Council Schedule Highlights Week of July 16th, 2018

Monday, JULY 16th, 2018

10:00am Rules Committee

Douglas G. Richardson, Chair
Connie Ladenburg, Vice Chair
Dan Roach, Executive Pro Tempore

Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect). Meeting materials and video can be accessed atwww.piercecountywa.org/councilcommittees.

Proposal №2018–51, Family Wage Jobs Credit Program An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Adopting a New Chapter 2.132 to the Pierce County Code, “Pierce County Family Wage Jobs Credit Program”; Setting an Effective Date; and Establishing a Sunset Date.

Sponsored by: Councilmembers Derek Young, Pam Roach, and Douglas G. Richardson

Pierce County is already a great place for business but we want to do everything we can to attract employers to locate where their workers live. Instead of spending billions to move people from Pierce County to King, imagine if people stayed here in Tacoma, Sumner, Lakewood, or Fredrickson. We could dramatically cut personal and public transportation expenses. Transportation is also our region’s largest contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and pollution to Puget Sound. If we want to reduce our impacts to the environment during this explosion of growth, we must keep striving to have job and housing balance throughout the region.

The rebate will be available to those employers that made payments for construction fees and permits and who provide evidence that they have created five or more new family-wage jobs of indefinite duration in Pierce County.

Tuesday JULY 17th, 2018

9:30am Select Committee on Human Services

Connie Ladenburg, Chair
Rick Talbert, Vice Chair
Douglas G. Richardson

Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect). Meeting materials and video can be accessed atwww.piercecountywa.org/councilcommittees.

Proposal No. R2018–91, Homeless Empowerment Labor Program A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Related to the Homeless Empowerment Labor Program Finding that the Human Service Department Has Complied with a Proviso in the 2018 Budget; and Authorizing the Expenditure of Funds to Implement the Homeless Empowerment Labor Program.

Sponsored by: Councilmembers Connie Ladenburg and Derek Young

The HELP program is essentially a way for people to get back on their feet and connecting them to services while giving them a chance to earn some money. Albuquerque, New Mexico started a similar program and has found success.

Of course, it won’t work for everyone. Many experiencing homelessness have disabilities or are suffering from behavioral health disorders. But for people looking for another chance, this seems like something worth trying.

Betsy Ross Report 
Presenter: Ray Switzer, Regional Vice President, WestCare

An update on the shelter for veteran women experiencing homelessness. We helped fund the project in the 2017 budget. I haven’t seen details, but early reports from residents seem very positive and I’m excited to hear how it’s going.

Family Support Centers Report 
Presenter: Sebrena Chambers, Division Director of Strengthening Families

Family Support Centers received County funding to provide critical services to communities around the county depending on local need. For example, on the Key Peninsula, Children’s Home Society has a clothing bank, household necessities, and cash assistance for utilities.

While poverty is core driver for service demands, we’ve seen a dramatic uptick in people served at least in part due to the Opioid Epidemic. We don’t have the resources to supply commensurate increases in funding, but we do have fantastic partners like Jud Morris at KP Family Resource Center who know how to stretch those dollars a long way.

Tuesday, JULY 15th, 2018

3:00pm Council Meeting

Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect). Meeting materials and video can be accessed atwww.piercecountywa.org/councilcommittees.

Proposal №2018–51, Family Wage Jobs Credit Program An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Adopting a New Chapter 2.132 to the Pierce County Code, “Pierce County Family Wage Jobs Credit Program”; Setting an Effective Date; and Establishing a Sunset Date.

Sponsored by: Councilmembers Derek Young, Pam Roach, and Douglas G. Richardson

Final hearing and vote on the bill described above.

Wednesday, JULY 18th, 2018

9:30am Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors

Resolution №2018–3, A Resolution of the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors, Adopting Rules for the Inspection and Copying of District Public Records, and Repealing Resolution №2012–7.

Because the Flood Control Zone District is technically a very small agency by number of employees, state law gives it greatly reduced transparency rules intended for the smallest taxing districts. I think that’s absurd since it’s created and operated by the County. This resolution adopts the County’s standards and procedures for public records so you can keep an eye on your government.

My Weekly Calendar

Last year we got a request for my forward looking calendar. Rather than have staff waste their time on public record requests, I decided to publish screenshots. If you have questions, feel free to call. Keep in mind, my schedule isn’t static. Things will get added, deleted, changed, etc. There are conflicts that I have to pick between. But if people want to see where I’m at and who I meet with, that’s fine by me.

Re-Elect Derek Young, Pierce County Council