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From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
Announcing plans for new Ship Canal crossing and new University District to South Lake Union transit corridor
Mayor McGinn announced Wednesday that he has proposed funding to advance plans to study a new crossing of the Ship Canal and a high capacity transit corridor from downtown to the University District via South Lake Union and Eastlake. The City Council had previously approved funding to begin study of the University District to South Lake Union corridor project in 2014. McGinn is proposing in a supplemental budget request to advance that study to this year and begin the Ship Canal Crossing study this year in order to help ensure both projects can be eligible for competitive federal grants and other funding sources.
“These two projects are essential to connecting more of our neighborhoods with better transit, including rail,” McGinn said. “A new crossing of the Ship Canal can significantly improve transit service, provide people who walk and bike a better alternative to congestion on our existing bridges, and create space for freight. The University District to South Lake Union project can also help bring rail to one of our most heavily used transit corridors, supporting future growth in jobs and housing.”
Update on Fourth of July fireworks in Seattle
Mayor McGinn issued the following statement Tuesday:
“A fireworks show on the Fourth of July is a civic tradition. I, like many Seattle residents, was disappointed to learn last week that there would not be fireworks this year at Gas Works Park. That’s why I am delighted to announce that we are working with Seafair and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to craft a new and sustainable plan for Fourth of July fireworks in Seattle. I am optimistic that we will indeed have fireworks this year in our city. I thank Seafair and the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce for their commitment to Seattle and for their leadership. We will announce more details soon.”
Chief Diaz announces his retirement, interim chief appointed
Seattle Police Chief John Diaz announced his retirement Monday after 36 years in law enforcement, 33 of those years as a member of the Seattle Police Department.
Assistant Chief Jim Pugel of the Criminal Investigations Bureau will be the acting Interim Chief upon Chief Diaz’s departure at the end of May.
“After 36 years in policing, I look forward personally and professionally to retirement. Now is the right time. Crime in Seattle is down 11 percent compared with four years ago; the Department is in the midst of developing and implementing innovative programs that will help us face the challenges of 21st century policing; and we have built a solid foundation and are on a strong path to reform that will restore community trust and confidence in our Department. I can’t think of a better time to pass this responsibility to a new Chief, nor can I think of a more capable person to hand it to than Jim Pugel,” said John Diaz.
High School Teens invited to citywide Teen Summit
The Seattle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and its 2013 Delta GEMS are gearing up for its 5th Annual Teen Summit.
In partnership with the Mayor’s Office and Seattle Parks & Recreation, this year’s event is entitled “Keep It 100” and will include a combination of fun activities, guest speakers, and discussions of hot topics impacting teens in our community.
The Teen Summit will take place Saturday, April 20th from 10am-3pm at Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S. Myrtle St, Seattle, WA.
The summit is free and lunch will be provided. For additional information, contact email@example.com.
Upcoming events (for more see http://seattle.gov/mayor/Engage/access.htm):
April 11, 2:00 p.m. – Rental Registration & Inspection Ordinance Stakeholder Meeting, Seattle Municipal Tower Room 4050 (700 5th Ave)
April 11, 6:00 p.m. – Ballard Neighborhood Greenway Open House, Ballard High School Lunchroom (1418 NW 65th St)
April 13, 12:00 p.m. – Youth Town Hall, Seattle City Hall (601 5th Ave)
April 20, 11:00 a.m. – iMatter Now Earth Day March for Youth and Children, Victor Steinbrueck Park (2001 Western Ave)
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