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Metro Seeks Public Input on Ways to Simplify Fare Payment

Currently, Metro customers are faced with a complex fare structure, including a surcharge during peak commute hours and another charge for trips that cross a zone boundary. For example taking the bus from one city to another, Rainier Beach area to downtown Renton is considered 2 zones and will incur an additional charge for the rider although the distance for the ride is fairly short. Metro and other transit agencies that use ORCA farecards are looking at ways to simplify fares. Metro is considering two options for changing bus fares for adults (*No changes are being considered for youth, senior, disability, ORCA LIFT, or Access fares*) to make them easier to understand, speed up boarding, and reduce fare disputes. We want to hear which option you prefer.

Metro’s current adult fare structure includes extra charges for travel during weekday peak commute hours (6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.) and for trips that cross a zone boundary during those peak hours. Riders can pay $2.50, $2.75 or $3.25, depending on when and how far they travel.

They’re considering two options for making adult fares simpler:
• Option 1: A single $2.75 fare for travel any time, any distance
• Option 2: A $3 peak-period fare and a $2.50 off-peak fare, with no extra charge for two-zone travel

We want to hear from you! Please tell Metro which you prefer by filling out an online survey by May 5 or by emailing me at larry.gossett@kingcounty.gov


Communities of Opportunity

Brother's KeeperCommunity of Opportunity (COO) started as an innovative partnership in 2014 between King County and the Seattle Foundation based on the research that where a child grows up—the community in which they live—greatly impacts their health and well-being. This unique public-private and community-based partnership allows for a greater achievement impact and broader system change than if we approached the work in independent silos. Complex challenges require new approaches and real community engagement. This requires that community members be at the table from the beginning to harness their perspectives, relevant knowledge and lived experience. Community members have a vitally important role in shaping COO. Since 2015, over 90 community residents along with 45 community organizations and their leaders have co-designed solutions in partnership with our subject-matter experts at King County and the Seattle Foundation. The COO mission is creating greater health, social, economic and racial equity in King County so that all people thrive and prosper, regardless of race or place.

On March 17, 2017, the COO Interim Governance Group met to review applications and make recommendations. Details on this will be available soon


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Celebrating Black History Month

Click here for information on the 10 year anniversary of the county logo

Black History Month is the history of our nation. Black History Month had its beginnings when famed activist, writer, and preeminent historian Carter G. Woodson influenced the American Historical Society in 1926 to designate the second week of February as “Negro History Week.” Carter G. Woodson, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History ( now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History), chose the month of February because the birthdays of two individuals who were very influential in the lives of African Americans—President Abraham Lincoln, and former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass—were born in February. In 1976, as America celebrated its bicentennial, Negro History Week became Black History Month, a celebration recognized in the U.S. and Canada. Black History Month is a time to remember the important people, events, and contributions of African Americans, historically and currently, not only in the United States, but throughout the world. It is also a time to illuminate the contributions of black Americans in the United States and the world community. Take time this month to learn something new: http://www.blackpast.org/

Click here to read the King County Council's proclamation of the month of February as Black History Month in King County.


What’s Happening in District 2

It’s Spring and there are some exciting events happening. Here are a number of events happening throughout the district you may enjoy.

University District Farmers Market
Saturdays, year round
9am - 2pm
University Way NE (the "Ave"), between 50th & 52nd streets, Seattle, WA 98105

27th Annual Youth & Law Forum “Wake Up, Stand Up, Speak Up!”

Saturday, April 29, 2017
8am - 3pm
First AME Church, 1522 14th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122

This free community forum for youth will provide practical information about the justice system and offer youth and their parents/guardians a safe environment for discussing and learning about legal rights and responsibility. The forum will include a thought-provoking keynote address by Angela Rye, an American attorney and the Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in Washington, DC. The workshops for the day will include topics on youth homelessness, appropriate responses to traffic and safety stops, the benefits and perils of social media, careers in law enforcement, entertainment and the law, and responses to trauma associated with bullying, harassment, racism, and community violence. The event will also feature guests from our local and federal court system, local police and sheriff offices, the WA State Bar, and the UW School of Social Work. Against the backdrop of recent political and election issues, it is critical that we have representation from young men and women from all racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. RSVP at https://www.youthandlaw.com/contact.html/ and for more information: email info@youthandlaw.com or call (206) 324-3664.

