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Fund Seattle's Swimming Pools

I suggest you...continue fully funding Seattle Public Pools, because so many of the people who use the pools do so for health reasons. Swimming, and the access to safe, well managed facilities, is a godsend to a large number of physically challenged citizens. As well as being a learning situation for our kids. Swimming lessons probably save lives.

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Don't Cut Funds for Domestic Abuse

I recommend reinstating funds to prevent domestic abuse. What I've learned about programs that prevent abuse, are that they are very successful with an 86% non-repeat rate of the men who are enrolled in a program for one year. This affects families, the health and well-being of children, their mothers, and the mental health of the men as well. Please, don't cut the funding for these programs! The dollars spent save ...more »

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Pay More for Less

Increase funding to City employees to aquire good talent and get rid of dead wood. Gov't workers need to be accountable for results, not process. With the status of the economy, there is high caliber talent out there and we should have the best engineers, decision makers, planners, financial accountants available to properly manage the City and its departments. We can do better with fewer if we pay for high performance. ...more »

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Stricter oversight of Seattle Housing Authority

I suggest you place stricter rules and oversight for the Seattle Housing Authority Voucher Choice Program (Section 8). While this is a great program in spirit, the system is unable to effectively eliminate fraud and abuse of the program, due to it's own rules and regulations. Train the employees properly, and tighten the rules (verifications, random check-ups, proof required, zero tolerance for violators) so those who ...more »

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More Cuts Needed

Rather than putting more burden on the people that are still working with increased fees, reduce the spending further by additional cuts other than police and fire. Most people working have been so without a raise for at least a year, some longer, and some with pay reductions.

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Privatize low-cost housing

I suggest you re-organize or privatize Seattle Housing Authority. Their stated mission is to become self-sufficient and be funded through the housing they develop. Instead, they are making sure to stay publicly funded, at the same time they find ways to prevent people from getting access to low-cost housing.

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Please reinstate funding for Domestic Violence Programs

The mayor's cuts to domestic violence intervention services will hurt those most at risk: very low-income women and children. The DV intevention program at Wellspring Family Services, which will be directly affected by this cut, has been very succesful. In fact, 86% of men who particpated in our program have stopped all forms of emotiona land physical abuse. This type of treatment is extremely effective in stopping the ...more »

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Domestic Violence

My name is Laurakay Vernon, a member of Wellspring Family Services. I encourage you to support reinstating funding for domestic violence intervention services for very low-income families. I believe that this type of treatment is extremely effective in stopping the cycle of domestic violence and vital to keeping women and children safe.

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Support Hunger Relief

I support the Mayor's budget for hunger relief which includes full funding for Seattle's food banks, meal programs and for Food Lifeline's assistance. Hunger is hitting Seattle residents hard. I'm a volunteer with Food Lifeline and see how far they can stretch a dollar with their efficient services and dedicated (and underpaid) staff.

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Reinstate DV funding

Please reinstate the funding for domestic violence intervention services. Wellspring serves many people who have no other resources, and the children are so affected by this situation.

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