Posts for 'Budget and Economic Development'

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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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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On today’s arena vote

September 24th, 2012

I am pleased that after months of discussion, we are seriously considering a new arena for our SuperSonics and potentially an NHL team. I have moved from “Really? Spend public money on yet another sports arena?” to a qualified, “Yes.”  The proposed plan can work for the people and entities that concern me deeply: the City […]

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Budget Bingo

October 19th, 2011

I was sitting in a budget meeting the other day listening to the burble of acronyms cross my colleague’s lips—BIPs, BUGs, and SLIs—and I remembered how alienating that alphabet soup was to me the first time I plunged into it. So I thought I’d write up a little guide to the ABCs of City of […]

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Status quo is not an option: streamlining the operation of our community centers

September 12th, 2011

This afternoon in High Point, I stood with Mayor McGinn and acting Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, Christopher Williams, as the mayor announced his preferred option for the future of our community centers. Mayor McGinn will incorporate our Option #2, or the Geographic Management and Service Level option, into his 2012 budget. It is unusual […]

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New jobs & an economic boost via proposed Seattle Tourism Improvement Area initiative

August 15th, 2011

One week ago, I asked the “Question of the Week” via my Facebook page. We are at the peak of Seattle’s summer and I inquired, “Where do you take your out of town guests?” Answers varied on what constituted the hidden gems – perhaps the places or things an average Seattle visitor wouldn’t know to […]

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Unique open houses at the Conservatory

August 4th, 2011

Within the confines of Volunteer Park lies Seattle’s great crystal palace, the Conservatory. Since opening in 1912, the Conservatory continues to collect and conserve a diverse collection of plants, transporting visitors beyond the Pacific Northwest into almost-otherworldly climates and locales.  Its mission has not changed in nearly a century. To help ensure this mission continues, […]

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Let’s maximize the effectiveness, efficiency and value of our community centers

June 14th, 2011

Last fall, City Council spent weeks trying to adopt a balanced budget that reflected our City’s values. This was no easy task as we faced millions in cuts. As you may know, I chair the Parks and Seattle Center Committee and, historically, when budget cuts are made, Parks takes a large portion of those reductions. […]

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Building 11: projected legislation timeline

June 6th, 2011

The proposed lease amendment for Building 11 at Magnuson Park is an issue that has been the source of much public discussion over the past few months. If you’d like to learn more about it, I invite you read my previous blog post or visit the “Current Issues” section of my website. The developer is […]

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Human Services focus at next Community Conversation

May 27th, 2011

In anticipation of state and federal budget cuts, the Seattle City Council started the 2012-2013 budgeting process early this month, debuting “Community Conversations,” a series of discussions on the City’s priorities.  These pilot conversations are held in the “world café” format, with smaller groups in a facilitated meeting format, discussing five pre-scripted questions. Participants spend […]

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