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
HPIC
Other

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)

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Fall is here and so is HPAC’s next meeting – September 27, 2017

Weds., September 27, 2017All 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
spdLt. Ron Smith, Seattle Police Department: 
Reviewing current crime stats and responding to current concerns/issues

 

WINMeet Judie and Phil from Westside Neighbors Network, WNN

Westside Neighbors Network is a nonprofit corporation started by a group of West Seattle neighbors working together to create a village on the westside. We envision our village as a network of neighbors who come together to create and sustain community.  Our goal is to nurture a lively and engaged multigenerational community that celebrates and supports positive aging.

The village model began in Boston and has been replicated many times throughout the country.  Three other village organizations are already in place in Seattle and several other neighborhoods are planning theirs.

“We envision our village as a network of neighbors who come together to create and sustain community,” said founding member Judie Messier. “Our goal is to nurture a lively and engaged multigenerational community that celebrates and supports positive aging.”

HPAC Projects

HPAC Executive Committee Updates:

  • Finances, decisions, and requests
  • Highland Park Way Project Update
  • Bylaws Review and Update – sub committee to meet in Nov & Dec
  • New Meeting Format for 2018

Help HPAC update our Bylaws – Looking for members for short term committee
It has been a number of years, 13 to be exact, since HPAC Bylaws have been reviewed and updated.

We hope to have 2-3 meetings in Nov and Dec, in which members review current bylaws, suggest areas for revision, addition, and/or change and then assign section to be drafted with the goal to have updated bylaws to be presented and voted at our Jan 2018 meeting. If you are interested please email hpacchair@gmail.com.

Presentation of New Meeting Format and Working Committees
Starting in February 2018 
Meetings will be divided into two parts:

  • 7 – 7:45p – Community Presentations
  • 7:45p – 8:30p – Working Committees Meet

Draft Working Committees

1) Neighborhood Infrastructure- this committee will address issues of streets/sidewalks, transit, crosswalks, HP/SWHolden/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.
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.

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

Community Announcements
HPIC
Other

Action Needed: Report Funky Smells in Highland Park

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency needs to hear from more people affected by the intermittently pungent garbage/mulch odor in the air.  If you have been home the last few weeks, on several days when the air was still, or blowing in a certain direction, you may have detected a very strong, pungent garbage/mulch odor. When the air changed direction, the smell would dissipate, only to return when the air blew in a particular direction again.

This is a new development and is not normal.  Something down the hill has changed recently.  After driving around looking for the source, we strongly believe to be the odor is emanating from:  Eastmont Transfer Station/Waste Management and Material Recovery Facility down the hill at 7201 W. Marginal Way SW, Seattle.

An inspector from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency came out to our neighborhood a few weeks ago and confirmed the odor. Using the wind directional data and the distinct odor, she agreed that the origin was most likely the Eastmont Transfer Station. That same afternoon, she did a walk through of their facility and together they identified some areas for process improvement.

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has received very few complaints, even though the odor can be detected in other parts of Highland Park as well.

Most people do not realize that The City of Seattle considers odors to be an air-quality (ie. air pollution) issue and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency wants to hear about incidents such as this. The agency has been very responsive to the few neighbors that have complained, but they need to hear from more people. The more people who report the odor, the more quickly and effectively we can get it addressed.   

Please take the time to file odor reports on line, as this will help them document the problem.  It is quick and easy to do.

  • Go to: https://secure.pscleanair.org/Complaint/Odor.aspx and file a report each time you smell the smell.
  • Retroactively is also helpful, just provide time/date of occurrence.
    (Note: reporting is easier from a computer or tablet than a phone, due to formatting) 

With each report, they are able to further gather data to help solve the problem.  The suspected origin of the odor is:  Eastmont Transfer Station/Waste Management and Material Recovery Facility down the hill at 7201 W. Marginal Way SW, Seattle.

Please take the time to report the issue as many times as you smell it .  With your help, we can get the situation turned around and enjoy our fresh air again.

