City rolls out innovative privacy program

The City of Seattle is implementing its groundbreaking Privacy Initiative by distributing a toolkit to City departments on how to incorporate these principles into daily operations.

“Seattle is leading the nation to implement a comprehensive privacy program across all City departments,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “Our privacy principles are designed to protect individual privacy while still providing government transparency.”

The Privacy Toolkit will provide guidelines for how each department will implement a privacy assessment. Departments will also identify a privacy champion who will work with a privacy manager at the Department of Information Technology.

“This is a game changer in how we operate and do business to ensure we uphold the highest standard for your privacy,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee. “We have come up with the right balance of transparency, accountability and flexibility.”

The privacy principles and the toolkit were created by an interdepartmental team comprised of more than 10 departments and an external Privacy Advisory Committee comprised of community members and privacy experts from private industry, law firms, privacy advocates and academia. The mayor’s budget for 2016 includes funding for a Chief Privacy Officer for the City who will be charged with implementing the principles.

“This is the first time any city in the country has taken steps to protect the public’s private information whenever possible,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien. “This groundbreaking toolkit will help city employees think proactively about potential privacy implications with regards to any data or personal information we collect in the course of regular City business or when evaluating a new policy or program,”

In November 2014, the City launched its Privacy Initiative, led by the Seattle Police Department and Department of Information Technology. The initiative defined how the City collects, uses, and disposes of data in a manner that balances the needs of the City to conduct its business with individual privacy. For more information on the City’s Privacy Initiative, visit

Seattle is one of the first cities in the nation to establish its own privacy principles to protect personal information. City partners and vendors are instructed to follow the same guidelines.

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Seattle announces Safe Routes to School action plan

Today Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Public Schools, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), and community partners unveiled Seattle’s inaugural Safe Routes to School Action Plan.

Safe Streets, Healthy Schools and Communities is a five-year action plan that guides investments for engineering improvements, education, encouragement, and enforcement around schools in Seattle. It is a first of its kind document for Seattle, developed by a coalition of public agencies, parents and safety advocates.

“With children now back in school, and as the fall rains come, drivers must do more to keep kids safe,” said Murray. “Seattle continues to invest in the sidewalks, crosswalks and speed cameras that improve pedestrian safety and reduce speeding around schools. All children must have a safe walking route to their neighborhood school.”

Today’s announcement was made at Sacajawea Elementary School in north Seattle, one of 12 locations where SDOT completed Safe Routes to School projects in 2015, which include new sidewalks and crossing improvements.

The Mayor’s proposed 2016 budget allocates $5.8 million to support Safe Route to School projects at another 9 schools.

Over the past ten years, more elementary students have been walking and biking to school, growing from 15 percent in 2005 to 24 percent in 2015.

As part of the action plan announced today, every third, fourth and fifth grade Seattle public elementary school student will receive walking and biking safety education through their physical education class. A new partnership between SDOT, Seattle Public Schools and Cascade Bicycle Club will deliver that opportunity beginning next year. Today, only half of Seattle public elementary schools receive bike safety education, and no formal pedestrian safety education program exists.

“I’m excited to grow our partnership with SDOT and Cascade Bicycle Club to expand walking and biking safety education to more children through our physical education program,” said Superintendent Larry Nyland. “Making sure our students have safe and healthy ways to get to school will help them be poised to learn and contribute in the classroom.”

Safe Routes to School is funded by fines from the school speed zone camera program, state and federal grants, and the Bridging the Gap transportation levy, which expires this year. Seattle’s school zone speed camera program has generated $16 million for the Safe Routes to School program since 2012.

To protect more children walking and biking to and from school, SDOT and the Seattle Police Department recently installed school zone speed cameras near six additional schools, bringing the total number of Seattle school zones covered by cameras to 14.

Drivers are becoming more aware of new cameras. Over the last two years, the average number of traffic violations per camera per day has dropped 64 percent and average speeds in these zones have decreased by four percent.

“Nine out of ten drivers who get a school zone speeding ticket don’t get a second one,” noted SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “The cameras are protecting children and funding safety improvements near schools, resulting in safer streets for everyone.”

Safe Routes to School is a core component of Seattle’s Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

Download the full Safe Routes to School Action Plan at

For more information about Vision Zero, visit #VisionZeroSEA

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Mayor, Police Chief Unveil Real Time Crime Center

Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole today unveiled the Seattle Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center (RTCC). The RTCC is a centralized data and logistics hub, partnering analysts and investigators with officers on the street to rapidly identify suspects and solve crimes, and disrupt emerging crime trends.

“The Seattle Police Department has taken data-driven and proactive policing to a whole new level with the Real Time Crime Center,” Mayor Ed Murray. “This high-tech hub will provide our officers with instant analysis of 911 data, trends and other critical information to help officers answer calls more efficiently and better protect our neighborhoods.”

