Saru Jayaraman speaks tonight. Image courtesy her Facebook
Saru Jayaraman speaks tonight. Image courtesy her Facebook
For Today

Reclaiming Prosperity: Gender and Income Inequality

Does she work harder for the money?

Political pollstress Anna Greenberg, ROC United co-founder and co-director Saru Jayaraman, and MomsRising.org CEO Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner lead a discussion of that question and explore how the changing nature of work impacts the current minimum wage debate, economic security on a national and individual level, and gender roles within families and workplaces.

Reclaiming Prosperity: Gender and Income Inequality, Mon, May 19, 7:30–9 pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

Public Hearing on Microhousing 

Seattle City Council is holding a public hearing regarding the Department of Planning and Development's proposed amendments to the Land Use Code on microhousing.

The suggested changes, which Smart Growth Seattle covered in detail earlier this year, may make it more difficult for Seattleites to find affordable housing in the city—effectively counteracting the entire purpose of microhousing innovation. 

Seattle City Council will be taking public comments on the DPD's recommendations regarding microhousing at 5:30 pm. Those who wish to testify may sign up on a form outside the City Council Chambers beginning at 5 pm.

Public Hearing on Microhousing, Mon, May 19, 5:30 pm, Seattle City Council Chambers at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, free. 

For Tuesday

Treating Childhood Poverty for a Healthier Future

Seattle City Club is hosting a luncheon to discuss the horrors of childhood poverty and possible methods to improve the health and prospective futures of Seattle's at-risk youth.

More speakers are being corralled, but the current line up includes Thrive by Five President and CEO Sam Whiting, Odessa Brown Children's Clinic medical director Ben Danielson, and moderator James Whitfield, president of the Washington Health Foundation.

The information presented should be worthwhile and hopefully inspire actions beneficial to impoverished kids.

Treating Childhood Poverty for a Healthier Future, Tue, May 20, 11:30 am–1:30 pm, Washington Athletic Club, 1325 Sixth Avenue, $12–$45.

For Wednesday 

Westlake Avenue Protected Bike Lane Open House

A protected bike lane, or cycle track, has been planned for Westlake Avenue since September, 2012, and the Seattle Department of Transportation is seeking aid in determining the best way to make travel along the corridor safe and predictable for all users—even single passenger motor vehicles. 

Wednesday's open house gives community membersthe chance to deliver advice and worries about the project. Many of them may be concerned by the potential forfeiture of public parking spaces—there are currently 1,271 of them along Westlake Avenue. While the vast majority of spaces won't be going anywhere, Seattle Bike Blog notes this concern has generally trumped all others. 

Westlake Avenue Protected Bike Lane Open House, Wed, May 21, 5:30–8:30 pm, Fremont Studios, 155 N 35th Street, free. 

Advance Notice For May 29

Unpacking McLeary at Town Hall

Confused by the impact of the State Supreme Court's 2012 ruling in McLeary v. State? Town Hall and the Washington State Budget and Policy Center are hosting a meeting to explore the effects of the decision, discuss upcoming funding priorities, and develop methods to maximize educational equity going forward.

The McLeary ruling, in which the justices determined Washington State was failing its paramount constitutional duty to give ample funding to education and demanded the situation be rectified by 2018, necessitates an estimated increase of $3.5 billion for basic education.

The state senate might have to start selling things on craigslist. We call dibs on George!

Unpacking McLeary at Town Hall, Thu, May 29, 7:30–8:45 pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, $5.

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