Action Needed: Attend DON Open House to Discuss Comprehensive Plan Amendments and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will be hosting open houses to discuss two topics related to how we grow and build housing in Seattle. The open houses will take place October 17 at High Point Community Center in West Seattle and October 26 at Hale’s Brewery in Fremont.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Comprehensive Plan Amendments – The City of Seattle is working to ensure that the language in existing Neighborhood Plans is consistent with the 2016 Comprehensive Plan and Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), a proposed policy that would require developers to contribute to affordable housing. You will have a chance to review Neighborhood Plan language and help choose new language that is consistent with the City’s updated vision and plan.
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) – 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.

OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE

October 17
6 – 7:30pm
High Point Community Center
6920 34th Ave SW, Seattle
Neighborhoods involved: Morgan Junction, North Rainier / Mt. Baker, West Seattle Junction, Westwood / Highland Park

Community Events & Meetings

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

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

Did you know?

HPAC maintains a Facebook page and Twitter account where we post neighborhood news, grant opportunities, and updates. Please join us on social media. There is also a Highland Park Facebook group as well where group members can post events, info, and updates, it is run by and for the neighbors of Highland Park, West Seattle.

HPAC delivers 360 letters of support for grant for “Compact Roundabout” at Highland Park Way

highlandParkRoundaboutThank you! We are all one step closer!

This week we submitted 360 letters and postcards of support from all of you – neighbors, elected officials, community groups, and businesses for SDOT’s grant application to the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board for a “Compact Roundabout” at intersection of Highland Park Way and SW Holden St. in West Seattle.

In addition to HPAC’s letter, here is a partial list of letters of support that were received:

Community Organizations

  • Westwood Roxhill Arbor Heights Community Coalition (WWRHAH)
  • South Delridge Community Group
  • West Seattle Transportation Coalition
  • Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC)
  • DNDA (Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association)
  • North Highline Unincorporated Area Council NHUAC

Elected Officials

  • Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Representative (WA 7th District)
  • Seattle City Council
  • Lisa Herbold, Seattle City Councilmember, District 1
  • Joe McDermott , Chair, King County Council, District 8
  • State Representative Eileen Cody, Washington’s 34th Legislative District
  • State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon Washington’s 34th Legislative District

Business

  • Dutchboy Coffee
  • Making Waves Coaching & Consulting

More great news – $500,000 has been identified to advance this project, so far.

From an excerpt from Seattle City Council’s letter outlining steps taken so far:

“Since 2013, residents of the Highland Park neighborhood have lobbied the city to enhance this intersection. Their efforts led to the development of a conceptual design which has been vetted by local engineers and roundabout experts at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). In 2017, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) allocated more than $200,000 in local funds to advance the design of the project. SDOT has identified an additional $300,000 in local funds to support construction as well.”

SDOT will not hear back until mid-fall on the status of the application, but with the community’s showing of support, the funds already identified, we believe this grant application is quite strong.

To learn more or be a part of other safe streets projects in Highland Park – join us at our Sept. 27, 2017 meeting. 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.

HPAC’s Comments Submitted on Mandatory Housing Affordability Draft EIS

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To: Councilmember Lisa Herbold
Office of Planning and Community Development via website
From: Highland Park Action Committee
RE: MHA DEIS Public Comment Submitted on August 1, 2017

Description of the Proposed Action and Alternatives

HPAC Answer

The Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan did not update the Westwood/Highland Park Neighborhood Plan. This one size fits all approach to urban village Up zoning will not work in areas further from reliable transit such as Westwood/Highland Park and with the lack attention paid to infrastructure regarding streets, sidewalks etc and for the last 30+ years. To increase in housing without mandating family friendly units 2-3+ bedroom units in urban villages will increase displacement. The proposed percentage of affordable units and/or impact fees is not enough to justify building up in the Westwood/Highland Park area in any of the forms of MHA.

Housing and Socioeconomics

HPAC Answer

Most concerning is displacement. In Highland Park we do have several mid- rise affordable apartments, but we are also seeing an increase in pricey town homes replacing modest single family homes. We are significantly concerned that those older mid-rise buildings are going to be replaced with expensive, small/micro units and not family friendly sized units, along with the proposed percentage of affordable units or impact fees are not enough to justify building up this area.

