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Highland Park's Neighborhood Advocacy Group. An all volunteer group made up of neighbors, local business, and community organizations.

HPAC Meeting Minutes – March 28, 2018

(Approved April 25, 2018)

Community Announcements

  • Highland Park Improvement Club Updates

HPIC has many upcoming events including Corner Bar featuring the band Moonspinners on 4/6, Art Lounge on 4/13, and family movie night on 4/20. There will be an HPIC work party on 4/29 from 10am-2pm. Coming in May is the 10th annual Uncorked fundraiser, and coming in June is the 2nd annual Album Side party featuring a food truck and paper airplane contest for the kids.

  • Seattle Police Department Updates

Lt. Ron Smith reviewed crime statistics for the area.  Highland Park is seeing a drastic increase in property crimes. Residential burglary count is 21 so far this year, with only 10 at the same point last year.  Car prowls are up 14 from last year thus far.  An effort is underway to get an emphasis patrol for the Highland Park / South Delridge area.

HPAC Executive Committee Updates

  • Introductions

The HPAC 2018 Executive Committee was introduced, including Charlie Omana as Chair, Gunner Scott as Vice Chair, Michelle Glassley as Treasurer, and James Tucker as Secretary.

  • HPAC Letter  and Meeting concerning Camp Second Chance and Myers Way Parcels

The letter  written by HPAC to the head of the Seattle Human Services Department regarding the Camp Second Chance renewal was discussed. Various requests of the city were made in the letter, and we have yet to hear back. It was also pointed out that Highland Park and surrounding neighborhood has borne the brunt of the homelessness issue, and it’s only equitable to have other neighborhoods step up to host encampments. Other issues raised included jurisdictional issues and feeling that those who were voicing negative comments about the camp were not being heard by the City.

  • Meeting with Mayor’s Office

Vice-Chair Gunner Scott met with the mayor’s office to discuss a meeting to Highland Park for which the mayor accepted an invitation during her West Seattle “town hall” meeting on February 24, 2018. HPAC has not yet received a response from the mayor. Watch this space.

Find It, Fix It Walk Report Read-Through

The Find It, Fix It Community Walks: Post-Walk Update report issued by the city for Highland Park in October 2017 was reviewed and discussed.

Standing Committee Breakout Session: Neighborhood Infrastructure and Neighborhood Engagement

Time was running short, so committee breakout sessions did not take place.

Next Meeting

Please be sure to join us for our April 25, 2018 HPAC Community Open House! Food and drink will be provided.

Come learn about HPAC, share your thoughts and comments about what is needed in the neighborhood, and most of all, share some food in the great company of your neighbors. All are welcome, including kids. We will have low key format. Let’s kick off spring together!

To ensure that there is enough food for everyone, please be sure to RSVP at the following link by April 13, 2018: RSVP here.

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March Meeting: Find It, Fix It Walk Report and Standing Committee Sessions

Dear Neighbor,

As you look at HPAC’s new executive committee, you will see some new faces, and find familiar ones, too!

I am delighted to serve as the new chair for the Highland Park Action Committee and look forward to working with you to encourage positive change in our neighborhood.

As an LGBT person of color and child of an immigrant, it makes me proud to live in a neighborhood with such wonderful cultural, economic, and ideological diversity and strong community ties as Highland Park. I believe that these qualities are assets, and should be leveraged to effect a more equitable, just, and environmentally conscious neighborhood.

Please be sure to join us for our March meeting next Wednesday. You will find our March 28 agenda below. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our community open house on April 25! Be sure to RSVP so that we can save a plate for you.

If you have any questions or comments, I can always be reached at hpacchair@gmail.com. I hope to meet you soon!

Sincerely,


Charlie Omana
2018 Chair, HPAC

MARCH 28, 2018 HPAC Meeting

Greetings! Be sure to join us next Wednesday for our March HPAC meeting!

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.

The March agenda is as follows:

7:00 Community Announcements

HPIC
Other

7:05 HPAC Executive Committee Updates

A.) New Executive Committee Introductions

B.) Discuss HPAC Letter (HPACMyersWayEncampment 2018) and Meeting concerning Camp Second Chance and Myers Way Parcels

C.) Meeting with Mayor’s Office

7:10 Find It, Fix It Walk Report Read-Through

We will go through each page of the Find It, Fix It Community Walks: Post-Walk Update report issued by the city for Highland Park in October 2017. Be prepared to discuss.

