From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013
More funding for road safety projects
Mayor McGinn announced a proposal for $3.25 million in transportation investments made possible by additional savings from the Spokane Street viaduct project. These investments include pavement maintenance and bicycle safety improvements on East Marginal Way in SoDo, improvements to Lower Spokane Street, a cycle track on the Westlake Avenue corridor on the west side of Lake Union, pedestrian projects, and funding for transit-oriented design near light rail stations.
Last month McGinn announced $11.75 million in transportation investments resulting from savings on the Spokane Street Viaduct project. Those savings occurred because of cost savings due to a favorable bidding climate and strong management of this $163 million project. Today’s funding comes from additional project savings, bringing the total savings to $15 million.
“We have heard from the public that they want safety improvements on our roads,” said McGinn. “These improvements will help protect safety for people on these busy corridors whether they’re in their cars and trucks, on foot, or on a bicycle.”
The $3.25 million in funding is proposed for projects outlined here.
Panel discussion on coal trains this Saturday
Dan Jaffe, a University of Washington chemist and air pollution expert, and Mayor McGinn will lead a discussion of the economic, environmental, health and safety impacts of an additional 18 trains passing through Seattle en route to the proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham.
Please join us this Saturday, May 18th at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Avenue West), starting at 12:15 p.m.
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Mayor announces $500k investment in arts education
Mayor McGinn announced that the city of Seattle will deepen their partnership with the school district to invest in arts education.
Investment dollars will ensure that every student in the Central Pathway of Seattle Public Schools receive a minimum of two hours per week of arts education programming, as well as support the purchase of instruments and other art supplies for classrooms. The Central Pathway, which consists of schools in and around Seattle’s Central District, was chosen due to strong existing partnerships with community-based arts education organizations. The eventual goal of the program is to expand the program each year until all students at Seattle Public Schools receive two hours per week of arts education programming by 2020.
This investment was made possible by higher than expected admission tax revenue, primarily due to the new cultural facilities Chihuly Garden & Glass at Seattle Center and the Great Wheel on the waterfront. City bylaws require that 75 percent of admissions tax funding be dedicated to arts-related programming, allowing the city to invest $500k in arts education programs over the next two years.
Bringing the Portland Loo to Seattle
There will be a public meeting tonight to share details about our work to tackle the challenging issue of public restroom access in our city. There is an ongoing need in many neighborhoods for safe, accessible public restroom facilities. One neighborhood in particular has been active and vocal about the need for this service – Pioneer Square.
To address the need, City departments partnered with the Alliance for Pioneer Square to map current publicly accessible restrooms and identified a big gap in the middle of the neighborhood where the need is greatest. We analyzed several alternatives and concluded the best option was the regionally famous Portland Loo, which is designed specifically for the needs of urban neighborhoods. The west end of the Sinking Ship Garage was identified by neighborhood stakeholders and City staff as the preferred location. Much progress has been made – SDOT traffic has approved the site, Seattle Public Utilities has located water and waste water infrastructure nearby and the Pioneer Square Preservation Board is supportive of the Loo facility and the proposed location. Most importantly, we have identified non-City sources of funding for both installation and maintenance of the facility.
Read more here.
Upcoming events (for more see http://seattle.gov/mayor/Engage/access.htm):
May 15, 6:00 p.m. – Genesee CSO Reduction Project drop-in meeting, 4800 Lake Washington Blvd S
May 16, 7:00 p.m. – Parks Legacy Plan Draft Report Public Meeting, Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave S)
May 17, 4:00 p.m. – Volunteer Park Play Area Renovation Celebration, Volunteer Park (1247 15th Ave E)
May 18, 12:15 p.m. – Coal train impacts in your neighborhood: a panel discussion, Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W)
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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill