Sunday, January 31, 2010

North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting change

From NDNC chair Jay Mirro:

Hi all,

After trying to find a time and location for the NDNC meeting, it looks like we have come to Tuesday Feb 9th. We will be meeting at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. I will forward the room when I find out the exact one.

See you on the 9th.


Camp Long activities February

From Sheila Brown at Camp Long:


Camp Long, located at 5200 35th Avenue SW, offers numerous opportunities to discover what you can do to help the planet. To register, call 206-684-7434.

Nature Programs - Animals
Explore the wonderful animal life all around us. Fascinating facts and features of animal life whether crawling, swimming, flying or walking.

Salamander Love Night
Ages 4 and older
Did you know that our two local mole salamanders species mate and lay eggs right around Valentines Day? Come with us to look for these Long-toed lovers, their Northwestern friends and eggs in their watery bedrooms. Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Please register by February 12. Register by calling 684-7434.
Instructor: Stewart Wechsler
Course #49143 February 13 Sat 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Adult Fee $8.00, Child Fee $6.00

West Seattle Birding Loop
Ages 1 and older
Explore West Seattle's fascinating array of parks while learning to identify winter birds with master birder, Woody Wheeler. This van-based tour will include short hikes (2 miles total) into Jack Block, Alki, Me-Kwa-Mooks and Lincoln Parks, as well as a bakery/hot drink stop along the way. We could see up to 30 species of birds while exploring diverse and scenic parks that feature ecological restorations, marine and forest ecosystems. Come prepared with rain gear, layers of warm clothes, warm boots and binoculars. Families and beginning birders are welcome and encouraged to come along! Meet in front of the lodge at Camp Long. Register by calling 684-7434.
Instructor: Woody Wheeler
Course #50822 February 20 Sat 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Activity Fee $15.00

Lincoln Park Owl Hoot
Ages 4 and older
Join us for a dusk-to-dark owl prowl through Camp Long's to Lincoln Park's. Early winter is courtship time! Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Please pre-register by February 19. Register by calling 684-7434.
Location: Outdoor Space - North of Colman Pool, Lincoln Park
Course #49135 February 20 Sat 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Adult Fee $8.00, Child Fee $6.00

Third Saturday Free Walks
Puget Park Walk FREE
Ages 1 and older
The sign may be gone, but the park does live on! This small piece of the Duwamish Greenbelt is almost unknown to anyone outside of the neighborhood. Once home to a riding stable, this little piece of heaven has been adopted by the neighbors who have begun asking the question about daylighting the creek which outflows into the Duwamish River. Register by calling 684-7434.
Location: Puget Park
Course #50818 February 20 Sat 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Dr. Jose Rizal Park Walk
Ages 1 and older
Named for a Filipino Leader, this greenbelt adjacent to the I-5 freeway was a no-person land until the mid 90’s when neighbors wanted better access and a place to walk their four legged friends. A Rotary Club tree planting in the mid 80’s peppered the hillside with trees in a planting medium that was sure to strangle them. Let’s find out who survived and how to navigate the space. Register by calling 684-7434.
Location: Jose Rizal Park
Course #50815 February 20 Sat 2 - 4 p.m.

Nature Walks - Preschool/Tots
Immerse young ones in the great outdoors and let them explore the wonders of nature. Most classes require adult participation.

Winter Wonderland (2-3yrs)
Ages 2 - 3
Adults, explore the wonders of nature with your Tots. Discover life in the pond, forest, field and meet new friends. Please arrive 10 minutes before class time and wear weatherproof clothing. Up to two children can be registered with one adult. No strollers please. $7.00 for one adult with one child. $3.50 for each additional person. Pre-registration required by February 15. Register by calling 684-7434.
Location: Outdoor Space - North of Colman Pool
Course #49148 February 16 Tue 10 - 11 a.m.
Activity Fee $7.00

Volunteer Opportunity
Camp Long Third Saturday Work Parties FREE
All ages, families
Leave your family legacy at Camp Long by helping to restore a patch of native habitat in the park, building trails or maintaining amenities. Make some new friends while preserving a future for ourselves and native plants and animals. Register by calling 423-0762.

