Urban Politics #38: Neighborhood Arts Conference

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By City Councilmember Nick Licata.

Urban Politics (UP) blends my insights and information on current public policy developments and personal experiences with the intent of helping citizens shape Seattle’s future.



  • Neighborhood Arts Conference
  • Association Of Washington Cities (Awc) On I-200
  • Burma Vote Results
  • Public Hearing On Parks Exclusion Ord.

Neighborhood Arts Conference

An opportunity for people interested in neighborhood arts to meet, organize and plan for a new funding opportunity!

Saturday, June 13, 1998, 9 AM to 1:30 PM

At the Miller Community Center: 330 19th Avenue East, phone 684-4756 – (enter off 19th Avenue East, just North of its 4-way stop intersection with E. Thomas Street)


9 to 9:15 Social

A chance to enjoy light refreshments and meet your arty neighbors. Get an idea of civic spending on the arts in Seattle by viewing graphic maps and displays.

9:15 to 9:30 Introduction

Introductory Comments by Nick Licata, Seattle City Council Chair of the Culture, Arts and Parks Committee.

9:30 to 10:30 Neighborhood Arts Panel

A panel discussion and audience question and answer session on successful neighborhood arts organizations and projects. Panel members include:

1. Barb Luecke of the Fremont Arts Council; 2. Edie Neeson of Arts West; 3. Kay Ogren of Arts Ballard; 4. Jeri Plumridge of South East Seattle Arts Council; 5. Steve Sneed of the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center; 6. Roger Valdez and Patrick Stark of the South Parks Arts Council.

10:30 to 10:45 Break

Opportunity to meet with other community leaders to discuss projects planned or in progress.

10:45 to 11:15 Workshop

Large Group Activity: The “Art-opoly” Game – Game board-like maps depict existing artworks, arts facilities and green spaces throughout the City. Participants add game pieces to the map to indicate neighborhood locations for additional artworks and arts facilities, providing a city-wide overview of neighborhood arts inventories and opportunities.

11:15 to 12:45 Small Group Activity

Attendees break into small neighborhood-specific working groups in order to define their art plans, estimate their programmatic and capital needs and discuss the formation of a possible neighborhood arts network.

12:45 to 1:30 Presentation

Summary of goals gleaned from the day’s accomplishments, ideas for funding neighborhood arts and a discussion of next steps to be taken.

Association Of Washington Cities (AWC) on I-200

Last week AWC’s Resolution Committee recommended that the state wide organization come out against Initiative 200, the anti-affirmative proposed law to be on this fall’s ballot. The AWC is not your typical liberal organization. Its membership is drawn mostly from smaller towns and suburban cities. Votes are not weighted by population. Each city gets one vote.

I placed our City’s motion to oppose I-200 before the AWC Committee and spoke to the crippling impact it would have on our City’s ability to continue its efforts to diversify our work force through affirmative action measures.

A number of other cities endorsed our position because they felt that I-200 was a top down mandate that would remove authority from their local governments. If this attitude is reflective of municipal leaders across the state, then there could be surprising opposition to this measure from traditional conservative areas of the state.

Meanwhile, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution this Monday also opposing I-200. It was sponsored by all of the Council Members.

Burma Vote Results

Last Tuesday, the Full Council took the vote on the proposed Burma Ordinance. All the men voted in favor of the ordinance which would have restrained our contracts with companies doing business in Burma, all of the women on the council opposed the ordinance. A resolution from Sue Donaldson condemning Burma, which was similar but much weaker than the former resolution that the City had passed 3 years ago, did pass with all the women plus Richard Conlin voting in favor of it.

Public Hearing On Parks Exclusion Ordinance

6:30 PM – Tuesday, June 16, 1998

Before the CAP Committee in the City Council Chambers, 11th Floor, 600 4th Avenue

What is it?

The ordinance authorizes “administrative suspension of park use by individuals who violate laws and rules in the parks.” (Ordinance #118607)

Why are we holding a hearing? To decide whether to allow the ordinance to stand as it is, to introduce amendments,or initiate an effort to repeal it. There are no amendments to the ordinance prepared at this time.

Options to be Discussed:

Amend Ordinance —

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the City Council to introduce amendments to this ordinance that would assure more fair enforcement. They insist that it’s up to a judge or jury to decide whether or not someone has violated a law or rule. This ordinance gives Seattle Police Officers, Parks Department staff, and Animal Control Officers the authority to banish someone from a park zone before anybody is found guilty of a crime.

Repeal Ordinance —

Homeless Advocates, some Community Councils, and some Parks Advocates have asked the City Council to repeal the law. They say that this law is being used to target homeless people. They ask how the City can justify excluding homeless people from city parks. Seattle shelters turn away approximately 1,200 people from shelters each night because of lack of space.

Retain Ordinance

Other people (including individuals, business owners, and some Community and Crime Prevention Councils) say leave the law on the books as it is. They say that the law is a useful tool to keep the parks free from activity that discourages the community as a whole from using the city parks.

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