Monthly Archives: February 2015

Hasegawa, lawmakers commemorate the Day of Remembrance

February 19th, 2015|

OLYMPIA – Today, legislators commemorated the anniversary of Executive Order 9066 – a wartime measure that sent 120,000 Japanese-Americans to concentration camps. A Senate Resolution honoring what is now called the Day of Remembrance, SR 8617, was offered by Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill.

“My whole family was sent to American concentration camps after Executive Order 9006 was signed by President Roosevelt,” Hasegawa said. “My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were all incarcerated without due process. And they didn’t talk about it much when I was growing up because it was sort of a community shame – even though they didn’t do anything wrong, they were treated as if they had been disloyal.”

The Northwest had several camps and “assembly centers” where families were held before being moved, including a facility on what is now the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

Nearly a hundred members of the Japanese-American community from across Washington came to the Capitol in honor of the day, including survivors of the camps, Nisei World War II Veterans and Boy Scout Troop 252 who presented the colors prior to opening ceremony.

“This is an important day not only for the Japanese-American community, but everyone in Washington,” Hasegawa added. “It stands to remind us of how precious our civil liberties are, and how vigilant we need to be to protect them.”

To watch the ceremony, please click here.

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    Video Update: Honoring the U.S. Navy; the supplemental budget; and a bill to create ‘racial impact statements’

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    UPDATED: Low income families should not have to pay to park in their own neighborhood

UPDATED: Low income families should not have to pay to park in their own neighborhood

February 2nd, 2015|

Jan. 29, 2015

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan bill to mitigate parking fees in south Seattle was heard in the Senate Transportation Committee this week, introduced by Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill.

“Public transportation is important to the infrastructure of our state and urban areas, but low, middle and fixed income families should not have to pay fees to park in their own neighborhoods,” Hasegawa said. “This was a problem created by Sound Transit and the City of Seattle. Though $65 per vehicle doesn’t sound like much to some people, these fees have a definable impact on working families who are already seeing the cost of living rise as their neighborhoods become more gentrified. The fact is, people are being priced out of their own homes.”

Following the light rail construction, south Seattle neighborhoods near Sound Transit stations saw parking fees implemented to discourage commuters from taking up residential parking spaces during the day. The effect however, is that those who live in impacted neighborhoods are now facing fees their close-by neighbors do not have to pay.

“The people who live in these neighborhoods still need their cars to get to their jobs,” Hasegawa added. “It only makes moral and economic sense to not further burden working families, including immigrants and refugees, who are just trying to make ends meet. This really is a social justice issue.”

Hasegawa introduced the bill in 2014 as well, but it did not make it through the House.

To view the hearing and testimony, please click here.

Feb. 2, 2015

OLYMPIA – Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill, released the following statement regarding exemptions from Restricted Parking Zones (RPZ) in Seattle:

“I am glad the City of Seattle has agreed to take into account the needs of low-income citizens with regards to restricted parking zones in Seattle,” Hasegawa said. “It is unfortunate they didn’t bring up their waiver program when my bill was in committee, but I look forward to them continuing exemptions and getting the word out that waivers are available to those who can demonstrate hardship.

“I really see this as a social justice issue. It is easy to disregard RPZ fees as small, but nickel-and-diming people in my district and across Seattle is making it impossible for working families to make ends meet in this city.

“It is great an equitable solution is available for people who need an exemption, and I encourage anyone who is interested in receiving one to contact the Seattle Department of Transportation.”

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The city’s website has not yet been updated to reflect the exemption program or requirements, however the contact information for Seattle Department of Transportation can be found by clicking here.

For more information on Hasegawa’s bill, please click here. To view the public testimony, please click here.