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In this roundup, Mayor Murray’s levy on homelessness, a rise in hate crimes and challenges to the new youth jail are dismissed.




March 16, 2017

Deep community knowledge is a key benefit of working with Seattle Foundation.  Our team has extensive knowledge about community issues and trends, as well as an expansive network of relationships with nonprofit organizations working locally, nationally and globally.  We track key developments in each element of our Healthy Community Framework:  Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economy, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities and Global Giving.  Every other week, we compile Element Notes to share the latest developments affecting efforts to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. We hope you find it useful and let us know what you think!

Basic Needs

Seattle wants $275M more to help homeless people. Here’s how it would be spent
Mayor Ed Murray rolled out how his proposed homelessness levy would be spent. The aim is to house 5,000, help 5,000 people get treatment for addiction and expand both mental health services as well as outreach.

City Clears Sodo Encampment: "How Can You Help People If You Don't Even Know Where They're At?”
The city performed a sweep of “The Field,” an encampment created after the earlier sweeps of “The Jungle” homelessness encampment. An estimated 70 people were displaced.

Education 

 

Students Demand Long-Promised Renovations for Rainier Beach High
Students rallied for renovations of their school, as “the school’s building has not received any major upgrades in nearly two decades, despite initially being scheduled for maintenance as a part of two tax levies that allocated funds for remodeling.”

Economy

Why CDFIs must play a key role in bridging the racial wealth gap through business ownership

Hispanic and black Americans wealth levels only one-tenth those of white Americans. Community Development Financial Institutions, or CDFIs, can help bridge this gap.

Seattle taxes among nation’s kindest to the rich — and harshest to the poor
For low income families, “state and local taxes take a bite of more than $3,800 out of their $25,000 annual income — that’s 15.5 percent. Among the 51 cities, Seattle has the fourth-highest tax burden for households at this income level.”

Environment

Trump proposal: Slash Puget Sound cleanup money by 93 percent

“A draft Trump administration plan, proposing deep cuts in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, would slash the EPA's budget for Puget Sound cleanup by an astounding 93 percent.”

 

 Silence reigns as sewage spews into Puget Sound. Here’s why.
There has been little response from environmentalists since the region’s largest wastewater-treatment plant was disabled in a catastrophic flood last month, though it continues to send tons of waste into Puget Sound.

Health and Wellness

Replace Obamacare and you may see ‘actual market collapse’ in WA

Mike Kreidler, Washington state's insurance commissioner, warns of the major challenges for Washington’s healthcare system in Medicaid cuts, release of the individual mandate and change in subsidies.

Another lost year for kids’ health in Olympia
10 Washington children a week are being diagnosed with dangerously elevated lead levels. While two more wide sweeping bills died in legislation, one that would require public schools to test drinking water for lead and for water systems to replace all the schools’ lead pipes is heading for a floor vote.

Vibrant Communities

Capitol Hill Synagogue Temple De Hirsch Sinai Vandalized with Holocaust-Denying Graffiti

Capitol Hill’s Temple de Hirsch Sinai was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti last week, one of three anti-Semitic incidents in the last two weeks.

Kent residents gather to support Sikh community
“On March 3, a 39-year-old Sikh man told police he was approached by a masked man outside his Kent home as he worked on his car in his driveway. He says they got into a brief argument before the gunman told him to ‘go back to your own country" and shot him in the arm.’”

Challenge to new King County youth jail dismissed, but opponents say they were misled
“Opponents of the youth jail that King County plans to build in Seattle say they’ve been rolled — by first being told they could appeal to the hearing examiner and then having the city and county argue the case shouldn’t be there.”

Kent, Washington is 10th Most Diverse U.S. City

“Wallet Hub named Kent, Washington the 10th most diverse city in America out of 501 cities ranked.”







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