Monthly Archives: February 2009
Politics Northwest | Gregoire asks that Legislature not put an end to DSHS | Seattle Times Newspaper Blog
Earlier, we published that the legislature is considering cutting DSHS in favor of 4 smaller organizations. Depending on the final outcome of the division, this could mean dealing with 4 agencies instead of one: one for children and family services, one for food stamps, one for Medicaid, one for mental health….. Frank Chopp also wants to break DSHS into smaller groups, but only 3 instead of 4. What do you think about these possible solutions to a budget crisis? Would increased efficiency at the government level decrease personal efficiency? Is there a way to have four separate organizations but only one visit to get all the applicable services? Gov. Gregoire is not in favor of ending DSHS, at least at this time.
What do you think? Should we raise taxes to prevent cuts of education? Or is there another way to balance the budget? If we have to make cuts, who should get cut first? Check out King 5’s story above.
Are you confused about which groups do what in Wallingford? You’re not alone. Thanks to our friends at Wallyhood Blog, we now have a handy little list of people in charge. Click on the links below to learn more about each, or check our BlogRoll to the right for more Wallingford links!
- Wallingford Chamber of Commerce: Presided over by Kara Ceriello of Not A Number, the chamber represents the business interests.
- Wallingford Community Council: One of the 23 community councils around the city, the WCC collects under the Lake District Council, which in turn collects under the Seattle City Council. Presided over by Mary Heim, it’s a quasi-governmental organization that deals primarily with land use and residential issues.
- Wallingford Neighborhood Office: An off-shoot of neighborhood planning process of the 1990’s, this a civic organization that seeks to build community within Wallingford by fostering communication and sponsoring events such as the Seafair Kiddie Parade and the Garden Home Tour. Ably led by Janet Stillman.
- Sustainable Wallingford: A hippie love fest of an organization (and we mean that in the kindest possible way), SW is “a group of neighbors and friends of Wallingford who meet every month to educate, participate, and celebrate.” They meet every second Saturday from 10 to noon at Mosaic Community Coffee House.