The RTCC serves as the information center of the department’s Agile Policing strategy, which aims to streamline and enhance the department’s responsiveness in the field as crime unfolds using data-driven strategies and tactics. The RTCC incorporates information collected from 911 dispatch calls, SeaStat data, radio traffic, and vehicle information data.

“Agile Policing leverages the combined skills of career police officers and civilian crime analysts,” said Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole. “With the Real Time Crime Center at the hub, this innovative, data-driven approach will enhance police service in all Seattle neighborhoods.

Analysts in the RTCC will monitor incoming data and will communicate spikes, trends, and anomalies in reported crimes to commanders who then can deploy resources proactively as situations develop.

Under the Agile Policy strategy, the department will consolidate the Criminal Intelligence Section, the Data Driven Policing Section and Crime Analysis detectives into the new Intelligence and Analysis Section. Teams from the Intelligence and Analysis Section will staff the RTCC.

The RTCC is funded through a combination of asset forfeitures and a Department of Justice grant of $411,000. A portion of that grant will fund a team of research scientists that will continue to refine best practices to improve the RTCC and proactive public safety in Seattle.

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Council acts on Roosevelt park

Today Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement after the Seattle City Council adopted his legislation to acquire land near Roosevelt High School for new public open space:

“Thanks to the Council for swift adoption of this ordinance. While it will take time to acquire the land and realize our vision, this is a victory for neighbors who have been fighting blight and seeking a park for this community. The City intends to use funds collected from the Sisleys to acquire open space for this growing neighborhood, provide assistance to tenants, and manage nuisance properties that are a safety concern. We are also working closely with developers to ensure that additional affordable housing is part of a revitalized neighborhood.”

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Mayor Murray Celebrates National Manufacturing Day, Awards $100,000 to Grow Manufacturing Businesses

Mayor Ed Murray today celebrates National Manufacturing Day with an announcement that Industry Space Seattle, LLC will receive a $100,000 award to create an incubator to benefit multiple emerging manufacturing businesses.

Industry Space Seattle owns 47,500 square feet of industrial space to be used as an incubator to develop startups and emerging industrial businesses within Seattle’s industrial core. They plan to use the funds to rehabilitate industrial property into shared space where emerging manufacturers will have access to heavy equipment and common office space. The Industry Space building is located in South Park at 8009 7th Ave. S.

“Seattle has a proven history of making things that change the world,” said Murray. “I’m proud to support Industry Space Seattle, a project that shows Seattle’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. Maritime and manufacturing businesses are vital to our economy, and this repurposed industrial facility will help the next generation of businesses thrive.”

The city of Seattle sought a proposal to promote networking, information sharing, and mentoring among co-located, early-stage manufacturers.

Johnny Bianchi, owner of Industry Space Seattle, LLC called the project “a win for Seattle’s manufacturing community,” saying that “the funds will help spur innovation and allow companies to emerge that may not have been able to manage the initial costs of space and equipment on their own.”

Business owners are already benefitting. Hans Hofstee, owner of HGH Metalworks, a small metal fabricator, moved his business into the Industry Space building in April 2015. “Thanks to the building’s heavy lifting capacity, compressed air, and access to heavy power, I was able to spend money on the machines I need, rather than improving a new space,” he said. “I look forward to a long future at Industry Space where I can be part of building a community and building Seattle.”

The award is funded by fees generated by the city’s New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) program, a federal tax credit financing tool. NMTCs attract private investment to important development and business projects benefitting low-income neighborhoods.

“It’s smart for Seattle to invest in emerging local businesses that grow our economy,” said Seattle City Councilmember John Okamoto, Investment Committee member of Seattle Investment Fund LLC, the city’s NMTC entity. “The fees collected from NMTCs are an innovative way to support these businesses.”

Seattle’s manufacturing sector represents a wide range of subsectors, including maritime, industrial machinery and fabricated metal, aerospace, printing and publishing, stone, clay, glass and concrete products, home and office furnishings, food and beverage production, construction, transportation, and wholesale distribution.

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Mayor Murray Names Rainier Beach’s Dwane Chappelle Director of Education and Early Learning

IMG_2159Today Mayor Ed Murray nominated Dwane Chappelle to be the first director for the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL). Chappelle has been the principal at Rainier Beach High School since 2011.

“Dwane has done a remarkable job at Rainier Beach High School, a model of success that we want to benefit all Seattle students,” said Murray. “His students leave high school better prepared for college and the 21st century workplace. Dwane’s vision and experience will be instrumental as we work together to address the opportunity gap, ensuring our education system serves all our students, regardless of their background or family income.”

