Got to have them "park rangers" to keep all the fancy parks in South Lake Union safe from non-millionaires ...
a clarification...The Mayor's proposed budget had a sidewalk development program of $1 million and a sidewalk repair program of $1.8 million. The Council budget is providing an overall increase to sidewalks of $1.5 million above the mayor's 2008 budget.
neighborhoods with sidewalks (the "Haves") get $1.8 million for upkeep...
while neighborhoods without sidewalks ("Have Nots") get $1 million for new sidewalks?
Glad to see the mayor and council comport with fundamental rules of power and wealth. Certainly Madison Park should have theirs repaired before Greenwood gets any!
Is there perhaps room in the budget to ban the group "311" from the city limits?
Aids 'pervention'...does that stop pervs with Aids from infecting others?
Oh UnPC, don't be such a drip. I live on Beacon Hill, and have sidewalks, but your house is probably worth more than mine.
What is it with people and sidewalks anyway? It's the only thing the south end (mostly) has that the north end (sometimes) doesn't. Why try to make it a class issue?
We have something like this here in SF that I think was designed to keep loonies from tying up 911. I'm not sure if it works, and I've never heard anyone suggest using it.
Google SMS on the other hand, rules, and pretty much serves all my phone information needs.
Glad to hear they are planning to start the Park Rangers. I have lived downtown for a dozen years and they have always been an in-your-face problem the whole time. Hopefully, this experiment will be successful.
Over half a mil for Park Rangers - unarmed, untrained (and probably otherwise unemployable) employees with City benefits.
Meanwhile, Seattle Police officers get ready to start their second year without a labor contract.
Gotta love Seattle. Every pol in the City shows up for every photo op they can get with a union organizer - but then look at how they treat the largest union in the City government.
Re the "311" controversy. Rather than go to all the trouble with the phone companies of setting up 311, why not just introduce 684-0311 as the City's main phone number for incoming requests? Calls should be answered first by the Citizens' Service Bureau, as many now are already.
684 is the City's main prefix, so 684-0311 should be a much cheaper way of channeling calls than would be the 311 proposal.
What happened to that trail around Lake Union? I haven't heard anything about it since the Mayor's announcement!
Why the hatred over the 311 service? It works great for NYC by providing a central point of contact for the various issues that plague the city and also allows issues to be centrally tracked, etc.
With that said, Perfect Voter's idea is a great one.
One of the great "champions" of the 311 phone system that you just trashed? Jean Godden, the useless council member that you endorsed, for reasons passing understanding. I guess you didn't think that was worth mentioning, though.
The demographer position may be boring to some, but it is my dream job. Yeah, I know I am lame.
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