Next ‘Find It, Fix It’ Community Walk set for Lake City neighborhood Aug. 25

Find It Fix It Community Walk - Rainier Beach

Mayor Ed Murray’s ‘Find It, Fix It’ Community Walk, focused on several crime hotspots, makes its way to a sixth neighborhood in Seattle on Monday, Aug. 25.

At the walks, community residents, police, and city officials walk together to identify physical disorder and solve it. As a result of these walks, Seattle City Light, the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Department of Planning and Development, and Seattle Public Utilities have worked – and continue to work – to make improvements in Seattle’s neighborhoods. Watch videos, view photos and read actions taken as a result of these walks at: http://murray.seattle.gov/finditfixit

The next Find It, Fix It Community Walk
Monday, Aug. 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
NE 125th & 30th St NE
Meet at the Lake City Mini Park (Map)

7 – 7:15 p.m.

Short program featuring Mayor Ed Murray, City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Sen. David Frockt, Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole, and department representatives.

7:15 – 8:30 p.m.

Walk commences along the following route:

  • Head East on on NE 125th
  • North on 33rd Ave NE
  • West on NE 130th St
  • South on 30th Ave NE
  • West on NE 127th St
  • South on 28th Ave NE
  • East on NE 125th St

8:30 p.m.

Walk concludes and department representatives are available for follow-up questions.

Future ‘Find It, Fix It’ walks will be held on Sept. 11th in the International District and on Sept. 17th on Capitol Hill.

For more information on Murray’s public safety strategy for Seattle, visit http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/public-safety-strategy-for-seattle.

Murray on Ferguson events: ‘This is a moment to reflect and learn for every city in this country’

Mayor Murray today made the following statement about the events that have occurred in Ferguson, Missouri this week:

“I have been watching the events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri like most of the country. The death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, has reminded all of us about the enormous trust citizens place in their police service. This is a moment to reflect and learn for not just Ferguson, but for every city in this country — including Seattle.

I have been watching the Ferguson police response to peaceful demonstrators and journalists with the same concern I am hearing from people in Seattle. A police service should not suppress the rights of the press to cover news events, nor should peaceful protestors be threatened with militarized force.

Police reform and public safety remain my top priorities. I hired Chief O’Toole who has a proven record of police reform. Together we are building the world’s most responsible, accountable, bias-free and transparent police service. As we’ve already seen by O’Toole’s actions, change is underway. Together we will continue to watch and learn from the events in Ferguson as they unfold.

I want to conclude by offering my condolences to Michael Brown’s family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.”

KPLU: ‘Find It, Fix It’ walks urge South Seattle residents to point out problems

Find It Fix It Community Walks

Today, KPLU featured Mayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks that have been held in South Seattle throughout the summer.

“Imagine being able to turn to the person walking next to you and say, ‘Could you fix that streetlight?’ That’s been the experience for people in south Seattle who’ve taken part this summer in what Mayor Ed Murray calls ‘Find It, Fix It’ walks.”

Listen to the full piece here or on KPLU.org:

The City’s next Find It, Fix It walk will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. beginning at Rainier Beach Community Center.

City invites neighbors to participate in fifth ‘Find It, Fix It’ Community Walk

Find It Fix It Community Walks

Mayor Murray’s ‘Find It, Fix It’ Community Walk, focused on several crime hotspots, makes its way to a fifth neighborhood in Seattle next Tuesday, August 12.

At the walks, community residents, police, and city officials walk together to identify physical disorder and solve it. As a result of these walks, Seattle City Light, the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Department of Planning and Development, and Seattle Public Utilities have worked – and continue to work – to make improvements in Seattle’s neighborhoods. Watch videos, view photos and read actions taken as a result of these walks at: http://murray.seattle.gov/finditfixit

The next Find It, Fix It Community Walk:
Tuesday, August 12, 7 – 9 p.m., Rainier Ave. and Henderson
Meet at the Rainier Beach Community Center Plaza (Map)

7 – 7:15 p.m.

  • Short program featuring Mayor Ed Murray, City Councilmember Sally J. Clark, City Attorney Pete Holmes, Seattle Police Department Chief Kathleen O’Toole, and department representatives.

7:15 – 9 p.m.

Walk commences along the following route:

  • South on Rainier Ave S.
  • East to Seward Park Ave S.
  • North on Seward Park Ave S.
  • West on S. Fisher Place
  • North on 53rd Ave S.
  • West on S. Henderson
  • North on Rainier Ave S. to Cloverdale
  • Return south to Rainier Beach Community Center

9 p.m.

  • Walk concludes and department representatives are available for follow-up questions.

For more information on Murray’s public safety strategy for Seattle, visit http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/public-safety-strategy-for-seattle.

