The mayor does neighborhood walks monthly. April was Wallingford’s turn, and Nickels stopped to check out the FamilyWorks Food Bank!
Left: Mrs. Nickels, FamilyWorks Board Member Cathy Sanders, Mayor Nickels, and Food Bank Manager Ava Dowell with an Obama bag from our Yes We Can Campaign (note that Ava is wearing her Tarheels shirt)
We were at the Mayor’s State of the City address today. The good news: Metro ridership is up, library usage is at an all-time high, crimes are lower, and – just in case you want to be an extra – the number of permits for shooting films in Seattle is up too!
Still, the theme of today’s speech was definitely, “it’s not just the government’s responsibility, but all of ours.”
Mayor Nickels mentioned the city food banks briefly, talking about how he got the Council to agree to buy food in bulk.
He also mentioned an increase in funds for housing the homeless, which he’s hoping to see implemented this year, and says he will ask the voters to increase these funds again this November.
The Mayor also recognizes the problems of affordability and gentrification, syaing, “…if you work in Seattle, you should be able to live in Seattle – it’s that simple….”
Also of note: he’s starting a Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Campaign this summer – we’re hoping to join in and facilitate a youth violence prevention seminar at the Boys & Girls Club this summer (stay tuned!) – and the Mayor wants to reduce youth violence by 50%. We like that idea!
Other miscellaneous items from the State of the City Address:
- 419,000 pot holes have been filled since Nickels became mayor.
- The missing spots on the Burke-Gilman Trail will be constructed starting this summer.
- City of Music coming this summer to showcase local artists!
- No more styrofoam! (Here’s a shout-out to our friends at Foam-Free Seattle!)
We’ll not mention Nickelsville(s!), budget cuts, or other negative things. Oops, we just did. Shhh. We’ll end with a quote from the Mayor’s parting words: “Let us seize the moment to come together….”