Sunday, March 25, 2018

Ask Dow Now! Veto to Send a Message


On March 19th the King County Council voted (6 - 3) to approve Ordinance #2018-0086 which negatively alters 4Culture. 4Culture has posted a letter to the public in response. 

This Monday, March 26th and Tuesday March 27th we ask you to contact King County Executive Dow Constantine and his Chief of Staff to ask him to veto Ordinance #2018-0086.

Although the Ordinance is “veto proof” because it was approved by 6 of the 9 Councilmembers, the Executive can send a strong message of disapproval to the Council by vetoing the ordinance. Additionally, he can positively impact the Task Force required by the Council, and he can join us in watching them closely to ensure they don’t alter 4Culture's transparent and public processes. 

There are several sample letters posted on our open public group on Facebook where your fellow advocates welcome you to use their posts for inspiration. Don’t feel the need to write a lot, personal yet brief will be appreciated. 

Dow Constantine:

kcexec@kingcounty.gov or (206) 263-9600

Chief of Staff, Rachel Smith
rachel.smith@kingcounty.gov or (206) 263-9628

We must stay alert and active. THANK YOU for all you have done and continue to do to advocate 4Culture - OUR cultural service agency in King County!

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

SPEAK UP! Your Voice, Your Vote!


This is it! This is the last time the King County Council will meet to discuss, hear public comments, and VOTE on the future of 4Culture. 

WHEN: Monday, March 19th at 1:30 PM
WHERE: King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave (10th Floor), Seattle 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Share this event - Encourage your friends and family who care about culture (isn’t that all of us?) to attend and write. 

ATTEND THIS EVENT - Advocate4Culture urges advocates to speak up and:

1. Tell the entire King County Council that you are opposed to Ordinance 2018-0086 and that you will not forget those who supported this detrimental effort come election time. 

2. Remind them all that you are an citizen and tax payer that will be watching THEM as this  ordinance is put into practice.

3. Thank Councilmembers Claudia Balduccci (District 6), Jeanne Kohl-Welles (District 4), and Joe McDermott (District 8) for supporting the integrity of 4Culture. Remind them that you will not forget their efforts come election time.

CAN'T ATTEND?:
You can convey these same points by contacting Councilmembers directly:

4Culture Supporters:
Claudia Balduccci   claudia.balducci@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1006
Jeanne Kohl-Welles   jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1004
Joe McDermott   joe.mcdermott@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1008

Ordinance Sponsors:
Rod Dembowski   rod.dembowski@kingcounty.gov    (206) 477-1001
Dave Upthegrove   dave.upthegrove@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1005
Reagan Dunn   reagan.dunn@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1009
Pete von Reichbauer   pete.vonreichbauer@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1007
Larry Gossett   larry.gossett@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1002
Kathy Lambert   kathy.lambert@kingcounty.gov    (206) 477-1003

Confused by Councilmember Gossett’s recent mass email? Read the facts.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

It Ain't Over Until....You Speak at a Public Hearing


If you missed the March 7th King County Council hearing about Ordinance #2018-0086 and several proposed amendments, The Stranger posted some of the (unfortunate) highlights. 

4Culture also posted a summary as provided by Council staff - you can read what was passed, including the amendments. 

SAVE THE DATE of March 19th at 1:30 PM, when this ordinance will be voted on by the full council. This will be an open public meeting where we WILL have an opportunity to voice our opposition. 

So many of you have asked us WHERE IS EXECUTIVE CONSTANTINE? We are wondering the same thing. 

Write to Dow and ask him to talk to his colleagues on the Council - this ordinance reduces his role in 4Culture as well. He knows that it is a power grab, and we know that he supports arts and culture in King County. 

CONTACT:

Dow Constantine:
kcexec@kingcounty.gov or (206) 263-9600

Chief of Staff, Rachel Smith
rachel.smith@kingcounty.gov or (206) 263-9628)

Thanks once again Advocates!
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Clock is Ticking...


The King County Council heard from you at the hearing on February 21st, and now they need to see you again on March 7th. It's incredibly important that advocates show up as the council discusses this ordinance and any amendments that are presented.

Attend this Critical Hearing!

Committee of the Whole

Wednesday, March 7th
9:30 AM
King County Council Chambers 10th floor
King County Courthouse (516 3rd Avenue)

What will happen: Witness - don’t let them work behind closed doors. Show up early - get a green scarf to represent you are against ordinance #2018-0086 and in favor of 4Culture’s independence.

Council staff have told us that councilmembers are negotiating right now. We need to act quickly to tell them once again what we expect - that 4Culture’s independence be preserved. Some councilmembers are still sadly misinformed and others are intentionally spreading false information. Write or call again:  


Urgent...Email of Call Council Members Now! Or Even Again!


Districts 8, 4, 6 + Executive Constantine:

Thank you for helping us! Don’t compromise 4Culture’s independence. We believe in you and your ability to turn this around.

