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North District Council Meeting

October 3rd, 2012

Lake City Library conference room

12501 28th Ave. NE

Guest Speakers: Beth Goldberg, City Budget Office Director, and

Art Brochet, Capital Projects Coordinator, Seattle Department of Transportation

Meetings are open to the Public.  Please Join Us!

Oktoberfest poster

Vendor Spaces Still Open at Oktoberfest

Get in front of the locals who support your business!
Commercial products, crafted items, non-profits OK. (Sorry, no food vendors this time.)
10x10 booth
$35 with Seattle City Business License, $45 without.
$30 for Chamber Members

Please contact Diane at the Chamber for more information on events and membership:


What would improve your neighborhood?

Neighborhood Street Fund Large Project Applications now being accepted!

The Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) Large Project Program is now accepting applications for the third and final round of funding from the voter approved Bridging the Gap (BTG) Transportation levy. This levy, adopted by voters in 2006, provides $4.5M every three years to select, design and construct larger neighborhood projects identified by the community.

Hello  Business District leaders,

The Only in Seattle Initiative will be releasing the 2013 Request for Applications (RFA) on Monday, October 1st.  It will be sent out on this email list and posted on the OED website.

We have two information sessions scheduled downtown to review the RFA and answer questions:

Monday October 1st and Friday October 5th

Room 5531 in the Seattle Municipal Tower

700 5th Ave

11:30 am to 1 pm

We also have two information sessions scheduled in the evenings:

Monday, October 8th

University Heights Center

5031 University Way Northeast,  Seattle, WA 98105,

5:30 pm 7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 10th

Harry Thomas Community Center at Lee House (near Othello and MLK Jr Way S)

7315 39th Ave South, Seattle, WA  98118

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Feel free to contact me, Theresa Barreras, at  Andres Mantilla at or Beth Dufek at  if you have any questions.

Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested.

I look forward to seeing your proposals!


Theresa Barreras

Business Services Team

Office of Economic Development

Direct   206 684 4505


START | GROW | GREEN Your Business @

SDOT Traffic Advisory

24-hour Lane Closure on Sandpoint Way NE Starts Oct. 1

SEATTLE A contractor working for Childrens Hospital will close the northbound, outside lane of Sandpoint Way NE in front of the hospital for 24 hours a day starting Monday, Oct. 1 for two to three weeks. The closure will extend from Penny Drive (entrance to the hospital) to just south of 40th Avenue NE. The closure is required to allow the contractor to demolish and restore the sidewalk and roadway pavement. The contractor is upgrading pedestrian and bicycle facilities at this location.

Meadowbrook Pond

The dredging of the Pond is nearly complete and the floating dredge has been removed. 

The fish window for the pond closes on September 30th.  SPUs contractor SNC-Lavalin will be working on-site this Sunday (9/30th) to ensure all in-water elements of the work are completed.  Following that, the next few weeks will be spent restoring the disturbed areas of the site, removing stockpiled dredged material from 36th Ave NE and generally making the site safe for public entry. 

Pond re-opening is anticipated to be Mid-October.

Mike Eagan

Seattle Public Utilities

(206) 233-7171

  • Have you had difficulty obtaining housing because you have a service animal?
  • Have you had trouble getting a reasonable accommodation in housing?
  • Have you run into roadblocks in building accessible housing for individuals with disabilities?

The Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities wants to hear from you!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

2100 24th Ave S

Metro bus routes: 4, 7, 8, 9, 32, 42, 48

Free Refreshments will be provided

ASL will be provided - Please refrain from using heavy fragrances

Contact or 206-684-453 for ADA accommodations

We want to hear about issues that impact persons with disabilities,    including discrimination, housing availability, and other concerns.  Based on your input, we will issue recommendations to the Mayor & City Council.

Please help us spread the word by distributing this message and posting the attached flyer.  Thank you!

Thanks to our event co-sponsors:


Felicia Yearwood

Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities

810 Third Avenue, Suite 750

Seattle, WA  98104-1627

(206) 684-4537


Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance

Lake City Farmers Market

Lake City Farmers Market

Sweet onions at LC   Farm booth at LC Full Circle   Heirloom tomatoes at LC

The Lake City Farmers Market has become a much-loved weekday event, and a great place to pick up delicious, fresh, and healthy fruits and vegetables for dinner and the weekend ahead.  This market is also frequented by shoppers from other neighborhoods looking for a mid-week replenishing of seasonal goodies.  

