Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Seeks Public Outreach and Engagement Liaisons

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking a Farsi speaking Public Outreach and Engagement Liaison (POEL) and a Sikh POEL. POELs are independent contractors with the City of Seattle. They must be connected to their respective culture and bilingual. The main tasks of a POEL are to provide:

  • Quality translations.
  • Fair and equitable facilitation (in native language) to culturally specific community groups.
  • Simultaneous interpretation.
  • Feedback and expertise on cultural concerns and barriers.
  • Planning and execution of community workshops and events that parallel larger City-hosted meetings.

POELs are compensated at $50/hr. The positions are generally flexible with any type of schedule and include either daytime or evening hours as well as some weekends. Applicants must have extensive experience organizing and facilitating community meetings, and must be fluent and able to interpret and translate in at least one other language.

Interested parties should send a resume or brief bio and two references to DON_LIAISON@SEATTLE.GOV.

Learn more about our Public Outreach and Engagement Liaisons on our website.

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Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Zoning Changes for Magnolia Elementary School

Magnolia Elementary SchoolA public meeting is scheduled to discuss Seattle School District‘s plans to renovate and construct additions to the existing Magnolia Elementary School building. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Catharine Blaine K-8 School (2550 34th Ave W).

The Seattle School District is requesting modifications to City zoning regulations for the following:

1) Increased lot coverage.
2) Greater than allowed building height.
3) Continued “off-site only” parking.
4) Allowance of a double-faced, electric changing message board.
5) On-street bus loading and unloading.

This meeting will include a presentation by the Seattle School District on the requested modifications before the Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors and School District and City representatives. After the presentation, the public is invited to make comments concerning the request.

Following public comment, the Committee will deliberate and consider the District’s requests. Additional meetings may be held, if needed. If community members cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted by September 12 to:

Maureen Sheehan
Mailing Address:  Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle WA 98124-4649

For more information contact Maureen Sheehan, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-684-0302.

The Major Institutions and Schools Program provides a way for neighbors of Seattle’s hospitals, universities, and colleges to be directly involved in the development plans for those institutions to ensure neighborhood concerns are considered when those plans are made. It is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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Aurora Licton Neighbors Transform Path to Licton Springs Park

Aurora Licton neighbors just completed the first Find It, Fix It Community Project for the 2016 cycle!!

After the Find It, Fix It Community Walk in her neighborhood, Amy Provenzano rallied her neighbors and submitted a community project grant application to clear out & clean up the cut-thru path on N. 95th St. to Ashworth Ave N., a heavily used corridor that also serves as a neighborhood path to Licton Springs Park. The right of way had been attracting litter and posing a safety hazard as walkers could not see beyond the overgrown grass and bushes next to the path.

The project was awarded $1,000 from the City of Seattle, which covered the cost of equipment rentals, plants, dirt, ground cover, and rockery.

This past Saturday and Sunday (8/20 and 8/21), with tools donated from Seattle’s Urban Forestry division, 11 volunteer community members cleared 5,620 square feet of space and mulched 5,161 square feet. The group collected over 100 cubic feet of yard debris along with 4 bags of trash and recycling. Most importantly, they created a cleaner, safer common space that connects and strengthens their neighborhood.

And, seeing the appreciation that neighbors who used the path shared with the group of volunteer community members was amazing.

Aurora Licton Find It, Fix It Community Project

Aurora Licton Find It, Fix It Community Project DSC_0051 Aurora Licton Find It, Fix It Community Project

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How Would You Like to Get Information From the City?

Through email? Social media? Community forums? Take our Engage Seattle survey and tell us how we can keep you better informed about City projects, opportunities, and issues. We also want to know how you want to participate with government and what we can do to make it easier.

The graphic below shares a sample of survey results as of August 22, but more keep pouring in.

Engage Seattle Survey Results










The survey is short, easy, and will only take two-minutes. Be part of the conversation! Take our survey today.

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Deadline Approaches for Matching Funds to Support your Neighborhood Project

nmf-Othello-International-MusicLooking for additional funds to support your neighborhood project? Our Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects such as cultural festivals, facility improvements, public art, and youth activities. However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline is Monday, September 12 at 5pm.

Our Neighborhood Matching Fund staff is available to advise groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. You are strongly encouraged to call 206.233.0093 or email to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.

To learn more about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit This is the last opportunity in 2016 to apply to this fund.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.

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Join us for FREE ice cream at CityScoop in Ballard

CityScoopCityScoop is coming to Ballard: August 27, 1-3pm!

Join the City of Seattle for CityScoop, a fun way to share your ideas with City staff while enjoying free ice cream. The City has important topics on which we need your input, so we invite you to relax in our tents, provide us your feedback, and enjoy a free treat courtesy of Full Tilt Ice Cream.

CityScoop will be open from 1 – 3pm on Saturday, August 27. You’ll find us on Ballard Avenue between NW Vernon Place and 22nd Ave NW at Summer Parkways 2016, the fun family biking event and party.