Please access the report here:
Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walks: Post-Walk Update Report

8:10 Standing Committee Breakout Session: Neighborhood Infrastructure and Neighborhood Engagement

After many attempts at previous meetings, we WILL be breaking out into committees this meeting. Pick your poison below:

1) Neighborhood Infrastructure– This committee will address issues of streets/sidewalks, transit, crosswalks, HP/SW Holden/curb cuts, traffic signals: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, developing campaigns, outreaching to City departments, educating policy makers.

2) Neighborhood Engagement – This committee will address issues of community engagement including safety/crime/SPD, encampments, SPU, beautification, parks, trails, trash, events, and environmental issues: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, coalition building with other neighborhood groups, outreaching to City departments, developing projects, and engaging neighbors.

NEXT MEETING

openhsePlease be sure to join us for our April 25, 2018 HPAC Community Open House! Food and drink will be provided.

Come learn about HPAC, share your thought and comments about what is needed in the neighborhood, and most of all, share some food in the great company of your neighbors. All are welcome, including kids. We will have low key format. Let’s kick off spring together!

To ensure that there is enough food for everyone, please be sure to RSVP at the following link by April 13, 2018: RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/wntQ9uiiUq2D2qXH2

TAKE ACTION!

Comment on Camp Second Chance permit renewal

The City of Seattle is seeking community input concerning the permitting of Camp Second Chance for another year on the Myers Way Parcels. City policy presently allows sanctioned encampments to remain at a location up to two years. However, as reported on the West Seattle Blog, the camp has already been at the site for a year and (almost) 9 months. The city eventually sanctioned and provided funding for the camp in February of 2017.

A public meeting seeking comments was held by the city on Tuesday, March 20, but you can still submit comments until Thursday, April 5, 2018!

To do so, simply email your comments to homelessness@seattle.gov (with Myers Way in the subject line) or call 206-727-8496 by April 5th.

Apply to serve on the Seattle Renter’s Commission

The Seattle Renter’s Commission is seeking applicants to serve as community commissioners on its 15-member panel. Applicants living in diverse rental-housing types are encouraged to apply.

The Seattle Renter’s Commission was established by the Seattle City Council in 2017. The volunteer commission is composed of a diverse group of renters across Seattle who advise, inform, and counsel the mayor, city council, and other city departments on issues concerning and affecting renters. Interested parties can apply using an online application by Thursday, April 12 at 5 p.m.

Mailed applications can be requested by contacting Maureen Sheehan at (206) 684-0302, or can be picked up at Seattle Department of Neighborhoods in Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd floor, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Citywide Open Houses: Learn more about MHA and other City services that promote equity
District 1 Open House: May 9, 6-8pm at Louisa Boren K-8

Seattle City Council has formed a Committee of the Whole (which means all Councilmembers participate) for MHA and will be holding committee meetings and public hearings over the next 6 months. All events are open to the public and provide time for public comment. See City Council’s Committee of the Whole for MHA page Get in touch with City Council and share your suggestions for Mandatory Housing Affordability:
citywideMHA@seattle.gov

HPAC Annual Meeting: Feb. 28 – Vote For Executive Committee & HPAC Bylaws plus SPD Update

annual

Welcome to our Annual Meeting!

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 Includes:

7:00p Engagement with Community Resources

spdMeet Lt. Ron Smith, Seattle Police Department: Reviewing current crime stats and responding to current concerns/issues

7:10p 

Meet Seattle City Light’s Advanced Metering Program Team
City Light is excited to announce that advanced meters are the new meter standard for City Light’s service territory. In October 2016, City Light started the installation of advanced meters on new residential and small commercial construction projects under normal business operations. The majority of residential and commercial customers will begin receiving new meters in the summer of 2017. This is an incremental approach, with benefits realized` once the entire system is installed by 2019. Customers who do not wish to receive the benefits of an advanced meter can choose to opt out.

7:30p Community Announcements

HPIC
Other

7:35p HPAC Executive Committee Updates

  • HPAC Bylaws Vote – Please review the current draft of updated Bylaws via download or view on on website – all draft changes are in RED.
  • Nominations and Vote for HPAC Executive Committee

electionsOur election is this month – nominations can be taken via email or at our February meeting – each position is for a one year term.
HPAC’s current co-chairs will not be running again.

