“Winter is coming.” - Game of Thrones
by Michael Sarko
- The Capitol Hill Times -
Seattle City Council recently voted in favor of legislation that promotes what they call “socially responsible banking.” Council Bill 117845 adds language to the Seattle Municipal Code that requires the Director of the Department of Finance and Administrative Services to include social responsibility in the qualifying criteria for institutions acting as depository services for the city. According to the legislation, 15 percent of the total point value awarded through the FAS review system to financial institutions handling city money must follow socially responsible principles. These include demonstrated support for small businesses, community projects, home ownership, protection of current homeowners and the promotion of locally valuable products.
The next round of Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple grant awards are on the horizon. The grants, which provide up to $25,000 funding for neighborhood projects, involve an application process that includes attending at least one of three workshops available in the fall. The first workshop is on Wednesday, August 14 at 6 p.m. at the Northgate Community Center. The second workshop is at New Holly Gathering Hall on Aug. 22 and the third is at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center on Sept. 10.
The once and future Egyptian Theatre is looking for a new caretaker. The Seattle Community College District, which owns the building, has sent out an official Request for Proposal to any organization or coalition of organizations to take over the space recently vacated by Landmark Theatres. The RFP stipulates that the new operating party must use the building as an arts venue, either continuing its use as a theater or converting it to “mixed-arts space” while maintaining its historical character. The deadline for proposals is Sept. 17.