Under Chappelle’s leadership and with the support of students, parents, teachers and the community, the graduation rate at Rainier Beach has increased 25 percentage points. By 2014, the graduation rate at the school reached 79 percent, exceeding the district average. The school’s International Baccalaureate program has generated widespread acclaim, challenging students to high achievement and winning praise from parents.

“I am looking forward to this incredible opportunity to serve the kids and families of Seattle,” said Chappelle. “Throughout my career as an educator, I have seen students rise to new challenges again and again. As a community, we must always send the message that every student can achieve.”

Statewide studies have shown that readiness to learn in Kindergarten varies widely and that for many students of color, those from lower-income families, and immigrant and refugee students, an opportunity gap is evident in the first few weeks of school. That opportunity gap persists through elementary and secondary schools, leading to disparities in educational attainment between students of color and their peers.

Mayor Murray announced the creation of DEEL in September of 2014. DEEL’s mission is to foster opportunities for Seattle children to succeed in school and graduate from high school prepared for continuing education and success in the workplace.

Chappelle will seek to form stronger strategic partnerships with Seattle Public Schools, institutions of higher learning and other education stakeholders throughout the region, with an eye to improving outcomes for all Seattle children.

DEEL oversees the Seattle Preschool Program that seeks to provide high-quality preschool services for young children to help improve their readiness for school, regardless of family income.

Since 1990, the City’s Families and Education Levy has grown to fund community and school-based family supports, preschool programs, academic supports, summer learning opportunities, school-based health programs and other services for students. In 2015, DEEL will administer $32 million in grants and services funded by the levy.

Prior to joining Seattle Public Schools, Chappelle was an assistant principal in Arlington, Texas and Plano, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University and his Masters of Secondary and Higher Education at Texas A&M University.

Chappelle will start with the City on Jan. 1, 2016 with an annual salary at the level of the current interim Director: $158,688.

In the meantime, interim Director Holly Miller will stay on with DEEL.

“My thanks to Holly for her incredible work to help stand up this new department,” said Murray. “Throughout her long career with the City, Holly has provided strong leadership and deep devotion to public service.”

Chappelle’s nomination requires review and approval by the Seattle City Council.

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Mayor comments on T5 ruling

Today Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement after the Seattle Hearing Examiner ruled against the Department of Planning and Development’s land use code interpretation on the Port of Seattle’s use of Terminal 5 to berth an off-shore oil drilling rig:

“While I am disappointed that the hearing examiner ruled that servicing off-shore drilling rigs is a cargo terminal use, I will respect the ruling. Shell has made a business decision to halt further off-shore oil exploration in Alaska. Now is the time for us to come together to collaborate on new projects to support the growth of maritime jobs while protecting our natural environment. I look forward to renewing the City’s partnership with the Port, Foss Maritime, our unions and other maritime interests to build a vibrant future for our harbor.”

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Mayor urges donations for those injured in Aurora Bridge crash

Mayor Ed Murray today called on the community to join in support those injured the Aurora Bridge crash. United Way of King County has established the Sept. 24 Aurora Collision Relief Fund,
with all proceeds to support patients and their families. Donations can be made at:

The Sept. 24th crash on the Aurora Bridge has devastated the lives of families from abroad and here in Seattle and King County. Many patients and their families are struggling to meet their most basic needs as they try to recover from this tragedy and stabilize their lives. Several patients will require long-term medical care. The international students, other visitors from overseas and their families who speak little or no English have unique needs for housing, transportation and meals.


“Our hearts go out to those injured, many of whom came from countries around the world to visit or study in Seattle,” said Mayor Murray. “For many of these families, the long-term medical expenses will be considerable, not to mention the immediate needs associated with hospital stays and travel expenses. As a compassionate city, this community is already coming together to provide much-needed support.”

uwkc-logo“United Way of King County is all about bringing people together to give, volunteer and take action to help people in need,” said Jon Fine CEO of United Way of King County.  “This tragic accident provides us all an opportunity to help stabilize families’ lives and help to build the kind of community we want all want to live in. I hope people will consider giving their time and funds to make that happen.”

Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines have provided flights to reunite families after the crash. T-Mobile has provided international phone services to keep families connected. RealNetworks Foundation has made a sizeable financial donation to kick start relief efforts.

The Seattle Hotel Association has coordinated the donations of rooms at numerous hotels, including: Travelodge Seattle Center, Clise Properties, Hilton Seattle, Silver Cloud Lake Union, Marqueen/Inn at Queen Anne, Hotel Nexus, Waterfront Marriott, Inn at Virginia Mason, Motif Seattle, Homewood Suites, Alexis Hotel, Silver Cloud Broadway, Pan Pacific Hotel, Pineapple Hotels – Hotel Five, Best Western Executel – Airport, and Mayflower Park Hotel.

