Seattle City Council Housing, Health, Energy, and Workers Rights Committee 7/11/19

Seattle City Council Housing, Health, Energy, and Workers Rights Committee 7/11/19


GOOD MORNING EVERYONE. CAN YOUHEAR ME. GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING YOU. IT’S A PACKED HOUSE. HOUSING, HEALTH, ENERGY, AND WORKERS TODAY WE WILL BRING OUR COMMITTEE TO ORDER. IT IS 9:30 AM, ON TIME. IT IS THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019. IT’S A SPECIAL HOUSING, HEALTH, ENERGY, AND WORKERS I AM COUNCILMEMBER MOSQUEDA AND WE WILL JOINED BY ADDITIONAL MEMBERS AND WE WILL INTRODUCE THEM AS THEY GET HERE. I WANT YOU TO KNOW I TALK VERY FAST. I WILL TRY TO SLOW IT DOWN. WE HAVE FOLKS HERE WHO ARE PROVIDING TRANSLATION, WE HAVE JORDAN AND MOLLY WHO WILL PROVIDE INTERPRETATION. AND THAT IS LIBBY OF THE ABUSE DEATH ADVOCACY SERVICES AND HAS REQUESTED AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SERVICES. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THIS IS AN INCLUSIVE MEETING. IF I NEED A REMINDER TO SLOW DOWN. PLEASE DO THE SAME AS WELL. WHEN THEY ARE SPEAKING AT THE TABLE AND TESTIFYING. WE DO HAVE A LOT OF ITEMS ON THE AGENDA. WE HAVE SIX ITEMS ON THE AGENDA. THE FIRST IS THE LAST APPOINTMENT TO THE DOMESTIC WORKERS STANDARDS ABOARD. A BRIEF DISCUSSION OF THE NOTICE OF INTENT TO SELL LEGISLATION. TWO PIECES OF THE HOTEL WORKERS LEGISLATION WHICH IS RELATED TO THE RETENTION AND WORKLOAD SECTIONS. I WANT TO REMIND FOLKS THERE IS NO VOTE ON THAT. WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER MEETING ON THE OTHER TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION NEXT WEEK. WE WILL HAVE A BRIEFING AND POSSIBLE VOTE ON THAT HUMAN SERVICE PROVIDER AND ADJUSTMENT BILL. THIS IS THE ONLY BILL WE WILL POTENTIALLY HAVE A VOTE ON. IF YOU HAVE COME TO TESTIFY ON SOMETHING ELSE THERE WILL NOT BE A VOTE IN COMMITTEE. JUST A HUMUS — HUMAN PROVIDER POTENTIAL ADJUSTMENT LEGISLATION. TO CLOSE IT OUT WE WILL HAVE AND OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS REPORT. WE ARE SCHEDULED TO GO UNTIL NOON. IF THERE IS NO OBJECTION, THERE IS NONE, THE AGENDA WILL BE ADOPTED. AT THIS TIME YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE PUBLIC COMMENT. DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF FOLKS WHO SIGNED UP TO TESTIFY, I WAS GOING TO DO ONE MINUTE OF PUBLIC TESTIMONY. WHAT WE DO 1 1/2 MINUTES. WE HAVE ONE PERSON WHO NEEDS TO LEAVE BY 10:30 AM. THE FIRST PEOPLE, I’M GOING TO READ THREE NAMES. COME LINEUP AT THE MICROPHONE. THE FIRST PERSON HERE IS DEEANN FROM HILTON. JUERGEN AND ANN. AS ALWAYS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CORRECT MY PRONUNCIATION. WELCOME. >>– >>MORNING. GO AHEAD. >>HELLO? THANK YOU. GOOD MORNING MY NAME IS DANNY, I WORKED IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY MY ENTIRE LIFE. I STARTED MY CAREER IN 1985 IS A ROOM ATTENDED AND WORKED TO WORRY HIM NOW. I CAN SAY THAT EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM DEEPLY CARES ABOUT THE HEALTHCARE, SAFETY OF THEIR ASSOCIATES. AND PROVIDES NOT ONLY SAFETY TRAINING FOR THEM BUT ALSO THE PANIC BUTTON WHICH WE REQUIRE FOR ALL HOTELS IN SEATTLE. I WISH WE COULD SAY ALL MY ASSOCIATES USE BUT DON’T ON THEIR OWN ACCORD. ALTHOUGH WE ARE UNION PROPERTY AND ASSOCIATES HAVE GOOD LEVEL INSURANCE AT THE LOW COST OF TORT $40, THE ADDITIONAL CASH FOR THE NONUNION ASSOCIATES FROM THE INFORMATION TAKEN FROM NICK’S CHANGE WERE RATES ARE NOT NEGOTIATED OR ACCURATE FOR THE COST OF INSURANCE IS NOT FAIR. >>CONTINUE. >>OVERTIME REQUIREMENTS PROPOSED ARE UNREASONABLE IF AN ASSOCIATE EXCEEDS THE MANDATORY WORKLOAD WHICH REQUIRES US TO PAY OVERTIME FOR THE ENTIRE HOURS WORK THAT THEY. NO OTHER INDUSTRY I NOR ANY ONE ELSE KNOWS THE PAYS OVERTIME FOR THE ENTIRE DAYS WORKED. BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION YOUR DEBILITATING THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY ESPECIALLY ARE SMALL BUSINESSES. THANK YOU. >>JUERGEN LULLABY ANN. >>GOOD MORNING COUNCIL MEMBERS. I WORK AT THE HILTON. OUR TEAMS APPRECIATE YOU IN CITY COUNCIL WANT TO MANAGE OUR HOTELS, THINKS AND NO THANKS. HERE IS WHY. FORTUNE MAGAZINE LISTS A LIST OF THE BEST 100 COMPANIES TO WORK FOR. IN 2019 HILTON WAS THE FIRST HOSPITALITY COMPANY THAT WAS THE BEST COMPANY TO WORK FOR IN THE U.S. BESIDES HILTON THERE WERE SEVERAL OTHER HOSPITALITY COMPANY’S. KEMPTON WAS NUMBER FIVE, CHEESECAKE FACTORY NUMBER 25, MARRIOTT, HYATT, FOUR SEASONS 89. SOME OF THE OTHER TOP 10 COMPANIES, WELL KNOWN, SALESFORCE, WORKDAY, SYSCO, EDWARD JONES. SOME OF THE WASHINGTON STATE COMPANIES, RANKED 46-74, REI, SLALOM, T-MOBILE. ZILLOW. A QUOTE, “ACCORDING TO THE GREAT PLACE TO WORK INSTITUTE HILTON OUTPERFORMS WHEN IT COMES TO SATISFACTION AMONG TYPICALLY MORE DISENFRANCHISED LINE LEVEL WORKERS SUCH AS CLEANING THE KITCHEN STAFF. ” IT APPEARS WE ARE AN EMPLOYER OF CHOICE AND IT APPEARS WE ARE CERTAINLY CAPABLE OF RUNNING OUR HOTELS WITHOUT INFLUENCE OF OTHERS, OUTSIDERS. ESPECIALLY UNIONS THAT REPRESENT A HANDFUL OF HOTELS IN SEATTLE OUT OF 100+. THANK YOU. >>THE NEXT IS ANNA. AMANDA PARSONS, SHANNON AND SEAN. >>I AM THE DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING AT THE HILTON SEATTLE. I HAVE WORKED IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY FOR 35 YEARS. I’VE BEEN IN HOURLY AS WELL AS MANAGEMENT. LIKE ALMOST EVERYONE I HAVE WORKED WITH I WORKED MY WAY UP. AT THE HILTON SEATTLE OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM IS A COMPOSITE OF DIVERSITY, GENDER, ETHNICITY AND LGBT. WE ARE NOT UNIQUE. I’M HERE TO TELL YOU I THINK THERE IS HOMEWORK IT TO BE DONE AND YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT HOTELS IN OUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE COMMUNITY AND TO THIS LEGISLATION. FOR EXAMPLE HOTEL COMPANIES PROVIDE MANDATORY TRAINING ON DIVERSITY RESPECT IN THE WORKPLACE AND HARASSMENT. HOTEL COMPANIES PROVIDE MANDATORY TRAINING ON WORKING SAFELY. DID YOU KNOW HOTELS ARE NOT OWNED BY THE BRANDS? A FEW EXCEPTIONS WILL MANY ARE OWNED BY OWNER MANAGEMENT COMPANIES, OR REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS FOR SURE, THE VAST MAJORITY OF HOTELS ARE FAMILY OWNED AND RUN. PAYING TO RUN A PARTICULAR FLIGHT. HOTELS OFFER PREMIUM INSURANCE AT SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER COST THAN COULD BE OBTAINED ON THE EXCHANGE. AND THAT WORKERS COMPENSATION COVERS ON THE JOB INJURIES. THE PANIC BUTTON WAS A WIN FOR EVERYONE BUT YESTERDAY AS I WALKED TO WORK I WAS STRUCK, LITERALLY, HAD ARRANGED MAN WHO HURLED A LARGE BOTTLE OF LIQUID AT ME HITTING ME ON THE SIDE AND DOUSING ME. I GUESS THERE WAS SOME CONSOLATION, IT PROBABLY WASN’T URINE, CONSIDERING THE RECENT INCIDENTS DOWNTOWN THIS WEEK IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME THAT PEOPLE WILL STOP COMING TO DOWNTOWN SEATTLE. COMPANIES WILL MOVE TO NICER AND SAFER PLACES AND CONVENTIONS WILL GO TO CITIES THAT ARE SAFER. CRUISE SHIPS WILL DACHAU TO VANCOUVER. WHEN THAT HAPPENS IN THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE GONE ALL THE DISCUSSION OF HEALTHCARE COSTS WILL BE MOVED. WITHOUT TRAVELERS THERE ARE NO HOURS. >>WE NEXT HAVE AMANDA, SHANNON, SEAN. I REALLY APOLOGIZE. I WOULD HOPING WE COULD DO 1.5 MINUTES I THINK WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO ONE MINUTE. SINCE YOU DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO EDIT DOWN, GO AHEAD AND TAKE 1.5 MINUTES. >>GOOD MORNING MY NAME IS AMANDA I’M WITH THE THOMPSON HOTEL. I WANTED TO TAKE A MOMENT AND SAY THANK YOU FOR HEARING OUR CONCERNS. EXPENDITURE AMOUNTS AND LOGISTIC FAR EXCEED WHAT IT COST TO PROVIDE HIGH-QUALITY HEALTHCARE TO OUR EMPLOYEES. I HOPE YOU’RE SPENDING THE RIGHT TIME AND CORRECT AMOUNT OF TIME TO GET IT RIGHT. T REQUIRES CAREFUL THOUGHT.SO FAR THE DISCUSSION HERE AT CITY HALL AND IN THE NEWS IS FOCUSED ON HOTEL EMPLOYEES. THAT IS NOT JUST WHAT THIS LEGISLATION IS ABOUT. IT’S ALSO ABOUT BUSINESSES WHO LEASE SPACE IN HOTELS AND IMPACTS SMALL BUSINESSES AND NON-HOTEL EMPLOYEES. WHY YOU TAKING A BUSINESS IN HOTEL DIFFERENTLY THAN ONE THAT RENT SPACE IN OFFICE BUILDING? WHEN MAKING DECISIONS FOR CITIZENS WE NEED TO CONSIDER ALL AND I HOPE YOU WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT THIS. >>THANK YOU. SHANNON BY SEAN AND THEN THERE IS A GROUP FROM SAU 11 99. >>GOOD MORNING I AM HERE REPRESENTING DISCUSSING THE HOTEL MATTER. I HAVE TESTIFIED OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS MANY TIMES AND CONTINUE TO SPEAK AND HOPE FOR BALANCE. THERE ARE MANY UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES THAT HAVE BEEN LABELED INTO THIS LEGISLATION. WE CONTINUE TO ASK FOR UNDERSTANDING AND HAVE GREAT CONCERNS ABOUT IT. THIS IS ABOUT MAKING SURE WE REPRESENT AND UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS HOTEL WORKERS. FOR WHICH WE HAVE GREAT UNDERSTANDING AND EXPERIENCE IN. AS WELL AS UNDERSTANDING THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES AND HEAVYWEIGHT THIS PUTS ON SMALL AND LARGE BUSINESSES. ONE OF THE ITEMS NOT INCLUDED IN THE DISCUSSION TODAY WAS THE ITEMS THAT SPEAK TO THE HEALTHCARE. AND THAT IS AN AREA THAT WE THINK YOU FOR SLOWING DOWN ON AND GIVING ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATION TO. THE NUMBER THAT WAS ARBITRARILY CONSIDERED AND CREATED SIMPLY IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH WHAT HOTEL COMPANIES CAN PAY. OR THE COST OF ASSOCIATED. THANK YOU. >>SEAN O’ROURKE. FOLLOWED BY SAU GROUP AND GORDON. >>GOOD MORNING MY NAME IS SEAN. PRESIDENT SEATTLE HOTEL ASSOCIATION. I’VE WORKED FOR THIS INDUSTRY FOR 34 YEARS STARTING AS A HOTEL SHUTTLE DRIVER. VARIOUS POSITIONS, FOOD AND BEVERAGE, HOUSEKEEPING, FRONT DESK, MY 34 YEAR CAREER UNTIL NOW AND I’M A GENERAL MANAGER AT THE SEATTLE MARRIOTT WATERFRONT. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT EVERY HOTEL IS DIFFERENT. AND EVERY APPROACH TAILORED TO SUIT THE EMPLOYEES IN UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PROPERTY. WHILE THIS LEGISLATION IS CHALLENGING IN THAT APPLIES ONE- SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH TO A SITUATION WITH NO SINGULAR SOLUTION. WE ARE COMMITTED TO ENSURING WE HAVE A SAFE WORKLOAD FOR OUR EMPLOYEES AND THAT EITHER — THAT THEY EITHER REQUEST OR VOLUNTARILY CONSENT TO ANY ADDITIONAL CLEANING ASSIGNMENTS AND ARE PAID APPROPRIATELY FOR DOING SO. I’D LIKE TO ASK YOU TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE OVERTIME PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL CLEANING. WE ARE HAPPY TO PAY OVERTIME FOR WORK, BUT IT’S UNPRECEDENTED TO ASK INDUSTRY TO PAY OVERTIME FOR AN ENTIRE DAY’S WORK. THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES OVERTIME FOR ALL HOURS WORKED IF THE EMPLOYEE EXCEEDS THE MINIMUM WORKLOAD BY A SINGLE SQUARE FOOT. >>1199 FOLLOWED BY GORDON, KATIE AND DAN. >>– >>BECAUSE YOU’RE A GROUP WE WILL DO THREE MINUTES FOR THE TOTAL. >>ALL RIGHT. MY NAME IS JUSTIN. I’M A HOUSING CASE MANAGER AND A PROUD MEMBER OF 1199 NORTHWEST. I BELIEVE I DO CRUCIAL WORK TO KEEPING THE CITY ALIVE. AND HOUSING ARE MOST HORRIBLE NEIGHBORS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO TURN OVER TO MY COMRADES TO TALK ABOUT WHY IT IS WE SUPPORT THIS ADJUSTMENT FOR INFLATION. >>THANK YOU. >>MY NAME IS BETHANY SIMPSON I WORK AT COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC LYTIC IS A PSYCHIATRIC COUNSELOR. IN COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC CLINIC DOESN’T UTILIZE MUCH CITY FUNDING BUT WE WORK WITH PROVIDERS THAT DO. IN MY JOB WE WORK WITH HOUSING SERVICES TO HELP OUR CLIENTS TRANSITION TO LOWER LEVELS OF CARE. 90% OF MY RESIDENCE RELY ON NEIGHBOR CARE HEALTH FOR THEIR PRIMARY CARE. AND MANY OF THEM UTILIZE OTHER SERVICES FOR THERAPY AND COMMUNITY CENTERS. ALL KINDS OF VITAL SERVICES TO HELP THEM THRIVE AND SUCCEED IN THEIR RECOVERY. THE LACK OF FUNDING HAS IMPACTED MY COWORKERS, MYSELF AND OUR CLIENTS. OVER THE FIVE YEARS I HAVE WORKED HERE I HAVE WATCHED PEOPLE LEAVE. I’VE HATCHED — WATCHED PEOPLE DROP OUT OF SERVICES AND WATCHED PEOPLE DIE FOR LACK OF ACCESS TO CARE. THE FACT THE FUNDING DOES NOT KEEP PACE WITH INFLATION IS NOT JUST INGEST, IT’S IMMORAL AND INHUMANE. >>MY NAME IS NATALIE. I AM A CLINICAL SUPPORT SPECIALIST AT SCOTT HOUSE. THE WORK WE DO BRINGS PEOPLE DIRECTLY OFF OF THE STREETS AND INTO A STABLE ENVIRONMENT. WHICH DIRECTLY RELIEVES A MASSIVE BURDEN ON THE EMERGENCY SERVICES SYSTEM AND ADDITIONALLY LEAVES RELIEVES A LOT OF COMPLAINTS YOUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE ABOUT HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS. BUT THIS REQUIRES STABLE STAFFING IN ORDER TO DEVELOP THE KIND OF TRUST AND RAPPORT NECESSARY TO DEVELOP CONNECTIONS WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE RIGHTFULLY MISTRUSTFUL OF THE SYSTEM. THEREFORE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WORKERS NEED AN ANNUAL AUTOMATIC COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT. EVERY SINGLE YEAR. THANK YOU. >>MY NAME IS HOWARD. I THINK THE FOOTPRINT WE HAVE MADE IS PRETTY CLEAR TO EVERYONE IN THE WORK WE DO. AND I BELIEVE IN MY HEART THAT THE COST OF LIVING INCREASE IS NOT A PRIVILEGE, IT IS A RIGHT AND IT SEEMS LIKE THE RIGHT THING TO DO. WE WOULD LIKE TO BE THE HAVES AND NOT THE HAVE-NOTS ANYMORE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. >>ANYONE ELSE? THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>[APPLAUSE] WELCOME GORDON. >>GOOD MORNING. NAME IS GORDON I AM PRESIDENT AND CEO OF SOLID GROUND. WE START WITH THE BELIEF THE POVERTY IS SOLVABLE WHICH IS NECESSARY TO HELP OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY REACH ITS FULL POTENTIAL. OUR APPROACH COMBINES HUMAN SERVICES, TO MEET BASIC NEEDS, WE SPREAD CHANGE. WE WORK WITH 75,000 PEOPLE EACH YEAR IN OUR ABILITY TO DELIVER POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR OUR NEIGHBORS IS GROUND IN THE EFFECT OF ART SMART AND SKILLED AND DEDICATED STAFF. MANY ON OUR TEAM HAVE BEEN WITH SOLID GROUND IN HUMAN SERVICES FOR YEARS OR DECADES. WE ASK A LOT OF OUR STAFF EVERY DAY AND EVERY DAY THEY DELIVER. WE NEED TO INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND WE NEED TO INVEST IN THE PEOPLE THAT PROVIDE HUMAN SERVICES. WE ASPIRE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AS DOES THE CITY OF SEATTLE. THIS IS A MATTER OF EQUITY AND FAIRNESS. PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW AND ENDORSE AND AFFIRM COUNCIL BUILT 119542. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO AT SOLID GROUND. [APPLAUSE] >>GOOD MORNING I AM THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR AT MLK LABOR. YOUR PRESENT 100 UNIONIZED WORK — 100,000 UNION WORKERS. I AM A MEMBER OF 242 A BUILDING TRADES UNION. ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT TO SHARE THIS MORNING IS THAT IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT WE ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE CONCEPT OF BUILDING POWER. THAT IS WHAT WE DO. WE BUILD POWER FOR WORKERS AND WORKING FAMILIES. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT WHAT SEIU 1199 AND OTHERS ARE DOING WITH THIS LEGISLATION IS THAT THEY ARE BUILDING POWER FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CLIENTS. THEY ARE USING THE VEHICLE OF THE UNION TO ELEVATE THE SITUATION AND THE RESOURCES FOR THEIR CLIENTS. I THINK WE IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT CAN LEARN A LOT ABOUT HOW TO BETTER SERVE OUR COMMUNITY WITH THE VEHICLE FROM THE WORK YOU ARE DOING. THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP TODAY. I WANT TO AFFIRM FOR THE COUNCIL THAT WE DID PASS A RESOLUTION AT THE LABOR COUNCIL SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. I LIKE TO READ ONE EXCERPT. SEATTLE’S ABILITY TO THRIVE NOW AND IN THE FUTURE IS DEPENDENT ON OUR ABILITY TO FOSTER SOCIAL WELL-BEING FOR ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS. THANK YOU. >>[APPLAUSE] >>GOOD MORNING MY NAME IS DANIEL. EXECUTIVE RECTOR OF THE SC. DEEP PRIVATE CONTRACT WITH THE CITY OF SEATTLE TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR THE MOST ROLLABLE COMMUNITY MEMBERS. WE DO THIS BY HIRING DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS WITH THE SKILLS THAT ARE NEEDED TO DO THIS VITAL PUBLIC SERVICE WORK. REPUBLIC WITH — WE PARTNER WITH THE CITY TO OPEN — WHICH COUNCILMEMBER JUAREZ GRACIOUSLY HELPED US OPEN A FEW MONTHS AGO. OUR COST OF DOING BUSINESS HOWEVER CONTINUES TO INCREASE AND WE NEED THE RESOURCES TO NOT LOSE GROUND IN BEING ABLE TO DELIVER THESE VITAL SERVICES IN THE COMMUNITY. SO WHEN WE LOSE GROUND, WE HAVE TO CONSIDER CUTTING VITAL SURFACES SERVICES AND THAT’S THE LAST THING ANYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY NEEDS. WE URGE YOU TO VOTE YES ON THIS BILL AND MAKE SURE WE CAN THRIVE. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORK. [APPLAUSE] WELCOME DENISE. FOLLOWED BY DENISE WILL BE CHAN, CLAIRE AND BILL. >>THANK YOU. I AM DENISE. FOR 45 YEARS ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN SERVING THE LATINO COMMUNITY AS WELL AS COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. SEATTLE RECOGNIZES WE AND OTHERS IN THE ROOM TODAY AS COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS ARE THE EXPERTS WHO DIRECTLY INVEST IN VULNERABLE POPULATIONS AND CONTRACTS US TO PROVIDE HUMAN SERVICES ON THEIR BEHALF. HOWEVER THE RISING COST OF LIVING IN THE ACTUAL GENERAL OPERATING EXPENSES OF PROVIDING SERVICES OUTPACE THE INFLATION RATE. AT THE START OF THE NEW YEAR EMPLOYEES RECEIVE A 3% COST-OF-LIVING INCREASE. CITY FUNDING DOES NOT COVER THIS COST. NOT DOING SO IT ULTIMATELY IMPACTS WHO CAN AND CANNOT AFFORD TO WORK FOR A NONPROFIT AND POSSIBLY LIVE IN SEATTLE. WE ARE ASKING YOU TO INCLUDE AN ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT TO ALL HST CONTRACTS TO KEEP PACE WITH INFLATION. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>YOU SPEAKING AS A GROUP? THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE SOUTH PARK SENIOR CENTER. >>GOOD MORNING COUNCILMEMBER. GOOD MORNING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. I AND AN IMMIGRANT FROM CAMBODIA. ARE PARTICIPATED WITH THE CAMBODIAN COHORT AT THE SOUTH PARK CENTER. I URGE YOU TO ASSURE THAT THE SOCIAL SERVICE CONTRACTS IN HUMAN SERVICES, — INCREASES EVERY YEAR. WE HAVE A CAMBODIAN COOK. AND OUR DINNERS ARE CAMBODIAN CUISINE. WE SING KARAOKE AND DANCE AFTER DINNERS. WE HOLD A SPECIAL EVENT FOR THE CAMBODIAN NEW YEAR. WE GO ON TRIPS AND PARTICIPATE IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES. THE CENTER HELPS ME TO STAY HERE IN UNITED STATES. THEY HELP ME CELEBRATE MY MARRIAGE. I VOLUNTEER INCLUDING TO TRANSLATE, INTERPRET BETWEEN ENGLISH. ARE CENTER SERVES 60% PEOPLE OF COLOR. THE HOMELESS. REFUGEES. AND IMMIGRANTS. PLEASE ASHORE THE DOLLARS THAT SUPPORT OUR PROGRAM DO NOT DIMINISH DUE TO INFLATION. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR ATTENTION. >>[APPLAUSE] >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>WELCOME. >>MY APOLOGIES. SORRY ABOUT THAT. >>I WILL ANSWER TO ANYTHING. I AM CLEAR DIRECTOR OF THE WOLFORD COMMUNITY SENIOR CENTER. I WANT TO THINK THE CITY FOR SUPPORTING SERVICES FOR OLDER ADULTS SO THEY CAN LIVE IN HEALTH, SAFETY AND DIGNITY IN OUR COMMUNITIES. AND CALLING UPON YOU TO PASS PERMANENT LEGISLATION TO ENSURE CITY CONTRACTED SERVICES KEEP UP WITH INFLATION. THE SENIOR CENTER IS AN INDEPENDENT, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION AND WE GET A QUARTER OF OUR BUDGET FROM EDS. WE ARE ABLE TO SUPPORT OUR LOWEST INCOME PARTICIPANTS, THOSE WERE THE MOST RELIANT ON OUR CORE SERVICES LIKE SOCIAL WORK BECAUSE OF THIS FUNDING. OUR BIGGEST EXPENSES FOR THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE ART PROGRAMS POSSIBLE. I HAVE STAFF NOW WHO WORK ON WEEKENDS DOING EXTRA JOBS BECAUSE WE DON’T PAY ENOUGH. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO OFFER COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENTS SO THEY DON’T SLIP EVEN FURTHER. WHEN CITY FUNDING IS CONTRACTED, AND DOESN’T GO UP WITH INFLATION, THAT’S EQUIVALENT OF A CUT FOR OUR STAFF AND SERVICES. PLEASE DO PASS THIS PERMANENT LEGISLATION TO ASSURE SOCIAL ERVICES CAN KEEP UP WITHINFLATION. THANK YOU. >>[APPLAUSE] >>THANK YOU CLAIRE. >>MY NAME IS BILL, DIRECTOR OF CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES OF KING COUNTY. I WENT TO THE CITY OF SEATTLE JOB OPPORTUNITY PAGE THIS MORNING. THERE WERE 92 OPEN JOBS AND I WAS GLAD TO SEE THAT 91 PAID AT LEAST $22.59 PER HOUR. I WORK AT CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES, WE HAVE 500 TO EMPLOYEES IN KING COUNTY. 75% OF OUR STAFF ARE BELOW $22.59 PER HOUR. I WANT TO BE CLEAR, I AM GLAD THE CITY OF SEATTLE IS TRYING TO PAY FOLKS A LIVING WAGE. THAT IS A REALLY GOOD THING. BUT LET’S NOT KID OURSELVES EITHER. I THINK THAT THE CITIES HOMELESSNESS AND SOCIAL SERVICE RESPONSE IS BUILT ON THE BACKS OF WORKERS AND NONPROFITS THAT WORK FOR UNDER LIVING WAGE OFTEN TIMES. SO I SAY EVERY PENNY THAT YOU FOLKS CAN GIVE WILL TRY TO GET US TO THE SAME STANDARD YOU APPARENTLY HOLD YOUR OWN EMPLOYEES TO. SO IN CLOSING, I WOULD SAY PLEASE, OUR STAFFS HERE ARE WORKING MORE AND MORE WITH HARDER AND HARDER FOLKS TO SERVE. THEY ARE DOING IT WITH COMPASSION. THEY’RE DOING WITH COMPETENCE. THEY ARE DOING IT WITH A COST TO THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES THAT FRANKLY I FIND INSPIRATIONAL. SO PLEASE HELP US BY GRANTING THE ADJUSTMENT. >>[APPLAUSE] >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>I’M GOING TO READ FOUR NAMES. SORRY ABOUT THE PRONUNCIATION. >>YOU GOT IT RIGHT. >>THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. FOR OVER 40 YEARS MY FAMILY HAS OWNED THE HOTEL NEXUS IN NORTHGATE. WE ARE A SMALL BUSINESS AND I SIT ON THE MAYOR’S SMALL BUSINESS COUNCIL. WE HAVE SUPPORTED PROGRESSIVE LEGISLATION FOR MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES HIM A PAID FAMILY LEAVE AT THE STATE LEVEL AND PANIC BUTTONS FOR HOTEL EMPLOYEES. AS AN IMMIGRANT BUSINESS OWNER I’M INTERESTED IN MAKING THIS A VIBRANT COMMUNITY FOR ALL PICK I’M ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN HOTEL ALLIANCE. WE HAVE WRITTEN LETTERS REGARDING THE LEGISLATION. MEMBERS ARE PRIMARILY FIRST AND SECOND GENERATION SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WITH AN APPRECIATION FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY A COMMUNITY THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE WELCOMING TOWARD IMMIGRANT FAMILY BUSINESSES. THE REASON IT WAS FOUNDED WAS BECAUSE ASIAN AMERICAN HOTEL OWNERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WERE FACING DISCRIMINATION FROM BANKS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES AND OTHER CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RIGORS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP. TODAY WHAT THEY ARE FINDING IS THAT PEOPLE, AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE OF THE HOTEL WORKERS LEGISLATION, OR PROPOSED LEGISLATION IS GOING TO DISENFRANCHISE DISPROPORTIONATELY SMALL AND FAMILY-OWNED AND IMMIGRANT OWNED HOTEL AND RELATED BUSINESSES IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE. >>FEEL FREE TO LEAVE YOUR REMARKS. >>I WILL PUT THEM TOGETHER. >>THAT IS TRUE FOR ANYONE. WE LOVE TO SEE YOUR RESOLUTION KATIE. >>WE NEXT HAVE SENIOR SOUTH PARK. MAYBE I MISPRONOUNCED IT. IF THERE IS ANYONE HERE WHOSE NAME IS — I’M GOING TO KEEP GOING. STEPHANIE ANDERSON. JESSICA HORTON FOLLOWED BY MICHAEL. >>GOOD MORNING. MY NAME IS STEPHANIE ANDERSON AND I AM A PROGRAM MANAGER WITH THE YWCA OF SEATTLE KING AND SNOHOMISH. I WANT TO THINK THE COUNCIL FOR YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION. ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND THE YWCA OF SEATTLE, KING AND SNOHOMISH WE URGE YOU TO AUTOMATICALLY ADJUST THE HUMAN SERVICES CONTRACTS FOR INFLATION SO WE CAN MAINTAIN THE HUMAN SERVICES INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE HAVE BUILT TOGETHER. WE ALL UNDERSTAND THAT INFLATION IS PART OF DAILY ECONOMICS. THAT IS WHY IN 1975 CONGRESS RECOGNIZED THAT THE COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT WAS CRITICAL. SPECIFICALLY IN FINANCIAL SITUATIONS WHERE INSTITUTIONS AND PEOPLE ARE WORKING WITH A FIXED AMOUNT OF INCOME. OUR CURRENT SERVICES ARE FACING STEADILY INCREASING PRINTING COSTS LIKE LIGHT, HEAT, WATER, AND OTHER MAINTENANCE COSTS TO MAINTAIN FACILITIES. UNFORTUNATELY NOT ALL THE HST CONTRACTS PROVIDE THE CAPACITY TO COVER SAFETY FOR THOSE WE SERVE OR THE COST TO SERVE. THANK YOU. >>FEEL FREE TO LEAVE YOUR REMARKS. >> >>GOOD MORNING. MY NAME IS JESSICA HORTON AND I AM THE DIRECTOR OF SUPPORT FOR THE HAND PACIFIC HOTEL IN SOUTH LAKE UNION. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING OUR HOTEL THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AND BE HEARD AGAIN. AS I MENTIONED LAST WEEK I WORK IN VARIOUS DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES TO INCLUDE LAW ENFORCEMENT, SOCIAL SERVICES, NONPROFIT AND SUPPLY-CHAIN. WE CARE DEEPLY FOR THE HEALTH AND WELFARE AND SAFETY OF OUR ASSOCIATES AND WE HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING THAT TAKING THE BEST POSSIBLE CARE OF OUR ASSOCIATES IS KEY TO OUR SUCCESS. SOMETHING EVERY OWNER, GM AND HOTEL PERSONNEL CAN ATTEST TO. IT IS ENLIGHTENING AND IRONIC AT THE SAME TIME TO HEAR FROM NONPROFITS THAT HAVE TESTIFIED THIS MORNING IN REGARDS TO WHAT THEY GET PAID AND THE DEDICATION AND WHAT THEY ARE BRINGING TO THE CITY. WE ARE FOCUSED ON HOSPITALITY AND OVER TIME, MAYBE WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON NONPROFITS AND PAYING THE APPROPRIATE LEAD. >>[APPLAUSE] >>TOBY, STEVE, DAVID. >>THANK YOU. I AM MICHAEL QUINN FROM PLYMOUTH HOUSING GROUP. EVEN AS THE CRISIS OF HOMELESSNESS HAS GROWN DUE TO INSUFFICIENT RESOURCES, HUMAN SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE ASKED TO DO MORE WITH LESS IS IF THE ROAD TO SUCCESS ONLY PASSED THROUGH EFFICIENCY LANDMARKS. I HAVE SEEN THE CHALLENGES INCREASE TO PROVIDE VALIANTLY TREAT IT DEEP AND HEMORRHAGING WOUND WITH BAND-AIDS AND PUERILE AND SLEEPLESS NIGHTS. I WANT TO THINK THE OP I YOU EMPLOYEES OF OUR AGENCY THAT ARE HERE TODAY FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE TO DO THIS WORK. IT’S AS IF THE PROVIDER TRIED HARD ENOUGH OR COLLABORATED ENOUGH OR DID ENOUGH THIS WOUND WOULD HEAL THROUGH TRIAGE RATHER THAN INTENSIVE CARE. PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROVIDERS ARE HOLDING ONTO INDIVIDUALS THE NEED TO BE IN NURSING HOMES OR ASSISTED LIVING DUE TO COMPLEX BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ISSUES MAINTAIN PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING. IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THE MAYOR OF AUSTIN IS TOURING OUR CITY OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS TO LEARN WHAT MISTAKES WE HAVE MADE IN OUR WORK. AND I WOULD SAY THE FIRST THING I WOULD TELL THE MAYOR OF AUSTIN TO DO IS MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN ADJUSTMENT FOR INFLATION IN ALL YOUR HUMAN SERVICES CONTRACT AND HOPE THAT THE MAYOR HERE WILL SUPPORT THE SAME. >>[APPLAUSE] >>IF FOLKS CAN LINE UP, STEVE, DAVID AND MARY. >>MY NAME IS TB I AM ONE OF THE COEXECUTIVE DIRECTORS OF GENDER JUSTICE LEAGUE. WE ARE FIGHTING FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE. WE ARE GOOD AT WHAT WE DO. BUT THE NEED VASTLY OUTPACES OUR ABILITY. MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES, DISPROPORTIONATELY FACES BURDEN FACING DISCRIMINATION, JOB LOSS, GREATER RISK OF VIOLENCE, THEN HAVE A HARDER TIME ACCESSING SERVICES. THERE ARE ZERO SHELTERS IN SEATTLE DESIGNED FOR TRANS PEOPLE AND EXISTING PEOPLE STRUGGLE TO PREVENT ANTI-TRANS HARASSMENT. GENDER JUSTICE LEAGUE WAS NOT CREATED FOR DIRECT SERVICES BUT WE STARTED PROVIDING EMERGENCY HOUSING OUT OF OUR OFFICE BECAUSE WE SEE THE NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY AS A GREAT. HOUSING COSTS, NOT TO MENTION OFFICE RENT ARE RISING MUCH FASTER THAN INFLATION IN OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS BETTER SERVICES. LITERALLY, THE LEAST YOU COULD DO IS HELP THOSE SERVICES NOT FALL BEHIND. >>[APPLAUSE] ‘S CUP — >>MY NAME IS STEVE I AM SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE SEATTLE HUMAN SERVICES COALITION. MEMBERS PROVIDE THE SERVICES ACROSS LIFESPAN. GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE RESPONSE AND PREVENTION TO COMMUNITY CLINICS, HUMAN SERVICES WILL BEING IN SEATTLE. AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTING HUMAN SERVICES CONTRACTS FOR INFLATION WILL ALLOW YOU TO KEEP UP THOSE SERVICES AND MAINTAIN THE INFRASTRUCTURE WE HAVE BUILT TOGETHER. IN SOME YEARS THE CITY HAS MADE INFLATION ADJUSTMENTS ON SOME CONTRACTS. BUT EVEN THOUGH SPORADIC ADJUSTMENTS AMOUNT TO LESS THAN THE ACTUAL COST OF INFLATION, EFFECTIVELY REDUCING THE REACH OF SERVICES. SIMPLY PUT YOU UNDERMINE OUR CAPACITY TO REACH OUR GOALS WHEN CALLED TO PROVIDE SERVICES RISE BUT YOUR INVESTMENT DOES NOT. ADJUSTING FOR INFLATION IS AN EFFECTIVE COMMON SENSE BUSINESS PRACTICE WE URGE YOU TO EMPLOY. THANK YOU. >>[APPLAUSE] >>MY NAME IS DAVID. I AM A HOUSING CASE MANAGER AT DESC AND A DELEGATE FOR 1199. I WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH SOME OF SEATTLE’S MOST LIBERAL HOMELESS AND THEY ALSO HELP TO REPRESENT ALL OF DESC’S UNION EMPLOYEES AND I HAVE DONE SO FOR FOUR YEARS. I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE SIMPLY DON’T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO. AND I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. THE INFLATION-ADJUSTED CONTRACTS , IT WOULD ABSOLUTELY HELP. WE SIMPLY NEED MORE. THE NUMBER ONE COMPLAINT I HEAR FROM OTHER EMPLOYEES IS, WHY AREN’T WE GETTING PAID MORE? THE NUMBER ONE COMPLAINT I HEAR FROM CLIENTS IS, WHY CAN’T YOU GIVE ME THE THINGS I NEED IN ORDER TO LIVE? WHY CAN’T I HAVE CLEAN UNDERWEAR? WHY CAN’T I HAVE FOOD? >>THANK YOU. >>[APPLAUSE] >>AND I APOLOGIZE, THIS IS THE HONORABLE POSITIVE MARY LOU DICKERSON. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE STATE. >>THANK YOU AND GOOD MORNING COMES MEMBERS. I AM MARY LOU DICKERSON. I AM HERE ON BEHALF OF THE YOUTH CARE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. IN SUPPORT OF THE INFLATION LEGISLATION. AND I AM ALSO HERE AS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE AND CHAIR OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. SO I REALLY DO KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT CAN BE TO BALANCE ALL OF THESE THINGS WHEN YOU ARE DOING A BUDGET. BUT, I KNOW THAT WE HAVE A HISTORY IN GOVERNMENT INCLUDING THE CITY OF PUTTING HUMAN SERVICES OFTEN ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK WHEN IT COMES TO BALANCING THINGS. AND THAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING WAY TOO LONG. IT HAS ENDED UP IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN SERVICES HERE IN THE CITY BEING LITERALLY AT A BREAKING POINT. YOU’RE GOING TO HEAR TODAY ABOUT THE LACK OF INFLATION ADJUSTMENT AND HOW IT IMPACTS AGENCIES ABILITY TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN STAFF AND THUS PROVIDE QUALITY SERVICES. BUT WHAT I AM HERE TO TALK ABOUT IS THE IMPACT ON INFRASTRUCTURE ON THE HUMAN SERVICES AGENCIES. INFRASTRUCTURE THAT INCLUDES CRUMBLING BUILDINGS, BROKEN úELEVATORS, 15-YEAR-OLD COMPUTERS, ETC. IT IS TIME THAT WE TREAT HUMAN SERVICES AS WE TREAT OUR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. OUR ROADS, BRIDGES, ETC., THEY KEEP US SAFE. SO DOES HUMAN SERVICES. ENSURING THAT PROVIDERS CAN KEEP UP WITH THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS IS AN ESSENTIAL FIRST STEP IN STABILIZING OUR HUMAN SERVICES AND BRINGING US CLOSER TO REALIZING THE CITY’S VISION OF A JUST AND THRIVING COMMUNITY. IT IS TIME, IT IS PAST TIME, LET’S DO THIS NOW. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>[APPLAUSE] >>[ NAMES BEING READ ] >>GOOD MORNING. I AM HERE TODAY ON BEHALF OF ORION CENTER TO SUPPORT THE ANNUAL INFLATION ADJUSTMENT. IN THE LAST TWO YEARS WE’VE HAD TO FIX A BROKEN OVEN, LAUNDRY MACHINES, SHOWERS, BATHROOMS AND A HEATING SYSTEM. THE COST OF BASIC MAINTENANCE IS ABOVE OUR BUDGET. FOR EVERYDAY OUR LAUNDRY WAS BROKEN WE PAID $250 PER NIGHT TO CLEAN THE SHELTER SHEETS. MONEY THAT COULD HAVE BEEN SPENT ON STAFF AND PROGRAMMING. IN MY THREE YEARS I HAVE WITNESSED THE TURNOVER OF 45 STAFF MEMBERS. AS A MANAGER I INVENTED — INVESTED TIME AND MONEY YET THEY LEFT FOR HIGHER-PAYING JOBS WHEN THEY GOT EXPERIENCE. EVERY TIME THIS HAPPENS YOUNG PEOPLE’S BASELINE DROPS BECAUSE OF RETRAUMATIZATION WHICH MAKES IT HARDER FOR THE NEXT STAFF MEMBER TO BUILD TRUST. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE STAFF AND YOUTH IS ONE PAYCHECK. AS A LEADER IT’S PAINFUL TO SEE MY STAFF STRUGGLE IN THE SAME WAY AS OUR YOUTH JUST TO SURVIVE. I’M ASKING YOU TO HELP EVERYONE HERE MAINTAINER BUILDINGS AND IMPLEMENT QUALITY PROGRAMS BECAUSE OUR YOUTH AND STAFF DESERVE NOT JUST TO SURVIVE BUT TO THRIVE. >>[APPLAUSE] >>GOOD MORNING COUNCIL MEMBERS. I AM A PROGRAM MANAGER AT YOUTH CARE TESTIFYING TODAY IN SUPPORT OF AN ANNUAL INFLATION ADJUSTMENT FOR HUMAN SERVICES CONTRACTS. NO ONE COMES INTO THIS WORK LOOKING TO MAKE MONEY BUT I FOUGHT TOOTH AND NAIL TO GET THIS JOB BECAUSE I SAW THAT YOUTH CARE WAS ONE OF THE ONLY AGENCIES IN THE COUNTRY TO HELP UNDER 18 YOUTH AND OVER 18 ADULTS. IT WAS IMPORTANT BECAUSE TURNING 18 DOESN’T MEAN YOU NO LONGER NEED SUPPORT OR GUIDANCE OR ACCESS TO RESOURCES. HOW I KNOW THIS? BECAUSE IT WAS ME. I WAS HOMELESS AT THE AGE OF 15 AND PLACED IN FOSTER CARE. WHEN I TURNED 18 IT WAS LIKE DHS WIPED ITS HANDS OF ME. I WAS ON MY OWN. I WAS ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES. AND I TURNED 17 I WAS CONNECTED WITH A NONPROFIT, I RECEIVED A COLOR SIP THE HELP ME GO TO COLLEGE. SHE BELIEVED I WAS WORTH SOMETHING THAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE. I KNOW PERSONALLY THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS WORK BECAUSE WHEN DONE WELL IT CHANGES LIVES. MY BIGGEST FEAR WORKING AT YOUTH CARE IS WHEN WE CAN KEEP UP WITH COSTS, WHEN WE CAN’T PAY STAFF ENOUGH TO DO THEIR JOB WELL WE CAUSE HEART. I AM ASKING YOU GIVE AGENCIES THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO CREATE LONG LASTING, POSITIVE CHANGE. >>[APPLAUSE] >>I AM HERE REPRESENTING INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE ANNUAL INFLATION ADJUSTMENT. ESTABLISHED IN 1973, A FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTER THAT PROVIDES CULTURALLY AND THE MYSTICALLY APPROPRIATE COMPETENCE OF AN AFFORDABLE HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES AT 11 SITES THROUGHOUT KING COUNTY. ARE FACILITIES AND PROVIDERS OFFER PATIENTS THE VERY BEST IN PRIMARY CARE QUALITY AND OUR PROGRAMS GIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY NEED TO LIVE HEALTHIER AND MORE FULFILLED LIVES AT EVERY STAGE. HEALTH CENTERS ARE CRUCIAL ACCESS POINTS FOR PEOPLE SEEKING HIGH-QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE THEY CANNOT GET ANYWHERE ELSE. ONE OF OUR PATIENTS HAS DESCRIBED SEEKING TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE. IC HS PROVIDES THIS PERSON A PLACE WHERE THEY FEEL CARED FOR AND WHERE THEY FINALLY TRUST DOCTORS. WITHOUT STABLE FUNDING STREAMS IT’S DIFFICULT TO MAKE LONG-TERM PLANS THAT ALLOW US TO BEST SERVE PATIENTS AND COMMUNITIES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. >>[APPLAUSE] >>MY NAME IS JENNY AND I WORK FOR CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES. I AM ALSO A SINGLE PARENT OF THREE CHILDREN. AND A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. THREE YEARS AGO MY HUSBAND BEAT ME PRETTY TERRIBLY IN OUR HOME AND HE WAS INCARCERATED. AT THAT TIME I WAS GETTING READY TO TRANSFER ADDITIONS IN CATHOLIC UNITY SERVICES TO SUPERVISE SHELTER AND A CENTER. I DID TRANSITION INTO THAT POSITION. I DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO THINK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO INDEPENDENTLY SUPPORT MY CHILDREN. AND TO PAY THE BILLS SO I DID NOT ALSO BECOME HOMELESS. I HAVE BEEN IN THAT POSITION FOR THREE YEARS AND ABOUT A YEAR AND HALF AGO I MADE THE DECISION TO RETURN TO SCHOOL BECAUSE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES WAS UNABLE TO GIVE ME THE RACE TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT MYSELF AND MY CHILDREN. I WILL BE VACATING THAT POSITION ON SEPTEMBER 13. IT’S VERY CONCERNING FOR ME THAT WE ARE, AS SOCIAL SERVICE WORKERS, WE ARE HERE TO HELP SUPPORT PEOPLE IN POSITIONS TO NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. HOWEVER AS A SUPERVISOR OF A PROGRAM I COULD NOT AFFORD THAT AND AM SUSCEPTIBLE TO BECOMING HOMELESS. I REALLY HOPE YOU SUPPORT THE ADJUSTMENT FOR INFLATION.[APPLAUSE] >>I AM THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT THE DOMESTIC ABUSE WOMEN’S NETWORK. I AM HERE TO REQUEST THE PASSING OF INFLATION ADJUSTMENT ACROSS THE HUMAN SERVICES CONTRACTS FOR PROVIDERS. WE SUPPORT AND EMPOWER SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE. MY STAFF WORKED TIRELESSLY TO SERVE SURVIVORS. IN THE LAST YEAR THEY SPOKE 17 PRIMARY LANGUAGES, WE SAW 109% INCREASE IN CLIENT NEED. OUR CRISIS SUPPORT LINE TOOK OVER 5700 LINE CALLS AND OUR SHELTER PROVIDED SERVICES FOR 105 WOMEN AND 107 CHILDREN. HOWEVER FOR EVERY ONE SURVIVOR FAMILY YOU NEED IN KING COUNTY, 57 ARE TURNED AWAY. IT’S IMPERATIVE TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE AND GROW OUR SERVICES. MY STAFF WORKED 24 SEVEN ON A CRISIS LINE AND WE SEE THE GROWING NEED AND ABILITY TO PROVIDE MY STAFF THE RESOURCES AND SUPPORT TO PROVIDE SERVICES. FOR THE VULNERABLE POPULATION. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU COMING TO TESTIFY. I AM SORRY TO CUT IT DOWN TO ONE MINUTE. WE HAVE SIX PEOPLE SIGNED UP. WE HAVE BEEN DOING PUBLIC TESTIMONY FOR 45 MINUTES. I NEED TO TRANSFER TO THE DOMESTIC STANDARDS BOARD. I HATE THAT FEELING WHEN YOU HAVE TO GET TO WORK AND ARE RUNNING LATE. IF WE HAVE TIME WE WILL COME BACK. IF YOU HAVE PUBLIC TESTIMONY YOU WOULD SUBMIT IN WRITING YOU CAN DO THAT AS WELL. I WILL LEAVE THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPEN IN CASE WE HAVE ADDITIONAL TIME. I WOULD LIKE US TO READ INTO THE AGENDA ITEM NUMBER ONE. WHEN YOU ARE DOING THAT CAN YOU PLEASE HAVE JASMINE, VICTOR INDIANA JOIN US AT THE TABLE. >>APPOINTMENT OF VICTOR LOZADA , DOMESTIC WORKERS STANDARDS BOARD FOR A TERM OF FIBBER 28, 2022. >>TODAY WE HAVE OUR LAST APPOINTMENT TO THE DOMESTIC WORKERS STANDARDS BOARD. THIS IS THE NINTH POSITION SELECTED BY THE BOARD. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE EACH OF YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELVES FOR THE RECORD AND VICTOIRE, I KNOW YOU HAVE TO GO A LITTLE EARLY FOR WORK, [ FOREIGN LANGUAGE BEING SPOKEN ] IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY THE BEGINNING YOU CAN START WITH THAT. >>MY NAME IS JASMINE WITH THE SEATTLE OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS. >>MY NAME IS VICTOR LOZADA, MEMBER OF THE CASSA LATINA LABOR. >>I AM THE INTERPRETER. >>EXCELLENT. I WILL STOP WITH MY BAD SPANISH. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. JASMINE, WELCOME TO THE TABLE IN YOUR NEW ROLE. WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE YOUR OFFICE PRESENTED IN FOR YOUR SKILLS TO BE AT THE OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS. WOULD YOU LIKE TO START WITH COMMENTS? >>IT’S GREAT TO BE HERE. AS YOU KNOW LAST YEAR COUNCIL PAST THE DOMESTIC WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS GRANTING INCREASED LABOR PROTECTION — GRANTING INCREASED LABOR PROTECTIONS FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS INCLUDING NANNIES, HOUSEKEEPERS, HOOKS, HOME CARE WORKERS AND HOUSEHOLD MANAGERS WHO WORK IN A PRIVATE HOME IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE. THE DOMESTIC WORKERS ORDINANCE TREATED THE DOMESTIC WORKERS STANDARDS BOARD TO PROVIDE A FORM FOR HIRING ENTITIES, DOMESTIC WORKERS, WORKER ORGANIZATIONS AND THE PUBLIC TO CONSIDER, ANALYZE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE CITY ON GREATER LEGAL PROTECTIONS, BENEFITS AND WORKING CONDITIONS FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS. I SHOULD PAUSE AND SAY THAT I WILL CONTINUE WITH MY SPIEL IN ENGLISH, THE INTERPRETER IS HERE PRIMARILY FOR WHEN VICTOR — THAT’S ONE GOING TO KEEP GOING. THAT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING. >>I WANTED TO INTRODUCE THAT THE DOMESTIC WORKERS STANDARDS BOARD CONSISTS OF FOUR WORKER REPRESENTATIVES, TWO WORKERS IN PARTICULAR AND TWO WORKER ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVES. FOUR HIRING REP SEDATIVES. THE BOARD HAS MET FIVE TIMES INCLUDING A DAYLONG RETREAT TO GET PREPARED FOR THE WORK PLAN WE WILL SUBMIT LATER THIS YEAR. WE ARE HERE TODAY BECAUSE THE DOMESTIC WORKERS STANDARDS BOARD HAS SELECTED ITS NINTH MEMBER, VICTOR LOZADA, AND WE ARE ASKING FOR COUNCIL CONFIRMATION ON HIS APPOINTMENT. I WILL LET VICTOR TALK MORE ABOUT HIMSELF. I WANTED TO SAY THE BOARD WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH HIS APPLICATION AND IN PARTICULAR IS VERY EXCITED FOR THE ORGANIZING EXPERIENCE VICTOR BRINGS AS WELL AS HIS EXPERIENCE AS A GARDENER IN THE CITY. THAT WAS A GAP IN THE INDUSTRY REPRESENTED ON THE BOARD. THE BOARD REALLY FEELS THEY ARE READY TO GO WITH VICTOR’S KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE. NOW I WILL TURN IT OVER TO HIM. TANKS. >>[ FOREIGN LANGUAGE BEING SPOKEN ] >>FOR THE AUDIENCE, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TRANSLATION AS VICTOR SPEAKS. >>[ FOREIGN LANGUAGE BEING SPOKEN ] >>AM VERY MUCH MOTIVATED FOR THE FACT THAT THIS NEW CODE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE. >>[ FOREIGN LANGUAGE BEING SPOKEN ] >>AND I FEEL COMPELLED TO PARTICIPATE DUE TO MY EXPERIENCE. BOTH AS MY EXPERIENCE AS A GARDENER AND ALSO WITH CITIZENS. WE ALL FEEL HAPPY AND WE FEEL RELAXED WHEN WE ARE IN A GARDEN. BUT WE DON’T THINK ABOUT ALL THE WORK IN ORDER TO KEEP THE GARDEN IN THE CONDITION WE LIKE IT TO BE. AND I HAVE A LOT OF RESPONSIBILITY BRINGING THE VOICE OF THE GARDENERS AND ALL THE GARDEN WORKERS TO THIS MEETING, TO THIS PLACE NOW. I THINK SEATTLE IS DOING A GREAT THING, THAT IS GIVING US THE RIGHTS THAT OTHER WORKERS HAVE. AND I THINK ALSO THAT THE CITY, LIKE OUR SOCIETY IN GENERAL, LIKE ANY OTHER LIVING ORGANISM MUST HAVE A BALANCE. IT’S NOT ONLY ABOUT THIS ORGANIZATION ASKING REQUESTING AND SOLICITING. BUT ALSO A PLATFORM. IT CAN BECOME MORE PROFESSIONAL. AND CAN GIVE MORE TO SOCIETY. WE KNOW FOR EXAMPLE THAT VANCOUVER BC HAS VERY BEAUTIFUL GARDENS. BUT WE HAVE THE SAME WHETHER AND WE KNOW WE CAN HAVE THE BEST GARDENS IN AMERICA. AND THAT IS THE WORKERS CAN HAVE A GOOD LIFE. I’M A LITTLE BIT TIRED ABOUT THE CLICHC THAT GARDENING IS A LOW CLASS JOB. AND IT DOESN’T REQUIRE INTELLIGENCE OR NO ELABORATE THINKING. BUT ANYONE WHO HAS WORKED IN HIS OWN GARDEN KNOWS IT’S MORE COMPLEX THAN SIMPLY GOING AND TAKING ALL THE HERBS AWAY. AND I KNOW THE SATISFACTION THAT IT BRINGS TO DO SOMETHING TO IMPROVE SOCIETY. AND SIMPLY THESE ARE MY MOTIVATIONS AND REFLECTIONS ABOUT THIS JOB. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THIS TABLE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY FOR OTHER WORKERS. ANYONE HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION? COUNCIL PRESIDENT. >>I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR SERVING. AND GARDENING, IN MY OPINION, IS AN ART AND YOU DESCRIBED BEAUTIFULLY. >>[ FOREIGN LANGUAGE BEING SPOKEN ] >>I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING HIM ON THIS BOARD IS A CRITICAL BOARD, I LOOK FORWARD AND HE WILL MAKE AN OUTSTANDING ADDITION. >>OKAY. [ FOREIGN LANGUAGE BEING SPOKEN ] >>THANK YOU. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE ON THIS BOARD WITH LIVED EXPERIENCES LIKE YOURS AND WE AS COUNCILMEMBERS COUNT ON YOU TO PUSH US SO THAT WE CAN PASS BETTER LAWS FOR WORKERS IN OUR CITY AND WE CAN BE A LEADER IN THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU. >>I UNDERSTAND. THANK YOU. >>OKAY. SINCE THERE ARE NO MORE QUESTIONS, I AM REALLY EXCITED, HAVE A LOT OF ENERGY AROUND THIS THEME. AND I KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO BE A GREAT ADDITION TO THE TABLE. AND WE NEED YOUR EXPERIENCE. WITHOUT ANY FURTHER ADO, I’D LIKE TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS CONFIRMATION OF VICTOR LOZADA IS A MEMBER OF DOMESTIC WORKERS STANDARDS BOARD. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER COMMENTS? SEEING THEN ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? NO ONE OPPOSED. IT WAS UNIVERSALLY PAST. WE WILL BRING THE MOTION TO THE FULL COMMITTEE ON JULY 15. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THERE. BUT YOU ARE WELCOME TO BE THERE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET’S MOVE ON TO OUR SECOND AGENDA ITEM. BEFORE WE DO THAT I WANT TO THANK OUR FULL TABLE, OUR COMMITTE MEMBERS, COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW , COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD , THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. PLEASE WELCOME EMILY COLORADO AND TRACI RATZLIFF. PLEASE READ ITEM NUMBER TWO. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE SALE OF LOW-INCOME HOUSING; BRIEFIN AND DISCUSSION. >>TRACI RATZLIFF. >> EMILY ALVARADO. >>I WANT TO REMIND FOLKS THERE IS NOT A VOTE. THIS IS ONE OF THE BILLS WE WILL DISCUSS NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING. WE DID HAVE A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT THIS BILL ONCE ALREADY. AS FOLKS KNOW THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL TOOL AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR HOW WE LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR MORE TENANTS AND NONPROFIT DEVELOPERS HAVE A CHANCE TO ACCESS MULTIFAMILY UNITS AS THEY COME ON THE MARKET. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING WITH CASH IN HAND TO BUY MULTIFAMILY UNITS. WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FOLKS TO HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE AN OFFER AS TENANTS OR NONPROFIT DEVELOPER AND I WILL HOLD SOME OF OUR COMMENTS AROUND THE AMENDMENTS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION YOU PROVIDED. WE WILL JUMP RIGHT IN. AS A REMINDER, THIS IS A DISCUSSION PURPOSE ONLY MEETING. WE WILL HAVE A POTENTIAL VOTE NEXT WEEK. >>THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBERS. WE HAD A FIRST DISCUSSION OF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION ON THE JUNE COMMITTEE. TODAY I WANT TO BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE WHAT IS IN THE PROPOSED SUBSTITUTE IN TO THE FOUR AMENDMENTS BEING PROPOSED FOR DISCUSSION TODAY. JUST TO REMIND YOU, IN THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, IT WOULD EXPAND THE REQUIREMENT TO INCLUDE FAMILY BUILDINGS WITH TWO OR MORE HOUSING UNITS, CURRENTLY THE REQUIREMENT IS APPLICABLE TO BUILDINGS WITH FIVE OR MORE UNITS. THE NOTICE PERIOD WOULD BE INCREASED FROM 60 DAYS TO 90 DAYS. IT WOULD REQUIRE THE BUILDING OWNER TO SUBMIT A SIGNED A DECLARATION TO THE CITY STATING THEY ARE COMPLYING WITH THE NOTICE REQUIREMENTS INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION. IT WOULD REQUIRE THE BUILDING OWNERS TO PROMINENTLY POST NOTICE IN THE BUILDING THAT IS GOING TO BE SOLD AND THIS IS TO ALERT THE TENANTS TO THE REALITY THAT THE BUILDING MAY BE IN FACT SOLD. IT WOULD REQUIRE BUILDING OWNERS WHO RECEIVE AN UNSOLICITED OFFER TO ISSUE THE NOTICE BOTH TO THE CITY AND TO THE TENANTS WITHIN TWO DAYS OF RECEIVING THE OFFER. IT WOULD PROHIBIT THE BUILDING OWNER FROM EXECUTING A PURCHASE AND SALE UNTIL 90 DAYS AFTER THE REQUIRED NOTICES ARE ISSUED. IT WOULD INCREASE THE PENALTY FOR NONCOMPLIANCE FROM $500 UP TO $2000. MOVING TO THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS. THERE ARE FOUR AMENDMENTS. THE FIRST IS A TIERED NOTICE REQUIREMENT. THE SECOND HAS TO DO WITH AN EVALUATION OF PROVISIONS BY THE CITY AUDITOR. THE THIRD HAS TO DO WITH WORKSHOPS TO FACILITATE SALES IN THE FOURTH THE STRATEGIES TO MONITOR ENFORCEMENT AND COMPLIANCE AND PROVIDE AN ONGOING STAKEHOLDERS GROUP. THE FIRST AMENDMENT WHICH IS PROBABLY THE MOST COMPLEX OF THE FOUR MAKES CHANGES TO THE NOTICE REQUIREMENT. WHAT IT DOES IS IT WOULD ESTABLISH A TIERED PROCESS. IT WOULD HAVE A PROCESS FOR SMALL BUILDINGS WHICH ARE 2-4 UNIT BUILDINGS. DUPLEXES AND TRIPLEX IS AN FOUR PLEXUS. A SEPARATE NOTICE PROCESS FOR BUILDINGS WITH FIVE OR MORE UNITS. JUST SO YOU KNOW, WE DIDN’T PICK THIS UP OUT OF THE AIR. WE LOOKED AT SAN FRANCISCO AND D.C. WHO HAVE A SIMILAR TIERED NOTICE REQUIREMENT. WE LOOKED AT WHAT THEY DID. WE HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH SOME OF THE STAKEHOLDERS AND WHAT WE HAVE COME UP WITH KIND OF REFLECTS A LOT OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS AND INPUT FROM OTHER JURISDICTIONS. LET’S LOOK FIRST AT THE 2-4 UNITS. AFTER THE OWNER ISSUES THE NOTICE, WHETHER IT’S BECAUSE THEY’RE GETTING READY TO LIST THE PROPERTY OR THEY GOT AN OFFER, 15 DAYS AFTER THAT OWNER ISSUES THAT NOTICE, A TENANT, TENANT GROUP, NONPROFIT HOUSING DEVELOPER, SEATTLE HOUSING AUTHORITY, I THINK WE ADDED OH INTO THIS, AND HAVE THE ABILITY TO ISSUE A STATEMENT OF INTEREST TO THE BUILDING OWNER. TAT WOULD BE A WRITTEN STATEMENT VIA EMAIL, MAIL, THE VARIOUS WAYS YOU CAN TRANSMIT THAT. IF IT THAT FIRST 15 DAYS NOBODY LET’S THE BUILDING OWNER KNOW THEY HAVE AN INTEREST IN PURCHASING THE BUILDING, THE BUILDING OWNER WOULD BE FREE AT THAT POINT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE SALE OF THE PROPERTY. IF YOU HAVE ONE OF THOSE ENTITIES RAISE THEIR HAND AND SAY THEY ARE INTERESTED, YOU WOULD MOVE TO THE NEXT TIER WHICH IS 15 DAYS AFTER THAT STATEMENT OF INTEREST WAS SUBMITTED THEY WOULD HALF TO, THE TENANT IN THIS CASE, I WILL EXPLAIN WHAT WE DON’T REQUIRED OF THE OTHERS, WOULD HAVE TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION DEMONSTRATING FINANCIAL A FACILITY ABILITY TO PURCHASE THE BUILDING. SOMETHING FROM A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION OR LOAN OFFICER OR LENDER THAT SHOWS THE TENANT OR TENANT GROUP HAS THE ABILITY TO PURCHASE THE BUILDING. WE GIVE OH THE ABILITY TO ESTABLISH OTHER FORMS OF IMITATION, A LETTER FROM OH THAT SAYS SOMEONE IS ELIGIBLE FOR A HOMEOWNERSHIP LOAN IN THE AMOUNT NEEDED TO BUY THE BUILDING IS ONE EXAMPLE. THEY WOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES. >>MASK A CLARIFYING QUESTION? I WANT TO CLARIFY SOMETHING TO UNDERSTAND THE CONTEXT OF THE AMENDMENT. WITHOUT THE AMENDMENT, THE CONCEPT THAT A AGREEMENT CANNOT BE ENTERED INTO WITHOUT THE 90 DAY WINDOW — THE THOUGHT BEING TO GIVE NONPROFIT DEVELOPERS AN OPPORTUNITY AND THE TENANTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RELOCATE WHICH PUTS THEM BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL IF THEY GET 30 DAYS NOTICE FOR EXAMPLE PARTICULARLY A LOWER INCOME TENANT. THAT’S THE CONCEPT? >>I DON’T THINK RELOCATION OF TENANTS IS THE ISSUE. IT’S LETTING THEM KNOW THAT THE BUILDING MAY BE SOLD. IT’S INFORMATION FOR THEM. I DON’T THINK IT’S THE IDEA THAT WE THINK THEY ARE ALL GOING TO RELOCATE. BECAUSE THE BUILDING MAY NOT SELL OR MAY NOT SELL FOR MANY MONTHS. IT’S TO GIVE THEM NOTICE OF THE POTENTIAL