DSA Virtual Access

A new series to keep you informed about the impacts of coronavirus and related issues affecting downtown and our city

Investing in Behavioral Health for a Safer Seattle

WHEN
Thursday, Aug. 6
9–10 a.m.

WHERE
Online: Zoom Webinar

COST
Free
Open to DSA members, partners and nonmembers.

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After years of shrinking budgets and divestment in our social services sector, COVID-19 is laying bare the vulnerabilities in our criminal justice, behavioral health and homelessness systems. Recently, calls for renewed investment from around the country have captured the attention of policymakers and are shaping how cities are investing in public health and community safety. As our council deliberates calls to defund the Seattle Police Department, some leaders are proposing new investments that would bolster these aims for a safer and healthier downtown.

Join us as our panel talks about innovations they are championing and the impact they believe this work could have on Seattle’s safety and health outcomes.

Panelists

Andrew Lewis

Andrew Lewis
Seattle City Councilmember, District 7 (Downtown, Queen Anne, Magnolia)

Andrew Lewis is a fifth-generation Washingtonian, first-time Seattle City Councilmember and former Seattle City Attorney. Andrew chairs the Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness Strategies & Investments. In early July, he announced plans to introduce legislation to create and fully fund a new mental health and substance addiction first-responder program, based on a Eugene, Oregon program called Crisis Assistance Helping Out On the Streets, or CAHOOTS.

Daniel Malone

Daniel Malone
Executive Director, DESC

Daniel Malone has been executive director of the Downtown Emergency Services Center since 2015. DESC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people who are most marginalized find homes, health and community. DESC was founded in 1979 as an emergency shelter for vulnerable homeless men and women living with mental illness, substance-use disorders, and other disabilities. Today, it’s the Puget Sound Region’s most comprehensive provider of services for chronically homeless adults.

Lisa Daugaard

Lisa Daugaard
Executive Director, Public Defenders Association

Lisa Daugaard has been with the Public Defenders Association for nearly 14 years, and has served as the organization’s executive director since 2015. Previously, she was with the King County Dept. of Public Defense. Lisa created the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, a collaborative community safety effort that offers law enforcement a credible alternative to booking people into jail for criminal activity that stems from unmet behavioral health needs or poverty.

Past Events

Transportation in the Era of COVID-19

Friday, July 17

As downtown begins to open back up and move toward recovery, how will our transportation systems manage the safe and efficient return of workers and visitors?

At this event, we gathered local and regional transit agency leaders for an update on their preparedness to support mobility and access to downtown. What do riders of public transportation need to know about safely riding a bus or train? What’s the outlook for addressing challenges created by the West Seattle Bridge closure? We also shared findings of a recent Commute Seattle survey conducted with company leaders on their return-to-work plans.

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Downtown Development in the Recovery

Friday, May 22

Prior to COVID-19, 264 downtown projects were under construction, in design, or awaiting permitting approvals. They would have delivered more than 38,000 housing units, over 16 million square feet of office space, and millions in city revenue. Today, many of these projects hang in the balance.

What is the role of the real estate industry in the economic recovery? What innovations in construction and permitting can allow projects to continue? And how will the economic crisis impact future development and project viability? Our experts explore the answers to these questions and more.

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Reopening Our Economy

Thursday, May 7

There is strong evidence to suggest that Washington’s early actions to shelter-in-place are having a profound impact on the number of COVID-19 cases in the state. Early planning is underway to relax physical distancing and gradually reopen the economy, leaving many to wonder what “the new normal” will look like.

At our May 7 webinar, attendees learned about what measures will guide public health decisions to reopen businesses, which industries will be the first to return, and how employers are considering new practices that will make it possible for our city and state to get back to business.

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The Private and Nonprofit Response to COVID-19’s Economic Impact

Thursday, April 23

The statewide closure of most Washington businesses began in mid-March, 2020. Downtown Seattle — as the region’s jobs, tourism and cultural center — was hit particularly hard.

At this time of great need, many private companies, individuals and community nonprofits stepped up to support small businesses, arts organizations, workers, families and others affected by this global pandemic.

At this Virtual Access event, we welcomed a panel of experts leading some of these relief efforts. How did their strategy come together? What have they learned along the way? And how can others join in the effort to get our community and economy back on its feet?

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Sawant’s Jobs Tax in the Context of COVID‑19

Thursday, April 16

The coronavirus pandemic has had a swift and severe impact on Seattle’s economy. Many business and nonprofits are fighting to remain viable and some estimates suggest we are already seeing double-digit unemployment. It is against that backdrop that Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant proposed a new tax on jobs that would impact over 800 companies and more than half of Seattle’s workforce.

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COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Package

Friday, April 3

The economic effects of COVID-19 have been widespread in downtown Seattle, impacting every sector. At our DSA Virtual Access event, we hosted a panel of experts who broke down the recently passed $2 trillion federal stimulus package. They discussed what relief measures are in place for small businesses and nonprofits and offer insights on how to best access these resources.

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The Impacts of Coronavirus on Downtown

Friday, March 27

Like cities across the country, downtown is grappling with the impacts of COVID-19. What is the latest public health information available? What are the local, regional and national economic impacts of this rapidly spreading virus? What measures are being taken at the federal, state and local level to provide relief? Our panel offered the latest information and answered audience questions.

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