Each Thursday afternoon shoppers can delight in the bright colors and heady aromas of beautiful flowers, berries, tree fruit, vegetables, fresh herbs, tomatoes, greens, nuts, organic meats, seafood, baked bread and pastries, preserves and other Washington-grown foods. Shoppers can also enjoy cooking demos, produce tasting, live music, and activities for kids throughout the season (see Events page for schedules during the market season). The park also offers a playground and grassy picnic/play area right next to the Market.  For a list of vendors and products at the Lake City market in 2012, click here.

SPECIAL THANK YOU to Kaffeeklatsch for their awesome support of the Lake City farmers market, and the Lake City community in general!  Kaffeeklatsch is taking care of all our market composting each week, as well as helping with getting the word out about the market in our neighborhood. 

Hours and Location for 2012:

Thursdays, 3-7 pm, from June 14 through October 11, at NE 125th and 28th Ave NE, Seattle, 98125.  There is a free underground parking garage right next to the market on 28th Ave NE, and public parking on the streets surrounding the market. 

What is the most energy efficient - using a dishwasher? Or handwashing?  How much energy does a plugged in computer take?   On October 4 and 6, you will have the opportunity to learn the answers to these questions and receive other tips on how simple changes have a big impact on energy use.      S2logo

SustainableWorks and Sustainable Seattle invite you to be a part of the Sustainable Neighbors Action Program (SNAP). Become a trained SNAP volunteer, join the free two-part training.  At the 1st session, we will discuss the simple behavior changes we can all make to reduce energy use.  At the 2nd session, we will walk through an actual home energy assessment!  

Do you already walk the path of energy efficiency?

Interested in getting your friends and neighbors on that path but don't have the tools?  We will teach you the skills and provide you with the kits to do just that!


1st Session: October 4, 6pm to 9pm

2nd Session: October 6, 10am to 12pm

Location: TBD.  Provided after registry.

SNAP energy efficiency trainings are free! Trainees will be asked to commit to sharing their training with neighbors.

Contact Hannah or visit here to sign-up or for more information.  Due to space, registration is required.

Community Engagement Online for All

Please join us for a free workshop and discussion:

Thursday Oct. 11,  4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

At the Beacon Hill Library. 2821 Beacon Ave. S,
Free Parking or come via light rail!

RSVP and more info at:

This event is being sponsored by E-Democracy, the City of Seattle, the Seattle Foundation, and the National Conference for Dialogue and Deliberation.

Join us for a dynamic two part conversation on building inclusive online community engagement in neighborhoods.

1. Seattle Neighbors Online Networking - Who is doing what?

2. Inclusive Community Engagement Online - Lessons to adapt and deploy locally

The gathering will be facilitated by Minnesota-based The core goal of E-Democracy's inclusive outreach effort is to host online community spaces that are reflective of the great diversity of residents who live in an area. They are in town for the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation national conference starting October 12 (See  Were taking advantage of the conference to gather a dynamic mix of local and national participants excited to learn from each other.

For more info contact: or


For background on the Minnesota project work, see

For Seattles Communities and Neighborhoods Online projects, see

Neighborhoods on the Net directory:

Notice of Seattle City Council Public Hearings on the Mayor's 2013-2014 Proposed Budget, 2013 General Revenue Sources, the Elliott Bay Seawall Project, and the Waterfront Improvement Program

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers, City Hall, Floor 2
600 4th Avenue, Seattle WA

The Seattle City Council Budget Committee will conduct four public hearings on Thursday, October 25, 2012 starting at 5:30 p.m. The hearings will be held in City Council Chambers. Councilmember Tim Burgess will chair the hearings.

The first hearing, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. will be for comments on the Elliott Bay Seawall Project.

The second hearing, scheduled to begin at 5:35 p.m. (or at conclusion of the first hearing, whichever is later) will be for comments on the Waterfront Improvement Project.

