Posts for January, 2011

Home base, sacred space

January 31st, 2011

Last week Tim Burgess and I visited the Chief Seattle Club, located in the former Monterey Hotel on 2nd Avenue near Yesler Way.  I was inspired by the Executive Director, Jenine Grey, and the work she and her organization does for our Native Americans. Opened in 1970, the Chief Seattle Club provides “a place to […]

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Community Center public meeting on Wednesday

January 31st, 2011

It’s time! This Wednesday marks the first public meeting for citizens to help us determine how community centers can be run more effectively and more efficiently. We heard hundreds of requests during the budget process to keep all 26 centers open without making cuts to programs or hours. Now’s the time to help us figure out how best […]

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One winter night in January

January 28th, 2011

 Just after 2AM this morning, my teammates and I headed out the door for the 2011 One Night Count, King County’s annual tally of the homeless population and the largest community-organized effort of its kind in the United States. This morning’s project marked the 31st year of the local count, and it’s the fifth time I’ve participated. […]

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Parks’ Christopher Williams to receive 2011 Municipal League Public Employee of the Year

January 27th, 2011

I am often delighted with the work I get to do, and that delight often comes as the result of collaboration with talented, dedicated people who don’t always receive the credit they so richly deserve. With that in mind, I’m so pleased to share the news that Christopher Williams, acting Superintendent of Seattle’s Department of […]

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Saturday: Coffee with Two Sallys & City Hall Open House

January 26th, 2011

Saturday’s going to be a great day to connect with constituents at two public events. Sally Clark and I will kick off the day at First Hill’s Corner Cafe from 9am to 11am for coffee and conversation. Grab a cup of coffee or a pastry and come talk with us about the city issues that are important […]

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Community Center operation forum next week

January 25th, 2011

City Council has asked Seattle Parks and Recreation to re-think how community centers are operated. This process will include public meetings to discuss with the community ideas for how centers can be run more effectively and more efficiently. We heard hundreds of requests during the budget process to keep all 26 centers open without making […]

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Spotlight: Parks highlights from 2010

January 24th, 2011

Seattle Parks & Recreation Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams joined us at Thursday’s Parks & Seattle Center Committee. As the year ended, 10% of Parks employees were laid off or had their hours reduced. Notwithstanding these budget whacks, Parks is regrouping. Here are some of the departmental accomplishments from 2010 and a look ahead at select […]

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Putting an end to child sex trafficking

January 21st, 2011

Many thanks to the Women’s Funding Alliance, Seattle Human Services Department, YouthCare and Women’s Funding Network and to City Councilmember Tim Burgess for their leadership in hosting “In Our Own Backyard,” Thursday night’s forum about the sex trafficking of local girls.  The truth is shocking:  Girls as young as 12 years old are recruited and […]

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Coffee with Sally & Sally on Saturday, Jan. 29th

January 21st, 2011

I’m co-hosting a very informal (but hopefully informative) coffee chat with my colleague, Councilmember Sally Clark, on Saturday, January 29th. For the record, I don’t drink high octane, but I’m certainly adept at chatting and I’m sure I’ll make do with a cup of decaf. People can’t always make it down to City Hall during […]

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Reminder: Local sex trafficking forum is tonight

January 20th, 2011

Please join the Seattle City Council and the Women’s Funding Alliance TONIGHT at a forum discussion on the sex trafficking of local girls. This forum will provide an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the City’s response to this issue and explore ways to help.  A presentation by Deborah Richardson, who […]

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