Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda and her husband are expecting a little girl this fall. She made the announcement on Twitter along with news that bringing a child care facility to City Hall is in the works. Mosqueda and Councilmember Sally Bagshaw recently toured an empty space with child care providers and an architect. Mosqueda said the space has floor-to-ceiling windows and is big enough to be split into three classrooms for different age groups, from infants to toddlers.
The plans may be a surprise to some, but the conversation about bringing a day care to City Hall has been happening for years.
Last fall, Bagshaw set aside funds in the budget to move the discussion from talks to a reality.
Mosqueda said the supply of child care facilities in Seattle has not kept up with the demand, creating a crucial need for affordable care close to where people work.
“It’s important to bring this to every building in our city. Really, what I would like to do is have a child care facility in every couple of buildings that the city owns,” said Mosqueda. “And that we are leading by example for other private building owners.”
Further, Mosqueda points to the presence of day cares in 100 federal buildings across the country. She sees the move as a way to improve the quality of life and health of workers. Her goal is for the space to open in February 2020.
Time will no longer be a factor for survivors of childhood sexual abuse who are seeking justice. Gov. Jay Inslee signed SB 5649 into law Friday, April 19.
The measure eliminates the statute of limitations for rape in the first or second degree when the victim is under the age of 16; rape of a child in the first, second or third degree; sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree; custodial sexual misconduct in the first degree; child molestation in the first, second or third degree; and sexual exploitation of a minor.
The statute of limitations was also modified for other sex offenses.
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) was a part of the several-year effort to change the law.
Executive Director Mary Ellen Stone said victims speaking out and sharing their stories for the past 18 months helped change the minds of lawmakers who were apprehensive.
Stone considers the law to be historic: “It sends a message to all victims of sexual assault of the importance that the current system wants to hear from them, regardless of how long ago the assault occurred, and I think that is very important.”
The law will go into effect 90 days after adjournment of the current session. It is not retroactive.
Lisa Edge is a Staff Reporter covering arts, culture and equity. Have a story idea? She can be reached at lisae (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Follow Lisa on Twitter @NewsfromtheEdge
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