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Tabor 100 March 2019 Newsletter

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Tabor 100 March 2019 Newsletter

  1. 1. 1 March 2019 MESSAGE TO THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE FROM THE PRESIDENT Passage of I-1000 in the State Legislature is the minority community’s lifeline to equity, inclusion and prosperity. As President of Tabor 100, I urge the Legislature to pass I-1000 as soon as possible. There is no greater service that you can provide to our community than to enact I-1000. It is an embarrassment that Washington State is one of only eight states nationwide to ban affirmative action, which occurred as a result of I-200 passed in 1998. I-1000 will begin to reverse a steady and devastating slide in minority business creation and revenue generation. The measure was signed by more than 395,000 registered voters, a record for an initiative to the Legislature. Public polling has shown overwhelming support for the initiative with some polls actually indicating that voters will reject their Legislator if he/she does not vote in favor of I-1000. The raft of groups supporting the measure continues to grow. The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Washington State Labor Council, to name a few, have both endorsed I-1000. The Seattle Times has given the initiative its strong endorsement, stating that “Lawmakers from both houses should hold a joint hearing on l-1000 and approve the initiative instead of sending it to the voters...”. Governors Evans, Locke, Gregoire and Inslee, all back passage of I-1000, an unprecedented show of solidarity among state leaders. Tabor 100 calls on House Speaker Frank Chopp and Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig to ensure that I-1000 becomes law before the end of the regular Legislative session on April 26. I-1000 is a critical step in the journey if minorities are to truly realize the American Dream. Vision Becomes Reality Tabor 100 is an association of entrepreneurs and business advocates who are committed to economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large. 3 February GM Photos Page 2 Funding Higher Education Page 4-5 Tabor Building Page 6 Get the newsletter online and stay connected through social media!
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  4. 4. 4 Here’s how Microsoft and UW leaders want to better fund higher education Op-Ed By: Brad Smith (Microsoft), Ana Mari Cauce (UW), Wayne Martin (WA Board for Community and Technical Colleges) Special to The Seattle Times 3/20/19 This renewed attention to Higher Education in WA is important – especially as it relates to CTE and retraining of adults in this New Economy. Changes to B&O affect all small businesses, so let’s try to stay engaged on this… Kevin C. Washington, Tabor 100 Education Chair Let’s build and “recession proof” a workforce education fund that's fair to everyone. Education beyond high school has long been an onramp to success in our state and nation. It’s an onramp that needs to be open on fair terms to everyone. But we haven’t yet created the broad access to opportunities after high school that Washington students need to pursue the jobs of the future. What should we do? Let’s start by establishing in this year’s state budget a dedicated workforce education investment fund that will create the learning opportunities that our state’s families need and deserve. A new fund can do this in three ways. First, let’s expand access for all deserving students with more funding for financial aid like the state need grant, guaranteeing this grant is available to all who are eligible. And let’s make it usable for the broader range of 21st century learning opportunities that have become important. Currently, the state need grant can be used at eligible institutions. It’s a broad list but not fully representative of all of the ways students will learn in the future. Second, let’s expand the state’s learning opportunities in all areas of postsecondary education. Many of today’s students and tomorrow’s workforce will benefit by pursuing career pathways that take them through community and technical colleges or apprenticeships, with counseling support to provide students from all backgrounds the help they need to complete their education and seek a new job. And third, let’s expand capacity at our public community and technical colleges and our four-year colleges and universities so deserving students can obtain the credentials our employers are requiring. Some of the funds would go toward increasing capacity for high-demand fields. Too many talented local students today encounter disappointment because we lack room in our programs in critical high-demand fields like nursing, engineering and computer science. How should we do this? In a word, carefully. Increased public investment makes sense only with controls and oversight that will ensure money is spent effectively. In short, with additional funding we need heightened accountability. Why do this now? We must act now when our economy is healthy. We need to structure a dedicated fund that will better ride out and resist budget cuts when, sooner or later, we inevitably confront the next recession. Continued on Page 5