Claudia Balduccci   claudia.balducci@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1006
Jeanne Kohl-Welles   jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1004
Joe McDermott   joe.mcdermott@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1008
Dow Constantine   kcexec@kingcounty.gov   (206) 263-9600

Districts 1. 2, 3, 5, 7, 9:

Be respectful - polite, but firm. I’m opposed to this ordinance you’ve sponsored. Arts and culture are important to me - and impact my life directly in the following way…and what you’re doing is harmful.

Please don’t undermine 4Culture’s independence. Change your vote to NO.

Rod Dembowski   rod.dembowski@kingcounty.gov    (206) 477-1001
Dave Upthegrove   dave.upthegrove@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1005
Reagan Dunn   reagan.dunn@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1009
Pete von Reichbauer   pete.vonreichbauer@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1007
Larry Gossett   larry.gossett@kingcounty.gov   (206) 477-1002
Kathy Lambert   kathy.lambert@kingcounty.gov    (206) 477-1003


Thank you Advocates!!
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Friday, February 23, 2018

ONWARD!


This past Wednesday, more than 100 advocates showed up to the King County Council hearing to show opposition to Ordinance #2018-0086. Your testimony was inspiring (check out the video recording) - you spoke about what 4Culture means to you and your community, how you have witnessed the transparent selection panels, participated on their committees, and utilized 4Culture as a resource and a model. 

Thank you!

We hope the Councilmembers heard you and are taking your messages to heart. So many of you spoke that the Councilmembers were left with no time for discussion and a vote. 

The next Committee of the Whole hearing will be on March 7th at 9:30 AM. There may or may not be an opportunity for public comment, but it is critically important that advocates show up to demonstrate that citizens are still engaged and just as opposed as ever, amendments or no amendments! 

WHERE IS DOW?
Why haven't we heard anything from our County Executive Dow Constantine and he needs to know that this power grab by the Council is inappropriate and unnecessary. We need to hear that he continues to support arts and culture in King County.

CALL TO ACTION:

1. CONTACT King County Executive Dow Constantine 
kcexec@kingcounty.gov or (206) 263-9600)

Ask him to Veto Ordinance #2018-0086; and 
Thank him for being a great supporter of arts and culture in our region; and remind him that the cultural community votes. Assure him that with his help now, the arts and culture community will support him in the future.


2. CONTACT Pete von Reichbauer of District 7 (South King County/Federal Way/Auburn) 

Tell him why and where you live, work, or visit in his district; and 
Ask him why he is sponsoring Ordinance #2018-0086 and urge him to vote against Ordinance #2018-0086


Thank you advocates. You are making a difference!
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Unite and Fight to Save 4Culture!

JOIN US! Please attend this critical public meeting to fight King County Ordinance #2018-0086 on Wednesday, February 21st at 9:30 a.m. Meet fellow advocates at the King County Council Chambers located on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse [516 3rd Avenue]

Advocates will be on hand to assist you when you arrive. You may choose to sign up to speak during the public comment period if you wish. You don't have to speak. Simply being there is powerful! Let's remind the King County Council that they work for US - not the other way around. We live, work, and VOTE in King County. Lets SHUT THIS ORDINANCE DOWN. 

Plan to arrive early. Parking is available in pay-lots, but can be expensive. Bus and Light Rail (Pioneer Square Station) are recommended. You will need to go through a security screening as you enter the building. Council Chambers are on the 10th Floor. The building and 10th floor are ADA accessible.

We look forward to seeing you there. All are welcome!

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

We Are Having An Impact. Don’t Let Up!

King County staff are counting the letters, emails, and calls they are receiving for and against Ordinance #2018-0086 which proposes devastating changes to 4Culture. We need to keep the pressure on so that they are overwhelmed by their constituents and community urging them to say NO to this ordinance. 

Let’s not waste our time on the councilmembers who are determined to yank control from the people (the hundreds of citizen volunteers who serve to guide 4Culture). They are stubbornly going to hold onto their ill-informed reasoning and deceitful commentary. We won’t change their minds with facts and logic now.

We must focus on select councilmembers and the King County Executive because they can and will make a difference in this fight. Let’s provide them facts and share our experiences as cultural workers (that’s you!) that 4Culture functions ethically and efficiently in services to the people of King County. 


CALL TO ACTION:
Contact our King County Executive Dow Constantine (kcexec@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-9600and:
  • Ask him to Veto Ordinance #2018-0086;
  • Thank him for being a great supporter of arts and culture in our region; and 
  • We vote. Assure him that with his help now, the arts and culture community will support him in the future. 

If you haven’t already contacted your Councilmember, NOW is the time (Find Your Councilmember). 
We believe the councilmembers who are sponsors of the Ordinance, yet are thoughtful and listening right now are Pete von Reichbauer (District 7) and Reagan Dunn (District 9). Do you live in South King County, or know other cultural advocates that do? Urge them to contact Councilmember von Reichbauer and Dunn. When you contact them:

  • Let them know where you live, work, or visit in their district 
  • Ask them why they are sponsoring Ordinance #2018-0086 
  • Urge them to vote against Ordinance #2018-0086

Here’s how to contact them:


Thank you advocates! 

Advocate4Culture is an independent group. The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of 4Culture or its employees.