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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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Save SHARE--and eliminate Paul Allen and other spec int projects

Save SHARE! I suggest you eliminate all funding for Paul Allen projects and other special interests--or charge those projects entirely to those special interests--and use some of the savings for SHARE. With those savings, you can probably also eliminate utility increases and other fee increases--and keep the parking fee structure the same. Seattle parking is already much higher than parking any where else I have been... more »

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Parks

Sustainable Parks and More Trees

Lets make our parks lower maintenance and more sustainable. Tons of grass that always needs to be mowed is expensive to maintain and is not needed. We need more natural areas with trees and ferns that require less maintenance.

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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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Arts and culture

STOP PAYING SOMEONE TO CREATE WALKING MAPS

Stop paying someone to create walking maps showing walking routes and their mileage. Anyone can go for a walk in their neighborhood without a walking map. Noone will use these. These are not necessary and a waste of our tax money.

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Economic development

Do we really want to punish our customers for shopping downtown?

To raise the price of the parking meters upto $4.00/hr will force patrons to shop outside of the city of Seattle!!! Huh? Can someone explain to me why the city wants to penalize the small business owner (which by the way, employs over 75% of the work force) and the customer for shopping in the dowtown area? Do we not have enough vacant leases already? Why should I renew our lease in our two downtown locations if you make... 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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Please continue to fund SHARE.

I totally disagree with this letter. It actually sounds like it was submitted by someone with impaired perceptions. We have hosted SHARE at Christ Episcopal Church for several years. It has been a very successful relationship - and I feel proud that I can be a part of a program that helps provide shelter to those without. I wish we had the facilities to do more.

Please do not consider denying funds to this group.... more »

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