June 11 – Who speaks for the neighborhoods?

Former Mayor Mike McGinn ponders “who speaks for Seattle’s neighborhoods” in a recent Crosscut op-ed.  This month we will hear from a panel of neighborhood activists who represent organizations that feel they speak with a “neighborhood” voice:

  • Catherine Weatbrook – Co-chair of the City Neighborhood Council and past chair of the Ballard District Council
  • Ruedi Risler – President of the University Park Community Club, a neighborhood council that does not allow renters to be members
  • Zachary Pullin – President of the Capitol Hill Community Council, a neighborhood  council that tries to engage renters in the organization
  • Deborah Jaquith – Chair of the newly formed Crown Hill Urban Village Committee for Smart Growth

Read more about the issue here…

May 14 – Council member Lisa Herbold

May 14th we will be joined by Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold.
The long time council staffer turned freshman council member will talk about preserving affordable housing stock, displacement and HALA affordability, quashing the arena deal, Pronto bikes, and many other issues.

April 9 – Can Seattle beat its Heroin Addiction problem?

Could safe injection sites in Seattle’s neighborhoods be a way to help counterbalance the more negative impacts of our heroin epidemic? Will the newly assign Heroin and Prescription Opiate Taskforce help identify solutions to the problem, and, more importantly, can the City and the County fully fund the services and solutions identified by the Taskforce that are necessary to help meet the needs of these vulnerable people?

Please join us on April 9 as our panel discusses the issue.  We will be joined by Brad Finegood, Assistant Director of King County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Division and co-chair of the King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Heroin and Prescription Opiate Taskforce; Tim Durkan, who has closely observed the homeless and addict community in Seattle (and currently has a photography show on the issue); and Shiloh Murphy, founder and Executive Director of the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, and member of the Taskforce.

More on the issue here.


March 12 Meeting – Roger and Us

To many neighborhood activists, Roger Valdez is an iconoclast.   I suspect Roger would be pleased with that designation.  In the on-going battles over the future of Seattle and how it will grow, Roger continues to march to his own beat.

There is no doubt that he is a controversial figure in Seattle.   The Director of Smart Growth Seattle is a paid lobbyist for a segment the development industry, and his views are often at odds with both City Hall and residents in relation to how Seattle with grow.

The SNC is pleased to have Roger Valdez joining us on Saturday, March 12 at 9am for what should be a lively and wide ranging conversation about Seattle’s housing future, the density we should embrace, bathroom sinks, and how the City may not be doing everything it can to keep the city affordable.

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February 13 Meeting – Will HALA deliver housing affordability or only result in further gentrification?

To look closer at the possible negative displacement and gentrification impacts of the HALA recommendations, and explore how “the market” will produce so many deeply affordable units, we will have a panel discussion of HALA and the 2035 Equity Analysis.  We are pleased to be joined by Geoffrey Wendlandt (tentative) from the Seattle’s Department of Planning and Community Development, Prof. Henry McGee from Seattle University (whose did the seminal analysis of changes to Seattle’s Central District), activist and organizer Amir Islam (United Hood Movement), and a member of the HALA committee (TBD).

This will be an important conversation about what lays ahead in 2016 for the city and our neighborhoods, and what you need to know to assess impacts of HALA on your neighborhood.

Please join us on Saturday, February 13 at 9am for what should prove to be a informative and lively discussion.

More background information on the topic of HALA and gentrification can be found here.

January 9 Meeting – Engaging with City Planning Efforts

Engaging with City Planning Efforts:  a Conversation with the City Neighborhood Council’s Neighborhood Planning and Land Use Committee
(or: What’s happening to Seattle and how do I get involved?!?!)

Keeping update-to-date and engaged in a timely manner with City planning and legislative actions is a challenge.

This month’s SNC meeting will be an open discussion of the various city planning initiatives (focusing on HALA and Seattle 2035), their schedules, and what various actions are underway (or are needed) to respond to these.  Our discussion will be led by the Co-chairs of the City Neighborhood Council’s Neighborhood Planning and Land Use Committee, Cindi Barker and Irene Wall.  This committee meets monthly, has participants from around the city, and reviews and comments on land use and code changes and city planning efforts.    Cindi was a member of the HALA Committee, and Irene has been active in neighborhood planning, zoning and land use issues for nearly two decades as a citizen activist.

This will be an important conversation about what lays ahead in 2016 for the city and our neighborhoods, and what you need to know to be an effective participant in the City’s on-going efforts to address our rapid growth.

Please join us on Saturday, January 9 at 9am for what should prove to be a informative and lively discussion.

(more background on the meeting here)

Nov 14 – Superintendent of Parks and Recreation Parks and Recreation

Source: Parks and Recreation

Next Saturday November 14th, our speaker will be Jesus Aguirre, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation since May.  Hired through the usual nationwide search, Jesus comes to us from Washington DC where he served as head of parks from 2009 to 2013.

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