Mayor Murray seeks two new members for Landmark Preservation Board

Judge Ronald HouseMayor Edward Murray is looking for two new members to serve on the Landmark Preservation Board in the At-Large position and the Architect position.

The 12-member Landmark Preservation Board makes recommendations to the Seattle City Council for landmark designation and reviews all proposed physical alterations to designated features of landmark properties.

The Board is composed of two architects, two historians, one structural engineer, one representative each from the fields of real estate and finance, one member from the City Planning Commission, a Get Engaged member (a position for adults ages 18-29), and three members at-large. All appointments are made by the Mayor, subject to City Council confirmation.

Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:30 p.m. The Architect and Historian board members also serves on the Board’s Architectural Review Committee (ARC). In general, Board members must commit approximately 10 hours per month to Landmark 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 May 15, 2015. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible. Please email your letter and resume to: Erin.Doherty@seattle.gov (reference the Landmarks Preservation Board in the subject line).

To submit a paper copy, please address: Erin Doherty, Landmark Preservation Board Coordinator, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

For more information, contact Erin Doherty at (206) 684-0380.

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.

 

11th Anniversary of 206 Zulu: Celebration of Hip Hop Culture Happens this Weekend

A community event funded in part by our Neighborhood Matching Fund

Meeting of the Minds eventHip Hop legends and enthusiasts from around the country will gather in the Pacific Northwest, as 206 Zulu, Seattle’s Hip Hop and community non-profit organization, celebrates its 11th anniversary February 6-8, with an explosive three days of music, art, and dance.

The festivities kick-off Friday, February 6, with an appearance from acclaimed DJ, producer, rapper, and lecturer, 9th Wonder, credited with introducing the now common trend of producing unofficial remixes of entire albums; as well as music provided by some of 206 Zulu’s premier DJs, including Tecumseh, Gumbeaux & Cues; as well as performances from Romaro Franceswa, Jus Moni, and Dex Amora.

Saturday, February 7, will commence with the Meeting of the Minds event, a community forum featuring local organizers, community advocates, industry minds, and special guest and keynote speaker: 9th Wonder. Following the Meeting of the Minds will be the Zulu Throwdown Battle, spotlighting some of the region’s best b-boys and b-girls in heated 1 vs. 1 battles, as well as 1 vs. 1 all-styles battles, competing for cash prizes totaling $1000.

Ceremonies will conclude Sunday with the Community Green Dinner where Hip Hop meets environmental activism, presented by Pursuit of a Green Planet.

 

How will you Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day on February 14?

Neighbor Appreciation Day is coming up on Saturday, February 14.  Need ideas to celebrate?  Here are a few!

  1. Organize a neighborhood clean up. You can contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator for supplies.
  2. Host a potluck
  3. Go for a walk with your neighbor. Feet First and Seattle Department of Transportation have walking maps.
  4. Have a book exchange or clothing exchange
  5. Organize a SNAP meeting

For Neighborhood Appreciation Day events in your neighborhood, check our calendar at: http://www.seattle.gov/Neighborhoods/neighborday/

City of Seattle now Accepting Proposals to Neighborhood Park and Street Fund

John Stanford CrosswalkThe city of Seattle is accepting proposals to the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) which supports improvements to neighborhood parks and streets proposed by the community. The deadline for applications is February 9, 2015.

The NPSF can be used for projects valued up to $90,000. Examples of park projects include minor playground improvements, trail upgrades, natural area renovations, park benches and tables, and accessibility improvements. Examples of street projects include sidewalk repair, crossing improvements such as marked crosswalks, curb bulbs, and pedestrian countdown signals; and traffic calming, such as traffic circles and radar speed feedback signs. Awarded projects will be completed in 2016.

To learn more about the fund or to propose a project, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/npsf/default.htm. Any individual, neighborhood group, or business group is eligible and encouraged to apply.

For questions, contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods or Wendy Watson at 206-684-0719.

 

People’s Academy for Community Engagement’s (PACE) Seminar on Advocacy Rocks the House!

