Next Wednesday, May 27th, Seattle University graduate research assistants will be holding a focus group. This focus group will be centered around Highland Park’s crime concerns, our perceptions of our Micro-Community Policing Plan developed by the SW precinct of the Seattle Police Department and our perceptions of how the police are doing at addressing our specific crime concerns. This will be a time to be honest and have a great discussion about Highland Park’s Micro-Community Policing Plan including its development, progress, and evolution. Your attendance, concerns and feelings would be much appreciated- while this is being run by Seattle University and not the Seattle Police, the results/concerns can be shared with the police if the community wants that to happen- please join the discussion! It should only last about an hour.
Highland Park Improvement Club on 12th and Holden, 6:30 potluck, 7:00 meeting.
Interested in a Rain Garden? This Saturday is a great opportunity to meet with several different contractors and ask specific questions about your project, the rebate program, and setting up a time to get your house evaluated!
What: RainWise Contractor Fair
When: Saturday, May 9, 10am-12pm
Where: Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, Seattle 98106
Cost: Free and Open to the public
Who will be there: Five contractors, RainWise, and Seattle Public Utilities staff – all on hand to answer your questions
Join us to learn about how the rebate program can work for you and how you can protect Puget Sound!
For more information on RainWise and to check your eligibility: https://rainwise.seattle.gov/city/seattle/overview
Or watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpzkfe5iKsM&feature=youtube
This Saturday, April 25th, 9:00am – 12:00pm. Meet behind the school on the blacktop- Coffee and Treats will be provided. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Green Spring Clean this coming Sunday. April 26th at HPIC. Bring your garden gloves, tools and rain slicker. We start at 9am in the courtyard, 12th and Holden.
- Weeding and weed eating
- Mulching garden beds
- Mystery Tree removal and donation to an interested member
We will be having a guest speaker talking about Priority Hire joining us for Wednesday’s HPAC meeting: The City of Seattle recently passed a Priority Hire ordinance which will improve access to construction employment and improve training programs for workers in need of family-wage jobs. The ordinance prioritizes the hiring of residents that live in economically distressed areas in Seattle and King County on city funded construction projects- and 98106 qualifies. See this website for more information on Priority Hire.
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
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.
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