Effective government

Collaborative thinking about difficult decisions

Among the conclusions from the neighborhood leaders weighing in on Carbon Neutral Seattle: "We need to devote more resources toward getting everyone on board." Tough times present an opportunity to bring people together. What is it about our citizen engagement process that divides people? As budget issues impact business as usual, it becomes apparent that there are costs to discord when hard decisions need to be made. ...more »

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bike routes on main commuting streets

everyone should look at the website Feetfirst.com they are the group that are changing our streets and putting them on diets. Lead by ex Mayor Norm Rice and a group of bicycle clubs. This is Seattle folks rainy weather come October the bike paths are not used and more cars are on the roads. Along Nickerson during rush hour where traffic now backs up to SPU frustrations run high. Try thinking like the communters that must, ...more »

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Arts and culture

employee share of the cost of benefits

1. Keep the cost of benefits in line with the private sector. I pay $500 per month for our family's health insurance and it's nowhere near as sweet as the ones that the City of Seattle employees have. The costs go up annually and our share goes up. It's not sustainable to have city employees on a completely different system where they are completely buffered from paying on par with the private sector. I roughly calculate ...more »

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Tiered Parking Rates

Here is a solution to the city's budget issues and the apparent problem around parking turnover, TIERED PARKING RATES. Example: $0.50 30 minutes of parking $2.00 60 minutes of parking $4.00 90 minutes of parking $6.00 120 minutes of parking Tiered parking rates will solve the parking turnover issue without driving consumers to other cities. It encourages consumers to shop more efficiently, not drive shoppers ...more »

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No More Free-Ride Zone Downtown

Get rid of the downtown ride free zone. Doing so would clean up buses downtown and reduce fare evasion that causes annual fare collection losses estimated at "...$3.2 million per year from non-paying riders...".

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cyclist safety

I really don't mind having pedestrian and bicycle updates done, but if your going to spend that much on a project to keep cyclists safe then, just like everyone who drives a car has to take a driving test to get a license to drive, it should also be mandatory for cyclist to take some kind of safety and riding course and test. I have seen so many cyclist break the law when riding their bikes and not sharing the road that ...more »

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NO MORE MIKE LANES NECESSARY

Impose a licensing fee for all bicyclists who want to use the bike lanes. Why shouldn't they have to pay for the improvements? If the majority of us don;t use a bike, why should we be forced to pay for their ride??? License all bike riders who use the bike lanes. That would pay for the improvements...kind of like a toll road!! If they want the bike lane, let them pay for it. DO NOT TAX THE PEOPLE OF SEATTLE for silliness ...more »

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Parks

Save $

I suggest you abandnon plans to remodel Green lake Community Center for Staff use when an unused space in West seattle currently leased to SCL for storage of used furniture can be relocated, that area cleaned up and with minimal effort, provide office and program planning space (its former use), Saves the Green Lake space for public use. Makes the 300 K plus funding available to use elswhere

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Economic development

New Tax Revenue Source for Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma

Tax Dino Rossi, Patty Murray, and all of the political ads for the privilege to advertise to Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma residents. Each city could levy a % tax on their advertising budget. Since we have to waste our time watching their repetitive ads they can help pay for some of our urban needs. They have millions to spend, so they must care about us, then they can pay some of their money to our budget crisis.

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No To Bikes...

No To Bikes, unless they pay for it... currently bikes have no rule, they run red light go any direction on any road fly down side walks zoom across cross walks.. time to make them register and start ticketing them..

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Homelessness

$13 Million for bicycle lanes? Really???

Seattle will never be china... There will be an increase in bicycle traffic if you spend $13 million to make it easier to bicycle downtown, but how much?

The hills are steep, it rains a lot, even snows in the winter. Better bike lanes is not gong to make the city much more hospitable to bicycles. Spend the money on Education and homeless issues!

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Public safety

Schools, not bike lanes!

STOP the $13 million bike lane project. If you truly have $13 million available in the budget, find a top notch administrator for the seattle school district and give them a budget to improve the districts teaching staff and security. The Seattle school district is one of the worst I have seen (Visit Chief Sealth on parents day and tell me you don't agree) I expect Seattle School District to be one of the best in the ...more »

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Reduce free privileges of wealth yacht owners

Currently yacht owners, people who generally make > 500K-1M a year, have huge tax incentives and get all kinds of privileges that they don't have to pay for. For example, they can sail down the ship canal and get the Fremont Bride and Ballard bridge to open up for them while a long line of cars pile up on both sides. Make them pay for that privilege. To see all the tax breaks they get see here: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/198998_boats10.html. ...more »

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Community centers

Greenlake Community Center

The reduction in hours for the tot playroom will have a huge impact. I went yesterday morning (the first weekday since the rainy weather began), and it was PACKED with toddlers. I suggest you add some Saturday hours as there are very few low cost options to keep active toddlers busy indoors on rainy weekends.

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