To nominate yourself and/or another HPAC member– please provide either via email to hpacchair@gmail.com or verbally in person at Feb meeting: Name, position sought, email, phone, address, and up to a 75 word response to the following:

  • What lived/professional skills, experiences, and resources would you bring to the position sought?
  • What do you like about the Highland Park community?
  • What could be one improved in Highland Park? How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission of HPAC? 
  • Positions Up for Election Include:
    1. Chairperson(s) – The duties include preside at all HPAC meetings and Executive Committee meetings, prepare agendas, report on the actions of the Executive Committee, maintain momentum of programs initiated by the HPAC.
    2. Assistant/Vice Chairperson(s) – The duties include to serve in the absence of the Chairperson, to develop and encourage broader membership participation, and to plan and organize special projects and functions. Serve as liaison to Delridge District Council/Southwest District Council and other Councils as needed.
    3. Secretary – The duties include notify the membership of the next meeting date, time, take the minutes of the HPAC meetings, with a summary of actions taken and assignments made ready to be presented at each subsequent meeting.
    4. Treasurer – The duties include receive and disburse funds as instructed by the Executive Committee and the HPAC, works with our fiscal sponsor in record keeping, and reports on the financial position of the HPAC at each meeting.

8:00p New Standing Committees To Meet: Neighborhood Infrastructure & Neighborhood Engagement

1) Neighborhood Infrastructure- this committee will address issues of streets/sidewalks, transit, crosswalks, HP/SW Holden/curb cuts, traffic signals: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, developing campaigns, outreaching to City departments, educating policy makers.

Potential Issue Areas to Address

2) Neighborhood Engagement – this committee will address issues of community engagement including safety/crime/SPD, encampments, SPU, beautification, parks, trails, trash, events, and environmental issues: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, coalition building with other neighborhood groups, outreaching to City departments, developing projects, and engaging neighbors.

Potential Issue Areas to Address

Next meeting is March 28, 2018

Take Action

West Seattle and Ballard Light Rail Link Extension Sound Transit’s Online Open House

The West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions are part of the regional ST3 package that voters approved in November 2016. Sound Transit is seeking public and agency input on alignment and station location alternatives. Visit the online open house to comment and give feedback.

Seattle Parks and Recreation launches 2018 Major Projects Challenge Fund; Applications due March 2018

Does your community group have a proposal on how to renovate, expand, or upgrade a Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) facility or park? The Major Projects Challenge Fund (MPCF), which is a Seattle Park District funding initiative, will provide a funding match to a community-initiated “major project” that is not otherwise covered by an identified SPR funding source. The MPCF will provide up to $1.6 million per year as a match to a significant improvement or expansion at an existing SPR park or facility. Click here to view complete 2018 funding criteria.

Take the Seattle Department of Transportation On-Street Parking Survey 

HPAC Agenda 1/24/2018: Meet SPU’s Natural Drainage Systems, Sharps Collection Pilot Program & (Indoor) Tennis Anyone?

joinWeds. January 24, 2018

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 Includes:

7:00p Engagement with Community Resources

spdMeet Lt. Ron Smith, Seattle Police Department: Reviewing current crime stats and responding to current concerns/issues

tennisMeet the Friends of Southwest Tennis
Indoor Tennis Proposal: View short presentation about the project idea, the study findings, and start the conversation with Lisa Corbin

Meet SPU’s Sharps Collection Pilot Program
Seattle Public Utilities is helping clean up Seattle through their Sharps (needles, syringes, and lancets) Pilot Program. The program, which began in August of 2016, helps mitigate sharps litter in public spaces, provides sharps drop off locations throughout the city, and training on needle disposal and safety.This training will go over further details on the program, sharps disposal and safety, and risks of bloodborne pathogens. For additional questions, please contact Alison Steinbacher (206-684-3326alison.steinbacher@seattle.gov) or Tracy Cramer (206-684-5813tracy.cramer@seattle.gov).
drain8  Meet SPU’s Natural Drainage Systems Program
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is planning to build natural drainage systems in your neighborhood in 2019.

  • SPU has identified streets in the Longfellow Creek Basin that are technically feasible to construct natural drainage systems, and have surveyed residents on those streets to identify existing drainage issues and gauge where there is support for these systems
  • SPU will know what streets will proceed to design in spring of 2018
  • Construction will begin in 2019

7:50p Community Announcements

HPIC
Other

7:55p HPAC Executive Committee Updates

  • HPAC Draft Bylaws Update: it has been 14 years, since HPAC Bylaws have been updated).
    • Please review the current draft of our updated Bylaws via downloador view on on website – all draft changes are in RED.
    • Please submit comments, concerns, additions, or suggested changes at our Jan 24th meeting (see details below) or via email by Jan 25 to hpacchair@gmail.com.