The third hearing, scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. (or at conclusion of the second hearing, whichever is later) will be for comments on the City's general revenue sources for the 2013 budget, including a possible property tax levy increase.

The fourth hearing, scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. (or at the conclusion of the third hearing, whichever is later ), will be for comments on the Mayor's 2013-2014 Proposed Budget and will continue until all in-person comments are received.

At the hearings, out of respect for everyone's time constraints, it would be appreciated if members of groups with similar interests could combine their presentations and limit comments to five minutes. Individual comments will be limited by the Budget Committee Chair, probably to two minutes or less.

For those wishing to testify in person at the hearings, sign-up sheets will be available outside the door to Council Chambers at 5 p.m. Access to City Hall is via 4th or 5th Avenues, between James and Cherry Streets.

The Budget Committee hearings will be cablecast live on Seattle Channel 21 and webcast live at

The Mayor's 2013-2014 Proposed Budget and accompanying 2013-2018 Proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) will be available online at on or after September 24, 2012. A paper copy of the Proposed Budget will be available on or after October 1, 2012, at the Central Library. To purchase a printed copy of the Proposed Budget or CIP contact Zebra Printing at (206) 223-1955.

For questions regarding the Proposed Budget, contact Brandon Johns of the City Budget Office (CBO) at (206) 684-8687. For questions about the Mayor's proposed revenue sources, contact George Emerson at (206) 733-9110. For questions related to the Council's review of the Proposed Budget and revenue sources, contact Ben Noble of the Council's Central Staff at (2 06) 684-8160 or Nate Van Duzer in Councilmember Tim Burgess's Office at (206)-684-8806.

The Mayor's Proposed 2013 2014 Budget includes funding for the Elliott Bay Seawall Project and the Waterfront Improvement Program. These projects and programs may be considered proposed Partner Projects subject to notice and hearing provisions in Resolution 31203.

The Elliott Bay Seawall Project will replace the existing seawall, from S. Washington Street to Virginia Street with a structure that meets current safety and design standards. The project will also improve the nearshore ecosystem of Elliott Bay and provide opportunities for recreation and shoreline access of the Seawall from Washington to Virginia streets. The current aging Seawall is not designed to withstand seismic events. The proposed amount of the City's capital commitment to the project in 2013 is $46.9 million. The City's capital spending over the life of the project starting in 2013 is estimated at $246 million.

Questions about the project can be directed to Jennifer Wieland, SDOT: Tel (206) 733-9970 or Jennifer.Wieland@seattle .gov

The Waterfront Improvement Program project is a component of the Alaskan Way Viaduct & Seawall Replacement Program established to create an inviting new waterfront. The Program includes a number of elements including demolishing the existing Alaskan Way Viaduct, constructing a new Alaskan Way surface street and decommissioning the Battery Street Tunnel. In addition, new public space, from the Olympic Sculpture Park to Pioneer Square, will be created including parks and paths, access to the water, places to enjoy views, vibrant public and cultural spaces, and a new urban street that will accommodate all modes of travel and provide an important connection in the City's transportation system. The proposed amount of the City's capital commitment to the project in 2013 is $12.5 million. The City's capital spending over the life of the project starting in 2013 is estimated at $368 million.

Questions about the project can be directed to Hannah McIntosh: Tel (206) 615-1963 or

Documents for the Elliott Bay Seawall Project and the Waterfront Improvement Program are available at the City's web site at:

Written and e-mailed comments on the Mayor's 2013-2014 Proposed Budget are welcome throughout budget deliberations and u p to the date that the Council adopts the final budget. That could take place sooner or later than the target date of November 19, 2012. You may mail comments to: Councilmember Tim Burgess, Attn: Laurel Humphrey, City Clerk, P.O. Box 94728, Seattle, WA 98 124-4728. Fax comments to (206) 386-9025. E-mail comments may be sent to: Councilmembers at Written, faxed, and e-mailed comments will be included in the public record.

Pay parking is available in SeaPark garage between Cherry and James Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues. Those attending the budget public hearings receive a discounted rate of $3. Notify the garage cashier as you exit the garage that you attended a City Council public hearing and you will receive the special rate. Please note that this garage closes at 10:00 p.m. Handicapped parking ONLY is available in City Hall. See - Visiting City Hall for more information, including how individuals with disabilities can access parking.

