Seattle City Council Housing, Health, Energy, and Workers Rights Committee 7/18/19

Seattle City Council Housing, Health, Energy, and Workers Rights Committee 7/18/19


>>>WELL GOOD MORNING EVERYONE. TODAY IS THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2019, THE HOUSING, HEALTH, ENERGY, AND WORKERS’ RIGHTS COMMITTEE. WELCOME TO ORDER. IT’S 9:40, AND I’M TERESA MOSQUEDA, CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE JOINED BY COUNCIL COLLEAGUE COUNCIL MEMBER BAGSHAW AND HERBOLD. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE AND WAITING FOR US. REALLY APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE TODAY. WE HAVE FOUR ITEMS ON TODAY’S AGENDA. FIRST IS A PRESENTATION FROM THE OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS ON THEIR RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE REPORT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE, OLS. A BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE VOTE OF THE NOTICE OF INTENT TO SELL LEGISLATION THAT I HAD A GOOD CHANCE TO WORK WITH MY COUNCIL COLLEAGUE, COUNCIL MEMBER BAGSHAW. DECIDED TO BRING THAT FORWARD ON THE DISCUSSION ON THAT. AND THEN LASTLY WE’LL HAVE A DISCUSSION, NO VOTE, A DISCUSSION ON OUR HOTEL WORKER LEGISLATION. AGAIN IT’S A FOUR-PART SERIES. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TWO PARTS TODAY, WHICH IS SPECIFIC TO RETENTION AND WORKLOAD. IF THERE’S NO OBJECTION, TODAY’S AGENDA WILL BE ADOPTED. SEEING NO OBJECTIONS. TODAY’S AGENDA IS ADOPTED. BEFORE WE GET STARTED, I DO WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE AND LET THE COMMITTEE KNOW. I DID HAVE A CHANCE TO GO DOWN TO TACOMA YESTERDAY AND VISIT WITH OUR GOOD COLLEAGUE COUNCIL MEMBER MELLO FROM TACOMA AND FOLKS FROM CATHOLIC SERVICES, HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO SOME OF THE DIRECT PROVIDERS THERE. WHAT THEY CALL THEIR STABILITY SITE. FOLKS MAY KNOW OF THE LARGE TENT THAT HAS THE ABILITY TO HAVE ENHANCED SHELTER WITHIN THE TENT AND ALSO THE PELLET SHELTERS OUTSIDE THAT PROVIDE PRIVACY, TWO TO FOUR BEDS, AND TO VISIT THE FACILITY. IT WAS REALLY A GREAT EXPERIENCE. I WANTED TO LET YOU ALL KNOW HOW MUCH THEY APPRECIATED US COMING DOWN OTHER CITIES,IVE R LYNNWOOD, VANCOUVER, I HEAR THEY’RE ALSO GOING TO TACOMA TO TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR STRATEGIES THERE. AND WANTED TO BRING BACK THIS POWER POINT AS THEY HAD JUST BEEN PRESENTED TO THEIR COMMITTEE, THE DAY PRIOR ON TUESDAY. ONE REALLY EXCITING STATISTIC TO SHARE WITH YOU IS THAT WHEN FOLKS COME TO THIS ENHANCED SHELTER, THIS STABILITY SITE MODEL, THEY ARE PLACING ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THE RESIDENTS INTO PERMANENT HOUSING. ONE-THIRD PLACEMENT IS INCREDIBLE. WE WERE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT OUR PLACEMENT INTO PERMANENT HOUSING ABOUT 20% WHEN THEY COME OUT OF ENHANCED SHELTERS VERSES MATS ON THE GROUND. IT’S ABOUT 5% TO 6%. I JUST WANTED TO BRING THIS BACK FOR YOU AND SHARE THIS GREAT EXPERIENCE AND THANK COUNCIL MEMBER MELLO FOR THE INVITATION AND THE GREAT WORK THAT THEY’RE DOING. SO AT THIS POINT LET’S MOVE INTO PUBLIC TESTIMONY. WE DO HAVE QUITE A FEW FOLKS SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC TESTIMONY. I BELIEVE WE HAVE 25 PEOPLE. SO IN ORDER FOR US TO KEEP THIS WITHIN THE TIME FRAME, WE’RE GOING TO AIM FOR A MINUTE TESTIMONY RECOGNIZING THAT FOLKS MAY GO SLIGHTLY OVER, BUT WE’RE GOING TO ASK YOU TO KEEP IT RELATIVELY SHORT. WE’RE GOING TO GIVE FOLKS, IF IT’S OKAY WITH THE COUNCIL COLLEAGUES, WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO CUT THE PUBLIC COMMENT OFF IN HALF AN HOUR. IF WE KEEP IT TO A MINUTE, WE’LL BE WELL WITHIN THAT. HELLO EVERYBODY. THE FIRST PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE, NICOLE BRANT AND ANNE WIESS. >>THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBERS, WE ARE BOTH LABORS, REPRESENTING WORKERS IN KING COUNTY. AND I WANTED TO START MY TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF INITIATIVE 124 BY SAYING THAT I BELIEVE IN THE HOSPITALITY AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES IN OUR CITY. I THINK THEY’RE IMPORTANT. AND WHEN YOU CARE ABOUT SOMETHING, YOU WANT TO MAKE IT BETTER AND YOU WANT TO MAKE IT MODERN. I THINK INITIATIVE 124 DID THAT. THAT’S WHY IT’S A PRIORITY FOR THE LABOR MOVEMENT TO PROTECT THAT POLICY AND ITS ENTIRETY. TODAY I WANT TO IN PARTICULAR ADDRESS THE TOPIC OF WORKLOAD AND OVERTIME. AS A CONSTRUCTION WORKER OVERTIME IS A CENTRAL LABOR RIGHTS POLICY THAT PEOPLE LIKE ME ENJOY. I THINK IT’S ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POLICIES IN INITIATIVE 124 BECAUSE IT’S ABOUT WORKERS’ BODIES AND WOMEN WORKERS’ BODIES, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WHEN SOMEBODY GOES OVERTIME DOING BACK BREAKING LABOR, LITERALLY, KNEE BREAKING, SHOULDER BREAKING LABOR, THAT THAT IS NOT INCENTIVIZED. THEY ARE ADEQUATELY COMPENSATED FOR THE SACRIFICE THAT THEY’RE MAKING. >>THANK YOU, NICOLE. HI, ANNIE. >>HI. I’M ANNI E WEISS, THE DIRECTOR AT MLK LABOR. PRIOR TO THAT I WORKED IN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY FOR SEVEN YEARS. DURING THAT TIME I WORKED IN MANY DEPARTMENTS FROM THE FRONT DESK TO SALES AND HOUSEKEEPING. I WAS ACTUALLY NOT A HIRED HOUSEKEEPER, BUT I WAS ASKED TO WORK AS ONE BECAUSE WE WERE EXPERIENCING A VERY HIGH TURNOVER IN THAT DEPARTMENT. DURING MY TIME AS A HOUSEKEEPER, I STRIPPED AND CLEANED UP TO 25 ROOMS AT A TIME AND IT WAS STRENUOUS AND SOMETIMES PAINFUL WORK. THE LEGISLATION AS PROPOSED STRENGTHENS THE WORKLOAD PROTECTIONS CONTAINED IN INITIATIVE 124 AND ENSURES WORKERS HAVE AGENCY IN WORKING AT A SAFER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PACE. WE STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT WILL BRING LONG OVERDUE PROTECTIONS TO SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE WORKERS, BUT ALSO BRING JUSTICE TO THE 77% OF SEATTLE VOTERS WHO PASSED I-124 BACK IN 2016. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. THE NEXT PERSON IS JIM MILLER FOLLOWEDBY DUSTIN HINKEL, FOLLOWED BY ANNE VANDEHIE. >>MORNING, I’M JIM MILLER. WE’VE BEEN PROVIDING JOBS AND SUPPORT SERVICES TO THE HOMELESS IN SEATTLE SINCE 1921. WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED BECAUSE WE HAVE BECOME THE SUBJECT OF AN OFFICE LABOR STANDARDS INVESTIGATION REGARDING OUR PRACTICE WITH THE FAIR CHANCE ORDINANCE. WE’VE BEEN ADVISED BY DARREN WILLIAMS AND ONE OF THE INVESTIGATORS THAT THE OLS PLANS TO ISSUE FINDINGS AND FINES IN EXCESS OF $40,000. MR. WILLIAM LEAP AND LOGIC IS DEEPLY TROUBLING. THE FEW INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE EJECTED FROM OUR PROGRAM INCLUDE THOSE WITH FELONY CHARGES OF RAPE, CHILD RAPE, SEXUAL OFFENDERS, AND ARMED ROBBERY. WE CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE PLACE THOSE INDIVIDUALS IN HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY WHETHER IT BE CENTURYLINK, RESTAURANT, A RESIDENTIAL WORKER, OR ANY OTHER PLACE. WE JUST CANNOT PUT ANYBODY AT RISK, AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE BEING ASKED TO DO BY THE OFFICE OF THE LABOR STANDARDS. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE’LL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AS WELL. WELCOME DUSTIN, ANNE, AND THEN MARK ZAMORA. >>THANK YOU, MY NAME IS DUSTIN, I’M EMPLOYED AT THE HILTON SEATTLE. I STARTED MY CAREER AT A KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN, MAKING LESS THAN $8 AN HOUR, AND I’VE ENJOYED A LOT OF PROTECTIONS THAT CITIES HAVE PUT IN PLACE. I COME FROM A FAMILY WHERE MY MOM IS THE HOSPICE NURSE, SO IS MY SISTER. MY DAD AS A POLICE OFFICER, AND MY MOM’S WIFE IS A HOSPICE NURSE. SO MY FAMILY, LIKE YOU, HAVE GONE INTO A LINE OF WORK WHERE MAKING AN IMPACT IN PEOPLES LIVES IS IMPORTANT. I THINK MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM WANT TO BE OF SERVICE TO OTHERS AS DO YOU. WITH THE WORKLOAD, I THINK OF IT AS AN ANALOGY. YOU HAVE LONG DAYS HERE IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO GO DOWN TO THE CITY GRIND ESPRESSO AT THE END OF THE DAY AND ORDER A COFFEE. CAN YOU IMAGINE IF THE BILL WAS $63.50 AND YOU SAID WHY IS THAT? WELL $3 FOR THE COFFEE, BUT THE 50th COFFEE, I JUST HIT MY QUOTA, SO NOW YOU OWE ME ANOTHER $60. IT PUTS IT ON THE BUSINESS, NOT A PERFECT ANALOGY, BUT THINK OF THE GOLDEN RULE. THAT’S WHAT WE DO IN HOSPITALITY. >>THANK YOU, APPRECIATE YOU AND YOUR TIME. THANK YOU. >>ANNE MARK AND THEN CHELSEA HOFFMAN. >>GOOD MORNING. I’M ANNE, DIRECTOR OF SALES AT THE HILTON SATTLE. SOME OF THIS LEGISLATION IS TRULY INSPIRED, PANIC BUTTONS AKE SENSE.NOT ONE HOTEL EMPLOYEE IN THIS ROOM WILL DISAGREE WITH ME WHEN I SAY BILL MARRIOTT SAID IT BEST. IF WE TAKE CARE OF OUR EMPLOYEES, THEY WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR CUSTOMERS, AND BUSINESS WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF. SOME OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT APPLIES TO HOTEL TENANTS AND OVERTIME REQUIRE ADDITIONAL DUE DILIGENCE. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO PROTECT HOTEL EMPLOYEES WELL BEING, IT WILL ULTIMATELY COST THEM THEIR HOURS, BENEFITS, AND JOBS. I WALK TO WORK. IN JUST THIS LAST WEEK I WAS HIT WITH A TWO LITER BOTTLE FULL OF UNKNOWN LIQUID. I WATCHED A NAKED MAN WALK DOWN SECOND. I WAS SOLICITED FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS ON THIRD AND PIKE ON MY WAY HOME FROM YOGA, I WATCHED A MAN URINATE ON THE WINDOWS OF WILD GINGER WHILE DINERS RECOILED IN HORROR. I ROUTINELY PASS PEOPLE SHOOTING UP, AND EVERY MORNING I PASS BY STORE OWNERS WHO HAVE TO HOSE DOWN AND BLEACH THEIR ENTRIES. TOURISM IS A $10.7 BILLION INDUSTRY IN SEATTLE, AND COMPANIES AND TOURISTS ARE GOING TO LEAVE. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>SO PLEASE PRIORITIZE. >>WE’RE HAPPY TO TAKE YOUR WRITTEN TESTIMONY TOO. >>MARK, CHELSEA, AND THEN AMANDA LANDERS. >>GOOD MORNING, MY NAME IS MARK ZAMORA, THE CATERING MANAGER FOR THE HILTON SEATTLE. I WORKED IN THE INDUSTRY FOR EIGHT YEARS. >>STAND A LITTLE CLOSER. >>I STARTED MY CAREER AS A RESTAURANT SERVER, AND THEN I MOVED UP TO CONVENTION CATERING AND SALES MANAGEMENT. JUST THIS PAST YEAR I STEPPED BACK INTO THE INDUSTRY THAT I LOVE AFTER SERVING MY COUNTRY. MY QUESTION TO ALL OF YOU IS WHY ARE BUSINESSES WHO LEASE SPACE AND HOTELS BEING TREATED FROM A BUSINESS WHO LEASE SPACE IN AN OFFICE BUILDING? THESE OFFICES WHO LEASE SPACE ARE LIKE FAMILY. PROVIDING AN OUTSTANDING MEMORABLE SERVICE TO OUR GUESTS. EVERY DAY WHEN I’M OUT IN SEATTLE MEETING NEW PEOPLE OR TALKING TO ONE OF OUR VALUED HOTEL GUESTS, OR TAKING THEM ON SCREAMING OR REMOVING THEIR PLE CLOTHES. SOMETIMES I HAVE TO WALK OUR GUESTS TO THEIR DESTINATION JUST TO ENSURE THEIR SAFETY. BUT LET’S KEEP FOCUSING ON REQUIRING OVERTIME FOR ALL HOURS WORKED IF EVEN EMPLOYEES EXCEED THE MANDATORY MINIMUM WORKLOAD BY ONE SQUARE FOOT INSTEAD OF SAFETY. I CAN’T THINK OF ANOTHER INDUSTRY THAT’S REQUIRED TO PAY OVERTIME FOR AN ENTIRE DAY’S WORK. I TRULY FEEL WE’RE NOT IN ORDER. PLEASE ADDRESS. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>CHELSEA, AMANDA, AND THEN TERRY. OH BOY, SORRY ABOUT THAT. WELCOME. >>HELLO, MY NAME IS CHELSEA HUFFMAN, I’M THE HR DIRECTOR AT THE RENAISSANCE SEATTLE HOTEL. OVER THE YEARS I’VE WORKED IN MULTIPLE INDUSTRIES. I STARTED OUT MY CAREER AS A LABORER LOADING 100 POUNDS OF ROAM. I’VE BEEN IN THIS ROLE FOR OVER A DECADE AND NEVER SEEN LEGISLATION THAT WOULD CLEARLY BENEFIT A GROUP OF EMPLOYEES OVER ANOTHER. OUR LAWS ARE SUPPOSE TO BE WRITTEN TO CREATE EQUALITY, NOT ADVERSE DISCRIMINATION. WHAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND IS HOW THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY IS BEING TARGETED. ARE THERE OTHER INDUSTRIES THAT ARE REQUIRED TO PAY BASE ON WORKLOAD? DOES A MEATPACKER GET PAID MORE FOR PACKING FOR BOXES? I DON’T BELIEVE CIVIL SERVANTS HAVE THIS KIND OF BENEFIT EITHER FOR HELPING MORE PEOPLE. HOW ABOUT DELIVERY DRIVERS AND SALES PEOPLE? ARE THOSE INDUSTRIES REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THE SAME TYPE OF LOCATION DEVICES THAT ARE BEING PROPOSED TO THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY? THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY DOES CARE ABOUT THEIR EMPLOYEES. AT THE RENAISSANCE WE EMPLOYEE 250. THE PROOF IS IN THE NUMBERS NEARLY HALF OF OUR EMPLOYEES WOULD NOT STILL BE AT THE RENAISSANCE AFTER TEN YEARS IF THEY FELT THEY WERE NOT BEING TREATED PROPERLY. 15% HAVE BEEN WITH US FOR OVER 20. I ASK THAT YOU NOT APPROVE THIS LEGISLATION AS IT PUTS LEGAL AND FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS ON OUR INDUSTRY. >>THANK YOU. AMANDA, TERRY, AND THEN GERKIN ORBS SWALD. >>GOOD MORNING, MY NAME IS AMANDA LANDERS, THE DIRECTOR FRONT OFFICE AT THE PAM PACIFIC SEATTLE. I HAVE WORKED IN HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY FOR SEVEN YEARS AND WAS RECENTLY RECOGNIZED AS WASHINGTON’S HOSPITALITY EMERGING LEADER OF 2018. THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY IS INCREDIBLY UNIQUE. ALL OF US PUT EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE INTO OUR WORK. IT IS BACK BREAKING AND WE LOVE IT. I HAVE WORKED CLOSELY IN ALL OF THE DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING HOUSEKEEPING FOR MANY YEARS. I’VE DONE THE JOB, AND SO I JUST, YOU KNOW, WANTED TO ASK. OUR RETAIL ATTENDANTS, MALE PERSONNEL, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS. SEATTLE, YOU KNOW, WORKERS THEMSELVES OR ANYONE ELSE BESIDES JUST A SPECIFIC WORKER IN A SPECIFIC INDUSTRY. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TERRY FOLLOWED BY GERKIN AND THEN HON G . WELCOME BACK, TERRY. >>GOOD MORNING. I’M TERRY, I’M THE CHEF AND OWNER OF BLUE LID IN THE SHERATON HOTEL. MY RELATIONS WITH THE HOTEL, I HAVE A LEASE AND THAT’S MY ENTIRE BUSINESS WITH THEM. I’M HERE TO PLEAD THE NEW AUXILIARY BECAUSE IT PUTS US IN VERY CRITICAL SITUATION MYSELF AS WELL AS 58 FAMILIES THAT WORK WITH US. PLEASE REVIEW THAT AND REMOVE IT. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. GERKIN FOLLOWED BY HONG ANDSTEFAN. >>GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL MEMBERS. YOU CAN’T POLISH — WRITTEN BY NON-LEGISLATORS. YOU KNOW, NOT SURPRISING IT RESULTS IN JUSTIFIABLE LAWSUITS THAT ARE BEING UPHELD. YOUR LEGISLATURES DO IT WITHOUT TRYING TO MERE THE BAD PARTS AND THEN ADDING UNIFIES OTHER THINGS. AS A MATTER OF FACT DON’T DO IT AT ALL. RETENTION, FOR INSTANCE, IT’S NOT NECESSARY. HOTELS GET SOLD DAY IN AND DAY OUT. THERE’S NO NEW HOTEL OWNER THAT SHOWS UP WITH THE SCHOOL BUS FULL OF NEW EMPLOYEES. WE NEED OUR EMPLOYEES. NOBODY IS LOSING THEIR JOBS. WORKLOAD, WE HAVE STANDARDS. WHAT’S NEXT? YOU HEARD IT FROM OTHER PEOPLE. I MEAN IF WE FOCUS ON WORKLOADS, THEN FOCUS ON EVERYBODY, RIGHT? SO MY RECOMMENDATION IS FOCUS ON THE THINGS THAT SEATTLE VOTERS REALLY CARE ALL ABOUT. PUBLIC SAFETY, TRANSPORTATION HOUSING, HOMELESSNESS. I THINK THAT’S ENOUGH WORK FOR ALL OF US TO TAKE CARE OF. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>WELCOME BACK AND THEN FOLLOWED BY STEFAN AND BRAXTON MEYERS. >>GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY. MY NAME IS HONG AND I’M A HOUSEKEEPER IN THE AIRPORT. I HAVE BEEN WORKING THERE FOR FIVE YEARS. I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO WORK. AFTER ONE DAY YOU FINISH YOUR 28th BED AND THE SUPERVISOR ASKS YOU TO DO AN EXTRA ROOM. YOU TELL THEM OH, I’M SO TIRED, BUT THE SUPERVISORS, THEY WILL LET YOU GO HOME, NO, THEY WON’T LET YOU GO HOME BECAUSE CUSTOMERS ARE WAITING. AND THEN THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT AS A HUMAN BEING, BUT THE HOTELS, THEY TREAT US AS A TOOL, WE ARE THE TOOLS TO MAKE AS MUCH AS THEY CAN. AND THAT’S THE DIFFERENCE. BECAUSE THE HOTEL, THEY RESPECT OUR RIGHTS, OUR WILL, WE DON’T WANT TO TAKE THE OVERTIME, BUT WE HAVE NO CHOICE. SO THERE’S A PENALTY FOR THEM. IF IT IS AGAINST OUR WILL AND THEY FORCE US TO DO IT AND WE DON’T HAVE GOOD HEALTH, BUT AFTER YOU FINISH YOUR 28th BED, YOU FEEL THE PAIN. DURING THE NIGHT YOU CANNOT SLEEP. SO WHO CARES ABOUT US. THAT’S WHY WE ASK TO PASS THE 124. IT’S IN THE REAL WORK. WE TALK TO THE HOUSEKEEPERS, MOST OF US ARE IMMIGRANTS. WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO STAND UP TO FIGHT. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>THANK YOU. >>I APPRECIATE IT, THANK YOU. >>STEFAN FOLLOWED BY BRAXTON. OH BOY. DUMUS? >>GOOD MORNING COUNCIL MEMBERS. I’M STEFAN WITH LOCAL EIGHT. I’D LIKE TO ADDRESS AN IMPORTANT MISUNDERSTANDING IN REGARDS TO THE WORKLOAD PROTECTIONS AND INITIATIVE 124. THIS LEGISLATION CONTAINS A PROVISION THAT WORKERS RECEIVE OVERTIME PAY FOR THE WHOLE DAY IF THEY ARE FORCED TO CLEAN MORE THAN 5,000 SQUARE FEET PER DAY OR PER SHIFT. THIS IS NOT A PROVISION THAT IS INTENDED TO GIVE WORKERS MONEY, IT’S A PROVISION THAT IS INTENDED TO MAKE SURE THAT WORKERS ARE NOT BEING PUT IN UNSAFE SITUATIONS IN WORKLOADS THAT CAUSE INJURIES IN PEOPLE, BREAKING THEIR BODIES IN PEOPLE. BASICALLY HAVING LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES FOR THE HARD WORK THAT THEY DO. I THINK IF THERE’S ONE THING YOU CAN DO AS A COUNCIL, IT IS TO HOLD FIRM ON THE PROVISIONS AS PROPOSED BECAUSE THAT’S THE ONLY WAY TO DISINCENTIVIZE ABUSE OF HOUSEKEEPERS IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY THAT IS REAL AND HAPPENING EVERY DAY HERE IN SEATTLE. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I KNOW YOU HAD SOME WRITTEN COMMENTS TOO. WE’LL, OF COURSE, TAKE THOSE AS WELL. >>BRAXTON FOLLOWED BY DUMUS AND THEN STEVE SASSO. HI, BRAXTON. >>GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL MEMBERS. REPRESENTING THE FIRST GENERATION KOREAN FAMILY THE PURCHASE OF A HOTEL HERE FIVE YEARS AGO, AND HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITHIN THE SEATTLE CITY LIMITS FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS. ONCE AGAIN URGE THE COUNCIL TO TAKE A VERY STRONG LOOK AT WHAT IT IS THAT IS BEING PROPOSED. WE TALKED A LOT TWO WEEKS AGO ABOUT OPTICS. I THINK THE OPTICS PLAY A VERY LARGE PORTION OF KIND OF THIS ARGUMENT THAT WE’RE GOING THROUGH TODAY AND HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH NOW FOR THE LAST TWO AND A HALF TO THREE YEARS. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT NOT ONLY IS THERE A CONCERN WITH BUSINESSES BEING BROUGHT INTO THIS LEGISLATION, BUT NOT EVERY HOTEL INDUSTRY IN SEATTLE IS OWNED BY A MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATION. MY PROPERTY IS OWNED BAY FIRST GENERATION KOREAN FAMILY THAT CAME HERE IN 1976. WE’RE NOT FABULOUSLY WEALTHY. WE’RE NOT MARRIOTT, WE’RE NOT STARWOOD, WE’RE A SMALL FAMILY- OWNED BUSINESS, AND WE INTEND TO STAY THAT. WE WANT TO WORK WITH OUR EMPLOYEES. WE WANT TO BE AS BEST OF THE EMPLOYERS WE POSSIBLY COULD BE. BUT AS WE RUN THE NUMBERS FOR INITIATIVE, THE FOUR REPLACEMENT INITIATIVES FOR 124, IT LITERALLY AND THIS IS NOT, I’M HAPPY TO SIT DOWN WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU TO REVIEW THE NUMBERS, IT PLACES OUR BUSINESS IN BANKRUPTCY. IT PLACES OUR BANKRUPTCY IN THE RED. >>THANK YOU, I APPRECIATE IT. >>DUMUS FOLLOWED BY STEVE AND THEN JENNY RAYS. SORRY FOR THE MISPRONUNCIATION. >>HELLO, THIS IS PATIENCE. I’M CURIOUS HOW THINGS ARE GOING TO PLAY OUT WITH THIS IN GENERAL, AND I HAVE AN APPLICABLE QUESTION TO OLS AND HOW THEY HANDLE THINGS. ORIGINALLY I STARTED EMPLOYMENT AND DEALT WITH THEM FOR A WHILE. IN OCTOBER OF 2018 I STARTED AN INQUIRY WITH LABOR AND INDUSTRIES REGARDING UNPAID WAGES. SOUNDS SIMILAR THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE EXPERIENCED HERE WITH THEIR SITUATION AS WELL. THE DETERMINATION WAS MADE IN 2018 THAT THEY FAILED TO PAY WAGES FOR $6,760 THAT THEY STILL CONTINUE TO UNPAY TO THIS DAY. A CITATION BECAME FINAL IN JUNE, ON JUNE 30 OF THIS YEAR, AND THEY’RE NOW IN COLLECTIONS AS OF JULY 5. THIS IS IN REGARDS TO ANOTHER ISSUE THAT I HAVE WITH THEM IS HOUSING. ON AUGUST 18 WE HAD TO START A LAWSUIT AGAINST THEM BECAUSE OTHER AGENCIES WITHIN THE CITY OF SEATTLE HAVE NOT TAKEN ANY ACTIONS INCLUDING THE OFFICE OF HOUSING, WHICH AS A SEATTLE LEVY AGREEMENT THAT HAS STRICT REQUIREMENTS THAT NOBODY IS ENFORCING. I WENT TO OLS IN OCTOBER OF 2018. TO THIS DAY I HAVE NO RESPONSE. SO HOW ARE THEY GOING TO HANDLE ANY OF THESE PEOPLES CONCERNS IF THESE RULES ARE PLACED IN THERE FOR US. >>THANK YOU. >>AND MRS. MOSQUEDA ONE LAST THING. I TALKED, YOU RECOMMENDED ME TO ERIN, THAT WAS FEBRUARY OF 27, TO THIS DAY TO RESPONSE FROM HER AGAIN. >>SIR, IF YOU WANT TO E-MAIL US, WE’RE HAPPY TO FOLLOW UP WITH YOU. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. STEVE SASSO FOLLOWED BY JENNY REYES, FOLLOWED BY SHARON CHUNG. >>OKAY, ONE MINUTE. I’LL TRY TO BE QUICK. GOOD MORNING, I’M STEVE SASSO, MY HOTEL IS THE MEMBER OF THE SEATTLE HOTEL ASSOCIATION, AND I’M A RESIDENT OF THE CAPITOL HILL NEIGHBORHOOD. I WORKED IN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY FOR OVER 25 YEARS. AND SOME OF THE OTHERS THAT HAVE TALKED AND SPOKEN IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS. I’VE HAD MULTIPLE EXPERIENCES AND SEEN A LOT. THIS INCLUDES WASHING DISHES, CLEANING ROOMS, BEING A UNION MEMBER, WORKING WITH LARGE CORPORATIONS, SMALL FAMILY-RUN BUSINESSES PARTNERING WITH MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, SUPPORTING ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIALS WHO MAY NOT ALWAYS SHARE THE SAME VIEWS THAT I DO. WHAT I HAVEN’T SEEN IS A CITY COUNCIL LOOK TO QUICKLY RUSH AND PASS COMPLICATED LEGISLATION UNDER THE GUIDES OF ONE WITH OR TWO ITEMS. WHEN, IN FACT, THE 100-PLUS PAGES WRITTEN IS FAR REACHING AND HAS MULTIPLE UNATTENDED AND NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES ON BUSINESSES AND WORKERS. YOU HAVE HEARD MANY SPEAK ABOUT THIS AND SURELY THIS COMMITTEE IS WELL INFORMED AND AWARE OF THIS. I URGE YOU TO LISTEN TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS AND ACT IF A COMMON SENSE AND IMPACTFUL MANNER. WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR ROLE AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL ESPECIALLY AS IT PERTAINS TO THIS LEGISLATION. ON A FINAL NOTE I WAS HESITANT TO SPEAK TODAY AS I HEARD ABOUT AND READ ABOUT THE ECHO CHAMBER OF POLITICS THAT WILL TAKE PLACE AT TIMES IN THE SERIOUS IMPACT THAT THEY HAVE ON ALL SEATTLE RESIDENTS WHO LIVE HERE. I’M HOPEFUL AS IT RELATES TO LEGISLATION SO MEANINGFUL PROGRESS COULD BE MADE FOR ALL INVOLVED, WHICH INCLUDES EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM AND THE CITY OF SEATTLE. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANKS FOR THE EXTRA TIME. >>HI, JENNY, FOLLOWED BY JENNY IS SHANON SHARON, LINDA MORTON, AND THEN STEVE FIGOSKI. >>GOOD MORNING CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS. MY NAME IS JENNY, AND I’M THE HR PARTNER OF THE RESIDENCE INN, MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN SEATTLE. I JOINED THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY NINE YEARS AGO WHEN I CAME TO THIS COUNTRY. AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY FOR 14 YEARS NOW. I JOINED THIS INDUSTRY BECAUSE I FELT REPRESENTED, WELCOMED, AND GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY THAT OTHERS IN THIS WERE NOT WILLING TO PROVIDE. HOTELS HAVE THE MOST DIVERSE POPULATION WITHIN THE WORK FORCE. MINORITIES AND PEOPLE THAT MADE MISTAKES IN THE PAST ARE GIVEN ANOTHER CHANCE. I BELIEVE THIS LEGISLATION IS INSPIRING BECAUSE IT SHOWS THAT WE WANT TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR OUR ASSOCIATES, AND I AGREE. WE CARE ABOUT OUR EMPLOYEES, AND I HAVE SAFETY PRACTICE IN PLACE TO PROTECT THEM. I PERSONALLY MAKE SURE MY TEAMMEMBERS ARE TREATED FAIRLY. HOWEVER, THIS ORDINANCE IS SPECIFIC ON THOSE ITEMS TRYING TO HELP INSURANCE AND REVIEW. THERE IS NOT AN INDUSTRY THAT REQUIRES TO PAY OVERTIME FROM AN ENTIRE DAY’S WORK. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LISTENING AND WORKING TOWARDS IMPROVING THIS LEGISLATION. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>HI AGAIN, SHANNON. >>GOOD MORNING COUNCIL. MY NAME IS SHANNON SHARON, I’M THE DIRECTOR OF HOTEL SORENTO. I PROBABLY LOOK SOMEWHAT FAMILIAR BECAUSE I TESTIFY EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT I CAN. I DEEPLY BELIEVE IN THIS LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. I RESPECT THE ROLES THAT YOU HAVE AND THE COMPLEXITY OF THIS CITY. WE ARE AT A VERY SIGNIFICANT TIPPING POINT, AND THE CYCLE OF THIS ORDINANCE AND WHAT IT IMPACTS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THERE HASN’T BEEN THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF CONSIDERATION. THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF CARE AND CONCERN THAT OUR INDUSTRY PROVIDES TO OUR EMPLOYEES. WE ARE ONE TEAM. IT’S NOT US AGAINST THEM. WE COMMUNICATED THAT, WE’VE SHARED THAT, WE’VE ILLUMINATED THAT. WHAT IS TROUBLING IS THIS LEGISLATION WITH EVERY STRIPE JUST SEEMS TO MOVE FORWARD AND EBBS UP AND DOWN INTO GREATER COMPLEXITY AND MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR ANYONE TO ENFORCE. DOESN’T TAKE INTO EFFECT EVEN THE SUSTAINABILITY. MY HOTEL IS A SMALL HOTEL, LOCALLY OWNED FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS. THIS IS DEBILITATING BLOW AS WE CONTINUE TO EXPAND THE ORDINANCE AND PERSECUTE AN INDUSTRY THAT DOESN’T HAVE THE BANDWIDTH TO ACCEPT OR TOLERATE THIS LEGISLATION. >>THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY. APPRECIATE IT. >>LINDA FOLLOWED BY STEVE. YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE LINDA. >>NO. >>OKAY. YOU COULD BE. >>GO AHEAD, LINDA. >>AWESOME, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>I’M LINDA, CO-OWNER, WHICH REPRESENTS MORE THAN 2,700 RESTAURANTS IN SEATTLE. MOST OF WHICH ARE SMALL BUSINESSES. I ALSO SERVE ON THE MAYOR SMALL ADVISORY COUNCIL ALONG WITH, YOU TERESA, THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. THE LEGISLATION YOU’RE DISCUSSING IS NOT JUST ABOUT HOTELS. IT’S ABOUT RESTAURANTS AND OTHER SMALL BUSINESSES. THE VOTERS PAMPHLET WRITTEN BY SUPPORTERS SAYS HOUSEKEEPERS SIX TIMES YET THERE WAS NOT ONE MENTION OF SMALL BUSINESS OR NON-HOTEL EMPLOYEES. THIS IS NEVER ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY, YET YOU’VE NOW DECIDED TO INCLUDE US. YOU’LL BE DISCUSSING ONE OF THREE ORDINANCES TODAY THAT SPECIFICALLY INCLUDES NON-HOTEL EMPLOYEES AND SMALL BUSINESSES UNDER THE DEFINITION OF, “BUSINESS,” AND YOU’RE PUTTING SMALL BUSINESS AND RESTAURANTS IN THE SAME CATEGORIES AS HOTELS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY LEASE SPACE FROM A HOTEL RATHER THAN AN OFFICE BUILDING ACROSS THE STREET. THE IMPACTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF THIS LEGISLATION INTENDED OR NOT COULD BE DEVASTATING FOR A SMALL RESTAURANT OR A BRICK AND MORTAR SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND THEIR WORKERS THAT DEPEND ON THEIR BUSINESS FOR THEIR LIVELIHOOD. SEATTLE’S RESTAURANT AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITIES STAND TOGETHER. PLEASE DO NOT PUT US IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS HOTELS WHEN THAT IS FUNDAMENTALLY NOT WHO WE ARE. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>AND HAPPY TO TAKE YOUR WRITTEN TESTIMONY AS WELL. HI, STEVE. THANKS FOR WAITING. >>I’M STEVE, THE GENERAL MANAGER AT THE HYATT, GRAND HYATT. I’M HERE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT A NUMBER OF THINGS. ONE OF WHICH IS THE ADDITIONAL FOOT, THE SQUARE FOOT OF WORKLOAD THAT PUTS AN INCREDIBLE BURDEN ON THE HOTEL. I OFTEN LOOK AT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THE CITY’S BUDGET IF POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS WAS PLACED WITH ONE HOUR MORE OF TIME. WHAT WOULD IT DO TO YOUR GENERAL BUDGET? IT WOULD DECIMATE IT. BUT REALLY AT THIS POINT HOUSEKEEPERS ENJOY THE OVERTIME AND THIS PUTS THE HOTEL AT REAL OPPORTUNITY TO HOLD FIRM ON TRYING TO MAINTAIN A BUDGET. SECOND OF ALL, I CAN’T FOR THE LIFE OF ME UNDERSTAND HOW WE’VE GOT SEVERAL BUSINESSES THAT ARE ADJACENT TO THE HOTEL THAT ARE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT THE UNDUE BURDEN WOULD PUT ON THEM AS WELL. IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. IT’S COMPETITIVELY DISADVANTAGED. I THINK WE HAVE TO CALL THIS FOR WHAT IT IS. IT’S A MEMBERSHIP DRIVE. AND THAT MORE THAN ANYTHING IS WHY WAS THE CBA CARVED OUT OF EVERYTHING OTHER THAN PANIC BUTTONS? IT REALLY IS AGAINST ECONOMICS FOR WHAT’S GOING ON. I’M JUST DISAPPOINTED IN WHERE WE ARE BIG TIME. PLEASE AND LOOK AT THIS. >>THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] AGAIN, I APPRECIATE EVERYONE WHO HAS COME TO TESTIFY. WE JUST WANT TO DO ONE LAST CALL. ANYBODY ELSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MINUTE TO TESTIFY? ABBI, THANKS, WE’LL GET YOU SIGNED IF. >>GOOD MORNING COUNCIL MEMBERS, ABBI. I JUST WANTED TO DO A QUICK REFRESHER FOR FOLKS AND THE ROAD THAT HAS GOTTEN US HERE TODAY AND ALSO SOME OF THE PIECES THAT WERE INCLUDED IN THE INITIATIVE. THE PETITION FOR THIS LEGISLATION AND ITS INITIATIVE FORM WAS FILED BACK IN 2016. ALL OF THE FOLKS IN THIS ROOM HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE TEXT THEN. AND THEN THAT PETITION LANGUAGE WAS SIGNED BY 30,000 REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE. AND THEN IN THE FALL OF 2016, 299,000 RESIDENTS OF THIS HAD CITY VOTED YES TO PASS THAT INITIATVE, VOTED YES TO WORKLOAD STANDARDS FOR HOUSEKEEPERS RECOGNIZING THIS IS A POPULATION OF IMMIGRANT WOMEN IN THE CITY WHO HAVE BEEN TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF, WHO DO BACK- BREAKING WORK, AND NEED THIS ADDITION FALL PROTECTION. THE GOAL OF THAT WAS TO PENALIZE EMPLOYERS FOR REQUIRING HOUSEKEEPERS TO DO A LEVEL OF WORK THAT IS RESULTING IN PAIN AND INJURIES. SO THAT PIECE IS A HOLDOVER FROM THE ORIGINAL INITIATIVE AS THE COVERAGE FOR THE BUSINESSES, AND THOSE WERE THINGS THAT 299,000 FOLKS IN THE CITY SPOKE OUT AND BEING IN SUPPORT OF. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE WHO DIDN’T GET A CHANCE TO SIGN UP? OKAY. SEEING NONE. I JUST WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY AGAIN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM YOU. AGAIN SPEAKING OF THE ROAD TO GET HERE TODAY, THANK YOU FOR THAT REMINDER. WE KNOW YOU’RE MOVING ON TO CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION. AND IF WE DON’T SEE YOU IN CHAMBERS ANYMORE, WE’LL REMEMBER YOUR WORDS AND APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. THANKS EVERYBODY FOR BEING HERE, AND WE’RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO OUR FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS. IF YOU COULD READ INTO THE RECORD THE FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS, AND WE WILL PROCEED. JUST ONE MORE REMINDER FOR FOLKS IF YOU DID HAVE TESTIMONY AND YOU DIDN’T GET TO SAY IT ALL, PLEASE SEND IT TO US AND WE’LL MAKE SURE A COPY OF THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR OUR ENTIRE COUNCIL. >>AGENDA ITEM ONE, OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE REPORT FOR BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION. >>WONDERFUL. IF WE COULD PLEASE BE JOINED BY MARTIN GARFINKEL, DIRECTOR OF OLS, DARIUS FOSTER, BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST AT OLS, MARGARET WEIHS FROM SENIOR INVESTIGATOR AT OLS, AND SARAH LEYRER, GOOD TO SEE YOU BACK, SARAH. SENIOR LABORS CENTER INVESTIGATOR. AND MARGARET, PLEASE DO CORRECT MY PRONUNCIATION OF YOUR LAST NAME. THANKS ALL FOR BEING HERE. I WANT TO SAY THANKS FOR WAITING TO DO YOUR PRESENTATION TO TODAY. WE HAD A ROBUST AGENDA LAST WEEK. WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING A WEEK LATER AND WHY DON’T WE START WITH INTRODUCTIONS. >>SURE. MARTIN GARFINKEL, DIRECTOR OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS. >>I’M MARGARET WEIHS, SENIOR INVESTIGATOR AT THE OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS. >>DARIUS FOSTER, BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST. >>SARAH LEYRER, SENIOR INVESTIGATOR. >>EXCELLENT, THANK YOU. I BELIEVE EVERYBODY HAS MATERIALS. WHY DON’T YOU GUYS GO AHEAD. WE HAVE ABOUT 25 MINUTES FOR THIS. >>THANK YOU FOR YOUR OPPORTUNITY FOR OLS TO PRESENT ON OUR RSJI WORK ON RSTs. MY OLS COLLEAGUES ARE HERE TO GIVE YOU THE DETAILS OF THE WORK, BUT LET ME SAY A FEW THINGS. FIRST I’M VERY PROUD TO SAY RSJI PRINCIPLES ARE REALLY BAKED INTO OUR MISSION. WE TRY TO BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT FOCUSING OUR EFFORTS, MANY OF WHOM ARE WORKERS OF COLOR AND IMMIGRANTS. THIS IS REFLECTED IN ALL OF OUR EFFORTS FROM POLICY DEVELOPMENT, OUTREACH ENFORCEMENT, AS WELL AS OUR OWN INTERNAL PROCESSES INCLUDING HIRING AND PROMOTIONS. BUT WE KNOW WE NEED TO DO MORE THAN THAT. WE HAVE