- 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
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.
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.