Thursday, May 29, 2008

Online version of walking survey

Thanks to Stan Lock at the West Seattle Neighborhood Service Center for the heads-up:

Seattle Walks Day!

On May 10 th hundreds of Seattle residents met at with neighbors, friends and families to walk their favorite routes in the community! Participants completed surveys that will be used to inform the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan and will ultimately make Seattle the MOST WALKABLE CITY in the NATION!
If you were unable to participate in Seattle Walks Day, but are interested in coordinating a walk, check out the Neighborhood Walks Page

SDOT will accept the surveys until Sept. 15th

An online version of the survey is available here!

Plan Overview

Walking is the oldest and most efficient, affordable, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation there is – it’s how transit riders eventually reach their destinations, and it’s the primary way that neighbors get to know one another and begin to build strong communities. Nearly everyone, for at least some portion of every day, is a pedestrian. That is why the City of Seattle is embarking on a Pedestrian Master Plan to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation.

Goals of the Plan

The Pedestrian Master Plan will use the principles of the “5 E’s” (Education, Engineering, Enforcement, Encouragement, and Evaluation) to accomplish the following:
• Get more people walking.
• Reduce the number and severity of crashes involving pedestrians.
• Engage all of Seattle in a meaningful dialogue about what’s needed to create and connect walkable urban villages and important destinations.

Along with other transportation agencies and City departments, SDOT will involve public health experts, law enforcement representatives, issue advocates, community advisors, environmental leaders and the general public to incorporate the best practices, most current research and design strategies into the Pedestrian Master Plan. Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan will define the actions needed to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation.


Since 2003, a number of city initiatives put the foundation in place to make the Pedestrian Master Plan a success, including:

  • Updates to the Comprehensive Plan policies on walking, bicycling and transit to make Seattle a more walkable city
  • The launch of the Mayor’s 10 Point Plan for Pedestrian Safety in 2005
  • Updates to the Transportation Strategic Plan and citywide Transit Plan to define actions that will make Seattle more pedestrian-friendly and transit-supportive
  • Adoption of a Climate Action Plan that describes strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing Seattle ’s dependence on automobiles
  • Development of new street design guidelines in the Right-of-Way Improvements Manual
  • Creation of a new SDOT Art Plan that defines how use of public art can enrich Seattle ’s streets and sidewalks
  • Completion of SDOT’s first Urban Forest Management Plan
  • a soon-to-be-finalized Bicycle Master Plan that defines the projects and programs needed to create a citywide bicycle network over the next decade
  • voter approval of the Bridging the Gap transportation funding package that will significantly increase the resources for pedestrian and bicycle improvements
  • Adoption of a “ Complete Streets” ordinance that directs the City to build transportation projects that support and encourage walking, bicycling, and transit use while promoting safe operations for all users
  • Development of the Mayor’s Race and Social Justice Initiative to make the distribution of transportation investments as equitable as possible to best serve all of Seattle’s citizens.
    Additionally, Mayor Nickels and the City Council have made Pedestrian Safety their top priority for 2007 and have adopted Resolution 30951 to outline the key components of the Pedestrian Master Plan and Pedestrian Safety Education and Enforcement Campaign. With all of these initiatives in place, the time has never been better to launch Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan—a project that will define the steps needed to make Seattle a more livable, healthy, and walkable city.
SDOT Project Contacts

For more information about the Pedestrian Master Plan, you may contact Barbara Gray, SDOT Project Manager at or by phone at (206) 615-0872 or Katherine Bush, Communications Lead at or by phone at (206) 233-1084.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Stop Youth Drinking, Start Thinking Coalition meeting June 3

From Bob Conroy at Seattle Public Schools:

Dear Stop Youth Drinking, Start Thinking Coalition Members,

The full coalition meeting will take place next Tuesday June 3rd at 12:30 at Madison Middle School.

I hope you all can attend. We have a lot of planning to do before summer. Let me know if you would like to put anything on the agenda. Lisa Sharp has agreed to step in and help staff the coalition in Renae's absence.

I look forward to seeing you all next week.

Thanks, Bob

Robert Conroy, Manager
Prevention & Intervention Services
Seattle Public Schools
(206) 252-0857

Nia: Dance & Donate for China's Earthquake Survivors

Nia: Dance & Donate for China's Earthquake Survivors
Dance & Donate!

NiaDivas invites you to two special Nia classes for directing body, heart, and mind towards China's Earthquake Survivors. All proceeds from these two special classes will be donated to MercyCorps' ongoing relief efforts (

Saturday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. with Jill
Sunday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. with Lesley

$14.00 per class drop-in(pre-paid class card equivalents will be donated)
Sichuan China Earthquake Facts, as of May 26, MercyCorps reports:

More than 62,500 dead
Nearly 24,000 still missing
More than 436,000 homes have collapsed
At least 292,000 injured
About five million homeless

Nia: Nia (pronounced Nee'uh) is a body-mind-spirit fitness and lifestyle practice. Drawn from three dance arts, three non-impact martial arts, and three healing arts (such as yoga), Nia involves a variety of movement speeds and styles, ranges of motion, and energy dynamics. Nia is done barefoot to music and delivers cardiovascular and whole-body conditioning. All fitness levels welcome.

Throughout the world, Nia classes are being held towards the earthquake relief efforts. In response to Hurricane Katrina (2005), Nia worldwide raised $30,000! Now, we invite you again to join world efforts by participating in these two special classes being held in West Seattle at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98106.

