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State of the City 2013

State of the City 2013

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's State of the City address for 2013.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's State of the City address for 2013.

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1
 
Mayor
 
Mike
 
McGinn
 
 –
 
2013
 
State
 
of 
 
the
 
City
 
address
 
(remarks
 
as
 
 prepared)
 
Good
 
afternoon
 
councilmembers,
 
and
 
welcome
 
to
 
members
 
of 
 
the
 
public,
 
thank
 
you
 
for
 
 joining
 
us.
 
A
 
lot
 
has
 
happened
 
in
 
the
 
past
 
year,
 
and
 
over
 
the
 
past
 
three
 
years.
 
We've
 
implemented
 
paid
 
sick
 
leave,
 
rental
 
housing
 
inspection,
 
and
 
curbs
 
on
 
predatory
 
towing
 
practices.
 
We've
 
stiffened
 
laws
 
against
 
wage
 
theft.
 
Voters
 
in
 
the
 
city
 
have
 
approved
 
more
 
library
 
hours,
 
and
 
better
 
library
 
collections.
 
We've
 
voted
 
to
 
finance
 
a
 
new
 
seawall
 
and
 
we
 
are
 
on
 
our
 
way
 
to
 
a
 
highway
 
free
 
waterfront.
 
We’re
 
implementing
 
the
 
enhanced
 
families
 
and
 
education
 
levy,
 
and
 
voters
 
 just
 
overwhelmingly
 
approved
 
building
 
more
 
schools.
 
Last
 
fall,
 
voters
 
in
 
the
 
state
 
legalized
 
marijuana
 
and
 
gay
 
marriage.
 
City
 
Hall
 
hosted
 
136
 
marriages
 
on
 
the
 
first
 
day
 
it
 
was
 
legal
and,
 
no
 
offense
 
to
 
any
 
of 
 
us
 
elected
 
officials,
 
it
 
was
 
the
 
best
 
and
 
happiest
 
use
 
of 
 
city
 
hall
 
ever!
 
Council
 
adopted
 
a
 
transit
 
master
 
plan,
 
and
 
we've
 
started
 
planning
 
with
 
ST
 
for
 
a
 
rail
 
line
 
to
 
Ballard,
 
as
 
well
 
as
 
how
 
to
 
connect
 
our
 
street
 
car
 
lines
 
to
 
each
 
other.
 
Community
 
Power
 
Works
 
has
 
retrofitted
 
nearly
 
1100
 
single
family
 
homes,
 
over
 
700
 
multifamily
 
housing
 
units,
 
and
 
three
 
hospitals.
 
Creating
 
green
 
 jobs,
 
and
 
reducing
 
carbon
 
emissions.
 
Speaking
 
of 
 
green
 
 jobs,
 
we
 
have
 
committed
 
to
 
early
 
cleanup
 
actions
 
on
 
the
 
Duwamish
 
that
 
will
 
tackle
 
50%
 
of 
 
the
 
 job,
 
and
 
will
 
soon
 
have
 
EPA
 
approval
 
of 
 
a
 
full
 
cleanup
 
plan.
 
We
 
have
 
a
 
City
 
Light
 
strategic
 
plan
 
to
 
replace
 
and
 
expand
 
infrastructure
 
to
 
support
 
our
 
economy,
 
and
 
make
 
us
 
more
 
energy
 
efficient.
 
And
 
we
 
continue
 
to
 
set
 
new
 
city
 
records
 
on
 
recycling
55
 
percent
 
of 
 
our
 
waste
 
stream
 
is
 
now
 
recycled.
 
And
 
in
 
two
 
years
 
we've
 
seen
 
walking,
 
bicycling
 
and
 
rail
 
trips
 
as
 
a
 
share
 
of 
 
commute
 
trips
 
increase
 
7,
 
18
 
and
 
21%
 
respectively,
 
reducing
 
pollution,
 
improving
 
health
 
and
 
adding
 
to
 
economic
 
vitality.
 
Although
 
we
 
had
 
a
 
terrible
 
recession,
 
in
 
the
 
past
 
three
 
years
 
we
 
balanced
 
our
 
budget,
 
expanded
 
human
 
services,
 
hired
 
more
 
police
 
officers,
 
and
 
expanded
 
our
 
youth
 
violence
 
prevention
 
initiative.
 
We
 
didn't
 
 just
 
balance
 
our
 
budget,
 
we
 
finished
 
in
 
the
 
black
 
as
 
we
 
have
 
done
 
every
 
year
 
since
 
2009.
 
And
 
we
 
are
 
on
 
track
 
to
 
have
 
the
 
largest
 
rainy
 
day
 
fund
 
ever
 
by
 
the
 
end
 
of 
 
2014.
 
We’ve
 
seen
 
new
 
economic
 
activity.
 
Amazon
 
is
 
breaking
 
ground
 
on
 
its
 
new
 
office
 
buildings.
 
Brooks
 
Sports
 
is
 
moving
 
its
 
headquarters
 
to
 
Fremont.
 
We
 
will
 
see
 
the
 
first
 
new
 
office
 
tower
 
in
 
years
 
at
 
5th
 
and
 
Columbia.
 
And
 
we're
 
nearing
 
completion
 
of 
 
the
 
first
 
living
 
building
the
 
Bullitt
 
Foundation
 
headquarters.
 
We
 
issued
 
construction
 
permits
 
for
 
over
 
9000
 
net
 
housing
 
units
 
in
 
2012
 
 –
 
that’s
 
25%
 
higher
 
than
 
the
 
previous
 
record
 
at
 
the
 
top
 
of 
 
the
 
boom
 
in
 
2007
 
We
 
have
 
new
 
educational
 
institutions.
 
City
 
University
 
and
 
Northeastern
 
University
 
opened
 
campuses.
 
Bainbridge
 
graduate
 
institute
 
is
 
the
 
main
 
tenant
 
in
 
the
 
Hub,
 
 joining
 
tech
 
startups,
 
new
 
restaurants,
 
and
 
new
 
housing
 
in
 
the
 
North
 
Lot
 
to
 
help
 
reinvigorate
 
Pioneer
 
Square.
 
The
 
Smith
 
Tower
 
is
 
filling
 
up
 
with
 
tenants
 
again.
 
 
2
 
People
 
want
 
to
 
come
 
here.
 
Last
 
year
 
set
 
records
 
for
 
overnight
 
hotel
 
stays,
 
and
 
for
 
cruise
 
ship
 
boardings.
 
Seattle
 
Center
 
set
 
a
 
record
 
for
 
visitors
 
with
 
the
 
King
 
Tut
 
exhibit,
 
the
 
new
 
Chihuly
 
museum
 
and
 
a
 
remodeled
 
Armory
 
that
 
features
 
local
 
entrepreneurs
 
with
 
fresh,
 
locally
 
grown
 
food.
 
And
 
we're
 
going
 
to
 
give
 
people
 
more
 
reason
 
to
 
visit,
 
because
 
working
 
with
 
King
 
County
 
we
 
have
 
laid
 
the
 
groundwork
 
for
 
hundreds
 
of 
 
millions
 
in
 
private
 
investment
 
to
 
build
 
an
 
arena,
 
create
 
 jobs,
 
and
 
bring
 
back
 
the
 
Sonics.
 
Overall
 
our
 
economy
 
is
 
good:
 
Seattle
 
was
 
number
 
four
 
in
 
overall
 
 job
 
growth
 
nationwide.
 
Our
 
 job
 
growth
 
rate
 
of 
 
6.6%
 
is
 
more
 
than
 
double
 
the
 
rate
 
of 
 
the
 
nation
 
and
 
triple
 
the
 
rate
 
of 
 
the
 
rest
 
of 
 
the
 
state.
 
More
 
than
 
23,600
 
 jobs
 
have
 
been
 
created
 
since
 
the
 
end
 
of 
 
2009.
 
Business
 
income
 
has
 
risen
 
by
 
$1.5
 
billion.
 
Seattle
 
consistently
 
ranks
 
at
 
the
 
top
 
of 
 
various
 
city
 
rankings
 
due
 
to
 
our
 
strong
 
economy,
 
quality
 
of 
 
life,
 
low
 
crime
 
rate
 
and
 
our
 
environmental
 
sustainability.
 
