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The Reader – Revenue forecast allows us to hire 20 new police officers

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Revenue forecast allows us to hire 20 new police officers
It is a regular part of the budget process each year that we provide to Council an update in early November on our revenue projections. The last two years, we have all held our breath waiting for these updates, worrying we would have to identify more cuts. Fortunately, things are a little different this year. The revenue forecast predicts we will collect an additional $1.9 million in revenue. We are proposing to hire 20 new police officers in our 2013-14 budget. That increases the force by 10 officers in 2013, and an additional 10 on top of that in 2014, by using the additional funds. This would bring the Seattle Police Department’s total sworn officers to 1,320 in 2014, up from 1,300 in 2012. These additional positions will allow SPD to continue meeting or exceeding the outcomes in the Neighborhood Policing Plan, and help continue the emphasis patrols launched in 2012 in response to violent crime.

You can watch KING5’s coverage below.

High-capacity transit planning on Eastlake
Seattle’s Transit Master Plan, adopted by City Council in April 2012, identifies five priority corridors for high-capacity transit evaluation: two center city corridors, downtown to Ballard via Westlake, downtown to the Central Area via Madison, downtown to Roosevelt and the University District via Eastlake. We’ve been able to fund, through grants and Mayor McGinn’s proposed budget, planning money for each of these corridors.

However, as reported on Seattle Transit Blog and The Stranger, the City Council is considering delaying the planning funds for the Eastlake corridor. The Transit Master Plan shows that corridor would carry up to 25,000 riders, similar to the number that would ride rail from Ballard to downtown via South Lake Union.

First Hill Streetcar Line’s Broadway Extension
Tuesday, we announced that the City of Seattle has secured funding to plan and design the First Hill Streetcar line’s Broadway Extension. With $850,000 in federal funds secured and another $900,000 pending final approval, the City will have sufficient funds to fully design a half mile line extension sought by the Capitol Hill community. The project would extend the line into Broadway’s retail core and better support its residents by moving the terminus from Denny Way to Roy Street or beyond.

Mayor McGinn, SDOT Director Peter Hahn and Jerry Traunfeld of Poppy restaurant

“This is good news for expanding transit in Seattle,” said Mayor McGinn. “The community did a great job detailing why this extension helps better support the neighborhood. I want to thank community stakeholders and city staff for working to make this possible, winning these two grants to plan for extending the First Hill Streetcar on north Broadway.”

Seattle’s winter storm preparedness efforts
Today Mayor McGinn encouraged residents to begin making annual preparations for the possibility of winter weather-related emergencies and updated the public on how the City is preparing for winter storms. He also described efforts the City is taking to help support storm recovery on the East Coast.

“Whether it’s heavy rain, snow and ice, or strong winds, winter weather can cause significant disruption to our lives and our economy. Now is the time to start to prepare for storms, and the City is here to help support the public as they get ready for winter,” McGinn said.

Checklists for storm preparation are available at Tips for what to do when the power goes out are available at You can also help by clearing a storm drain near your home:

Several online tools are available to the public to help them track storms and their impact on City services: Rainwatch, Snowwatch, Windwatch, City Light’s Outage Map, and Seattle Department of Transportation’s Winter Weather Response Map.

Upcoming events (for more see
Nov 3, 12:00 p.m. – View Ridge neighborhood town hall with Mayor McGinn, Seattle Musical Theater (7120 62nd Ave NE)

Nov 5, 6:30 p.m. – Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) Class, Delridge Branch Library (5423 Delridge Way SW)

Nov 7, 5:30 p.m. – Seattle Bicycle Master Plan Public Meeting, Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall (600 4th Ave)

Nov 8, 7:00 p.m. – Safe Communities East Precinct meeting, Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave E)

Video highlights (for more see

City and neighborhood collaboration on First Hill Streetcar Loyal Heights Town Hall Recap
Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets grant Food Action Plan overview

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill