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BEWARE: Fentanyl overdose deaths up 70 percent in Wash., health officials say

Photo from Public Health Seattle & King County shows pills containing fentanyl that were sold on the streets of Seattle.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The number of people who died from an overdose of illicit fentanyl increased nearly 70 percent this year over last in Washington state, health officials said Wednesday.


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May 5 – Youth 16-24 Seattle Opportunity & Job Fair !

Your Future Starts Here Seattle & King County.

Are you between 16 and 24 and not in school or working?

More than 30 national and local companies want to hire you!

Register now!

Hundreds of Interviews & On the Spot Offers –
Register TODAY to guarantee your interview!

When: May 5th, 9 am to 4 pm – Come for most of the day or just a few hours

Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave, Seattle, WA 98134

What: Seattle Opportunity & Job Fair – Access everything you need to help with your job search or education

Meet and interview with more than 30 companies
Practice your interview skills with one-on-one coaching
Create or improve your resume with personalized support
Get help with job applications
Learn about options to complete high school and explore college
Tap into legal resources for youth involved with the justice system or interested in immigration services
Find a mentor, a job training program, and much more!

Looking for a ride to the Opportunity Fair? Lyft is providing up to $50 of ride share credit for registered attendees who are new users and over 18 years old. Click here to get your ride code! Under 18 or not a new user to Lyft? Bus passes will also be available at the fair.

Follow the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative on Facebook or Twitter for updates. You’ll also find great tools to help you get ready at

Looking for a flyer about the fair? Click here to download.

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More than 30 major companies to host youth opportunity job fair in Seattle

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On May 5, more than 30 major companies will host a hiring fair for youth at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The job fair is part of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a coalition of top U.S. companies that is expanding its national youth hiring movement to Seattle. Together, they will interview hundreds of 16-24 year olds from King County who are disconnected from employment and education in an effort to connect them with meaningful job opportunities and a pathway to success.

Interested candidates are invited to register for free and pre-schedule their interviews for the May 5 event at

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (the Opportunity Act) was signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014 after passing Congress with broad bipartisan support. The Opportunity Act reauthorizes and amends the Workforce Investment Act (1998) through important workforce system reforms.

The Opportunity Act empowers local areas and private sector-led workforce boards with the responsibility of developing a strategic, integrated plan that supports economic growth and labor force needs intended to grow the capacity and performance of the workforce system. Local Workforce Development Boards are required to develop a four-year plan that describes the strategies, programs, and activities they will carry out to implement the Opportunity Act.

The WDC has developed an action plan for Program Years 2016-2020 based on considerations of local workforce needs and thoughtful contributions from partners and stakeholders. The goals and objectives identified entail collaboration across the full span of the workforce development system and utilize the breadth of the system’s assets and expertise.

After many months of planning and community engagement, we are proud to present to you the 2016-2020 Seattle-King County Workforce Development Plan. The WDC welcomes comments and input. Per the guidelines, the plan will be available for public comment until May 31, 2016.

Please view the plan on the WDC website here:

Danielle Wallace | Project Manager – Policy
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
2003 Western Avenue, Suite 250 | Seattle, WA 98121 |206-448-0474 x 3002

Please view the plan on the WDC website here:

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National Workforce Development Week


The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) is celebrating National Workforce Development Week!

In honor of National Workforce Development Week, the WDC will be highlighting strategic partnerships with industry, education, community organizations, and labor within King County’s regional workforce development ecosystem. Join the conversation on Twitter to learn more about how business-led local workforce boards lead a system that is nimble, flexible, and adaptable to generate economic opportunity for businesses and job seekers in our community. Follow us at @SeattleKingWDC and #WorkforceDevWeek.

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Seattle Urban League ‘Career Bridge’ Program


Please visit the Seattle Urban League Website

Career Bridge Overview

Career Bridge began in 2012, following a spate of gun violence and deaths in Seattle. Career Bridge was initially developed and piloted as a collaborative effort between the City of Seattle and community partners to address the disproportionate rates of violence and trauma research showed to be experienced by men of color, particularly African American men. Career Bridge was created to connect African-American men and other men of color who experience multiple barriers to employment, education and training with jobs, and other necessary support. Originally managed jointly by the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development and Human Services Department, Career Bridge was developed through an ongoing partnership with community sponsors and supporters (a network of formal and informal groups with strong ties and existing relationships within the community).

