Virtual Meeting Highlights:
Title of event was "Safe and Healthy Communities". Public input was reserved for the end of the meeting. Listeners could call in or email questions that were read by the moderator. There was about 20 minutes of Q&A and Mayor Durkan answered most questions.
The speakers on the agenda were, in order:
Director of the Department of Neighborhoods Jason Johnson opened the Town Hall with a short introduction. Each speaker was attentive and prepared with a short message for the public. Members were courteous. There was minimal interaction/conversation between the speakers.
The intent of this meeting seemed to be to inform and update the community about recent actions taken by City government in response to current events.
Presentation by Mayor Durkan
Mayor Jenny Durkin delivered a message that included three main points:
Presentation by Chief Best
Did a walk in Ballard last week and will continue to visit Seattle neighborhoods to check in on community concerns. Announced Eric Sano as new police captain in North Precinct. Talked about routine movement of captains among precincts and positions. Addressed increasing criminal activity at Everspring Motel on Aurora. Stated that SPD will not have drastic cut in 2020 budget and that “we don’t know what the future holds in that regard.” Stated the importance of keeping police as the responders of 911.
Addressed violence at protests last Saturday. Mentioned that 59 police officers were injured and two were treated at hospitals. Declared her responsibility to “keep property and people safe” as if they’re of equal importance. Says systemic change can come from peaceful demonstration and clear communication.
Presentation by Patty Hayes
Gave a lengthy definition and explanation of the term “pandemic”. King County has quadrupled in cases since businesses reopened. Unable to properly contact trace because people are not following socially distance guidelines in so many circumstances that they can’t remember who they could have exposed. BIPOC disproportionately impacted due to jobs as essential workers. Asked the public to wear a mask.
Presentation by Chief Scoggins:
911 calls have decreased during pandemic. Fewer calls in response to cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, strokes. These things haven’t stopped happening people are just hesitant to call 911 so people are dying at home (his conclusion). Highest covid19 positive test rate is in ages 25-29 since reopening. Four social workers on staff at SFD responding with fire to de-escalate and follow up with people needing behavioral health support.
Presentation by Jason Johnson
There are 400 new beds at makeshift shelters at Seattle Center, community centers, and motels to allow for social distancing for those in shelters. Cases have been flat at city supported shelters. Intent to build tiny houses in Central District and North Seattle.
Actions for BIPOC communities - Family support and youth development. Community Pathways - Community-led critical incident response. Youth consortium for civic engagement.
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