Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn wants to hear from you. On Tuesday, February 28th from 5 to 6 p.m. he will hold a Neighborhood Town Hall at Ballard Landmark (5433 Leary Ave NW.) The town hall is an effort to give people who live, work and/or play in Seattle to voice their concerns and offer feedback […]
Mayor Mike McGinn announced today that his upcoming 2012 proposed budget will allocate funds toward the maintenance and improvement of city-owned facilities, including a few in Ballard. “Even in a time of constrained revenue, we are making an extra effort to invest in existing community infrastructure and assets, such as senior and community centers, parks […]
Mayor Mike McGinn sent out this statement regarding the tragedy in Norway: “Our thoughts are with our neighbors in Ballard and across Seattle who have family and friends in Norway. It is hard to make sense out of violence like this, particularly when it is directed at children. We join our neighbors in Ballard, across […]
Mayor Mike McGinn and a panel of city officials held a Town Hall meeting at Ballard High School on Wednesday night. McGinn opened the forum with statements about the Ballard’s transportation issues, saying, “I know Ballard. All three of my kids have gone through Salmon Bay. I know what it means to travel to Ballard, […]
Preserving Seattle’s tree canopy is a goal of the city’s (Mayor Mike McGinn spoke about it here) that can sometimes be controversial. The city is actively looking for tree ambassadors. According to Jana of the city’s Office of Sustainability: Seattle’s urban forest needs your help! Seattle has a goal to reach 30% canopy cover by […]
Mayor Mike McGinn, city departments and community groups will be at Ballard High School (1416 NW 65th St) tonight for the Mayor’s Town Hall. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Meet and greet with city departments and local volunteer organizations will have tables set up to answer questions and offer volunteer opportunities. These Ballard orgs […]
Mayor Mike McGinn is holding a Town Hall at Ballard High School next Wednesday, April 6th to check in with the community on issues in the neighborhood. 5:30-6:30 pm: Tabling by City departments and community groups 6:30 pm: Performance by local youth performers 6:40-8:00 pm: Questions and answers with the Mayor and City staff The […]
Last fall Mayor Mike McGinn took a walking tour of Crown Hill. Along the way, residents brought up concerns and today the mayor responded to those concerns. “I appreciated the opportunity to listen and to have shared conversations on ways we can make improvements to Crown Hill ranging from pedestrian access and public safety,” the […]
Update 12:45: In today’s 2011 City of Seattle Budget Address, Mayor Mike McGinn has spelled out the finance proposal for next year. Under the proposal, the Ballard Community Center will run on reduced operating hours. The Mayor’s plan calls for drop-in hours to be reduced from 53 hours per week during the school year and […]
Mayor Mike McGinn is asking citizens what Seattle needs. In the “Ideas for Seattle” forum, people are allowed to submit ideas or vote on ideas submitted by others. Taking the top spot with more than 2,000 votes is “Expand as much light rail and subway as possible.” In second place with more than 1,500 votes […]
On Monday evening, May 3, more than 40 people gathered at Ballard High School to talk about violence prevention, improving education — both during and after school — and minority empowerment.
The event was a community caucus, one of 75 put on by Mayor Mike McGinn’s office in partnership with the League of Education Voters around the city since March.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn speaks to caucus participants at Ballard High School during a community caucus Monday evening.
Dawn Bennett and Kerry Cooley-Stroum, community organizers for the League of Education Voters, are heading up the caucuses.
“Disenfranchised communities, communities of color, he (McGinn) wants to hear from all,” said Bennett at the Ballard caucus. “He’s been focused on that and he’s also speaking to the whole. So he’s not taking one away from one and giving to the other.”
Participants of the community caucus at Ballard High School discuss key issues and solutions to issues that Seattle youth and family face today
Joe Olsen, father of a preschooler who attended the Ballard caucus, said: “I thought it was great to find out so many people were thinking the same thing. So many people have the same concerns. From what the facilitator said it’s pretty much the same throughout the city and that’s reassuring.”