February 20 Sat 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sheila Brown
Education Program Supervisor - Public Programs Coordinator
Environmental Learning Centers, Seattle Parks and Recreation
206-684-7086 Discovery Park Office Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

"Creating Community Through People, Parks and Programs"

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Seed Swap N'Sale - Community Harvest of SW Seattle

From the website of Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle

Seed Swap N'Sale
Saturday, February 20th 1PM - 4PM
South Seattle Community College
6000 16th SW Seattle 98106

Want to save money on seeds this year? Try some interesting varieties without buying full packets. Avoid ending up with left-over seeds at the end of the season.

Come to Community Harvest's 1st Annual Seed Swap N'Sale.

We have ordered seeds in bulk from Territorial, Seed Savers, and Fedco and will be splitting them into mini-packets, the right size for the home gardener. Have a look at our seed list. All seed packets will be 75¢. There will be dependable standards like Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard, as well as some unusual things like Purple Podded Peas. Lots of fun varieties of tomatoes if you are inclined to starting seeds indoors, but mostly seeds which can be direct sown.

In addition, there will be seeds donated from gardeners who have collected from their own gardens.

There will also be a "free" table for collected seeds, or your left-over seeds from last year. We cannot vouch for the viability of these seeds, but there may be some real winners. If you contributing seeds, it would be nice to have a picture or description of the plant it will produce.

Get some great seeds and at the same time support a local nonprofit which increases access to local produce through food bank donations and classes.

Community Harvest members can pre-order seeds which can be picked up at the event, or shipped by February 12.

Hat tip to West Seattle Blog, who ran this along with an announcement that the West Seattle Garden Tour is seeking a sponsor.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Coalition of West Seattle Human Service Providers Feb 3

From Steve Daschle at Southwest Youth and Family Services:

Hello All,

The first meeting of the Coalition of West Seattle Human Services Providers will be on Wednesday, February 3rd at the High Point Library. Our meeting agenda will start with agency updates and announcements and then we will have a discussion on what topic areas we would like to highlight this year. Last year we discussed youth violence, emergency planning and pandemic flu information for vulnerable populations and other issues. Please come prepared to throw out any issues you’d like the provider community to be aware of or discuss. Hope to see you on Wednesday. Thanks! Steve

Steve Daschle
Executive Director
Southwest Youth and Family Services
4555 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
v) 206-937-7680
f) 206-935-9967



Jan 31 update:

Hello All,

My apologies for leaving the time off the meeting announcement. The Coalition of West Seattle Human Services Providers will meet at 1:30 on Wednesday, February 2nd at the High Point Library. Hope to see you there. Steve

Steve Daschle
Executive DirectorS
outhwest Youth and Family Services
4555 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
v) 206-937-7680
f) 206-935-9967

United Way Hunger Action Week: Gardening for the Greater Good

It's Hunger Action Week, and the United Way of King County is working hard to educate the public about how many people in our community go hungry on a regular basis. That was the genesis of last week's story on the Delridge Healthy Corner Store Project.

Today, they feature Delridge partners Lettuce Link, City Fruit, and Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle.

See their full blog post.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

WSB: Delridge Skatepark: Construction expected to start in summer

WSB followed up with Parks Department's Kelly Davidson. They've got a detailed report on a number of factors. The summary: "she’s thinking groundbreaking isn’t likely till July. 'But we know Delridge Day is June 5th, so if there’s any way we can do it sooner …'"

Check WSB for full detail.

Cooper School artist B. Kim Tran on display at Grey Gallery

Check out Grey Gallery's posting of Delridge artist B. Kim Tran's work.

From his bio: "I received my BFA in Painting from the University of Washington. Currently, I live in West Seattle in Cooper Artist Lofts, a historic building that Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association has renovated to house Youngstown Cultural Arts Center as well as 36 affordable live/work spaces."

See more of the artist's work at his website.

Neighborhood Plan Updates

From Aaron Pickus at the Mayor's office:

Looks like some neighborhood plan updates are moving forward. Delridge leaders would do well to consider whether to advocate for a place in line.

SEATTLE – Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council announced today that the Rainier Beach and the Broadview-Bitter Lake-Haller Lake neighborhoods will begin an update of their neighborhood plans in 2010.

The neighborhood plan update process is a unique opportunity for community members to address local priorities.

Councilmembers Mike O’Brien and Sally J. Clark along with Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith will work with neighbors to address recent growth, infrastructure, housing affordability, and other neighborhood concerns. The Department of Neighborhoods and the Department of Planning and Development will facilitate the updates.

