Tag: Parks

Urban Politics #258: Surveillance Cameras In Parks

June 10th, 2008

Monday June 9th, the City Council took two votes on placing surveillance cameras in three parks for a trial period of no more than 21 months.

Council Bill 116226 authorized the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to install them and released $850,000 to do so and the second Council Bill 116225, restricted DPR to a pilot program and set up policies by ordinance for the use and installation of such cameras.

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Urban Politics #88: City Parks Fall Levy

June 4th, 2000

On Wednesday, June 8 there is a City Council Public Hearing on the Pro-Parks Proposal for a $223 million voter-approved levy to implement Neighborhood Plan recommendations for parks and open space.

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Urban Politics #85: Pro Parks 2000 Recommendations

April 3rd, 2000

The Pro Parks 2000 Citizen Committee’s preliminary proposal for funding Seattle neighborhood park, recreation and open space projects will be presented at six workshops (the first was tonight).

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Urban Politics #83: A New Aquarium On The Waterfront

February 27th, 2000

The Parks Department working with the Seattle Aquarium Society (SEAS) is proposing to demolish the present Aquarium and replace it with a new one. Building permits would be issued next year and construction would begin in 2002. The present 68,000 sq. ft. facility would be replaced by one ranging in size from 155,000 to 200,000 sq. ft. Preliminary schematic designs are scheduled to be provided to the City Council in mid-March.

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Urban Politics #72: Proposed City Budget For 2000

October 3rd, 1999

The City operates on a 2 year (Biennium) Budget. The main portion of the two-year budget (1999 & 2000) was prepared last fall. This fall the City makes adjustments to the budget for the year 2000. The Mayor presents his proposed budget adjustments to the City Council (which he did on 9/27/99) and then the City Council must pass a final budget by November 29th.

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Urban Politics #63: Announcing UP Index On The Web

May 13th, 1999

For those of you who want to track issues that I have been writing about in Urban Politics, we now have a UP subject index posted on the web. There’s a link to it here. All of the past issues of UP are listed with the exception of UP #1, which probably less than 200 people received. This was my first attempt (in September 1996) at communicating with citizens through the internet and it may not even labeled as UP Issue #1. It dealt the City’s transfer of the Freeway Park Garage to the Washington State Convention Center. If anyone has a copy of it, please let me know. I’d like to add it to our index. Thank you.

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Urban Politics #32: Emancipation Ball

April 5th, 1998

As part of an effort to provide more entertainment opportunities for Seattle s youth, a number of City Council Members have been looking at making adjustments to existing ordinances regulating teen dances and postering, or providing more venues for teen activities and communicating information regarding the youth music scene.

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Urban Politics #29: The Nickel Nutcraker

March 15th, 1998

A nickel can’t buy much these days, if ever it could. But you add a lot of them together and you got yourself some real pocket change. And if you add it to a 10 cent charge you’ve got a 50% increase. The City Council will probably vote this Monday which nut this additional nickel will crack, the citizen procurer of public documents or the departments which provide those documents. Passed out of the Finance and Budget Committee last week, an ordinance (Council Bill 112068) will increase copying costs at all city departments from the current rate of 25 cents for the first page and a dime thereafter to a flat 15 cents per page. A memo from the City Clerk explains the reason for the change.

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