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 »
Enhance revenue by enforcing the law about smoking within 25 feet of a building doorway. Ticket and fine smokers who do not comply.
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.
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.
Currently, the starting salary for Seattle firefighters is $59,196 per year (www.seattle.gov/fire/). The nation's average salary for firefighters is $41,060 (www1.salary.com/Fire-Fighter-salary.html). The city of Seattle should lower the initial starting salary, though not by much, until our economy is again stable.
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 »
Get more cops out of their cars where it's important to know the people and get "the word on the street" in critical neighborhoods. It'll save gas, car repair, decrease CO2 pollution and humanize the face of the "the force."
New fire code requires all houses now have visible addresses anyway. Standardization promotes safety. Direct your dollars to the City (not Home Depot) and save a Park!
I suggest you...do not follow the Mayor's proposal to cut a Operations Battalion Chief position - a position that provides service to all of Capital Hill and the downtown core. Operations provides fire and life safety services to the Citizens of seattle. It should be considered an essential service. Everything and anything must be elimiated before you reduce the Fire Department emergency operations Eliminate the Fire ...more »
Other major cities are reducing their police forces. We have the lowest crime rate in history. Chronic criminal activity like drug dealing and burglary are better treated through social services. Requiring higher educational requirement for officers would also mean fewer officer are needed. And officer should never be allowed to work overtime except for the city.
Close 1st and 2nd street at 1:30am and sweep through each street with horse mounted police and clear the streets. Arrest any drunks and require everybody to go home or get arrested. Same policy as New Orleans on Bourborn St.
A citizen oversight committee should review all use of deadly force by SPD.