“The Neighborhood Plan Update process is an exciting opportunity for these two communities,” said O’Brien. “Recent and future transportation investments in both communities will be an important factor to consider in these updates. I look forward to working with these neighborhoods to fully utilize the new investments as a catalyst for improving housing, open space, jobs, and cultural amenities that make neighborhoods great places to live. “

In Rainier Beach, there will be a review of potential growth around the light rail station, with a focus on improving the commercial core and enhancing involvement of traditionally underrepresented communities. The Broadview-Bitter Lake-Haller Lake Neighborhood Plan Update will consider ways to take advantage of the anticipated bus rapid transit service arriving in 2013. The challenges resulting from recent growth in the Bitter Lake urban village will also be addressed.

“I’m excited for the Rainier Beach and Broadview-Bitter Lake-Haller Lake neighborhoods to re-open their neighborhood plans for tuning up,” said Clark. “Both are terrific communities with affordable housing, incredible parks and new challenges when it comes to smartly taking advantage of transit.”

“I’m looking forward to working with Councilmember O’Brien, Councilmember Clark and these great communities to see how best we can build our city together,” said Smith.

These two neighborhood plans were chosen to be updated based on a review of the criteria established in Ordinance 122799, the information collected through status reports and associated community outreach, and a review of the recommendations from the Neighborhood Plan Advisory Committee.

WSB: Highland Park Action Committee: Fast vote; police change; more

Congrats to the leadership of the Highland Park Action Committee, who were relected to their positions last night, according to West Seattle Blog.

See the full report on the meeting here.

Bioswale walking tour

From Cari Simson at Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition:

Have you wondered what a "natural drainage" rain garden or bioswale looks like? Have you thought that more bioswales or natural drainage in Delridge, Highland Park, Beacon Hill, Georgetown or South Park would be a good thing? You are invited to come on a free walking tour of a natural drainage bioswale in Georgetown on Tuesday, February 2nd from 11:30-1pm. The site is in an industrial neighborhood of Georgetown, just off E. Marginal Way. We'll walk the site, observe how it works, and then walk up to the Coliman Restaurant for lunch & conversation about the design specifics and other potential applications, 6932 Carleton Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108 (
Please RSVP to: for directions and additional information.

Also, next Wednesday February 3rd from 12-2pm the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and ARCADE Journal will be co-hosting a boat tour of the Duwamish River, focusing on urban design and planning. Currently there are only about 25 spaces left and tickets cost $20 through Brown Paper Tickets.
**If would like to attend but can't afford to pay full price, please contact cari (at) and we can arrange for a limited number of 'pay what you can' tickets.**

Cari Simson 206-234-5102

Duwamish Transportation Management Association Community Forum

Forwarded by Dagmar Cronn:


Ten different public agencies possess responsibility for some aspect of transportation in the Duwamish. Find out who does what and how they might do it better at the next Duwamish Transportation Management Association Community Forum.

Panel Participants
  • Moderator, Gael Tarleton, Port of Seattle Commissioner
  • Coast Guard, LCDR Martin Smith or Captain Suzanne Englebert
  • US Army Corp of Engineers, Patricia Graesser, Public Affairs
  • Federal Aviation Administration, David Suomi, NW Deputy Regional Administrator
  • Federal Railroad Administration, Frederick Lenard, Railroad Safety Specialist
  • King County Airport, Gary Molyneaux, PhD, Airport Manager Boeing Field.
  • King County Metro, Kevin Desmond, GM and Jack Latteman, Transportation Planner IV
  • Port of Seattle, Mike Merritt, Govt. Relations or Charlie Sheldon, Managing Director
  • Sound Transit, Joni Earl, Chief Executive Officer
  • Seattle Dept of Transportation, Peter Hahn, Director
  • WA State Dept of Transportation, Barb Ivanoff, Director of Freight

February 9, 2010
8:30 am-10:30 am
SSCC Georgetown Campus
Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center
6737 Corson Ave S, C-110
Seattle, WA 98108

Public Invite Revised

Nature Consortium MLK Weekend of Service

The new post at the Nature Consortium's blog reports on an impressive 208 volunteers giving 777 hours of service!

See the post for color commentary and color pictures!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Via Vadi Caffé grand opening in South Park

From Lora Suggs in South Park:

Looks like we finally have a cafe in South Park!

Maria (of the Napoli Pizza family) is opening Via Vadi Caffé in a back part of the Napoli Pizza Building (SE corner of 14th and Cloverdale). Her grand opening is this Sunday at 9am!