Shared Five Tools You Can Use to Fight for your Cause

PACE SeminarIn December, 25 brave souls came out on a dark and stormy night to learn about how to fight for their cause. The seminar “Democracy Needs You! Five Essential Advocacy Tools that will Shape Your World” was facilitated by professor and long-time community activist Nancy Amidei at the UW School of Social Work. She covered the basic functions of our three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, and gave effective advocacy tools. 

So what are the five tools to make your voice heard amongst our elected officials?  Here’s a quick recap if you weren’t able to make it*:

1)      Sign up for good “alerts”- Identify an advocacy group that works on issues you care most about and get on their legislative alerts in order to stay in the loop.

2)      Use the telephone or write to your elected officials about what you want them to do related to your issue. 

3)      Help others by making cards with websites, telephone numbers, and dates when legislature is in session for either local, state, or federal government.  Give them out to everyone you encounter and have them pledge to make one toll-free call or email every week the legislature is in session. 

4)      Advertise your issue.  Anytime you are around elected officials wear or carry something that identifies you with your issue or agency.

5)      Talk. Mention key bills, issues, and budget items at every opportunity.  Talk to anybody who will listen.  Get your key issues on other voters radar screens.

Want to attend future free seminars like this?  Contact Wendy Watson at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods about getting on our seminar notification list. wendy.watson@seattle.gov 

The People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) is a civic leadership development program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods that builds the skills of emerging community leaders. Applications for this fall’s 2015-16 program will begin this spring.

(*adapted from Nancy Amidei’s materials from the Civic Engagement Project)

 

 

 

Lots of Joy and Creativity at the 13th Annual U District Swag Party

DON banner at Swag EventMore than 200 people participated in one of the University District’s favorite traditions, the U District Swag Event. Held at the U District Farmers Market, neighbors gathered greens, pine cones, ribbon and wire and let their creativity run wild!  Plus, for the first time, neighbors made enough swags for the Food Bank to deliver a swag with every bag they take to home-bound seniors (61 swags!!!).  Seattle Public Utilities crews hauled greens from the Cedar River watershed and the U District Farmers Market, the U District Partnership, the U District BIA, University Heights, Display and Costume Design, local merchants, and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods contributed to the event.  University Swag Event

Treats from Rockridge Orchards, Mighty O and Starbucks helped to fuel the creativity.  Guests from ROOTS (young adult shelter) again worked the event and welcomed the opportunity to be part of this community tradition (plus, make a little money). Be sure to put this event on your calendar for next December and be a part of the fun, joy, and spirit of the season.  To view more photos from the event click here.

Space Still Available for the Learn the Basics of Advocacy and how Government Works FREE Seminar

We still have a few spots left for our seminar this evening!  Please RSVP to Wendy Watson at wendy.watson@seattle.gov if you would like to attend.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) presents its fall seminar, “Democracy Needs You! Five Essential Advocacy Tools that will Shape Your World.” Forget the days of “Schoolhouse Rock” – our guest expert facilitator, professor, and long-time community activist Nancy Amidei is the real deal. This seminar will cover the basic functions of our three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, and five effective advocacy tools.

Join us for an engaging evening of learning, networking, and fun. The seminar is on Wednesday, December 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Room 305-A.

There is a parking lot on 15th Ave NE and 41st St. across from the School of Social Work. Multiple bus lines serve the University District, so visit King County Metro for information.

This event is hosted by PACE, our nine-month civic leadership development program for emerging community leaders. To learn more visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/engage/pace.

City’s Leadership Program Graduates New Class of Civic Organizers

2014 PACE GraduatesOn May 20, 26 “up-and-coming” community leaders celebrated their graduation from the People’s Academy for Community Engagement, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Known as PACE, the nine-month program provides leadership training in community involvement and civic engagement to emerging leaders interested in serving their community. Deputy Mayor Andrea Riniker, City Councilmember Sally Clark, and Bernie Matsuno, director of DON, attended the event at Seattle City Hall along with family members, community leaders, and city staff.