  5. 5. 5 Recessions are terrible for the state’s budget for learning opportunities beyond high school. One big reason is that many other parts of the budget are protected by effective legal restrictions, while higher education has none. As we learned from the budget cuts and consequent steep tuition hikes at the height of the last recession, the only time we can “recession proof” this part of the budget is before a recession arrives by creating a controlled and dedicated fund for this purpose. How should we pay for this? Delivered bright and early weekday mornings, this email provides a quick overview of top stories and need-to-know news. That’s always the hardest question. But we can chart a sensible and reasonable path by learning from the past. Twice since 1993, the state has increased the Business and Occupation (B&O) rate on services, once to 2.5 percent and once to 1.8 percent, to address a funding need. After a few years the rate has returned to 1.5 percent. We can generate the revenue for a workforce education fund by returning the B&O rate to 1.8 percent, but in two ways different from the past. First, rather than apply this increase to all businesses, confine it to those that most depend on — and will benefit from — hiring these skilled employees. This means firms that provide professional, engineering, technical and other similar services. And second, let’s ask the largest companies in the tech sector, which are the largest employers of high-skilled talent, to do a bit more. This means that the largest tech companies would pay somewhat more than the 1.8 percent rate. Let’s use this opportunity to create in our state at least a partial antidote to the current lack of access to new skills and higher education that’s bothering the nation. Let’s build and “recession proof” a workforce education fund that’s open on fair terms to everyone. Access to a fair deal has always constituted a fundamental ingredient of the American dream. Let’s nurture this dream for all the families of Washington state. Brad Smith is Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer. Ana Mari Cauce is president of the University of Washington. Wayne Martin is vice chairman of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Patricia Davis, Demarche Consulting George Griffin, G3 & Associates Linda Womack, MBDA Here’s how Microsoft and UW leaders want to better fund higher education Op-Ed By: Brad Smith (Microsoft), Ana Mari Cauce (UW), Wayne Martin (WA Board for Community and Technical Colleges) Special to The Seattle Times 3/20/19 Continued from Page 4
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  7. 7. The City is committed to socially responsible procurement and promoting social equity through our contracts. We work to ensure open and fair procurements, competitive and fair pricing, environmentally sustainable solutions, best labor practices, access to equal benefits and utilization of WMBE firms, when applicable, in City bid decisions and contracts. City WMBE Team WMBE Program The City actively supports utilization of WMBE on City contracts as both primes and subcontractors, and each City department establishes plans and annual voluntary goals for WMBE inclusion in consulting and purchasing contracts. The City recognizes WMBE firms that self-identify with at least 51 percent minority or women ownership. To learn more about the City’s WMBE programs, contact the contract compliance manager, Miguel Beltran, at 206-684-4525. Priority Hire City construction projects of $5 million or more operate under a community workforce agreement (CWA) and are required to have a percentage of project hours performed by workers living in economically distressed areas and to achieve goals for hiring women and people of color. For more information contact the labor equity manager, Anna Pavlik, at 206-615-1112. Acceptable Work Site The City requires that our construction work sites are respectful, appropriate and free from bullying, hazing and other similar behaviors. CPCS monitors work sites, provides