Belltown Find It, Fix It Community Walk

Find It, Fix It Community WalkMayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leaders. The second walk of the year will be held in Belltown on Tuesday, June 28.

Belltown Find It, Fix It Community Walk
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Sign-in and refreshments provided by Starbucks from 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Program and walk from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Meet at the Belltown Community Center located at 5th Ave and Bell St (415 Bell St)

Schedule
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Sign-in and refreshments at Belltown Community Center


6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

  • Welcome remarks from Mayor Ed Murray


6:15 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.

  • Walk commences along the following route (map):
    • West on Bell St.
    • North on 2nd
    • West on Vine St.
    • East on Battery St.
    • West on Bell St.


7:25 pm – 7:30 p.m.

  • Walk concludes at Western Ave and Bell Street
  • City department representatives available for follow-up questions

 

Participants can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app on the walk. This smartphone app offers mobile users one more way to report selected issues to the City. Make sure to download the app before the walk.

In partnership with Cities of Service, the City will offer up to $5,000 in grants for community-led projects to each 2016 Find It, Fix It Walk neighborhood. The Belltown Community Project Grant Application is available on June 23 at www.seattle.gov/finditfixit until Friday, July 8. If you have an idea for a project in Belltown, apply today!

For more information on the Find It, Fix It Community Walks program, contact Laura Jenkins at 206.233.5166 or laura.jenkins@seattle.gov or visit www.seattle.gov/finditfixit.

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CSA Subscriptions Available from Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens

Seattle P-Patch Market GardensYou can receive up to 18 weeks of high quality, farm-fresh, organic produce when you subscribe to the Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens CSA (community-supported agriculture). Each week subscribers will receive up to 15 items of organic seasonal produce grown at the NewHolly and High Point Seattle Market Gardens, a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods program that helps to establish healthy communities and economic opportunity in low-income neighborhoods.

The cost ranges from $15 to $25 a week based on the size of the share with prorated shares available. Two of the pick-up locations are located at the gardens where subscribers can meet the immigrant farmers and visit the site.

The pick-up locations, dates, and times are:

Thursday evenings, now through October 13 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at:
High Point Market Garden (32nd Avenue SW and SW Juneau Street)
NewHolly Market Garden (42nd South and South Rockery Drive)

Saturdays, now through October 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at:
St. Andrews Episcopal Church (111 NE 80th Street)

Community members can subscribe now by completing and mailing an application (see form for address); or you can contact Michelle Jones at 206-372-6593 or Julie Bryan, P-Patch Garden Coordinator, at 206-684-0540.


Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program in collaboration with the Seattle Housing Authority and GROW to support low-income gardeners. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises.

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Mayor Murray Seeks New Members for Pioneer Square Preservation Board

Pioneer Square Postcard

Postcard collection (Record Series 9901-01), Seattle Municipal Archives

Mayor Edward Murray is seeking two new members to serve on the Pioneer Square Preservation Board in the following positions – attorney and Pioneer Square retail business owner. Individuals who have an interest in historic preservation and/or familiarity with Pioneer Square are encouraged to apply.

The 10-member Pioneer Square Preservation Board reviews facade alterations, signs, new construction, changes of use, and street improvements and makes recommendations to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Director for all properties within the Pioneer Square Preservation District. The board is composed of two district property owners, two architects and one of each of the following – retail business owner, attorney, historian/ architectural historian, human services representative, a young adult appointed through the Get Engaged Boards and Commissions program, and a member-at-large. All appointments are made by the Mayor and subject to City Council confirmation.

Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 9:00 a.m. In addition, board members may be asked to serve on an additional committee which meets twice a month. In general, board members must commit approximately 6 – 12 hours per month to Board business.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents, and Board members serve without compensation. Those interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and resume by Friday, July 8. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

Please email your letter and resume to: genna.nashem@seattle.gov
(reference the Pioneer Square Preservation Board in the subject line)

To submit a paper copy, please address:

Genna Nashem
Pioneer Square Preservation Board Coordinator
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

For more information, contact Genna Nashem at (206) 684-0227.


The Pioneer Square Preservation District is one of eight historic districts managed by the Historic Preservation Program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

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Join the Conversation on Housing Affordability & Livability

HALA Focus GroupIn the last five years, rents in Seattle have increased 35% and the homeless population is nearing 3,000.

“We are facing our worst housing affordability crisis in decades,” says Mayor Murray.“My vision is a city where people who work in Seattle can afford to live here.”

The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), is a set of strategies intended to address this crisis from all sides. The City is relying heavily on public input to take these strategies from ideas to practice and would love to hear from you.

The HALA Team has a cool online conversation called “Consider it” (https://hala.consider.it/) where you can weigh in alongside your neighbors and engage in dialogue around the City’s HALA proposals. When you go to the site, you’ll see a list of topics where you can view the proposals and read others’ comments. If you want to participate in the conversation, you’ll be prompted to create an easy log-in. The HALA team will be adding ideas to the site and looking for folks to return and check in as new topics are added. The City is committed to listening to the community and using the feedback it hears to shape the policies and practices of HALA.

This is civic engagement at work—join the conversation!

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Youth Tell the City How to Spend $700,000 of Public Funds

Youth Voice, Youth ChoiceMayor Ed Murray has announced the project winners of Youth Voice, Youth Choice, the City’s new Participatory Budgeting (PB) initiative in which youth decide how to spend $700,000 of the City’s budget. More than 3,000 youth ages 11-25 voted on 19 project proposals in May.