This innovative and community-driven model recognizes and builds on the strengths of existing community networks. Strong personal relationships, grassroots implementation and participant empowerment through shared leadership and accountability differentiate Career Bridge from other services provided to its target population. The Career Bridge Program model brings together workforce training, social services, as well as grassroots community support networks in order to provide a relevant and comprehensive approach to assist participants attain the abilities and skills needed to achieve short-term economic and personal stability. Using a cohort model, individuals enter and progress through Career Bridge as a group.

Participants benefit from the mutual motivation, encouragement and collaborative learning that occurs within a cohort model.

Participants’ peers also become an important part of their network of support.

Class description

Classes are 80 hours (classes times: 12:30pm – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday)
Participants will receive 6 college credits through South Seattle College and a student ID# upon completion for continuing education.
$75 stipends paid to each participant per week for attendance.
There will be 2 days in each curriculum set aside for Community partners.
Job development services offered to Career Bridge participants through multiple resources.
Increased computer lab days to strengthen resume, cover letter, and online job search.
Increased training at Monroe Correctional Facility including work with Work Force development in prisons.

We understand that the best solution to crime prevention is a job. Career Bridge is the answer.

Click here to apply and call for an appointment at (206) 461-3792 Ext 3036.

Current Class Schedule

Start date—August 31st through September 25th
Class times—12:30PM to 4:30PM; Monday through Friday.
Computer lab days: Sep 7, 10, and 18.
All other days to be conducted in the open class room.
Total students 10-12 per class.

Graduation date: Tuesday, Sept 29th (held at Damascus Baptist Church Lower Banquet Room)

Program Model

Community Sponsors and Supporters: A key element of Career Bridge is the expectation that participants are referred by people who are well acquainted with them and committed to ongoing mentoring, leadership development, and problem solving support throughout the process.

Wrap-Around Support: Career Bridge recognizes the importance of and therefore helps facilitate participant’s connection to resources to address basic needs (i.e. food, transportation, housing, etc.), wrap services (i.e. childcare, utility assistance, etc.) and unsolved trauma (i.e. healthy relationships, mental health, substance use/abuse, etc.).

Employment & Career Training & Assistance: Career Bridge incorporates assistance with job readiness, job search, training, and labor market information. The program model facilitates ongoing assistance with job placement and connections to training needed for good-paying jobs that provide a pathway to long-term careers.

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McGinn proposes changes in the wake of fatal stabbing


McGinn proposes changes in the wake of fatal stabbing

By Joel Moreno
Published: Sep 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM PDT Last Updated: Sep 16, 2013 at 6:15 PM PDT

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is proposing extensive public safety changes in response to a deadly stabbing outside a Sounders game on Friday.

Investigators say Donnel Jackson killed Troy Wolff and injured his girlfriend, Kristin Ito, in the random knife attack.

Police say Jackson is schizophrenic, and on Monday McGinn said the city needs to do more to address mental illness.

As for Jackson, a judge decided to hold him on $2 million bail, saying his alleged crimes have rattled the community’s sense of safety. Jackson declined to go before the judge and let his attorney do the talking.

Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz joined McGinn to talk about changes they are proposing.

“This, to me, was an extremely shocking event,” Metz said.

Among other changes, McGinn said the police department needs more officers.

“We will be reporting to you later what this budget has in it in regards to police officers, and we will be making additional investments,” he said.

McGinn also plans to push state lawmakers to fund more treatment beds, so mentally ill patients can be evaluated and helped instead of left on the streets.

“In the city of Seattle we are not going to wait for Olympia,” McGinn said. “We will continue pushing them.”