    Bylaws to be presented and voted at our Annual Meeting on Weds. February 28, 2018.

  • Nominations for Co-chairs & other positions – vote to be in Feb. 
    To nominate yourself and/or another HPAC member – please provide either via email to hpacchair@gmail.com or verbally in person at Jan or Feb meetings: Name, position sought, email, phone, address, and up to a 75 word response to the following:

    • What lived/professional skills, experiences, and resources would you bring to the position sought?
    • What do you like about the Highland Park community?
    • What could be one improved in Highland Park? How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission of HPAC? 

8:00p New Standing Committees Meet: Neighborhood Infrastructure & Neighborhood Engagement

1) Neighborhood Infrastructure- this committee will address issues of streets/sidewalks, transit, crosswalks, HP/SW Holden/curb cuts, traffic signals: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, developing campaigns, outreaching to City departments, educating policymakers.
Potential Issue Areas to Address

2) Neighborhood Engagement – this committee will address issues of community engagement including safety/crime/SPD, encampments, SPU, beautification, parks, trails, trash, events, and environmental issues: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, coalition building with other neighborhood groups, outreaching to City departments, developing projects, and engaging neighbors.
Potential Issue Areas to Address

Next Meeting is our Annual Meeting on Weds. February 28, 2018.

 

HPAC’s Draft Updated Bylaws Are Ready for Your Review!

HPAC is ready to get started again in 2018!happy-new-year-2018-greetings

bylawsBylaws

With that in mind, a small committee has reviewed and made draft changes to our by-laws to reflect where HPAC is today (it has been 14 years, since HPAC Bylaws have been updated).

  • Please review the current draft of our updated Bylaws via download or view on on website – all draft changes are in RED.
  • Please submit comments, concerns, additions, or suggested changes at our Jan 24th meeting (see details below) or via email by Jan 25 to hpacchair@gmail.com.

Bylaws to be presented and voted at our Annual Meeting on Weds. February 28, 2018.

highlandParkRoundaboutWA State grant denied for Highland Park Way Roundabout Project

We are extremely disappointed to learn that we did not get the state grant for the HP roundabout project. We will continue to advocate and SDOT will continue to work with us on looking at next steps. See West Seattle Blog full story.

Join us for our first meeting of 2018 on Weds. January 24, 2018

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All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Ho

lden 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 Includes:

7:00p Engagement with Community Resources

spdMeet Lt. Ron Smith, Seattle Police Department: Reviewing current crime stats and responding to current concerns/issues

 

 

tennisMeet the Friends of Southwest Tennis
Indoor Tennis Proposal: View short presentation about the project idea, the study findings, and start the conversation with Lisa Corbin

The city-funded study showed that the West Seattle Peninsula is underserved for year-round indoor tennis, and a new facility is potentially very viable. Our site for the proposed facility was slated to be at the southwest athletic complex (29th and Thistle) which is school district property. Well, after almost 36 months of green lighting this community project, the school district has pulled the site off of the table.  Now we are searching for other potential sites. One potential spot that has emerged is at West Crest Park, along 8th avenue South of the new parking lot and bathroom.  An indoor tennis building wouldn’t affect any of the existing amenities at the park. There are of course many steps ahead, and years of work.  Before we approach parks, we would like to discuss this idea with the neighborhood. https://www.facebook.com/SouthwestIndoorTennis/

drain8Meet SPU’s Natural Drainage Systems Program
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is planning to build natural drainage systems in your neighborhood in 2019. When it rains in this part of West Seattle, pollution from our streets runs into Longfellow Creek untreated. This is not healthy for the creek or for people. The good news is: there is something we can do. Natural drainage systems capture and clean pollutants before they can reach the creek. SPU has identified streets in the Longfellow Creek Basin that are technically feasible to construct natural drainage systems, and have surveyed residents on those streets to identify existing drainage issues and gauge where there is support for these systems. Please contact Jonathan Brown, Project Manager, for additional questions (206.386.4027 or email jonathan.brown@seattle.gov)

7:30p Community Announcements
HPIC
Other

7:35p HPAC Executive Committee Updates

  • Draft Bylaws update
  • Nominations for Co-chairs & other positions – vote to be in Feb. (see info below on positions and duties and how to nominate)

7:45p New Standing Committees Meet: Neighborhood Infrastructure & Neighborhood Engagement

Goals: 

  1. To identify, represent, and advocate views of the Highland Park neighborhood on issues of infrastructure, civic engagement, equality and quality of life through a community development process;
  2. Know the structure and purpose of City government by learning the decision‐making process and influence elected officials, City departments and members of the public on the issues.
  3. Celebrate success!