City invites neighbors to participate in fourth ‘Find It, Fix It’ Community Walk

Find It, Fix It Community Walk

Mayor Murray’s ‘Find it, Fix it’ Community Walks, focused on several crime hotspots, makes its way to a fourth neighborhood in Seattle next Tuesday, July 29.

At the walks, community residents, police, and city officials have been walking together to identify physical disorder and solve it. The three walks already conducted have seen great success with a 40 percent rise in use of the Find It, Fix It application and identification, notification and action taken on graffiti removal, street lighting, litter and garbage clean-up, and trimming overgrown bushes and trees.

The next Find It, Fix It Community Walk
Tuesday, July 29, 7 – 9 p.m., Rainier Ave. and Genesee
Meet in the Jumbo’s parking lot (Map)

7 – 7:15 p.m.

  • Short program featuring Mayor Ed Murray, City Councilmembers Sally J. Clark and Bruce Harrell, City Attorney Pete Holmes, Seattle Police Department officials and department representatives.

7:15 – 9 p.m.

Walk commences along the following route:

  • East S. Genesee
  • South on 37th Ave S.
  • West on S. Oregon St.
  • North on Rainier Ave. S.
  • East on S. Andover St.
  • North on Courtland Pl.
  • East on the Charlestown St. Hillclimb
  • South on 37th Ave S.
  • West on S. Adams St.
  • Walk ends at Jumbo’s parking lot

9 p.m.

  • Walk concludes and department representatives are available for follow-up questions.

We’re scheduling additional ‘Find it, Fix it’ Community Walks that we will announce in the coming weeks. The next scheduled walk will take place on August 12, from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Rainier Beach neighborhood, at the intersection of Rainier and Henderson.

Residents are also encouraged to participate in the August 5 Night Out for Crime in their own neighborhoods. For more information and to register your event, visit the Mayor’s web site.

For more information on Murray’s public safety strategy for Seattle, visit http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/public-safety-strategy-for-seattle.

Mayor Murray provides comment on crude oil train derailment

Mayor Murray issued the following statement on this morning’s crude oil train derailment:

“Earlier today I spoke with US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to share my concerns over this morning’s crude oil train derailment and the potential for a larger rail accident in our community. I wanted to make sure he understood the critical importance this rail line plays for commuters and the region’s freight network.

Even though they travel through our city, we as a city, do not have control over how the railways are used, and we must rely on the safety standards that are set at the federal level. I thanked Secretary Foxx for yesterday’s release of new oil train safety rules and I am committed to working with him to make these rules as strong as possible.

I’ve directed my departments to review these rules to ensure they protect the people, land and railways of Seattle. I urge the public to join me in providing public comment, encouraging the phasing out of train cars that are not retrofitted to meet high safety standards.

This is an important public safety issue facing Seattle and I will continue to advocate for less oil and coal coming through our city.

Read the safety rules at: http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-dot-announces-comprehensive-proposed-rulemaking-safe-transportation-crude-oil

Mayor Murray names new acting Human Services Department head

John OkamotoMayor Murray today announced John Okamoto as the new acting Director for the city’s Human Services Department (HSD). Okamoto will replace current HSD interim Director Catherine Lester, who will remain with HSD and assist Okamoto in his transition.

“I want to extend my gratitude to Catherine Lester for the great work that she has done since 2011, first as deputy director and then interim director,” said Murray. “As the interim director, Catherine successfully led the department through a period of significant change and uncertainty, prospering in many areas. I’m confident John will build upon Catherine’s great work as we continue looking for a permanent director.”

Okamoto served as Executive Director of the Washington Education Association from 2008 – 2012. He has a long track record of successful leadership positions, and is well known by community, public and business leaders. His extensive management experience includes leadership positions with the Port of Seattle, the Washington State Department of Transportation, and as Director of the former Department of Engineering and former Director of Personnel for the City. Read his resume here.

“I started my ‘calling’ in public service in the Human Services Department many decades ago when I was a summer youth worker job developer and counselor. Coming back to HSD is a full circle for me,” said Okamoto.

“My family has deep history in elder care programs with the creation of Keiro nursing home, the Midori senior housing and Nikkei Manor assisted living facility. I volunteer with homeless meal and housing programs at Operation Nightwatch and Lord’s table,” continued Okamoto. “I am deeply passionate about social justice, equity, and inclusion, but I don’t have an extensive background in human services, housing, and homelessness issues. It’s going to be very important for me to reach out to our nonprofit service provider community and to other external stakeholders and make sure my leadership is informed by their insights and perspectives.”

Paul Lambros, Executive Director of Plymouth Housing Group, served as Co-Chair of the HSD Search Committee along with Co-Chair Dorothy Mann, a retired public health expert who was Regional Health Administrator, Region X, U.S. Public Health Service from 1979 – 1993.  Mann also served two years in the office of Mayor Norman B. Rice as Co-Director of the Mayor’s Violence Prevention Project.

