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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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Look at cutting overtime pay at the Port

I just took a port tour of the cargo ships. The workers work m-f, but the ships come in on the weekend. So the workers have to work OT on the weekends for tons of hours wages to load and unload the ships. Why don't they work th-m instead and and take tu-w off and stop paying more. Our port belongs to the city it sounds like. Let's spend money their more wisely. Any business owner that doesn't get much business on a particular ...more »

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Furloughs for managers

All the cities second level managers and higher could take a one week furlough every 6 months. Since they are managers, the would be expected to still work 3 of the 5 days. Unpaid. The Mayor and his staff would work all 5 days to set good example. Once again, unpaid.

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Cease all enforcement of laws against marijuana possession

Cease all enforcement of laws against marijuana possession (by law this is supposed to be the lowest priority anyway, but more cases have been brought since that law was passed than before). This will save money in terms of police resources and in terms of court/legal resources.

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The Four-Day Workweek.

The Four-Day Workweek. Time: Utah's experiment 13% reduction in energy use saved as much as $6 million in gasoline costs. cut the state's greenhouse-gas emissions by more than 12,000 metric tons a year. 82% of state workers say they want to keep the new schedule. overtime and sick leave among state employees decrease http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1919162,00.html Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/13/AR2010091306177.html ...more »

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Cut Executive Pay.

Cut Executive pay; Mayor, City Council, and Department Directors. Seattle pays executives some of the highest salaries in the nation. Executive pay can be cut immediately, whereas lower level jobs are subject to union contracts and negotiations. Start at the top, cut pay!

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Eliminate Pricey Seattle Office for Civil Rights

Eliminate, or at least downsize. the Seattle Office for Civil Rights. It has a hefty budget, (1.8 Mil I believe) and finds only a few of the cases filed every year to have any merit at all. Too little benefit for this cost!

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Studies, consultants, and private contractors must be ended.

Cease funding of consultants and private contractors during this serious recession. Direct services to citizens should be prioritized.

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Cost saving measures for City budget 2011-2012

August 25, 2010 the City Council of Bainbridge Island approved buy outs to employees as method of relieving the city's budget troubles, The program offers lump-sum payments of up to $30k (based on seniority) who agree to quit their jobs. Quitting job avoids City having to pay for unemployment. Both unions agreed to allow members to participate. Employees can earn an addition $5k if they leave by the end of September. ...more »

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