A few of the topics shared under our big tent will include:

  • Discussion on the best ways for the city to engage with you
  • Uses for neighborhood streets that are new and creative ways
  • Information on the city’s plan for walking safely in neighborhoods
  • Next steps in affordable housing
  • Sharing transportation investments happening around your neighborhood
  • Information on discounted bus passes and car sharing for low-income residents

After visiting CityScoop, make sure to stop by Sustainable Ballard Festival at Ballard Commons Park.

CityScoop will also be at Summer Parkways 2016 in West Seattle on September 25. Learn more at CityScoop is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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Neighbors Invited to Judkins Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk

Find It, Fix It Community Walk

Roxhill / Westwood Community Walk (Photo: Patrick Sand, West Seattle Blog)

Please join Mayor Murray and city leaders on Wednesday, August 24 in the Judkins Park neighborhood for our fourth Find It, Fix It Community Walk.

These walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leadership.


Judkins Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk
Wednesday, August 24

  • 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 Judkins Park near S Charles Street



5:30 p.m. – 6:00p.m.

  • Sign-in and refreshments at Judkins Park near S Charles Street

6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

  • Welcome remarks from Mayor Ed Murray

6:15 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.

  • Walk will follow this route (map):
  • South through Judkins Park
  • West on the I-90 Trail
  • South on Rainier Ave S
  • East on S Atlantic St
  • North through Sam Smith Park on 24th Ave S

7:20pm – 7:30 p.m.

  • Walk concludes at Judkins Park P-Patch Community Garden
  • Department representatives and City staff available for follow-up questions


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 Judkins Park Community Project Grant Application is available in seven languages at until Wednesday, August 31. If you have an idea for a project in Judkins Park, please apply today!

Participants can also 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.

For more information on the Find It, Fix It Community Walks program, contact Laura Jenkins at 206.233.5166 or or visit

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IT’S HAPPENING!!! Youth Voice, Youth Choice’s First Project!

Safe Routes to School: Rainier Beach High SchoolYou asked for it, youth of Seattle!  And, now, with unprecedented ‘City’ speed, we just rolled out the first of many Youth Voice, Youth Choice projects.  To refresh your memory, Safe Routes to Schools was one of the projects that you prioritized via Youth Voice, Youth Choice with YOUR VOTE this past May.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has just finished construction on one of the three Safe Routes to Schools projects by installing a painted curb bulb at S Henderson St and 53rd Ave S near the Rainier Beach High School.  And not just any kind of paint, but a checker board pattern of blue and orange.  Go Vikings!

That’s right, Rainier Beach High School students, just in time for your first day of school in September.

As for the other two Safe Routes to Schools projects, installation of speed humps on S Kenyon St/Way near Wing Luke Elementary School and a raised crosswalk at the intersection of 16th Ave SW & SW Myrtle St, these will be built in 2017.

Stay tuned for more details on those projects in the coming months!

Full list of 2016 awarded projects:

Youth Choice 2016 Vote Results

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Seattle City Council approves designation of The Theodora as the City’s newest landmark

The TheodoraSeattle City Council recently approved a landmark designation ordinance for The Theodora building. Located in Ravenna, this building joins the more than 400 landmarks in the city that represent our rich cultural and architectural heritage.

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Board approved the nomination, designation, and controls and incentives for The Theodora, and provided the draft ordinance to the Seattle City Council. The final step in the process was approval by City Council which occurred on Monday, August 8.

The Theodora was built in 1965 and designed by Grant, Copeland & Chervenak. The building is located at 6559 35th Ave NE.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts located throughout the city. For more information on the landmark designation process and to view other city landmarks, visit

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Volunteers Needed to Advise on Swedish Medical Center – Cherry Hill Development Plans

Swedish Medical Center - Cherry HillSeattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking community members to serve on a Standing Advisory Committee for the Swedish Medical Center – Cherry Hill Campus. The committee’s role is to provide feedback on projects planned and under development by the Medical Center to ensure it complies with its Master Plan. The Master Plan describes zoning rules, long-range planning of the property, and transportation planning.

Who can apply: Community members who have experience in neighborhood organizing and issues, land use and zoning, architecture or landscape architecture, economic development, building development, educational or medical services OR an interest in their neighborhood’s future. Committee members serve a two-year, renewable term.

Meeting locations and frequency: Typically 1 – 4 meetings annually for 2 years. Meetings are held on the Swedish Medical Center – Cherry Hill campus in the evening.

How to apply: Send a letter of interest to Maureen Sheehan at or PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649 by Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

To learn more about the program, visit or contact Maureen Sheehan at 206-684-0302 or To learn more about the Swedish Medical Center – Cherry Hill Committee, visit this webpage. For general information about Advisory Committees, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

Major Institutions and Schools, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, provides a way for neighbors of Seattle’s hospitals, universities, colleges, and public schools to be directly involved in the development plans for those institutions.

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