“We have tremendous opportunities under Mayor Murray and his administration to have Seattle leading the way across the country in providing innovative social services and in ending homelessness. John will add value by bringing his strategic understanding of systems, diagnosing challenges and new opportunities, and strengthening relationships,” said Lambros.

Estela Ortega, Executive Director of El Centro de la Raza, added, “I’ve known John for many years and know him to be a honest broker who is deeply committed to our immigrant/refugee communities and someone who understands the importance of culturally competent services. I am confident that John’s steady leadership will help the department continue to meet its mission while working collaboratively with our community-based organizations.”

In appointing Okamoto to this interim role, Murray has tasked him to identify where the department can refine its focus, to strengthen partnerships and alignment with other funders, service providers, and stakeholders, and to lay the foundation for transformational change for the next permanent director.

Okamoto’s interim assignment will start on August 1, 2014, with an annualized salary of $151,000. Lester has agreed to stay on and help with the transition. The search process for the permanent HSD Director will be placed on hold until early 2015, with a goal of identifying a new permanent Director by the middle of next year. Similar to the current process, next year’s search process will also include extensive outreach to service providers and community stakeholders for their input and guidance.

The Human Services Department funds and operates programs and services that meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable people in our community — families and individuals with low incomes, children, domestic violence and sexual assault victims, homeless people, seniors, and persons with disabilities.

Murray also announced the reappointment of Fred Podesta as the Director of the Finance and Administrative Services Department and Glen Lee as Finance Director. Podesta’s annual salary will be $157,300 and Lee’s annual salary will be $152,700.

Join us for the Seattle’s 30th Annual ‘Night Out Against Crime’ celebration on Aug. 5

Night Out SeattleThis year marks the City of Seattle’s 30th Annual “Night Out Against Crime” celebration on Tuesday, August 5th. Recently, Mayor Murray laid out a comprehensive public safety plan for Seattle that underscores the importance of providing opportunities for youth and community members to enjoy their streets and public spaces citywide. The Mayor believes Night Out is a great example of the types of opportunities that exist for reconnecting community to Seattle streets. Night Out, an annual national event hosted locally by the Seattle Police Department, shows that residents and City government can mobilize resources and energy together to move toward a safer and more connected Seattle. We hope you’ll join in making this Seattle’s best Night Out yet.

Sign your block up for Night Out:

  1. Register your event and add it to the map. (When you register your event in Seattle, most non-arterial streets can be blocked off—without a fee—so you and your neighbors can take over the street.)
  2. Invite your neighbors by printing off the materials on our website and distributing around your block.
  3. And finally, help us promote Night Out around Seattle by liking the Night Out Facebook Page, sharing updates, and inviting others do the same.

If you have any questions, you can email NightOut@seattle.gov or call your Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator.

Find a Night Out event:

View the public Night Out map to see events in your neighborhood.

Attend a Picnic in the Precinct:

Another key element of safer communities is when we all know our local police officers. Coming up are several opportunities for you to get to know the Seattle Police Officers who protect your neighborhood. Meet the new Chief of Police, Kathleen O’Toole, your local police officers, and other community members at one of four upcoming Picnics in the Precincts:

  • Tuesday, August 5th: West Precinct Picnic / National Night Out
    Occidental Square in Pioneer Square, 5pm – 8pm
  • Saturday, August 9th: Southwest Precinct Picnic
    Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW), 11 am – 4 pm (More info)
  • Saturday, August 16th: South Precinct Picnic
    New Holly Campus (7058 32nd Ave S), 1pm – 4pm
  • Sunday, August 24th: North Precinct Picnic
    University Heights Center (5031 University Way NE), 1pm – 4pm
  • Saturday, August 30th: East Precinct Picnic
    Cal Anderson Park (1635 11th Ave), 1pm – 4pm

Whether it’s getting to know your neighbors better or building a stronger relationship with the officers in your neighborhood, a safer Seattle takes all of us organizing and working together. Take a moment to register a Night Out event on your block and put your local Picnic in the Precinct on your calendar. We hope you’ll take some of these important opportunities to build public safety across the city.

City invites neighbors to participate in third ‘Find It, Fix It’ Community Walk

In his public safety address to the Seattle City Council last month, Mayor Murray detailed a series of ‘Find it, Fix it’ Community Walks, focused on several crime hotspots.

At the walks, community residents, police, and city officials have been walking together to identify physical disorder and solve it. The two walks already conducted have seen great success with a 40 percent rise in use of the Find It, Fix It application and identification, notification and action taken on graffiti removal, street lighting, litter and garbage clean-up, and trimming overgrown bushes and trees.

