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City Council Candidate Questionaire Responses

Candidate:

Dan Strauss

Do you believe that programs like P-Patch, which add to the quality of life and environment of Seattle and should be encouraged by the City to nourish?

Yes

If elected how you will support the P-Patch community gardening program?

Above all, I will make sure that the program is fully funded. I will also use my relationships in the city to ensure the Department of Neighborhoods is supporting the work and provides a dedicated pot of money for P-patch renovation and upkeep. I will also work with the city to create a fund for P-Patches across the city at risk of development. The P-patches are immensely valuable community resources, and they need to be protected.

Would you support a study of the public and private needs of the P-Patch Program including addressing the future displacement of P-Patches due to development? 

Would you support allocating resources to implement recommendations?

Yes

Yes

What would you do to resolve the immediate threat to Ballard P-Patch?

I will use my community contacts to help identify grants, assist with fundraising, and work with the city to create a matching fund that would benefit Ballard P-Patch and other P-Patches around the city. Whether it’s a revolving loan program or direct funding, we need to address what is going on in Ballard right now, and we have to support P-patches throughout Seattle. I’ve already worked to get events space at the Elks Lodge for Ballard P-Patch, and I will work to make sure they secure the funding they need.

Do you support requiring the Park District to pass administration of P-Patch Rejuvenation Funds to the Department of Neighborhoods and the P-Patch Program? 

Yes

Do you support continuing to house the P-Patch community gardening program in the Department of Neighborhoods, which values community building and requires community participation in decisions that affect the P-Patch?

Yes

District 3. Do you agree that resources and city-owned land near the Republican and Immaculate P-Patches should be made available to save those P-Patches when they are displaced by development? 

Yes

District 4.  Do you agree that resources and city-owned land near Shiga’s garden P-Patch in the University District should be made available to save that P-Patch when it is displaced by development?

District 6.  Do you agree that the city should financially support Ballard P-Patch gardeners in their quest to raise 1.8 million dollars by year end 2020 to save the Ballard P-Patch from development into four luxury homes? 

Yes

District 7.  Do you agree that city-owned land near the UpGarden, currently on top of Mercer Garage, should be made available to save the UpGarden when it is displaced by either redevelopment or parking needs at Mercer Garage?

 Comments: 

The Ballard P-Patch is an integral community resource which creates locally sourced options at Ballard Farmers Market and provides thousands of pounds of food a year to the Ballard Food Bank. We need to financially support it with a grant or a loan, and whatever actions we take for this P-patch needs to be replicated with other communities in our city. The City should contribute to saving it, and I will help do so if elected.