Several restaurants, including Munchery, Poquitos, Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Rhein Haus and Canlis have donated food to families and first responders.

City of Seattle employees will be giving to the United Way relief fund through the established Seattle Shares charitable giving campaign.

Because of the outpouring of support and requests to make financial contributions, the Foundation for the Seattle Colleges has set up a fund to aid North Seattle College students and staff in need. To make a financial contribution to this fund, please visit the North Seattle College or Seattle Colleges websites. All proceeds will go directly toward helping the students and staff involved in the accident.

“We are extremely grateful for the words of condolence and offers to help our students and staff,” said Seattle Colleges Chancellor Jill Wakefield. “The outpouring of support for our college community has been astounding, and we are blessed that we have the opportunity to share the burden of grief.”

To honor the five North Seattle College students who lost their lives and to support the students and staff still recovering from their injuries, North Seattle College and Student Leadership have invited the community to a vigil tonight at 6 p.m. The vigil will be held in the North Seattle College courtyard and is open to all.

On Thursday, Mayor Murray and many in Seattle will observe a moment of silence at 11:15 a.m. to reflect on those injured and killed in last week’s tragedy.

Donations can be made at:


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Murray announces recipients of $1 million Community Fund to support Seattle workers

Mayor Ed Murray today announced the award of $1 million in funding from Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards (OLS) for organizations to provide outreach, education and technical assistance to Seattle’s workers about their rights under Seattle’s Minimum Wage, Wage Theft, Paid Sick and Safe Time, and Job Assistance Ordinances.

OLS has selected ten different organizations and community partnerships to receive funding. Organization activities will include door-to-door outreach, hosting community-based education events, developing training materials to educate workers and other organizations about Seattle’s labor standards, and providing labor rights intake, counseling, and referral for workers experiencing labor standards violations. Each organization and partnership will emphasize reaching out to low-wage working communities who disproportionately experience workplace violations.

“These new community partnerships will help educate workers to ensure they understand their rights and receive the wages and benefits they deserve,” said Murray. “We focus our efforts on reaching immigrant and minority communities because they are most at risk for wage theft and other abuses, and may not be well served by traditional English-language news sources.”

The organizations who will receive funding include:

  • Casa Latina and Eritrean Association – $319,000
    • Partners:
      • Entre Hermanos
      • South Park Information and Resource Center
      • South Park Neighborhood Center
      • Washington Community Action Network
      • Wage Claim Project
    • Communities of Focus: Latino, LGBTQ, East African, and youth workers
  • Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color – $65,000
    • Communities of Focus: Filipino, Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Khmer, and African American/black workers and at risk youth workers
  • Chinese Information and Service Center – $60,000
    • Communities of Focus: Asian Pacific Islanders, Chinese, and other Asian workers
  • Eritrean Community – $60,000
    • Communities of Focus: East African workers and small business owners
  • El Centro de la Raza – $25,000
    • Communities of Focus: Latino workers
  • Fair Work Center – $376,000
    • Partners:
      • Al Noor Islamic
      • Somali Community Services
      • NAACP
      • Latino Community Fund
      • Got Green
      • 21 Progress
      • LGBTQ Allyship
      • Puget Sound Sage
    • Communities of Focus: Asian Pacific Islander, Somali, African American, Latino, youth, and LGBTQ workers
  • Millionaire Club – $3,500
    • Communities of Focus: Workers with criminal backgrounds and temporary workers
  • NAACP – $60,000
    • Communities of Focus:  African American and African workers
  • Washington Community Action Network – $20,000
    • Communities of Focus: Membership of 30,000 comprised of low income workers of color
  • Washington Wage Claim Project – $9,500
    • Communities of Focus: Low wage workers experiencing workplace violations

“These community partnerships will dramatically strengthen our reach and impact to uphold labor standards for Seattle’s workers, most importantly among those workers most likely to experience labor standards violations – including female workers, workers of color, immigrant and refugee workers, LGBTQ workers, and youth,” said OLS Director Dylan Orr. “Announcing these awardees is a proud moment for all of us.”

For more information about the Office of Labor Standards or the Community Outreach and Education Fund, call 206-684-4500 or visit


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Murray praises expansion of Multifamily Tax Exemption

Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement following the Seattle City Council’s passage of affordable housing legislation (CB 118505) that renews and expands the Multifamily Tax Exemption program:

“The Multifamily Tax Exemption Program continues to be one of the most important tools to create affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents near transit, jobs and services throughout Seattle.

“Thanks to the Council for its work to expand the tool so that more working families will benefit. We create a new incentive for more family-sized units, require that buildings include more affordable homes, and expand this opportunity to apartment buildings in neighborhoods across Seattle.

“This effort will make a major contribution to creating 20,000 more affordable homes we will need in our community over the next 10 years.”

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