The seven winning projects are:

  • Houses for People Experiencing Homelessness
  • Youth Homeless Shelter Improvements
  • Job Readiness Workshops for Homeless Youth
  • Homeless Children and Youth Liaison Services
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Checkout
  • Park Bathroom Upgrades
  • Safe Routes to Schools

Thanks to the leadership of former Councilmember Nick Licata, we launched participatory budgeting to empower the youth of Seattle and to show them that their voice matters in shaping this city. Through this process, we learned that young people are concerned about the homelessness crisis gripping our city, as well as issues of equity and public safety. They want to help those who are suffering and to create safer streets for walking or biking.” – Mayor Ed Murray

The process started in January with several assemblies where the public brainstormed ideas for projects it would like to see in their communities. The 20 youth delegates turned those ideas into 19 concrete proposals with help from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and City staff. Now that the choices have been made, City staff and local agencies will implement the projects.

“We are thrilled to see that so many youth participated in this program,” said Kathy Nyland, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “Over 3,000 have spoken and we have heard them. It’s now up to us to implement these ideas so these projects become a reality.”

Participatory Budgeting is a civic engagement program in which community members decide how to spend a portion of a City’s budget. Seattle has joined Chicago, New York, Boston, and cities across the globe in using the process. Youth Voice, Youth Choice is managed by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

For more information, contact Jenny Frankl at 206-233-2044 or visit the Youth Voice, Youth Choice website.

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Tickets Available for GROW’s Chef in the Garden on July 14

Chef in the Garden eventEach summer, Tom Douglas Catering creates a fabulous al fresco meal in the Interbay P-Patch Plaza for Chef in the Garden. This annual event, which is limited to 100 diners, raises funds for GROW: the non-profit advocacy organization for community gardening in and near Seattle. Proceeds from the event are used to support community gardens, including subsidizing the plot fees for low-income gardeners in Seattle’s P-Patches and purchasing tools and seeds for their shared use.

This year’s Chef in the Garden will take place on Thursday, July 14 and, as usual, will feature locally sourced, garden-fresh ingredients and innovative flavor combinations.

Tom Douglas and Chef Alex Chan (who has worked with Tom since 2001, most recently as sous chef at the Dahlia Lounge and Lola) are developing the menu, and Alex will preside over the grill. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and passed hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m., and diners will be seated for a four-course meal at 7.

For tickets and more information go to: http://citg2016.brownpapertickets.com/.

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Want a P-Patch Community Garden Plot? We Have Openings!

Market GardenerInterested in growing your own organic vegetables while connecting with your neighbors? Our P-Patch community gardens are for you.

While very popular, there are times when we have openings or short waiting lists for plots in the gardens. There are presently openings at Picardo P-Patch in Wedgwood and Colman P-Patch in Madrona. If interested, contact Vanesa Gutierrez at 206.615.1787.  P-Patches with short waitlists include Hawkins in Central Area, Oxbow in Georgetown, NewHolly Youth and Family in NewHolly, Leo Street in Rainier View and Courtland Place in Mt. Baker. You can sign up for the interest list here.

There are 90 P-Patch community gardens located across the City. You can learn more about the program on our webpage.

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Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Former South Transfer Station

Former South Transfer Station

Photo courtesy of Beth Dodrill Consulting

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the former South Transfer Station (8100 2nd Ave S) on Wednesday, July 6 at 3:30pm in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Floor L2, Room L2-80 (Boards and Commissions Room).

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following mailing address by July 5 at 3pm:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review at the South Park Branch Library (8604 8th Ave S) and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor (206-684-0228). It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website, under the heading of Current Nominations.

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Seattle Votes Campaign Aims to Lower Barriers to Immigrant and Refugee Civic Engagement

Seattle Votes - Young Somali WomenIn April, the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) launched the Seattle Votes campaign to identify barriers to voting and civic engagement for Seattle’s immigrant and refugee residents. The campaign consists of an anonymous survey that will provide data for organizations, King County, and the City to better understand the civic needs of specific immigrant and refugee communities within Seattle.

“Immigrants and refugees are a vital thread in the fabric of Seattle, with one out of five residents foreign-born,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Often these communities face significant obstacles to gaining citizenship and participating in elections. Through Seattle Votes, we will gain community-level data to help us better serve these communities, creating more opportunity for refugees and immigrants to participate in our democracy.”

There has been a great response rate to the survey, but the City has a goal of reaching just under 1,700 more responses by June 17!

  • If you are an immigrant/refugee over the age of 18 living in King County, please take the survey. It takes about 6 minutes, and the results are completely anonymous.
  • If you have friends, family, and/or colleagues over the age of 18 who are immigrants/refugees living in King County, please share this blog post with them, and encourage them to complete a Seattle Votes online survey.

The Seattle Votes online survey has been translated into ten languages:

The City will publish the findings in an official report in August. The disaggregated results will help inform policies to improve naturalization, voter registration, and voting rates.

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Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of 1914-1920 Eastlake Ave E Building

1916-20 Eastlake Ave E

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the building at 1914-1920 Eastlake Avenue E on Wednesday, June 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Floor L2, Room L2-80 (Boards and Commissions Room).

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following mailing address by June 14 at 3:00 p.m.:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review at the Capitol Hill Branch Library (425 Harvard Ave E) and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor (206-684-0228). It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods webpage, seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/landmarks.htm, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

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