Join us for HPAC’s Community Open House! 4/25/2018

Next HPAC Meeting is Weds. April 25, 2017


(Food will be provided. To ensure there is enough for everyone, please RSVP HERE bySunday, April 22, 2018)

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!

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:

7:00 PM – Welcome from HPAC Chair Charlie Omana
7:05 PM – Approval of Minutes

  • Please see the March 28, 2018 meeting minutes HERE

7:10 PM – HPAC Executive Committee Updates:

  • Myers Way Follow-up Letter (READ HERE)
  • Meeting with Representatives from Mayor’s Office
  • Highland Park Way project Update

7:20 PM – Open Discussion on Timely Issues

Over bites and beverages, let’s discuss the needs of Highland Park. What positive changes should our neighborhood pursue? What elements and characteristics should be preserved? Potential topics could include:

  • Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Crime and Safety
  • Recreation, Green Space, and Environment
  • Business
  • Community

The following community resources will be on hand to distribute information and engage with attendees:
King County RainWise
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Duwamish Rowing Club

 

Engage With Your Community!

Link Light Rail will not be reaching the south peninsula transit service area anytime soon, but the two Metro downtown bus routes (125, 131) that serve Highland Park may be impacted by the light rail extension into West Seattle.

To ensure that your transportation questions and concerns are addressed, be sure to attend the West Seattle and Ballard Link Light Rail Extensions Neighborhood Forum to be held at the Masonic Lodge (4736 40th Ave SW, 98116) in West Seattle on May 5, 2018 from 10am to 12:30pm. You can learn more here and RSVP for this event here.

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Public Forum on Homelessness on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1pm-3pm at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center Theater (4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle WA  98106).

Representatives from the Seattle Department of Human Services, Plymouth House, Mockingbird Society, and SPD’s Southwest Precinct will be on hand to discuss this timely topic and answer questions.

Admission to this event is free, but RSVP is requested. Please register at the following link by clicking the blue “Register Now” button: http://westseattle.wschamber.com/events/details/a-public-forum-on-homelessness-hosted-by-the-west-seattle-chamber-2445

The Duwamish Alive! Coalition is holding an Earth Day Celebration at various locations along the Duwamish River watershed on April 21 from 10am to 2pm for habitat clean-up/improvement.

The Duwamish River is the major body of water nearest to Highland Park. It provides critical habitat and feeding grounds for salmon, pinnipeds, and waterfowl, as well as being an important industrial waterway. To find the location nearest to you and sign up to volunteer, please follow this link: http://www.duwamishalive.org/event/duwamish-alive-earth-day/

Be Prepared!
A catastrophic emergency in our region coupled with Seattle’s unique geography may render transportation and communication infrastructure unusable, effectively isolating many neighborhoods within the city.

To prepare for such an event, the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubsand Seattle Auxiliary Communication Service will hold a full-city simulated power outage exercise on April 28, 2018 from 9am to 12pm, with three locations located within West Seattle. To volunteer or participate, find more information here.

HIGHLAND PARK UNCORKED 2018
Fundraiser for HPIC – Join us for an evening of wine, art, food, and most importantly, community!  We sell out every year, so book early.
May 19, 2018 at 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Highland Park Improvement Club
1116 SW Holden St
Seattle, WA 98106

Community Events & Meetings

Happening at Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC)

April 29, 2018    Volunteer Work Party # 1! (10AM – 2PM )

  • 1st Fridays – Corner Bar
  • 2nd Fridays ART LOUNGE Art Class + community art lounge + HPIC bar
  • 3rd Fridays Family Movie Night
  • Mondays and Thursdays 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

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Follow-up Letter Concerning the Myers Way Parcels and Sanctioned Encampments

From Charlie Omana, Chair, Highland Park Action Committee:

Neighbors,

On April 3 HPAC sent a letter to Seattle’s Human Services Department to follow-up on previous letters submitted in March of this year and December of 2016 for which we have yet to receive a response.

As you may be aware, Catherine Lester, Director of the Human Services Department, has tendered her resignation and her final day will be May 1, 2018. As such, I made sure to also address this letter to Jason Johnson, the current Deputy Director who has been appointed by the mayor to oversee the department in the interim upon Ms. Lester’s departure.

Given the length of time that has elapsed since HPAC’s original letter in 2016, I felt it pertinent to request a response from the city no later than Friday, April 27, 2018 addressing the concerns of Highland Park residents and surrounding communities concerning the Myers Way Parcels’ conversion to parks and the overarching issues related to having encampments in our communities.

I must inform you that at the most recent Camp Second Chance Community Advisory meeting, there was discussion about allowing the camp to remain in place longer than the 2 years allowed by city ordinance. Presently, sanctioned encampments can only stay at a site for 12 months, with an option to renew for a 12-month extension. Any changes to this ordinance must be made by the city council. Should the council decide to take up such an amendment, it may prolong the length of time for which Seattle residents and our neighbors in unincorporated King County can expect to see usable park space at Myers Way.

As the city mulls permitting Camp Second Chance for another 12 months at the Myers Way site, it is only appropriate that the city assume responsibility to the community by addressing our 3 requests (found in the letter text below) in turn:

April 3, 2018

Catherine Lester, Director
Jason Johnson, Deputy Director
Department of Human Services
City of Seattle
Seattle Municipal Tower – 58th fl.
700 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98124-421

Director Lester and Deputy Director Johnson:

I am following up on a letter that was sent to the Human Services Department on March 8, 2018 concerning the Myers Way Parcels, specifically, and sanctioned homeless encampments, generally. That letter, in turn, was a follow-up to letter sent on December 13, 2016 to George Scarola, Director of Homelessness under the administration of former mayor Edward B. Murray.

