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King County Councilmember Larry Gossett

Councilmember serving the communities of District 2
Larry Gossett
Council District 2  
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-477-1002
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
TTY/TDD: 206-296-1024
Fax: 206-296-0198

Serving the communities of the Central Area, Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, the Rainier Valley, Seward Park, Skyway, UW, Fremont, Ravenna, and Laurelhurst.

50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. This summer, marks the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of this historic legislation. The act was initially called for by President John F. Kennedy in his civil rights speech of June 11, 1963, following a series of protests by African Americans, including the Birmingham Campaign in May of 1963. During his speech, President Kennedy requested legislation “giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public – hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments”, as well as “greater protection for the right to vote.”

While civil rights leaders felt essential provisions of the act were not included, such as protection against police brutality, discrimination in private employment, or granting the Justice Department authority to initiate desegregation or job discrimination lawsuits, it did enable the U.S. Attorney General to join in lawsuits against state governments for operating segregated school systems, and other provisions.
Passage of the Civil Rights Act stands as one of the major milestones in our nation’s history, raising the level of consciousness, equality, and humanity for all during the past 50 years. However, the work that began 50 years ago is unfinished. Let our commitment for justice and equality for all redouble as we move forward.

King County  commemorated the 1964 Civil Rights Act with a lunch time discussion on the historic passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 and the impact it has had on the country and the county workplace over the last 50 years. I was joined by County Executive Dow Constantine for this important conversation. The City of Seattle Office of Civil Rights will celebrate the 50th anniversary on:

July 9, 2014, from 5 to 8 pm; panel discussion at 7 pm
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S. Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
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40 Years of Seattle Pride

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Seattle’s Gay Pride celebration, the annual Pride Day Parade, and other festivities. Seattle Pride celebrates the Northwest's LGBTQ rights movement since 1974, the year of the inaugural Seattle Pride celebration. The 2014 theme is Generations of Pride, and it will honor those who fought the early battles and those continuing to advocate for equality in changing times.

Celebrity Grand Marshal George Takei (Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu) joined a plethora of local and regional GLBTAQ advocates and champions for the June 29 parade, and pioneering band Lavender Country, considered the first out and proud LGBTQ country band, were featured performers for a day of celebrations that included PrideFest 2014 at the Seattle Center.

What’s Happening in District 2

Summer has arrived and with summer comes beautiful views and local events that make King County a fantastic place to live. Here are a few events thought out the district you may enjoy.

65th Annual ‘WALLINGFORD FAMILY’ Parade & Festival!
Saturday July 5th
Parade 11am, Festival – Noon to 5pm
For 65 years Wallingford has played host to the longest running Seafair Parade, known as the Kiddie Parade. Families come from far and near to watch, participate in and enjoy this traditional event. More information click here.

Pista sa Nayon

Sunday, July 27th
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Pista sa Nayon (a Filipino phrase translated “town festival”) is a one day festival at Seward Park Amphitheater celebrating Fillipino culture with food, cultural performances and many activities.More information at

Umoja Festival & African American Day Parade
August 1st-3rd
Parade 1pm, Festival Noon-7pm
The Umoja Fest African American Heritage Festival & Parade is a world-class festival with a parade and related activities that spans more than six decades with the goal to entertain, educate and empower the community. More information at

20th Annual Columbia Heritage Parade & Street Festival
Saturday, August 20th
Parade at 12pm, Festival 12pm-5:30pm
Heritage Parade & Street Fair celebrates the diversity of 98118 at this huge neighborhood party that closes Rainier Ave S between Alaska Ave S & Brandon St. More information click here.
Garfield High School Basketball State Champions

Garfield High School State Champions

The Garfield High School Basketball team was honored by the King County Council  on June 9 for the impressive season and accomplishment  as the  2013 – 2014 4A State Basketball Champions. The Garfield High School Bulldogs Basketball  team was led  by head coach Ed Haskins with assistant coaches Brent Merritt,  Jamaal Williams, Mike Nowell, Reggie Paul, Walter Washington. The team had three impressive accomplishments winning the League and Conference 4A KingCo Championship  and the Las Vegas Prep Championship (nationally recognized tournament), and is the only team in Garfield Basketball  history to win 4 consecutive League Championships! Congratulations to the Garfield Bulldogs.

A New Way to Get Health Insurance

Open enrollment of Affordable Care Act period has officially ended to buy into the insurance exchange,  some may be eligible for free health insurance—depending on your income. If you earn too much for free Medicaid insurance, the next open enrollment period for low-cost private insurance starts on November 15, 2014.

All health plans offered through Washington Health planfinder include basic benefits like doctor visits, emergency care, prescriptions, maternity care, and preventive care like cancer screenings and vaccinations. Free or low cost coverage is available. No one will be denied coverage because they are sick or because they have a pre-existing condition.

Learn more and find enrollment at Visit to enroll online.

First Hill Streetcar Construction

Construction in District 2 continues as the city of Seattle continues construction on the First Hill Streetcar. Construction on Yesler Ave, Jackson Street, and Boren Ave S. will continue until the project is complete. Check the Seattle Department of Transportation for detour maps and the Metro Transit routes that will be impacted by the project.

The First Hill Streetcar is funded by the city of Seattle  will operate in mostly in District 2 with ten stations along S Jackson Street, 14th Avenue S, Yesler Way, and Broadway, between Occidental in Pioneer Square and Denny on Capitol Hill.  Once construction is complete and service begins in the late summer or early fall 2014, the system will be operated by King County Metro, Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m. until 1 a.m.  On Sundays and holidays it will run from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.  The fare will be the same as that for Metro buses.  ORCA cards and transfers will be accepted.

Council Reorganization

It is an honor to represent the area I live in and to work on issues impacting the residents of District 2.

In 2014, I will chair the Council's Employment and Administration Committee

I will also serve as a member on the following committees:
Law, Justice, Health and Human Services (LJHS)
Regional Policy Committee

Additionally, I will serve as the Vice-Chair of the King County Flood District. This year I look forward to continuing to work for the residents of District 2. If you have any comments or questions regarding your King County Government, please do not hesitate to email me at:

Expansion of the County’s Mental Health Recovery Model

I have always been in support of services and adequate treatment for those living with mental illness and I am proud the King County Council gave its unanimous support for the expansion of the County’s successful Mental Health Recovery Model to include substance abuse services.

In the past, too many County residents battling mental illness received a jail cell instead of a treatment bed. King County has created a new paradigm in assisting the mentally ill. The establishment of a behavioral health component is a welcome addition to the program. The legislation adopted by the Council will continue the current successful recovery model for mental illness and expand the framework to include substance abuse treatment.


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In the community

Read my Seattle Times OpEd: Economic recovery has left African Americans behind

Visit from Seattle University students
Seattle University students recently visited the Council to learn about the Council’s work process.
Seattle University students recently visited the Council to learn about the Council’s work process.

King County’s annual Martin Luther King Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to the three winners of the County’s annual MLK Essay Contest (l-r) Rae Hirshfeld-Smith, Lucy Mujugira and Mengmeng Gibbs!!

Rae and Mengmeng both go to Lake Washington Girls Middle School, their essays tied for first. Lucy is an 8th Grader at St. Therese Catholic Academy. Proud of these young women, and proud that their schools are part of Council District 2!!


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