Regular Meeting on Feb 14, 2017 1:00pm
Minutes for the Port Of Seattle Commission meeting, held on Feb 14, 2017 1:00pm
Digital recordings of the meeting proceedings and meeting materials are available online – www.portseattle.org. APPROVED MINUTES COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING FEBRUARY 14, 2017 The Port of Seattle Commission met in a regular meeting Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at Port of Seattle Headquarters, Commission Chambers, 2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle, Washington. Commissioners Albro, Bowman, Creighton, Felleman, and Gregoire were present. Commissioner Creighton was present until 2:10 p.m. 1. CALL TO ORDER The meeting was called to order at 12 noon by Commission President Tom Albro. 2. EXECUTIVE SESSION pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 The public meeting was immediately recessed to an executive session estimated to last 60 minutes to discuss one matter related to performance of a public employee and three matters related to litigation and legal risk. Following the executive session, which lasted approximately 60 minutes, the public meeting reconvened at 1:20 p.m. Commissioner Albro led the flag salute. 3. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS 3a. February 14, 2017, CEO Report. Dave Soike, Interim Chief Executive Officer, previewed items on the day’s agenda and noted participation at recent open houses relating to Aviation Division construction projects and the Airport Dining & Retail program, as well as a recent groundbreaking on North Satellite expansion. A recording of this part of the meeting has been made available online. 3b. King County Homelessness and Winter Shelter Discussion. Presenter(s): Alison Eisinger, Director of the Coalition on Homelessness; Scott Moorhouse, Off- Site Shelter Programs Director, Salvation Army; and Mark Ellerbrook, Manager, King County Regional Housing & Community Development. Ms. Eisinger provided a copy of the 2016 Annual Report of the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, which is included here as minutes Exhibit A and is available for public review. The presentation to the Commission included factors contributing to an increase in homelessness in King County including rapid rise in housing costs, suppressed wages, and limited government investment in mental health services. Homelessness statistics presented included that over 10,000 men, women, and children are homeless on a given night in King County; about 60 percent of these are in a shelter or transitional P.O. Box 1209 Seattle, Washington 98111 www.portseattle.org 206.787.3000 PORT COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES Page 2 of 5 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017 Minutes of February 14, 2017, submitted for review on February 24, 2017, and proposed for approval on February 28, 2017. housing on a given night; and 4,505 people were counted in the one-night count in January 2016 without shelter. Mr. Moorhouse reported that the Salvation Army operates 180 beds for low-barrier shelter and typically has to turn away 30-40 people per night. The role and limits of the Coalition on Homelessness as a homeless response network and the homeless services provided by the Salvation Army were described. The priorities for providing basic shelter were characterized as provision of a safe location for a peaceful night’s rest and in some cases a meal and connection of clients with “housing navigation” services related to overcoming “housing barriers.” The services provided at Seattle City Hall and the King County Administrative Building for overnight shelter were outlined. It was reported that the coalition does not insist on many specific requirements for shelter facilities, making do with what they can muster, but location, availability of restroom facilities including temporary restrooms if necessary, and an open room for several beds were outlined as elements needed for an overnight shelter. Commissioners asked for clarification on facility needs, safety considerations, and the nature of services provided in a shelter setting. The potential use of Port facilities as overnight shelters, the limiting factors on provision of shelter space, and potential provision of grant opportunities were discussed. King County’s experiences funding shelter space, the need for shelters to be diffused throughout the community, the lack of available space in downtown Seattle, and the challenges involved in encouraging clients to take advantage of services were described. A recording of this part of the meeting has been made available online. 3c. Briefing on Impacts of January 27, 2017, Executive Order (Travel Ban): Port Values and Immigrant Services, Safe Airport Operations and First Amendment Activities, Recap and Next Steps. Presenter(s): Lance Lyttle, Managing Director, Aviation Division; Wendy Reiter, Director, Aviation Security; Rod Covey, Interim Port of Seattle Police Chief; Randy Krause, Port of Seattle Fire Chief; Dave Soike, Interim CEO; Abdullahi Jama, community activist and consultant for Somali and East African Communities; and Steven Vittner, Sea-Tac General Manager, JetBlue Airways. Presentation document(s) included a Commission agenda memorandum and presentation slides provided at the time of the meeting. Also available are the following statements, included here as minutes exhibits and available for public review: 1. Statement by Port of Seattle Commission in response to Trump administration executive order banning immigration (January 28, 2017) – Minutes Exhibit B 2. Statement by the Port of Seattle in Response to Trump Administration Immigration Ban (January 31, 2017) – Minutes Exhibit C 3. News Release: Commissioner Gregoire confirms all Sea-Tac Airport travelers affected by immigration order have been legally allowed to travel in the U.S. (February 5, 2017) – Minutes Exhibit D 4. Port of Seattle Rules and Regulations Governing First Amendment Activities at Seattle- Tacoma International Airport – Minutes Exhibit E PORT COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES Page 3 of 5 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017 Minutes of February 14, 2017, submitted for review on February 24, 2017, and proposed for approval on February 28, 2017. The Commissioners received a presentation summarizing the processes and events surrounding issuance of an executive order by the President of the United States related to a ban on travel to the U.S. from several Middle Eastern and African countries. The executive order of January 27, the responsibilities for regulating immigration at the Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the role of the Port to maintain safe and secure operation of the Airport were summarized. Efforts by the Port to provide access for detainees to legal counsel and the current status of the three individuals denied entry to the U.S. at the time were noted. The perspectives of events as experienced by various stakeholder groups, including Airport staff, the immigrant community, demonstrators, airline staff, and Commissioners were described. The summary included