The City Council Chambers is accessible for those with disabilities. Print and communications access is provided on prior request. Please contact Linda Diibon at (206) 684-8343 or at to request accommodations for a disability. Council's Chambers and offices are accessible to individuals with disabilities;

translation services provided on request.

Call 206-684-8888 (TDD: 206-233-0025) for further information.

Contact us at

The Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics (the industry trade group that exists to create a code of conduct for business owners) is inviting the owners of access points w/in the geographic area for each district.  The idea being that if we want to proactively head off problems we need to begin to create a dialogue sooner rather than later - between the business owners and the neighborhood leaders.

Here are the CCSEs duties to the public that they work to hold their members accountable to:

1.     Control any cannabis related odors

2.     Adhere to advertising standards

3.     Adhere to responsible consuming policies

4.     Keep cannabis related activities and/or symbols out of public visibility

5.     Provide educational opportunities about medical cannabis

6.     Be transparent and accountable

7.     Participate in the local community

8.     Adhere to safety and security standards

9.     Adhere to all city, county, and state laws

Feel free to share this info with curious folksor if I need to answer anybodys questions directly, Im happy to do that too!

Lisa Herbold, Legislative Assistant to Councilmember Nick Licata

206 684-8803

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Well, we got access to the playground area for about three weeks longer than expected. The construction fences have gone up and construction on our new Family Terrace will be starting. The new Family Terrace will feature new playground equipment (including a much anticipated Zip Line), a butterfly garden, a sand pit, a new walkway, and improved drainage.

Depending on the weather, construction on the Family Terrace should last anywhere from four to seven months. The Family Terrace is scheduled to be begun first and should be open again by late next spring. The rest of the park (the part that will go over the now buried reservoir) will start having work done on it starting in (cross fingers) November and the ball field upgrading will occur later in the year/beginning of next year. Exact timing on what will happen when is still being determined by the construction company and the Parks Department.

Here are some parks with playground areas that are close-by:
Foula Park 7200 12th Ave NE, 98115
Ravenna-Eckstein Park 6535 Ravenna Ave NE, 98115
Dahl Playfield 7700 25th Ave NE, 98115 (also has a skateboard feature)
Victory Heights Playground 1737 NE 106th St, 98125
Victory Creek Park 1059 NE Northgate Way, 98125 (this is the one behind the QFC parking lot)
Northgate Park 10510 5th Ave NE, 98125 (next to the library and community center)
Licton Spring Park 9536 Ashworth Ave N, 98103
Green Lake Park 9536 Ashworth Ave N, 98103
Cowen Park 5849 15th Ave NE, 98105 (this one has a Zip Line, so you can get in some practice and be a Zip Line expert once ours is installed)

Later this year (dates to be determined) there will be two volunteering opportunities we hope people will join in and show their support for the park.

The Maple Leaf Community Council has made two applications for opportunity funds from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy. One application is for a "Walkable Maple Leaf Park" whose main focus is completing the highly-requested sidewalks and for a "Sustainable, ecological Maple Leaf Park" whose focus is on using the water tank to (1) create a cistern system that will be used to water the plants and grass in the park and (2) install solar panels so the park will not only not use any energy from the grid, but could possibly also make money for the Parks Department. MLCC will be asking community members to attend and/or participate in a presentation that will take place sometime in January. Showing community support is important when seeking funding emails will be sent out and posting this on our Facebook pages when more details are available (Maple Leaf Community Council and Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park).

The other volunteer opportunity will take place sometime between now and spring. It is to join in a community build of the playground equipment. It will probably take place on one weekend. There will be opportunities to put the equipment together (under manufacturer supervision) as well as provide support for those putting the equipment together. This is something that happens at many other parks and it is a great community building event. Once again, MLCC will be sending out emails and posting this on our Facebook pages when more details are available (Maple Leaf Community Council and Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park).

Within the next month there should be a completed diorama of the park for people to take a peek at. It will be located in the display window of the brick building on the corner of 86th and Roosevelt, across the street from the park and just to the north of Art Tile.

Looking forward to hearing back from the community with any questions or feedback and watching our park grow. Thanks for your support.

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