Last month the Vera Project asked the county for extra funding to help with the remodeling of a new venue while still maintaining their high level of programming. Before the County can give them the money, though, they need to hear from Vera supporters just how great the all-ages venue is for our community. So if you have something good to say about Vera (and who doesn’t?) say it tonight at the public testimony at the King County Council Chambers. Everyone is welcome to speak including band members who appreciate having a place to play, Vera volunteers, show goers, and parents who are happy their kids have a safe place to hang out. Testimony starts at 7 pm (though you have to sign up early to speak, around 6 pm), and the Chambers are located at 3rd and James, 10th floor. If you’re unable to attend, they’re also accepting electronic testimony here.
Shannon Stewart has this to say about it:
Hi there everyone. Tonight is the LAST PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING for King
County and is our last chance to ask for support to build our new venue.
Other hearings have been held in other districts but tonight's takes place
on our home turf and we need to turn out in droves.
Here is the info:
Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.
King County Council Chambers, King County Courthouse (10th Floor)
516 3rd Avenue (On the corner of Third and James)
You have to get there a little early to sign up and speak (Get there at 6:00
to sign up to speak and then you can take a break and come back around
7:00-7:30ish). I think each person is given about 2 minutes. Some things
the County Council wants to know from us are:
1) The positive impact Vera has had on you and on the community
2) Where our volunteers and participants are coming from (so say where you
live when you begin speaking)
3) That we have served over 17,000 people in the last year of programs
4) The sort of skills people acquire at Vera and what they go on to do
5) That there support will help Vera acquire a long term stable home
Thanks in advance!