Parks

Keep ELC prgrms,increase fees,market as eco-friendly activities

Rather than cutting Environmental Learning Center programs, suggest you make all of them have at least some charge to attendees (it is wonderful to have them free, but would rather have them at $2-10/visit than not at all). Look for concerned community members with skills in marketing to help better promote these events. They would have value to the many members of the community but I feel folks are just unaware of the ...more »

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Nearly 7 Million for New Parks?

The Department of Planning, Development and Acquisition currently has a budget that is close to 7 million dollars. According to the Parks and Recreation Department, the purpose of this budget is to provide money to acquire, plan, design, develop and coordinate construction of new and existing parks. Surely in such difficult financial times there is no need for our city to be looking to acquire land for new parks? We ...more »

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Human services

Cycle/culture of indigent lazy people

Kick out lazy 3rd and 4th generation public housing occupants and rent to people who are willing to pay their fair share. There are plenty of fruit picking jobs and housing in warmer states where they can go. For every 5 unwed mothers or deadbeat dads, 4 can pick fruit and the 5th can babysit the spawn of the next indigent generation, (opps, maybe if the spawn see the reality of how truely hard it is to live at the bottom ...more »

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Stop wasting money on blackberry weeding

Stop futile weeding on BG trail between NE 65 St & 40 Ave NE and other areas This area is now undergoing its 4th "weeding". Give the blackberries and ivy a rest during Bushes depression. We could use the money to preserve the on duty Fire Officers you are planning to cut. Blackberries over firefighters, Stupid, stupid, stupid people you are.

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Usless sprinklers

don't waste money installing sprinklers in a swamp..... for native plants no less! See BG trail between NE 65 St & 40 Ave NE. I have commuted on this trail for 35 years and it is nearly always wet lush and green. Stupid, stupid, stupid. The idiot who approved this should be permanently furloughted.

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Counter productive Rearranging Titanic deck chairs

Stop your department heads from moving around middle managers for unproven or even retaliatory reasons. For 22 years as a city employee I commuted by bicycle 99% of the time. Since I have been "rotated" I can now only bike commute about 50% of the time. Put me back where I can bicycle commute every day to work. All my coworkers do not like nor understand why this is being done to us. This discontent breeds inefficient ...more »

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Total Reorg

Dismantle the Department of Neighborhoods and relocate programs into other Departments, i.e. Matching Fund to OED, Historic Preservation to DPD. By doing so there will no longer be a need for a Department head and upper level managers.

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TOO MANY OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS

I suggest you utilize employees in the City who know what their jobs are, and already have the skills needed to produce, as a team, what is needed (from each other and management) to improve efficiences in the field or in their work environment. Highly paid, outside consultants, are not always needed. What is needed is a bridge between management and the "workers" - the people who do the work know exactly what needs ...more »

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Libraries

Library funding

Please do not cut the Seattle Public Library budget so much. We need our libraries to be open on Fridays and we want all our libraries to be staffed by librarians. We do not want them to become warehouses for books.

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RETAIN DON DISTRICT COORDINATORS, PROVIDE PUBLIC MEETING SPACES

RETAIN DON'S LINE WORKERS: THE DISTRICTD COORDINATORS. They are the connection between neighborhood folks (who vote) and the complexities of City government and lawmaking! The Queen Anne/Magnolia Neighborhood Service Center has 25 community meetings each month and has 12 groups who regularly use the facility. From January 1 - Sept. 30th the District Coordinator facilitated 9 meetings or tours which brought elected officials ...more »

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Arts and culture

Ideascale is useless

I heard from good sources that Ideascale is only a way to pacify the constituents and to get the community more involved. The City council sees it as a joke and will not take any of the ideas put forward into consideration. Think of it as throwing a dog a bone!

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Public safety

Ticket for public urination/drunkeness/lewdness/meathead

I suggest you start actually ticketing the drunks, obnoxious, the fighters, etc in Belltown/Downtown/Pioneer Square. You passed this meathead ordinance, yet I rarely see it used. Also, take a stance on public urination. If you were to stand at my corner and ticket every "meathead" and every alley urinator (or even just 10 percent of them) , at $100 a pop, that would give the city an extra $40K/weekend from Belltown ...more »

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Library Services are Not merely "bourgeois" institutions!

It does not make sense to cut the library system's budget further. The library provides a great return on each dollar in elevating the poor, the illiterate, the failing student population and other underserved groups -- providing a pathway into success within our democratic values based society. Some middle class individuals and groups see the Seattle Public Library as a needless luxury -- but it has served in raising ...more »

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Community centers

Keep QACC available for families

Queen Anne may be a wealthier neighborhood in Seattle, but it is also a place where lower middle-class people like me (renter) chose to raise our families. Community Center are a vital part of a healthy neighborhood, where kids have a place to stay in shape, and stay safe until parents come home. PLEASE DON'T CLOSE QACC!

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Alternative Dept. of Neighborhoods cuts

Look at alternatives for cutting the line staff in the Dept. of Neighborhoods. Furlough days, consolidation of service centers, reduction of operating hours, and reducing layers of management are all things to be considered before eliminating the people who carry out the mission of community building every day.

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