Community Development Process: To identify the issues, discuss each one and agree on the priority. Sort the issues into short‐term or long‐term projects and begin to evaluate how your committee would like to approach each issue. Develop activities, strategies, and outcomes for each project. Plan and implement activities. Recruit volunteers, engage neighbors, and educate policy makers.

1) Neighborhood Infrastructure this committee will address issues of streets/sidewalks, transit, crosswalks, HP/SW Holden/curb cuts, traffic signals: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, developing campaigns, outreaching to City departments, educating policy makers.

Potential Issue Areas to Address

2) Neighborhood Engagement – this committee will address issues of community engagement including safety/crime/SPD, encampments, SPU, beautification, parks, trails, trash, events, and environmental issues: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, coalition building with other neighborhood groups, outreaching to City departments, developing projects, and engaging neighbors.

Potential Issue Areas to Address

Nominations for HPAC Executive/Steering Committee Are Now Open

electionsElection is February– nominations can be taken via email or at the Jan or February meetings – each position is for a one year term.

To nominate yourself and/or another HPAC member – please provide either via email to hpacchair@gmail.com or verbally in person at Jan or Feb meetings: Name, position sought, email, phone, address, and up to a 75 word response to the following:

  • What lived/professional skills, experiences, and resources would you bring to the position sought?
  • What do you like about the Highland Park community?
  • What could be one improved in Highland Park? How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission of HPAC? 
  • Positions Up for Election Include:
    1. Chairperson(s) – The duties include preside at all HPAC meetings and Executive Committee meetings, prepare agendas, report on the actions of the Executive Committee, maintain momentum of programs initiated by the HPAC.
    2. Assistant/Vice Chairperson(s) – The duties include to serve in the absence of the Chairperson, to develop and encourage broader membership participation, and to plan and organize special projects and functions. Serve as liaison to Delridge District Council/Southwest District Council and other Councils as needed.
    3. Secretary – The duties include notify the membership of the next meeting date, time, take the minutes of the HPAC meetings, with a summary of actions taken and assignments made ready to be presented at each subsequent meeting.
    4. Treasurer – The duties include receive and disburse funds as instructed by the Executive Committee and the HPAC, works with our fiscal sponsor in record keeping, and reports on the financial position of the HPAC at each meeting.

Next HPAC Meeting – ANNUAL MEETING
Weds. February 28, 2018

Agenda Sneak Peak!

  • City Light Presentation on installation of advanced meters
  • Vote: HPAC Elections
  • Vote: on By-Law Changes
  • Committee Meetings

How to get involved? Come to HPAC meetings and/or email hpacchair@gmail.com

HPAC City Budget & Advocacy Updates

LEAD Program
HPAC co-chairs sent a letter to City Council requesting, again, that Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), a pre-booking diversion pilot program developed with the community to address low-level drug and prostitution crimes be expanded into Highland Park and South Delridge. Our letter is below:

To: City Councilmembers: Sally Bagshaw, M. Lorena Gonzalez, Bruce Harrell, Lisa Herbold, Rob Johnson, Debora Juarez, Mike O’Brien, Kshama Sawant, Kirsten Harris-Talley

November 11, 2017

Fund LEAD expansion into Highland Park and South Delridge in 2018

Dear Councilmembers:

As representatives of Highland Park Action Committee we are writing to request that funding for LEAD expansion specifically for Highland Park and the neighborhoods in South Delridge, including Riverview, Westwood Village, Arbor Heights, Rox Hill, and South of Delridge, is present in the final 2018 City of Seattle budget. LEAD is a proven method to effectively address community safety and public health concerns while minimizing unnecessary and ineffective use of the justice system, and our community is ready for expansion of this proven model.

Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC) is Highland Park Neighborhood Group which represents over 10,000 residents in Highland Park and Riverview. We are an all volunteer & not for profit neighborhood organization and our role is to be an advocate for Highland Park area and to affect positive change in our neighborhood. For the last several years, we have advocated for infrastructure including crosswalks, sidewalks, trails, safety enhancements, zoning changes for affordable housing, and additional resources so we can continue to build a thriving interconnected community.

As you know, Highland Park is a mixed race/mixed income community that has faced historic redlining, has a lower median income as compared to Seattle overall (22% lower than Seattle overall), with 81% of students at Highland Park Elementary on Free or Reduced lunch (May 2016), higher percentage of single parent families (13% as compared to 8% in Seattle overall), and higher percentage of those who speak little to no English (10% vs. 5% for Seattle over all) and 28% of our neighbors are immigrants as compared to 18% for Seattle over all.

This is not to generalize that all those dealing with poverty are in need of services like LEAD, but factors of chronic environmental stress such as under-performing schools, gang violence, street crime, deteriorating public spaces, under resourced infrastructure, concentrated poverty, little to no community based services, a lack of opportunities, and other structural conditions that neighbors are living under, can undermine both individual and community resilience in a neighborhood. Social disorganization, crime, and signs of physical deterioration (e.g. vacant housing, litter, graffiti) in a neighborhood can then signal to residents that their immediate environment is unsafe.

Bringing LEAD to Highland Park and South Delridge, which is designed to improve individual and community well-being by allowing officers to redirect individuals engaged in drug related crime and/or sex work to community-based services instead of jail and prosecution, will help to reduce chronic environmental stress in our area.

Since 2008, Highland Park has hosted three large homeless encampments and has been a staging area for those living in their RVs or cars starting in 2016. The first Nickelsville encampment started 2008 in Highland Park at the Glass Yard site. It was eventually moved until it returned in 2011 until 2015. In June of 2016, Camp Second Chance arrived at Myers Way as an unsanctioned encampment and it was then sanctioned in December of 2016. That area of Myers Way and the Glass Yard site continues to have unsanctioned encampments along with RVs and car campers on various neighborhood streets and the Westcrest and Riverview Park parking lots.

The LEAD expansion into Highland Park and South Delridge would also help to mitigate the impact of the additional environmental stress hosting these encampments has had on Highland Park and the neighborhoods that surround Myers Way Parcel.

This is also in line with the request we made to the City Council and Mayor on December of 2016 for the City to develop an encompassing Neighborhood Protocols for Sanctioned Encampments plan, which was for the City to provide additional resources, including LEAD, to mitigate the impact an encampment would have on the neighborhood.

King County has committed to bringing LEAD to White Center, which borders Highland Park, Westwood, Arbor Heights, Rox Hill, and South Delridge. There are already complications of jurisdiction lines between Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s office when dealing with issues of crime and safety in this area and not having programs that cross these borders can make the strategies and tactics less effective.

 We are grateful for Council Members Juarez, Sawant, Bagshaw, Harris-Talley, O’Brien and Johnson and their responsiveness to community requests thus far regarding the inclusion of LEAD expansion in the budget.  We are aware that Council supporters of LEAD are presently advocating for different revenue strategies to support this investment and others.  Because LEAD reliably generates criminal justice system cost savings while decreasing participants’ criminal involvement, including expansion of the program makes sense under any budgeting approach.

Despite the growing demand for LEAD in Seattle we know there still no funding in place to make it available to individuals, communities and police officers outside of Seattle’s West and East Precincts. In fact, LEAD is not even at saturation level of service in the West (downtown/Belltown/Pioneer Square/Chinatown-ID) and East (Capitol Hill, Central District, First Hill, Little Saigon) Precincts, where LEAD can currently receive referrals.

Introducing LEAD as an option would provide neighborhoods and police officers an alternative to jail while effectively addressing real public order issues. LEAD is a Seattle-made, nationally-replicated, model that all community members in Seattle should benefit from.  Please ensure that LEAD expansion is included the final City of Seattle Budget, no matter which revenue sources are ultimately chosen by the Council to support critical programs.

Sincerely,

Gunner Scott & Michele Witzki
HPAC Co-Chairs

Find It Fix It Walk Report
On Oct 27, 2017, almost 6 months after the walk the report was released. HPAC will be reviewing the report at our next meeting in January 2018.

Please download the report at: Update Report to the Highland Park Find It Fix It Community Walk.