Sincerely, Lesley Tinker, Certified Blue Belt Nia Instructor; Jill Pagano, Certified Black Belt Nia Instructor

34th District Democrats' Annual Garden Party Aug 8

From Kim Becklund

34th District Democrats' Annual Garden Party

August 8, 2008 - 6:00 p.m. - West Seattle Nursery

Fellow Democrats,

On behalf of the
34th District Democrats' Executive Board, I invite you to attend our
annual Garden Party & Auction, which is scheduled for
6:00 p.m. on August 8, 2008
at West Seattle Nursery &
Garden Center.  The Garden Party is our largest fundraiser of
the year, and a major factor in our ability to run a successful fall
campaign on behalf of Democratic candidates -- last year's event raised
over $10,000.

We can all agree that the stakes this year could not be higher, with
the presidency to win and the governor's mansion to defend. 
So why not come support Democratic candidates with a catered
dinner and live music
while bidding on everything from
kayaking on Puget Sound to lunch with your elected officials to
original paintings by top local artists?

Admission is just $34.  You can expect a more formal
invitation in the coming weeks, but please mark Friday, August 8th on
your calendars today.  With so much at stake, can
you afford not to come?

See you there,

Tyler Smith
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Garden Party Coordinator
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34th District Democrats
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(206) 856-7781

PS: Many of our most successful auction items are provided by members
like you.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with items for
donation -- nothing is too small!  All you need to do is reply
to this message.  We'll pick it up, and you'll have helped put
us on the path to victory this fall.

WSB: Cottage Grove “little kid” playground proposals: Your turn!

From West Seattle Blog:

Cottage Grove “little kid” playground proposals: Your turn!May 25, 2008 at 1:57 pm In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks
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A new feature is in the works for Cottage Grove Park in Delridge — a playground where the littlest of children can safely play. Organizers now have three options, and they’re hoping you will help them choose - just one of the ways you can help - read on to see the options and find out more:

First, Betsy Hoffmeister, who’s volunteering on the playground project, tells the story:
The history of Greg Davis Park, Cottage Grove Park, and the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail goes way back before my time.

I just moved to Delridge from the Morgan Junction three years ago, so we
were lucky to find all these parks going in as soon as we got here. Just two
years ago, the Northeast corner of Brandon and 26th was an overgrown lot filled
with junked cars, old tires, broken bottles, and scrubby trees, including some
ancient apple trees. One thing I’ve learned is that Cottage Grove used to be
filled with orchards. There are a few remnant trees left.

Although the lot was a habitat for many songbirds, it was not much of a
space for the community. Last year the lot was razed to the ground and
transformed into a rolling field, gentle pathways, a contemplation garden, and
an exciting playground for children ages 5 and up. The park is beautifully
landscaped with many edible, native plants including blueberries, salal, and
Oregon grape. We keep waiting for bats to take up resident in the bat house
waiting for them.
My children and I started biking and walking to the park
whenever we had free time. My son, Isaac, who is seven, challenged me to climb
all over the equipment with him. My climbing skills pale in comparison with his.
My three year old daughter, Rebecca, is swiftly bored. There is little for her
to do. She can sort of swing in some low swingy-seat things, but she can’t reach
the equipment and what she can reach, she can’t safely climb on. She can’t run
around in the grass because careless neighbors let their dogs – all of which
seem to be the size of horses, judging by the piles they leave behind – run
free. So she gets bored and we have to leave the neighborhood and drive to
another playground where both of them can play.

Being an action-oriented kind of gal, and a member of the North Delridge
Neighborhood Council, I naively thought to myself, “Geez, let’s build a
playground for the little kids!” So, I started the process. Now we have a group
of wonderful neighbors working together to design a playground, work with the
appropriate city bureaucrats, and raise money. We would like feedback from our
neighbors. We have three proposed designs. Without going into too much detail,
here are three pictures of three different playground ideas and the flat fee
from the designers. Please write in and let us know your favorite design and
why. We are still working on figuring out how to collect donations – we have a
fiscal sponsor and we are working out the final details on that! Thanks for your

You can click each image to open a larger version. First, this one is from Cascade Recreation, a $15,522 bid:

Next, from Sitelines, a $13,871 bid:

And from Architecreation, a $16,021 bid:

Betsy adds: “We’ve already raised $182.81 at the West Seattle Garage Sale – Wahoo! Keep those donations flooding in!” You can e-mail her and playground organizers at:
From Sheila Brown at Camp Long


We invite you to "Good Food" and "Good Company"; an evening to attend the premiere of a new film about our growing local food economy (Good Food) and join us at an after party celebration (Good Company). The film was made by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin from the Moving Images Video Project.

"Good Food" Seattle International Film Festival Premiere:

Wednesday, June 4, 7 p.m.Egyptian Theatre 901 E. Pine St. Seattle, WA 98122For tickets, see Seattle Film Fest webpage

"Good Company" After Party (right across the street):
Wednesday, June 4, @ 8:30 p.m. Seattle Central Community College (SCCC) Room 1110-1111 1701 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122
From the main entrance to SCCC, turn left, and Room 1110-1111 is on the left.

"Shop wisely. Not too much. Mostly local."

The Interra Project and Puget Sound Community Change are focused on shopping and sharing locally throughout the twelve counties that make up Puget Sound. Strengthening urban and rural partnerships and community-based food systems are great ways to reach out and build our growing network. We are about to cross the $1,000,000 mark in local purchases using Interra Community Cards in the Puget Sound.

Locally directed food spending, by consumers, more than doubles the number of dollars circulating among businesses in our communities. A shift of 20% of our food dollars into locally directed spending would result in a nearly half billion dollar annual income increase in King County alone and double that in the Central Puget Sound region[i].

Many of our beneficiaries touch the local food system and our partner PCC Natural Markets is featured in the film. Food is a great way to learn and experience what's great about local. If you don't have a free Puget Sound Community Card please get one here. There are over 100 businesses now accepting the card.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Jon Ramer

Good Food and Good Company is sponsored by the generous support of The Interra Project, PCC Natural Markets, Shorebank Pacific, and Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.
[i] From Why Local Linkages Matter Viki Sonntag, EcoPraxis

Thursday, May 22, 2008

WSB: Delridge District Council write-up

Courtesy of West Seattle Blog:

Delridge Council report #1: Street lights; “Art Lending Library”
May 21, 2008 at 11:58 pm
In How to help, Utilities, WS culture/arts, West Seattle news

Several major items on the agenda tonight as the Delridge District Council — representatives of neighborhood groups and other organizations in eastern West Seattle — gathered at the Southwest Precinct for its monthly meeting. We’re breaking them up into a few separate reports, starting tonight with two items — a Seattle City Light rep’s revelations about street lights (what to do about them and what it means when one flickers), and more details about what’s coming up during the gala Delridge Day festival later this month, including a new free “Art Lending Library” to be introduced that day:

STREET LIGHTS: Mike Eagan from City Light was there to talk about burned-out street lights and how to get them fixed. He noted that the city has 90,000 street lights, with 2,000 burned out at any given time. If you see a street light flicker - that means it’s on the verge of burning out. He says SCL relies on citizens to report burned-out lights; tell the utility the number on the pole and the address of the building (if applicable) that it’s in front of. Right now, he says, the average delay between a report and a repair is 14 days in the north end, 25 in the south. Delridge Council chair Pete Spalding noted that he’s gotten quicker response reporting burned-out lights online than calling them in; you can find that online reporting form here.

DELRIDGE DAY: Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association executive director Derek Birnie and community builder Philippia Goldsmith both were on hand to talk about the big celebration at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center — a project developed by DNDA, from what was the rundown old Cooper School — on May 31st. A flyer is out now with full details on what’s going to be happening 11 am-5 pm that day — much of it outdoors, in the Youngstown parking lot, but also indoors, as the Cooper Artists upstairs present their annual open house and gallery. Multicultural music, arts, and food offerings are all on tap (the fabled falafel truck that visits Youngstown on Mondays is going to be there); so will exhibits and booths from 25 organizations, with room for up to 25 more, according to Birnie. But the most intriguing feature described tonight was the planned debut that day of an “Art Lending Library” — Artists will donate pieces that community members can check out for up to 2 months and display in their homes. The only requirement is that if you check one out, you take a photo of it on display in your home, and provide a writeup afterward about what it meant to have the piece in your home. “The artists are very excited about this,” Birnie said. The first pieces will be on display in a Youngstown room during Delridge Day.

Coming up in our next Delridge District Council reports - the major agenda items, voter-owned elections and the King County Food and Fitness Initiative. More on both tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Duwamish River Vision Map unveiling June 4

From Cari Simson at the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition:

Read this doc on Scribd: REI

Southwest Precinct Public Safety Newsletter May 16

Southwest Precinct Public Safety Newsletter

May 16, 2008

Dear Community Friends,

“Night Out” is a national Crime Prevention event. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities. It is a great chance to learn about crime prevention, while also celebrating your community and getting to know your neighbors.

How to Register for Southwest Precinct
Take a few minutes to register now, go to Registered blocks will be granted free street closure for Tuesday, August 5, 2008. Information on registered blocks is shared with the Fire Department so they are aware of streets that will be closed. Registration must be completed before July 28, 2008.

Washington State Boater Education Card
Effective January 1, 2008 the Washington State Mandatory Boating Safety Education law went into effect. This law requires boaters ages 12 years and older pass a boating safety course or an equivalency exam in order to obtain a Boater Education Card. The card is required to operate a motorized vessel of 15 horsepower or greater in Washington waters.

The Seattle Police Harbor Patrol Unit will present Adventures in Boating. This eight-hour course fulfills the requirements necessary to obtain the Boater Education Card. This training is offered free of charge. The classes will be held on May 31, and June 7, 2008 from 0900 to 1700 at the Harbor Station.

Please call the Harbor Station at 684-4071 to reserve a seat.

Customer Service Bureau
The City of Seattle Customer Service Bureau (CSB) (formerly Citizen Service Bureau before 2007) exists to help people get information, request services, solve problems, and resolve complaints about any City department. Below is an overview of the highlights since January 2007 that have impacted Southwest Seattle.

Everyday Business: For Southwest Seattle residents, CSB has processed over 450 workflows (things that cannot be resolved immediately on the telephone). These involved far-ranging issues from development, the environment, neighborhood projects, parks, events, and public safety.

Quadrupled Translated Telephone Calls; Immigrant and Refugee Action Agenda: Southwest Seattle is home to many immigrants and refugees. This population needs a single point of telephone contact where they can speak to people in their native languages. CSB is committed to excellent customer service and now provides translation services in 160 languages. In just one year CSB quadrupled the number of translated telephone calls, and the number continues to grow.

1,974 Abandoned Vehicles: Abandoned Vehicles can quickly create neighborhood problems and attract crime and garbage. CSB teamed up with the Seattle Police Department. CSB now answers the telephone with a live person and keeps track of the service requests electronically. In six months CSB processed 15,000 abandoned vehicle requests citywide and 1,974 in Southwest Seattle alone.

Request services, learn about CSB history, and get connected to City services by telephone at 206-684-2489 (CITY) or on the web at

Police Blotter, Megan Sheppard, West Seattle Herald
This web page is update every week on Wednesday.
West Seattle Blog, Tracy Record, Editor
This web page is update multi-times a week.
Seattle Police Department main web page
Southwest Precinct Web-page
Seattle Police Crime Statistics

For More Information Call: Benjamin Kinlow,
Crime Prevention Coordinator, (206) 684-7724 or email Check out

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Annual Duwamish Tribe Gala Dinner & Art Auction June 8

Thanks for the reminder from Stacy Kitahata at the ELCA for this Duwamish Tribe event

You are warmly invited -

to join in a celebration of Duwamish culture and Northwest art hosted by the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).

Enjoy a vibrant live show by Gene Tagaban, a cocktail reception and silent art auction, performance by Tilibshudub (“Singing Feet”), and a traditional feast and live auction of valuable art from Northwest artists such as Preston Singletary and Marvin Oliver.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS), a nonprofit organization that provides critical support to nearly 600 tribal members.

Annual Duwamish Tribe Gala Dinner & Art Auction
Honoring Seattle’s First People

When: Sunday, June 08, 2008
4:00 pm doors open
4:30-7:00 pm live show, reception and silent art auction
7:00-8:30 pm traditional feast and live art auction

Where: Museum of History & Industry
2700 24th Ave. E, Seattle [map it!]

Buy your tickets today!
Brown Paper Tickets (click here for secure online credit card sale)
or call Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006

Festive cocktail attire. Free parking available onsite.

Buy your tickets today!
Brown Paper Tickets (click here for secure online credit card sale)
or call Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006
To purchase tickets with a check, please mail your order and payment to:
Annual Duwamish Tribe Gala Dinner & Art Auction
Duwamish Tribal Services
4717 W Marginal Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106

Needed: Table Captains! A Table Captain fills a table with ten guests for dinner. Contact our event coordinator, Cindy Williams, at to reserve your table today.

Needed: Donations of Art for the auction! Our art auction will feature a wide range of works by contemporary artists and traditional artisans. Contact our event coordinator, Cindy Williams, at to arrange your donation.

Needed: Volunteers! Your energy, time and talent will make our event a smashing success. Contact to register as a volunteer.

Grocery Audit--Saturday, May 24th

From Quyet Huynh at International District Housing Alliance and Maggie Anderson at King County Food and Fitness Initiative

This is another anouncement for an event already posted at this blog here.

Late Breaking Opportunity with KCFFI:
White Center & Delridge Neighborhood Grocery Audit

Grocery Audit--Saturday, May 24th
What is available in our communities?

We need YOU and your YOUTH!
This Saturday, May 24th, the King County Food & Fitness Initiative's (KCFFI) Assessment Team (Branden Born and students from the University of Washington) need your help to do a Grocery Audit in the White Center & Delridge neighborhoods. We are looking for at least 10-20 additional youth and supporting adults.

What is a Grocery Audit and why are we doing it?
The purpose of our grocery audit will be to find out what foods are available and how much they cost in the grocery and corner stores that are located in the White Center & Delridge Neighborhoods. The information gathered by community members will be used to develop a long term food systems community action plan.

Using a list that we will be provide to you, you will go out and check to see what foods on that list you can find in the store. If the store has that food item, there will be a space for you to write down how much it costs in that store. This is a great way for the community to begin discussing what foods we have and what we want.

More information on Community Food Assessments can be found at

Details for Saturday:
- Meet at Youngstown Cultural Center at 10am (on bus routes 120 & 125).
Address: 4408 Delridge Way SW
- Branden will explain how to do the grocery audit
- You will get a list of food items (brand name, size, etc.)
- In pairs (this is why you should bring friends or family members!) you will go to one or two grocery stores, find these items, and write down the price
- The first grocery store may take up to 1.5 hours, but the second grocery store will probably only take about 45 minutes - since you will be a pro by then! Corner stores will take less time.
- After you complete your audits, you will return your list to a specific location (we will let you know on Saturday morning).

Please keep in mind:
- Youth will get service hours towards graduation!
- Everyone should plan on being committed from 10am - 2pm.
- Transportation has not been prearranged - please contact me if can give rides, or if you need a ride.

**For more information about the initiative, please visit

Contact Information:
Quyet Huynh, Youth Coordinator
Office: (206) 623-5132 ext. 324
Cell: (206) 240-3484

Where & When
Youngstown Cultural Center
4408 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
Saturday, May 24th, 2008
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This email is being sent to you C/O: WSU King County Extension
Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.

Park Levy Citizen Advisory Committee June 2

From Ron Angeles at the Department of Neighborhoods:

Park Levy Citizen Advisory Committee Sets Additional Community Meeting

A citizen committee appointed by the Seattle City Council to advise the Council on the potential to place a park levy on the fall 2008 ballot will hold a community meeting Monday, June 2 in West Seattle, in addition to the three community meetings held during the month of May.
This meeting will provide residents with an opportunity to comment on the potential creation of a ballot initiative to fund parks, open space, boulevards, trails, green infrastructure and recreation projects.

Over the past eight years, Seattle’s system of parks, recreation and open space have been funded by two voter-approved levies that have expired, or will expire by the end of this year. The 1999 Community Center Levy and the 2000 ProParks levy have funded major parks and open space improvements, and leveraged additional funds to support Seattle parks.

"Seattle citizens treasure their parks and open spaces. We’ve asked a broad-based group of citizens to help us explore the possibility of putting a new levy on the ballot," said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. "I strongly encourage residents from every neighborhood across the city to come out and share their ideas with the committee."

Community Meeting Time, Date and Location:

Monday, June 2, 2008 – 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Alki Community Center
5817 S.W. Stevens St.
Seattle, WA 98116

Interpretation services available upon request at least five days prior to meeting. Please contact Nancy Roberts at 206-684-8146 to arrange
interpretation services.

Visit the Seattle City Council’s web page for more information:

Ron Angeles
Neighborhood District Coordinator
City of Seattle - Department of Neighborhoods Delridge Neighborhood Service Center
5405 Delridge Way SW 98106
(206) 684-7416 (206) 233-7293 (fax)

Cultural Center Community Meeting May 28

From Mabel Fatialofa-Magalei, White Center Trusted Advocate and Pastor at the White Center Assembly of God:

Cultural Center Community Meeting
at WCHES next Wednesday (5/28) at 5:30pm.

- Dinner & Childcare will be provided -

Please get the word out to all our WC residents as well as our agency partners.

The latest project drawings (produced from the feedback at our last Community Meeting) are amazing and exciting!

It is exciting to see the design possibilites presented after collecting community feedback every month! Thank you to our partners Pomegranate & Environmental Works!

Trusted Advocates: Please outreach and re connect with your community members so they can continue their involvement... even folks who have not been part can join as we continue to move forward in this exciting community project. There is more exciting work to be done at this meeting. let me know if you have any questions.



Read this doc on Scribd: community flyer 3

West Seattle Community Safety Partnership mtg May 20

From Jennifer Duong at Seattle Neighborhood Group, forwarded by Mike Dady at North Delridge Neighborhood Council

The West Seattle Community Safety Partnership meeting is tonight, Tuesday May 20th at the SW Precinct (2300 SW Webster) from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Agenda & Discussion:
  • Q & A on “Casing” - Lt. Paulsen & Community Police Team Officers
  • Police “hotspot” & other crime reports
  • Neighborhood reports & concerns
  • “Officer Appreciation Day” planning & discussion
  • WSCSP’s new name suggestions
  • Community announcements
Everyone is WELCOME! Please spread the word. For information, contact Jennifer at 206-322-6134 or – Thank you!--

Jennifer Duong
SE/SW Program Coordinator
Seattle Neighborhood Group

Monday, May 19, 2008

Highland Park Action Committee discussion on Jail Siting

From Ron Angeles at DON:

The Highland Park Action Committee will have the Jail Siting issue on their agenda tonight. Staff from the City of Seattle will also be there to answer questions.

The meeting is at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 12th SW/SW Holden, and begins at 7pm.

Youth volunteers needed for May 24 neighborhood grocery audit

From Quyet Huynh at International District Housing Alliance

We need your youth!

This Saturday, May 24th, I will be working with the King County Food and Fitness Initative Assessment Team (Branden Born from the University of Washington) to do a grocery audit in White Center & Delridge. So far, I have 5 confirmed youth, and would love to have another 15-25 youth + adults.

  • Meet at Youngstown Cultural Center at 10am (on bus routes 120 & 125).

  • Break up into pairs (if there are enough youth)

  • After Branden explains the survey tool, each pair will audit 1-2 stores in one of the neighborhoods (depending on the number of teams, this may take 1.5 – 3 hours)

  • Transportation will not be provided – we can work on arranging rides to the stores, if needed.

  • Youth will get service hours towards graduation!

  • Everyone should plan on being committed from 10am – 2pm.

If you want to participate, contact:

Quyet Huynh
Support Services Coordinator - Youth Program
International District Housing Alliance
Office: (206) 623-5132 ext. 324

Friday, May 16, 2008

WSB: Opening day for Olympia Pizza on Delridge

From West Seattle Blog

Opening day for Olympia Pizza on Delridge

Posted in: West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants


Balloons mark the spot as Olympia Pizza and Pasta on Delridge marks its first day in business, two months after we first told you it was coming. 5605 Delridge (map); open till 11 tonight.

Delridge District Council May 21

Delridge Neighborhoods District Council
Monthly Meeting
Wednesday May 21st 7pm
Southwest Police Precinct, next to Home Depot (Delridge Way SW/SW Webster)

We have a great agenda for this coming District Council meeting. Here's the lineup.
7pm - Introductions and Community Reports/Announcements
7:15 - City Light - Mike Eagan
7:30 - Delridge Food and Fitness Initiative - Derek Birnie, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Assn.

King County FOOD & FITNESS Initiative
Derek will be leading a "brainstroming" discussion to get your opinions and ideas to increase production and access to nutritious food; and improve fitness through community-initiated physical activities. DNDA has received a 10 year grant from the Kellogg Foundation to address these issues in your community and needs your help in developing and initiating its ACTION PLAN.

Bring yourself, your ideas, and your neighbors to participate. It'll be FUN!

Seattle City Council Community Budget Meeting May 22

From Ron Angeles at the Department of Neighborhoods


The Seattle City Council will be conducting a....

Community Budget Meeting

High Point Community Center

6920 34th Ave. SW

5:30 p.m.

How would you choose to spend your tax dollars while balancing the City’s need for: Police and public safety? Open space and parks? Human services and housing for the homeless? Come to the Budget Community Meeting and talk directly to your elected Councilmembers about how you want your city tax dollars spent.

This event is co-sponsored by the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council and the public is strongly encouraged to attend.

Career Fair May 21 at Meyers Way

Noted this in the West Seattle Blog

The City of Seattle
Career Fair

We would like the public to know more about City jobs, City departments, the benefits of being a City employee, the work we do and the impact it has on our community. To accomplish this we are planning a comprehensive Career Fair experience featuring:
  • Booths highlighting the wide variety of services and work performed by individual City departments
  • Employee panels describing the value of City government work and opportunity to ask real employees real questions
  • Job demonstrations allowing you up close and personal insight into certain City functions
  • Opportunity to get information about current job openings and assistance navigating the City’s online employment system

When: Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: Joint Training Facility
9401 Myers Way S, Seattle 98108
**The Joint Training Facility offers free parking and convenient access to Metro bus routes
60, 113, 131, 133, and 134

Cost: Free!Come explore how the City of Seattlecan help you build your career and your community!

