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Rationale? The rationale is that the city budget is caving in on all sides. Property tax and sales tax are both in the dumper. This is just the beginning.

Posted by Fnarf | October 28, 2008 3:03 PM

The Council's priorities crack me up. Eliminate Office of Economic Development. Elminate Office of Sustainability. Retain Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Cuz, you know... projects like this are an essential public service - "Working in an experimental and collaborative style, the artist will create a comical and poignant feature-length film exploring interpersonal male dynamics and the round-about machinations men sometimes go through."

Posted by Lionel Hutz | October 28, 2008 3:11 PM

Wanna balance the City budget? Zero out every South Lake Union/Hallivulcan line item.

Problem solved.

Posted by Mr. X | October 28, 2008 3:17 PM

Isn't South Lake Union going to zero itself out when the last biotech firm turns its lights out?

Posted by Fnarf | October 28, 2008 3:27 PM

Mike Mann is doing a great job. I can't believe Council would cut this department. Seriously. OSE very responsive to the community - more so than some Council members.

Posted by what? | October 28, 2008 3:30 PM

#1 gets it ...

And this is the first year of a severe and real recession/depression. Over the next three cycles city spending must decrease by 40 per cent, my estimate, and King county will go into bankrupcy.


Food banks and shelters are the highest priority... the rest can be re invented later.

The building boom at all levels fueled the boom, all down by half and almost no small projects. Each of the downtown real estate sales in the millions generated gushing millions, real cash, excise tax.

Much maligned developers are not much in the game anymore.

Cities and towns and counties beyond Seattle will go into bankrupcy, King county may be there sooner than some.

Sultan has no money to pay its small police force.


Posted by Jack | October 28, 2008 3:51 PM

This has to be the biggest bunch of whining I have ever seen. I think history has shown that environmental causes get pushed to the back burner when money is tight and this time it is going to be much worse. I should know, I work in the environmental field and it is often tied to building

Posted by someguy | October 28, 2008 4:08 PM

@3 for the insightful totally correct win.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 28, 2008 4:26 PM

And "OSE" is what, now? Office of Sustainable Everything?

Posted by RonK, Seattle | October 28, 2008 6:06 PM

$192.9 million for the Mercer Street non-fix? NIX IT!

Posted by Hey Wait | October 28, 2008 6:40 PM


the arts lobby is the strongest in the city

people starve in the cold - but art projects reign supreme - many millions and millions

Posted by Larry | October 29, 2008 6:20 AM

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