EVENT. >>SO THE CONCEPT OF THE 90 DAY WAIT PERIOD IF YOU WILL, IS NOT DRIVEN BECAUSE OF THE NEEDS OF THE TENANT? I THOUGHT IT WAS DRIVEN BECAUSE OF THE NEEDS OF THE TENANT BECAUSE 80% AMI PERSON, IT’S GOING TO BE HARD TO RELOCATE QUICKLY. I THOUGHT WE WERE GIVING THEM MORE TIME. THAT’S NOT A CONCERN? >>I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE DRIVER. >>FORGIVE ME IF I AM SPEAKING OUT OF TURN BUT I THINK THE PRIMARY DRIVER IS TO GIVE A TENANT, A TENANT GROUP, A NONPROFIT URBANIZATION OR THE CITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT AN OFFER TO THE OWNER. IT MAY BE THE SECONDARY THING THAT YOU GIVE TENANTS NOTICE THAT MIGHT ENABLE THEM TO MOVE. I DON’T KNOW THAT WAS THE PRIMARY THING. >>IT’S TO GIVE THEM NOTICE. >>THE LEGISLATIVE INTENT IS FOCUSED ON LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE BUILDING. YOU ARE RIGHT, THERE ARE SOME GREAT PROGRAMS FOR RELOCATION ASSISTANCE. THIS WAS INTENDED TO MAKE SURE THOSE WHO ARE LIVING IN MULTIFAMILY UNITS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH THE LEAST ONE UNIT AT 80% AMI OR BELOW HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITY WE HAD PROVIDED TO THOSE LIVING IN APARTMENT BUILDINGS WITH FIVE OR MORE UNITS. WE CURRENTLY HAVE IN STATUTE IF YOU HAVE 85 OR MORE MY FAMILY STRUCTURE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO NOTIFY THE CITY BEFORE THOSE BUILDINGS ARE SOLD. WHAT WE FOUND IS THAT MANY OF THE NONPROFI DEVELOPERS HAVE SAID, A 60 DAY WINDOW IS TOO SHORT FOR THEM TO GET THE MATERIALS TOGETHER. WE ALSO DECIDED IS THAT MANY OF OUR TWO, THREE AND FOUR UNIT STRUCTURES HAVE A LOT OF AFFORDABLE UNITS SOMETIMES THE GET PICKED UP ON THE MARKET VERY QUICKLY. WE ARE NOT GIVING A CHANCE FOR THE TENANTS OR NONPROFIT DEVELOPERS TO MAKE AN OFFER. IT DOESN’T CHANGE ANY TENANT NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS IN TERMS OF RELOCATION. IT ALSO DOESN’T CHANGE THE COST OF THE BUILDING. WE ARE MESSING WITH THE MARKET. I THINK IT’S ABOUT THE NOTIFICATION FOR TENANTS AND NONPROFITS. >>IS IT THAT THE SELLER CANNOT SIGN A DOCUMENT OR CAN THEY SIGNED A DOCUMENT BUT NOT CLOSE IT WITHIN THE 90 DAYS? >>THEY CANNOT SIGN THE DOCUMENT. THE WAY THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION IS DRAFTED THEY CANNOT SIGN A PROPOSED SALE AGREEMENT UNTIL THE 90 DAYS HAS ELAPSED. BUT THE AMENDMENT CHANGES THAT. >>THANK YOU. >>JUST TO BE CLEAR, THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT FOR THE TENANTS TO BE NOTICED UNDER THE CURRENT POLICY. THAT IS A NEW PIECE. I THINK THE INTENT WAS TO GIVE THE TENANTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO POTENTIALLY PUT AN OFFER IN AND ALSO WITH ANOTHER COULD BE A CHANGE IN THE SITUATION OF THE BUILDING. >>THE SECOND TIER IS THE TENANT HAS TO PROVE THEY HAVE THE FINANCIAL ABILITY TO PURCHASE THE BUILDING. IF THEY CANNOT PROVIDE THAT DOCUMENTATION, THE OWNER IS IN FACT FREE AT THAT POINT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH LISTING AND/OR SELLING THEIR PROPERTY. WE DON’T REQUIRE SHA, QUALIFIED NONPROFIT HOUSING DEVELOPER WHO WAS RAISED HER HAND AND SAID WE ARE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING, THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REACH THAT FINANCIAL ABILITY BECAUSE WE PRESUME THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT. IT IS THE TENANT OR TENANT GROUP THAT MAY BE THE ONES, YOU WONDER WHETHER THEY HAVE THE FINANCIA ABILITY. >>I DON’T KNOW IF JOHN FOX IS STILL HERE, IS HE? HE CORNERED ME COMING INTO MY OFFICE AND WE HAD A GOOD CHAT ABOUT HIS CONCERN AROUND NONPROFITS AND THE IMPACT THIS WOULD HAVE ON AN INDIVIDUAL NONPROFITS ABILITY TO PURCHASE. I THINK YOU JUST ANSWERED THE QUESTION WELL, BUT I WANTED TO REITERATE THAT IF CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES OR PLYMOUTH HOUSING OR ANY OF THE BELLWETHER OR OTHERS, DO THEY HAVE TO BE PREAPPROVED BY THE OFFICE OF HOUSING? HOW DOES THAT WORK, LET’S SAY HIS NONPROFIT WANTED TO BUY IT? >>WE DEFINE A QUALIFIED NONPROFIT AS A HOUSING DEVELOPER WHO HAS DONE AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE, I THINK THREE PROJECTS MAYBE. AND IS IN GOOD STANDING WITH THE OFFICE OF HOUSING AS DEFINED IN OUR OFFICE HOUSING POLICIES. OFTEN THAT REQUIRES THEY ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH ALL OF THEIR MANAGEMENT PLAN REQUIREMENTS. OPERATIONS OF THE BUILDING. IT IS GETTING AT NUMBER ONE THEY HAVE GOT EXPERIENCE DEVELOPING HOUSING AND DOING THAT WELL IN THE CITY AND THAT THEY ARE OPERATING THINGS WELL. WE HAVE DEFINED THOSE AS OUR QUALIFIED NONPROFITS WHO WE PRESUME HAVE THE FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL ABILITY TO TAKE ON A PURCHASE. >>PIGGYBACKING ON WHAT COUNCILMEMBER HARRELL HAD ASKED, IF THE TENANT OR TENANT GROUP 1st THEY RAISE THEIR HAND AND SAY WE ARE INTERESTED. IN 15 DAYS WE HAVE TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT SAYS WE HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DO THIS. BUT IF THERE IS NO TENANT GROUP THAT DOES THAT, BUT IT’S 30 DAYS LATER, THE SELLER COULD ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH SOMEONE ELSE. HOW DOES THE NONPROFIT FIT IN THERE UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES? >>THE NONPROFIT IN THE FIRST 15 DAYS WOULD HAVE TO RAISE THEIR HAND AND SAY I HAVE AN INTEREST. IF THEY DO, THEY HAVE AN ADDITIONAL — THEY HAVE 30 DAYS FROM THAT STATEMENT OF INTEREST, EVERYONE DOES FROM THE STATEMENT OF INTEREST TO SUBMIT AN OFFER TO THE SELLER AND TRY TO REACH AN AGREEMENT ON THE SALE OF THE BUILDING. >>OUT OF THE QUESTION THAT CAME UP, AND I WANT TO THANK JOHN FOR RAISING THIS, SON — SOME NONPROFITS, THEY LEVERAGE FUNDS, THEY APPLY FOR GRANTS, THEY WORK ON TAX CREDITS IN ORDER TO BRING THE PACKAGE TOGETHER. WHAT ASSURANCE ARE WE GIVING A NONPROFIT BY THIS THAT THEY WILL ACTUALLY HAVE THE TIME THE NEED TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO? ONE OF THE CONVERSATIONS WE HAVE HAD ABOUT THIS PROPOSAL IS, WE DON’T HAVE RESOURCES TO BUY EVERY POTENTIAL BUILDING THAT MIGHT COME UP FOR SALE IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE. WE SHOULD NOT BE MAKING PROMISES THAT NONPROFITS CAN STEP INTO EVERY BUILDING. AND PURCHASE. I ESPECIALLY THINK THAT’S TRUE, ON THE SMALLER PROJECTS. DUPLEX AND TRIPLEX. WE HAVE A DIFFERENT NOTICE REQUIREMENT FOR THE FIVE LARGER UNITS. IT’S A LONGER PERIOD. AS IT RELATES TO SMALLER UNITS, IT’S HARD FOR ME TO IMAGINE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF NONPROFITS WERE GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE UNITS. THAT’S WHERE I SEE MORE LIKELY THE TENANTS OR TENANT GROUP STEP IN AND SAY WE WANT TO PURCHASE THE BUILDINGS. >>I THINK THAT IS RIGHT. COUNCIL PASSED A FEW WEEKS AGO OUR ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL PLAN AND IN THAT PLAN IS ARE ACQUISITION AND PRESERVATION’S FUND. IT IS NOW A REVOLVING $30 MILLION FUND THAT USES OTHER MONEY THAT HAS LONG-TERM NEEDS FOR SHORT-TERM PURPOSES. IF SOMEONE WERE TO APPLY FOR FUNDS FOR EITHER PRESERVATION OR ACQUISITION LOANS FOR MULTIFAMILY OR HOMEOWNERSHIP IT WOULD BE THROUGH THAT FUND AND THOSE ARE VERY LIMITED RESOURCES. IN PLACES LIKE SAN FRANCISCO WHERE THEY HAVE THESE KINDS OF NOTICE REQUIREMENTS THEY ALSO ACTUALLY TEND TO HAVE STANDALONE PRESERVATION FUNDS FOR SMALL SITES PROGRAM IN SAN FRANCISCO THAT THEN CAN CREATE THE RESOURCES TO EFFECTUATE THE OUTCOMES THAT ARE IDENTIFIED IN THE NOTICE ORDINANCE. >>CAN YOU REMIND ME FOR THE SAKE OF MY BAD MEMORY, THESE THREE STEPS AS DESCRIBED IN THE BILL BEFORE US, ARE ALL THREE OF THEM COLLAPSED WITH 90 DAYS? IS THAT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DEMONSTRATED IN 90 DAYS? >>NO. THE 90 DAYS GOES AWAY AND WHAT COMES IN PLACE — >>THE CURRENT BILL. >>THERE IS NOTHING IN HERE ABOUT THE TIERED NOTICE. >>WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE 90 DAYS? IN THE CURRENT BILL? >>THEY HAVE 90 DAYS. WE SAY NOTHING ABOUT THEIR ABILITY TO GO TO A POTENTIAL SELLER AND SUBMIT A PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT. THERE IS NOTHING IN THE INITIAL BILL THAT SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT THE ABILITY TO SHOW YOU HAVE INTEREST OR FINANCIAL VIABILITY. NONE OF THAT IS IN THE EXISTING BILL. BUT IF I CAN ADD A FINER POINT. >>JUST THAT THE BUILDING OWNER HAS THE OBLIGATION TO MAKE IT KNOWN THAT THE PROPERTY IS FOR SALE FOR 90 DAYS. THERE IS NO OBLIGATION TO DEMONSTRATE ANYTHING TO THE OWNER ON THE PART OF THE NONPROFIT. >>CORRECT. >>I WOULD ADD, WHAT WE HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF FOLKS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND FOLKS IN THIS INDUSTRY, THERE IS A REAL INTEREST IN MAKING SURE THE FOLKS WHO ARE SAYING, I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THIS PROPERTY, RAISING THE HAND THE TRACY TALKED ABOUT, THAT THEY HAVE THE VIABILITY TO MAKE THE OFFER. WE ARE NOT INCLUDING NONPROFIT DEVELOPERS AND THAT. MANY TENANTS WE ARE COLLUDING IN THE POSTING THAT IF THEY’RE INTERESTED WILL GIVE THEM INFORMATION FOR WHERE TO GO TO REACH THE OFFICE OF HOUSING. THE CONCEPT HERE WAS WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE DON’T WANT FOLKS NECESSARILY RAISING THEIR HAND AND PUTTING ESTATE POTENTIAL SALE FOR 90 DAYS IF THERE IS NO ABILITY TO DO THAT. WE WANTED TO PUT IN REASONABLE TIME FRAMES FOR THE RAISING OF THE HAND AND TO RECOGNIZE OUR NONPROFIT DEVELOPERS WILL NOT HAVE TO VERIFY, THEY HAVE BEEN VERIFIED IN MANY WAYS. BUT IF THERE ARE TENANTS INTERESTED, LET’S SAY IT’S A FOUR PLEX AND THEY’RE INTERESTED IN CREATING A COAL MOP, THEY WOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO SAY YES. THAN THEY COULD WORK WITH A NONPROFIT TO SHOW THEY HAVE POTENTIAL VIABILITY. THAN THEY HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 90 DAYS — ADDITIONAL 30 DAYS TO SAY HERE IS WHAT WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER AND WE LOVE TO WORK WITH YOU ON AN OFFER. THAT HELPS RECOGNIZE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TWO AND FOUR UNIT STRUCTURE. WHAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM OTHERS IS MANY OF THE 5+ UNIT STRUCTURES ARE A DIFFERENT ANIMAL WHEN IT COMES TO PURCHASING. THIS HELPS US RECOGNIZE THAT SOME OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES TO PURCHASE ARE NOT GOING TO BE ACTED UPON. AND IT FREES UP THE SALE QUICKER. IT ALSO GIVES US THE ABILITY TO HAND-IN-HAND WORK WITH SOME OF THE TENANTS MIGHT BE INTERESTED AND KNOW THAT THEY NEED TO SHOW ACTION BY A CERTAIN DATE. I’M GOING TO ASK US KEEP GOING THROUGH THE PRESENTATION BECAUSE I KNOW WE HAVE OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA. I WANT TO LET OUR COUNCIL COLLEAGUES KNOW, I HAVE ASKED OUR FRIENDS AT THE OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS IF THEY BE WILLING TO COME BACK A DIFFERENT DAY FOR THE RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE REPORT THAT WE CAN HAVE A ROBUST DISCUSSION ON THE NEXT TWO AGENDA ITEMS. >>CHAIR, IF I CAN ASK, FIRST OF ALL THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO COME IN LATE. HAD THE RETIREMENT BOARD COMMITTEE THIS MORNING. COUNCILMEMBER JUAREZ AND I HAVE A 12 PM FULL STOP. I’M WONDERING WHETHER ONE OF THE ITEMS YOU ARE INTENDING TO HAVE A POSSIBLE VOTE ON SHOULD BE DISCUSSED. >>WE ARE GOING TO GO TO INFLATION ADJUSTMENT RIGHT AFTER THIS. >>MOVING ON TO THE NOTIFICATION PROCESS FOR BUILDINGS WITH FIVE OR MORE UNITS. THE FIRST STATEMENT OF INTEREST FOR THAT TYPE OF BUILDING WOULD NOT BE DUE UNTIL 30 DAYS UNTIL AFTER THE OWNER HAD ISSUED A NOTICE OF INTENT TO SELL. THIS IS A RECOGNITION THAT THESE ARE TYPICALLY LARGER BUILDINGS, THE FINANCIAL NEED TO PULL RESOURCES TOGETHER IS MORE COMPLEX. THIS IS IN ALIGNMENT WITH WHAT WE HEARD FROM INDUSTRY ABOUT HOW LONG THESE BUILDINGS CAN TAKE TO ACTUALLY MOVE THROUGH THE PROCESS OF A SALE. THE FIRST STATEMENT OF INTEREST WOULD BE DUE 30 DAYS AFTER THE NOTICE IS ISSUED. THE NEXT TIER WOULD BE ANOTHER 15 DAYS. IF THERE WAS A TENANT OR TENANT GROUP INTERESTED IN PURCHASING THEY WOULD HAVE TO IN FACT SHOW FINANCIAL ABILITY AT THE NEXT 15 DAY PERIOD. AND FINALLY IT’S THE MIDDLE OF AN OFFER WOULD BE DUE 90 DAYS AFTER THE FIRST 30 DAYS WHEN THIS THE MIDDLE OF INTEREST WAS ISSUED BY THE OWNER. AND BY THE INTERESTED PARTY. >>CHAIR, WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE CONVERSATIONS THAT YOU AND I HAVE HAD WITH THE INDUSTRY FOLKS THAT SELL COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE. I KNOW INITIALLY WHAT HAD ASKED ABOUT 120 DAYS, KIND OF EFFECT THAT WOULD HAVE, IT WAS A MAJOR CONCERN. BUT I THINK SOME THINGS HAVE BEEN IRONED OUT. >>WOULD YOU LIKE TO ELABORATE MORE? >>I WILL SAY I REALLY WANT TO APPRECIATE AND SAY THANK YOU TO YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT BECAUSE THAT WAS ONE WHERE THERE WAS A LOT OF CONCERN AMONG SMALLER OWNERS THAT IF THEY COULDN’T SELL WHEN THEY WERE PREPARED TO, THAT COULD PUT THEM IN A PROBLEM WITH THE MARKET. I THINK THE FACT THAT WE HAVE REACHED A COMPROMISE WITH 15 DAYS NOTICE AND ANOTHER 15 DAYS WHERE A TENANT OR TENANT GROUP CAN DEMONSTRATE FINANCIAL ABILITIES, IS, I THINK THAT THE COMPROMISE FROM AT LEAST WHAT I HAVE HEARD FROM THE SELLERS, THEY CAN LIVE WITH. I THANK YOU FOR THAT. I DON’T WANT TO DIVE INTO DEEPLY BUT I THINK THIS IDEA ABOUT THE 120 DAYS IN THE COMMERCIAL MARKET, BEFORE A FINAL DECISION CAN BE MADE TO WHOM THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE AN AWARD, I’D LIKE TO HAVE FURTHER CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT. MAYBE EMILY YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU CAN WEIGH IN ON AS WELL. >>I WILL ADD TO THAT. I THINK WHAT WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE EXISTING ORDINANCE, REMEMBER YOU PASSED THIS WHEN COUNCIL MEMBER CLARK AND BURGESS, WAS FOCUSED ON THE LAST COLUMN FOR UNITS OF FIBER MORE. WE HEARD IN CONVERSATIONS WITH MANY OF THE NONPROFIT DEVELOPERS IS THE EXISTING 60 DAY REQUIREMENT WAS NOT ENOUGH TIME TO DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU TALKED ABOUT. TO CONFIRM THEY HAD THE LEVERAGING FUNDS, THE MATCHING FUNDS, ALL OF THE ABILITY TO MAKE A COMPETITIVE OFFER. AND THEY ASKED FOR A LITTLE ADDITIONAL TIME. WHAT WE HAVE DONE HERE IS BASICALLY SAY, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, IF YOU RAISED YOUR HAND AND SAID YES WE ARE INTERESTED IN YOU HAVE 90 DAYS TO GET YOUR OFFER TOGETHER. AND SUBMIT IT. THIS REALLY ALSO, IN SOME WAYS FREES UP SOME OF THE SELLERS AT AN EARLIER POINT. IF ANY OF THE NONPROFIT DEVELOPERS ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE PURCHASE OF A UNIT OR BUILDING WITH FIVE OR MORE UNITS, THEY ACTUALLY GIVE NOTIFICATION MUCH EARLIER AND THE SELLER GETS RELIEVED OF THE NEED TO HOLD ONTO THE BUILDING. IN SOME WAYS IT’S AND ASK FOR LONGER TIME — RIGHT NOW WE KNOW THERE IS A CONCERN THAT PEOPLE ARE BEING ASKED TO HOLD ONTO PROPERTY WHEN THERE’S NOT GOING TO BE A NONPROFIT DEVELOPER WHO COMES FORWARD. THIS GIVES THEM MORE RELIEF. I’M PUTTING THIS FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE SELLER, THEY CAN THEN PUT THEIR ITEM BACK ON THE MARKET. IN SOME WAYS IT’S AN ADDITIONAL GENEROUS TIME FOR THE POTENTIAL PURCHASER. IF NO ONE IS INTERESTED IT’S A LOT MORE RELIEF FOR THE SELLER AND IT WILL PUT THE ITEMS BACK ON THE MARKET FASTER. >>IN THIS CASE WITH THE SIZE OF BUILDINGS, LET’S SAY WE HAVE A FIVE UNIT BUILDING, IF NO ONE STEPS UP IN THE FIRST 30 DAYS AND SAYS I’M INTERESTED, THEN THE REMAINDER — IT GOES BACK ON THE MARKET, WE ARE NOT DOING TIER 2 AND THREE. >>THINK YOU ARTICULATED IT WELL. IF NO ONE RAISES THEIR HAND 30 DAYS IS A SHORTER PERIOD OF TIME THAN UNDER THE CURRENT LEGISLATION. IF SOMEONE DOES RAISE HER HAND HAVE ESSENTIALLY 120 DAYS FROM THE FIRST STATEMENT OF INTEREST.