The City of Seattle - Employment

Building Your Career and Your Community

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Seniors should plan ahead to have needs met in emergencies

From Pam McGaffin on behalf of the Healthy Aging Partnership:

Seniors should plan ahead to have needs met in emergencies

By Pam McGaffin

If you’re a longtime local, you may remember the Columbus Day Storm of 1962, otherwise known as “The Big Blow,” or recall what you were doing when that 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Puget Sound in 1965.

How about the December 2007 floods?

Fact is you don’t have to be an old-timer to know the kind of emergencies we face around here. If you’ve weathered just one Northwest winter, chances are you’ve experienced a power outage, flooding, or worse. Then there are those personal disasters – like fires and falls – that can happen anytime of the year.

Older adults can be particularly vulnerable when disaster strikes because of health and medical needs, limited mobility and reliance on services that may be stretched thin in major emergencies.

That’s why the Healthy Aging Partnership – a coalition of more than 35 Puget Sound-area agencies and organizations – urges seniors and caregivers to make emergency preparedness a priority – even if they hope they’ll never need it.

“Working with others makes emergency preparedness easier,” says Carol Dunn, manager of the community disaster education program for the American Red Cross serving King and Kitsap counties. “I encourage everyone to discuss their individual needs with those around them; and to work with family, neighbors or individual caregivers.”

If planning for every possible emergency still seems too overwhelming, try this simple, three-step approach advocated by the U.S. Administration on Aging in its Aging In Stride guide ( and click on “Just In Case”):

1. Know the basics: Learn the risks facing your community, your emergency phone numbers and where to tune in for Emergency Alert information (In King County, listen to 710-AM KIRO or watch KIRO 7 TV). Get to know your neighbors and make a plan for connecting with loved ones (including two designated meeting places and an out-of-the-area contact if local phone service is down). Finally, know where your gas, electricity and water shut-off valves are and how to use them.

2. Have emergency supplies ready: You will need two sets of supplies, one for home and one to take with you in case you need to evacuate. Your home supplies should include those things you would need to survive in your home until help can arrive, including:

· Water (one gallon per person per day), non-perishable food to last three to six days and a hand-operated can opener;

· Flashlight, light sticks (a safe alternative to candles) and spare batteries;

· A three- to six-day supply of prescription medications, an updated list of your medications, and a first-aid kit;

· Portable radio;

· Cell phone and an emergency contact list of names and phone numbers;

· Some cash or travelers’ checks

Your pre-packed evacuation backpack or travel bag should include:

· Basic personal hygiene items, including toilet paper, alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer;

· An extra pair of prescription glasses;

· Change of clothing, compact rain slicker and walking shoes;

· Blanket or sleeping bag;

· One or two bottles of water, breakfast bars and hard candy;

· Disposable dust masks;

· A copy of your emergency contacts and a current list of medications;

· Room to pack many of the “home” items, including prescription medications.

You can also purchase basic disaster kits, but make sure to include at least a three-day supply of any extra essentials you will need, and update it every six months.

3. Make a personal plan: If you have special needs, plan ahead for meeting those in the event of an emergency. If you have limited mobility or are disabled, you can register with your local fire department or office of emergency services for special help. Employ the buddy system to make sure there is someone to check in on you, and teach that person how to operate any necessary equipment. You can also work through a checklist with a family member or friend that addresses your needs, including mobility equipment for emergency use; back-up power if you depend on home dialysis or infusion equipment; and asking home health care providers or retirement-community staff about emergency planning and procedures.

· Fire: As a population group, seniors are more likely to die in a fire, in part, because they often live alone and may not be able to act quickly enough. To reduce your risk:

· Cook carefully: If you have to leave the kitchen while cooking, take a potholder or utensil to remind you to return to the stove. If something in a pan catches fire, put a lid on it. Never throw water on a grease fire.

· Space heaters: Buy only Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) listed heaters. Place them at least three feet away from combustibles, including wallpaper and bedding, and never leave them on while you’re sleeping or out of the room.

· Smoking: Don’t smoke in bed or leave cigarettes unattended. Use "safety ashtrays" with wide lips and empty them into a toilet or metal container every night before bedtime.

· Smoke alarms: Working smoke alarms in your home will dramatically increase your chances of surviving a fire. Change the batteries when you switch your clocks to Daylight Savings Time.

As older adults prepare for emergencies, they also should take the time to make sure their homes are safe, advises Dunn of the Red Cross. That means removing loose rugs, cords or other items that can cause falls; moving or securing objects that could fall down in an earthquake; and having a clear, unobstructed path to an exit in the event of a fire.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the Web site for the American Red Cross serving King and Kitsap counties at

For information on fall and fire prevention and other issues related to healthy aging, call 1-888-4ELDERS (1-888-435-3377) or visit the Healthy Aging Partnership Web site at HAP is a coalition of more than 35 not-for-profit, government and community organizations in King and Pierce counties dedicated to serving older adults and their caregivers in the Puget Sound region.

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Pam McGaffin of Moore Ink. PR, writes articles about important health, family and community issues for non-profit organizations.

Seattle Parks & Recreation Web Survey

Forwarded by Malia Langworthy at Seattle Parks & Rec:

If you have used the Seattle Parks and Recreation website, please take our survey...and forward to your members.
Dear Community Member,

Seattle Parks and Recreation is planning to redesign its website to better reflect current programs and services and to accommodate changing needs and demographics. Hearing about your experiences with our current website is critical to the development of a successful new site. Please tell us what you want to see more or less of on our website and what you've had difficulty finding by taking this short anonymous survey. To start the survey, click here.

If you wish to refresh your memory of the Parks and Recreation website before you take the survey, click here.

We will close the survey on May 25th.

Thank You!

