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Crime prevention coordinators face layoffs

October 19th, 2010 by master

Unless the budget changes, three of the seven crime prevention coordinators in Seattle will lose their jobs. As for the remaining four coordinators, including the one serving the U-District, no one is sure if they’ll be forced to cut back on their hours or cover larger areas to fill the holes.

Crime prevention coordinators, civilian employees in the Seattle Police Department, work directly with residents doing everything from setting up block watches to going door to door to warn about recent crimes. They’d been part of the police budget up until last October, when the positions then became paid for with federal grant money that runs out in the spring.

With the help of the nonprofit Common Language Project and communications students at the University of Washington, we take a closer look at what the loss of these coordinators could mean to our neighborhoods.

Continue reading “Crime Prevention Coordinators Face the Budget Axe”.

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Ravenna Park wading pool hit by budget cuts

September 27th, 2010 by master

The Ravenna Park wading pool is once again set to be closed next summer under the mayor’s proposed 2011-2012 budget announced today.  To see more on the mayor’s proposed budget, click here.  

The City Council will now dive into the proposed budget.  One of three public hearings will be held this Wednesday (9/29) at 5:30pm at the Northgate Community Center gym at 10510 5th Ave NE.  The Council has also set up a web page where you can submit ideas to balance the budget and vote on other suggestions.  You can find that page here.

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City budget hearing set for North Seattle, vote for your favorite ideas

September 9th, 2010 by master

As the City Council dives into the 2011-2012 budget, they’re once again asking for the public’s input.  One of three public hearings will be held at the Northgate Community Center gym at 10510 5th Ave NE.  It takes place Wednesday, September 29 starting at 5:30pm (please arrive by 5pm to sign up to speak). 

In the meantime, the Council has set up a web page where you can submit ideas to balance the budget and vote on other suggestions.  You can find that page here.

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North Seattle residents rally to save parks programs

May 5th, 2010 by master

North Seattle residents turned out in force during last night’s city budget hearing at North Seattle Community College. They voiced their concerns about budget cuts that could impact parks programs, community centers and pools, including the nearby Ravenna Pool, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, and Laurelhurst Community Center.

A loud crowd full of different organizations packed the cafeteria to plead their cases to Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council. City officials are calling for a 3 percent cut across the Parks system, but insist there is no list detailing which parks, community centers, or pools might actually be impacted. Groups from Queen Anne, Ballard, Magnolia, and Greenwood were on hand to support their local programs.

“I’m here for the community center because it’s so important,” said Queen Anne resident Rebecca Fink. “These kids are doing homework together, playing together, bonding. It gives the kids a place to go.”

The mayor and City Council were clearly moved by some of the stories they heard last night.

“We don’t have a specific proposal from Parks, but this discussion is very helpful to let us know what is important to you,” Mayor McGinn told the crowd.

The Parks department will come up with its suggested budget changes over the next several weeks before presenting them to the mayor. Three more public hearings are set for September and October.

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