORE WE CLOSE COMMENT? EVERYBODY’S HAPPY? OKAY. THOSE IN FAVOR OF ADOPTING RESOLUTION 31913, PLEASE SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED? THE MOTION CARRIES. THE CHAIR WILL SIGN IT. YOU ALL DESERVE APPLAUSE. THAT’S OUR LAST AGENDA ITEM. IS THERE ANY FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COUNCIL TODAY? I HAVE ONE AND THAT WILL BE — I ASKED TO BE EXCUSED ON NOVEMBER 4 FROM THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING. MOVED AND SECONDED THAT I BE EXCUSED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. OPPOSED? ANY FURTHER BUSINESS? IF NOT, EVERYONE HAVE A GREAT DAY. WE STAND ADJOURNED. WE ARE COMING BACK FOR OUR BUDGET HEARINGS. AT 3:20. >>REPRESENTATIVE SANTOS —