City Council Candidate Questionaire Responses
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?
If elected how you will support the P-Patch community gardening program?
P-Patches are a great neighborhood resource for sustainable and organic agriculture. As a community and urban planner, I'm fully supportive of community-led resources that foster a spirit of engagement and community. I want to expand p-patches in the Rainier Valley and C-ID and help connect them with organizations like RBAC, ensuring we have a sizeable network of healthy foods and the training to maintain and nurture these urban treasures.
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?
What would you do to resolve the immediate threat to Ballard P-Patch?
It's frustrating to see the displacement of P-Patches due to speculative real estate. Part of my ideas to stem displacement is centered on community land trusts for public land to ensure that we're not selling our city owned land to the highest bidder. As far as the Ballard p-patch, I support their efforts to raise the funds and buy the land outright. We should be developing a community fund to eventually convert or move private land p-patches to public land. I'd also like to see a dedicated and expanded fund for the Department of Neighborhoods to better manage the gardens and develop a revenue mechanism to help sustain them.
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?
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?
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?
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?