Land Use

No specific comment

Aesthetics

No specific comment

Transportation

HPAC Answer

Without a parallel plan to increase public transit in the next 3-10 years, adding additional housing in Westwood/Highland Park will only overburden our very limited bus access, the 131 bus being the main bus to downtown for Highland Park and it is already a squeeze to get on. With no immediate plans to increase bus service and bring light rail to the area, it is irresponsible to increase density in this area.

Historic Resources

HPAC Answer

The City of Seattle has had a long history of neglecting to increase infrastructure and resources in Highland Park and the surrounding neighborhoods in the Delridge area, from poor performing schools to ever increasing traffic, lack of sidewalks, a food desert, and poor bus service. These issues have been raised for years, some for over 70 years, with little progress. Without an immediate plan and the resources to increase infrastructure and the resources for our under-performing schools in the area it is irresponsible for the City of Seattle to upzone areas & increase density with high displacement and low opportunities such as Westwood/Highland Park.

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 overall) and 28% of our neighbors are immigrants as compared to 18% for Seattle over all.

We still feel the effects of that redlining today, with street infrastructure improvements being requested and not addressed; under-performing schools; gang violence; vacant homes and business; cuts to transit; little to no community based services; and located within a food desert to name some of structural conditions neighbors are living under. With no immediate plans to increase infrastructure and resources to the area, it is irresponsible to increase density in this area.

Biological Resources

No specific comment

Open Space & Recreation

HPAC Answer

Highland Park and the surrounding neighborhoods in the Delridge area fought to keep Myers Way parcel from being sold for development in order to develop further parks and green space. While the City has agreed to keep the parcel it has yet to be turned over to Parks to begin the development process, with no timeline in place to increase open green space, it is irresponsible to increase density in this area.

Public Services & Utilities

No specific comment

Air Quality & Green House Gas Emissions

HPAC Answer

Westwood/Highland Park sits above South Park is already is dealing with significant air pollution. Adding density is adding more people with cars, because of the lack of transit options off the peninsular, which will exacerbate that even further.


The public comment period ON MHA ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR HALA is extended until Aug 7, 2017

HAVE YOU GIVEN FEEDBACK YET?

What is MHA?

From City of Seattle’s website “Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) is a new policy to ensure that growth brings affordability. MHA will require new development to include affordable homes or contribute to a City fund for affordable housing. To put MHA into effect, Seattle needs to make zoning changes that add development capacity and expand housing choices.”

What is an EIS?

“An environmental impact statement (EIS) is prepared when the lead agency has determined a proposal is likely to result in significant adverse environmental impacts (see section on how to Assess Significance). The EIS process is a tool for identifying and analyzing probable adverse environmental impacts, reasonable alternatives, and possible mitigation.”

HPAC Request:

Speak Up for Highland Park Way/SW Holden Intersection Improvements!

Let’s fix Highland Park Way/SW Holden Intersection We need your support!

Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC) is gathering letters of support for an SDOT grant application to the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board for a “Compact Roundabout” at intersection of Highland Parkway and SW Holden St. in West Seattle.
In hopes of increasing the chances for funding, SDOT has asked for a showing community support for the project. We are hoping you will provide a letter of support for this project. We are collecting all the letters so SDOT may include them in the grant application.
 
You can download our Template Letter Letter for WTIB that you can also edit if you choose.
HPAC needs to have all letters by July 25th 
Please either:
We will also have postcards you can sign at all HPIC events in July and at Dutchboy Coffee
Please contact us  if you have any questions or comments. Please feel free to forward to any neighbors, groups, or businesses as well.
 
Thanks
Co-chairs

Text of the Template Letter for WTIB

 

Washington State Transportation Improvement Board
Republic Building, 505 Union Ave SE #350
Olympia, WA 98501

Date

To whom it may concern,

As a resident I am writing to support the City of Seattle’s grant application for a “Compact Roundabout” for the intersection of Highland Park Way and SW Holden St. in West Seattle.

