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West Seattle Herald/White Center News Wednesday, September 10, 1997 7' in of to Prece- who Oper- tie Housing Authority to replace the current (High Point) library, doia- bling the capacity.'" Chow _added that the West Seattle and Southwest branches will receive additional renovations if the bond issue passes. Returnxng her questionnaire before the council vote last week, Noland expressed concern with the bond issue. "I will ensure that the library bond issue has sufficient resources for our branch libraries to assure modern services to all our residents before I ask the council to put it on the ballot," she said. Accessibility can be quickly addressed by extending branch hours, Greg Nickels said. "Branch libraries should be open at least six days per week," he rea- soned. "BY being open longer hours, there will be less pressure on the facilities." Many Westside social-ser- vlce agencies are facing fed- eral and state cuts. How will you step in to support such organizations? here None of the candidates see an easy fix for depleting state and the national funding of social-service and programs. "The city cannot step into the shoes of the state and federal gov- ernments without more of their dol- lars," replied Jane Noland. "As a and city, we must ensure that our ser- vices are efficient and coordinated so that they serve as many as possi- ble. We must provide emergency services and then focus on services that enable people to become, or stay, independent ..." Charlie Chong recommended a linking with other communities in an effort to maintain needed pro- grams. he high. OWn to n "We are going to have to join with other cities and lobby the state and federal government, because Seattle simply does not have the resources to fill the gap that these cuts will create," Chong said. Nickels also recommends "part- lighting, frequent garbage pickup and ~reet cleaning cost relatively little, but can make neighborhoods and commercial areas more attrac- tive for people and business," Chong said. Chow looks to promoting neigh- borhoods within the community as a means to tmproving economic via- bility. "Residents need to be encouraged to patronize neighborhood business- es such as the Junction," she said. "More collaboration with property owners, businesses, chambers and residents, along with government and financial institutions, will pro- duce needed revitalization." Noland says that volunteers involved in neighborhood-planning efforts may pave the way for the Junction. "Based on what neighborhood planning surveys show the commu- nities need, I would support yoOr efforts to make that happen -- the city's job is to keep the Junction safe, clean and accessible, with good transportation and parking and infrastructure," she said. Citing his managerial expertise, developing local improvement dis- tricts to spur economic develop- ment, Paul Schell commented, "We can do a lot to help neighborhood businesses beginning with cutting of red tape at City Hall." Addressing the economics side of the question, Nickels said the city can play a quiet, but crucial role in promoting the Junction "Business in a given area knows their market best, however, the city can play a supporting role in giving the Junction the tools to succeed and in bringing disparate property owners together," Nickels said. How will you ensure and increase open spaces and parks in Wdst Seattle? Paul Schell varied from the other candidates with this question, stat- ing that yes, open space is impor- tant, but: "Let's start by doing a bet- ter job of maintaining the parks we Herald endorses Greg Nickels Among the comparatively few problems that spit in Seattle's eye day in and day out, nothing com- pares to traffic congestion. It is a daily annoyance that hurts efficiency, wastes fuel, raises ire and poisons the environment. It's not a problem waiting for guidance from a president, senator or representative. It's a perfect issue for a mayor. Greg Nickels made transporta- tion the central theme of his cam- paign for mayor. He's not over- reaching about what a mayor can do by making promises about fix- ing health care, providing "afford- able" housing or boosting educa- tion. He's kept his campaign issues within a tighter, more- attainable realm. Nickels was instrumental in lay- ing the foundation for the Region- dinner time? Through her efforts on behalf of children, Cheryl Chow has often been labeled the education coun- cilmember. Education is also the basis for her mayoral campaign platform. "Education, kids and families continue to be my priorities," she said. "I'm proud of my accomplish- ments -- a family center and new community center in Delridge, late- night recreation at High Point, teen health clinics at West Seattle high schools, homework centers and par- ent-resource centers at libraries, job training, and summer jobs for youth, parenting support programs, day care and after-school programs." al Transit Authority. We all know we have to get out of our single- occupancy vehicles to reduce traf- fic congestion, but we need a rea- son to do so. A high-speed rail system is the ticket, and Nickels was the engineer at the throttle. Nickels' record proves he does- n't forget the Westside either. He's the one who provided funding for the West Seattle Crime Prevention Center and the White Center Police and Community Service Center. Everybody loved the Elliott Bay Water Taxi that ran experimental- ly this summer, but it was Nickels who ramrodded it into being and got much of the funding. We think Nickels will have the same dedication when it comes to the office of mayor, and therefore offer him our endorsement. alan -- through general fund and "I did not vote for the Mayor's grants to get the job done." Comp Plan," Noland said. "It did not reflect input from the communi- How would youensure pro- ty; it was contradictory and not grams, services lor working understandable. and single parents so their "The plan,.., should reflect the children aren't distracted community s id~as developed between the school bell and through neighborhood planning. This would not be 'Jane Noland's' Comp Plan, it would be Seattle's Comp Plan with input and buy-off from every neighborhood in the city," she added. Nickels didn't appreciate the way the plan was dictated to the public. "I was disappointed by the top- down planning approach to the city's Comprehensive Plan," Nick- els said. "The neighborhood plans must really come from the people who live there and not from city hall." Paul Schell concurred: "In my administration, neighborhoods will have a greater voice in their own destiny; public participants will not occur after plans are made." Charlie Chong responded simply: "As mayor, I do not have direct How