Won't You Be Our Neighbor? Come Meet Seattle Dept. Of Neighborhoods at our Feb. Meeting

Join us for our next HPAC meeting! Weds. Feb 26, 2020 at 7 pm.

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St. Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Agenda
7p – Welcome & Introductions
7:10 – Announcements
undefined7:15 – Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods

Osbaldo Sahagun Hernandez, Community Engagement Coordinator, South and West Seattle

Meet the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods Community Engagement Coordinator for South and West Seattle: Whether you want to connect with your neighborhood, learn more about City Services, or share an idea that will benefit your community, the team of Community Engagement Coordinators is here to help. Come learn about New Seattle Department of Neighborhoods programs coming in 2020.

7:15 – HPAC Executive Committee Updates
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Elections! Come elect the 2020 HPAC Executive Committee
Executive Committee consist of three members (minimum) to seven members (maximum) elected at the annual meeting with at least one representative from each neighborhood (Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge). We are electing a Chair, Vice Chairs, Secretary, and At-Large members. Nominations are still open!
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March 25th Meeting SDOT Open House for Highland Park Intersections Improvements Project
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April 22nd Meeting with South Seattle College- Ty Swenson, Director of Communications and Marketing
7:30 – Discussion: Your Voice Your Choice
What should we apply for?
Community members brainstorm and submit potential project ideas to be funded throughout the city. Project ideas will be collected February 18 – March 18, 2020. (learn more)

undefinedYour Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets is a participatory budgeting initiative in which Seattle residents democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements. A total of $2 million has been allocated in the 2020 budget and residents can participate in the district where they live, work, go to school, receive services, or volunteer.
8:00p – close

Be the Change! Nominations for HPAC 2020 Executive Committee Now Open

HPAC’s Annual Meeting is at 7pm on Weds. February 26, 2020 at Highland Park Improvement Club

Nominations for HPAC 2020 Executive Committee Now Open

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Elections will be during the annual meeting on February 26, 2020 – Candidates will provide a candidate statement via online, email, or in-person – see submission information below. All Executive Committee positions are open for nominations. See our by-laws for more information. See our post from Nov 11 for more information
Candidate Submission:
1. You may submit your intentions and candidate statement via our online form by Feb. 25, 2020
2. You can submit your intentions and candidate statement via email to hpacchair@gmail.com by Feb. 25, 2020
3. Or you can make an in person candidate statement at the Annual meeting.
All candidates must have attended at least 3 meetings in last 12 months and either live (rent or own), have a business or have some significant connection to either Highland Park, Riverview, or South Delridge.

It's 2020, do you know what is happening in your neighborhood?

Join us for our next HPAC meeting! Weds. Jan. 22, 2020 at 7 pm.

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St. Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Agenda
7p – Welcome & Introductions
7:10 – Announcements
TBD: SPD update
7:15 – HPAC Executive Committee Updates
– Next steps with Highland Park Intersections Improvements Project
– Duwamish Ridge to River grant application was a success!
– Trails & Greenbelt
7:30 – Discussion:
Moving to Quarterly Meetings
Who do you want to hear from?
What topics should HPAC be covering?
8:00p -close

Earlier this year, HPAC re-formed to become the Highland Park Action Coalition: Neighbors Building Community in Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge. Keeping our acronym, HPAC, but expanding our engagement to include South Delridge and Riverview, as well as Highland Park. Now we are ready for a fresh new logo.

New Logo – Vote on your choice!

Our graphic designer extraordinaire, Dina of DIGITAL GENIE has been hard at work and the executive committee has it down to 3 designs. Please vote online here for your favorite or in person at our January 2020 meeting.

