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.
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.
Please join us for a 6:30 potluck, 7:00 meeting at HPIC on Wednesday, January 28th. We have invited SDOT to discuss the Highland Park Way / Holden intersection backup and subsequent traffic bypassing the intersection on residential streets. HPAC is looking for new leadership or a new leadership team- if you or someone you know might be interested in this please join us at this meeting.
No HPAC meeting for November- it falls on Thanksgiving eve, and no meeting for December either as it falls on Christmas eve this year. Happy Holidays!
Please join Highland Park Elementary for Dinner and a Square Dance on Friday October 24 from 6-9pm. (free) dinner at 6p, and the dance is from 7-9p. It’s a public dance with a live string band, everyone is invited, all ages & abilities! Every kid gets to take home a pumpkin! Donations will be accepted as a PTA fundraiser, Contact: email@example.com if you have questions.