Friday’s stabbing evokes memories of other incidents, including the murder of Seattle fire captain Stanley Stevenson in 1997 as his family left a Mariners game at the Kingdome. More recently, Seattle police gunned down a man with mental problems in Magnolia.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg has long called for changes in the mental health system, saying what’s in place now doesn’t work.

“The street is no place to get better if you are mentally ill, and it’s a place where people get much much worse,” he said.

McGinn plans to convene a summit with the Downtown Seattle Association and others to talk about what can be done to identify and help mentally ill people who are on the streets and in crisis.

He said any solution is bound to cost more money, which could translate into new fees or taxes.

Ito remains at Harborview Medical Center, but her condition has been upgraded to satisfactory.

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Seattle’s candidates for mayor make First Hill stop to talk arts, culture


Seattle’s candidates for mayor make First Hill stop to talk arts, culture
Posted on June 2, 2013 – 6:05 am by jseattle

Screen Shot 2013-06-01 at 4.12.45 PM Monday night, the 2013 Seattle mayor’s race turns its attention to the arts with a forum at First Hill’s Town Hall Seattle.

CHS’s most recent Election 2013 coverage – including an endorsement for candidate Ed Murray in our 43rd Legislative District – is here.

Hopefully somebody asks the candidates about the planned Capitol Hill arts district Monday night.

Seattle Cultural Community 2013 Mayoral Forum

Monday, June 3, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. Free, but reservations suggested.

KUOW Weekday host Steve Scher moderates an in-depth discussion among seven of Seattle’s 2013 mayoral candidates on the current state—and future—of Seattle’s cultural community, and how its health relates to our city’s economic vitality. Participating candidates include City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, a former corporate attorney; Greenwood neighborhood activist Kate Martin; Socialist Workers Party candidate Mary J. Martin; incumbent Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn; State Sen. Edward B. Murray; businessman and arts patron Charlie Staadecker; and architect Peter Steinbrueck, a former City Council member. Presented by the Seattle Cultural Community and Town Hall as part of the Town Hall Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.

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Rangers will patrol Cal Anderson, Occidental parks

Seattle Parks Head Park Ranger Corby Christensen, right, and Ranger Sandra Wilcox patrol Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Full-time rangers will patrol Seattle’s Cal Anderson and Occidental parks this summer, and police will have emphasis patrols at both, Mayor Mike McGinn announced this morning.

“We heard from the community that they’re concerned about their safety in the parks, and we want to address that,” McGinn said.

The rangers are not police officers, but “They’re present, they can keep an eye on the park, they can resolve small disputes.” McGinn said. They also will help facilitate the use of ball fields and, the mayor said, will call police, when necessary. They will work as a pair, moving between the two parks.


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Capitol Hill: Local performer says no one helped when he was attacked, robbed



SEATTLE — Members of a local community say it’s unacceptable that nobody stepped up to help when a man was attacked in broad daylight in a busy Capitol Hill intersection.

Local performer Robbie Turner was walking on the corner of Pine and Harvard Thursday afternoon when he said he was attacked.

“I was hit in the face before I even said hello,” Turner said.

Police say the attacker caught Turner off guard and punched him in the face.

In February, Turner actually hosted a self defense course after several people were attacked in Seattle. But all that training couldn’t protect him from a knife.

“He literally almost cut my throat,” Turner said.

On top of everything else, Turner said no one tried to help him as the attacker stole his phone and ran away. Shaken, Turner went to a nearby store and called police.

“It made me feel really alone. If something were to happen, no one would come to your aid,” Turner said. “The police officer told me I was the only call that came in.”

Police say witnesses either didn’t want to get involved or didn’t see what was happening.

“In situations like this we don’t want people to put themselves in harm’s way, but be a good witness and call 911,” said Renee Witt with the Seattle Police Department.

Turner hopes the next time someone sees an attack, they take action. In the meantime, he said people should learn self defense.

“So you know you’re safe, because at the end of the day the only person looking out for you is you,” he said.

Social Outreach Seattle is planning a May 22 Rally and march on Capitol Hill as a sign of solidarity and a sign that no one should feel alone in a dangerous situation.

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