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The Reader – Gun Free Zone reaches goal of 100 businesses recruited

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Gun Free Zone reaches goal of 100 businesses recruited
Today Mayor McGinn and Washington CeaseFire President Ralph Fascitelli gathered at the Big Picture Theatre to announce that over 100 local businesses have signed up to be part of the recently launched Gun Free Zone program.

“This program has become a national model for how to change the conversation on gun violence,” said Fascitelli. “We’ve gotten calls from cities, counties and even other states asking for advice on how to implement their own Gun Free Zone programs. With Mayor McGinn’s support, this creative initiative is gaining national momentum and attention.”

Since the Gun Free Zone program launched in late August, businesses have been signing up at a rate of nearly one per day. A full list of businesses can be found at

“This really shows the strength of our local business community here in Seattle,” said McGinn. “They are standing up together for what they believe in. Thank you to these businesses for partnering with Washington CeaseFire to change the culture of gun violence in our city.”

“We at the Big Picture are proud to partner with the mayor’s office and Washington Ceasefire in reducing gun violence. We believe the Gun Free Zone is an innovative and important front line program for businesses of all types to help stop the violence in our community” said Mark Stern, Co-Founder of the Big Picture Theatre.

City to invest in upgrades to cultural facilities
Mayor McGinn announced new investments in cultural facilities for Seattle organizations. A total of $250,000 will be distributed to 13 cultural and arts organizations to support projects such as elevator upgrades, seating risers, new stages and electrical systems. An additional $155,000 will be used for upgrades to the historic Moore and Egyptian Theaters.

“These investments will help our cultural institutions remain a vital part of our neighborhoods,” said Mayor McGinn. “Upgrading aging facilities can help these institutions focus on maintaining their programs and bringing arts and culture to the people.”

Councilmember Nick Licata added, “I’m pleased to see the Office of Arts and Culture join the County and the State in addressing these capital needs. By investing in arts-related bricks and mortar, we create sustainable jobs and increase economic activity in Seattle that benefits our entire region.”

The cultural facilities program, piloted in 2012, supports Seattle-based arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with one-time funding for facility renovations or the completion of the final phase of new facilities. After a successful pilot year in 2012 in which $150,000 was distributed, Mayor McGinn and the City Council increased the allocation to $250,000.

Seattle Public Utilities to go carbon neutral by 2015
This week, Mayor McGinn issued an executive order directing Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to work to become carbon neutral by 2015. Seattle City Light has been carbon neutral since 2005, leading the way for our other utilities and agencies.

Our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are critical given the dramatic impacts we can expect from unchecked climate change. It is also important because this type of commitment spurs creativity and innovation as we devise ways to transition towards low-carbon energy sources.

Seattle’s Cedar River Masonry Pool Dam

SPU emits greenhouse gases as part of its delivery of essential utility services. The vast majority of the Utility’s emissions are from the fleet of heavy trucks it operates to service the infrastructure it maintains and from the treatment of water that is delivered to 1.4 million people in the region. To achieve climate neutrality, SPU plans follow the model established by Seattle City Light which achieves neutrality through conservation, renewable energy use and carbon offsets.

Supporting our innovative life sciences sector
Over the past year the mayor’s office, Seattle Fire Department, Department of Planning and Development and the Office of Economic Development have been working with leaders in the life sciences sector to determine how the City can better support the needs of this rapidly growing industry. In our conversations with them, we heard that changes to the City’s Fire and Building Code, as they relate to hazardous materials, would help the industry to grow and further develop in Seattle.

We have worked through the complexities of the code, and thanks to our work together we’ve been successful in adopting changes that will become effective in 2013.

Upcoming events (for more see
Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. (5:00 sign up) – City Council Budget Public Hearing, Garfield High School Commons (400 23rd Ave)

Oct 25, 6:15 p.m. – Department of Neighborhoods 25th Anniversary Celebration, Museum of History and Industry (860 Terry Ave N)

Oct 26, 9:00 a.m. – Plant for the Planet Academy Seattle, Jane Addams K-8 School and MLK Elementary

Oct 27, 2:30 p.m. – Maple Leaf Reservoir Celebration, Maple Leaf Reservoir Park (1020 NE 82nd St)

What we’re reading:
Editorial: Center City Initiative has potential to improve downtown safety

Sustainable Seattle: City wants to recycle excess data center energy to heat up buildings

City looks at making up for federal cuts

Mayors Argue To Cut Fossil Fuel Stock, But Skeptic Urges Softer Approach

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Comment from Paul T
Time October 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm

This whole gun free zone thing is bumming me out. Everyone is signing up, so I always have to leave my guns in the car or at home. And it’s very hard to hold up a liquor store using only your finger. The last couple store owners didn’t even pay me the respect of calling the cops. They just laughed at me. I wanted to go get baked to take my mind off things, but it was a drug- free neighborhood. Uh!

Comment from CyndiL
Time November 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm

What good does a “gun free zone” do? Only the law abiding citizens will obey that…if you’re lucky. Others will buy a concealed weapons permit and carry anyway. While some might boycott the gun-free zone businesses.
One thing I do know for sure…criminals and thugs pay no mind to these laws. They do what suits them at the time.