Posts for 'Budget and Economic Development'

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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A great Saturday on Beacon Hill

May 24th, 2011

Saturday was a celebration of people power. I met up with the folks from Beacon Walks and Bikes for a special “PPPP,” otherwise known as a People-Powered Park Parade. The group has earned a Small & Simple Grant from the Department of Neighborhoods to design a proposed bicycle and pedsestrian path on North Beacon Hill, and […]

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Building on history

May 19th, 2011

It’s lovely to dream about a grand inheritance, but sometimes what we inherit costs us more than we expected. This is the case with an existing lease for Building 11 at Magnuson Park. Building 11, like many others at Magnuson, is a victim of old age. Inherited from the U.S. Navy in 1999, it needs […]

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Our Parks and Seattle Center are in Good Hands!

May 5th, 2011

At our Thursday, May 5, Parks and Seattle Center Committee meeting we recognized four important people for new appointments. First, Sharon Lee and Alec Stephens were reappointed to the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee, and Dorsol Plants joined them for his first term on this committee.  The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee […]

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South Park Bridge groundbreaking & celebration on Thursday

May 3rd, 2011

It’s tough to beat an afternoon party, especially one that features a 20-foot pinata and officially kicks off the construction of a new bridge reconnecting the South Park neighborhood to the rest of the city. Check out the West Seattle Blog for details on the pinata replica of the 16th Avenue Bridge, which will be suspended from a crane before it’s […]

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Tomorrow night: Community Conversation on 2012 Parks Budget

May 2nd, 2011

In anticipation of state and federal budget cuts, we’re starting the budgeting process early and will be in your community soon to discuss one of our main priorities: parks. Please join us to provide your input what’s most important about Seattle Parks & Recreation. This won’t be a traditional hearing where you stand behind the […]

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Seattle Center Lease Agreement: The benefits of public process.

April 25th, 2011

I took office in January 2010 and was thrilled to learn I would chair the Parks and Recreation and Seattle Center Committee.  Little did I know, at this time, that I was about to inherit a potential deal that was in the works between Seattle Center and the Space Needle. In early March of 2010, […]

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Museum of Flight’s efforts to secure shuttle are to be commended

April 12th, 2011

I love flying, and even though I’ve never gotten beyond piloting a Cessna 206, every time I get into the plane I am thrilled. I can almost taste what it’s like to “boldly go,” as they said on Star Trek, and pass into the inky blackness of space. I really wish I could go with […]

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Coffee with Two Sally’s is tomorrow in Pinehurst

March 25th, 2011

Sally Clark and I have booked our second coffee chat for 2011, and we’re on the road to Pinehurst tomorrow morning. Join us from 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. at the Starbucks inside Pinehurst Safeway for coffee and conversation. Grab a cup of joe or a pastry and come talk with us about the city […]

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Community Center Advisory Team meets Thursday

March 15th, 2011

Seattle Parks and Recreation operates 26 community centers throughout the city.  The cost to run the centers far exceeds revenue brought in from center programs.  Because of the current difficult budget situation, the department is exploring alternatives that would offer continued services for the public, while reducing costs.  New methods of management, staffing, fundraising and […]

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