SUCCESS!
Update on update on SDOT’s Chief Sealth High School Walkway Improvements project.

This project is part of the Neighborhood Street Fund program, which funds community-requested projects.

From SDOT – Updated Design

“In August, we announced that we would be removing from our plans the paving of the  walkway on 25th Ave SW between SW Trenton and SW Cloverdale streets. After further evaluation and feedback from the community, we’re happy to announce that plans to pave the 25th Ave SW walkway are back on. The walkway on 26th Ave SW will also be improved, as has been the case throughout design.

Thank you to those who provided feedback about this project. We’ll be finalizing the design soon and expect construction to start in mid-2018. Please see the project website to view the updated project design: www.seattle.gov/transportation/NSFChiefSealthWalkway.htm “

Sincerely,
Michael Charles
Outreach Lead
Neighborhood Street Fund Program

Next HPAC Meetings – Agenda Sneak Peak!
Weds., January 24, 2018

  • Indoor Tennis Proposal
  • New Committee Structure
  • Draft Bylaws update
  • Nominations for Co-chairs & other positions

Weds. February 28, 2018

  • City Light Presentation on installation of advanced meters
  • HPAC Elections
  • Committee Meetings

October Meeting: Meet SPU and City Light

Next HPAC Meeting is Weds., October 25, 2017

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, 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 Includes:

Engagement with Community Resources


Lt. Ron Smith, Seattle Police Department: 

Reviewing current crime stats and responding to current concerns/issues

Meet SPU Drainage and Wastewater South Operations Center Team

The City of Seattle has purchased property at 4500 W Marginal Way SW for use as Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) Drainage and Wastewater South Operations Center (SOC). The facility will be home to some of SPU’s Drainage and Wastewater field employees, work vehicles and equipment storage. These field employees clean and repair the City’s sewer and drainage systems, investigate waterway pollution, provide emergency response to storm events and natural disasters, and more.

As a nearby neighbor, SPU wanted you to be among the first to learn about the proposed building improvements and SPU’s planned use of the building. Join SPU Project Manager and staff at the Highland Park Action Committee Meeting on Oct. 25 to hear more and ask any questions you have about their future building on W Marginal Way SW.

Meet Seattle City Light’s Advanced Metering Program Team
City Light is excited to announce that advanced meters are the new meter standard for City Light’s service territory. In October 2016, City Light started the installation of advanced meters on new residential and small commercial construction projects under normal business operations. The majority of residential and commercial customers will begin receiving new meters in the summer of 2017. This is an incremental approach, with benefits realized` once the entire system is installed by 2019. Customers who do not wish to receive the benefits of an advanced meter can choose to opt out.

Community Announcements
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HPAC Projects

HPAC Executive Committee Updates:

  • REACH (DSHS) Program May Come to Highland Park
  • Falconridge Farm & Potential For Neighborhood Input Aligning with our Emerging Vision for the Highland Park Neighborhood
  • Ideas and Discussion for Speakers & Topics for 2018
  • Highland Park Way Roundabout Project Update
  • Reminder Bylaws Subcommittee to meet in Nov & Dec
  • Reminder New Meeting Format for 2018

Help HPAC update our Bylaws – Looking for more members for short term committee

Community Events & Meetings

Volunteers Needed For Highland Park Roundabouts Cleanup and Beautification

Highland Park Roundabouts Cleanup and Beautification
This month we will be cleaning out the weeds, blackberry vines, and dead plants from four roundabouts in Highland Park, then replacing with new trees, shrubs and ground cover. We could use your help. 
If you live, walk or drive near the intersections listed below, or you love to garden, or you just want to meet some neighbors, come on out and pitch in!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

  • 10am – 12:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Trenton — remove overgrowth & dead plants
  • 2pm – 4:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Thistle — remove overgrowth & dead plants

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

  • 10am – 12:30pm: 10th Ave SW & SW Thistle — remove overgrowth & dead plants
  • 2pm – 4:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Kenyon — remove summer annuals

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29

  • 10am – 11:30am: 12th Ave SW & SW Trenton — install new plants & mulch
  • 12pm – 1:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Thistle — install new plants & mulch
  • 2pm – 3:30pm: 10th Ave SW & SW Thistle — install new plants & mulch
  • 4pm – 5:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Kenyon — install new plants & mulch