trainings and materials, responds to complaints and conducts enforcement as needed. For more information, contact Michael DeGive at 206-386-4128 First Friday Drop-In Training How to do Business with the City At these “101” sessions, the City provides information to vendors, consultants and contractors on how to do business with the City, including tips on bidding, explanations of procedures and forms and an opportunity to meet the buyer for your commodity or specialty. When: First Friday of the month. Time: 9 to 11 am Where: 700 Fifth Ave. Suite 4080, Seattle Director Liz Alzeer 206-684-4535 WMBE Compliance Miguel Beltran 206-684-4525 WMBE Assistance Carmen Kucinski 206-684-0188 City Purchasing Pam Tokunaga 206-233-7114 Mayor’s Policy Advisor for Economic Inclusion and Contracting Equity Edson Zavala 206-684-5584 Department WMBE Contacts Office of Arts and Culture Sheila Moss 206-233-7016 Office of City Auditor Melissa Alderson 206-386-4168 Seattle Civil Service Commission Jennifer Greenlee 206-233-7118 Seattle Community Police Commission Fe’ Lopez 206-684-5175 Dept. of Education and Early Learning Donnie Grabowski 206-233-2603 Dept. of Information Technology Jeremy Doane 206-684-5962 Dept. of Neighborhoods Grace Dygico 206-684-0466 Dept. of Planning and Development Samuel Assefa 206-386-1183 Dept. of Construction and Inspections Denise Campbell 206-386-4035 Finance and Administrative Services Javier Valdez 206-684-5584 Seattle Employees Retirement System Deontrae Sherrard 206-615-1431 Department of Human Resources Solomon Alemayehu 206-733-9175 Human Services Department Terry Hayes 206-684-0275 Law Department Dana Anderson 206-684-7761 Legislative Department Eric Ishino 206-684-8141 Seattle Public Library Jay Donahue 206-684-7410 Dept. of Education and Early Learning Donnie Graboski 206-233-2603 Municipal Court John Kerr 206-684-8274 Office of Economic Development Amanda Allen 206-684-8894 Office of Hearing Examiner Patricia Cole 206-615-1570 Office of Intergovernmental Relations Jasmin Weaver 206-684-8208 Office Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Katherine Cortes 206-733-9116 Office Sustainability and Environment Jeanie Boawn 206-615-0817 Seattle Parks and Recreation Sue Goodwin 206-615-0374 Seattle Police Department Valarie Anderson 206-733-9315 Seattle Police Pension Fund Dan Oliver 206-386-1289 Seattle City Light Kara Williams 206-684-3641 Seattle Department of Transportation Viviana Garza 206-684-5188 Seattle Center Ned Dunn 206-684-7212 Seattle Fire Department Julie McCarty 206-386-1259 Seattle Firefighters Pension Board Steven Brown 206-625-4355 Ethics and Elections Commission Wayne Barnett 206-684-8577 Seattle Office for Civil Rights Brenda Anibarro 206-684-4514 Seattle Public Utilities Katia Garcia 206-733-9155 Social Responsibility in City of Seattle Contracting
  8. 8. 8 THE TABOR 100 BOARD President: Ollie Garrett Vice President: Brian Sims Treasurer: Aundrea Jackson Secretary: Sherlita Kennedy Membership: Vacant Education: Kevin C. Washington Public Affairs: Henry Yates Economic Development: Manal al-Ansi Government Affairs: David Hackney Fund Development: Abdul Yusuf Business Development: Anthony Burnett TABOR OFFICE 2330 130th Ave. NE #101 Bellevue, WA 98005 206-368-4042 Newsletter Graphic Design and Editor: Kalea Perry, General Meeting Photos Courtesy of Keith Williams Flyright Productions,, 206-860-9813 WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO REACH OUT! UPCOMING EVENTS March 30: Tabor 100 General Meeting, 10am-12pm, Central Area Senior Center March 30: Othello Square Construction Project Event, 1030am-130pm, NewHolly Gathering Hall April 2: Sound Transit Vendor Drop-In Session, 11am-12pm Union Station Santa Fe Room April 3: MBDA-Tacoma: Marpac Construction Outreach to S/M/WBEs, 11am-1pm, Tacoma Municipal Building North April 3: Diversity in Construction Trades Event Apprenticeship Pathways to Construction Careers, 5pm-8pm, New Holly Gathering Hall April 4: SMPS Seattle Fellows Forum: Learning from Lessons Learned, 4pm-6pm, OAC Services April 5: First Friday Drop-In, 9am-10:30am, Seattle Municipal Tower April 16: MBDA-Tacoma: Marpac Construction Outreach to S/M/WBEs, 11am-1pm, Tukwila Community Center April 17: UW Supplier Orientation, 1pm-230pm, Roosevelt Commons West April 18: SMPS Seattle: Trivia Night X, 430pm-730p, OAC Services April 28: Tabor 100 General Meeting, 10am-12pm, Central Area Senior Center COMMITTEE MEETINGS March 30 & April : Education Committee meets after the Tabor General Meeting, from 12-2pm