The next Find It, Fix It Community Walk
Tuesday, July 22, 7 – 9 p.m., Rainier Beach Station Plaza (Martin Luther King Jr Way and S. Henderson St.)
Meet in the plaza (Map)

7 – 7:15 p.m.

  • Short program featuring City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, City Attorney Pete Holmes, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and department representatives.

7:15 – 9 p.m.

Walk commences along the following route:

  • East on S. Henderson St.
  • North on Renton Ave. S.
  • Stop at the Somali Community Services (8810 Renton Ave South)
  • West on S. Trenton St.
  • Return to Light Rail Station, board northbound train to Othello Station.

**Please note, fare passes will be provided for this part of the walk**

  • South on Martin Luther King Jr Way S.
  • East on S. Othello St.
  • Walk ends at Othello Playground

9 p.m.

  • Walk concludes and department representatives are available for follow-up questions.

The Rainier Beach Light Rail Station is one of five hot spots identified in the City of Seattle’s three-year U.S. Department of Justice Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant. The project called Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth, focuses on non-arrest, place-based interventions to reduce crime. The project is based on hot spot research by George Mason’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy. The work is being conducted by a 60-member, diverse community task force that has been analyzing crime and community data for more than six months and has identified recommendations to reduce crime at the Light Rail Station and four other locations. Members of the community task force will be participating in Tuesday’s Find It Fix It walk.

Additional ‘Find it, Fix it’ Community Walks will take place in the upcoming weeks:

  • July 29, 7 – 9 p.m.: Rainier Ave. and Genesee
  • August 12, 7 – 9 p.m.: Rainier Beach

For more information on Murray’s public safety strategy for Seattle, visit http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/public-safety-strategy-for-seattle.

City of Seattle offers services during heat wave

Seattle Center fountainThe National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning throughout the weekend with expected temperatures in the 90s. Many homes in Seattle are not equipped with air conditioning and may get very hot during the daytime. The City offers many locations for you to cool down when the temperatures start to rise. Visit 18 of the City’s libraries, senior centers or Seattle Center facilities for some relief from the heat.

Hot weather tips

  • When you’re outside, limit the time you’re in direct sunlight and avoid or reduce activities that are tiring or take a lot of energy.
  • Take extra precaution if you work outside and know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.
  • Check in with your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool too.
  • Drink plenty of water. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body.

Protect your pets

Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:

  • Never leave your animal chained or penned up directly in sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open the windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and if possible, leave them in a cool location.
  • Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked car. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting and vinyl seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws.
  • If you must travel with your pet, carry water.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

Libraries

The following Seattle Public Library locations are equipped with air conditioning, and serve as cooling centers when the area experiences extreme heat. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the air conditioning is working.

  • Central Library (1000 4th Ave) – 206-386-4636
  • Ballard (5614 22nd Ave NW) – 206-684-4089
  • Beacon Hill (2821 Beacon Ave S) – 206-684-4711
  • Broadview (12755 Greenwood Ave N) – 206-684-7519
  • Capitol Hill (425 Harvard Ave E) – 206-684-4715
  • Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) – 206-733-9125
  • Douglass-Truth (2300 E Yesler Way) – 206-684-4704
  • Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave N) – 206-684-4086
  • High Point (3411 SW Raymond St) – 206-684-7454
  • International District / Chinatown (713 8th Ave S) – 206-386-1300
  • Lake City (12501 28th Ave NE) – 206-684-7518
  • Madrona-Sally Goldmark (1134 33rd Ave) – 206-684-4705
  • Magnolia (2801 34th Ave W) – 206-386-4225
  • NewHolly (7058 32nd Ave S) – 206-386-1905
  • Northgate (10548 5th Ave NE) – 206-386-1980
  • Rainier Beach (9125 Rainier Ave S) – 206-386-1906
  • Wallingford (1501 N 45th St) – 206-684-4088

Seattle Center

(View the campus map PDF at http://www.seattlecenter.com/downloads/sc_map_color_gates.pdf)

  • Seattle Center Armory serves as an indoors cooling center; and tomorrow, visitors are most welcome to take in Seattle Center Festal:  Polish Festival from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Armory and Mural Amphitheatre
  • Armory Center House (Open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays and 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday)
  • International Fountain (Closed Saturday for a private event, but open until 9 p.m. Sunday)
  • Fountain of Creation (Open until midnight – when the Center Campus closes)

Senior Centers

The following senior centers have air conditioning or are relatively cool and are open to the public:

  • Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 8th Street)
  • International Drop-In Center (7301 Beacon Ave S.)
  • Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank (85 Pike St, #200)
  • Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW)
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 South Holly St)
  • The Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon St)
  • South Park Senior Center (8201 10th Ave S)
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140)
  • The Central (500 30th Ave S)

Additional resources