ALSO WORKED HARD TO SHAPE OUR OFFICE CULTURE IN A WAY THAT DEMONSTRATES ON A DAILY BASIS. ITS COMMITMENT TO RACIAL EQUITY. IN THE PAST AS YOU MAY KNOW OLS HAS DONE THEIR RSJI WORK AS PART OF OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS, OCR. IN 2018 SIGNIFICANT, OF SIGNIFICANCE TO US THAT WE SEPARATED THAT RSJI WORK FROM ORBS CR, AND WE CREATED OUR OWN CHANGE TEAM AND PROCESSES. WE WELCOME THAT CHANGE BECAUSE WE SAW IT A BIT LIKE ADOLESCENTS, SEPARATING FROM THEIR PARENTS, UNNECESSARY STEPS FOR OUR YOUNG DEPARTMENT TO STAND ON ITS OWN TWO FEET AND DEVELOP ITS OWN RSJI CULTURE. WE ALSO CREATED A LEADERSHIP CHANGE TEAM COMMITTEE, WHICH MEETS MONTHLY. THIS IS A FORM FOR CONTINUOUS DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM AND OUR CHANGE TEAM, WHICH CONSISTENTS OF ABOUT 10 PEOPLE, WHICH IS ABOUT 40% OF OUR OFFICE. I DON’T MEAN TO SUGGEST THAT WE HAVE FIGURED EVERYTHING OUT BY NO MEANS, ONE OF THE TOUGHEST AREAS AND FOR WHICH THERE IS NO CLEAR ROAD MAP IS HOW DO WE CREATE A CULTURE HAD WHERE OUR STAFF CAN FEEL SAFE TO PROCESS AND RESOLVE THE DAILY ISSUES OF CONFLICT AND RACIAL PAIN. I’VE LEARNED A LOT IN MY FIRST YEAR AND A HALF ON THE JOB AND I HAVE A TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR THIS HAD RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. AS A WHITE MAN IN LEADERSHIP, I FEEL MY ROLE IS TO STAY HUMBLE AND TO MODEL AND APPROACH THE VALUES ON LISTENING AND LEARNING. I WANT TO THANK MY STAFF, SOME OF WHOM ARE HERE TODAY, FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO THIS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT WORK. AND I ALSO WANT TO GIVE A HUGE SHOUTOUT TO THE RSJI TEAM AT OCR. THEY’VE HELPED US A GREAT DEAL. THEY DO GREAT WORK WITH A SMALL GROUP. IT’S REALLY BEEN WONDERFUL TO WORK WITH THEM. WITH THAT I’LL TURN IT OVER TO MARGARET TO START IT OFF. >>THANK YOU. >>THANKS. AND SO I’M MARGARET WEIHS, SENIOR INVESTIGATOR WITH OLS AND ALSO I’VE BEEN SERVING AS A CHANGE TEAM CO-LEAD FOR THE DEPARTMENT. SO I’M GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF OUR CHALLENGES FROM 2018 AS WELL AS SOME OF OUR SUCCESSES, AND THEN WE’LL PROVIDE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE RACIAL EQUITY TOOLKITS THAT WE RAN IN THE LAST YEAR. 2018 AS MARTY SAID WAS A BIG YEAR OF TRANSITION FOR OUR CHANGE TEAM SPLITTING APART FROM OCR CAME WITH A LOT OF CHALLENGES AS WE TRIED TO DETERMINE WHAT THE BEST STRUCTURE WOULD BE FOR MOVING FORWARD. WE ALSO HAVE LOTS O STAFF CHANGES LAST YEAR, A LOT OF GROWTH IN STAFF AS WELL AS MARTY COMING ON AS THE DIRECTOR. SO WITH THAT CAME SOME ADJUSTMENTS AS WE FOCUSED ON HOW TO BOTH MEET INDIVIDUAL NEEDS WITH FOLKS COMING IN WITH DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS, EXPERIENCES, PERSPECTIVES, WHILE ALSO KIND OF BUILDING A BASELINE OF SHARED UNDERSTANDING THROUGHOUT THE OFFICE. WE ALSO, ONE CHALLENGE DESPITE STAFF GROWTH WAS MAINTAINING CAPACITY FOR CONTINUING TO PUSH FORWARD WITH RSJI WORK AS FOLKS ARE MOVING THEIR DAY-TO-DAY WORK. SOME OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS DESPITE THOSE CHALLENGES WERE THAT WE AS AN OLS CHANGE TEAM DRAFTED OUR CHARTER AND WORK PLAN. WE ADOPTED A COMMITTEE STRUCTURE WHERE WE SPLIT WORK INTO SUBCOMMITTEES, SO WE’RE ABLE TO FOCUS ON DIFFERENT AREAS. SOME OF THOSE COMMITTEES AS MARTY DESCRIBED WERE THE LEADERSHIP, MONTHLY LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETINGS. WE HAVE CO-LEADS WHO ATTEND MONTHLY CITY WIDE MEETINGS TO ENCOURAGE COLLABORATION ACROSS DEPARTMENTS. WE HAVE THE COORDINATION COMMITTEE, AND FINALLY AN EDUCATION AND TRAINING TEAM THAT HELPS COORDINATE ALL STAFF LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES. AS A CHANGE TEAM, OUR MEMBERSHIP GREW FROM THREE PEOPLE ON THE TEAM OF 10 OUT OF A STAFF OF 24. SO IT’S BEEN GREAT TO HAVE MORE REPRESENTATION ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT. ANOTHER ACCOMPLISHMENT WAS THAT FOLLOWING OUR ALL-STAR RETREAT DISCUSSION, AT THE END OF 2018 WE DECIDED TO SEND ALL STAFF TO PEOPLE’S INSTITUTE AND DOING INSTITUTIONAL RACISM TRAINING THIS YEAR, SO WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. >>CAN WE ASK YOU A QUESTION, MARGARET. MARTY JUMP IN HERE IF YOU PREFER. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT INTERNAL WORK WITHIN THE CITY OF SEATTLE. >>CORRECT. >>WHAT KIND OF TRAINING IS BEING DONE FOR YOUR STAFF FOR EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS? >>SURE. WELL I THINK MOST OF WHAT WE HAVE DONE SO FAR IS WE’VE DONE BIAS TRAINING, INTERNALIZED BIAS TRAINING AS WELL AS STAFF HAS ATTENDED THE CITY-LED STAFF. BUT I DON’T KNOW, MARTY, IF YOU WANT TO EXPAND? I THINK SOME OF THOSE PRINCIPLES THAT BOTH APPLY TO INTERNALLY HOW WE OPERATE AS WELL AS HOW WE INTERACT OUTSIDE. >>YEAH, I WOULD JUST ECHO THAT. I THINK THE RACIAL EQUITY WORK THAT WE TRY TO REFLECT INTERNALLY IS ALSO SOMETHING THAT WE TRY TO DEMONSTRATE EXTERNALLY AS WELL. >> AND ALL THE DEPARTMENTS THE SAME SERIES OF QUESTIONS. HOW DOES IT RELATE TO WHAT YOU DO AND I DIDN’T HEAR ANY EXAMPLES TO KEEP IN MIND. >>PERHAPS MAYBE I WASN’T UNDERSTANDING YOUR QUESTION. BUT FOR FOR EXAMPLE WE HAVE ENFORCEMENT PRIORITIES, FOR EXAMPLE. WHICH LOOK TO TRYING TO HIGHLIGHT THE MOST VULNERABLE WORKERS, THE PEOPLE WITH THE LOWEST INCOME AS WELL AND MANY OF WHOM ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR, AND AS WELL AS INDUSTRIES THAT I WOULD CALL HIGH RISK AND IN TERMS OF FOCUSING ENFORCEMENT WORK OR TRY TO FOCUS OUR ENFORCEMENT WORK WITH AN EYE TOWARDS RACIAL EQUITY. AND WHO ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN SEATTLE AND HOW WOULD IT HELP? THOSE ARE CHANGES THAT WE WOULD LOOK AT THROUGH THE RACIAL EQUITY TOOL KIT. YOU’RE GOING TO HEAR ABOUT, FOR EXAMPLE, OUR WEBSITE. HOW DO WE MAKE THE WEBSITE MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE GENERAL COMMUNITY, BOTH WORKERS. >>I’LL COME BACK LATER. >>AND I’M HAPPY TO CHAT WITH YOU OFFLINE ABOUT THIS WHEN WE HAVE MORE TIME. >>I PREFER TO DO IT OPENLY, BUT WE CAN CHAT OFFLINE AS WELL. I’LL COME PACK TO IT BECAUSE I’M STILL TRYING TO UNDERSTAND MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES OUT THERE THAT HAVE THE UNIQUE SET OF CULTURES AS WELL, MINORITY- OWNED BUSINESS OWNERS THAT HAVE CULTURES EMBEDDED IN THE ORGANIZATION. MY UNDERSTANDING IN THIS WORK OVER THE LAST DECADE HAS BEEN A PART OF THE RSJI TRAININGS, UNDERSTANDING THOSE CULTURES AS WELL. AND AS THE OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS, WHICH BY DESIGN IS SORT OF A NEUTRAL PART OF THIS THAT YOU WOULD