John Okamoto Subject Files, 2015

Overview of the Collection

Clark, Sally
John Okamoto Subject Files
0.8 cubic feet, (2 boxes)
518 digital files, (190 mb)
Collection Number
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Constituent correspondence and collected subject files. Letters from April 2015 are addressed to Clark and then to Okamoto. Replies are not collected with these constituent letters.

Subject files include materials related to the committees that Okamoto served on: Education and Governance; Energy; Housing Affordability, Human Services and Economic Resiliency; Planning, Land Use and Sustainability; and Select Committee on Housing Affordability.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John Okamoto served on City Council from May to December 2015. The former Port of Seattle and Washington Education Association executive was appointed to replace Sally Clark, who left for a job at the University of Washington. Okamoto studied at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Business, as well as the program for senior executives in state and local government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Okamoto previously ran three different cabinet departments for the City of Seattle, including serving as Interim Director of the Human Services Department in 2014 and 2015. From 2008 to 2014, he served as Executive Director of the Washington Education Association. Okamoto was one of 44 who applied to fill the Council vacancy, and one of eight finalists selected by the council. In a 5-3 vote, and despite fierce opposition from Councilmember Kshama Sawant, the council appointed Okamoto to fill Clark's vacant seat. He did not seek a full term election for 2016.

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Restrictions on Use

Records are available for use onsite in the SMA reading room, including electronic records through the electronic records search.

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Processing Note

For electronic records, CloneSpy was used to filter and log duplicate files. Duplicate files and non-record material were deleted. CUSpider SSN Scanning and DtSearch were used to screen for personal and sensitive information. DROID was used to identify file formats, extract metadata, and facilitate processing decisions. Files were then logged and transferred using Robocopy to preservation storage.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Monday Briefing Notes 2015
1 2 Aging and Disability Services 2015
1 3 Committee on Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency [CHAHSER] 2015
1 4 Department of Information Technology. Cable Providers 2015
1 5 Education Levies 2015
1 6 Education. Seattle Educators Week and Seattle Education Association Strike 2015
1 7 Housing. HALA (Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda) 2015
1 8 Housing. Homeless Transitional Encampments 2015
1 9 Housing. Homelessness 2015
1 10 Housing. Multi-family Housing 2015
1 11 Human Services Department 2015
1 12 Human Services Department, Domestic Violence 2015
1 13 Land Use, Lowrise Multi-family Housing 2015
1 14 Office of Economic Development, RFP for Manufacturing Incubator 2015
1 15 Office of Economic Development, Special Events 2015
1 16 Planning Retreat 2015
1 17 Seattle City Light, Denny Substation 2015
1 18 Select Committee on Transportation Funding 2015
1 19 Special Events Ordinance 2015
1 20 SR 520 West Side Final Concept Design, Recusal 2015
1 21 Transportation Network Company (TNC) and Taxicab Ordinance 2015
2 1 Constituent Letters, April 2015
2 2 Constituent Letters, April 2015
2 3 Constituent Letters, May 2015
2 4 Constituent Letters, June 2015
2 5 Constituent Letters, July 2015

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Subject Terms

  • Housing--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Human services--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Land use--Planning--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Transportation--Planning--Washington (State)--Seattle