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In this Element Notes: the protested youth jail gets its permit, democracy vouchers mail to Seattle residents and Seattle hotels sue over new legislation protecting hotel workers.

January 04, 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!

Arts and Culture

Seattle Arts Leaders to Ed Murray: Work With DIY Spaces to Make Them Safer
With pressure from the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, major arts organizations came together to request the mayor’s office work with unsafe arts venues rather than simply shutting them down. (Note that The Stranger may have language and ads that not all find appropriate. As always, click with care.)

Basic Needs

The Homeless People Who Died in King County in 2016
Seattle Weekly records the people who died while experiencing homelessness in Seattle.

Even with Changes, South Seattle is Ground Zero for Utility Shutoffs
A proposed new rule that would make utility shut-offs more likely has been changed to be more accommodating, but the 98118 zipcode still had the highest concentration of shut-offs in 2016.


Seattle’s landmark Uber union law set to go into effect as city releases final rules
The city of Seattle released a series of rules allows ride-share drivers to decide if they want to collectively bargain, as part of a first-of-its-kind law passed last year. Drivers have been exempt from many labor regulations and laws.

Taxing the rich: A solution to Washington’s budget mess?
Inslee’s proposed capital gains tax and what it means for the budget.


Kids’ Climate Lawsuit Gets Even Bigger, Heads to Trial in 2017
“Eight youth plaintiffs from Seattle have been asking the Department Ecology to develop a carbon rule that would reduce emissions in Washington state according to the best available climate science, and thus protect their constitutional right to clean air, for the past two-and-a-half years.” Based off of a new judgement, the lawsuit has now expanded to Governor Inslee and the State of Washington.

Health and Wellness

Seattle hotels sue to overturn new worker safety protections
“The suit was filed in King County Superior Court and takes aim at what it says is the initiative's ‘most striking novel feature,’ the mandate that hotels keep a blacklist of persons accused of assaulting or sexually harassing hotel employees. Accused guests could be banned from Seattle hotels for three years.”

Vibrant Communities

Here Come Democracy Vouchers!
Democracy vouchers, the result of the approved 1-22, begin going out in the mail January 3. Eligible residents will receive $100 worth of vouchers to give to municipal candidates, with the hope of offsetting the effect of big money in elections.

The Youth Services Center got its permit. Here’s why.
Despite major protests due to poor outcomes and racial disparities associated with youth detention, the proposed King County youth detention center received its permit. As the Department of Construction and Inspections was required to approve if the proposal met development standards, the approval is not unexpected and also certainly not the last word in this fight.  

The Curb-Cut Effect
“Laws and programs designed to benefit vulnerable groups, such as the disabled or people of color, often end up benefiting all of society.”



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