We’ll be starting the election forum at 6pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. You can follow it live here or on Twitter:
CHSLive : School Board pos 5 up first Cullen wisely opting to read her into statement
CHSLive : apparently tonight there is a wickedly irritating end of time buzzer
CDNLive : Joanna Cullen – motivated to run by recent school closures. Andre Helmstetter -daught went to tt minor, wants stronger school leaders
CHSLive : 1st quest: how would you help schools get fed money?
CHSLive : Helmstetter: need to get schools into compliance
CHSLive : Bass : We’re going after all funds already
CDNLive : Mary Bass:we’re already going after all of the federal funds. Have to make sure it reaches the right students, provide accountability
CHSLive : Smith-Blum keyword ‘fail’ District is failing
CHSLive : Q2: how to make sure kids can attend walking distance schools?
CHSLive : Helmstetter: key is to make sure all schools are high quality
CDNLive : Andre: some schools have more money and better programs than others. Have to make sure everyones school is one they want to attend
CHSLive : Bass: have to be concerned about equality in this
CHSLive : Smith-Blum: believer in neighborhood scools but need to reallocate resources to create insanely great schools
CHSLive : Cullen: I wouldn’t close TT Minor. High quality in every neighborhood
CHSLive : q3 what’s biggest barrier to quality? Bass: private vs public interest
CDNLive : Q: what is the biggest hurdle to great schools?
CHSLive : Cullen: the lack of community engagement. Private and public partnerships are 1 key to success
CDNLive : Andre: need common sense decisions, like controversial math curriculum. Need to communicate better with community about what works
CHSLive : kaplan: holding Seattle Econ back? Missed opportunities lost to suburbs
CHSLive : Licata: strong school system attracts strong businesses. Transit. Quality of life = strong Seattle econ
CHSLive : Bagshaw wearing power teal, Plants a biz casual suit, Bloom khaki and polo, Tobin looks like my boss if I had a boss
CDNLive : Tobin: more lighting, more youth activity,……. Plants: police aren’t the only answer. More funding for youth programs.
CDNLive : Bloom: need better realtionships with police and citizens, less punative, after school programs, not new jail
CDNLive : Q: what is your biggest strength? Worked with lots of groups, unions, helped first housing levy
CHSLive : biggest strength? Plants says his millitary experience, Tobin has organized ‘tons’ Off stage, Israel sez 1st time she’s seen Tobin
CHSLive : Bagshaw: I keep my mouth shut and I listen. Neighborhood plans should be built from ground, not top down
CDNLive : Q: what is the best way to unite people to solve problems? Bagshaw: listen. Tobin: bring people together … Plants: honesty is key
CHSLive : Tobin just punted on answer midsentence. Having a bit of a panic. “I’m having tough time here”
CHSLive : q about alcohol impact area program. Bagshaw sez she was told before forum that the AIA is working. Tobin sez to expand to city
CHSLive : Plants says AIA isn’t enough. Need better treatment programs
CHSLive : Bloom; AIA doesn’t address the problem. Underlying social issues need solutions
CDNLive : Plants- need to give people someplace to stay. Expand capacity of drunk tank. Bloom: doesN’t work, only moves the problem.
CDNLive : Q: plastic bag tax? Tobin, plants, bloom: yes. Bagshaw: no
CHSLive : Rusty Williams is madly in love w Seattle
CDNLive : Next up: council position 8 – mike obrien, rusty Williams, Bobby forch, David miller, Jordan royer, Robert rosen-crantz
CHSLive : Forch lives at 26 and Cherry. Home turf!
CHSLive : Royer touts his part in creating AIA
CHSLive : Rosencrantz: wants to be the ‘iron will’ on the council
CDNLive : Royer: focus on the basic services: safety, paving, etc
CDNLive : Forch: jobs is biggest focus. Brought office of Econ development to city
CHSLive : Forch: holds up his SDOT program as a model for efficiency. Hmmmm
CDNLive : Obrien: have city govmt make good investments in transportation, affordable housing. No downtown tunnel! Be smart with money
CHSLive : O’Brien makes first tunnel ref of the night. 2points!
CHSLive : Williams: Seattle is already the most beautiful city in the world. We need to preserve that environment
CHSLive : miller wants Seattle to be the epicenter of the next economic revolution – green jobs
CDNLive : Royer: environment crucial. Storm water runoff needs to be handled. Save Puget sound.
CDNLive : Obrien: want to lead in quality of life, where people can lead meaningful lives
CDNLive : Q: support council districts?