Highland Park Way is a major arterial off the peninsula; it is one of the three ways out of West Seattle. The Highland Park neighborhood has been advocating for 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 and increasing traffic backups.

This project meets WSTIB criteria for a successful arterial project as it will increase safety for pedestrians, bikes, and commuters; it will address current needs and be flexible to meet the future growth, development, and density of the area; it will greatly improve the physical condition of the area as there has not been any significant infrastructure in this area for many years; and it greatly increase mobility for residents, visitors, and commercial traffic.

It is time to bring Highland Park Way into the 21st century.
Thank you,

Name
Street Address
City, State Zip
Phone

Neighborhood Happenings and News

Seattle City Council District 8 and 9 Candidate Forum
Tuesday, July 25th, from 7-9 pm
Hosted by the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council and the Highland Park Improvement Club

The format of the forum: each candidate will have 5 minutes to share their message. After after all candidates have presented, there will be a mixer where candidates can mingle with attending members of the West Seattle community to chat about specific items until 9 pm.
Who: Seattle City Council District 8 and 9 candidates
What: Candidate forum – 5 minutes presentation followed by mingling with prospective constituents
Where: Highland Park Improvement Club – 1116 SW Holden, Seattle, 98106
Why: Because voters shouldn’t look at a ballot and say “I have no idea who this is”
When: Tuesday, July 25th, from 7-9 pm
Contact: Mat McBride, Chair, Delridge Neighborhoods District Council

Please donate to Save Highland Park Elementary School’s Reading Program

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The  Reading Partners tutoring program at Highland Park Elementary School, southwest Seattle, is facing elimination due to deep budget cuts. We volunteer tutors need to raise $30,000 to keep the program. Fundraising deadline is July 15 – donations will be refunded if the goal is not met. Please contribute, to benefit students’ future success!

To donate use their Go Fund Me page.

Tutors and students work one-on-one to help students gain the skills to read at grade level. Research shows that when students can read at grade level entering 4th grade, they are 4 times more likely to graduate from high school.

Donations go to the Seattle chapter of Reading Partners, a 501(c)(3) organization, and are tax deductible: http://readingpartners.org/

Thank you for your support!  And the kids thank you, too!

Save Highland Park Reading Partners from Dina Lydia on Vimeo.

Have you give feedback on MHA Environmental Impact Statement for HALA yet?

What is MHA?

From City of Seattle’s website “Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) is a new policy to ensure that growth brings affordability. MHA will require new development to include affordable homes or contribute to a City fund for affordable housing. To put MHA into effect, Seattle needs to make zoning changes that add development capacity and expand housing choices.”

What is an EIS?

“An environmental impact statement (EIS) is prepared when the lead agency has determined a proposal is likely to result in significant adverse environmental impacts (see section on how to Assess Significance). The EIS process is a tool for identifying and analyzing probable adverse environmental impacts, reasonable alternatives, and possible mitigation.”

HPAC Request:

Did you know?

HPAC maintains a Facebook page and Twitter account where we post neighborhood news, grant opportunities, and updates. Please join us on social media.

            

There is also a Highland Park Facebook group as well where group members can post events, info, and updates, it is run by and for the neighbors of Highland Park, West Seattle.

Next HPAC Meeting is Weds., June 28, 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:

HPAC Projects
Find it, Fix it Walk – Next steps and additional neighborhood action and follow up regarding upcoming report. See video from the walk.

  •  Suggested action: Review any outstanding requests and debrief the walk.

Highland Park Way Roundabout – Next steps on securing funding and a neighborhood letter writing campaign which will be needed for this.

  • Suggested action: Approving the draft neighbor and business letter templates and outreach plan for distributing. Letters at due Aug 1, 2017

HALA – DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) community response – There is a 45 day period to submit responses, there will be a Seattle coalition analysis and likely some kind of West Seattle wide meeting to explain more of the policy wonk bits and express opinions. It will then be up to each neighborhood to respond to the overall DEIS in context to local Urban Village proposals. View video explain the process http://www.seattlechannel.org/misc-video?videoid=x76789

  • Suggested Actions from WWRHAH: Would HPAC reps wish to attend the larger analysis meetings, and, does HPAC want to meet and coordinate with SDCG & WWRHAH on our Urban Village response no later than mid-July?

