City of Seattle
District 6

Who’s funding the District 6 candidates' campaigns?

With voter's pamphlets circulating the Ballard News-Tribune thought our readers would be curious to see who’s funding our District 6 candidates’ campaigns as they race for the City Council seat.

The City’s Ethics and Election Commission enforces, interprets and administers the Seattle Ethics Code for elections. Candidates must report their campaign contributions and expenditures as well as their financial condition. The full campaign financial disclosure report can be found at

By far the leader in funding is the incumbent, Councilmember Mike O’Brien. So far he has raised $57,384. 26 percent of the amount is coming from District 6; 20 percent from District 3; 14 percent from outside city limits; and 13 percent from District 7. The rest of the amount has come from all parts of the city or an address was not declared. O’Brien did not report personally funding his own campaign. Furthermore, individual donors make up the bulk of O’Brien’s campaign amounting to 76 percent of the contributions totaling $43,225.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation improves Bergen Place landscaping

This summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation will provide landscape improvements at Bergen Place Park located in the heart of the Ballard on the triangular site between Leary Avenue, 22nd Avenue NW, and Market Street.

The goal of the planting maintenance and renovation work is to increase visibility from Leary Avenue, replace plants that are at the end of their life cycle, and discourage rodents from using the park planting beds.

This renovation work begins in mid-July 2015 with the removal of the hedge next to Leary Avenue. Seattle Parks and Recreation coordinated the hedge removal with pest control efforts and shared the plans with “The Friends of Bergen Place.” Planting of new plants will take place in the fall of 2015.

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Shaping Seattle: Buildings

Today, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) unveiled its newest online map application, Shaping Seattle: Buildings. The map provides the locations and detailed information on active Seattle development projects that require Design Review.

“Our new map is an interactive opportunity to learn more about what is being built in Seattle, and in your neighborhood,” says Mayor Ed Murray. “It is a great step forward in keeping communities more informed and involved in shaping the growth of our city.”

Whether it’s in your neighborhood or somewhere else, this mobile-friendly map encourages all users to comment on proposed projects. This fosters a more transparent Design Review process that values public outreach.

DPD also wants users to give feedback on the map itself, and how it can be improved in the future. This map improves access to the Design Review process and offers a foundation for including other enhanced features in the near future.

Users of the map can view/download each project’s design specifics, illustrations, permit statuses and upcoming community meetings.

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