Community Involvement Commission (CIC)

ACTION NEEDED: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods - Community Involvement Principles & Commission

Attached below are the draft resolutionattachment glossary of terms and the ordinance where the Executive proposes to eliminate the current District Council and CNC system by severing formal ties between the City and the neighborhoods.  Additionally, the draft legislation does not detail how neighborhood grants will be prioritized, reviewed, ranked and awarded, which could result in a significant loss of neighborhood voices.  The proposed Involvement Commission would be comprised of 7 City Council appointees by District, 7 Mayoral appointees and 2 members appointed by the Commission. As stated in the Mayor's draft legislation, appointees should be representative of the demographics but it is unclear how this would be accomplished with only one position currently required to be a specific demographic. There are numerous other gaps and concerns in this draft legislation and additional details will follow.  Subscribe below for updates.

ACTION NEEDED ASAP

Due to significant time constraints, (As posted on the CNC Facebook Page and on this website - the Budget process changed this year...Only one City Councilmember is needed to sponsor changes to the Mayor's proposed budget and the deadline is October 11 for the public to work with City Council).

The CNC strongly urges District Councils and your members to:

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Contact your City Council Representative ASAP and tell them you do not support the Mayor's draft Ordinance/Resolution in its current form. Urge your City Council Representative to support updates/edits to the Mayor's drafts to further empower vs dis-empower neighborhoods;

  1. Prior to severing formal city ties with CNC / District Councils, City Council should direct DoN to implement the 2009 Audit Recommendations which are still relevant today;
  2. Tell your Councilmember your District Council is in full support of expanding and improving outreach/engagement;
  3. For years, the CNC / DCs have been requesting the City / DoN to provide more tools/resources to expand outreach/engagement;
  4. It is the responsibility of the City / DoN to ensure equitable delivery of services and products throughout the city, not unpaid volunteers;
  5. What will be different going forward? Relevant to language in the draft ordinance: DoN (along with other City Departments) has not kept pace with Seattle's growing, changing population and has been unsuccessful in the development and deployment of tools to expand outreach / engagement efforts.

Based upon DoN's track record, it is unknown whether the department will be able to execute on a citywide plan to broaden engagement (social media has been identified as a primary method). Overall, DoN has failed to fully execute on prior City Council SLI's over the past several years.

Another major concern: Neighborhood Matching Fund, NPSF, NSF
No mention about prioritizing these funds and what process will be used to review, rank and make award recommendations in the Mayor's draft legislation.

Finally, urge your City Councilmember to work with the CNC/District Councils and CM Lisa Herbold's office to collaborate on amendments to the Mayor's draft legislation. The CNC will keep you informed of progress from these efforts. IF the city is serious about reforming outreach/engagement efforts, a more thoughtful, inclusive process should be utilized with more (not less) voices at the table to jointly develop a plan.

Please also copy the CNC on any written correspondence you may send:  info@SeattleCNC.org

Mailing address for all council members:

        PO Box 34025
        Seattle, WA 98124-4025

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Forward this information to your neighbors and let them know it is important to act.

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