Nominations for HPAC 2020 Executive Committee Now Open

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEElections will be during the annual meeting on February 26, 2020 – Candidates will provide a candidate statement via online, email, or in-person – see submission information below. All Executive Committee positions are open for nominations. See our by-laws for more information. See our post from Nov 11 for more information
Candidate Submission:
1. You may submit your intentions and candidate statement via our online form by Feb. 25, 2020
2. You can submit your intentions and candidate statement via email to hpacchair@gmail.com by Feb. 25, 2020
3. Or you can make an in person candidate statement at the Annual meeting.
All candidates must have attended at least 3 meetings in last 12 months and either live (rent or own), have a business or have some significant connection to either Highland Park, Riverview, or South Delridge.

HPAC’s Annual Meeting is at 7pm on Weds. February 26, 2020 at Highland Park Improvement Club

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FUNDED! Highland Park Intersections Improvements Project Included in 2020 Approved Budget

Seattle City Council adopted the budget on Monday, November 25, 2019 with the Highland Park intersections improvements project. The budget schedule includes $900,000 for 2020, $1.5 million for 2021 and $1.5 million for 2022.

Please take a moment to thank all 2019 Council members for their support of this project. You can email the full city council at council@seattle.gov

New Logo – Vote on your choice!

Earlier this year, HPAC re-formed to become the Highland Park Action Coalition: Neighbors Building Community in Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge. Keeping our acronym, HPAC, but expanding our engagement to include South Delridge and Riverview, as well as Highland Park. Now we are ready for a fresh new logo.

Our graphic designer extraordinaire, Dina of DIGITAL GENIE has been hard at work and the executive committee has it down to 3 designs. Please vote online here for your favorite or in person at our January 2020 meeting.

Nominations for HPAC 2020 Executive Committee Now Open

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEElections will be during the annual meeting on February 27, 2020 – Candidates will provide a candidate statement via online, email, or in-person – see submission information below. All Executive Committee positions are open for nominations. See our by-laws for more information. See our post from Nov 11 for more information
Candidate Submission:
1. You may submit your intentions and candidate statement via our online form by Feb. 25, 2020
2. You can submit your intentions and candidate statement via email to hpacchair@gmail.com by Feb. 25, 2020
3. Or you can make an in person candidate statement at the Annual meeting.
All candidates must have attended at least 3 meetings in last 12 months and either live (rent or own), have a business or have some significant connection to either Highland Park, Riverview, or South Delridge.

HPAC’s next meeting is at 7pm on Weds. January 22, 2020 at Highland Park Improvement Club

Nominations open for HPAC executive committee and Parks and SDOT follow up materials.

Nominations for HPAC 2020 Executive Committee Now Open

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Elections will be during the annual meeting on February 26, 2020 – Candidates will provide a candidate statement via online, email, or in-person – see submission information below. All Executive Committee positions are open for nominations. See our by-laws for more information.

  1. The Executive Committee shall consist of three members (minimum) to seven members (maximum) elected at the annual meeting with at least one representative from each neighborhood (Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge) elected to executive committee.
  2. Chairperson(s) -The duties of the Chairperson(s) shall be to preside at all HPAC: Neighbors Building Community in Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge meetings and Executive Committee meetings, prepare agendas for such meetings, report on the actions of the Executive Committee, maintain momentum of programs initiated by the HPAC and perform such duties as the HPAC may assign. The Chairperson(s) shall be a member of the Executive Committee.
  3. Vice Chairperson(s) -The duties of the Vice Chairperson shall be to serve in the absence of the Chairperson, to develop and encourage broader membership participation, and to plan and organize special projects and functions. The Vice Chairperson shall be a member of the Executive Committee.
  4. Secretary – The Secretary shall notify the membership of the next meeting date, time, and place within a few days prior to each meeting. Other members of the Executive Committee may also perform this duty. The Secretary shall maintain a list of active members’ names and addresses, telephone numbers or email addresses. Minutes of the HPAC meetings shall be maintained by the Secretary, with a summary of actions taken and assignments made ready to be presented at each subsequent meeting. The Secretary shall be a member of the Executive Committee.
  5. Treasurer – The Treasurer shall be a member of the Executive Committee, shall receive and disburse funds as instructed by the Executive Committee and the 501c3 fiscal sponsor, Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC) in accordance with the laws and regulations relating to nonprofit organizations and shall file appropriate reports. The Treasurer reports on the financial position of the HPAC shall be ready to present current finances at each meeting

Candidate Submission:
1. You may submit your intentions and candidate statement via our online form by Feb. 25, 2020
2. You can submit your intentions and candidate statement via email to hpacchair@gmail.com by Feb. 25, 2020
3. Or you can make an in person candidate statement at the Annual meeting.
All candidates must have attended at least 3 meetings in last 12 months and either live (rent or own), have a business or have some significant connection to either Highland Park, Riverview, or South Delridge.

