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Secure funding for Seattle Community Access Network (SCAN)

Continue City of Seattle Funding of Seattle Community Access Network (SCAN) at the current level. SCAN is funded by the cable companies through negotiations with the City of Seattle. SCAN provides a unique and critical link between community and neighborhood activities and Seattle residents. Often SCAN is the only medium through which these voices can be heard.

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Start with Over-Paid employees first

Please consider cutting the pay or laying off higher level employees who make $100,000+ a year, and are not essential to running the City. I suggest by doing so you could save many employees jobs who actually offer "direct services" to the public. Using the list on this website for reference: http://lbloom.net/xsea09.html Look at the neighborhoods department for example, how can they have several staff making $100,000 ...more »

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Consolidate overlapping city department functions

Combine management, billing and accounting fuctions at City Light and SPU. Why does City Light, SPU and Office of Housing all run their own utility rebate and energy efficiency programs? Why does the city need an Office of Housing department when there is already the public Seattle Housing Authority with much the same mission?

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overpaid workers

The Department of Neighborhoods Director gets paid a 6 figure salary, besides this person there are 2 other employees in this same Department making 6 figures. Does anybody doing what these 3 people do at Neighborhoods, really require getting paid $100,000 a year? Please cut their pay or cut them.

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Customer Service Bureau Wasteful and Ridiculous Staff Salaries

I suggest you look at the outrageous salaries of the Customer Service Bureau staff, with a specific eye on the Director and Supervisor positions. In 2007, the Director's salary almost doubled with no additional responsibilities and a "supervisor" position was added to supervise 3 Complaint investigators and 2 admin staff.This supervisor position is totally unnecessary and was rejected as such by Personnel for years.

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Cut supervisors and management

Level the layers and layers of supervision and management. If the Seattle Public Schools had the same ratio of students to teachers as the City of Seattle has line staff to supervisors and managers, our students would be in learning utopia. Supervisors and Managers should have a minimum of 8 staff reporting to each to justify the position and compensation.

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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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City vehicle fleet purchases on lowest lifetime cost, not "statement" value

Why does the City of Seattle continue to purchase expensive new hybrid vehicles? Please consider cost/benefit analysis of purchases in the vehicle fleet. It is GOOD to move towards more efficent vehicles, but a $14k Toyota Yaris at 35 MPG is a more sensible pruchase than a $24k Toyota Prius at 50 MPG. The fuel savings given the short distances driven in typical city cars will not make up for the higher purchase price ...more »

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Keep city vehicles longer, delay replacement

Delay new fleet purchases. Keep ALL vehicles until their warranties expire and beyond.

 

Limit the use of city vehicles by city employees. Explore cost savings by negotiating private-sector contracts for repairs and maintenance.

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Fine bicyclists who violate traffic laws

I suggest Seattle starts handing out tickets to bicycle violators (such as for running red lights, cutting in front of vehicles, using crosswalks in full speed, cutting lanes, kicking cars on purpose). Biking may be a great and environmentally friendly way to go around, but some of the most dangerous situations on the road are created by those bicyclists who do not follow the rules. And because there is no enforcement ...more »

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conserve energy

dont heat any city building to over 65 degrees. or use A/C to cool any building below 75 degrees. People can wear a coat or sweater and/or lighter clothing in hot weather

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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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