the growth to record numbers of demonstrators at the Airport on January 28, the dynamic nature of the demonstrations as groups began moving through the facility, and the safety and security concerns that escalated to activation of mutual aid agreements with regional police departments, temporary bypassing of the Airport’s Link Light Rail station, issuance of orders to disperse, and confrontations with some demonstrators. Commissioners noted the lack of a permit for a demonstration and the risks for compliance with federally mandated incident response times due to demonstration conditions on January 28 and requested more information about the training of security teams for similar incidents. They commented on the outfitting of some of the regional partners who responded and the possible confrontational signal resulting from police arriving in riot gear. Commissioners expressed a desire for a full reporting and analysis of policing activity and the potential for further training on de- escalation of confrontations like those that occurred. The decision to request Sound Transit temporarily bypass the Airport light rail station was discussed and the intent was clarified that such a decision be made at a higher, executive level rather than by officers in the field. The benefits of more timely and effective communication with the crowd about the efforts underway on behalf of detained travelers were discussed. The need to consider more nimble responses of a variety of services for travelers under the circumstances of January 27-29 was noted. Commissioner Creighton was present until 2:10 p.m. A recording of this part of the meeting has been made available online. Without objection, the Commission advanced to consideration of – 5. PUBLIC TESTIMONY Public comment was received from the following individual(s): Sue Hodes, Neighbor Action Coalition and Buddhist Peace Fellowship, regarding First Amendment activities at the Airport on January 28-29. Hannah Anousheh, Unite Here Local, regarding First Amendment activities at the Airport on January 28-29. Ikram Afinwala, Airport concessions employee, regarding First Amendment activities at the Airport on January 28-29. Andrea Cheng Hakmian, Seattle resident, regarding First Amendment activities at the Airport on January 28-29. PORT COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES Page 4 of 5 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017 Minutes of February 14, 2017, submitted for review on February 24, 2017, and proposed for approval on February 28, 2017. Jeffrey Reidhead, Seattle resident, regarding First Amendment activities at the Airport on January 28-29. Robert Canamar, Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities Commissioner, regarding accessibility improvements at the Airport. Cindi Laws, Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Association, regarding accessibility improvements at the Airport. Bob Armstead, President, National Association of Minority Contractors, regarding decreasing disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation at U.S. airports, including Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Mr. Armstead submitted a copy of the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General audit report dated January 17, 2017, which is included here as minutes Exhibit F and is available for public review. Sheri Pewitt, National Lawyers Guild, regarding national immigration policy. Following public testimony, the Commission returned to consideration of – 4. UNANIMOUS CONSENT CALENDAR [Clerk’s Note: Items on the Unanimous Consent Calendar are considered routine and are not individually discussed. Port Commissioners receive the request documents prior to the meeting and may remove items from the Consent Calendar for separate discussion and vote in accordance with Commission bylaws.] 4a. Approval of the minutes of the special meetings of January 13, 17, 18, 23, and 24 and February 2, 2017. 4b. Authorization for the Chief Executive Officer to execute up to two professional services indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts for roofing inspection and design support services totaling no more than $1,000,000 with a three-year contract ordering period. No funding is associated with this authorization. Request document(s) included a Commission agenda memorandum. The motion for approval of consent items 4a and 4b carried by the following vote: In favor: Albro, Bowman, Felleman, Gregoire (4) Absent for the vote: Creighton A recording of this part of the meeting has been made available online. Public testimony was received previously, and the Commission advanced to consideration of – 6. DIVISION, CORPORATE, AND COMMISSION ACTION ITEMS 6a. Authorization for the Chief Executive Officer to execute a lease and use agreement between the Port of Seattle and the Seattle-Tacoma Airline Consortium for the use of Port equipment to support the increase in aircraft operations not able to be accommodated at passenger-loading-bridge-equipped gates at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. PORT COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES Page 5 of 5 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017 Minutes of February 14, 2017, submitted for review on February 24, 2017, and proposed for approval on February 28, 2017. Request document(s) included a Commission agenda memorandum and draft lease and use agreement. Presenter(s): James Jennings, Senior Manager, Aviation Business Development. The motion for approval of agenda item 6a carried by the following vote: In favor: Albro, Bowman, Felleman, Gregoire (4) Absent for the vote: Creighton A recording of this part of the meeting has been made available online. 7. STAFF BRIEFINGS 7a. Accessibility Assessment for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Presentation document(s) included a Commission agenda memorandum. Presenter(s): Jeffrey Brown, Director, Aviation Facilities and Capital Programs, and Keith Gillin, Architecture Manager, Aviation Facilities and Infrastructure. The proposed plan of action for conducting an accessibility assessment of the Airport was described. It was stressed that mere compliance with permitting and requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act is not a sufficient goal of the assessment and that there is a desire to go above and beyond the minimum needed for compliance. There was discussion with the Commissioners about how to adequately benchmark accessibility under this scenario, the potential for a certification-style program to define best practices, the need to address technology in the context of accessibility, and the desire for the effort to extend beyond the Port’s airport facilities to embrace its cruise line of business. A recording of this part of the meeting has been made available online. 8. ADDITIONAL NEW BUSINESS Interim CEO Dave Soike previewed items on the Commission’s agenda for future action. A recording of this part of the meeting has been made available online. 9. ADJOURNMENT There was no further business, and the meeting adjourned at 4:02 p.m. Stephanie Bowman Secretary Minutes approved: February 28, 2017.