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    October 17, 2018 The Skanner Portland & Seattle Page 5
News
Events & Announcements
Community
Calendar 2018
cont’d from pg 4
um’s Baha’I Center and check out eight historical exhibits, along
with children’s activities and presentations, including, “A Pic-
toral History of St. Johns” given by author Don Nelson. From 10
a.m. – 4 p.m., St. Johns Museum Baha’I Center, 8720 N. Ivanhoe
St.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST ETHNOBOTANY GUIDED TOUR: Join environ-
mental educator Roland Begin for a walk to learn about how a
variety of locally native trees and plants have been used for mil-
lennia by indigenous peoples as resources for food, medicine,
tools, clothing and much more. $3 suggested donation, 12 – 1:30
p.m., Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd.
THRILLER DANCE: Practice dancing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”
in advance, and then show up (ghoulish costume optional)
for Thrill the World Portland at Irving Park. Free to watch, $5 to
dance. 3.p.m. Irving Park, 707 NE Fremont St.
HOMEOWNERSHIP FAIR: Learn about first-time homebuying
resources, visit with over 40 homebuying experts, join work-
shops, learn about home retention services, free lunch, prizes
and more. Free and open to the public. From 10 – 3 p.m., Legacy
Emanuel Hospital Atrium, 501 N. Graham St.
Choose Your
Adventure
PHOTO BY SUSAN FRIED
Eze, 8, learns about a bear skull from a volunteer from
the Woodland Park Zoo during  Choose Your Adventure:
Trails, Rivers & the North Cascades 50th!, a celebration of
the 50th birthday of the  North Cascades National Park Oct.
14 at El Centro de la Raza. The National Parks Conservation
Association and other organizations including the North
Cascades Institute, the Henry Jackson Foundation, American
Whitewater and over a dozen other organizations sponsored
the event which included presentations, activities, artwork
and speeches including remarks from Sally Jewel, the former
Secretary of the Interior during the Obama Administration.
Briefs cont’d from pg 4
and world-premiere plays. OSF’s play commission-
ing programs, which include American Revolu-
tions: the United States History Cycle and Play on!
36 Playwrights Translate Shakespeare, have gener-
ated works that have been produced on Broadway,
throughout the American regional theatre, and in
high schools and community theatres across the
country. The Festival draws attendance of more than
400,000 to approximately 800 performances every
year and employs approximately 575 theatre profes-
sionals.
OSF invites and welcomes everyone, and believes
the inclusion of diverse people, ideas, cultures and
traditions enriches both our insights into the work
we present on stage and our relationships with each
other. OSF is committed to equity and diversity in all
areas of our work and in our audiences.
Seattle News Briefs
City of Seattle Receives $252,157
Federal Justice Assistance Grant
The Trump administration has abandoned its near-
ly year-long initial effort to withhold 2017 federal
funds from Seattle in retaliation for policies that sup-
port and welcome immigrant and refugee commu-
nities. Multiple federal courts had ruled against the
Trump administration’s efforts to withhold funds. 
Following a series of legal defeats and condemna-
tion by Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, City Attorney Pete
Holmes and other Seattle leaders, the City received a
letter from the U.S. Department of Justice informing
it that approximately $252,157 in previously withheld
Justice Assistance Grant program funds had been re-
leased to the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The
Department will use the federal grant to fund three
Crime Prevention Coordinators. 
Crime Prevention Coordinators (CPC) work in each
of SPD’s five police precincts. CPCs support Seattle’s
residents by organizing Block Watch programs, pro-
viding Crime Prevention Through Environmental
Design (CPTED) assessments, and attending commu-
nity public safety meetings. CPCs work directly with
SPD Data Driven crime analysts to identify crime
trends and distribute public safety information to
residents and stakeholders. 
The Department of Justice’s full letter can be
found at http://durkan.seattle.gov/wp-content/up-
loads/2018/10/JAG-2017-Award-Documents.pdf.
Mayor Durkan Transmits Six-
Year Agreement for Seattle Police
Officers to City Council
Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan transmitted the
proposed six-year tentative agreement with Seattle
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG) to City Council for final
approval. While the cost of living has significantly
risen in recent years, Seattle Police officers have been
working since 2014 without a contract. In Septem-
ber, 96 percent of membership of the Seattle Police
Officer’s Guild voted in support of the contract, and
last week, the agreement was advanced to full Coun-
cil by the Labor Relations Policy Committee. The full
legislation is available at http://durkan.seattle.gov/
wp-content/uploads/2018/10/SDHR-SPOG-ORD-4.
pdf.