Candidate Statements – please provide the following:

  1. Name
  2. Position sought
  3. Address and neighborhood
  4. Email and phone
  5. Why are you interested in the position?
  6. What issue(s) and/or project(s) would you want to prioritize?
  7. What lived/professional skills, experiences, and/or resources would you bring to the position sought?
  8. What interests you most about HPAC?
  9. How much time can you commit each month?
  10. How many HPAC or South Delridge Community meetings have you attended in the last 12 months?

Learn about SDOT’s Highland Park Area Safety Project:

If you missed last month’s meeting with SDOT’s presentation about the Highland Park Area Safety Project – you can view the presentation here.

Follow Up on Westcrest Closure and temporary off-leash area

From Seattle Parks : Emily Griffith, PLA, Capital Project Coordinator
Planning and Development Division
City of Seattle, Seattle Parks and Recreation

As promised, here are a few pieces of follow-up information for you and the community. Please pass this information on to those who would be interested.

  1. I have attached the map we printed for the meeting. It is not on our website yet, but it should be in the near future.
  2. We compared the size of the Temporary OLA in relation to the other OLAs in our system. The Temporary OLA space will be 0.55 acres total (this includes both the Temporary OLA space and the Small/Shy Dog area). 0.55 acres is larger than six of our fourteen OLAs. Those are Denny, Colonnade, Kinnear, Plymouth Pillars, Regrade, and Magnolia Manor.
  3. We did some follow-up work on your Meyers Way question as well. As the parcel currently isn’t under the jurisdiction of SPR at this time, we can’t plan to locate anything there.

Next Meeting is at 7pm on Weds. January 22, 2020 at Highland Park Improvement Club

Contact Seattle City Council ask them to support Highland Park Way Safety Corridor Project in the 2020 Budget

Please consider calling or emailing all the members of the Seattle City Council before Nov. 4, 2019. You can email the all the city council members at council@seattle.gov

Sample Email:

Dear Councilmember,

I am writing asking for your support for the Highland Park Way Safety Corridor as proposed in the Mayor’s 2020 budget under SDOT’s Vision Zero capital projects.

The Highland Park Way Safety Corridor includes $900,000 for Highland Park Intersection Improvements which will provide a much needed traffic signal at Highland Park Way and SW Holden Street with traffic calming, new sidewalks and curb ramps. This project is in line with the city’s Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan.

As a resident of West Seattle, I frequently use Highland Park Way to access the peninsula and the at the intersection SW Holden Street is there is an immediate need of significant improvements to increase safety not just for vehicles, but also bicycles, buses, and pedestrians alike.

I strongly urge you to support the funding for the Highland Park Way Safety Corridor in the 2020 budget.

If you have any questions, please contact me at __________.

Sincerely,

Your name
You address

View HPAC’s letter to Seattle City Council.

HPAC: Neighbors Building Community in Highland Park, Riverview,
and South Delridge

October 27, 2019

Dear Seattle City Councilmember,

Highland Park Action Coalition (HPAC) is asking for your support for the Highland Park Way Safety Corridor as proposed in the Mayor’s 2020 budget under SDOT’s Vision Zero capital projects.

The Highland Park Way Safety Corridor includes $900,000 for Highland Park Intersection Improvements which will provide a much needed traffic signal at Highland Park Way and SW Holden Street with traffic calming, new sidewalks and curb ramps. This project is in line with the city’s Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan.

