Also CM Lisa Herbold got right back to me and she says:
Here is the pertinent language in the most recent draft that resulted from the discussion about the Central Staff memo options that you identify here. I believe the next draft will be available online soon. The ordinance addresses how the City manages public space as defined here:End of update
“Public space” means any area within the City limits which is owned, leased, maintained, controlled, or managed by the City, and does not include Public Development Authorities, privately owned land, public schools and colleges, the University of Washington, or the Port of Seattle.
Thank you for staying engaged. We still have much work to do on this bill.
PLEASE write to the Board, asking them for a resolution to be passed (email@example.com) AND the City Council urging them to make sure that school properties are not in this bill. (There is a proposed amendment to take schools out but until that happens, this bill should be DOA.)
The bill is (Council Bill 118794).
Mayor Edward Murray firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Sally Bagshaw email@example.com
Councilmember Tim Burgess firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember M. Lorena Gonzalez email@example.com
Councilmember Bruce Harrell firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Lisa Herbold email@example.com
Councilmember Rob Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Debora Juarez email@example.com
Councilmember Mike O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Kshama Sawant email@example.com
Councilman Tim Burgess' latest thoughts on this legislation.
As introduced on September 6, the proposed law establishes a new right to camp on public property across Seattle, including in our parks and greenbelts, and on sidewalks and planting strips. The law mandates that city government make public spaces available for camping in tents or vehicles. It creates complicated rules and processes that must be followed before anyone can be removed from a camping site. If anyone is removed, the city government must provide “adequate and accessible” long-term housing. Finally, if any of this process is violated, the proposed law establishes a $250 penalty per violation to be paid to the individual camper by city taxpayers.He includes video from KIRO tv about homeless people sleeping in the end zone at the Interbay Athletic field. The police will not come and eject them and even told one parent to just play around them.
Needless to say, this new law is not the balanced approach we all deserve, an approach that weighs and balances compassion with our public health and safety obligations. This proposed law is not balanced and will do absolutely nothing to move people from homelessness to safe and appropriate housing. Nothing.
Here's my letter today to the Board, urging them to Intro/Action a resolution on this issue for the next Board meeting on Oct. 12th.
I am writing to urge you to please have an Intro/Action item for next week's Board meeting about the bill in the City Council that would allow homeless people to camp just about anywhere including school property. Here is a link to the bill.
You will see on the "Central Staff Memo" page 5 of 7 that they are only considering an option that would "exclude property by specified public entities, such as Seattle School District, UW," etc. The legislation, as currently written, does NOT exclude school properties.
I mentioned this to Steve Nielsen at the last Executive Committee meeting and he said it was worrisome to the district. I said I would like to think a homeless person would realize how inappropriate it would be to camp at a school playground and I don't think any school would like this kind of situation. The district would not be able to easily get the person(s) to leave the property so that would be yet another issue.
Does the district really need one more issue to worry about? I think helping to support and educate homeless students is the district's job but not worrying about homeless camping sites at schools.
I urge you to draft a resolution for next Wednesday that supports what CM Burgess is saying. He is the lone CM who has said they are against this.
I believe the City Council and the Mayor need to hear from you.