Chris Smith
Web Manager

"Creating community through people, parks, and programs."

Seattle Offers Compost Bins at Huge Discounts

Forwarded by Ron Angeles at Department of Neighborhoods

May 15, 2008

For Immediate Release


Jason Argo: (206) 684-0367; Pager: (206) 997-5972; E-mail:

Seattle Offers Compost Bins at Huge Discounts

Program Makes Green Living at Home Easier

SEATTLE – The City of Seattle is making it easier for Seattleites to garden the natural way by offering huge discounts on compost bins.

Seattle residents can save more than one hundred dollars on high-quality compost bins while building healthy soils, and helping their plants to thrive.

Carl Woestwin, landscape conservation manager at Seattle Public Utilities, said that by composting at home, consumers can have beautiful gardens without resorting to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

“Composting at home is easy to do and you get a great natural soil builder to use in your garden,” said Woestwin. “With these discounts, Seattle residents can save a lot of money on quality compost bins.”

Local gardeners can take advantage of two great offers –

  • Green Cone Food Composting Bins Two Cones for $40, when purchased together. One Cone for $25 (Retail price over $100 each). Limit two per household.
  • Yard Waste Compost Bins $25 each (Retail price over $70). Limit one per household.

The compost bins can be purchased online at or by calling (206) 684-0190.

The Green Cone food waste composters turn food scraps such as fruits and vegetables, breads and grains, eggshells, coffee grounds, and tea bags into nutrient-rich compost for customers’ gardens.

The yard waste compost bins transform grass clippings, leaves, stalks, dead plants, small twigs, and most weeds into a natural soil builder.

Organic materials are a valuable resource when composted or used as mulch in the garden. Composting is an important way for gardeners to reduce waste and build healthy soil. Organic matter improves plant health, prevents erosion, and holds moisture and nutrients in the soil.

Customers can also purchase high quality rain barrels for $65 plus tax. Rain barrels allow gardeners to collect Seattle’s famed rain for use in their yards. Depending on how much it rains, a rain barrel or two collecting water from a 500 to 600 square-foot roof area can provide enough water to care for the plants and flowerpots on a deck or patio for several weeks.

Home delivery is available for a small delivery charge, or orders can be picked up at the Seattle Conservation Corps office at Sand Point/Magnuson Park, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sales of compost bins are restricted to City of Seattle residents.

For more information on composting and natural yard care, customers can call or e-mail the Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224 or

In addition to providing solid waste services in Seattle, SPU provides more than 1.3 million customers in the metropolitan area with a reliable water supply and provides essential sewer, drainage and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the city’s infrastructure and protect, conserve and enhance the region's environmental resources.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

King County Food and Fitness Initiative - News Reel May 14-May 27

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King County FOOD & FITNESS Initiative []
"Creating vibrant communities that support access to locally grown, healthy, affordable food and safe and inviting places for physical activity and play--for everyone."
Issue No.6
~News Reel~
May 14- May 27, 2008
Dear Collaborative Partners & Friends of Food & Fitness,
What do you get when you combine a room full of innovative community leaders and organizations, a handful of useful tools, frameworks, and resources all together in a stimulating work environment for 8 hours?The answer: Results.
Thank you to the many of you who attended last Wednesday's Organizational Learning & Systems Thinking meeting. Please find a bulleted list of the draft values statements you came up with in small groups, and be sure to check out the great resources listed up on the web ( []
Stay up to date on all Food and Fitness Initiative related news and events by visiting the KCFFI Website [].
"Vision is not enough. It must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the stairs, we must step up the stairs" Vaclav Havel ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In this Issue

*Re-cap WKKF Facilitated Meeting on Organizational Learning & Systems Thinking []
*Youth Engagement Update

*Parks & Green Spaces Public Comment Period Deadline is Friday, May 16th!
*Delridge Day (and volunteer opportunities) *May is Bike to Work/School Month!
*Jersey Bike Students Protest Anti-Bike Policy *Food Costs Likely to Boost Obesity in the Poor *The Lost Supermarket: A breed in need of replenishment ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Upcoming KCFFI Meetings & Events

*June 4th: (2:00-4:30pm) KCFFI Leadership Council Meeting @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center Meeting details... []

Other Upcoming Involvement Opportunities

*May 21st: (7:00pm)Delridge Neighborhood District Council Meeting @ the Southwest Police Pricinct (Delridge Way SW/SW Webster) *Special discussion planned on Food & Fitness with Derek Birnie & Ron Angeles!
*May 31st: Delridge Day @ Youngstown
Cultural Arts Center [](details and volunteer info below) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
KCFFI News / Events
Re-capon May 7th Principles of Organizational Learning & Systems Thinking Meeting Facilitated by the WK Kellogg Foundation abstract photo with colors and shadow []
This concentrated work session strengthened the ground work we need in order to move forward in developing our community action plan for the next 8-year implementation phase. Outcomes of May 7th (DRAFT value statements):
* The King County Food & Fitness Initiative is committed to seeking out and implementing the most innovative, creative ideas to expand what is possible and make our vision reality.
* The King County Food & Fitness Initiative will inspire people to have fun because we believe that fun is a natural way to bring families and communities together through meals, recreation, celebrations, music, art, and play. Fun is an essential path to health and well being.
* Social Justice: Everyone has the right to wellness, health, opportunities, and choices.
* The King County Food & Fitness Initiative is committed to structuring our work so that youth participate meaningfully and effectively. Creating opportunity for growth through shared learning and support. Generating interest and participation by meeting young people where they are.
* Community Driven: Create a transparent and meaningful decision making process that directly involves our diverse community.
* We are a diverse and inclusive collaborative that encourages and embraces all ideas, communities and people.
For a report and notes from the May 7th meeting, please visit []
or click here []
Youth heading to Detroit for W.K. Kellogg Community Networking Conference
Five youth will join youth coordinator Quyet Huynh, and 14 others from the King County Food & Fitness Initiative Collaborative in Detroit, Michigan from June 23-26th. The King County collaborative will meet with the other eight Food & Fitness communities from around the country to build cross community relationships with youth and adult leaders, as well as promote new learning and inspire action around food and fitness. For a draft conference agenda or to learn more about youth engagement around food and fitness, visit us at [].
Contact Quyet Huynh for more information at 206-623-5132 ext 324 or [] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Other Interesting Food & Fitness News / Events ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Parks & Green Space Levy Public Comment Deadline is Friday, May 16th!

