Last month’s panel discussion, The Future of Neighborhood and District Councils, was in response to Mayor Murray’s executive order dissolving the City’s support for Neighborhood District Councils. It was moderated by Nick Licata, and can be seen here.
The panel discussed the history and intent of the District Council system and neighborhood engagement, and they dispelled many of the falsehoods being perpetuated by the Murray administration and provided correctives to them.
There was much discussion about next steps and what should be done. There is already community action on pulling together a citywide neighborhoods summit (the SNC arranged one years ago with over 350 attendees to discuss how to get the City to implement the newly adopted neighborhood plans).
Hence the theme for this month’s meeting – a mini-summit on what to do next:
- what are the core issues for your neighborhood and District, and which of these are shared across districts or unique
- what can the City be doing better to empower neighborhoods and facilitate communication with the various and diverse neighborhood interests
- how can neighborhoods broaden citywide communication and response to the City
- what should District City Council members be doing to improve communication with their constituents
- what can neighborhoods do to counter the developer-funded HALA and 2035 propaganda from astro-turf organizations like Seattle for Everyone and the tightly controlled conversation in the HALA Focus Groups
- what should a citywide neighborhoods summit look like
- what can individuals and groups do to make their communities better
We want to hear from neighbors in each of the seven City Council Districts.
As usual, you are encouraged to sit wherever you like for breakfast. We will ask you to chat with your table-mates about the questions above. Please take notes about what you hear and jot down your own ideas.
After breakfast, we will ask you to shift to marked geographic tables 1-7. Each of the 7 groups will talk about the issues they see within their neighborhood, District and what they’ve heard from others throughout the city.
In the last hour, we will compare notes, and give feedback on the ideas which seem the most compelling — as a “to do” list for community organizers, City Council and the Executive. We will make note of the proposed action items, and prepare a report from this meeting for you to share with your own neighborhood.
Please join us on Saturday, September 10th at 9:00am for for this important discussion Bring your neighbors and help spread the word about this program. We look forward to hearing from you.