While
 
we
 
have
 
lots
 
of 
 
progress
 
to
 
report,
 
we
 
also
 
have
 
much
 
work
 
ahead
 
of 
 
us.
 
Shared
 
Prosperity
 
We
 
can
 
see
 
that
 
we
 
are
 
creating
 
prosperity,
 
but
 
we
 
have
 
to
 
make
 
sure
 
that
 
we
 
widen
 
the
 
circle
 
of 
 
prosperity,
 
so
 
that
 
more
 
can
 
share
 
in
 
it.
 
First,
 
is
 
being
 
intentional
 
about
 
the
 
 job
 
opportunities
 
we
 
create.
 
We
 
improved
 
our
 
guidelines
 
for
 
outreach
 
to
 
woman
 
and
 
minority
 
firms
 
on
 
City
 
contracts,
 
and
 
as
 
a
 
result
 
we’re
 
seeing
 
record
 
levels
 
of 
 
such
 
contracting.
 
14%
 
of 
 
our
 
purchasing
 
and
 
24%
 
of 
 
our
 
construction
 
dollars
 
are
 
going
 
to
 
woman
 
and
 
minority
 
owned
 
businesses.
 
That’s
 
higher
 
than
 
before
 
I
200
 
passed.
 
On
 
the
 
Seawall
 
project,
 
we’ve
 
negotiated
 
an
 
agreement
 
with
 
the
 
construction
 
unions
 
that
 
creates
 
a
 
low
income
 
hiring
 
program,
 
and
 
expands
 
opportunities
 
for
 
women
 
and
 
minority
 
workers
 
from
 
our
 
region.
 
The
 
new
 
arena
 
comes
 
with
 
a
 
commitment
 
to
 
include
 
good
 
construction
 
 jobs,
 
paying
 
fair
 
wages
 
in
 
the
 
construction
 
and
 
union
 
 jobs
 
for
 
concessions,
 
stagehands,
 
and
 
other
 
employees
 
at
 
the
 
proposed
 
arena.
 
We
 
created
 
an
 
Office
 
of 
 
Immigrant
 
and
 
Refugee
 
Affairs
 
to
 
better
 
connect
 
our
 
foreign
 
born
 
population
 
to
 
 jobs,
 
opportunities,
 
services,
 
and
 
the
 
broader
 
community.
 
This
 
city
 
is
 
stronger
 
because
 
of 
 
our
 
diversity
it's
 
one
 
of 
 
the
 
things
 
that
 
make
 
this
 
town
 
special.
 
We’ve
 
launched
 
pathways
 
to
 
careers
 
 –
 
linking
 
low
 
income
 
workers
 
to
 
new
 
 job
 
opportunities
 
in
 
the
 
growing
 
sectors
 
of 
 
Healthcare;
 
Manufacturing;
 
International
 
Trade,
 
and
 
Business
 
Information
 
Technology.
 
We
 
are
 
grateful
 
to
 
Jill
 
Wakefield
 
and
 
the
 
Seattle
 
community
 
college
 
system
 
for
 
their
 
partnership.
 
Over
 
the
 
next
 
two
 
years
 
we
 
will
 
expand
 
the
 
program
 
with
 
the
 
goal
 
of 
 
reaching
 
1,500
 
students
 
and
 
doubling
 
completion
 
rates.
 
 
3
 
Education
 
But
 
there
 
is
 
no
 
probably
 
no
 
stronger
 
foundation
 
for
 
opportunity,
 
and
 
long
 
term
 
economic
 
success,
 
than
 
ensuring
 
that
 
our
 
children
 
are
 
educated.
 
Last
 
week
 
voters
 
passed
 
two
 
levies
 
to
 
fund
 
Seattle
 
school
 
operations
 
and
 
to
 
build
 
new
 
capacity
 
for
 
a
 
growing
 
city.
 
We’re
 
going
 
to
 
do
 
everything
 
we
 
can
 
at
 
the
 
City
 
to
 
help.
 
We
 
are
 
forming
 
an
 
interdepartmental
 
team
 
that
 
brings
 
together
 
the
 
City
 
departments
 
who
 
have
 
a
 
role
 
in
 
construction
 
permits
 
to
 
get
 
this
 
new
 
capacity
 
online
 
as
 
quickly
 
as
 
possible.
 
