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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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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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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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Combine DPD with Dept of Neighborhoods!

And streamline both, heading the new Dept with a professional with an appropriate background in the subject matter of buildings/engineering (what a concept!) and who also gets CUSTOMER SERVICE and not barely literate party hacks/dolts. Anyone who has dealt with either (or gasp, both) knows that you quickly enter into a Kafkaesque world of bureaucratic insanity and inflexibility over meaningless minitiuae with "public ...more »

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Tax any Non-Profit Who Pays any Executive over $100,000

Did you know that a MAJORITY of commercial properties in SE Seattle are owned by non-profits? Please check with County tax assessor records, which is avbailable online. And there's more on the way. Any private development that will create jobs and economic development in the SE (such as the Goodwill/Target project proposed for Dearborn Street) are consistently frustrated by the Limousine Liberals on the Council (such ...more »

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Collect Unpaid Property Taxes

Increase the interest on unpaid property taxes and seize the property sooner. Fine repeat offenders that have a history of paying YEARS late.

 

Work with the County to insure that taxes are paid timely!

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