WSB: White Center in Seattle? Annexation vote proposed for November

WSB has confirmed, via the Mayor's office, that the annexation of the unincorporated areas of White Center into Seattle will be proposed for the ballot in November (pending City Council approval).

Very big news for the neighborhood!

See more detail at the West Seattle Blog.

Neighborhood Project Fund

Ron Angeles reminds us that there is an opportunity to have the City fund small scale street improvement and parks maintenance projects. We're posting here in hopes of new ideas or feedback on what's important in the Delridge Neighborhoods.

From Ron Angeles:

As I mentioned briefly at our last District Council meeting… Here’s an opportunity to fund small scale street improvement and parks maintenance projects in you neighborhood.

Please see attached information regarding the 2010 process, timeline, applications and 2009 rollover projects and share with your constituents.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Ron Angeles
Dept. of Neighborhoods
Neighborhood District Coordinator

If you have an idea or a preference, please contact Ron.


to: District Coucil Chair(s)
City Neighborhood Council (CNC)

from: Veronica ShermaN-King, Department of Neighborhoods
subject: Neighborhood Project Fund (NSF/CRF)/ Limited Process 2010 & Open application process for 2011

date: January 25, 2010
cc: Stella Chao
Kimberlee archie
Neighborhood District Coordinators

The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) has appreciated the volunteer efforts across all District Councils in support of the Neighborhood Projects Fund (Neighborhood Street Fund & Cumulative Reserve Sub-fund). The collaborative process of accepting and reviewing applications provides an opportunity for community stewardship, and localized neighborhood input throughout the City of Seattle. Unfortunately due to staffing cuts, DON is unable to provide the same level of administrative support, as in prior years, for the 2010 NPF process. This memo is provided to District Council Chairs and the City Neighborhood Council to outline the 2010 process and pave the way for the 2011 process.

Attached you will find a timeline for 2010 NPF process. After internal discussion with SDOT, and Parks, and the CNC Transportation Subcommittee - it has been decided that the 2010 process will mirror the current large project, Bridging the GAP Process. There will not be a City-wide Application process. Previously, DON had a dedicated position that supported this application process, along with Neighborhood Planning Implementation tracking. In mid 2009, this position was cut, and limited duties transferred to the Neighborhood District Coordinator Manager and Administrative Assistant.

DON will support an abbreviated process this year, and capitalize on the remaining 154 applications received from 2009. As outlined in the attached timeline and materials for 2010, District Councils shall determine whether new applications will be received for their districts, in addition to those received in 2009. District Coordinators will need to staff this process. Councils should then prioritize projects in order of significance. Thereafter SDOT will perform a review; and Councils can opt to re-prioritize a second round, or not. Please review the enclosed materials and check-in with your District Coordinator. They have all been briefed on this process; and I am also available to answer specific questions.

As it relates to the 2011 process, DON will accept new applications for next year’s (2011) process in parallel to this year’s abbreviated process. This will not be done online, as staffing is not currently available, however applications can be received at DON office, fax, or emailed as outlined the 2011 application (also attached). Applications will be accepted City-wide from February 1st, 2010 to November 30th, 2010. Please encourage community members to consider making application during the course of this year as ideas arise, and particularly in those areas where no new applications will be reviewed for 2010. DON in turn will catalog the application, create a basic spreadsheet per district and provide confirmations to applicants as materials are submitted. Confirmations will be provided via email. Please contact me by phone or email at (206) 684-0270/, if you have questions.

Attached –
2010 NPF Timeline
Project List from 2009;
Fact Sheet and Application for 2010; and
Application for 2011

Final 2010 NPF Timeline With Details

Delridge 2009 Rollover Projects

2011 NPF Application

2010 NPF Fact Sheet

2010 NPF Application

White Center Neighborhood Plan is now online

From the White Center Community Development Association:

The White Center CDA is proud to announce that we have placed our Neighborhood Action Plan online, and in 5 different languages.

At the December 5, 2009 Community Summit, the White Center CDA unveiled the latest version of the White Center Neighborhood Action Plan: Building Community Together. This Plan is a roadmap for a partnership of residents, organizations, businesses and government agencies on how to work together to make White Center a thriving place that sustains local businesses and provides places for families to eat, shop, learn, play, worship and gather. This Plan presents a series of 8 linked strategies and a set of specific action items (over 100!) to help realize the community’s vision. Over 50 lead agencies have committed to action items to complete and track, with community support, over the years.

