2020 mayoral directives
Affordable housing for all
Mayor Cassie Franklin today issued a mayoral directive on affordable housing for all with the goal of addressing homelessness and supporting housing stability. The directive builds and expands upon efforts to encourage an increase in housing and shelter for all community members to address the shortage of housing at all price points, particularly for lower-income residents.
Under the directive, City staff will:
- Implement the Rethink Housing engagement process and develop a citywide housing action plan by June 30, 2021
- Improve procedures and permitting requirements to ensure Everett is a friendly, attractive place for investors to develop housing
- Aggressively address homelessness and support housing stability in 2021
Building unity, addressing racism and promoting equity of all
On Sept. 22, 2020, Mayor Franklin issued a mayoral directive on building unity, addressing racism and promoting equity for all.
The directive builds and expands upon the work completed through the mayor’s 2018 directive on community engagement and inclusion and outlines initiatives to: engage with all Everett residents, especially those historically underrepresented; diversify the City workforce to better reflect the diversity of Everett; and embed equity as an explicit government principle in all City departments to assess how City operations, policies and procedures impact Everett residents.
Under the directive, City staff will:
- Foster engagement and mutual understanding with the Black, Indigenous, people of color community, as well as other marginalized communities
- Improve inclusion, equity and diversity at the City and create a culture of anti-racism, which actively addresses barriers to opportunities for all
- Identify and address inequities and bias in City systems, policies and data
2018 mayoral directives
In 2018 Mayor Franklin issued five mayoral directives to guide the City's work. The mayor discussed the directives in her 2018 State of Everett address. Contact directive leads as listed on each directive's web page for additional information or details.
Directive on youth, gun violence and gang reduction
Prevention and Intervention internal work group: The internal group has been brainstorming prevention and intervention programs with the assistance of an external stakeholder group.
Organization and resource evaluation: An internal work group has met three times to continue looking at models and org charts for a stand-alone Gang Response Unit.
Gang Response Community Advisory Group: The group has been meeting regularly and briefed on work being done.
Firearms campaign: The team is developing the Lock it Everett campaign that will launch in June.
Juvenile Justice: The lead has met with prosecutor staff, defense counsel and juvenile justice center to better understand the delivery of juvenile justice in Snohomish County and is preparing a draft report of recommendations to be reviewed by stakeholders.
Funding: The City work group has compiled potential funding sources (mostly grants) to explore once the true costs of the firearm safety campaign and prevention/intervention programs are known. They have also met with the Community Foundation to discuss possible funding opportunities.
Directive on community planning & economic development
Communications and Marketing: Established Office of Communications and Marketing and implemented interim branding standards City-wide. Team continues to meet with local organizations and event promoters and actively promoting local events through tourism channels.
Community Planning and Economic Development: Actively recruiting for an economic development director. Participating in regional and state aerospace efforts to ensure Boeing's new mid-market airplane is designed, produced and built in Everett. Staff continue downtown business walks.
Advisory committee: Meeting with local business leaders regarding establishing economic development advisory committee. Will have identified participants by May 1.
Metro Everett: An open house will be held April 25, 6 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Room.
Directive on community engagement and inclusion
Access to government: Communications, Library, and IT have developed a draft open data strategy - IT and Purchasing are working on a request for proposal for an open data platform.
Customer service/complaint resolution: A citizen satisfaction survey is currently running for three weeks.
Youth engagement: Youth appropriate boards and commissions have been identified and an outreach and promotion plan has been developed. City staff will begin working with board liaisons to further explore engaging youth. Staff is also working with school and youth network partners to explore options for creating a youth advisory network.
Staff have also met with local school representatives to learn more about internship programs and have held one interdepartmental team meeting to date to determine where the City has intern needs.
Directive on Safe Streets programs
Naloxone: The City is close to expanding the availability of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone to more City employees.
Partnerships: We continue to work with community partners to support a pipeline of affordable housing developments in Everett and Snohomish County. Cocoon House broke ground on its new housing project last week and Housing Hope will break ground on its Hopework Station II project on April 16.
Education: Two crisis de-escalation training programs for community groups are happening in April. Both classes are full and have a waitlist for future sessions.
Housing: As we explore ways to expand shelter in Snohomish County, we are touring programs across the state learning about best practices. Last week staff toured the Nativity House shelter and day center in Tacoma.
Directive on addressing the City's budget deficit
Current job vacancies: All current vacant positions at the City have been and will continue to be evaluated for potential elimination.
Travel and training costs: Cost savings measures have been implemented.
Volunteers: A small staff team is in discussion with the three Everett Rotary clubs about possible ways the City can collaborate and develop a volunteer labor force. At Mayor's request, next steps are to investigate what tasks volunteers could do that provide a cost savings to the City without displacing workforce.
Staff and community input: The review of 2014 employee SDAT suggestions continues - several have been selected to include in a report to the mayor. New suggestions from staff and the community are still being accepted through April 30, 2018.
Employee benefit programs: The City's broker from Alliant presented information on the Consumer-Driven Health Plan and City-sponsored clinic concept to Mayor's staff on Monday. Work continues to develop the details of a recommended plan design for the Mayor.
Collaborative and alternative service funding: A meeting is scheduled for April 19 with City of Lynnwood finance staff to learn about their process and experience in joining the Regional Fire Authority.
Transition Advisory Team
In December 2017, Mayor Franklin asked 55 community leaders to serve on her transition advisory team and to provide feedback on Everett's strengths and the opportunities they want to see the City pursue. There was representation from across the city, and from different age groups, income brackets and industries. The team provided valuable input (PDF) that helped influence Mayor Franklin's top priorities of public safety, economic development and community engagement.