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Sign Up: National-SPD Night Out is Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

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Night Out is a national event promoted in Seattle by Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities.

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Night Out is Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
Registration is now open, and will close August 6th, at 5:00PM.

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To participate in Night Out and to have your street closed for the event, you must officially register your Night Out event with the City of Seattle.

Registration is open until 5:00PM Monday August 6, 2018

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Sisyphean Tales: Senate Shoo-In Pramila Jayapal Mulls New State

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Sisyphean Tales: Senate Shoo-In Pramila Jayapal Mulls New State

Ready for a rest after a campaign that put her more than 30 percentage points ahead of her closest competitor, and with the general election still to go, Pramila Jayapal isn’t diving into details of her plan of attack in the state Senate just yet. But she’s got some long-term plans for sure, and they’re of Herculean proportions. Or maybe Sisyphean.

Basically, she wants to restart the conversation about a state income tax. Or the kind of tax on the wealthy that voters overwhelmingly rejected in 2010, when presented with an initiative supported by Bill Gates Sr. Or some other alternative to the regressive sales tax that she can’t think of yet but probably won’t be an easy sell either. As she notes, anyone who has put forward such an idea in the past “has failed miserably.”

So why does she say she’s “most excited” about this right now? She says she sees no other choice. In her race for the South Seattle, 37th District seat that Adam Kline’s retirement left open, the longtime immigration rights activist says she was presented with a host of urgent needs, from finally passing a transportation package to dramatically ramping up education funding in a way that will satisfy the judge overseeing progress on the landmark McCleary decision.

The money’s got to come from somewhere, and she argues sales taxes will only take us so far. They don’t fully take advantage of the growing wealth around here because they only apply to what we buy, and just goods not services. Plus, they’re widely regarded as “regressive,” meaning the poor pay a larger share of their income than do the rich.

As she talked about this while doorbelling, people let her know that they weren’t prepared to pay an income tax on top of all the other taxes they pay. So she says the state would have to tinker with the whole tax system, possibly in a way that kept a lesser amount of sales taxes and combined them with an income tax.

That’s a huge undertaking, which is why she envisions it as a “serious, multi-year effort,” not anything she can remotely accomplish next session. And she still has the general election to get through and the changing politics of the legislature to figure out. A few tight races, like the one involving turncoat Democratic Tom Shelton, leave it uncertain whether the Senate’s ruling Majority Coalition will hold.

Still, she says, “that’s what I’ve spent the most time thinking about.” She adds that she hopes her strong showing this week will give her some leeway. So we soon may see her start rolling the ball up the hill.

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Meet New Top Cop + South-End Captain at Picnic Not in the Precinct

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SOUTHEAST SEATTLE – This month, south-end residents will have an opportunity to meet new Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, new South Precinct Captain David Proudfoot (above) and others at the Picnic in the Precinct — a day of celebration with local police.

This year’s Picnic in the Precinct won’t actually be held at the South Precinct though, instead it will be held across the street at the New Holly Campus (7058 32nd Ave. S.) from 1 to 4 pm on Sat., Aug. 16, the same day as the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade.

In addition to talking shop with neighborhood cops, the event will include local bands and performers, visits with SWAT, K-9 and mounted units, precinct tours and more.

UPDATE (8/6/14 @ 2 pm): SPD has announced that — instead of holding their annual community picnic at the New Holly Campus as initially announced — they plan to bring the picnic to the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade on Rainier Ave. S. in Columbia City.

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Wells Fargo awards $15,000 for COMPASS Test Prep Workshops at Seattle Community Colleges

The Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded $15,000 to the Foundation for Seattle Community Colleges for a second year of funding to benefit students entering colleges across the multi-campus district….

The second year of funding will continue to support COMPASS test prep workshops at all three Seattle Community Colleges.

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Seattle Action Network Executive Director Ron Williams to visit Seattle Schools

Starting in September The Seattle Action Network Executive Director Ron Williams will make ‘surprise’ visits to Seattle area jr high and high schools to encourage students to stay ‘laser-focused’ on their education by cutting down on cell phone use, texting, video gaming, and just hanging out.

“In the end, its your education that will take you where your life will lead you’. says Mr. Williams.

“Avoiding the alcohol and drug culture, staying away from any form of violence and staying laser focused on your education and being the best that you can be, is what matters’.