COME IN HERE AND TO LOOK AT THE LEGISLATIVE CHARGE OF YOUR GROUP IS TO UNDERSTAND THE CULTURE OF THE ORGANIZATIONS AS WELL. IN FACT ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT HAVE COME UP EARLY IN THE ONSET OF OFFICE AND LABOR STANDARDS WAS WE REALIZED DURING THE MINIMUM WAGE DISCUSSIONS THAT A LOT OF BUSINESSES, BUSINESSES OWNED FROM DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS, THEY WERE PROBABLY RUNNING A FOUL OF THE RULES A LITTLE BIT. WHEN WE ENCOURAGE THE MINIMUM WAGE BECAUSE WE WANT EVERYONE TO MAKE A WORKING MINIMUM WAGE, WE REALIZE THAT IN THE TRAINING PIECE AND HOW WE DEAL WITH MANY OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS, A LOT OF THESE WERE CASH BUSINESSES, HAVING NEPHEWS AND NIECES WORKING THERE AND CHILDREN AND PAYING CASH AND RATHER THAN PUT THEM ALL ON THE BUSINESS, WE MADE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO INVEST IF TRAINING, SUCH THAT WE DIDN’T TREAT THEM DIFFERENTLY THAN A BIG BOX RETAILER, BUT WE UNDERSTOOD THEIR CULTURES. THAT’S ESSENTIALLY RSJI WORK AS WELL. I’LL BE CANDID WITH YOU AS WE GET INTO THE DISCUSSION. YOU HEARD TESTIMONY TODAY THAT IT WASN’T ACHIEVED, BUT WE HAD A PRESENTATION BY THE SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL, AND I’M SURE YOU MIGHT HAVE WATCHED THAT, BUT ALSO A DISCUSSION THAT YOUR OFFICE IS FAILING TO UNDERSTAND THE CULTURES OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOU’RE INVESTIGATING AS WELL. SO I’M TRYING TO GET TO HOW WE’RE GOING TO — >> I APPRECIATE THAT AND I’LL KEEP US MOVING BECAUSE I THINK WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT IS STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT AND OUTREACH. I’M GOING TO ASK THAT WE DON’T GO INTO THE WEBSITE COMPONENT AND LET’S SKIP TO SLIDE 10, WHICH GETS INTO THE STRATEGIC ENFORCEMENT AND THEN GOES INTO THE STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT. I THINK THAT WILL BE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT’S INQUIRY ON HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THE SMALLER BUSINESSES AND SOME THAT MIGHT BE FROM MINORITY COMMUNITIES AS EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS. >>OKAY, HI, SARAH LEYRER, SENIOR INVESTIGATOR. I’M ALSO A MEMBER OF THE CHANGE TEAM. AND I WAS THE COORDINATOR OF THE STRATEGIC ENFORCEMENT, RACIAL EQUITY TOOL KIT IN 12018. SO STRATEGIC ENFORCEMENT IS HOW DO WE USE OUR LIMITED RESOURCES TO THE MAXIMUM IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITY? IT’S HOW CAN OUR WORK CREATE RIPPLE EFFECTS TO BROADLY ENCOURAGE A CULTURE OF COMPLIANCE WITH SEATTLE’S LABOR STANDARDS? IT INCLUDES STRATEGIES AND TOOLS THAT ARE BROADER THAN THE TRADITIONAL INVESTIGATION, SUCH AS EDUCATION, RELATIONSHIPS, AND PRESS. AS WAYS TO INCREASE COMPLIANCE. IN 2018 OLS THOUGHT A LOT ABOUT STRATEGIC ENFORCEMENT. WE ENGAGED WITH I WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE THESE BENEFITS WHETHER THEY ARE A TENANT OR NOT, BUT THEY ARE SORT OF CHERRY PICKING THAT A LITTLE BIT. EVEN AT 50 PLUS THAT THEY ARE NOW TREATED DIFFERENTLY JUST BY THE FACT THEY’RE IN A HOTEL. JUST BY VIRTUE OF THAT FACT ALONE THAT THEY COULD DO THE IDENTICAL BUSINESSES THREE BLOCKS AWAY AND THEN THEY’RE NOT COVERED. IF OUR CORE COMPENSATION IS GOING TO BE THE PROTECTION OF THESE HOUSEKEEPERS, THEN THIS PART IS INCONSISTENT. THIS PART DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. I’M TRYING TO SEE WHY WE WOULD COVER. AND I THINK WE HEARD SOME TESTIMONY. I’M SORT OF STRUGGLING WITH THIS PIECE A LITTLE BIT. AND THEN DEALING WITH STEFAN AND THE GREAT ADVOCATES FOR WORKERS, I’M NOT EVEN SURE WHY THEY ARE SO VESTED IN THIS PIECE AS WELL. MAYBE IT HELPS THEM AND THE WORK THAT THEY DO, I DON’T KNOW, BUT THEY SEEM TO BE MISALIGNED. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT I HAVE TO THE CENTRAL STAFF, HOW MANY BUSINESSES ARE WE EVEN TALKING ABOUT HERE IN THE CITY? I DON’T KNOW WHO THESE BUSINESSES ARE. HAVE WE HEARD FROM THEM? I’D LIKE TO SEE A LITTLE WORK DONE ON, I MEAN THREE THAT HAVE 50 PLUS? ARE THERE A HUNDRED? I DON’T THINK WE HAVE DONE ANY OF THAT WORK, SO IT WOULD BE NICE TO KNOW WHO IT AFFECTS BEFORE WE JUST SORT OF SAY THIS IS GOOD POLICY. AND THEN IN THE GLOBAL WORK THAT WE DO IF WE WANT TO LOOK AT THOSE SMALL BUSINESSS AND TRY TO GET THEM THE PROTECTIONS THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE IN ALIGNMENT WITH EMPLOYEES WHO WORK WITH LARGER CORPORATIONS, THAT’S A DIFFERENT DISCUSSION. BUT IN THIS LEGISLATION, IT SEEMS TO BE A LITTLE MISALIGNED, SORT OF MY TRANSPARENT DIALOGUE ON THIS ISSUE. >>THAT’S WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT. THANK YOU, COUNCIL PRESIDENT. I APPRECIATE YOU FLAGGING THAT OUT. THERE’S ONE ITEM I’D LIKE TO FLAG AS WELL. WE USE THE TERMS CORE FUNCTION AND THEN ON ITEM C HERE WE TALK ABOUT CONTRACTS. ONE AREA THAT I’VE ASKED FOR FEEDBACK FROM THE STAKEHOLDERS BOTH ON THE HOTEL INDUSTRY SIDE AND FROM THE WORKER ADVOCACY SIDE IS TO HELP US WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE TO DEFINE BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP. SOMETIMES THERE’S A BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP. SOMETIMES THERE’S A BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP THAT PROVIDES A CORE FUNCTION TO THE GUESTS OF A HOTEL, BUT THEY ARE NOT CONSIDERED CORE FUNCTION IF TERMS OF NOT CLEANING ROOMS AT THE HOTEL. AND SO ONE OF THE OTHER AREAS THAT I’D LIKE US TO CONTINUE TO EXPLORE IS WHERE WE HAVE IN OTHER AREAS OF STATUTE USED, THE DEFINITION AROUND BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP. AND THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO OUR COUNCIL COLLEAGUES AS WELL. ANY OTHER ITEMS ON THIS? >>WELL, I THINK ON THE CORE FUNCTIONS PIECE, I’M NOT SURE WE HAVE — HAVE WE DEFINED THAT IN THE ORDINANCE? >>WE HAVE NOT. SO THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING IF IT WAS ADDED IN THE LEGISLATION, THAT’S NOT IN THERE. RIGHT NOW IT SAYS HOTEL PURPOSE. THAT COULD BE DEFINED IN THE ORDINANCE. IT COULD BE A HOTEL’S CORE FUNCTION IS DOING X, PROVIDING ROOM ACCOMMODATION, OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION. >>I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE CORE FUNCTION IS DEFINED, SO THERE IS POTENTIALLY A PLACE FOR US TO PULL FROM THERE. >>THAT’S HELPFUL. >>AS IT RELATES TO THIS INDUSTRY, YOU KNOW I KNOW THERE’S A LOT OF ARGUMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE ON BOTH SIDES ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR COMPONENT AS IT RELATES TO ANCILLARY