Willie Austin Day
Saturday, April 29, 2017
2pm - 5pm
Garfield Teen Life Center, 428 23rd Avenue Seattle, WA 98122

Come celebrate the life and legacy of Willie Austin. Willie was a well-respected strength coach and personal trainer who coached national and world champion weightlifters and trained both amateur and professional athletes. In 1988 Willie founded the Gym of Seattle, in 1992 he founded the Gateway Athletic Club and in 2004 he founded the Now Is Fitness Center and home of the Austin Foundation. Willie first began giving back to the community by serving as a guest speaker on physical fitness and drug-free living. During his on-campus presentations at area schools in 1990s, Willie began to recognize the growing need for accessible youth fitness programs. He saw firsthand youth struggling with diabetes, obesity, and asthma, many of whom weren't comfortable in regular gym class settings. He saw kids who couldn't afford the cost of athletic programs or didn’t have safe access to physical fitness activities. The event to honor his life will include healthy food, fitness activities, mini health fair, and speakers. The event is free and open to everyone of all ages. To learn more about the life and legacy of Willie Austin and the Austin Foundation, please visit their website and RSVP.

Community Reading Circle of The Turner House
Thursday, May 4, 2017
6pm-7:30pm
Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, Washington 98144

Join Angela Flournoy for a community reading circle of the 2017 Seattle Reads selection, "The Turner House," a novel by Angela Flournoy published March 2016 at the Northwest African American Museum and in partnership with the The Black Heritage Society of Washington State. This is a free event.
Also, a reminder that on First Thursdays, there is no cost to visit the museum--everyone is welcome. You can tour the museum’s current exhibit “An Elegant Utility”. For more information contact the Northwest African American Museum.

Health Fair hosted by Ethiopian Community in Seattle
Saturday, May 6, 2017
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Ethiopian Community Service, 8323 Rainier Avenue S. Seattle, WA 98118

This is a free family friendly event, open to all. A light lunch will be provided. Many services will be available onsite, including mammograms, health & wellness information, diabetes information, HIV testing, Zumba-Eskita-Laughter Therapy, and free home lead testing. Click here for more information.

35th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge Run
Sunday, May 21, 2017
8:00 a.m.
Husky Stadium, 3800 Montlake Blvd NE, Seattle, WA 98195

Beat the Bridge on May 21 begins at Husky Stadium with runners then heading south across the Montlake Bridge. The race continues along 19th Ave, to E Lynn, right on Boyer and onto Fuhrman, and then over the University Bridge. This run/walk will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more info, visit www.beatthebridge.org or call 206.838.5153.

Free Credit Counseling Workshop
Wednesday May 24, 2017 (workshops held every 4th Wednesday of the month)

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, 105 14th Avenue, Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98122

This is a workshop to inform and educate you on your credit report. You can receive a copy of your credit report, learn how to read your credit report, what items impact your credit score rating, how to improve your credit score and learn about the fair debt collection practice act. This workshop requires registration, call 1-800-368-1455 or call 206.461.3792 for additional information.


King County Takes on Racial Disproportionality in our Juvenile Justice System

In 2001, King County implemented the Juvenile Justice Operational Master Plan, or JJOMP. Its intent was to decrease the number of juveniles being detained in King County’s Youth Detention Center. While we were successful in drastically reducing the Average Daily Population (ADP) from approximately 200 in 2000, to our current ADP of approximately 60 youth, racial disproportionality increased in catastrophic ways.

For example, fifteen years ago, about 36 percent of youth in our detention facility were African American. Today, African American youth account for over 60 percent of the ADP. These numbers are beyond unacceptable, and call for a new paradigm shift in our system. As a result, in the fall of 2015 we convened the Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee (JJESC), a group of activists, organizers, and community members unlike any King County government has organized in the past. Many of the members of the JJESC represents our incarcerated juvenile population in terms of race, ethnicity, life experience, and cultural expertise.

While dismantling racial disparity is our top priority, it is just one part of a paradigm shift we are undertaking in our Juvenile Justice system. We need to stop criminalizing our youth, since studies show the longer and deeper a young person sinks into our system, the worse the outcome. This is not only counter to what our systems are SUPPOSED to do, it is counter to our stated principles of Equity and Social Justice. For more background information on this effort please visit:

http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/News/release/2015/July/29-racial-disparity-justice.aspx.

Community input on our workgroups will be critical to our success! Please check for the time and place of the JJESC monthly meetings.

Contact Councilmember Gossett

Main phone:
206-477-1002

TTY/TDD:
206-296-1024

Fax:
206-296-0198