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Budgeting with Lorena // Tunnel 99 // Booktoberfest is here!

Budgeting with Lorena

The Seattle City Council’s budget deliberations are in full swing! Mayor Jenny A. Durkan delivered her 2019-2020 proposed budget to the Seattle City Council on September 24, 2018. I remain committed to sharing with my constituents accessible information about the City Council’s budget deliberations and my budget priorities.

To that end, we hope you have been watching our “Budgeting with Lorena” videos to help walk you through the most pressing items proposed in the City of Seattle’s 2019-2020 budget.

And in case you missed last week’s episode, you can watch it here!

Please continue to submit your budget questions. 

Episode 3 will be out next week!

ICYMI: #REALIGN99 Tunnel Changes

Many Seattle residents and workers have been anticipating the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. While originally slated to close in October 2018, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) recently announced that the closure will now occur on January 11, 2019. This closure will be one the longest major highway closures to ever hit the Puget Sound Region and Seattle in particular.

Now is a great time to begin planning for this closure and avoid contributing to the anticipated gridlock. Here is how you can think about changing your commute patterns:

  • Shift your travel time to avoid the busiest times on the roadway
  • Bike or walk to work or school
  • Start or join a carpool, vanpool or vanshare
  • Start a telecommute program for employees
  • Use transit, particularly light rail and the King County Water Taxi
  • Stay off the road: work from home, postpone discretionary trips, take time off

Be prepared for your new route when the closure ends and the new tunnel opens.

If you need access to this information in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese or Somali, click here!

Seattle Public Library Booktoberfest is Here!

How is it October already?! To kick off the month of all things spooky, our Seattle librarians are returning to your favorite bars and pubs for Booktoberfest, an SPL annual celebration of books, beer and good cheer. Join them for bookish happy hours, librarian-hosted trivia nights, spooky stories in bars and libraries, a Northwest literary survival kit, karaoke, vampire movies and more!

View the Booktoberfest calendar here!

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