Apparently these three open houses were mentioned by the Seattle Times over the weekend, neighborhood blogs, KIRO TV amd radio, KING TV and KOMO TV. Not to leave out Don Ward of Seattle Weekly, who also talked them up:
Fifty staff members from City Hall, Police and Fire Departments, Metro and Seattle City Light stood idly around for 90 minutes, confering in small groups and glancing at watches while individual residents meekly made their circuit around the community center gym. The scene was somewhat reminiscent of a career fair at high school.
Mayor Nickels – assuming the politician-listening-to-constituents-stance – chatted amicably with all the citizens (as well as a trio of kids going to swimming practice at nearby Green Lake Pool) and solemnly ruminated afterwards about understanding their concerns regarding garbage service and clearing roadways.
Angry columnists and talk radio hosts blew their tops at Mayor Greg Nickels and the city’s response to Snowpacolypse 2008. In response to their response, the mayor and others attended meeting throughout the city to take your feedback.
SEATTLE – Mayor Greg Nickels invites Seattle residents to talk with him, department heads and city staff about their winter-storm experiences. The input is being gathered as part of a citywide performance review of emergency snow operations.
Three meetings are planned and residents are invited to attend any or all:
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Green Lake Community Center,
7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N.
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Garfield Community Center,
2323 E. Cherry St.
Thursday, Jan. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Southwest Community Center,
2801 S.W. Thistle St.
The sessions will offer residents an informal opportunity to talk one-on-one with the mayor and meet with staff from transportation, utilities and other departments.
From what I’ve been told, a grand total of fifteen people showed up to the first event at the Green Lake Community Center. Maybe Seattle folks are just passive-aggressive, and are taking it out on our mayor by ignoring him. Or maybe Seattle folks aren’t really all that pissed off.