If you can lend a hand at any of those times, please contact Aubbie so we know how many volunteers to expect. We can also use garden tools, wheelbarrows, yard waste bins, etc. Questions? Give Aubbie a shout — at aubbiebeal@gmail.com or PM via NextDoor or Facebook.
Thank you!
Aubbie & Gunner

Events at HPIC

Happening at Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC)

  • 1st Fridays – Corner Bar
  • 2nd Fridays ART LOUNGE Art Class + community art lounge + HPIC bar
  • 3rd Fridays Family Movie Night
  • Every Monday and Thursday 7:00 pm Yoga Flow – All Levels
  • Saturdays @ 9AM (60 min) – Hatha Yoga

Delridge Neighborhood District Council Monthly Meeting
3rd Weds of the month at 7p – See Facebook page for location

 

Advocacy Needed

Contact SDOT to Reinstate Funds for Chief Sealth International High School  Walkway Project 
Hello neighbors!
I’m asking you to reach out to the city of Seattle to voice your support for the Chief Sealth International High School Walkway Project that was slated for completion in 2018. The funds were already allocated in the 2017 Neighborhood Parks and Streets Fund and for some reason… someone slashed the project in half!

The West Seattle Blog has also done a fantastic job in letting the neighborhood know the important details, you can refer back to this article: http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/you-can-help-community-campaign-to-convince-sdot-to-keep-its-commitment-to-full-chief-sealth-walkways-project/

Here are just a few of the reasons why this walkway needs to be constructed as initially planned:
1.The safety issue for students is very high on the list. I have parents of CSHS telling me that they will not let their children use this pathway for fear of theft, drug dealing, personal safety etc.
2. The lack of green space in South Delridge is the highest of any neighborhood in the city. As we continue to discuss HALA, I find it inexplicable that green space isn’t an integral part of it.  The Emerald City is losing a little of its “emerald’ daily and we need to consciously grab on to what is left. The initial proposal gave this neighborhood a real gem in place of the current eye sore. Other sections of WS are getting “pocket parks”; we need to advocate for our green spaces too!
3. So many people, in addition to the students, use this undeveloped path: people going to and from the Westwood Village for shopping and bus riders from 25th and Barton.
4. As it stands now in its current state, this lot is a magnet for dumping and nefarious activity. This project will help curtail those negative activities.
5. The same person has owned the adjoining properties for over 20 years. He has done absolutely no improvements and has filed no permits during this entire time span. That the city is using the “possibility” for the developer to “eventually” make the necessary improvements is absurd.

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND WRITE QUICK EMAIL IN SUPPORT OF THE ORIGINAL WALKWAY PROPOSAL. That email link is:NSFChiefSealthWalkway@seattle.gov

Please send this email on to anyone else that will lend support. Thank you for your support!
In community,
Marianne McCord


Comment on Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – Comment period will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2017
The City of Seattle is asking for ideas on what should be included in the environmental analysis (EIS) for the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) program. An ADU is a secondary unit inside, attached to, or in the backyard of your home. We want to help you understand the purpose and process of the EIS and find out what is important to you.

The City of Seattle is proposing to change regulations in the Land Use Code to remove barriers to the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADU) in single-family zones. The proposal involves allowing two ADUs on one lot, removing the existing off-street parking and owner-occupancy requirements, and changing some development standards that regulate the size and location of detached ADUs.

We are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will analyze two alternatives and identify the impacts of each alternative. We want your feedback on what to consider and analyze as we explore options for small-scale housing options in Seattle’s neighborhoods.

All comments are welcome during the scoping phase, but comments on the following topics are particularly valuable:

  • Reasonable range of alternatives
  • Potentially affected resources and extent of analysis for those resources
  • Measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate effects of the proposal

Neighborhoods involved: CITYWIDE.
Online at seattle.gov/council/ADU-EIS
by email to ADUEIS@seattle.gov
by mail to Aly Pennucci, City Council Central Staff, PO Box 34025 Seattle, WA 98124-4025
In person at our next public scoping meeting October 26, 2017, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Hale’s Ales (in the Palladium), 4301 Leary Way NW
For more information, visit seattle.gov/council/ADU-EIS.

Take the 2017 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. (more)

Apply for Mini Grants to Help Your Mini-Me(s) Get to School Safely
Seattle Department of Transportation is currently accepting applications for the Safe Routes to School Mini Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $1,000 to schools, PTAs, and community groups.(more)