The State of the City Budget

By Chris Kissel April 27, 2010


The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is holding an open house on the viaduct and seawall replacement tonight. (This summer, WSDOT plans to dismantle the southernmost portion of the viaduct.) Their plans have come under fire from critics, including the People's Waterfront Coalition, who say WSDOT failed to adequately consider the risks of building the tunnel portal in Pioneer Square.

WSDOT managers will field questions and present exhibits from a hearing last week at the open house.

Tonight at 6 pm at Madison Middle School (3429 45th Avenue SW).

Just down the street in South Park, there's a community meeting on the planned June 30 closure of the South Park Bridge.

Tonight from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Machinists Hall (9125 15th Place S.)


Joan Fitzgerald, an expert in green urbanism and author of Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development, is giving a lecture tomorrow evening at Town Hall.

Fitzgerald, a professor at Northeastern University and director of the Law, Policy and Society Program, lays out her ideas for creating low-carbon cities while stimulating economic growth. In her book, she mentions Seattle as an example of efficient development—a point she'll mostly likely expand on tomorrow night.

Tomorrow at 7:30, at Town Hall (119 Eighth Avenue). Tickets are $5.

Tomorrow's Full Calendar:

Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby, returning from a year-long deployment as commander of the multinational force in Iraq, will talk about the state of government-building in Iraq, and the mechanics of reducing the number of U.S. forces stationed there.

Wednesday at 7:30, at Town Hall (119 Eighth Avenue). Tickets are $5.

The City Council's Budget and Finance Committee Public, chaired by Council Member Jean Godden, is holding a joint public meeting with Mayor Mike McGinn tomorrow on the state of the city budget, which will have to be cut $15 million this year due to lower-than-expected revenues. McGinn has had some harsh things to say about the council's budgeting process in the past, accusing them of not understanding how budgets work, among other things. Should make for an interesting show. Wednesday night, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, at the New Holly Gathering Center (7054 32nd Avenue S.).

The Mayor's Office of Film and Music is holding its monthly happy hour event—a networking opportunity for Seattle's musicians and cineastes. Tomorrow at the Spitfire (2219 4th Avenue), from 5 to 7 pm.
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