would you encourage control over the schools, and I can- residents to bus, carpool or not force companies to provide day work closer to home? Do care for their workers, but I will yOU support th_e Elliott Bay Water Taxi and incentives to nerships" of a different sort for haveand protecting existing open work to keep our community cen- it agency survival, spaces, then adding as feasible." ters and libraries open ,for people to get people to use mass trail- "The city cannot come in and West Seattle's mayoral candi- use seven days a week. sit? fund programs now being cut by the dates who responded to the ques- Jane Noland envisions a partner- All of the candidates agreed that federal and state governments;" Nickels answered. "The city can and should form partnerships with agencies and funders to ensure'an adequate social safety net. We should also work to provide real tionnaire both cited their past efforts on behalf of preserving open spaces. "I have been a strong and effec- tive advocate for parks and green space," said Greg Nickels- economic opportunity to help peo- "Through my efforts, $70 million of pie transition from welfare to coun!y, funds have been invested in work." acqumng greenspace in the city of Schell said that his management skills will help these agencies through tough times. "While city government alone cannot compensate for federal and state cuts, it can develop a coherent program of human and health ser- vices that protects the vulnerable," he said. "As mayor, I'il bring com- munities, including business, together to provide support, and I'll manage city resources to make them more effective." Cheryl Chow enlisted that she had planned for such shortfalls. "In anticipation of looming fund- Seattle over the last eight years. At the same time, the city has invested none of its own funds in acquiring green space." "I first became active in environ- mental issues with the preservation of the College Street Ravine, and I am committed to preserving green- belts and shorelines," said Charlie Chong. "We should continue to pur- chase private property, when open- space funds are available, and to adequately enforce the environmen- tally critical areas ordinance." Cheryl Chow pulled out her resume, ship between a variety of organiza- tions "Parks, schools and, at times, libraries and community centers must work together to ensure athlet- ics, arts/cultural and academic pro- grams after school for children," Noland said. "This includes after school child care as well." Greg Nickels said he supports the Families and Education Levy. "I will seek to create more posi- tive ways to keep kids busy and engaged in our community," he said. Scheil said that the city must focus on opportunities for children, so they have positive reinforcement. "Providing educational, recre- ational and social services now, especially for at-risk kids, will save families and society from having to pay later the high cost of high- school dropouts and criminal activi- ty," he said. is profit agencies could continue," she and Seola Beach along with smaller Charlie Chong, a longtime critic the Elliott Bay Water Taxi was a good idea, with Greg Nickels and Paul Scheil acknowledging their role in getting the project rolling. "I am the transportation candi- date," Greg Nickels states. "I have worked for the last decade to improve transportation for West Seattle. I put the public/private part- nership together for the Eiliott Bay Water Taxi demonstration project. It has been a resounding success and as mayor, I will establish a per- manent water-taxi service as an alternative to the West Seattle Bridge." Other ideas for improving traffic included the following: "West Seattle needs better bus service," says Charlie Chong. "The RTA will provide ~ome new routes, but will not fully serve West Seattle needs ... The city should provide more preferred parking for car- pools." ing cuts, I, as chair of the council's "As former chair of the Parks "It is important to promote con- HUman Services Committee, estab- committee, open-space purchases in What do you think of servation by utilizing transportation lished a $2 million Survival Ser- West Seattle increased dramatically Mayor Rice's Comprehen- alternatives like with water taxi and vices Fund to ensure that critical, with acquisition of greenbelts in sive Plan, and how would bicycles, living in walking distance basic services provided by our non- Duwamish Head, West Duwamishyou change it? of work and reducing number of trips with better planning," offered the parcels on Beach Drive and Me- Kwa-Mooks (north bluff)," she said. "One of my lasting achievements for the city is the construction of of urban villages, doesn't waver with his answer: "I think (Norm) Rice's Comprehensive Plan is flawed, based on wrong data and concepts. West Seattle will benefit five new community centers includ- when the city makes urban villages said. "I also led the charge to invest $6 million for Seattle's comprehen- sive Welfare to Work Program in light of the traumatic welfare reform." How will you encourage ing Delridge. I'm committed to optional." economic development m adding and preserving our public The other responding candidates the Junction? Do you think lands," she added, are critical of the plan, as well. that economics dictates Like Schell, Noland stresses Cheryl Chow said she would amend in neighborhood business sur- maintenance first, problem areas with the public. viral, or do you believe that "I will first maintain the parks "I would develop a policy plan the city should step in and and open space we have and ensure addendum to address key issues of help struggling business dis- that it, is safe, accessible and concern by working with West tricts? usable, ' Noland said. "Second, I Seattle leaders, business owners and Charlie Chong says that by will work with you to identify areas residents..." she said. addressing basic needs, neighbor- for park development and open- Jane Noland agreed that the corn- hood business districts can succeed, space acquisition, Third, I will work munity's wishes are missing from "Simple things such as sidewalk with you to develop a funding the Comprehensive Plan. Cheryl Chow "! support the RTA, much more public transportation and less for- mal systems like LINe (local fixed. routes/vans)," said Jane Noland. "I will encourage telecommuting, flex time and more carpooling, (and) new technology that tells us when our bus is coming or what route is less congested will also help." "The city's mayor must provid leadership on transportation," said Paul Schell. "My administration would provide education and incen- tives to encourage the use of mass transit, bicycle paths, pedestrian walkways, smaller buses, etc., by the public and by the city's work- force."