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Secure funding for Seattle Community Access Network (SCAN)

Continue City of Seattle Funding of Seattle Community Access Network (SCAN) at the current level. SCAN is funded by the cable companies through negotiations with the City of Seattle. SCAN provides a unique and critical link between community and neighborhood activities and Seattle residents. Often SCAN is the only medium through which these voices can be heard.

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Start with Over-Paid employees first

Please consider cutting the pay or laying off higher level employees who make $100,000+ a year, and are not essential to running the City. I suggest by doing so you could save many employees jobs who actually offer "direct services" to the public. Using the list on this website for reference: http://lbloom.net/xsea09.html Look at the neighborhoods department for example, how can they have several staff making $100,000 ...more »

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Consolidate overlapping city department functions

Combine management, billing and accounting fuctions at City Light and SPU. Why does City Light, SPU and Office of Housing all run their own utility rebate and energy efficiency programs? Why does the city need an Office of Housing department when there is already the public Seattle Housing Authority with much the same mission?

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overpaid workers

The Department of Neighborhoods Director gets paid a 6 figure salary, besides this person there are 2 other employees in this same Department making 6 figures. Does anybody doing what these 3 people do at Neighborhoods, really require getting paid $100,000 a year? Please cut their pay or cut them.

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Arts and culture

Cut Consultants such as Cathy Allen's firm

Cut out the high paid consultants who do the work for the City that employees are hired to do. It is a culture that dates back to kickbacks. What is Cathy Allen doing that an employee can not do? And if you did an audit of her invoices and publicized them the taxpayers would be angry. What about Mr. Hawaii who was paid thousands to do what you hired new directors to do in SPU? And the wasted millions for training and ...more »

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Transportation

Stop funding the South Lake Union Streetcar

The South Lake Union Streetcar serves a route that is easily served by a bus. The streetcar disrupts car traffic causing congestion throughout the Mercer corridor and often back to I-5 as it is not coordinated with the street lights. The streetcar has very low ridership and cannot support itself financially. Other transit methods could serve commuters in this area at a lower cost.

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Customer Service Bureau Wasteful and Ridiculous Staff Salaries

I suggest you look at the outrageous salaries of the Customer Service Bureau staff, with a specific eye on the Director and Supervisor positions. In 2007, the Director's salary almost doubled with no additional responsibilities and a "supervisor" position was added to supervise 3 Complaint investigators and 2 admin staff.This supervisor position is totally unnecessary and was rejected as such by Personnel for years.

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Transportation

No more suggest traffic speed signs!

Immediately stop any further funding or future installation of those ridiculous new lighted signs that supposed regulate traffic speeds on I-5. The first time I saw them, all northbound lanes were inching along at about 3-5 mph and the signs were brightly lit, indicating we should be going 45. The next time I drove up the same stretch -- just south of downtown Seattle -- it was the same ridiculousness, The lit indicated ...more »

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Cut supervisors and management

Level the layers and layers of supervision and management. If the Seattle Public Schools had the same ratio of students to teachers as the City of Seattle has line staff to supervisors and managers, our students would be in learning utopia. Supervisors and Managers should have a minimum of 8 staff reporting to each to justify the position and compensation.

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Homelessness

keep funding share

it is very important to our community that you continue to fund share. I am greived that folks choose to put so much energy into such negativity about a program that is working to improve the lives of members of our community who are often ignored.

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Transportation

No more "road diets"

Quit spending precious SDOT funds eliminating road capacity on arterials for "road diets" and bike lanes. Not to mention all the money saved by eliminating all the studies and public meetings associated with these "road diets." Our limited resources should go towards maintaining our crumbling roads, not reducing capacity in a growing city!

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City vehicle fleet purchases on lowest lifetime cost, not "statement" value

Why does the City of Seattle continue to purchase expensive new hybrid vehicles? Please consider cost/benefit analysis of purchases in the vehicle fleet. It is GOOD to move towards more efficent vehicles, but a $14k Toyota Yaris at 35 MPG is a more sensible pruchase than a $24k Toyota Prius at 50 MPG. The fuel savings given the short distances driven in typical city cars will not make up for the higher purchase price ...more »

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