H-Line MetroSDOT and Metro and the question of accountability to the community. Several neighborhood groups have reached out to SDOT regarding changes to existing 128 and 60 bus services and received conflicting messages.

  • Suggested Actions from WWRHAH: Would HPAC like coordinate with WWRHAH and SDCG to request a meeting in the early fall with Metro to present the community’s overarching mass transit challenges, and provide community generated suggestions, and request Metro to pursue data that refutes what we are telling them.

HPAC Executive Committee Updates:

  • Finances, decisions, and requests

Engagement with Community Resources
Lt. Ron Smith, Seattle Police Department: 
Reviewing current crime stats and responding to current concerns/issues

Meet Yun Pitre, Community Engagement Coordinator, with the Department of Neighborhoods.
Yun will talk about the changes to the Neighborhood District Coordinator program as there are now four Community Engagement Coordinators acting as points of contact for the City. Yun assigned to neighborhoods south of I-90 and West Seattle (District 1 & 2).

Meet Cherry Liu, Family Engagement Specialist, Neighborhood House
Neighborhood House offers preschool, toddler, and home visiting programs through its Head Start, Early Head Start, and Parent Child Home programs.  The age ranges are 3-5 years for preschool, 2-3 years for toddler, and prenatal-3 years for early head start home visiting and 16-30 months for the Parent Child Home Program.  Cherry Liu is a Family Engagement Specialist with Neighborhood House and she will be available to provide information on these programs and answer any questions community members or providers might have about them.

Meet Zach Carstensen, Director, Outreach and Engagement, Office of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
Zach will be at HPAC to learn more about the community and understand the needs as well as answer questions about Congress member Jayapal’s work in Washington DC.

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Thank YOU!

For participating in last month Find it, Fix it Walk! 
Mayor Murray has conveyed several times to HPAC leadership that Highland Park was one of the best walks he has done, because neighbors came with solutions to the issues that were raised.

Neighbors invited to Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk This a Thursday!

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Neighbors invited to Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk

Mayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leaders. The third walk this year will be held in Highland Park on Thursday, May 25.

Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk
Thursday, May 25

Meet at Highland Park Improvement Club at 1116 SW Holden St
Schedule

Sign-in, refreshments and volunteer opportunities: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Program and walk: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sign-in, refreshment and volunteer sign-up opportunities with various City programs.

6:30 p.m. – 7:55 p.m.
Walk commences along the follow route (map):

7:55 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Walk concludes at the intersection of 16th Ave SW and SW Holden St

IMG_0072Participants can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app on the walk. This smartphone app offers mobile users one more way to report selected issues to the City. Make sure to download the app before the walk.

In partnership with Cities of Service, the City will offer up to $3,000 in grants for community-led projects to each 2017 Find It, Fix It Walk neighborhood. The Highland Park Community Project Grant Application is available at seattle.gov/finditfixit until June 8. If you have an idea for a project in Highland Park, please apply today!

For more information on the Find It, Fix It Community Walks program, please contact Paige Madden at paige.madden@seattle.gov or visit http://www.seattle.gov/finditfixit.
Requested attendees:
Pierre Davis – Police Dept.
Scott Kubly – Dept. of Transportation
Jim Curtin – Dept. of Transportation
Lisa Herbold – Councilmember West Seattle
Newell Aldrich – CM Herbold’s Office
Lorena Gonzalez – Councilmember At-large
Nicolas Welch – Office of Planning and Community Development
Representative – Public Utilities (illegal dumping)
Representative – Metro
Representative – Parks Dept.
For more information please contact Paige Madden at Paige.Madden@seattle.gov or at (206) 233-5166.
http://www.seattle.gov/finditfixit

Weds., May 24th – HPAC Meeting
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:
Open Discussion on Timely Issues

Final Planning for Find It, Fix It Walk Highland Park