Posts for October, 2012

Parks issues now under discussion during City Council budget review

October 26th, 2012

As you may know, with the changing of the leaves comes the City Council review of the Mayor’s proposed budget, and we are well into it now.  We have heard the Department Presentations, and we are currently in the stage of “Issue Identification.” (Download a PDF of the budget review schedule.) In Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), at […]

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A SLI maneuver: Navigating the City budget for parks and arts

October 23rd, 2012

Let me state the obvious — Council’s 8-week review of the city’s proposed budget is a busy time. The city’s budget is about $4B. The General Subfund is roughly $950M. City Council is presented the proposed budget in late September, in this case September 24th to be exact, and we spend the next seven or […]

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Beyond Puget Sound: Building economic strength as a region

October 22nd, 2012

Returning to the Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Conference at Suncadia this past week was bittersweet for me. It was here, at this time last year, that we lost a dear friend, Senator Scott White. I was so proud that the Chamber established The Senator Scott White Regional Leadership Award, this year awarded to Rep. […]

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Introducing a piece of the Lake-to-Bay Loop

October 17th, 2012

Last Friday I heard from SDOT that people would be able to walk across the West Thomas Street overpass by the end of the day. I haven’t had the experience of making that walk yet, but that doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm about the project’s completion. I’m so glad it’s open. The West Thomas Street Overpass […]

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Why I voted in support of campaign finance reform

October 15th, 2012

Early last spring I first heard murmurs about legislation regarding campaign finance reform. I’ll admit, initially, I didn’t know what to make of it. Campaign finance reform means different things to different people and I wasn’t sure what problem we were trying to solve. After speaking to my colleague, Mike O’Brien, I learned what he wanted […]

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Convicted felons have the right to vote – and there’s still time to register in person

October 11th, 2012

Today I learned about a lovely young woman who, years ago, was convicted of a felony.  She has since served her time and has been restored to her community. What she didn’t know is that her right to vote has also been restored. Yes, she can still register and vote in THIS and future elections. […]

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Please join me and Council President Sally Clark for “Coffee with Sallys”

October 8th, 2012

Event Info Coffee with the Sallys Saturday, October 13, 2012 9:00am until 10:30am Bitter Lake Community Center Family Center Room 13035 Linden Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98133 Sally Clark and I have been working our way around the city, going from neighborhood to neighborhood, inviting folks to join us for “Coffee with the Sallys” to […]

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Sign up NOW for classes at Belltown Community Center

October 4th, 2012

When Councilmember Richard Conlin advocated for locating a community center in Belltown in 1998, this is the kind of response he heard, “Well, it may be a swell idea, but you’ll never site it.” And indeed, as a result of his persistent efforts to get the proposed facility included in the 1999 Community Centers and […]

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Proposed 2013 budget keeps greenways and cycle tracks moving forward

October 2nd, 2012

Today, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director Peter Hahn gave his department’s presentation (PDF) to the City Council Budget Committee. (Download the SDOT section or the entire proposed budget from the Mayor for 2013-2014 from this page – see the left navigation pane). SDOT described two categories of investment: Addressing the maintenance backlog (street repair, bridge maintenance and […]

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Oct 8 deadline for Small & Simple Projects Neighborhood Matching Fund

October 1st, 2012

The deadline for the fall round of applications to the Neighborhood Matching Fund’s Small and Simple Projects Fund is a week away. The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching funds of up to $20,000 to support community members as they work together to build a stronger and healthier neighborhood through civic participation. It is a program […]

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