Members present: Executive Dow Constantine, Mayor Jenny Durkan, Kirk McClain, Zaneta Reid, Councilmember Regan Dunn, Councilmember Joe McDermott, Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez, Councilmember Andrew Lewis, Mayor Angela Birney, and Councilmember Ed Prince
Members absent: Mayor Nancy Backus
Members who sent a proxy: Johnathan Hemphill
Welcome, Roll Call, and Agenda Overview
Ed Prince ran the meeting.
Update on Racial Equity and Anti-Oppression Training
McClain spoke on the equity training that this committee and the Implementation Board would have. Details to be worked out but that it was in progress.
Approval of Minutes
The July 16 minutes were approved unanimously.
Then the meeting was opened for public comment for 10 minutes. Fifteen different people spoke, all with similar comments - the committee needs to keep power at the homelessness level; solutions are found closest to the problems so need to move power toward these folks; response needs to be centered around the customer voice, need to have policies that lift up rather than dehumanize, trust and listen to the lived experience people on the committee, vote yes for amendments C&D in today’s meeting, bring honor and grace to lived experience group, lived experience people should not be marginalized. In addition to all the comments being in support of keeping the lived experience people in leadership roles that are really given a voice - and not just ticking a box; one comment was that there was no representation for veterans on the Implementation Board.
All were given an opportunity to speak. Public comment did not end until all had spoken.
Consideration of Implementation Board Appointee
Next it was stated that twelve people were seated to the Implementation Board at the July 18 meeting and they had one more seat to fill today. Michael Ramos was put forth. It was unanimously approved.
Staff Update on CEO Hiring Process & Timeline
Jason Johnson introduced Christine from Hawkins Co who was retained for the CEO search. Christine spoke and said she would be reaching out to many for their input. The Hawkins Co did a similar job search for the Los Angeles Housing Authority recently and they have worked with King County and the City of Seattle in the past. Johnson reminded all that a fair amount of work has already been completed on what they are looking for - a job description has been drafted, so Christine would hot be starting from scratch. The goal is to hire a CEO in November.
Johnson then discussed a change to the initial staffing plan. The CEO is given 60 days to present a staffing plan, but he will need a few new staff immediately to do this work. This authority for the CEO to do some initial hires before the 60 days was voted on and approved - 3 abstained, 8 in favor.
Tess Colby (staff at Mayor Durkan’s office) presented an overview of the Bylaws for approval. The bylaws discuss how the Committee will operate. The group who drafted the bylaws met four times. Most of the bylaws were agreed on, however, there were 5 amendments to be discussed at the meeting today as there was not consensus.
Amendment A asked for alternates for Constantine and Durkan in the case of an emergency. This was voted 8 ayes, 3 nays.
Amendment B asked for a higher voting threshold (8 vs the current threshold of 2/3rds of members present) only for specific changes requested to budget, goals, policies or plans. This was voted 7 ayes, 4 nays.
Amendment C spoke to the term limits and alternates allowed for lived experience persons. This was voted 10 ayes, 1 nay.
Amendment D requires the CEO provide meeting materials seven days in advance of meetings for proper review and preparation. This was voted 11 ayes.
Amendment E asked for a four member co-chair committee. There were 3 abstentions, 4 ayes, 4 nays. The motion failed, and it was decided to bring this up at a future meeting.
It was stated that the next meeting would be September 17, and then the meeting was adjourned.
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