Unique to this Plan is that it is an evolving document that requires everyone in the neighborhood to participate. Unlike most plans that sit on the shelf, it will be used regularly by all partners and updated every year at the Community Summit.

This Plan also applies to any annexation scenario. Residents in our community are facing a crucial decision, as they will soon vote to determine if portions of White Center should remain in unincorporated King county or be annexed by the cities of Burien or Seattle. This plan does not advocate for one outcome over another. Rather, it conveys a community-driven vision, strategy and priority actions that apply equally to any annexation scenario. The hope is that the Cities and the County will want to partner and co-invest with the neighborhood to achieve joint goals and ensure that the community’s needs are met.

The White Center CDA is the neighborhood intermediary and chief architect of the White Center Neighborhood Action Plan. Funding to support the Plan came from Impact Capital ( through their Vibrant Communities Initiative.

To download, right-click and "save as" to your computer. If you are using a Mac, hold the control button on the keyboard and click on the link with your mouse.

Full Plan (Large .PDF file, 2.63MB)

4-Page Executive Summaries
KHMER (Large .PDF file, 6.9MB)

WSB on Highland Park Spray Park plans

Excited about a West Seattle spray park? Help pump up the plan is the headline for an in-depth piece at West Seattle Blog covering the efforts of community member Carolyn Stauffer and others to secure Parks Opportunity Funding to convert the wading pool at Highland Park into a Spray Park.

See the story at WSB for details on the project vision and how you can get involved.

WSB: Chief Sealth Clothing Bank

West Seattle Blog has a good piece on the clothing bank at Chief Sealth High School - a volunteer run effort that helps students in need.

See the article for shout-outs to volunteers and donors.

How to donote: "'Donations can be brought to the office at the school.' (Chief Sealth is still at its temporary location in the Boren building, 5950 Delridge Way.)"

Register for Ethnic Arts Connection

From the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs:

Ethnic Arts Connection

A gathering of presenters and artists

Interested in bringing world cultures to your community, performing arts venue or special event? Don't miss the Ethnic Arts Connection—a FREE one-day gathering introducing Northwest performing and visual artists working in a variety of culturally specific traditions to presenters from around the region in a day of performances and networking.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Showcase performances, juried 15-minute acts
  • Visual art displays
  • Booking opportunities
  • Networking

The Ethnic Arts Connection is a biennial conference. This is the third such gathering of artists and presenters. In March 2008, the one-day Ethnic Arts Connection gathering brought together 225 artists with 75 performing arts presenters and featured 27 showcase performances.

The registration deadline for presenters is Friday, Feb. 26.

The Ethnic Arts Connection is a collaborative project of the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Center, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission , Ethnic Heritage Council, Festál and Arts Northwest.

Registration for Ethnic Arts Connection

Presenter Event Registration
Deadline: Feb 26, 2010

Artist Event Registration
Deadline: Feb 26, 2010

Performing and Visual Artist Showcase Application
Deadline: Feb 3, 2010

Paul Rucker(206) 684-7084

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Reminder - South Park Information and Resource Center’s GRAND OPENING this saturday

From Lora Suggs in South Park:

Hey everybody!

A lot has changed with the South Park Info Center / Centro Hispano ►now South Park Information and Resource Center / Centro de Información y Recursos de South Park. ►SPIARC for short.

Grand Opening -Bi-lingual Flier

It all started with ECOSS opening the Info Center on the corner of 14th and Cloverdale. Big kuddo's to ECOSS! Last year in 2009 an agreemant was made between ECOSS and the South Parck Action Agenda (SPAA) that ECOSS would continue to support and operate the Info Center through 2009 while the SPAA Board worked up it's capacity to take on the contract with the Department of Neighborhoods for 2010. This agreement was made for several reasons, one being the Info Center is a piece of the Action Agenda and the Action Agenda Board has long shared a passion for South Park's need for a multi-cultural resource and info center. In fact quite a few folks on the Action Agenda Board participated in the original steering committee for the Info Center when it was first born under ECOSS.

ECOSS went above and beyond in 2009 and the SPAA did a ton of work toward capacity building and this transition. whew!

Well, Here we are:

New Location:

8520 14th Ave S. We share a space now with the Primavera Hair Salon located directly across from Jalisco and just North of the Laundromat.

New Management:

Operated for all these years with love and dedication by Mayra Ayala who sadly was not able to accept the position of SPIARC Information Specialist, we are however, happy to say that she has agreed to serve on the SPAA Board which oversees the Center.

