City Hall Notes | Paid sick leave passes, cheaper community center plan, Mayor on Hill

  • The Seattle City Council on Monday signed off on a plan to require city businesses with five or more employees to provide paid sick leave starting in September 2012. The bill requires businesses to provide paid sick days for employees to recuperate or provide care to an ill family member. Some high profile Capitol Hill entrepreneurs threw their support behind the bill including Molly Moon Neitzel, Jody Hall of Cupcake Royale and Dave Meinert of CHS advertiser Big Mario’s. New businesses that are less than two-years-old are exempt from the law. 

HOUSING, HUMAN SERVICES, HEALTH, AND CULTURE COMMITTEE:1. Council Bill 117216 PASSED AS AMENDED (8 – 1, Conlin Opposed) Relating to employment in Seattle; adding a new chapter 14.16 to the Seattle Municipal Code; establishing minimum standards for the provision of paid sick and paid safe time; prescribing penalties, remedies and enforcement procedures; amending Section 3.14.931 of the Seattle Municipal Code; and requesting a post- implementation assessment from the Seattle Office for Civil Rights.

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  • Mayor Mike McGinn and City Council parks committee head Sally Bagshaw unveiled a plan to help keep the city’s community centers operating while shaving more than $1 million from the city’s pinched budget. The plan calls for a restructuring of the city’s community center system to create service areas grouping existing centers together and providing tiers of staffing to enable one fully-staffed facility in each area. Capitol Hill’s geographic region features the Garfield Community Center in the Central District as our “service level 1” facility with the Miller Park Community reduced to “service level 2b,” the lowest staffing level for any city-managed centers. Some centers like the Cascade People’s Center will continue on the path to being managed by organizations and non-profits. You can read more about the plan on the Seattle Parks operations page.
  • The Mayor will be at Miller Community Center Tuesday night for a town hall community meeting:
  • When: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 05:30 PM – 08:00 PM
    Where: Miller Community Center
    What: As part of the Engage Seattle initiative, in order to ensure that as many people as possible who live, work, or play in Seattle are able to voice their concerns and offer their feedback directly to the mayor, we’re holding a series of town halls and other outreach events in every part of the city. As part of that initiative, I’d like to invite you to join Mayor McGinn for a Town Hall at the Miller Community Center on September 13th. 

    5:30 to 6:30 pm: Community information fair
    6:30 to 6:40 pm: Performance by local artists
    6:40 to 8:00 pm: Open Q&A with Mayor McGinn and City staff

    Miller Community Center is located at 330 19th Ave E.

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