As you know, Highland Park Way is one of only three access points on or off the West Seattle peninsular. Our current infrastructure has not been adequate to meet the demands of the increasing density in the Highland Park and the adjacent communities, such as those coming from the south Delridge corridor, Westwood village (an urban village), White Center, High Point, and the South Seattle College area.

The design of the current intersection does not provide a safe route for pedestrian crossing or for bicycling. Pedestrians are often crossing 3 lanes of traffic without marked crosswalks just to access a King County Metro 131 bus stop, the only bus that runs on this side of the neighborhood. Bicyclists also must navigate 3 lanes of traffic and a 4 way intersection with one stop sign at SW Holden and Highland Park Way and yield signs at the other 3 intersections in order to access the bike trail that goes over the 1st Ave bridge.

In the last two week there have 3 crashes at this intersection and at least 117 between 2014 – 2018, with 2 fatalities, that have been reported. During peak commute hours, traffic on SW Holden St backs up to 16th Ave SW, as commuters try to access Highland Park Way SW as SW Holden St. is the most direct route from several major and minor arterial roads in the area.

The Highland Park neighborhood has been advocating since the 1940s, over 70 years, for infrastructure improvements for the intersection of Highland Park Way and SW Holden, because of consistent accidents that could have been avoided. Since 2015, we have heard that addressing this intersection is a “priority” for SDOT. 

In 2018, we requested resistance from Mayor Durkin in closing the funding gap for the Highland Park Way and SW Holden Street Project.

Funding being allocated in this budget would be fulling the commitment to equitable development. As a formerly redlined, now moderate income neighborhood, with more than 50% of our neighbors are people of color, more than 20% speak another language other than English, 37% are single parents, 15% commute by public transit and the median income is around 45k, this would not just be a significant equitable investment, but would greatly increase the quality of life for our community.

HPAC strongly urges you to support the funding for the Highland Park Way Safety Corridor.

If you have any questions, please contact me at hpacchair@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Gunner Scott
2019 HPAC Chair

Find out about the plans for Highland Park Way and SW Holden Intersection: SDOT comes to HPAC October Meeting 10/23/2019

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St. Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

HPAC: Neighbors Building Community in
Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge

Welcome to our newly re-formed Action Coalition! We are keeping our acronym, HPAC, but expanding our engagement to include South Delridge and Riverview, as well as Highland Park. To learn more about our mission and bylaws check out our About page and meet your executive committee. Over the next few months we will be rolling out a new logo, yard signs, and a community survey. We cannot wait for you to get involved!

October Agenda

7p – Welcome & Introductions
7:10 – Announcements
7:15 – with Sam Zimbabwe, Director of Seattle Department of Transportation to talk about an intersection control solution at Highland Park Way SW / SW Holden St. as well as other plans for the area.

8:15 – Seattle Parks and Recreation update on the Westcrest Off-Leash Area construction project: SPR will present the construction project and temporary off-leash plan

8:30p – Close

Announcements

Share Your Feedback on the Development of Pre-approved Plans for Accessory Dwelling Units: To simplify and streamline permitting, the City is working with architects, designers, and builders to develop pre-approved DADU construction plans that offer a faster, easier, and more predictable design and permitting process. (more)

Safe Routes to School Funding: Fall Mini Grants Application Now Open: Apply by October 31 for up to $1,000 to fund projects that educate students about walking and biking to school. (more)

Take the District 1 Community Network Survey: The District 1 Community Network is a loosely structured organization comprised of community councils, neighborhood groups, and residents within Seattle City Council District 1. They are developing a work plan for 2020 and would like your input. (more)

Seattle University is administering the 5th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is accessible at publicsafetysurvey.org from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

Please circulate this email to your friends, family, co-workers and community members and feel free to post the information on your social media. Attached is a flyer advertising the survey, which we encourage you to also share, print, and post at your work, religious institution, community center, apartment, or other communal location. If you would like the flyer in one of the other languages that we provide the survey in, please let us know.