Posts for 'Neighborhoods'

On Gratitude for Seattleites

November 21st, 2012

I am feeling especially grateful today for those in our city who make positive contributions to their neighborhoods. Despite the gathering commercial enthusiasm of this time of year, such as Black Friday and lately, heaven help us, CyberMonday, I am especially glad we formally set aside some hours for expressing, celebrating, and reflecting on actions […]

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Coming up in committee: Reviewing Large Project Fund Recommendations

November 15th, 2012

While it’s been wonderful to be in New York and focused on being a grandmother, I find I’m already itching to get home and back to the office. Now that budget is almost wrapped up, we can get back to Committee work. In fact, PaN has a special meeting on Tuesday, November 20th. We have […]

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Toward the long-awaited renovation of Building 9

November 8th, 2012

At the upcoming special November 20, 11 a.m. Parks and Neighborhoods Committee meeting, we will discuss proposed legislation – a council bill and a resolution – that address the Sand Point Overlay. While the legislation is specific to Subarea C (see map), Building 9 will be discussed because it falls within this area. Building 9’s […]

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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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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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Parks and Neighborhoods committee recap

September 21st, 2012

Yesterday was our last committee meeting before our annual 6-week plunge into the budget, so we had a longer agenda than usual.  Councilmembers Godden and Conlin joined me at the table this week. You can see the Seattle Channel video of the whole meeting here. After Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams gave us his Superintendent’s Report, we […]

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DON’s Public Outreach and Engagement Program: A respectful first contact with government

September 6th, 2012

One of the programs I am especially happy to see taking shape is the Department of Neighborhood’s work to make city government accessible and intelligible to traditionally underrepresented communities, that is to say, immigrants and refugees, seniors, people living with disabilities, renters, small businesses, youth and more. DON’s director Bernie Matsuno, and employees James Bush […]

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Sidewalk cafes bloom with summer sun

July 9th, 2012

Just based on today’s Land Use Information Bulletin, there seems to be an increase in sidewalk café permit applications in Seattle as the summer weather sets in. I’m delighted by this. Sidewalk cafés make our streets more inviting, present opportunities for neighbors to meet and get to know one another at a “third place,” (other […]

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Preserve green open space – and get a tax break!

June 15th, 2012

In last week’s Parks and Neighborhoods committee meeting, we gave four homeowners some good news – we approved their applications for a program that preserves green space in return for a tax break. The program, called “Current Use Taxation,” or CUT, gives tax relief to property owners who agree to maintain their property as open […]

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PACE pilot community leadership program off to a great start

May 7th, 2012

If you’ve been following this blog, you already know that I’m a champion of the Department of Neighborhood’s (DoN) People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE). This pilot program, which is designed to provide leadership training for new community leaders, kicked off on April 26. Classroom space has been donated by Seattle University. (Thank you, Seattle University, […]

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