BUSINESSES. SO I THINK DEFINING IT AS HOUSEKEEPERS ONLY IS TOO NARROW. I THINK DEFINING IT, IT MIGHT BE TOO BROAD. AND SO I JUST WONDER IF THERE IS A BETTER, MORE APPROPRIATE WAY FOR YOU TO SORT OF THINK ABOUT THE CORE FUNCTION AND WHAT IT IS. IN THE BUSINESS OF HOSPITALITY AND SORT OF THINKING ABOUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO DELIVER HOSPITALITY SERVICES, TO A PERSON WHO EFFECTIVELY RENTS A ROOM AND FOR US TO LOOK AT IN DETERMINING A CLEARER DEFINITION AROUND CO-SERVICES THAT MIGHT ADDRESS THE ISSUE THAT I FLAGGED EARLIER AROUND MOVING AWAY FROM THE ADMIRATION ON THE TYPES OF ESTABLISHMENTS AND REALLY FOCUSING MORE ON THE THINGS THEY DO THAT WOULD BE REALLY THE INKER OF WHO WOULD BE COVERED UNDER VARIOUS DIFFERENT PARTS OF THIS LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE. >>COUNCIL PRESIDENT? >>I FULLY AGREE WITH THAT. BUT GETTING THE LIST OF THE BUSINESSES THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THIS, THAT SHOULD BE FAIRLY OBTAINABLE I WOULD IMAGINE. >>NO. >>WE STRUGGLE WITH THAT. >>YEAH. INSECURE SCHEDULING. WE STRUGGLED WITH THAT AND PAID FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE. WE DON’T AND WE STRUGGLED WITH IT WHEN WE LOOKED AT THE EMPLOYEE HOURS TAX IN TERMS OF WHO WOULD BE WITH IMPACTED BY SOME OF THESE ISSUES, THE CITY JUST DOESN’T ORDINARILY TRACK THIS INFORMATION. AND IF IT DOES, THEY CONSIDER IT PROPRIETARY. >>LET ME BE CLEAR. JUST GETTING THE TENANTS OF THE HOTEL IS THE LIST. NOT THE EMPLOYEES, BUT JUST THE TENANTS OF THE HOTELS. THAT’S GOT TO BE A LIST, LESS THAN 50, RIGHT? >>WHAT I BELIEVE WE HAVE ALREADY COURTESY OF OLS IS A LIST OF THE HOTELS THAT ARE COVERED. BY THIS ORDINANCE. KNOWING THE BUSINESSES THAT THE HOTELS CONTRACT WITH ARE SIMPLY PREMISES WITH, THAT SEEMS LIKE A HEAVIER LIFT. TO FIND OUT. THERE WOULD HAVE TO BE A QUESTIONNAIRE SENT TO THEM. >>COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL AND I COULD DO A FIELD TRIP. >>BY THE VIRTUE OF THE TESTIMONY WE COULD HEAR. LET’S SEE IF WE COULD TRY AT LEAST. I THINK WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO. IF WE CAN’T, THEN AT LEAST WE’LL TRY. >>THAT’S ALL RIGHT. >>I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE CHECKOUT RULE IS. >>I’M NOT OFFENDED. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR FLAGGING THOSE ISSUES. ANYTHING ELSE IN THIS AREA THAT PEOPLE WANT TO FLAG AT THIS POINT? OKAY. I THINK WE’RE AT THE END OF YOUR IMPRESSIVE MEMO HERE. ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO SAY AS WE LOOK AT THESE TWO, TWO COMPONENTS OF THE OVERALL PACKAGE IN OUR ATTEMPT TO TRY TO IDENTIFY ISSUES. WE WANT TO UNDERSCORE. WE HAVE TWO WEEKS TO WHEN WE’RE HOPING TO BRING BACK THESE TWO COMPONENTS OF OUR PACKAGE FOR POTENTIAL VOTE ON AMENDMENT. AND OBVIOUSLY THERE WILL BE MORE CHANCES AS WE VOTE ON THE FINAL PACKAGE ALTOGETHER, BUT THE DESIRE WOULD BE TO BRING FORWARD ANY AMENDMENTS ON THESE TWO NEXT SECTIONS. ANY OTHER COMMENTS ON THESE TWO SECTIONS? >>THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE WITH ME. >>THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. IT’S FIVE MINUTES TILL NOON, I APPRECIATE IT. DAN AND KARINA, ANY OTHER COMMENTS FROM YOU? HOKAY, BY WAY OF REMINDER, WE WILL HAVE A DISCUSSION TWO WEEKS FROM NOW. NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING IS ON JULY 18, WHERE WE WILL BE DISCUSSING PART — THAT’S TODAY? >>THAT’S TODAY. >>ALL RIGHT. >>THE JULY — >> AUGUST 1. >>THANK YOU. AUGUST 1. TIME IS FLYING. OUR NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING IS ON AUGUST 1, WHERE WE WILL BE DISCUSSING PART I, WHICH IS RELATED TO SAFETY COUNCIL BILL 119557 AND PART THREE, WHICH IS RELATED TO THE HEALTH CARE COMPONENTS. A LOT OF RESEARCH IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. I WANT TO THANK BOTH THE FOLKS FROM THE HOTEL ASSOCIATION AND FROM UNITE HERE, AND THE FOLKS BOTH ON THE WORKER ADVOCACY SIDE AND THE MANAGERS WHO COME TO TESTIFY, SPECIFIC TO HEALTH CARE. I KNOW WE’RE DOING A LOT OF RESEARCH, SO YOUR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS HAVE BEEN WELL RECEIVED AND WE HOPE TO HAVE SOME MATERIALS FOR YOU ALL TO LOOK AT. NEXT WEEK, SO THAT PEOPLE HAVE AMPLE TIME TO REVIEW PRIOR TO OUR EXIT TEE MEETING. COMMITTEE MEETING. AGAIN AS IT RELATES TO THESE TWO SECTIONS, DO LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE OTHER IDEAS THAT YOU’D LIKE CENTRAL STAFF TO LOOK INTO. I WOULD ASSUME THAT YOUR DEADLINE IS RELATIVELY EARLY NEXT WEEK FOR TRYING TO CRAFTAMENDMENTS TO THE SECTIONS. IF I SAY WEDNESDAY, IS THAT TOO LATE? IF FOLKS GET THE INFORMATION BY TUESDAY. I THINK THAT WOULD BE PREFERABLE, SO YOU COULD GENERATE INFORMATION FOR US BY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY AND THEN THAT WILL GIVE US ANOTHER FULL WEEK AND GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO REVIEW THE POTENTIAL AMENDMENTS. DO LET COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALEZ AND MYSELF KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL AMENDMENTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED TODAY AND THAT’S FOR OUR FULL COUNCIL COLLEAGUES. IF THEY’RE WATCHING AT HOME. I HOPE YOU ARE, HELLO. WE LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING TO YOU ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION IN ADVANCE, SO WE COULD WORK ON AMENDMENTS TOGETHER THAT WILL ENSURE A SMOOTH MEETING NEXT WEEK. WE DO HAVE, I BELIEVE 90 MINUTES ALLOCATED TO THIS IN THE UPCOMING MEETING. SO WE HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO TALK ABOUT BOTH AMENDMENTS TO THESE TWO SECTIONS AND THEN TO DO THIS ISSUE BRIEFING AS WELL ON THE OTHER TWO COMPONENTS. AS A REMINDER FOR EVERYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN COMING TO TESTIFY, A FINAL VOTE IN OUR COMMITTEE WILL NOT OCCUR UNTIL THE SEPTEMBER 5 DATE ACCORDING TO OUR NEW TIMELINE. ANY OTHER COMMENTS FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER? OKAY, OUR NEXT MEETING, AGAIN, AUGUST 1 AT 9:30 A.M. INCLUDED IN THE AGENDA, HOTEL WORKERS INDUSTRY STANDARDS LEGISLATION ON THE TWO COMPONENTS WE TALKED ABOUT. WE’LL ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO HEAR ON THE MFT RENEWAL AND ANNUAL REPORT. THAT’S A MULTI-FAMILY TAX EXEMPTION RENEWAL AND ANNUAL REPORT. WE’VE GOT ALL THESE OTHER THINGS ON OUR COMMITTEE LIKE HOUSING AND ENERGY, AND HEALTH. SO LOOKING FORWARD TO BRINGING A FEW ITEMS FORWARD AGAIN. THANK YOU SO MUCH, AND WE WILL ADJOURN FOR TODAY. THANK YOU, COUNCIL COLLEAGUE.


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