Two
 
years
 
ago,
 
we
 
asked
 
voters
 
to
 
approve
 
a
 
doubling
 
of 
 
City
 
investments
 
in
 
our
 
schools,
 
and
 
voters
 
said
 
yes
 
to
 
the
 
Families
 
and
 
Education
 
levy
which
 
expanded
 
early
 
learning,
 
school
 
based
 
health
 
centers,
 
academic
 
interventions
 
for
 
at
 
risk
 
youth,
 
as
 
well
 
as
 
mentoring
 
and
 
after
 
school
 
activities.
 
Beacon
 
Hill
 
International
 
Elementary
 
School
 
is
 
a
 
good
 
model
 
of 
 
how
 
schools
 
can
 
combine
 
these
 
investments
 
to
 
provide
 
wrap
 
around
 
services
 
to
 
improve
 
student
 
outcomes.
 
It
 
starts
 
in
 
early
 
learning
 
with
 
Community
 
Day
 
School
 
Association,
 
the
 
Step
 
Ahead
 
provider
 
at
 
Beacon.
 
In
 
Kindergarten
 
through
 
5th
 
grade
 
students
 
receive
 
targeted
 
assistance
 
to
 
help
 
them
 
learn
 
the
 
skills
 
they
 
have
 
not
 
yet
 
mastered.
 
Their
 
teachers
 
then
 
come
 
early
 
or
 
stay
 
late
 
to
 
lead
 
small
 
group
 
instructions
 
to
 
get
 
students
 
back
 
on
 
track
 
toward
 
academic
 
success.
 
Using
 
Levy
 
funding,
 
Beacon
 
Hill
 
has
 
onsite
 
health
 
providers
 
from
 
Odessa
 
Brown
 
and
 
a
 
full
 
time
 
Family
 
Support
 
Worker.
 
Students
 
and
 
families
 
with
 
multiple
 
needs
 
are
 
now
 
connected
 
to
 
community
 
resources,
 
provided
 
in
school
 
health
 
screenings,
 
and
 
have
 
access
 
to
 
ongoing
 
mental
 
health
 
services.
 
Beacon
 
Hill
 
has
 
also
 
used
 
Levy
 
funds
 
to
 
partner
 
with
 
organizations
 
like
 
El
 
Centro
 
de
 
la
 
Raza,
 
Powerful
 
Schools,
 
CDSA
 
and
 
University
 
Tutors.
 
These
 
partners
 
support
 
parent
 
engagement,
 
provide
 
tutoring
 
services,
 
and
 
a
 
broad
 
range
 
of 
 
quality
 
enrichment
 
activities.
 
All
 
of 
 
these
 
resources
 
and
 
all
 
of 
 
these
 
partners
 
come
 
together
 
to
 
help
 
the
 
most
 
struggling
 
groups
 
of 
 
students
 
at
 
Beacon
 
Hill.
 
I
 
want
 
to
 
acknowledge
 
Kelly
 
Aramaki,
 
Beacon
 
Hill
 
Elementary
 
School
 
Principal,
 
who
 
is
 
in
 
the
 
audience
 
today
 
Beacon
 
Hill
 
is
 
 just
 
one
 
example.
 
Levy
 
funded
 
programs
 
are
 
supporting
 
49
 
schools
 
citywide.
 
And
 
in
 
the
 
coming
 
year
 
we
 
will
 
expand
 
to
 
several
 
more
 
schools.
 
Early
 
learning
 
is
 
a
 
critical
 
place
 
where
 
we
 
can
 
make
 
an
 
even
 
bigger
 
difference.
 
Last
 
month
 
I
 
pledged
 
deeper
 
support
 
for
 
Early
 
Learning
 
in
 
Seattle.
 
And
 
last
 
week,
 
in
 
his
 
State
 
of 
 
the
 
Union
 
address,
 
President
 
Obama
 
called
 
for
 
providing
 
universal
 
preschool
 
to
 
low
 
income
 
children
 
at
 
age
 
4.
 
There's
 
a
 
reason
 
we're
 
all
 
focusing
 
on
 
early
 
learning
all
 
the
 
research
 
shows
 
how
 
important
 
it
 
is.
 

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