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City Council Candidate Questionaire Responses

Candidate:

Mark Solomon

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?

While working as a Crime Prevention Coordinator in south Seattle for nearly the last 30 years, I have had the privilege of working with both the Beacon Food Forest near our home on Beacon Hill and the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland, applying my expertise in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) to conduct a public safety analysis at each site while also providing personal safety and security recommendations for those using the P-Patches. I believe that these green spaces play a crucial role in our neighborhoods, providing spaces for people to grow healthy food for themselves and others, for teaching the next generation, and for building strong communities as neighbors from all backgrounds work side-by-side. P-Patches are particularly important in the south end as they provide an opportunity for people of diverse cultures to grow dietary staples for themselves not often carried by our large grocers. Further, many in the southend are economically distressed and having the opportunity to grow their own food eases burdens of buying culturally appropriate staples. If elected to city council, I will work to ensure the P-Patch program is fully funded, incentivize developers to set aside open space for community gardens, and work with Seattle Parks to move displaced gardens to underutilized city lands where these P-Patches may be viable.

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 would use funds from the Sweetened Beverage Tax to bridge some of the funding gap and explore public/private partnerships to raise necessary funds to preserve the Ballard P-Patch.

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? 

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?

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