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The Mayor will present the 2009-2010 proposed budget to City Council on Monday, September 29, followed by a week of departmental presentations. On Wednesday, October 8 and Monday, October 27 the Budget Committee will take testimony from Seattle residents on topics including the Mayor’s proposed budget, proposed revenue sources, and several capital projects. Some email messages received between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. will be read aloud in Council Chambers, so send your comments to Jean.Godden@seattle.gov. All email messages are retained in a comment file included in the public record. The hearing start at 5:30, but sign-up begins at 5:00, if you would like to speak. Visit their site for detailed information.
Is your home computer safe? Are you plagued by viruses, pop-ups, and ugly email? There is a solution! The City of Seattle Community Technology Program, with assistance and expertise from the Office of Information Security, has put together a brochure which includes tips for protecting your computer and your security. View and print the brochure. [PDF]
Home Computer & Internet Security Workshops
Home Computer & Internet Security Workshops
Sound Off for Action Forum
"Brazil: Tech powerhouse, But Gap Remains" is an article published recently after CNet News' Ina Fried spent two weeks in Brazil and Colombia looking at the state of technology and digital inclusion. Read it here.
Free cable broadband Internet service is available for organizations providing technology training to community members. The free service is offered within the Seattle city limits, based on the City's cable franchise agreements with Comcast and Broadstripe (Millennium). For more information and to download a short form to make application, go to our tech web. If you have questions, email Derrick Hall or call (206) 233-5061.
To subscribe or unsubscribe to Brainstorm, please email us, and we'll add you to our email notification list, or subtract you per your request. If you have ideas for future stories, please let us know and we'll try to accommodate them. We encourage you to visit the City of Seattle's Community Tech pages, seattle.gov/tech.
Back issues of Brainstorm including techtips and linkage are now available in our online archives. Previous TechTips and Linkage are also available. Click to revisit all previous issues.
Pugetsoundoff.org, a new Seattle area web hub for those ages 13-21, was launched over Labor Day weekend at Bumbershoot. Puget Sound Off was created by youth for youth to blog about what matters, share videos, events, photos, and art, create groups of interest and post polls! A blog/video/music competition with prizes is kicking off the site.
Youth Council members and staff volunteered at the Puget Sound Off booth, distributing bracelets, postcards and posters promoting both the competition and web site. Hundreds of youth visited the booth to find out more about this great opportunity to showcase their talents and sound off where they'll be heard.
Puget Sound Off is a civic engagement, digital literacy, leadership and community building project sponsored in part by the City of Seattle with cable franchise fees. The Metrocenter YMCA is managing the Youth Council and the UW Center for Communications and Civic Engagement has been the third partner developing the program and contributing media literacy curriculum. The Seattle Times Newspapers in Education Program is co-sponsoring the Sound Off for Action competition. Additional support has come from One Economy. The site was built by Digital Aid on a Drupal open source content management platform.
Sound Off for Action Competition guidelines:
The Beehive’s Financial Coach provides resources and advice for people who are struggling in today's economy. Visitors to this section will find:
The Beehive is One Economy’s multilingual self-help web portal that provides resources and information about the things that matter most: health, money, education, jobs, and family.
The City of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods is celebrating 20 years of Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) projects with a series of events. Kicking off the celebrations is an event on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. The celebrations continue throughout Seattle, every Saturday through October 11, the date of their culminating celebration. Go to their web site for the dates and locations for all these fun events.
All of these events are free, open to everyone, child-friendly, and include food, music, free 20th Anniversary reusable bags, and scrap booking activities for NMF project participants. If you or someone you know has been involved with NMF projects, we encourage you to bring copies of your project photos, news clippings, stories, and other project-related memorabilia so you can create your own project scrapbook page. The events are an opportunity for people to reunite with old friends and meet new people in great community gathering spaces throughout Seattle.
For more information, call any Neighborhood Matching Fund project manager at (206) 684-0464.
Washington State University has announced the first grantees for the state Community Technology Opportunities Program (CTOP). The following 10 grantees will receive a total of $350,000: Literacy Source, A Community Learning Center; Neighborhood House; New Futures; Northwest Learning and Achievement Group; Save Our Country's Kids; Street Youth Ministries; Tacoma Goodwill Industries; Tincan; Yakima Interfaith Coalition; and Youthcare. Please visit their web site for more information about these innovative programs. CTOP received 35 complete grant applications requesting a total of $1.296 million and Washington State University used a five person external review committee to evaluate the proposals. The number of proposals demonstrates that there is greater need than the state funding enabled; this will be good information for the legislature and state government when it considers refunding the program.
The Community Technology Opportunity Program (CTOP) was created by an act of the 60th Washington State Legislature to support and advance Community Technology Programs that provide "digital inclusion" activities for Washington's under-served and low-income residents. One part of the CTOP is the creation of a grant program for organizations that provide hands-on technology access and training in serving residents of Washington. Awarded community technology projects must be completed by 15, 2009. Grants are awarded and administered by Washington State University Extension.
new cyber security mailing list
New Cyber Security Mailing List is now available. Sign up for this free newsletter with tips and stategies to stay safe. The City of Seattle's Office of Information Security (OIS) has set up a new computer security mailing list. They will post a periodic newsletter with cyber security tips and strategies to keep you safe on your work and home computers. They'll also send out notices of critical new threats and information on how to protect yourselves.
If you would like to sign up for this new service, please click on the link and then create a New User account.
MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Competition
Advanced Micro Devices
back to school
Heading back to school can be difficult for kids, but parents and other care givers may also be having some anxiety as well. Here are some links to help you through that first week of school and beyond.
Public School Emergency Communication System
Get Involved with Your Child’s Education