I suggest you look into sale-leaseback options on buildings such as Key Tower and downtown city campus as a way to fund the current defecit gap. Cap rates are down, values up for credit tenant buildings (don't know how city rates). Other longer term related options could be bringing in/reviewing private concessions/3rd party providers to service city facilities such as parks, pools, and community centers.
I think Nickelsville should have their land and see if what they build will help others who need decent shelter. This would also mean land for vets since many are vets.
I suggest you take pay cuts, charge corporations that aren't paying anything...esp, out of state corps who have busnesses in Seattle their rightful fees.
Keeping parks clean and safe is key to neighborhood safety. As city resources plummet there will be decisions as to whether a dollar spent on public safety is as important as a dollar spent on parks. Well maintained parks gets to the root of the problem by keeping women and children in those spaces.
Please keep the commuity center. It is a safe place for so many Alki Children. Many families would be lot without it.
Maybe classes could cost a bit more to help keep the staff on.
Consider how your proposed community center closings threaten your OWN stated goals of keeping Seattle livable for the workforce and the middle class. Your targets ARE community centers in middle class neighborhoods. Green Lake, Queen Anne, Laurelhurst, neighborhoods with many young families trying to remain in the city, pay taxes and derive support for their children, for their mental and physical health- these community ...more »
This public input venue off the web is a great idea. Upgrade it to prevent repeated inputs by the same person, then use it more.
Money saving ideas will undoubtedly pay for the upgrade.
Get state education fund support for library costs that support level K-12 education, including dropouts and immigrants.
Keep libraries and community centers open, because these are public NECESSITIES, not luxuries-for all individuals and families. Golf courses, stadium lights, waterfalls, etc are NOT needed. THEY are luxuries.
Keep the Greenlake Community Center toddler room open, so ALL families can have a safe and affordable place to play.
The City should cut the budget of the Seattle Channel by the 14.5% requested of the Department of Information and Technology. The City should support government programming but not the additional arts and cultural expenses currently associated with the Seattle Channel. The arts and cultural function are Public Access functions not a function of the Government channel.
I will start out by saying...Don't cut the future short. It's here now!!! We can see it!! in those little toddlers...We were there once, our children were there once. Now for me it would have to be great- grandchildren but the way the world is, show some care and happiness in the little ones. It may be the only time in their lives for some of them that they wikll know sheer happiness. Going to the park, being with ...more »
Please keep CISC Adult Day center open. It is very active and happy place that keeps elders social and part of their community with others who speak there language.
I suggest you get more Polish community involved.
I suggest you keep alki community center fully open, it needs more hours not less, and especially on rainy winter weekends and evenings, for teens and seniors
Parks always seem to get the backend of the "General Fund"..... what is with that prehistoric issue? Green paint for bicycle lanes? Wow talk about bad use of public funds. In good times that might work, but not right now. Also - since we lose so much money on-going to the light rail, etc., don't add insult to injury with this bicycle mess. Really - Mayor that is NOT the reason you were elected...NOR the City Council... ...more »
STOP painting the green street intersections - for bicycles. Please don't remind me that we voted for this in 2006..... remember how we voted NOT to build a stadium or two? Well things change - we know that, so why don't we try to "tax" those bicyclists - say with a "license tax" . . . If each one of them had to pay a small licensing tax, how could that hurt any of them really?
Lay off the consideration to up-charge even MORE for our currently over-priced parking. Retail business is having a tough enough go of it....shall we not try to drive the retail shoppers to the Eastside. Once they put that toll on 520 - Seattle will have issues enough..... are we trying to go back to "Will the last one leaving Seattle, please......" Mayor - we all DON'T have bicycles....
Do not transfer money from the Office of Arts and Culture to Parks and Recreation. Money that is spent through the OAC is economic development- providing jobs, creating events- all of which maintains jobs, stimulates revenue, spending, tourism and taxes. Langston Hughes is mostly an inactive organization that does not make the same impact (audience numbers and quality of life impact) that the hundreds of organizations ...more »
Reduce growth of SDOT full time employee and roll back head count. As of last count, SDOT has around 500 employees in 2002 and 790 employees in 2010. That is 58% growth. On top of that, SDOT uses highly paid consultants to do all the work.
These officers are invaluable to businesses, helping to make buildings more secure, doing personal safety classes and more. They are a needed part of the Police Dept.
Remove the $13 Million set aside by McGinn for bike lanes from the budget. When we have excess money we can think about increasing transit lanes for less than 1% of the commuting population. Until then stop ALL the bike projects!!
Protect funding to save SCANTV - our local, publicly-supported channel
We have been meeting with Washington EDA's regarding financing of large projects and recently we have been working with the Colorado State Treasury Office & North Carolina's Financing Authority. California just announced a Sale-Lease Back of CA State office buildings ($1.3 Billion in assets). We can help Seattle to structure a similar type of equity to cash funding program (where in Seattle will not actually have to ...more »
Start Licensing Bicycles and fine riders for traffic infractions!! If we are to have road diets and want to have more bike riders on the roads, there should be accountability from riders. Registering bicycles and rider licensing for adult riders could give money into our city, as well as making a safer environment on our streets.