  9. 9. Citywide 2018 WMBE Goals This past year, the City has done well in its WMBE utilization rate for purchasing and consultant contracting compared to previous years: • WMBE consultant firms received 23 percent of all City dollars spent on prime consultant services in 2018. This means approximately $40 million went to WMBE primes, with even more dollars going to WMBE firms at sub- tier levels. • For products and routine services, 14 percent went to WMBE firms in 2018.This utilization remains robust and sustainable. City of Seattle 2019 WMBE Plans All City departments, offices and commissions are developing their annual WMBE outreach plans to provide opportunities within City contracting and purchasing for minority- and women-owned businesses. The 2019 Citywide WMBE Plan will include a summary of past performance, 2019 purchasing and consultant WMBE utilization goals, department goals for consultant prompt payments, and outreach events and additional strategies to support WMBEs and improve utilization for this year. Category of Spending 2017 Citywide Spend (%) 2018 Citywide Spend (%) Purchasing (Prime Only) 13% 14% Consultant (Prime Only) 21% 23% City of Seattle Bid Opportunities Useful Links • Public works projects are advertised in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce and online at the eBid eXchange website: A complete list is on the City Purchasing and Contracting Services (CPCS) website at • Purchasing and goods and services are posted on the Buy Line Blog: and-proposals/ • Consultant contracts are available on the Consultant Connection website: City of Seattle WMBE News – March 2019 City Purchasing and Contracting Services Director: Liz Alzeer,
  10. 10. Upcoming Opportunities Public Works Contracting: Ship Canal Water Quality Project – Storage Tunnel Package The Storage Tunnel Package is part of the Ship Canal Water Quality Project (SCWQP). The SCWQP will reduce combined sewer overflows in to the Lake Washington Ship Canal. It is a shared project between SPU and King County (KC) that will construct an offline, deep storage tunnel between Ballard and Wallingford on the north side of the Ship Canal. For more information, please contact the SPU project manager, Stephanie Secord, at or 206-386-9778. You can also refer to the program website at The package is estimated at ~$219 million and includes: • Excavation and support for five shafts. • Excavation and support for two 8 foot Inside Diameter. • Disposal of excavated materials. • Installation of surface conveyance pipe at three of the shaft locations. • Installation of structures and concrete work at four of the shaft locations. • Installation of mechanical, HVAC, electrical, I&C components and piping at four of the shaft locations. • Tieback removal. • Site restoration and street improvements. The main construction site is near 24th and Shilshole Avenues NW in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. There are four additional sites; near 11th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 45th Street in Ballard, near Leary Way Northwest and Northwest Second Avenue in Fremont, near North 35th Street and Interlake Avenue North in Wallingford, and near Third Avenue West and West Ewing Street in the north Queen Anne neighborhood. Aspirational goals have been established for the utilization of DBEs on this Project: 10% Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and 6% Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). This package is a covered project subject to the City of Seattle’s community workforce agreement (CWA). Spanish Language Working with the City of Seattle Workshop This year, City Purchasing and Contracting Services is implementing a series of workshops in Spanish. This program will cover subjects such as how to do business with the City of Seattle, City bid processes for your product/service, information about the Consultant Roster program and application process, the City’s public works contracting process, the City’s WMBE resources and more. There will be assistance – step by step – to register with the City of Seattle’s Online Business Directory. For more information, please contact Carmen Kucinski at Upcoming Event City of Seattle Reverse Vendor Trade Show. July 11, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St., Seattle The Reverse Vendor Trade Show is an annual event hosted by the City of Seattle to allow vendors the opportunity to introduce themselves to a variety of public agency representatives. Vendors can learn about upcoming solicitations, procurement opportunities and sustainable purchasing, while networking with other local vendors. Women- and minority-owned businesses are especially encouraged to attend. Questions? Contact David McLean at 206-684-0445 or