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The Today File

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February 17, 2015 at 2:05 PM

Murray promises new transportation plan, diverse police force in State of the City address

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is delivering his second annual State of the City address Tuesday afternoon.

He’s speaking to a room packed with government insiders and a dozen high-school students who were ushered in early.

There were no signs, at least initially, of demonstrators who have visited City Hall recently to protest police misconduct.

Murray’s prepared remarks tout several highlights from his busy first 14 months in office that are scheduled to bear fruit in 2015:

  • Legislation that will boost Seattle’s minimum wage to $11 in April and $15 over time;
  • More funding for parks, via the Seattle Park District, a permanent new taxing authority;
  • Increased Metro bus service in the city, thanks to a six-year, $45 million a year ballot measure;
  • A new city-subsidized preschool program enrolling its first children in September;
  • Pronto Cycle Share, Seattle’s new bike-share system;
  • A data-driven approach for the Seattle Police Department called SeaStat, modeled after the New York Police Department’s CompStat tool.

The prepared remarks also mention some new initiatives:

  • Move Seattle, “a new comprehensive vision for how Seattle approaches transportation,” which Murray says he’ll unveil later this month;
  • Performance Seattle, an interactive website launching Monday at performance.seattle.gov, where city agencies will set performance targets and report on their progress;
  • A goal to double the number of Seattle youth served by the city’s summer employment program this summer to 2,000;
  • An effort to “improve recruitment of a more diverse police force.”

Murray isn’t getting specific in addressing Seattle’s housing affordability woes. He currently has a panel of citizen stakeholders working on recommendations and says $35 million will support the push.

His prepared remarks close with a nod to failures by government locally and in Seattle to address problems related to “policing and race,” and this from the late poet Maya Angelou: “Lift up your eyes upon this day breaking for you. Give birth again to the dream.”​

Read the full text of Murray’s remarks here.

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