CHSLive : Forch: in favor of a hybrid district solution for city council
CDNLive : Miller: hybrid: 5 districts, plus 4 at-large seats, need some responsive to neighborhoods. Also: important to suck up to moderators
CDNLive : Rosencrantz: likes at-large, bug jobs. Also: grew up in cd
CDNLive : Rusty the R: “good argument either way”
CDNLive : Q: permanent locations for tent city? Y y y y n n . Q: cd/chs geography? All fail. Miller worst, forch (resident!) 2nd worst
CDNLive : Next up: mayoral candidates. Proving hard to wrangle them to the stage
CDNLive : An enthusiastic nickels supporter just handed him a contribution envelope on stage
CHSLive : mayoral candidates take their sweet time
CDNLive : Candidates: Mike McGinn, James Donaldson, Greg Nickels, Joe Mallahan, Wyking Garrett, Jan Drago
CHSLive : fashion: McGinn relaxed bike rumpled collared shirt per usual, Donaldson looking tiki biz casual, Nickels sporting red tie, tennies
CDNLive : Wyking: from the cd, wants to change the status quo. Wants to invest in community-based institutions to solve youth violence
CHSLive : Mallahan sports slacks and tie, Garrett goes biz cas sans tie but w prominent belt clipped comm device, Drago in casino carpet jacket
CHSLive : Sigler in power pink
CDNLive : Norman Zigler just joined too –
CDNLive : Q: what about townhouses?
CHSLive : McGinn on loss of neighborhood character. Need affordable housing but need to build great neighborhoods too
CDNLive : Donaldson: need to give communities a say in development. Need to continue o grow, must still house them
CHSLive : Nickels: key is good design. Growth can’t overwhelm a neighborhood
CDNLive : Mallahan: density should be well-planned, transit-based. Too much in southlake. Regulatios cause bad designs
CDNLive : Wyking: need development to reflect community values, not displace. Choice, not force. Don’t let developers drive it
CHSLive : applause o meter: Nickels, Garrett going head to head
CDNLive : Drago: focus density along arterials and in downtown. Single family neighorhoods should have veto on their areas.
CDNLive : Sigler: density should be everywhere. Focus on aesthetics, services, building communities
CHSLive : Sigler says towhomes r ugly. Add services to build community and improve design
CDNLive : Q: ideal approach to gang viol? Sigler: proved services to help families, reading, think of gangs as people, let gangs be reg biz
CDNLive : Drago: wants pilot program for ceasefire & intervention. Wyking: exp with positive youth development. Should be at old colman school.
CDNLive : Mallahan: agrees with wyking. Mayor cut outreach, missed youth that aren’t in school. End self-hatred. Increase police.
CHSLive : Nickels: Seattle is a safe city. But we haven’t seen reduction in youth violence
CDNLive : Nickels: target youth violence. Give kids hope. Intervene in their lives. Recent deaths “just wrong”. Overall safe city though.
CHSLive : donaldson: just about every day this summer there has been a murder, shooting, stabbing, etc
CDNLive : Donaldson: the city is getting less safe. Need more role models, reading. Mcginn: education essential. Increase job opportunities
CDNLive : Q: Tunnel? Donaldson: Will work with it, but concerned about capacity, design. Not sure people will walk or take bus in rain.
CDNLive : Nickels: need to replace viaduct, reconnect city to the bay.
CDNLive : Mallahan : money is there, make sure it comes on time and under budget.
CDNLive : Wyking: not most cost effective. Make sure infrastructure supports other problems like youth violence via jobs.
CDNLive : Sigler: not going to stand in way. Viaduct has to come down. More trains and transit too.
CDNLive : Mcginn: ineffective, too expensive. $930 million from city is too much.
CDNLive : Q: how will you help schools? Nickels: likes superintendent.
CDNLive : mallahan: more community based schooling.Doesn’t want mayor to take over.Wyking: peace academies to solve youth violence. No closings
CDNLive : Drago: bring whole community into the solution. Leverage fed money for headstart. Sigler: need higher expectations, creativity.
CHSLive : McGinn looking into mayoral resposibility for school district performance
CDNLive : Mcginn: would like to look at mayor taking over, drive accountability. Priorities wrong via a via tunnel.
CDNLive : Donaldson: city out of touch with schools. Need to promote literacy via libraries.
CDNLive : Q: new jail? N n maybe n n n
CDNLive : Forum over! Thumbs worn out!
CHSLive : that’s a wrap btw thanks for tuning in. Next up for mayorz, music cmty mtg Tuesday night