Association of Washington Cities Announces 2018 City Champion Award Winners

Excerpt from wacities.org:

OLYMPIA, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, announced the recipients of its fifth annual City Champion Award. The award acknowledges the hard work and dedication of legislators and partners who championed critical city issues during the 2018 legislative session…

Preserving the Public Works Trust Fund
[…, Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline), …]

Click here to read full story on wacities.org.

2018 Campaign Kickoff Party

Save the Date:  Tuesday, June 26th  6:30 – 8:00 pm

32nd Legislative District House Candidates’ Bulkogi Dinner

Rep. Cindy Ryu Re-election Campaign Kickoff

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Elect Lauren Davis Fundraiser

Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center at Ballinger Park
23000 Lakeview Drive
Mountlake Terrace, WA  98043

Co-Host $1,000 · Sponsor $500 · Friend $200 · Supporter $100 · Guest $50

Sponsored by: • Chris Marr, Government Affairs & Consulting

RSVP:  FriendsForCindyRyu@yahoo.com  (206) 605-1588 voice or text

If you cannot attend but would like to make a contribution, please donate on www.cindyryu.com or here https://secure.anedot.com/ryu/2018.

Thank you!

Police Use of Force in Community Policing

In 2016, at the request of community members I introduced HB 2908 to convene a 27-member Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing. The next year, Sen. David Frockt and I sponsored Senate Bill 5073 / House Bill 1529 which proposed adoption of all the recommendations of the Task Force and provided the platform from which the subsequent conversations and negotiations occurred.
I am proud of how the resulting HB 3003 sponsored by Rep. Roger Goodman in the 2018 Session demonstrated the best of the citizen legislature at work. After years of the very necessary but difficult community conversations, it perfected I-940 with a compromise between community leaders, prosecutors, police, defense attorneys and other stakeholders. Along with changes to our state law, the new reforms would have included better training for officers on how to de-escalate situations.
This is just the beginning of changing the culture of law enforcement – to embrace the notion of community policing, with stronger bonds of trust to the neighborhoods and people served by law enforcement. I look forward to I-940 results and follow-up bills in 2019 to increase culturally appropriate training of our law enforcement officers.

Building More Housing Units HB 2364

HB 2364 and its companion SB 6371 increases the Housing Finance Commission’s debt limit from $6B to $8B.  It does not cost the state any money, yet increases access to development of new affordable housing units and preservation of existing units through private activity bonds. HB 1570 increases the document recording surcharge to $62, ensuring continued funding source for the state, counties and cities in their uphill fight against homelessness.  HB 1085 gives local government the option to eliminate minimum floor-space requirements as needed for Tiny Homes.

Housing Affordability Crisis

I chair the Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee.  With the new Democratic majority in the Senate, we were able to pass several bills that will chip away at the housing affordability and homelessness crisis.  Surplus Public Property for Public Benefit (HB 2382): The high cost of  land is a major factor in shortage of housing units.  Even with funding,  buildable parcels are hard to find. HB 2382 which I introduced, is an innovative tool:  It requires certain agencies to identify surplus property that is suitable for affordable housing, and it allows agencies and local government to discount or donate surplus land for affordable housing public benefits.