The graduating class represents all sectors of the city and more than half are from historically underrepresented communities. “This PACE experience, along with their personal understanding of the opportunities and challenges of various cultures, will make their efforts to engage others in civic processes extremely successful,” said Bernie Matsuno, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “The graduates will strive to ensure that ALL people have a voice.”

In addition to attending sessions held at Seattle University, the participants had monthly homework assignments and put their skills to the test as they worked collaboratively on community-based projects which were presented at the celebration. A PACE graduates describes her experience with the program. “What I really have gotten out of the program is what it means to be an American,” said Muriel Lawty, one of the PACE graduates.  “Government is us! It’s all of us together finding ways to make it work. PACE really brought that home to me, and has given me the skills and inspiration to go out and do ‘neighborhood’ work.”

Information about PACE and future seminars which are open to the public will be available later this year. To learn more contact Wendy Watson at 206.684.0719 or visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/engage/pace.

2014 PACE Graduating Class

PACE Graduate                            Organization/Community Group

Matthew Anderson                          Senior Housing Assistance Group Resident Council

Eileen Canola                                 Victory Heights Community Council

Angela Davis                                  African American Community Advisory Council

Lloyd Douglas                                Cascade Neighborhood Council

Jim Erickson                                   East District Council

Dinorah Flores                                South Park Information and Resource Center

Alexis Gallegos                              Greater Duwamish District Council

Connor Haffey                                Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce

Yemaya Hall-Ruiz                          ELLA (Empowering Latina Leaders in Action)

Amanda Kay Helmick                     Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council

Michelle Hippler                             Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce

Katherine Idziorek                          Uptown Alliance

Cheryl Klotz                                   Community Gathering Space Movement

Michael Lanthier                             Squire Park Community Council

Muriel Lawty                                  Lake City Neighborhood Alliance

Damaris Pearson                             Leo Street P-Patch

Andrea Perr                                    Roosevelt Neighbors Alliance

Tod Rodman                                   Morgan Community Association

Paul Sivesind                                  Ballard District Council

Mark Temmel                                 Mt. Baker Community Club

Julianna Tesfu                                GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully)

Jodee Thelen                                  Seattle Housing Authority

Olu Thomas                                    Central Area Cherry Street Development

Jennifer Tippins                              Seattle Chinatown International District PDA

Ralph Weathers                              Fremont Neighborhood Council

Shelby Weitzel                               Seattle Public Schools Family Connectors

 

 

PACE Students Learn about Sustaining Involvement

PACE studentsThe  2013-2014 PACE participants are getting ready to graduate! Last week’s session on Sustaining Involvement was the last of their 8-month journey to gain skills in leadership and organizing. The 26 participants have completed six community projects throughout the city and have attended eight skill-building sessions.

Sustaining Involvement focused on these questions: how do we sustain our organizations and how do we sustain ourselves so we can continue to serve our communities? Facilitators Marty Curry from University of Washington and Gregory Davis from the Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition emphasized the importance of evaluating the relevance and impact of groups we belong to, being inclusive, self-care, and collaborating across organizations. If you’d like to learn more about how good leadership and boards can help an organization continue to remain meaningful over time, here is one resource to help get you started: http://www.createthefuture.com/Board%20of%20Directors.htm

 

PACE Participants Learn About Meeting Facilitation at January Workshop

PACE facilitatorsThis month, PACE facilitators and participants explored the art and skill of meeting facilitation. Several alternative meeting formats were introduced, including design charrettes and the World Café model. Participants learned about World Café’s conversational process, and its potential to build relationships and grow and sustain community groups. Participants are looking forward to integrating different meeting formats as a way to generate stronger outcomes.

PACE would like to thank the talented facilitators:

  • Aileen Balahadia, former Executive Director of the White Center Community Development Association
  • Kelly Benkert, Assistant Director of the Center for Service and Engagement at Seattle University
  • Pete Spalding, Chair of the Citizens Levy Oversight Committee for the 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy and Co-chair of the Delridge Supportive Housing Advisory Committee