A lot of folks might not be able to make the public meetings to provide input to the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Citizens' Advisory Committee. The Committee still needs to hear from you though. Visit the KCFFI website []or CLICK HERE []to make sure that your thoughts and views are expressed. This is the same form that is being filled out by citizens that are attending the public meetings this week. After you complete the form you can return it to the address on the bottom of the form or it can be emailed to

This is your chance to support your favorite project that hasn't been funded (or fully funded) yet or to suggest something new and different. Thinking outside the box encouraged!
Opinion forms received by May 16, 2008 will be part of the committee report.
Delridge Day & Community Open House
Saturday, May 31st 11am-5pm
On Saturday, May 31st, the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association (DNDA) and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center will host Delridge Day: Bridging Community through Arts and Resources. The event is an open house of the Center and a celebration of the community, featuring local performers, hands-on all-ages arts workshops, a mural project and a community resource fair. Artist residents of the building will curate a gallery and facilitate an Art Lending Library. Gabriel Teodros is the lunchtime headliner, and Youth Dance Empowerment Project will close the event in the Theater.
Volunteer Opportunities:
Sat. May 10th 10am-2pm
Meet your Delridge Neighbors by going Door-to-Door to pass out flyers. Including a community scavenger hunt & prizes!
Sat. May 17th 10am-5pm
Youngstown Clean Up! Come BBQ with residents while beautifying Youngstown Sat. May 24th noon-4pm Create and paint signs for Delridge Day at Vivian McLean Place Snacks provided! Pre-register as a Delridge Day volunteer to receive a free T-shirt!
Contact [] to sign up.

May is Bike to Work/School Month!
There are lots of great reasons to bike to work or school every day (individual health, recreation, FUN, etc.), and here's just a handful of ADDITIONAL reasons to participate in bike to work /school month! Backed by Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation (the largest bike club in the nation), you and your family and co-workers won't want to miss out on these great events and incentives!

Bike to School Day and Month
Get your child involved in active transportation and help them bike to school in the month of May! The CBC Education Foundation will be helping select schools throughout the Seattle area get kids on bikes through Bike to School Month activities []
Starbucks Bike to Work Day
Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation is proud to bring you the annual Starbucks Bike to Work Day [].
Frustrated with driving? Missed the bus again? Want to find a better way to get to your work or school? Why not try riding your bike? It's fun, easy, healthy and contagious!
Group Health Commute Challenge
For the fifth annual Group Health
Commute Challenge [], teams and individuals may sign-up to compete in our thirty-day bicycle commute challenge and win fabulous prizes. During May, riders can also stop by one of our afternoon bike rallies for information, live music, snacks and great give-aways!
Check out the Bike to Work
Month Schedule of Events [].
Jersey High School Students Protest Anti-Bike Policy Posted May 2, 2008
A Jersey high school principal denies donation of a fully funded bike rack, promoting cars and bussing over biking to school:
In as much as the district provides courtesy busing to students who live within walking distance of the high school, because of the danger on Garretson Road, it does (not) make sense, in my opinion, to promote the riding of bicycles to school,"
the letter read. Read
more about students' reactions... []

Food Costs Likely to Boost Obesity in Poor
Healthier choices will be even more out reach experts say
By Alfred Lubrano
Published: May 6, 2008
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Some of the fattest people in America are among the poorest.
And with food prices rising, the problem is likely to get worse.
Tianna Gaines, who describes herself as impoverished and obese, knows this. At 5-foot-3
and 242 pounds, she lives on public assistance in Frankford and eats junk food because
it's cheap and more readily available in her neighborhood than carrots and apples.
Besides, said Gaines, 28, and a mother of three, "I don't have the money for Bally's
fitness clubs. And I can't run here. They shoot you."
More poor people may suffer Gaines' fate, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
predicting food prices will be up 4.5 percent throughout the year, due to high fuel
costs, weather problems, and the growing diversion of corn crops to make ethanol.
Globally, prices will rise nearly 50 percent, according to the president's Council
of Economic Advisers. Read
full article... []
The Lost Supermarket: a breed in need of replenishment
By David Gonzales
Published: May 5, 2008
The New York Times
Even Kings and Queens are facing their own food crisis.
Kings and Queens Counties, that is.
A continuing decline in the number of neighborhood supermarkets has made it harder
for millions of New Yorkers to find fresh and affordable food within walking distance
of their homes, according to a recent city study. The dearth of nearby supermarkets
is most severe in minority and poor neighborhoods already beset by obesity, diabetes,
and heart disease.
According to the food workers union, only 550 decently sized supermarkets - each
occupying at least 10,000 square feet - remain in the city.
In one corner of southeast Queens, four supermarkets have closed in the last two
years. Over a similar period in East Harlem, six small supermarkets have closed,
and two more are on the brink, local officials said. In some cases, the old storefronts
have been converted to drug stores that stand to make money coming and going - first
selling processed foods and sodas, then selling medicines for illnesses that could
have been prevented by a better diet.Read
full article... []

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