CAPAA to Hear About Equity Initiatives in Tacoma on March 19
The Commission will be holding a public board meeting on March 19 at Tacoma Community House. Join CAPAA to learn about community programs and to hear from City of Tacoma Mayor Strickland about their Equity & Empowerment Initiative and the Lincoln District Revitalization Project.
The public board meeting will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., but attendees may arrive or depart at any time. Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide public comment at noon.
Pacific Islander Health Board Community Meeting
The Pacific Islander Health Board is meeting on March 24 at White Center CDA to discuss strategies to achieve health equity in Pacific Islander communities.
Legislative Update for the Week of 3/14
Gov. Inslee announced a 30-day special session yesterday so state lawmakers can complete this year’s supplemental budgets. Last week, the governor warned lawmakers he would veto legislation if they were unable to complete their work within the 60-day regular session. Last night, the governor signed 10 bills and vetoed 27 bills that required action by midnight. The rest of the bills will have 20 days to be acted on by the governor. If an agreement on the budget is not reached, the governor will continue to set a high bar for determining which bills he will sign or veto. View bill action by the governor.
The Commission is pleased to announce that HB 1541, which implements strategies to close the educational opportunity gap, passed the legislature this session and has been delivered to Gov. Inslee. The Commission would like to acknowledge its representatives on the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee, co-chair Frieda Takamura and Sili Savusa, and the lead sponsors of HB 1541, sponsors Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, for their tireless work to ensure every child has an equitable opportunity to succeed in school in Washington state.
Below are bills that have been delivered to the Governor that may be of interest to APA communities:
- ESHB 2908: Establishing the joint legislative task force on the use of deadly force in community policing.
- EHB 2362: Concerning video and/or sound recordings made by law enforcement or corrections officers.
- 2SHB 1408: Concerning the development of a definition and model for “family engagement coordinator” and other terms used interchangeably with it.
- 4SHB 1541: Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap, based on the recommendations of the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee.
- SB 5689: Concerning the scope and costs of the diabetes epidemic in Washington.
- E2SHB 2793: Providing for suicide awareness and prevention for safer homes.
Upcoming Community Events & Opportunities
- APIASF Jump Start College Tour (3/19)
- Pacific Islander Health Board Community Meeting (3/24)
- Office of Equal Opportunity Community Meeting (3/24)
- 7th Annual Aha Mele Hawaiian Festival (4/2)
- Seattle Children’s Hospital Nursing Camp for juniors and seniors in high school (Deadline to apply is March 31)
- Nora Stone Smith Scholarship for ESL/ELL students
- The Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities is seeking a Health Policy Analyst.
- Looking for other employment opportunities? Our Jobs page is updated monthly.