The six agreement provides retroactive pay to Se-
attle police officers for the last four years as well as
continues cost of living increases officers in 2019 and
2020, making Seattle officers the fourth highest paid
of the seven largest departments on the West Coast. 
The Accountability Reform legislation, which passed
Council in 2017, is now bargained for in this agree-
ment and the agreement includes many key provi-
sions including:
• Full implementation of body worn cameras by
front line officers;
• Management improvements in transfers and per-
formance evaluations;
• Improvements and clarity for the 180 timeline for
investigations of police complaints;
• Civilianization of OPA supervisor positions and a
HR leadership role in SPD; 
• Office of the Inspector General provided full and
unfettered access to fulfill duties under the ac-
countability; and 
• The Guild will withdraw several pending Unfair
Labor Practice claims.
MUSHROOM FEST 2018: The Mushroom Festival returns for an-
other fun-filled day of family-friendly activities. Come for the
huge mushroom exhibit, live music, hay rides, cider booth,
guided nature walks, culinary demonstrations and scarecrow
contest. Suggested donation, $8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mount Pisgah
Arboretum, 34901 Frank Parrish Road, Eugene.
Seattle Metro
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24
CHELSEA CLINTON BOOK SIGNING: Chelsea Clinton will sign
copies of her book “Start Now!,” a book for a new generation
of young activists. Tickets are required for entry in the sign-
ing line. Each ticket ($16.99) includes a copy of “Start Now!” and
admits two family members or one adult and one child under
the age of 16. From 6 -9 p.m., The Elliot Bay Book Company,1521
10th Ave.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
CAMPFIRE-IMPROVISED GHOST STORIES: Take a trip back to the
campfires of your childhood when talented storytellers spun
spooky stories around the fire. Improvisers gather true-life
events from YOU and turn them into hilarious improv campfire
stories. Some are scary, some are funny, and all of them will
have you perched on the edge of your seat. Tickets $8 - $10, 8:30
p.m., Unexpected Productions, 1428 Post Alley (at the Gum Wall
in Pike Place Market).
View the Community Calendar and regularly
updated News Briefs for Seattle and Portland at
Statement by Mayor Jenny Durkan
on the Passing of Paul G. Allen
Durkan: Washington State Supreme
Court Ruling Death Penalty
Unconstitutional is the Right
Decision
Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the below
statement following the announcement of the pass-
ing of Paul G. Allen:
“Paul was a true son of Seattle who made his be-
loved city – and our world – a better, more vibrant
place. For generations to come, Seattleites and people
across our planet will benefit from his vision, innova-
tion, and generosity. He quite literally helped invent
the future.
“Paul was a kind, brilliant, and good-hearted man,
and a giant of the Northwest. Paul’s quest for learning
and love for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest knew
no bounds. Just like his parents, Paul brought a curi-
osity and love of knowledge to as many people and as
many fields as he could. And whether it was at MoPOP
or with the 12’s at CenturyLink or through Upstream
and so much more, Paul always took the time to make
sure we had a lot of fun along the way.
“Today we grieve with Paul’s family, friends, and
colleagues as they grapple with his passing and hon-
or his incredible, impactful life.”
Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan last week concurred
with the ruling by the Washington State Supreme
Court that deemed the death penalty unconstitution-
al. In their ruling, the court unanimously ordered
the eight individuals on death row would have their
sentences converted to life in prison. A further five
justices ruled that the death penalty is invalid due to
the arbitrary and racially biased manner it has been
applied.
“Ending the death penalty is the right decision
for our state. As a former prosecutor and criminal
defense lawyer, I saw that the death penalty did not
work and perpetuated racial and social injustice. In
reality, the death penalty does not deter crime, does
real harm in delaying justice for victims and com-
munities and does not reflect our best values - it also
diverts resources from valuable and effective public
safety initiatives. As a state, we must come together
to focus on providing victims’ families the support
they need to grieve and heal, while also administer-
ing effective and equal justice.”