Laurelhurst Community Club
Serving 2800 Households and Businesses in
Councilmember Jan Drago, Chair
City Council Budget Committee
Members of the
Attention: Theresa Dunbar, Clerk
RE: Funding for DON Senior Staffing of Major Institutions
Chair Drago and Members of the
The Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees urges you to restore funding for the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) senior staffing of the major institution citizen advisory committees. Funding for this staffing was eliminated in the last budget cycle—we believe, without a full evaluation of the impacts of the cut. We understand the budgetary shortfalls and the challenges facing the city at the current time, but restoring funding for DON senior staffing of major institutions is critical to ensure successful implementation of adopted master plans—key to the economic vitality of the City.
Senior DON staffing is a vital part
of major institution advisory committees.
Experienced DON staff promote compromise, increase understanding of
complex issues, and foster a healthy working relationship between the major
Our community council provides representatives to the City University Community Advisory Committee (CUCAC) and the Children’s Hospital Standing Advisory Committee. Both committees have benefited from DON staffing. Without this staffing the effectiveness of the advisory committees has been reduced and issues have surfaced. Since the funding cut, CUCAC no longer meets monthly to address issues related to the implementation of the recently approved master plan. The recent riots in University Park and the lack of the University’s willingness to work cooperatively with its neighbors on a policy to discourage party houses demonstrates the need for better communications and the expertise provided by senior DON staffing of CUCAC.
We urge you to restore funding for DON senior staffing of our major institution citizen advisory committees.
Jeannie Hale, President
206-525-5135 / fax 206-525-9631