>>90 DAYS AFTER THE 30 DAY. >>A TOTAL OF 120 DAYS REALLY TO DO DUE DILIGENCE AND FIGURE OUT TO THEY WANT TO BUY THE BUILDING AND CAN THEY GET THE RESOURCES TO DO SO. >>BUT IT’S ONLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE TRULY INTERESTED. >>WE WILL FIGURE OUT THE MATH LATER. >>I KNOW WE ARE TRYING TO MOVE FORWARD. TO GO BACK. I HAVE A QUESTION FOR EMILY ALVARADO. AS IT RELATES TO THE 2-4 UNIT PROPERTIES. WE HAVE A CASE STUDY. THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COALITION HAS IDENTIFIED A FOUR PLEX AND THEY ARE WORKING WITH OH OFFICE OF HOUSING TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION. MY QUESTION WOULD BE, DO WE KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THE TENANTS IN THE BUILDING INDICATED INTEREST WITHIN 15 DAYS OF THAT BUILDING BECOMING OR GOING ON THE MARKET? AND, DO WE KNOW IF THEY THEN INDICATED A STATEMENT OF INTEREST WITHIN THAT TIMEFRAME? I THINK I’M SCREWING UP THE TEARS. YOU GET WHAT I’M SAYING. AND WILL THE OFFICE OF HOUSING BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO THE APPLICATION TO BRIDGE FUNDING WITHIN 30 DAYS. IS THAT REALISTIC. I’M NOT ASKING YOU WHETHER YOU TEND TO AWARDED BUT IS IT POSSIBLE YOU CAN TURN AROUND AN APPLICATION FOR BRIDGE LOAN WITHIN 30 DAYS OF RECEIVING A REQUEST BECAUSE THAT IS THE STANDARD WE ARE ASKING TENANTS OR NONPROFIT TO MEET. >>ALL GOOD QUESTIONS. I ACTUALLY DON’T KNOW THE SPECIFICS ABOUT THIS PROPERTY. AS A REMINDER, UNDER THE CURRENT LAW, SMALLER BUILDINGS DO NOT HAVE TO PROVIDE NOTICE. THEY WOULD NOT BE COVERED UNDER THE EXISTING LAW. WITH A FOUR PLEX. ALSO AS A REMINDER FOR FOLKS, — THIS IS HAPPENING ABSENT THE LAWS EXISTENCE. >>PART OF WHAT I WANTED TO FLAG, WE HAVE A LOT OF NONCOMPLIANCE RIGHT NOW IS WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF PROPERTIES WHO SHOULD PROVIDE NOTICE PROVIDING NOTICE. AS YOU CONSIDER THIS ISSUE, PART OF THE QUESTION IS WHAT IS THE BALANCING AND HOW WE GET COMPLIANCE AND GET THE OUTCOMES WE ARE LOOKING FOR. IN THIS CASE YOU HAVE AN EXAMPLE WHERE A TENANT NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IS ABLE TO IDENTIFY AN OPPORTUNITY ABSENT THIS LOT AND WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO WERE ABLE TO BUILD THAT GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH PROPERTY OWNERS SO WE CAN ACTUALLY HAVE THE OUTCOMES WE ARE LOOKING FOR. I THINK IT’S POSSIBLE FOR US TO UNDERWRITE AN ACQUISITION IN UNDER 30 DAYS. I BELIEVE ON THIS SCALE PRESENT ACQUISITION LOANS ARE A REVOLVING FUND. SOMEONE WOULD PUT IN AN APPLICATION AND WE CAN CONSIDER THAT. HOWEVER. THE QUESTION IS, HOW MUCH OF THIS IS GOING TO CREATE AN ADDITIONAL DEMAND ON RESOURCES AND STAFF CAPACITY, IF THAT’S THE CASE THEN WE HAVE OTHER CONSIDERATIONS ABOUT HOW TO WE SUPPORT THIS WORK ADMINISTRATIVELY, BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE DEDICATED STAFF TO BE SUPPORTING THIS WORK AT THIS TIME. >>I THINK COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD RAISES A GOOD POINT. I THINK A LOT OF THESE IN THESE POLICIES WE GENERALLY AGREE, THERE IS NO ONE WHO DOESN’T AGREE THIS IS A GOOD THING. WHEN I GET CONCERNED ABOUT HIS COMMON SENSE. I KNOW YOU CAN’T CLOSE A DEAL IN 30 DAYS. IT JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN. IF IT’S NEVER HAPPENED IN MY LIFE OF 32 YEARS. PUTTING THAT ASIDE, YOU GET TWO OR THREE PEOPLE WHO BUY THE PROPERTY, YOU’RE GOING TO CLOSE IN 30 DAYS. GOING TO USE MORE RESOURCES. I’M SORRY, SUBMIT AN OFFER. BUT TO SUBMIT THE OFFER, WHEN I GET TO THE PRACTICALITY OF IT, IN YOUR EXPERIENCE, HAVE YOU DONE THAT? AS OF NOW? IN REAL TIME? BUT I NEED TO GO BACK AND CHECK ON WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. WE ARE ALMOST NOT CLOSING ANY ACQUISITION LOANS ON PROPERTIES OF THIS SIZE. THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF THE PROPERTY — >>LET ME CLARIFY SOMETHING. THERE IS A REASON THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 90 DAYS FOR MULTI-FAMILY UNITS OF FIVE AND MORE BEING 90 DAYS PLUS. WHAT WE HEAR DIRECTLY FROM THE NONPROFIT DEVELOPERS, SEATTLE HOUSING AUTHORITY, OFFICE OF HOUSING, IT’S A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME FOR THE MULTIFAMILY UNITS. THE REASON WE HAVE SHRUNK THE TIME TO 30 DAYS IS PRECISELY BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU SAID, WE HAVE HEARD A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LARGE UNITS AND SMALLER UNITS. WE HEARD FROM THE SELLERS OF 2- 4 UNIT BUILDINGS IS THAT THEY CAN CLOSE IN 30 DAYS. THE NORMAL PERIOD TO HAVE AN OFFER IS WITHIN A 30 DAY PERIOD. ORIGINALLY I WAS SAYING LET’S MAKE IT 90 DAYS FOR THE SMALLER UNITS AS WELL. AND THEY WERE SAYING, I UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU’RE TRYING TO BUNT 2-4 UNITS ARE MUCH DIFFERENT IN TERMS OF WHO’S MAKING AN OFFER AND HOW FAST THAT HAPPENS. >>BUYERS WAITING ON GETTING FUNDING APPROVAL FROM THE CITY OF SEATTLE, THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. PEOPLE WHO ARE WAITING TO GET APPROVED FOR A LOAN FROM THE CITY OF SEATTLE OFFICE OF HOUSING. IN ORDER TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION THAT THEY HAVE THE FINANCIAL ABILITY. >>THOSE FOLKS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE IN THE 90 DAY PERIOD. >>I WILL GET BACK TO YOU ON WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO UNDERWRITE ONE OF THE SMALLER BUILDINGS AND HOW LONG IT TAKES TO CONSIDER A LOAN APPLICATION, I WILL GET BACK TO ALL OF YOU. AGAIN, TO THE EXTENT IT IS HYPOTHESIZED THAT ALL OF THESE DEALS COME TO FRUITION BY VIRTUE OF OUR FUNDING, THAT IS REALLY UNREALISTIC GIVEN OUR RESOURCES AND STAFF CAPACITY. AS WE EXPAND POLICIES, WE JUST WANT TO CONSIDER THE EXTENT TO WHICH WE CAN ACHIEVE THE OUTCOME. >>YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE BALANCING ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT INDICATIONS OF INTEREST. >>OKAY. >>A QUICK WESTERN. ON THE NOTICE OF INTENT TO SELL, WHEN A SELLER IS TRIGGERING THAT PROCESS, AND THE SELLER STILL LIST IT AND MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT ACCEPTING ANYTHING? SO IT’S ALMOST AN INTERNAL PROCESS? THEY CAN’T EVEN LIST IT UNTIL THIS IS COMPLIED WITH? >>THAT IS CORRECT. >>WHAT IS THE THOUGHT THERE? BECAUSE THE PRIVATE MARKET MAY TRIGGER MORE INQUIRIES AND PUT THE NONPROFIT AT A DISADVANTAGE? >>BECAUSE WE WANT TO GIVE THAT MOMENT OF TIME FOR THE NONPROFIT , TENANT GROUPS, CITY, AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE SELLER TO PUT AN OFFER IN. THAT IS TRUE OF OUR EXISTING POLICY. 60 DAYS. >>SO I DID PASS OUT FOR THE COMMITTEE’S REFERENCE, THIS BRAND-NEW REPORT, THIS IS FROM THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES. THIS IS A REPORT THAT TALKS ABOUT VARIOUS STRATEGIES AT THE NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEVEL FOR ADDRESSING THE HOUSING CRISIS. I WANTED TO CALL OUT PAGES 29 AND 30, I’M SORRY, 23 AND 24, WHEN I WAS READING THROUGH THE REPORT HE REALLY DID HIGHLIGHT A STRATEGY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE. WHICH IS INCREASING THE ABILITY FOR PEOPLE TO COME TO AGREEMENT ON RESERVING EXISTING HOUSING, MULTIFAMILY STRUCTURES, AND TO COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW ‘S POINT, THEN WE NEED TO DO MORE TO MAKE SURE THERE IS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE. I KNOW ARE GOING TO TALK MORE ABOUT POTENTIAL AMENDMENTS AROUND THAT. IT’S REALLY HELPFUL TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE HAVE THE FINANCING TO COME TOGETHER. IT’S PART OF WHAT THE NOTICE ELEMENT IS FOR TENANT NONPROFIT DEVELOPERS. I THOUGHT THIS WAS AN EXCITING PIECE BECAUSE IT’S A COMPONENT OF THE OVERALL STRATEGY. SEATTLE IS HIGHLIGHTED IN HERE. WE GOT A CHANCE TO BE A CASE STUDY IN THE REPORT. I AM PROUD OF THE WORK SEATTLE HAS DONE AND WAYS WE ARE INCORPORATING WHAT OTHER CITIES HAVE DONE AROUND THIS NOTICE LEGISLATION. SAN FRANCISCO AND OTHERS HAVE HAD SOMETHING SIMILAR TO GIVES US A CHANCE TO SAY THIS ONE ADDITIONAL ITEM, A HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT BEST PRACTICE WE ARE PUTTING FORWARD. HAVE ABOUT FIVE MORE MINUTES. >>THESE ARE GOING TO GO QUICKER. PRESUMING NO ONE HAS MORE QUESTIONS FOR THE MOMENT ABOUT AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE. MOVING TO EMINENT NUMBER TWO. IT WOULD REQUEST THE CITY AUDITOR IN COOPERATION WITH THE OFFICE OF HOUSING TO EVALUATE THE MULTIFAMILY BUILDING OWNERS COMPLIANCE WITH THE NOTICE REQUIREMENTS. THE REQUEST OF THE EVALUATION OCCUR APPROXIMATELY AUGUST 21 TO ONE — 2021 OR TWO YEARS AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THE NEW REQUIREMENTS. IT WOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL BY DECEMBER 30 2021 AND WOULD INCLUDE ANY KIND OF RECOMMENDED POLICY CHANGES. THIS IS COUNCILMEMBER MOSQUEDA’S AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT NUMBER THREE, THIS HAS TO DO WITH WORKSHOPS TO FACILITATE BUILDING SALES. THIS GETS A LITTLE AT THE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE HE’S. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUEST THE OFFICE OF HOUSING TO FACILITATE WORKSHOPS TO DISCUSS REPORTING SALES TO INTERESTED PARTIES. PARTICIPANTS WOULD INCLUDE TENANT GROUPS, NONPROFIT HOUSING DEVELOPERS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, HOUSING FINANCERS, THERE ARE OTHER FOLKS WHO PROVIDE FUNDING, REALTORS AND BROKERS, AND OWNERS OF RENTAL HOUSING. THE PURPOSE OF THESE WORKSHOPS WOULD BE FOR THERE TO BE CONVERSATION ABOUT, WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR A TENANT OR TENANT GROUP ORGANIZATION TO BUY A BUILDING. WHETHER IT’S A SPECIFIC BUILDING OR JUST GENERALLY WITH THE PROCESS MIGHT BE TO HELP FACILITATE THOSE SALES IN A WAY THAT IS BENEFICIAL TO THE TENANTS AND ORGANIZATIONS INTERESTED IN BUYING AS WELL AS THE SELLERS. >>I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW FOR THE WORK ON NUMBER TWO. I THINK IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A LOOK BACK AN ANALYSIS OF WHETHER OR NOT THIS TOOL IS HELPING. THANK YOU FOR WORKING WITH US ON THAT AMENDMENT AS WELL. COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD I KNOW YOU HAD SOME IDEAS AROUND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO ENHANCE THE ITEM IN NUMBER THREE. >>I’LL GO ON TO NUMBER FOUR WHICH IS COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD ‘S AMENDMENT. >>THEY ARE COMPLEMENTARY. >>THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUEST OH TO DEVELOP STRATEGIES TO MONITOR AND ENFORCE THE ORDINANCE TO MAKE SURE COMPLIANCE HAPPENS. AND TO PROVIDE A REPORT TO THE CITY COUNCIL THAT WOULD INCLUDE STRATEGIES AND THE COST IMPLEMENTED THE STRATEGIES. THE SECOND PIECE WOULD REQUEST OH TO CONVENE AN ONGOING STAKEHOLDERS GROUP TO CREATE INVENTORY OF POTENTIAL BUILDINGS THE COULD BE SOLD AND TO DEVELOP BROADER SYSTEMS OF RESOURCES TO SUPPORT TENANT PURCHASE OF THE BUILDINGS THAT MIGHT BE FOR SALE. >>GO AHEAD. >>I HAVE NOTHING TO ADD. >>IN LIGHT OF THE LANGUAGE I REFERENCED IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES HOUSING REPORT, AND THE DESIRE TO MAKE SURE THERE IS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND EDUCATION AND ALSO IN RECOGNITION WITH THE OFFICE OF HOUSING THAT THERE IS CLEARLY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THAT YOU ALL ARE TRYING TO GRAPPLE WITH WITH EXISTING OUTREACH YOU ARE DOING, I WOULD LOVE TO KEEP WORKING WITH YOU ON THIS. I THINK THE WAY WE CRAFTED IT INITIALLY WAS TO SAY THAT THE OFFICE OF HOUSING WOULD HOST CONVENING. MAYBE WE CAN GET MORE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT CONVENING’S SHOULD INCLUDE IN THE TYPE OF LANGUAGE. IF WE CAN WORK WITH YOU OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO ABOUT THE LANGUAGE, I THINK THERE IS A HYBRID BETWEEN AMENDMENT NUMBER THREE AND NUMBER FOUR SO THERE IS A ROBUST EDUCATION AND MAYBE WE ARE NOT OVERLY ASKING TOO MUCH OF OH. I HAVEN’T HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO THE OFFICE OF HOUSING YET BUT I’M GOING TO FLAG THAT. >>I WANTED TO RESPOND TO YOUR QUESTION. I MEAN YOUR COMMENTS. I WANT TO CLARIFY THAT I AGREE THAT THESE ARE DEFINITELY ELEMENTARY. BUT AMENDMENT NUMBER FOUR DOES HAVE A UNIQUE GOAL FROM AMENDMENT NUMBER THREE. ALTHOUGH THE GOALS ARE COMPLEMENT OR. THIS IS ABOUT CREATING A GROUP THAT WORKS TO IDENTIFY AND MONITOR BUILDINGS THAT MIGHT BE SUBJECT TO THIS NEW LAW. IT IS A MONITORING AND ENFORCEMENT ROLE WHEREAS I THINK THE WORKSHOPS ARE ABOUT FACILITATING BUILDING SALES. WITH GROUPS OF TENANTS WHO ARE ALREADY INTERESTED IN PURCHASING PROPERTIES. I THINK THERE IS A WAY TO MIX THEM TOGETHER. >>WE WILL KEEP WORKING WITH YOU. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT FORWARD. >>I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK WITH THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES. I KNOW YOU WERE BACK IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK WHEN THIS WAS PRESENTED. THERE ARE SOME REALLY GOOD THINGS IN HERE. I KNOW IN THE MAYOR’S OFFICE WE ARE LOOKING AT INCREASING WAYS WE CAN MAKE MORE HOUSING AFFORDABLE ON A BIG SCALE. A BIG JUMP. I’M LOOKING THROUGH SEEING THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED THAT THE CITY OF SEATTLE IS EITHER DOING NOW WILL BE DOING. I THINK THIS REPORT IS GREAT. I APPRECIATE ALL YOUR HELP AND LEADERSHIP IN THIS AREA. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>FIRST OF ALL, THE COMMENT IN QUESTION. THE COMMENT IS I AM PLEASED WITH THE WAY THE PACKAGE IS COMING TOGETHER WITH THE AMENDMENTS AND SOME COLLABORATION THAT IS COMING TOGETHER NICELY FOR THE BENEFITS OF BASICALLY TRYING TO FIGHT FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING. I QUESTION IS IT SEEMS LIKE AT THE END OF THE DAY THE SELLER, WHETHER IT’S 2-4 OR 5+ UNIT, THEIR GOAL GENERALLY IS TO MAXIMIZE THE SALE. AT THE END OF THE DAY, PARTICULARLY IF WE’RE TRYING TO RESERVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR TENANTS OR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS WHO MAY STEP IN, IT’S JUST GOING TO BE A QUESTION OF MONEY. I QUESTION IS MUCH LIKE THE EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE AND THE OTHER SORT OF DEDICATED REVENUE SOURCES TOWARD RESERVING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, YOU ALL HAVE YOUR GENERAL FUND. YOU DON’T HAVE A DEDICATED SOURCE, I MEAN, CAN WE CANDIDLY MATCH SUPPLEMENT THE PURCHASE PRICE IF IT COMES TO THAT FOR THE SMALL CONSORTIUMS COMING IN? DO WE HAVE A POT OF MONEY FOR THAT? I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY CAN GET TOGETHER ALL THEY WANT, SET UP A REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS OR LLC OR CORPORATION BUT CAN THEY COMPETE AGAINST A STRONGER BUYER? IF THAT IS OUR INTENT, AT THE END OF THE DAY IT MIGHT BE A QUESTION OF MONEY. AM WONDERING IF, AS WE EVALUATE THIS, WHETHER WE HAVE TO GET YOUR DEPARTMENT MORE MONEY TO INTERVENE SO TO SPEAK AND WHETHER THAT WOULD BE A TOOL. I’M NOT SURE LEGALLY WE CAN DO THAT. YOU DON’T HAVE A DEDICATED SOURCE FOR THIS. YOU ARE JUST TAPPING INTO YOUR BUDGET? >>WE HAVE THE HOUSING LEVY. >>THE MONEY FROM THE HOUSING LEVY — HOW MUCH DO WE HAVE IN THERE? >>THE HOUSING LEVY CAPITAL PORTION IS $210 MILLION OVER SEVEN YEARS FOR THE PURPOSES OF RENTAL HOUSING PRODUCTION. AND IN THE EVENT THAT THE ACQUISITION PROGRAM, WHICH IS SHORT-TERM MONEY WAS THEN NEEDED TO STAY IN THE PROJECT PERMANENTLY AS PERMANENT FINANCING, IT WOULD BE COMPETING AGAINST ALL OF THE OTHER PROJECTS THAT ARE SEEKING FUNDING INCLUDING NEW CONSTRUCTION OF WHICH WE HAVE A SIGNIFICANT INTENT TO APPLY LIST. WE DO NOT HAVE A SPECIFIC POT OF MONEY SPECIFICALLY FOR PRESERVATION ALTHOUGH PRESERVATION IS CERTAINLY AN ALLOWABLE USE OF OUR EXISTING HOUSING LEVY CAPITAL FUNDS. >>WE NEED TO MOVE ON. WE WANT TO APPRECIATE THE MAYOR HAS A REAL INTEREST IN PRESERVATION AS WELL. THAT IS PART OF WHAT I THINK SHE IS TALKING TO FOLKS ABOUT. I KNOW YOU AND THE MAYOR DID A RELEASE RECENTLY ABOUT PRESERVING AFFORDABLE UNITS. WE ARE GOING TO GET BACK TO YOU COUNCIL PRESIDENT. I WANT FOLKS TO KNOW THAT NONE OF THE MONEY IN THE OFFICE OF HOUSING BE USED TO SPECIFICALLY PURCHASE THESE UNITS. THIS IS MAKING A NOTICE AVAILABLE FOR NONPROFIT DEVELOPERS AND TENANTS TO POTENTIALLY PURCHASE. WE ARE NOT ASKING OH TO USE YOUR OWN MONEY. YOU COULD. IF THERE WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO DO THAT BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR IN THIS LEGISLATION. THIS IS ABOUT NOTIFYING NONPROFITS AND TENANTS AND WE HAVE INCLUDED — >>I UNDERSTAND THAT. A NOTICE WITHOUT RESOURCES AND FUNDING IS MEANINGLESS. LIKE CANDIDLY. IT DOESN’T RESULT IN ACTUAL SAVING IN PRESERVATION. YOU CAN’T HAVE ONE DISCUSSION WITHOUT THE OTHER. >>WE HAVE LANGUAGE IN THERE THAT TALKS ABOUT LOOKING BACK. WE HAVE LANGUAGE WE ARE WORKING ON IN TERMS OF EDUCATIN AND GETTING THE WORD OUT. AND WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE OFFICE OF HOUSING, THE CONCEPT OF HAVING THESE CONVENING’S AND WORKSHOPS IS SOMETHING THEY HAVE TALKED ABOUT DOING. HAVE HELD THEM IN THE PAST AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ON TO ITEM NUMBER TWO. GO AHEAD. ONE MORE QUESTION. >>DON’T WE HAVE A REVOLVING LOAN FUND THAT IS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR FOR ACQUISITIONS LIKE THIS? OUTSIDE OF THE REGULAR PROCESS? >>EXACTLY. WE HAVE A $30 MILLION REVOLVING ACQUISITION AND PRESERVATION FUND. HOWEVER, A REMINDER, THOSE LOANS NEED TO BE RETURNED WITHIN 3-5 YEARS BECAUSE THE FUNDING IS ACTUALLY OTHERWISE USED FOR LONG-TERM OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE. IT IS NOT ITS OWN STANDALONE THAT CAN BE DEPLETED. IT IS BRIDGE MONEY AND THAT IS WHY TO THE EXTENT IT CAN’S — IMPLICATES STANDALONE FINANCING — >>PEOPLE MIKE AT THE BRIDGE FUNDING BUT THEN THEY ARE GOING TO APPLY — >>IN MOST CASES THEY NEED THE BRIDGE FUNDING AND A NEED PERMANENT. >>OKAY. WE WILL TAKE ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS. IF FOLKS HAVE QUESTIONS, LET’S DO A DEADLINE OF MONDAY SO WE CAN TURNAROUND SOME QUESTIONS FOR OUR CONVERSATION NEXT THURSDAY. LET US KNOW. I THINK WE HAVE A HANDFUL OF QUESTIONS WILL GET BACK TO TODAY. I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR WORKING WITH US ON THE TWO AMENDMENTS, COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW AND COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD , WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ON THOSE AS WELL. HE’S READ INTO THE AGENDA ITEM NUMBER FIVE. WE ARE GOING TO SKIP NUMBER THREE AND NUMBER FOUR AND WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO NUMBER FIVE WHICH IS THE HUMAN SERVICE PROVIDERS INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENT. COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. I KNOW THIS IS AN ISSUE YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR A LONG TIME. EXCITED YOU COULD JOIN US. AMY GORE, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. COUNCIL BILL 119542AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO CONTRACTING BY THE HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT. IMMEDIATELY INTRODUCE YOURSELF? >>MY NAME IS AMY GORE, COUNCIL CENTRAL STAFF. >>WONDERFUL. THANKS EVERYBODY FOR BEING HERE. I WANT TO TAKE A FEW SECONDS TO SEE IF COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN YOU WANT TO SAY ANYTHING. YOU BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR A WHILE. AND COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD AND I HAD A CHANCE TO JOIN A NUMBER OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THIS MORNING. THANK YOU FOR STILL BEING HERE. WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO BE CONSIDERING AMENDMENTS TO THE HUMAN SERVICE PROVIDER AND WE ARE EXCITED AND THINKS TO HER CHAIR FOR HELPING TO INCLUDE A BIG PRIORITY LAST YEAR WAS MAKING SURE THAT BOTH GENERAL FUND AND NON-GENERAL FUND CONTRACTS AT A 2% INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENT. THAT WAS EIGHT WIN FOR MANY. WE ALSO KNOW EVERY YEAR THERE IS AN INCREASE. MOST YEARS SEE AN INCREASE IN THE CPI. WE HAVE INCLUDED IN OTHER POLICIES, OTHER PUBLIC POLICIES, WHEN THERE IS AN INCREASE IN THE COST OF LIVING THAT WAGES AND PAYMENTS SHOULD ALSO INCREASE. THAT’S WHAT WE’VE DONE WITH THE MINIMUM WAGE AT THE STATE LEVEL AND THAT’S WHAT WE DO WITH OUR OWN WORKERS EVERY YEAR AS WE THINK ABOUT THE COST OF LIVING INCREASES. THESE ARE ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE SOME OF THE MOST CRITICAL FUNCTIONS TO OUR CITY. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS AT SENIOR CENTERS AND FOOD BANKS. COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS MAKING SURE PEOPLE HAVE SEXUAL ASSAULT INVENTION AND RESPONSE EFFORTS FULLY FUNDED. MAKING SURE THERE ARE MEAL PROGRAMS AND THE HOMELESS SHELTERS STAY OPEN. WE HEARD FROM THE PROVIDERS OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS OR SO HAS BEEN SAID BETTER THAN ANY OF US COULD, THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING STABILITY AT THOSE ORGANIZATIONS CANNOT BE UNDERSTATED. WE HEARD FOLKS TALKING ABOUT — OVERSTATED, WE CANNOT — HEARD FOLKS TALKING ABOUT 40-50% TURNOVER. HAVING CASE MANAGERS NOT BE ABLE TO BE ON SITE FOR LONGER THAN 12 MONTHS BECAUSE OF THE TURNOVER SO HIGH. WE HEARD DIRECTLY FROM THOSE WHO RECEIVE SERVICES, PEOPLE, OUR YOUTH, SENIORS, PEOPLE EXITING FROM HOUSING SANG THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT WAS GETTING STABILIZED WAS ACCESS TO A STABLE CASE MANAGER. THEY NAME THE MY NAME. IF WE DON’T HAVE THE ABILITY TO STABLE THE ORGANIZATIONS THEY WON’T HAVE THE CASE MANAGERS. THIS IS TRULY THE BACKBONE OF THE SERVICES THAT HELP TO MAKE SURE OUR ORGANIZATIONS ARE FUNDED. WHEN WE SAW THE CHARTS FROM SOME OF THE ORGANIZATIONS ABOUT WHY THE COST OF LIVING IS INCREASING, IT’S NOT JUST LABOR INCREASES. THEY HAVE THE NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PAYING CITY LIGHT, WATER, RENT, ALL OF THE COST OF OPERATION CONTINUE TO GO UP. I KNOW THIS IS AN ISSUE WE ARE ALL PASSIONATE ABOUT. MANY HAVE GRAPPLED WITH THIS FOR YEARS. WHAT I’M HOPING WE CAN DO IS WALK THROUGH SOME OF THE AMENDMENTS INCLUDED IN THE LEGISLATION AND TO TALK ABOUT THE REASONABLE APPROACH OF MAKING SURE AND INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENT IS TIED TO CPI. THAT MEANS IN CERTAIN YEARS YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE INFLATION ADJUSTMENT BECAUSE CPI WILL REMAIN STAGNANT. JUST LIKE WE HAVE DONE AT THE STATE LEVEL WITH MINIMUM WAGE, WHEN THERE ISN’T A CPI INCREASE IN WAGE DOESN’T GO UP. WE HAVE TO REALIZE WE WORK INSIDE THE BUDGET CONFINES AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT ESPECIALLY IN THE DOWNTURN YEARS, IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE STABLE FUNDING FOR THESE ORGANIZATIONS. BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO BE MORE PEOPLE NEED FOOD BANKS AND ASSISTANCE AND ARE DEALING WITH MOMENTS OF CRISIS ESPECIALLY DURING ECONOMIC DOWNTURNS. TO KEEP THE ORGANIZATIONS STABLE DURING THIS TIME IS CRITICAL. I HOPE WE HAVE HIT THE RIGHT BALANCE WITH OUR COUNCIL COLLEAGUES. I WILL TURN OVER TO AMY TO WALK US THROUGH THE AMENDMENT. AND TO HAVE SOME QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS. >>TODAY I’M HERE FOR THE SECOND DISCUSSION OF COUNCIL BILL 119542 SPONSORED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSQUEDA. THE FIRST DISCUSSION WAS THE JUNE 13 MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE. THE LEGISLATION WOULD AMEND THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE TO REQUIRE THE HUMAN SERVICE DEPARTMENT INCLUDE ANNUAL INFLATION ADJUSTMENTS FOR RENEWED OR NEGOTIATED CONTRACTS. I DID WANT TO MENTION THERE WERE SEVERAL RUSSIANS AT THE JUNE 13 MEETING WHICH I RESPONDED TO IN A MEMO DATED JUNE 24 AND CIRCULATED TO COUNCILMEMBERS. IT PROVIDED ANSWERS ABOUT COMPARISON BETWEEN INFLATIONARY AND INDICES FOR CALCULATING ADJUSTMENTS. PROVIDED MEASURES OF INCREASED OPERATING COSTS. AS WELL AS PROVIDED NEW ESTIMATES FOR BUDGETARY IMPACTS OF THE LEGISLATION AND THE MEMO IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT THE CLERK’S WEBSITE AS PART OF THE RECORD. IN ADDITION THE SUMMARY AND FISCAL NOTE IS BEING UPDATED TO REFLECT THE BUDGETARY ESTIMATES. DO WE WANT A BRIEF REMINDER OF THE BILL? CURRENTLY HST FUNDS SERVICES THROUGH A COMPETITIVE PROCESS THAT AWARDS FUNDING TO ORGANIZATIONS FOR MULTIPLE YEARS, USUALLY FOUR YEARS. >>THOUGH THE AWARD IS FOR MULTIPLE YEARS, FUNDS ARE DISBURSED THROUGH SUCCESSVE SINGLE YEAR CONTRACTS AND EACH YEAR OF THE AWARD THE CONTRACT IS RENEGOTIATED OR RENEWED. INCREASES IN CONTRACT AMOUNT OR CHANGES TO SCOPE CAN BE MADE DURING THE AWARDS PROCESS OR DURING CONTRACT RENEGOTIATIONS BUT ARE NOT REQUIRED DURING EITHER THE AWARD PROCESS OR CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS THE CITY HAS INCLUDED AND INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENT. FROM 2014 THROUGH 2018 THE BUDGET INCLUDED AND INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENT RANGING FROM 6%, I AM SORRY, .6% OF TO 2.3% TO BE APPLIED ONLY TO GENERAL FRONT CONTRACTS. THE 2019 AND 2020 MAYOR’S BUDGET PROPOSAL INCLUDED A 2% INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENT FOR GENERAL FUND CONTRACTS. COUNCIL AMENDED THE BUDGET TO APPLY A 2% INCREASE TO NON- GENERAL FUND CONTRACTS IN 2019 AT A COST OF $903,000. COUNCIL ADDED THE SAME AMOUNT TO THE 2020 ENDORSED BUDGET TO MAINTAIN THE 2019 INCREASE DID NOT FUND AN ADDITIONAL INCREASE FOR 2020 NON-GENERAL FUND CONTRACTS. COUNCIL BILL 119542 WOULD AMEND THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE TO REQUIRE HSD CONTRACTS, THOSE GENERAL FUND AND NON- GENERAL FUND SOURCES INCLUDE AN ANNUAL INFLATION ADJUSTMENT WHEN RENEGOTIATED. IT WOULD APPLY TO CONTRACTS ISSUED IN THE SEATTLE MISCIBLE CODE WITH FOUR EXCEPTIONS. IT WOULD NOT APPLY WHEN THE CITY IS FULLY ACTING AS A PASTOR AGENCY FOR SERVICES THAT ARE NOT PROVIDED IN CITY LIMITS. IT WOULD NOT APPLY WHEN THE CONTRACT IS SOLELY SUPPORTED BY STATE MEDICAID FUNDS. OR BY FUNDS APPROPRIATED BY TITLE 19 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY’S ACT. IT WOULD NOT APPLY WHEN THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY A CONSULTANT AS PROVIDED BY THE SMC AND IT WOULD NOT APPLY IF IT IS EXPLICITLY PROHIBITED OR OTHERWISE INCOMPATIBLE WITH REQUIREMENTS OF THE FUNDING SOURCE. THE PROPOSED BILL STATES THE ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT WILL BE BASED ON THE CHANGE IN THE SEATTLE TACOMA BELLEVUE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR URBAN WAGE EARNERS AND CLERICAL WORKERS WHICH WE REFER TO AS CPI W. THE PROPOSAL IS CURRENTLY AGNOSTIC ABOUT HOW IT WOULD BE USED TO CLICK ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT. IF THE ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT IS NEGATIVE, THE ANNUAL INFLATION ADJUSTMENT WOULD BE 0%. COUNCIL BILL 19542 REQUIRES NEW AWARDS CONSIDER PREVIOUS CONTRACTS WHEN DETERMINING WHAT WOULD BE AN ACCURATE AND FAIR ASSESSMENT OF THE COST TO FULFILL THE NEW CONTRACT. ADDITIONALLY SECTION 2 OF THE PROPOSED COUNCIL BILL MAKES A TECHNICAL CODE REQUESTED BY LAW TO CLARIFY THAT HSD CONTRACTING IS GOVERNED BY SECTION 3.2 OF THE SMC RATHER THAN 20.60 WHICH GOVERNS CITY CONTRACTS GRANTED AND ADMINISTERED BY FAS. FINANCE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES. THE CURRENT CODE IS CONTRADICTORY AND THIS CHANGE WOULD CLARIFY THE CODE AND MAKE SURE IT REFLECTS CURRENT PRACTICE. I WAS GOING TO DISCUSS BRIEFLY TO TERRY IMPACTS. AS DISCUSSED PREVIOUSLY THE 2020 ENDORSED BUDGET INCLUDES AN ADDITIONAL 2% CONTRACT INCREASE THE GENERAL FUND CONTRACTS AND MAINTAINS THE 2019 2% INCREASE FOR NON-GENERAL FUND CONTRACTS. BECAUSE THERE WERE MORE CONTRACTS AWARDED IN 2019 THAN EXPECTED THE COST OF A 2% INCREASE FOR GENERAL FUND AND NON-GENERAL FUND SOURCES IS ESTIMATED TO BE $750,000. THE JUNE 24 MEMO ALSO PRESENTS TO TERRY IMPACTS FOR 2020 BASED ON THE MORE RECENT CPIW DATA WHICH WE ESTIMATE TO BE 2.9% BASED ON THE 12 AVERAGE FROM APRIL 2018 TO 2019. TO FIND A 2.9% INCREASE FOR GENERAL FUND AND NON-GENERAL FUND CONTRACTS IN 2020 WOULD REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL $1.9 MILLION IN WHAT IS CURRENTLY IN THE 2020 ENDORSED BUDGET FOR CONTRACTS. THERE IS AND UNDER SPEND OF $270,000 FROM THE 2019 ADJUSTMENT FOR NON-GENERAL FUND CONTRACTS WHICH COULD BE APPLIED TO A 2020 CONTRACT INCREASE. IF APPLIED TO A 2020 INCREASE OF 2.9% THAT WOULD REDUCE THE SHORTFALL TO ABOUT $1.6 MILLION. $1.7 MILLION. I ALSO WANT TO NOTE THESE INCREASES REFLECT ONLY THE COST INCREASE FOR EXISTING SERVICES. IF COUNCIL ONCE AN INCREASE IN SERVICES PROVIDED, THAT WOULD NOT BE REFLECTED IN THE BUDGET ESTIMATES. IT WOULD ONLY COVER THE INCREASED COST OF PROVIDING EXISTING SERVICES. THAT WAS WHAT I WANTED TO SAY ABOUT THE PROPOSED COUNCIL BILL. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT? >>I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY, IN ONE OF YOUR OPENING PARAGRAPHS, I THINK YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT A RENEGOTIATION TIME, WE COULD ADD IN A 2% OR WHATEVER THE CPI OR OTHER PERCENTAGE, WE MIGHT ADD. NEGOTIATIONS? FOR A PARTICULAR CONTRACT UNDER THIS PROPOSED LEGISLATION? >>UNDER THIS PROPOSED LEGISLATION, LET’S SAY AN AWARD OCCURS DURING THIS YEAR, THEY WOULD ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR 2020 AT A PARTICULAR AMOUNT. LET’S SAY $100,000. NEXT YEAR DURING THE BUDGET PROCESS WE WOULD LOOK AT WHAT THE CPI INCREASE WAS, THE GENERAL FUND INCREASE WAS, AND THERE WILL BE A DIRECTORS RULE THAT SAYS RENEGOTIATED CONTRACTS WILL NEED TO BE INCREASED BY X PERCENT. LET’S SAY WE’VE BEEN TALKING úABOUT 2.9%, IF THE BUDGET FUND ARE APPROPRIATED TO COVER THAT, THEN IN THE NEXT YEARS RENEGOTIATION OF THE CONTRACT, THE CONTRACT AMOUNT WOULD GO UP BY 2.9%. >>DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? >>BETWEEN NOW AND THE TIME OF RENEGOTIATION THERE WOULD BE THE 2.9% AND WHEN YOU GET TO RENEGOTIATION, DEPENDING ON WHAT THE FUNDING, WITH THE GENERAL FUND POT IS OR WHATEVER GRANTS WE MIGHT HAVE, THEN THERE WOULD BE DECISIONS MADE WHETHER TO RENEGOTIATE NEW CONTRACT OR WHETHER THAT ENTITY — IF WE DIDN’T HAVE FUNDS WHAT THE CONTRACT WOULD BE ISSUED AT ALL? >>EXACTLY. AGAIN, THIS IS A REQUIREMENT FOR HSD IN THEIR CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS. THEY WOULD NEED TO BE FUNDED APPROPRIATELY. IF THERE WAS A YEAR THAT FOR WHATEVER REASON THAT WAS NOT FUNDED, THEN HSD WOULD NEED TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT REDUCING THE SCOPE OF THE CONTRACTS OR REDUCING THE NUMBER OF THE CONTRACTS. >>I WANT TO FIRST THANK COUNCILMEMEBER SAWANT FOR JOINING US . I KNOW YOU WERE HERE IN THE EVENING WHEN WE HAD THE PRESENTATION AMONG OTHER COMMITTEE MEETINGS. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. A REMINDER FOR FOLKS, I THINK IN OUR PREVIOUS CONVERSATION WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF THE INCREASE WAS IN OUR LAST YEAR’S BUDGET, I THINK IT WAS .7% OF THE OVERALL BUDGET. DO YOU HAVE THAT IN YOUR MEMORY? I WAS LOOKING THROUGH MY NOTES. >>I BELIEVE THAT IS CORRECT. I CAN DOUBLE CHECK. I BELIEVE THAT IS CORRECT. I WANT TO REMIND FOLKS OF THE MAGNITUDE OF THE AMOUNT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT IN RELATION TO THE OVERALL BUDGET. I KNOW IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE FISCALLY WISE AND THAT YOU, COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW AS CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE, WE HAVE TO BE FISCALLY WISE , WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FOR EXAMPLE LAST YEAR WITH THE 2% INCREASE OVER THE AMOUNT THAT WAS CURRENTLY BEING PROPOSED WAS .7%, THINKING ABOUT, THAT WAS FOR 2% AND MAYBE 3% OR 3.5% IN FUTURE YEARS, RECOGNIZING THE CPI IS NOT ALWAYS GOING TO GO UP, SOMETIMES IT’S GOING TO BE SMALLER, WE I THINK HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE AN IMPORTANT INVESTMENT INTO THE HUMAN SERVICE PROVIDER ORGANIZATIONS. THE WORKERS AND SERVICES THEY PROVIDE. ESPECIALLY AT THE MOMENTS OF CRISIS AND DOWNTURNS ARE HAPPENING AND PEOPLE NEED ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE. I WANT TO REMIND FOLKS OF THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. 3% OR 3.5% CAN SOUND LIKE A POTENTIALLY LARGE NUMBER. BUT IN PERSPECTIVE OF THE OVERALL BUDGET, IT IS RELATIVELY SMALL AND THAT THE IMPACT IT WILL HAVE AN ORGANIZATIONS LIKE YOUTH CARE AND SOLID GROUND AND OTHERS WE HAVE HEARD FROM TODAY IS GOING TO BE CRITICAL FOR THE STABILIZATION OF THE ORGANIZATIONS. I THOUGHT THAT WAS AN IMPORTANT STATISTIC WE SHARED THE LAST MEETING THAT I WANT TO ELEVATE. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS? >>A QUESTION ON HOW IT PLAYS OUT. WHAT ASSURANCE IS THERE THAT ANY INCREASE IN THE CONTRACT GOES DIRECTLY TO THE EMPLOYEES? HOW DO WE MONITOR THAT IS OPPOSED TO JUST GOING INTO THE ORGANIZATION? >>SURE. IN THIS PARTICULAR BILL, IT DOESN’T HAVE A REQUIREMENT ABOUT HOW THE FUNDS ARE USED. IT LEAVES IT UP TO THE ORGANIZATION WHETHER IT NEEDS TO COVER AN INCREASE IN RENT OR INCREASE IN UTILITY BILLS. THERE IS A REPORTING BACK MECHANISM PROPOSED IN ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD REQUIRE A REPORT BACK TO SAY HOW THE MONEY WAS USED. >>I BELIEVE IT’S SPU, THAT IN SOME OF OUR CONTRACTS FOR RECYCLING, WHEN RFPS ARE ESTABLISHED, I THINK, I DON’T WANT TO MISSTATE THE SITUATION, BUT I THINK THERE WERE SPECIFIC REFERENCES TO THE WAGES PAID TO THE EMPLOYEES. AND IT GAVE THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE RFP AN INDICATION OF WHAT KINDS OF WAGES WE MANDATE THROUGH AN RFP IF YOU WILL BE PAID. IN PARTICULAR MANY OF THESE EMPLOYEES WERE VERY DIVERSE, THAT WAS OUR WAY OF TRYING TO PROTECT THE EMPLOYEES RIGHTS. IS IT JUST OUR POLICY NOT TO THAT GRANULAR TO SAY, ARE GOING TO INCREASE IT, I AM ALL FOR THAT, I AM FOR MAKING SURE FOLKS ARE CLOSE TO A LIVING WAGE FOR THESE JOBS, BUT I AM RELUCTANT TO — IT COULD GO TOWARD THE LIGHT BILL. THEY ALL NEED THE RESOURCES. BUT I THOUGHT THE THRUST OF THIS WAS TO HELP THE EMPLOYEES WHICH I FULLY SUPPORT. IS IT JUST OUR DECISION MAYBE THE LEGISLATION IS DESIGNED NOT TO BE THAT GRANULAR? >>THE LEGISLATION DOES NOT HAVE REQUIREMENT ABOUT HOW THE MONEY IS USED. >>AS A REMINDER, LAST YEAR WE INCLUDED A REPORT BACK TO US ON HOW THE DOLLARS ARE BEING USED. THE HUMAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF COLLECTING THAT INFORMATION WITH HSD AND THEY WILL SUBMIT THAT. WILL HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE 2% WAS APPLIED LAST YEAR. GOING FORWARD, YOU ARE RIGHT, WE DON’T SPECIFICALLY SAY IT HAS TO GO FOR NEXT PERCENT IN WAGES. PRECISELY WE SAW THE POWER POINT PRESENTATION. WE WILL SENT THAT TO YOU. IT SHOWS WHERE THE COST OF INCREASE HAD OCCURRED. I BELIEVE FROM YOUTH CARE, IT SHOWED RENT, UTILITIES, AND ALL THE ISSUES IN ADDITION TO WAGES. IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO RECOGNIZE, MANY OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE MAKING IMPOSSIBLE DECISIONS ABOUT WHERE TO MAKE CUTS WHEN THEY DON’T GET AN INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENT BECAUSE THE ONLY THING FLEXIBLE IN THAT SCENARIO IS WAGES FOR WORKERS. THE CAN’T CUT OR MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO RENT ORE CITY LIGHT OR WATER. THEY END UP TAKING IT OUT OF THE ACTUAL WORKERS WHO PROVIDE THE DIRECT SERVICE. FOR US IT’S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE, WE WANT THESE WORKERS TO BE MADE WHOLE. AND AS WE STABILIZE ORGANIZATIONS, WORKERS ARE NOT THE FIRST ITEM ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK. >>WHY WOULDN’T WE REQUIRE IT IN THE LEGISLATION? REQUIRE THAT THE FUNDS GO TO EMPLOYEES? >>HERE’S A GOOD EXAMPLE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE COST INCREASE FROM 2015 TO 2018, WHAT YOU SEE IS THE HIGHEST INCREASES WERE IN ELECTRIC UTILITIES, AND WATER AND SEWER SERVICES. WE ARE ALSO TALKING ABOUT INTERNET AND THE COST OF RENT. SO IT’S NOT JUST THAT THE WORKER NEEDS THE MONEY, WHEN WE SAY TO THEM, YOU HAVE TO PUT THE MONEY INTO WAGES, WHICH IS WHERE WE WANT THE MONEY TO GO, THEY DON’T HAVE THE OPTION OF SAYING, I’M NOT GOING TO PAY MY WATER OR UTILITY BILL. IT’S AN IMPORTANT UNDERSCORING OF WHERE WE DO HOPE DOLLARS GOES WE CAN STABILIZE ORGANIZATIONS. >>I APPRECIATE THE QUESTIONING. I HAVE WORKED ON THIS OVER THE YEARS. THE CONVERSATIONS HAVE LARGELY BEEN DRIVEN AROUND WAGES FOR THE WORKERS. I AGREE WITH THE POINT YOU’RE TRYING TO MAKE. WHAT I’VE ALSO HEARD IS OVERTIME WITHOUT THESE INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENTS, WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT THEY TAKE THEIR FINITE AMOUNT OF RESOURCES AND THEY HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR UTILITIES AND ELECTRIC. WHAT IS LEFT TO SQUEEZE OUT OF THAT OFTEN ENDS UP BEING WAGES. AND THEY DON’T HAVE MONEY FOR PAYING THE INCREASE IN ELECTRIC RATES OR RENT, THAT FALLS ON THE BACKS OF WORKERS. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WHEN WE ADD THE INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENT WE’RE DOING IT DRIVEN LARGELY BY OUR ATTENTION TO THESE WORKERS. BUT IF WE DON’T PROVIDE RESOURCES TO PAY ADDITIONAL RENT OR UTILITIES OR WHATEVER THE OTHER COSTS ARE THAT ARE ALSO GOING UP THAT WILL ULTIMATELY FALL ON THE WORKERS. IN MY CONVERSATION WITH FOLKS IN THE ROOM HERE AND THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY, THEIR COMMITMENT IS AS MUCH OR GREATER THAN OURS TO THEIR WORKERS. I THINK AS COUNCILMEMBER MOSQUEDA SAID IT’S GOING TO BE IMPORTANT AS WE GO FORWARD HOW TO TRACK AND MEASURE THIS. AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE LOTS OF TRACKING AND MEASURING MECHANISMS FOR ALL PEOPLE GET CONTRACTS, I’M NOT LOOKING FOR ANOTHER FT TO REPORT BACK TO US, BUT I HOPE THE HUMAN SERVICE DEPARTMENT CAN IS UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON AND FIGURE OUT THE RIGHT DASHBOARD IS WITH EXISTING DATA IF THERE ARE A FEW OTHER PIECES WE NEED GOING FORWARD. BECAUSE THESE ARE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, IF THE MONEY GOES INTO THE ORGANIZATION DOESN’T GO INTO A CORPORATE JET. IT’S GOING TO SOMETHING THAT MEETS THEIR SERVICES. WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE BEING PRUDENT WITH HOW THEY ARE INVESTING THEIR MONEY. WE WANT TO SEE THAT. >>I PRESENTED 50 NONPROFITS AS A LAWYER, AND VERY EXPERIENCED IN THE MECHANICS AND GOVERNANCE OF THE NONPROFIT. WAS DRIVING MY SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION IS EMPLOYEE PIECE. I WAS THINKING, WE WON’T HAVE THE BANDWIDTH TO LOOK AT OTHER THINGS WE CAN DO FOR THE NONPROFITS, WHETHER IT’S UTILITY DISCOUNTS FOR SOME KIND OF SPECIAL RATE FOR THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS. YOU’RE TRYING TO INCREASE THE MONEY THAT GOES INTO THE GENERAL FUND. I GET THAT. IT SEEMS TO BE DRIVING THE PUBLIC TESTIMONY IS THE NEED FOR THE EMPLOYEES THEMSELVES. THAT WAS MY PRIMARY CONCERN, YOU TAKE A LARGE ORGANIZATION, I DON’T WANT TO NAME ONE, A VERY LARGE NONPROFIT THAT WILL BE A BENEFICIARY, MY FEAR IS THAT THAT IS REALIZED BY THE EMPLOYEES. AND IT WILL GO TOWARD FIXED COSTS THAT ARE EXPENSIVE. I GET THAT. >>I WAS GOING TO MAKE THE POINT THAT COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN MADE AND I KNOW HE MADE IT MORE ELOQUENTLY THAN I, THESE FUNDS ARE SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE FOR THE COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT ACROSS ALL THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH RUNNING A NONPROFIT. BUT I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SAY, TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU MENTIONED LARGE NONPROFITS, TO THE EXTENT THAT SOME OF THEM MAY BE, THEIR WORKERS ARE REPRESENTED WORKFORCE, WE CAN COUNT ON THE UNIONS IN THEIR NEGOTIATIONS WITH THEIR MANAGEMENT USING THESE FUNDS FOR ADDRESSING WAGES. >>THANK YOU FOR MAKING THAT POINT. I WILL ALSO SAY FOR ORGANIZATIONS DON’T HAVE UNION REPRESENTATION, WE HAVE HEARD FROM SOME EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS AND THE FOLKS WERE MANAGING ORGANIZATIONS THAT THEY REALLY NEED THE ASSISTANCE BECAUSE WITHOUT IT THEY ARE HAVING TO NOT HIRE. THEY ARE EXPERIENCING 40 TO 50% TURNOVER RATE BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO PAY RENT AND UTILITIES AND THE ADDITIONAL COST OF OPERATING IS THIS HAS CONTINUED TO INCREASE. THEY ARE THE ONES THING IF WE DON’T HAVE STABILIZATION TO RECOGNIZE THE COST OF INFLATION, THEY ARE MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS TO NOT FILL POSITIONS OR TO CUT WORKERS. THAT, DIRECTLY TO YOUR SERVER YOUR CONCERN, THE LEADERS ARE MAKING DECISIONS THAT IMPLICATE THE WORKERS AND WE NEED TO HELP STABILIZE THEM SO THEY ARE NOT IN THAT IMPOSSIBLE DECISION. ULTIMATELY THEY WILL GO TO WORKERS. WANT TO ASK YOU TO WALK US THROUGH THE AMENDMENT. HAVE THREE FOR POSSIBLE CONSIDERATION, I RECOGNIZE THAT WE HAVE HARD STOPS AT NOON. THERE ARE MANY MORE CONVERSATIONS ON THE HOTEL DISTILLATION, IF WE DON’T GET TO THAT WE CAN COMBINE IT WITH THE CONVERSATIONS COMING UP IF THAT SOUNDS OKAY TO COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES. >>DOES EVERYONE HAVE A COPY OF THE JULY 9 MEMO WITH THE EMINENCE ATTACHED? SO THE FIRST PROPOSED AMENDMENT IS SPONSORED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSQUEDA AND COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW . AS I MENTIONED, THE COUNCIL BILL IS CURRENTLY WRITTEN IS SOMEWHAT AGNOSTIC ABOUT THE WAY THE CPIW WILL BE CONVERTED INTO AN INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENT. THERE ARE A FEW WAYS OF DOING THAT. I DISTRIBUTED A MEMO WITH A FEW WAYS OF HOW THAT CAN BE DONE. THIS MEMO DOES SPECIFY THAT THE CALCULATION WILL BE A YEAR-OVER- YEAR CHANGE IN THE CPIW 12 MONTH AVERAGE FOR APRIL 2019 IN JUNE FOLLOWING YEARS. THE REASON WE MADE IT THE 12 MONTH AVERAGE CHANGE IS BECAUSE THAT IS HOW WE DO OUR SEATTLE MINIMUM WAGE. IT MODERATES SOME OF THE FLUCTUATION A LITTLE BIT WILL STILL REPRESENTING CHANGES IN COST. THE REASON WHY IT WOULD BE APRIL FOR THIS YEAR IN JUNE FOR FOLLOWING YEARS IS BECAUSE APRIL WAS THE DATA WE HAD WHEN WE DID THE BUDGETARY IMPACTS. AND WE DIDN’T WANT TO CONFUSE THE ISSUE BY HAVING A BRAND-NEW NUMBER YESTERDAY FOR BUDGETARY IMPACTS IF WE MOVED TO JUNE BUT TO MOVE INTO JUNE AND FOLLOWING YEARS, WE HAVE THE MOST RECENT DATA AVAILABLE AS A BUDGET IS BEING FORMATTED. ANY COMMENTS? >>I WANT TO REPEAT THAT FOR THE CAMERA. COULD JOB. >>WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO MOVE THE AMENDMENT? >>YOU WANT US TO DO THAT? I AM SORRY. >>WE CAN GO THROW THREE. >>LET’S DO THIS ONE. >>I DON’T HAVE A SCRIPT FOR ONE AT A TIME GOING TO DO IT ON THE FLY BECAUSE I KNOW I CAN DO THIS. I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE COUNCIL BILL I’M SORRY, AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE TO COUNCIL BILL 119542. >>SECOND. >>ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE? GREAT. LOOKS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE COLLEAGUES. THAT AMENDMENT HAS BEEN ADOPTED.>>AMENDMENT NUMBER TWO IS SPONSORED BY COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW . AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, THE CURRENT COUNCIL, PROPOSED COUNCIL BILL INCLUDES A MINIMUM ADJUSTMENT OF 0% SO THAT IF CPIW IS NEGATIVE THERE WOULD NOT BE A DECREASE IN THE CONTRACT AMOUNTS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ADD A MAXIMUM ADJUSTMENT WHICH WOULD BE EQUAL TO THE CHANGE IN THE GENERAL FUND RESOURCES OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR. SO THE CONTRACT ADJUSTMENTS WOULD BE PROPORTIONATE TO THE CHANGE IN BUDGET RESOURCES AVAILABLE. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK TO THAT?>>ABSOLUTELY. SO THIS AMENDMENT IS COMING FROM YOUR CRANKY BUDGET CHAIR. I HAVE COURSE HAVE TALKED WITH PAUL AND MELINDA AND FLOW AND HALF THE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM ABOUT THIS. I DON’T WANT YOU TO THINK THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY I THINK WE ARE DOING IS A BAD IDEA. WE HAVE TO GET THERE. MY RECOMMENDATION HERE, SIMILAR TO THE DEBATE HE HAD WITH THE SWEETENED BEVERAGE TAX YESTERDAY, IS TO GIVE THE COUNCIL SUFFICIENT FLEXIBILITY TO MAKE DECISIONS WHEN WE HAVE TO MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS. IN THIS CASE, WHAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DO IS TO SAY, IF OUR GENERAL FUND DID NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT MONIES PROPORTIONATE TO WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO THAT WE WOULD ACTUALLY TAKE THE CPIW, CONSIDER WHAT THE GENERAL FUND IS, AND THEN MAKE OUR DECISIONS SO WE ARE NOT OVERSPENDING IN THIS PARTICULAR CATEGORY. NOW, THAT SAID, THE COUNCIL CAN ALWAYS ACT. IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT WOULD PRECLUDE US FROM INCREASING IF THAT WAS THE HIGHEST PRIORITY FOR THE YEAR. BUT I AM CONCERNED THAT AS WE ARE LOOKING AT GENERAL FUND EXPENSES, AS WE ARE MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS LIKE WE DID YESTERDAY, LIKE WE DID WITH THE SWEETENED BEVERAGE TAX, WE ARE TRYING TO DO, THERE ISN’T A SINGLE ONE OF US AT THE TABLE WHO DOESN’T AGREE WITH THE PRIORITIES, BUT I AM ARGUING TO GIVE US LOOKS ABILITY FOR THE FAIRNESS TO ALL THE NONPROFITS WHO HAVE CONTRACTS, BUT ALSO THAT WE ARE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE OTHER BUDGET RESOURCES AND CHOICES WE HAVE TO MAKE AND AGAIN TO GIVE PRIORITIES TO FUTURE COUNCILS. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. COULD YOU SCROLL UP TO CHART 1 FOR US? I SEE COUNCILMEMBER JUAREZ IN THE QUEUE. I WILL JUST SAY THERE ARE A FEW THINGS I WANT TO UNDERSCORE. NUMBER ONE IS I APPRECIATE BEING WITH YOU COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW AND THE EFFORTS YOU BROUGHT FORWARD TO MAKE SURE WE ARE WORKING WITHIN THE BUDGET COMPLAINTS WE HAVE. IN FACT, I THINK IT’S CRITICAL WE RECOGNIZE THAT NOT EVERY YEAR THE CPI IS GOING TO INCREASE SO WE KNOW THERE IS NOT ALWAYS GOING TO BE A POTENTIAL IMPACT ON THE BUDGET. I WAS INTERESTED IN FINDING THE SWEET SPOT WITH YOU ON THIS AMENDMENT. I THINK THE THING THAT HAS ENCOURAGED ME OR CONVINCED ME THAT I AM NOT ABLE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME IS THE FACT THAT WE KNOW THAT ESPECIALLY DURING THE TOUGHEST TIMES WHEN OUR GENERAL FUND DOES DECREASE, I’M SORRY, DOESN’T HAVE AS MUCH OF AN INCREASE THAT’S EXACTLY WHEN WE NEED THESE FOLKS TO DO THEIR JOB TO HELP THOSE POTENTIALLY ON THE CUSP OF BEING HOMELESS OR HAVING OTHER CRISES DUE TO ECONOMIC STANDARDS SUCH AS POTENTIAL FOR INCREASED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ABUSE AND OTHER TYPES. THAT’S WHAT WE NEED FOLKS TO BE IN COMMUNITY HELPING THE MOST VULNERABLE. THE OTHER ARGUMENT I WOULD PUT OUT THERE FOR THE COUNCIL COLLEAGUES RESPECTFULLY IS THERE IS SITUATIONS IN WHICH OUR GENERAL FUND AMOUNT COULD POTENTIALLY CHANGE. SOMETIMES DUE TO ARBITRARY DECISIONS. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO THINK THROUGH THIS MORE IN THINKING THROUGH THE REGRESSIVE NATURE OF THE FUNDING THAT COMES INTO OUR TAX FUND. COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN, YOU HAVE MENTIONED IN THE PAST, WE NEVER KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THE SUGARY SWEETENED BEVERAGE TAX OR THE TAX ON RENTAL UNITS, SHORT-TERM RENTAL UNITS. THAT DECISION IN THE FUTURE COULD POTENTIALLY AFFECT OUR BUDGET AS A WHOLE. I WOULDN’T WANT THE FOLKS WHO ARE HUMAN SERVICE PROVIDERS TO BE AFFECTED BY A FUTURE COUNCIL DECISION TO ARBITRARILY, NO TANGENT TO THESE WORKERS AND HAVE IT AFFECT THEIR AMOUNT OF THE CONTRACT INCREASE. FOR THOSE TWO REASONS, THE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE ARE KEEPING THESE WORKERS WHOLE ESPECIALLY IN A DOWNTURN, AND TO MAKE SURE ORGANIZATIONS ARE NOT ARBITRARILY AFFECTED BY POLICY VISIONS THE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THEM, I AM UNFORTUNATELY NOT ABLE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT TODAY BUT APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING IT UP. COUNCILMEMBER JUAREZ . >> MY CONCERN IS, — I SUPPORT COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW ‘S AMENDMENT BUT I DO HAVE SOME FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS. WE ARE TRYING TO DO, AND WE ARE TRYING TO AGREE ON BUILDING IN AN INCREASE, FOR AIR HSD WORKERS. I THINK WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WITH OUR LANGUAGE. USING THE LANGUAGE THAT WE ARE KEEPING OUR WORKERS WHOLE THE MAKES IT LOOK LIKE WE ARE AT FAULT FOR TAKING IT AWAY. WE ARE NOT. WE ARE LOOKING AT BASIC ECONOMICS OF HOW WE CAN ADDRESS AND PAY PEOPLE THEIR NEED AND WORTH PARTICULARLY IN LIGHT OF THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS AND WE NEED TO RETAIN AND STABILIZE ORGANIZATIONS AND EMPLOYEES. THAT BEING SAID, I THINK AND AGREES THAT IN A PERFECT WORLD EVERYONE AGREES IT WOULD BE GOOD TO BUILDING A 2.9 INCREASE. BUT HOW ARE WE GOING TO PROTECT THAT LINE ITEM IN THE FUTURE IF THE GENERAL FUND CAN’T PROVIDE FOR THAT? THAT MEANS WE’RE GOING TO TAKE MONEY FROM OTHER PLACES. ONE QUESTION IF I CAN, MADAM CHAIR, DIRECT TO COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW , HOW DOES THIS GIVE THE COUNCIL FLEXIBILITY , THIS COUNCIL AND FUTURE COUNCILS , WHEN WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH, LIKE WE HAD A RECESSION IN 2008? ALSO, HOW DOES THIS IMPACT OTHER ORGANIZATIONS OR OTHER GROUPS THAT HAVE CONTRACTS YAWN HSD WITH THE CITY OF SEATTLE, THAT THEY DON’T GET A 2.9% RAISE THAT IS BUILT IN AND PROTECTED? I SEE SOME EQUAL PROTECTION AND ISSUES HERE THAT QUITE FAIRLY I THINK ARE UNFAIR. AM NOT TAKING AWAY FROM THE FACT THAT THERE SHOULD BE AND WE SHOULD HONOR AND PAY HSD WORKERS AND THOSE CONTRACT WORKERS WHAT THEY DESERVE. I DON’T THINK THAT IS WHAT THE DEBATE IS ABOUT. WHAT I’M CONCERNED ABOUT IS MAKING PROMISES AND EXPECTATIONS ABOUT A POT OF MONEY WE DON’T ALWAYS KNOW HOW MUCH IS GOING TO BE THERE. >>JUST TO CLARIFY BEFORE COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW ANSWERS THE QUESTION AND PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG, THIS IS AN INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENT TIED TO CPI. AS YOU SEE CPIW FLUCTUATES EACH YEAR. THAT IS AIR DRIVER FOR HOW MUCH EACH CONTRACT WOULD GET THAT YOUR. IT’S NOT ALWAYS GOING TO BE 2.9% ESPECIALLY IF IT GOES DOWN IN CERTAIN YEARS. THAT’S AN IMPORTANT POINT TO MAKE. AS YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE MANY YEARS IN WHICH CPIW IS MUCH LOWER THAN THE INCREASE IN THE TOTAL BUDGET WE HAVE AVAILABLE. I WILL LEAVE IT TO COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW TO TALK ABOUT RECESSION YEARS. ALSO TO MAKE THIS NOTE, WE DON’T ASK THAT QUESTION WHEN IT COMES TO THE CURRENT CONTRACTS WE HAVE WITH THE CITY. AND EVERY OPPORTUNITY WE CAN WE OFFER AN INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENT. DON’T ASK IF THERE IS A CERTAIN POOL WHERE THE FUNDING COMES FROM. WE MAKE THE DECISION BECAUSE THAT IS THE FABRIC OF WHAT HELPS PROVIDE OUR SERVICES. I’M JUST SAYING I AGREE WITH YOU WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING SURE OUR WORKERS AT THE CITY ARE WHOLE, THOSE CONTRACTED WITH THE TRUSTED RELATIONSHIPS AND EXPERTISE ON THE GROUND TO DO THIS WORK SO WE ARE TRYING TO EQUALIZE HOW WE TREAT BOTH CONTRACTED WRITER ORGANIZATIONS AND THOSE IN THE CITY. I DON’T THINK WE ASKED THAT QUESTION DURING THOSE RECESSION YEARS. >>BEING TRANSPARENT, WHAT DO WE DO WHEN OTHER GROUPS THAT HAVE CONTRACTS WITH THE CITY THAT DON’T WORK IT HSD FEEL THEY WANT A 2.9%, THAT THEY ARE PROVIDING GOOD SERVICES AND THEY ARE NOT BEING MADE WHOLE AS YOU SAID, HOW ARE WE GOING TO ADDRESS THAT? >>AMY, IF YOU HAVE COMMENTS ON OTHER CONTRACTS I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT. THE REASON WE ARE SPECIFICALLY TALKING ABOUT THESE CONTRACTS, IT’S NOT LIKE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT CONTRACTS FOR FOLKS WERE KEEPING THE WINDOWS CLEAN, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT FOLKS WHO ARE PROVIDING SERVICES TO THE MOST VULNERABLE. IT’S LESS OF A PRECEDENT MORE OF A VALUE STATEMENT THAT WE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS. YOU HAVE MORE ANSWERS? >>I DON’T HAVE MORE TO ADD TO THIS, I’M JUST LOOKING AT THIS FROM THE TIGHT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE THE BREATH WE MAY NEED TO MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS. YESTERDAY WITH OUR SWEETENED BEVERAGE TAX AS AN EXAMPLE, BUT WE DECIDED TO DO, AND I MUST SAY I REALLY CONCUR WITH THE ANALYSIS, BOTH FROM COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN AND COUNCILMEMBER HARRELL ARTICULATED WELL, WE WENT TO THE VOTERS WITH SPECIFIC THINGS WE WERE GOING TO INVEST IN. LAST YEAR WE DECIDED TO TAKE A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF THAT MONEY AND PUT IT INTO THE FAMILY PARTNERSHIPS AND CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS, FOOD BANKS, THAT WE FELT WERE VERY IMPORTANT TO BE FUNDED. THAT WAS MONEY AVAILABLE THE COULD BE SUPPLANTED BY THE GENERAL FUND. THE DOWNSIDE OF THAT ARGUMENT WAS THAT WE HAD MADE PROMISES TO THE COMMUNITY THAT WE WERE GOING TO INVEST IT DIFFERENTLY. I AM HAPPY TO SUPPORT THAT. BUT WHAT HAPPENED IS, THEN THE GENERAL FUND, WE HAVE TO GO BACK AND GET GENERAL FUND MONEY TO PUT BACK INTO THESE PROGRAMS LIKE NURSE FAMILY PARTNERSHIP AND THINGS WE FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT. I AM LOOKING AT THIS MORE FROM THE STANDPOINT OF NOT TYING COUNCILS HANDS WHEN THEIR OTHER WONDERFUL COMPETING THINGS WHO WANT TO INVEST IN. BUT THAT SAID, IF YOU ARE LINING UP PRIORITIES, WE WANT TO INVEST IN THESE NONPROFITS. WE WANT TO INVEST IN FOLKS WERE DOING INCREDIBLE WORK. I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE COMPETING VALUES. I WOULD PUT FORWARD TO SAY WE CAN STILL DO ALL THAT BUT WE JUST AREN’T GIVING OURSELVES AND FUTURE COUNCIL FLEXIBILITY TO SAY WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A MAXIMUM ADJUSTMENT THAT EQUAL TO THE PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN THE GENERAL FUND, STRIKES ME AS BEING STRONG, SMART AND FISCAL POLICY. >>COUNCILMEMEBER SAWANT . >>THANK YOU. I HAD MY REMARKS FOR THIS AMENDMENT, BUT BEFORE SAYING THAT I WANTED TO SAY JUST TO REINSERT THE OVERALL PERSPECTIVE THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT BEFORE WE LOOK AT THE AMENDMENT, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A CONTEXT WHERE THERE HAS BEEN A CHRONIC UNDERFUNDING OF HUMAN SERVICES. THAT INCLUDES BOTH THE LIVING STANDARDS OF THE WORKERS IN THE SECTOR BUT ALSO THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDE TO THE MOST VULNERABLE HAVE BEEN UNDER ASSAULT CHRONICALLY OVER MANY YEARS, PERHAPS OVER DECADES. OFFERING AN INFLATION ADJUSTMENT TO THE WORKERS IN THIS SECTOR IS THE BARE MINIMUM THE CITY OF SEATTLE SHOULD BE DOING IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT LAVISH WAGE INCREASES IN ANY WAY. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE BARE MINIMUM. CITY COUNCILMEMBER AND MAYOR’S SALARIES KEEP UP WITH INFLATION. EXECUTIVE SALARIES GO UP YEARLY BUT THE SALARIES OF THE MOST UNDERPAID WORKERS AREN’T KEEPING UP AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE MOST UNDERPAID WORKERS. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS IRONY WHERE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SERVING THE MOST UNDERSERVED ARE ALSO ON THE BRINK OF BECOMING THE UNDERSERVED THEMSELVES. ESPECIALLY IF YOU COUNT IN THE COST OF HOUSING, THE RENT THAT MANY WORKERS PAY. MANY WORKERS ARE NOW BEING FORCED TO COMMUTE LONG DISTANCES BECAUSE THEY CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO LIVE IN THE CITY WHOSE HOMELESS PEOPLE THEY ARE SERVING. THAT IS THE CONTEXT UNDER WHICH WE ARE LOOKING AT THIS. AND SO I DON’T BELIEVE THAT THE DRIVING ARGUMENT HERE SHOULD BE, WHAT WE DO WITH THE GENERAL FUND GOES DOWN? THE REALITY IS RECESSIONS HAPPEN ON A REGULAR BASIS UNDER CAPITALISM, ON A REGULAR BASIS THE BURDEN OF RECESSION IS PUT ON WORKING PEOPLE. SOME OF THE MOST UNDERPAID WORKING PEOPLE. EVERYONE REMEMBERS IN THE 2008 2009 CRASH WHO TOOK ON THE BURDEN OF THE CRISIS? IT WASN’T THE BIG BANKS THAT CAUSED THE CRISIS. THEY WERE MADE WHOLE THROUGH THE BAILOUT. MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES LOST THE FIELD — FEW MILLION HERE AND THERE BUT WERE NOT WORRIED ABOUT PAYING RENT. THE CITY OF SEATTLE WORKERS TOOK FURLOUGHS. WORKERS MADE SACRIFICES AND IN MANY CASES WILLINGLY BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY WEREN’T THE ONES, WHEN THE ECONOMY RECOVERED THEY DIDN’T GET THEIR SHARE BACK EITHER. SO WHEN THE ECONOMY IS DOING WELL, THE WEALTHIEST BENEFIT THE MOST. WHEN IT DOESN’T DO WELL THE BURDEN FALLS ON THE WORKERS AGAIN. WE CANNOT ACCEPT THE STATUS QUO. THE OTHER POINT I THINK IS REALLY IMPORTANT HERE, AS FAR AS THE ARGUMENT ABOUT HOW DO WE DO THIS, IF THE GENERAL FUND GOES DOWN HIGHLY MAKE SURE THE CITY COUNCIL FOLLOWS THIS ORDINANCE? TAX BIG BUSINESS. RAISE PROGRESSIVE REVENUE SOURCE OF THE CITY TO MAKE THIS VIABLE. NOT CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT ROBBING FUNDS FROM ONE DESERVING PROGRAM TO ANOTHER. I THINK THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS IS TO TAX BIG BUSINESS. IF NOT THEN REDUCE EXECUTIVE SALARIES. THERE ARE SOME EXECUTIVES THE GET NEARLY $300,000 OF SALARY. THERE ARE EXECUTIVES WHO COULD HAVE A LIVING WAGE AND MAKE SOME SACRIFICES IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THESE WORKERS ARE PAID. THERE ARE MANY LEGAL MECHANISMS WE CAN DO THIS IN THE BUDGET. I DON’T ACCEPT THAT THIS AMENDMENT IS NECESSARY IN ANY WAY. I THINK THE ARGUMENT IS BASED ON THE LOWEST PAID WORKERS MAKING THE BIGGEST SACRIFICES. >>TWO THINGS TO SAY. I WOULD LOVE THIS IF WE COULD FOCUS IT FORWARDERS — FOR WORKER SALARIES, I UNDERSTAND WE CAN’T. BASED ON WHAT I’M HEARING, I WILL WITHDRAW AMENDMENT NUMBER TWO. I’M GOING TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT. I WILL SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION WHEN WE VOTE AT THE FULL BIAS BUT I HAVE TO EXCUSE MYSELF. >>THANK YOU FOR PUTTING IT FORWARD AND THINK YOU FOR WITHDRAWING. WE DO HAVE ONE MORE AMENDMENT. I KNOW FOLKS MAY NEED TO TAKE OFF. I’D LIKE TO GET THROUGH THAT ONE ADDITIONAL AMENDMENT AND SEE IF WE CAN VOTE IN THE NEXT FIVE MINUTES. >>AMENDMENT THREE IS SPONSORED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSQUEDA AND IT WOULD ADD A REPORT REQUIREMENT IN 2022 TO INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE REQUIRED ANNUAL ADJUSTMENTS ON BOTH CONTRACTED PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THEIR FINANCIAL STABILITY IN WAGES AND SERVICES PROVIDED AND THE CITY. AND REQUIRE A RESPONSE FROM THE COUNCIL OUTLINING THE RESPONSE TO THE REPORT AND ANY ADDITIONAL NEXT STEPS. AMENDMENT NUMBER THREE HAS BEEN MOVED. I WILL SAY THANK YOU BECAUSE COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW AND COUNCILMEMBER HARRELL HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE NEED FOR GETTING THIS DATA BACK. NO MORE COMMENTS. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF ABETMENT — AMENDMENT NUMBER 32 COUNCIL BILL 119542 PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND. >>ONE COMMENT, I THINK WE’RE ALMOST READY TO VOTE. I STILL SEEM TO BE MISSING SOMETHING WHICH WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME TODAY. THAT IS ALL THE ARGUMENTS I HEAR , AGAIN PARTICULARLY ON THIS AMENDMENT THAT WAS WITHDRAWN GOES TO THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER. EMPLOYEE WAGES, EMPLOYEE WAGES. THAT’S WHY WE ARE DOING THIS. TYING IT TO THE CPIW. THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS DOES. IT DOESN’T DO THAT. WHAT I AM MISSING IS, WHY DON’T WE TIE IT DIRECTLY INTO THE WAGES PIECE? WHEN WE SAY SPECIFICALLY, THE MONEY GOES TO THE WAGES? I UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF FIXED COSTS. WE ARE DOING IS SORT OF SAYING TO THE NONPROFITS, HERE IS THE INCREASE AND WE HOPE YOU DO THE RIGHT THING. AS OPPOSED TO HERE IS THE INCREASE, DO THE RIGHT THING. I WILL LET IT REST AT THAT. ALL THE SPEECH HAD TO DO WITH EMPLOYEE WAGES. GET THE LEGISLATION DOESN’T GET TO THAT. >>WITH THE COUNCIL’S CONSIDERATION CAN ALSO POTENTIALLY GIVE IT ANOTHER WEEK IF FOLKS ARE INTERESTED. MAYBE WE WILL LEAVE THAT OPEN FOR DISCUSSION. THANK YOU COUNCILMEMBER JUAREZ AND COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW . SEEING NO ADDITIONAL COMMENTS I WILL ONE OF THE THINGS I HOPE FOLKS ARE IN THE AUDIENCE CAN HELP US WITH IS TO HELP DIRECTLY ANSWER COUNCILMEMBER HARRELL ‘S LINE OF QUESTIONING. REPORTED IN PREVIOUS COMMITTEES ABOUT THE ACROSS THE BOARD KNOWING THE CONSEQUENCE IS UNDERFUNDING AND UNDERSTAFFING IN ORGANIZATIONS. I HOPE FOLKS CAN COME TOGETHER AND HELP US DIRECTLY ANSWER THE QUESTION, WILL THIS BE A HELP TO THOSE WAGES AND TO GET THAT INFORMATION OUT THERE MORE CLEARLY. I HAVE NO PROBLEM HOLDING THIS OVER FOR AN EXTRA WEEK TO MAKE SURE WE GET THE CHANCE TO HAVE THAT FULL DISCUSSION AND GET A CHANCE TO HEAR FROM FOLKS. I’M HAPPY TO DO THAT. >>NOT ASKING FOR THAT, I WILL JUST TALK TO CONSTITUENTS ONE- ON-ONE. >>WE WILL LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN. IF I DON’T HAVE TO SAY A CERTAIN DATE WE CAN KEEP IT OPEN. >>ABSOLUTELY. >>I WOULD LOVE TO SAY THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK ON THIS. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR YEARS PRIOR TO ME COMING TO THIS. THANK YOU FOR COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN FOR BRINGING IT UP. WHEN FOLKS CAME WHEN YOUR GO THEY TALKED ABOUT THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE ON THIS. YOU HAVE ANY CLOSING COMMENTS? >>THANK YOU FOR THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS, IT’S BEEN AMAZING. THE WORK THE COMMUNITY HAS DONE. A REALLY POWERFUL MEETING. ABOUT A MONTH AGO WITH SO MANY FOLKS HERE IN THE COMMUNITY, PROVIDERS IN OUR COMMUNITY DOING AMAZING WORK. UNDER NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES. THE WORKERS THAT WORK FOR YOU ALL OR THE WORKERS HERE TODAY ARE BEARING THE BRUNT OF REALLY CHALLENGING SITUATION. I HAVE SAID IT BEFORE, WE EXPECT TO SOME OF THE LOWEST PAID PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY TO BE DOING THE MOST ESSENTIAL AND HARDEST AND MOST COMPLEX WORK THERE IS IN OUR SOCIETY AND THE WORK WE NEED MORE THAN ANYTHING. IT IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW OUR ECONOMY IS UPSIDE DOWN. NOT TO TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM PROGRAMMERS WHO MAKE VIDEO GAMES, BUT WE SHOULD BE PAYING HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS MORE THAN PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING AWESOME VIDEO GAMES. IF WE WERE TO PRIORITIZE THE RIGHT WAY. AND AIR ECONOMY IS A BIG THING WE DON’T GET TO CHANGE BUT THIS STEP, COUNCILMEMBER MOSQUEDA THE YOU ARE LEADING ON, IS A HUGE STEP. I WILL SAY FOR THE RECORD I DID NOT SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT THAT COUNCILMEMBER BAGSHAW BROUGHT FORWARD. I THINK HER INTENTION IS GOOD. I THINK IT’S COMPLICATED TO TRY TO PRESCRIBE WHEN SOMETHING KICKS IN AND KICKS OUT. BUT THE REALITY IS, AS WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST AND THE FUTURE, ASSUMING THIS DOES PASS, EACH BUDGET WE WILL BE IN THE THICK OF THINGS. A FUTURE COUNCIL CAN UNDO OR CHANGE WHAT WE DID. IT WILL HOPEFULLY SET AN EXPECTATION THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO DO THAT EXCEPT UNDER EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES. BUT WE WILL NEED TO CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT. THIS IS TO KEEP PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE BASED ON WHERE WE ARE TODAY. WE KNOW THE POSITION THE ORGANIZATIONS ARE IN TODAY IS 10-20 YEARS BEHIND WHERE THEY NEED TO BE. I KNOW THERE’S A LOT MORE WORK TO DO BUT THERE IS AN AMAZING FIRST STEP I’M EXCITED. BUCK ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? >>I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT VALUE STATEMENT. IT IS SETTING A BAR. I THINK IT’S AN EXTENSION OF WHAT THIS COUNCIL HAS DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH HUMAN SERVICES PROVIDERS AND WORKERS IN PAST YEARS DURING THE RECESSION. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PROCESS WE SAID OUR PRIORITY WAS NO CUTS TO HUMAN SERVICES. THIS IS TAKING THAT TO THE NEXT STEP. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD. >>JUST TO BE TRANSPARENT, I WILL BE ASKING AMY TO PREPARE AN AMENDMENT SUGGESTING THAT THE MONEY GOES TOWARD THE WAGES OF EMPLOYEES FOR DISCUSSION. I DON’T SEE A REASON WHY WE SHOULDN’T AT THIS POINT IF WE ARE BEING ASKED IS A CITY TO PRIORITIZE THE WAGES OF PEOPLE WHO ARE UNDER EARNERS OR LOW INCOME EARNERS, EVEN DURING BAD TIMES, WHY WOULDN’T NONPROFITS PRIORITIZE THEIR WORKERS DURING TOUGH TIMES AS WELL? I WILL BE VERY CANDID WITH YOU, I WANT TO SEE THE REACTIONS TO THE PUBLIC IN CONSTITUENTS AND MIGHT COLLEAGUES. I DON’T SEE A STRONG POLICY ARGUING WHY WE WOULDN’T REQUIRE. >>I WILL SAY I’M HAPPY TO EXPLORE THAT. I THINK WHEN I TOOK THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION ON, IT WAS A POLICY CHOICE AT THAT TIME TO LEAVE IT OPEN TO HOW THE MONEY WAS BEING SPENT. AT THIS POINT I HAVEN’T DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH INTO LEGAL OR CONTRACTUAL ISSUES AROUND BEING THAT SPECIFIC. I NEED TO DO THAT RESEARCH. >>I’D ASK YOU TO LOOK AGAIN IT WILL WE DID WITH SOME OF THE RECYCLING CONTRACTS WE WERE SPECIFIC WITH WAGES. WE HAD WAGE SPECIFICITY IN THE RFP, RESPONDERS WERE REQUIRED TO PAY CERTAIN WHICH. I DON’T WANT TO ALARM ANY NONPROFITS THAT ARE SAYING, THIS DOESN’T MAKE GOOD POLICY. >>WE MIGHT BE GIVING WORKERS A BIG RAISE IF WE DO THAT. IF WE REPLICATE THE PREVAILING WAGE REQUIREMENTS IN A LOT OF THOSE RFPS. >>I APPRECIATE YOUR INTEREST IN MAKING SURE THE WORKERS — >>THAT’S WHAT EVERYONE AT THE TABLE IS SAYING. PAY THEM. JUST TWO POINTS. >>I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR RAISING THAT. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND I’M HAPPY TO HAVE YOUR TRANSPARENCY ON THAT ISSUE SO WE CAN LOOK INTO THAT. I APPRECIATE YOU FLAGGING THAT FOR US. >>THE RFPS YOU’RE REFERRING TO REQUIRE WAGES WHICH I DON’T THINK — >>ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT FOR THE GARBAGE? >>I DON’T THINK THAT’S WE ARE REQUIRING. >>I SEE WHAT YOU’RE SAYING. NO, NO, I WASN’T CLEAR. I WAS SAYING OUR ABILITY TO LOOK AT HOW WE DID THAT. I THOUGHT AMY HAD A QUESTION OF WHETHER WE CAN DO THAT. LOOK AT THOSE AS AN EXAMPLE. THOSE AREN’T HIGH-PAYING JOBS BY THE WAY. IN FACT, SOME OF THOSE ARE BELOW MINIMUM WAGE. AS YOU MAY RECALL WE WERE REQUIRING SOME OF OUR RECYCLERS TO PAY BELOW MINIMUM WAGE. I BROUGHT THAT ISSUE A. TRYING TO DRIVE DOWN THE COST, I GET THAT, BUT YOUR REQUIRING OUR EMPLOYEES WITHIN THE CITY TO BE BELOW MINIMUM WAGE. WE HAD TO CHANGE THAT. THAT WAS SEVERAL YEARS AGO. THOSE WERE NOT HIGH-PAYING JOBS BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION. THEY WERE $14 PER HOUR JOBS. >>I WILL LOOK INTO IT AND BRING INFORMATION AND OPTIONS. >>THANK YOU FOR THAT. I THINK WE ARE READY TO VOTE. I THINK WE CAN DO THIS TODAY. WE ARE ONLY A FEW MINUTES OVER. IF THE COMMITTEE WILL ENTERTAIN ME, I WOULD LIKE TO VOTE, I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE COUNCIL BILL 119542 AS AMENDED WITH AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE AND AMENDMENT NUMBER THREE. IT HAS BEEN MOVED AND SECONDED. ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR FOR COUNCIL BILL 119542 AS AMENDED PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND. IT IS UNANIMOUS. ALL THOSE OPPOSED? NONE. IT IS UNANIMOUSLY PASSED. AS WE DISCUSSED WE WILL CONTINUE TO ASSUME THIS WILL COME UP IN A JULY 15 AND CONTINUE TO WORK WITH FOLKS TO MAKE SURE THAT SCHEDULE DOES WORK. WE CAN HOLD IT OVER IF NEEDED. I AM EXCITED TO HAVE THIS IN FRONT OF US ON MONDAY. I WANT TO THANK A FEW PEOPLE. ALLISON, HILLARY, JULIA, NICOLE, EVELYN, JESSE, LINDSAY, KELLY, AARON, JENNIFER, ALEXIS, OF OUR CENTRAL STAFF. JESSE AS WELL AS LESLIE, MARK FROM NEIGHBORHOOD CARE, KATIE AND NICOLE FROM MLK, THE CHIEF OF STAFF WHO HAS BEEN WORKING CLOSELY TO GET THIS OVER THE FINISH LINE. AND AIR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM. I DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A CHANCE TO SAY EVERY ORGANIZATION BUT WE WILL DO IT AT FINAL PASSAGE. I WANT TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUES, YOU’VE BEEN HERE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING, I SO APPRECIATED. THANK YOU. >>[LAUGHTER] >>AND APOLOGIZE TO OUR TRANSLATORS BECAUSE THAT WAS VERY FAST. THANK YOU TO THE TRANSLATORS. WE WILL HOLDOVER ITEMS NUMBER THREE AND NUMBER FOUR WHICH ARE RELATED TO THE HOTEL LEGISLATION . WE HAVE TIME NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS THOSE. WILL ALSO GET THE OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS PRESENTATION IN A FUTURE MEETING. APOLOGY FOR THE DELAY ON THAT. VERY HAPPY YOU COULD BE HERE UNTIL THE BITTER SWEET END. >>GREAT JOB OF CARING CHAIRING THE MEETING. >>APOLOGIES FOR PACKING IT. AMY GORE YOU HAVE BEEN PHENOMENAL, THANK YOU TO HER CENTRAL STAFF. I KNOW YOU ARE LEAVING WITH MORE HOMEWORK BUT WE REALLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS.

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  1. You can't walk into a listing presentation with nothing in hand, but I will say, walking into a listing presentation, where my reputation precedes me (they've found me on the web, they've seen my videos, they've read my blog posts, etc) – my listing presentation is MUCH MUCH MUCH shorter and easier with less pushback. Build your online reputation and let that be the first part of your listing presentation.

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