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The Reader – Emphasizing pothole repairs

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Emphasizing pothole repairs after winter storm
In the wake of last week’s winter storm, the City of Seattle is focusing on roadway repairs. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has deployed four Pothole Rangers crews to address potholes created by the recent freezing weather.

“Freezing weather and heavy precipitation mean that we’re seeing more potholes. We’ve added dollars to respond to pothole repair requests,” said Mayor McGinn.

These efforts build on work done in 2011 to address potholes and street repairs. SDOT crews filled 25,110 potholes in 2011, two and a half times the number filled in 2010. With the start of the new year, the department has $9 million available to address street surface repairs including potholes. Approximately $8.5 million of this is dedicated to arterial streets.

You can report potholes by calling 206-684-ROAD (7623) or by visiting Or track pothole requests by visiting the City’s pothole map at

Join us at City Hall for Saturday’s Open House
Saturday’s agenda will include tours of the Mayor’s Office and City Council Offices, a Q&A session with Mayor McGinn, workshops on the legislative process and interpreting credit reports, tabling by City departments and the City Attorney’s Office, live music, a farmer’s market, and more.

Download this poster to help spread the word. We hope to see you there!

School attendance is improving — and the Harlem Globetrotters are coming to celebrate
Preliminary data suggest the Be Here. Get There. attendance campaign launched in September by Mayor McGinn and Seattle Public Schools is producing results. According to the data, the rate of students missing school at its lowest level in five years.

There’s still a lot of work to do, and our campaign is continuing with new incentives. For the entire month of January, the school with the best attendance record will receive a visit from a Harlem Globetrotter and an assembly for the entire school. Additionally, each high school will receive a prize pack with four Harlem Globetrotters tickets and a free large pizza donated by Papa Murphy’s to raffle off in the month of January.

Incentives help, but we know that many families need a greater level of assistance to address problems affecting school attendance. The renewed Families and Education Levy will help by directing services to help students get to school and succeed.

Read more about those investments and our attendance campaign.

Welcoming CityU to Seattle
This week CityU of Seattle, a not-for-profit university, announced it is moving its headquarters from Bellevue to downtown Seattle, where they expect to have 200 employees and 3,500 students at the new Seattle campus.

“City University of Seattle will help enhance innovation and improve Seattle’s quality of life — two key elements of a city that can compete in the global economy,” said Mayor McGinn.

Talk arts education with mayor, youth, superintendent at Feb. 16 forum
Join Mayor McGinn, Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield and youth for a discussion about arts education, creative learning and student success at the 2012 Arts Education Forum, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium.

Bring your questions for the panel of students and policymakers and learn how the City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools are partnering to help ensure arts learning can be a part of a basic education for all students.

The forum will also launch a coordinated effort to create a comprehensive K-12 visual and performing arts plan for the school district, which recently received a grant from The Wallace Foundation to engage the community in developing a plan to provide greater arts education access citywide.

The forum is presented by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Arts Commission, and Seattle Public Schools. For more information about the forum go here.

Upcoming Events (for more see

Jan 28: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – City Hall Open House (601 5th Ave)

Jan 29: 12:00 p.m. – Community Budget Conference, Seattle Center Northwest Rooms (305 Harrison St)

Feb 1: 10:00 a.m. – Women and Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE) Wednesday Workshop, Seattle Municipal Tower Room 4050/4060 (700 5th Ave)

Feb 6: 5:30 p.m. – Mayor’s Town Hall, University Heights Center (5031 University Way)

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