Homelessness

Stop funding SHARE and seek better solutions for the homeless

I suggest you stop funding SHARE. SHARE is an activist organization, more concerned with advancing their own agenda and profiting from the city than with their supposed mission of bettering the homeless. SHARE recently moved a shelter into the Wallingford neighborhood this week through what has become a practiced model, of selecting a church to serve as a front (hiding behind the legislation that allows churches to ...more »

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Transportation

Verd1n

The Sea-Wall replacement/refurbishment project is a local project benefiting only the central business district (CBD). Accordingly, the property owners in the CBD should be fully responsible for any project that protects and preserves their property. I had to build and repair the lake bulkhead on my property that supports my home and, of note, Rainier Avenue S. If I have to repair my bulkhead, then property owners ...more »

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Transportation

MVET for light rail

Implement a 2 - 5% MVET on vehicles registered in city limits to pay for expansion of light rail to connect the neighborhoods. Base the tax on vehicle fuel efficiency: the lower the efficiency, the higher the tax. Implement a 2% MVET for commercial vehicles, regardless of efficiency.

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Effective government

Please take a more holistic view

Having just moved to the area, I was hopeful that the local government was more fiscally responsible than my previous local government. I am disappointed by the inability of governments to budget based on the "spend less than you make" idea. I know it is easier said than done, but it can be done. While I don't have any specific suggestions to reduce the deficit, I would like to urge the City Counsel to take into consideration ...more »

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Arts and culture

Don't give city property to Dale Chihuly

I suggest you charge market rate for the Chihuly Gallery / Gift Shop on city land at Seattle Center. This will raise millions of dollars per year for the city. This is no time to take money from the needy and give it to a wealthy retailer.

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Homelessness

Incentives for homeowners with open bedrooms to help homeless

Develop a program to connect people who own their homes and have rooms empty with people that need a place to stay. Right now a lot of people are having trouble making their mortgage payments, and many of them have empty bedrooms. There could be a financial incentive for the homeowner and there would be more beds for people who desperately need them. There are programs to connect with landlords with apartment buildings, ...more »

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Effective government

Tickets and fines

I suggest we allow citizens to select how we want our parking ticket and other fines spent. I recommend putting tick boxes listing options, such as "library", "parks", "police", etc. on the part you send in with payment. That way, it feels almost like a donation to the city and takes some of the sting out of getting a ticket!

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Effective government

Efficient Work Contracts

Hold contractors accountable for both time and cost on every project. Make it a firm part of the bidding process for any project. Projects in this city take twice as long as other munis and likely cost more. How many times do you see workers at a road project standing around!?

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Effective government

Cut consultant costs

when consultants are doing the work of permanent employees take the cost out of salary of person who was hired to know how to solve the problems of their department.

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228 votes
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Arts and culture

Cut Consultants such as Cathy Allen's firm

Cut out the high paid consultants who do the work for the City that employees are hired to do. It is a culture that dates back to kickbacks. What is Cathy Allen doing that an employee can not do? And if you did an audit of her invoices and publicized them the taxpayers would be angry. What about Mr. Hawaii who was paid thousands to do what you hired new directors to do in SPU? And the wasted millions for training and ...more »

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