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.
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.
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.
Enhance revenue by enforcing the law about smoking within 25 feet of a building doorway. Ticket and fine smokers who do not comply.
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 »