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HPAC Meeting March Agenda

On Wednesday, March 25th at 7pm, Dongho Chang from SDOT will be presenting at our HPAC meeting on the topic of Vision Zero and pedestrian safety in our neighborhood.  Some information about Vision Zero:

Seattle is consistently recognized as one of the safest cities in the country. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a 30 percent decline in traffic fatalities, even as our population grows. Despite this fact, traffic collisions are a leading cause of death for Seattle residents age 5-24. Older adults are also disproportionately affected, and as our population ages, this trend could grow. In 2013, there were 10,310 police-reported collisions in Seattle. 155 people were seriously injured and 23 were killed. Vision Zero is Seattle’s plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030

District 1 Candidate Lisa Herbold will also be there to address our Community and answer questions. Here is our experience with Lisa:

Lisa has years of solid experience addressing the needs of the City as a whole and would be able to lead on Day 1. She has also been helpful to us locally. Lisa was an indispensable voice in helping us navigate a complicated situation when Nickelsville was next to our neighborhood. Consistently available to respond to our many questions, she was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in explaining existing and proposed policy and history. Helping to bring the concerns of our community directly to the table in City Hall, she proved to be full of compassion, an effective problem solver, eloquent, well versed in legislation, a good listener, and was able to see all sides of the situation.

Potluck at 6:30, meeting starts at 7 at the Highland Park Improvement Club on 12th and Holden

Request for LEAD sent to Mayor Murray

In light of our last meeting, we sent a request to Mayor Murray for the LEAD program for our neighborhood and the entire Delridge District. If you missed it, here is more information about the LEAD program, and a piece in Huffington Post from last year. A copy of the request is below, it was copied to the City Council, the City Attorney’s Office, the King County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Police Chief:

Dear Mayor Murray,

We are the co-chairs of the community group in Southwest Seattle called Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC).  Kris Nyrop recently came to speak with our community about the pre-booking diversion program known as LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion). We were astounded at the data he shared with us, and see this program as a viable alternative with positive results for our neighborhood.  Where the obvious benefits are in cost and resource effectiveness, we also see the LEAD Model as a compassionate response to intervene when someone is in need of positive life changes. We read in a 2009 assessment of Seattle’s pilot projects that “participants reported an increase in the… critical areas of personal dignity, a restored connection with family, and a commitment to self-improvement.” We see this effect as the most significant, unquantifiable result of the program, and the reason it has a positive impact on a community.

We would like to request the LEAD program for our area.  We understand that LEAD has been successful in highly urban areas like Bell Town, and that White Center is going to be “on-line” soon with LEAD.  Given our proximity to White Center and the fact that crime spills back and forth across our fluid boundaries, it makes sense to carry the program over the County Line and throughout the Delridge District. We are writing with the support of the Delridge District Council and community groups in our District, and would like a response to our request with steps on how to proceed with acquiring LEAD for our neighborhood.

Thank you,

Carolyn and Billy Stauffer, Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC)

With the support of the following community leaders:

Mat McBride, Delridge Neighborhood District Council (DNDC)

Amanda Kay Helmick, Westwood Roxhill Arbor Heights (WWRHAH)

Pete Spalding, Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council

Volunteer to be a Reading Tutor at Sanislo Elementary!

Reading Partners is a literacy non-profit that mobilizes community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring to struggling elementary student readers.

No experience is required to volunteer! We seek volunteers who can commit 1 hour/week for a semester. Tutors are paired to work with the same student and are provided with an easy-to-follow curriculum that includes all of the books, worksheets, and step-by-step lesson plans to teach an effective lesson. Reading Partners also has a staff Site Coordinator who is available to support tutors at all times. Volunteers make an enormous impact: on average, students double their rate of learning while enrolled in the program.

Watch this video to learn more about Reading Partners’ work in the community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2GKDCm88ik

Reading Partners runs programming Monday-Thursday at Sanislo Elementary, with available session times running from 9:25AM – 3:40PM.

Final Meeting for Highland Park Playground on Tuesday, March 3rd. 

Please join us for the final public meeting for the Highland Park Play Area project. The meeting will be held at the Highland Park Elementary School from 6:30-7:45, and the design team will be showing the design generated from public input on the schematic designs shown at the last meeting.

Incoming Kindergartner?

Highland Park Elementary School’s night for prospective kindergarten families will be on Thursday, February 26th starting at 6:30.  Dinner will be served.

February HPAC Agenda

We will be having a guest speaker from the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program for our February meeting. As explained on their website:

“LEAD is a pre-booking diversion program developed with the community to address low-level drug and prostitution crimes. The program allows law enforcement officers to redirect low-level offenders engaged in drug or prostitution activity to community-based services, instead of jail and prosecution. By diverting eligible individuals to services, LEAD is committed to improving public safety and public order, and reducing the criminal behavior of people who participate in the program.”

We are interested in learning more about this program and understanding if it could be a good fit for our neighborhood and the entire Delridge District, so please come and hear what it is about and what we can do to support it.

We have three candidates for District 1’s City Council seat confirmed on our upcoming agendas, and we will continue to have candidates join us for informal chats as the election approaches. Amanda Kay Helmick will be at our February meeting, Lisa Herbold will join us in March, and Dave Montoure in April.

Also on the agenda is a quick discussion and vote about HPAC leadership- if you’re interested in a leadership position, please join us- we are happy stay on or to pass the baton. We also need to hear from people that are interested helping with specific things that impact our neighborhood- so if you have something you’re interested in let us know, we need your help. (for example: schools, traffic, transportation, trails, parks, planning, community service projects, etc.)

February 25th, 6:30 Potluck, 7:00 meeting. 12th and Holden, HPIC.

Changes coming for Highland Park Way / Holden Intersection

As discussed in this West Seattle Blog article, we heard from SDOT’s Jim Curtin about the Highland Park Way / Holden intersection at our January HPAC meeting. The short version: patience, finding funds takes time. The longer version: Curtin presented a roundabout plan and a signal plan, both VERY schematic – please don’t get hung up on the details of these drawings yet! They help show us an idea of what is possible at this intersection to help traffic flow smoothly, which will help cut down on cars zipping through the neighborhood streets trying to avoid the intersection. The exciting part: it may be Seattle’s very first roundabout- an alternative to a traditional signal which has proven to reduce emissions, crashes, and congestion. There will be plenty of time for public input as this moves forward.

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