As you are aware, Camp Second Chance became established on the Myers Way Parcels in July 2016, meaning that the encampment has already been present at this site (in both unsanctioned and sanctioned capacities) for one year and nine months. Our most recent letter to you requested that Camp Second Chance not be permitted for an additional 12 months on Myers Way, and that a new site be procured for this camp outside of the boundaries of the Highland Park neighborhood.

In addition to not renewing Camp Second Chance’s permit on Myers Way, our letter requested the following three things:

1) Adoption of a set of best practices (manifested as our Neighborhood Protocols for Sanctioned Encampments which are enclosed below) by which the City of Seattle will abide prior to sanctioning an encampment in a given neighborhood.

2) An accelerated timeline and plan on when and how the Finance and Administrative Services Department will relinquish the Myers Way Parcels to the Department of Parks and Recreation.

3) A plan on how jurisdictional issues that arise from the presence of sanctioned and unsanctioned encampments at the interface of city, unincorporated county, and state land will be resolved.

Allow me to reiterate that per the 2010 United States Census, Highland Park has a lower median income ($47,600) and a higher proportion of residents who identify as a person of color (50.2%) compared to Seattle as a whole ($74,458 and 33.7%, respectively). Our historically working-class neighborhood has suffered from a lack of investment going back at least a century and from being redlined in the 1930s. Yet we have overwhelmingly borne the burden of the city’s response to homelessness by hosting three encampments over the last ten years and serving as a staging area for a proposed safe lot for those residing in vehicles.

The residents of Highland Park and surrounding communities rallied to preserve the Myers Way Parcels as recreational space for the enjoyment of all citizens. Despite our limited resources, we have risen to the challenges brought by the homelessness crisis and have gone beyond what most other neighborhoods in Seattle have been asked to do. The neighborhood of Highland Park now implores the City of Seattle to demonstrate its commitment to equity by responding to our requests as outlined above.

To that end, we respectfully ask to receive a response to our requests by Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Sincerely,

Charlie Omana
Chair, Highland Park Action Committee
hpacchair@gmail.com

Enclosure

CC: Mayor Jenny A. Durkan
Council Member Lisa Herbold, Chair: Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts
Council Member Kshama Sawant, Chair: Human Services, Equitable Development, and Renter Rights
homelessness@seattle.gov

Suggested Neighborhood Protocols for Sanctioned Encampments

For the Neighborhood
1. Transparency:

A. Provide information what other sites were investigated and the reasons why that site was chosen.

i. For the Myers Way site – why no other site in West Seattle were viable.

B. Provide information on how the race and social justice tool was used in deciding upon the proposed site.

C. Identify and work with the neighborhood groups/committees to put together community info sessions including locations, dates, and outreach methods to present the plan for the neighborhoods and the encampment.

D. Develop outreach materials that are multilingual and provide language and sign interpreters at community meetings.

E. Utilize trained facilitators to run community meetings and have present the Dept. of Neighborhoods, Dept. of Health, Director of Homelessness, SPD, the non-profit charged with outreach and support of the encampment, and any other relevant Departments and decision makers that can answer questions and make decisions. Take our feedback and incorporate any additional needs/resources.

F. Publish final plan prior to encampment being permitted.

2. Accountability:

A. Provide a written agreement between Neighborhood Group(s) and the City on how long the site will remain, the size of the encampment, how the encampment will be constructed, and how it will be deconstructed.

i. For the Myers Way site – we are requesting the one year permit for the sanctioned encampment to be retroactive to when the camp was established in July 1, 2016. Therefore, a one year permit until July 1, 2017.

ii. That Highland Park, Myers Way or any other sites in the surrounding South Delridge/Westwood/Roxbury Hill/ Arbor Heights/White Center/North Highline area will not be chosen again for 10 years.

iii. The Myers Way encampment will not grow beyond 35 tents and up to 50 people and will continue as a clean and sober camp.

iv. Why is it tents and not tiny homes?

B. Provide a plan and outline the increase of police, fire, EMS, and other services.

i. Specific to Myers Way – outline of how situations will be handled that cross city lines between Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s office.

C. Assign a consistent contact person within the City to be a single point of contact for neighbors and businesses for specific issues related to the encampment, as well as the unsanctioned encampments/RVs in the area, outside of any emergency situations.

i. This contact person should coordinate any needs between other departments – such as SPU, SDOT, etc…

D. Implement programs to help reduce homelessness and crime such as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) and REACH

i. In Highland Park and South Delridge within the next 3-6 months.

E. Provide a timeline and plan for addressing existing unsanctioned encampments and RVs in the area and how any future unsanctioned encampments that may develop as a result of the sanctioned encampment being in the area will be handled.

F. Provide a timeline and plan for addressing existing abandoned homes/squatters in the area.

G. Evaluate and increase of lighting in the area – especially near any bus stops, residential and business properties and have regular trash/dumping pick up.

i. Provide regular trash/dumping pick up at least 2x per week for any problem areas that surround an encampment on Myers Way

H. Plan and execute regular public education sessions on issues of homelessness and substance abuse with the appropriate non-profits for the community at large.

I. Provide updates and feedback sessions via community meetings at least every three months in addition to the community advisory council.

J. Provide each of the local community groups the opportunity to each have a seat on the community advisory council.

 

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.

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

join

 

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