As for me; I am no longer serving as the South Park Action Agenda Community Organizer as I've accepted the position of Program Manager for SPIARC! I am loving it!

Now for you; SPIARC is meant to serve as a community hub, a community resource. As such, we need you to claim the South Park Information and Resource Center’s as yours...for and by the community. There are so many ways to be involved...

Which leads me to our GRAND OPENING this Saturday from 1 to 4!

Please come by and check out our new digs. Meet Board, volunteers, interns, staff, neighbors! See what we have going on so far and have a bite to eat. The flier for the grand opening is attached. It's in English and Spanish please pass this along to neighbors and friends of all languages.

Hope to see you!

Lora Suggs
Program Manager
South Park Information
and Resource Center /
South Park Action Agenda
8520 14th Ave S
Seattle WA 98108
---- Office Hours ----
Monday - Thursday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tour the new Sealth/Denny

Thanks to West Seattle Blog for the tip. Here's your chance to see inside the newly renovated school buildings!
Tours: February 2, 9, 24 and March 2, 9, 17 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. All are welcome – no appointment needed. Description of school offerings followed by a guided school tour.

Evening Open House for Prospective New Families: January 27 starting at 6:30 p.m. Following the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to meet teachers and staff.

Go to WSB for photos, notes and the full presentation from a prospective student open house.

Seattle Planning Commission - summary of Delridge Neighborhood Discussion

Ron Angeles just showed me the nicely produced Executive Summary of the Seattle Planning Commission's summary of the Neighborhood Plan Check-ins they completed last year. It includes one-page summaries of the discussions in each neighborhood, and a cd-rom that contains PDF reports that are also online. You can view summaries of the Delridge and Westwood/Highland Park meeting discussions; and summaries of the Delridge and Westwood/Highland Park survey responses online as well.

Here are the summaries for Delridge and Westwood/Highland Park.

As of right now, there is no official timeline for updating the neighborhood plans outside of those affected by light rail stations in Southeast. Neighborhood leaders may want to think about what the best timing would be and communicate with the Planning Commission and the City Council. The Delridge District Council is a good place to hold this discussion.

Delridge Summary:

Who did we hear from?
There were 10-15 people at the Delridge discussion table, including several from the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association (DNDA), most appeared to be long-time residents of the area. Several were very concerned with the loss of the elementary school. Everyone seemed pleased by the conversation but perplexed that there wasn’t—or at least there seemed not to be—a regular outlet for these kinds of conversations.

121 people responded to the online questionnaire. Online respondents were equally as likely to have lived in Delridge for less than five years as they were to have lived there for more than five years. A large proportion of online respondents regularly visit the neighborhood; fewer have worked or attended school in Delridge.

What did we hear?
Although some think the neighborhood has declined (townhouse development and more homelessness and crime) most respondents have noticed a marked improvement in the community as mentioned above but would like to see more.
• We need a grocery store.
• Business development has been spotty (at best).
• Transportation is lacking especially east-west.
• Parks and green space are a great improvement.
• Youngstown and Library are great.
• New townhouses have helped the neighborhood!
• New townhouses have destroyed the neighborhood!

What are the similarities between the in-person and online responses?
Although there is a general sense of overall improvement especially in park and green space development (Greg Davis and Longfellow Creek), library and the Youngstown Arts Center there is also broad complaint of a lack of amenities and services in the neighborhood, for example lack of a grocery store and access to fresh foods.

What are the differences between the responses?
There was more mention of townhouse development in the online questionnaires and less mention of the loss of the local elementary school which was a sore point for a number of people at the neighborhood discussion.

In their own words... How has your neighborhoods changed?

Trails are great! Longfellow and West Duwamish Greenbelt trails are no longer garbage dumps, but useable and beautiful. There are more bicyclists in neighborhood now (sharrows, etc.) and I notice much less obvious daytime crime at Riverview playfield (we are almost in Delridge, almost in Highland Park, officially in neither). The presence of SW precinct (and the nice building itself) and, surprisingly, even Home Depot have greatly improved the Delridge/Morgan corner over Kmart and the Dollar store. The Delridge Library is quite nice and some of the townhomes in the corridor look good, but I am dumbfounded by the intended amount of density plus lack of ANY grocery store in the neighborhood; the first one after the West Seattle Bridge down the corridor is QFC 3 1/2 miles South. All the pedestrian focus is great, but not if we can only walk to gas stations. Two successful businesses at the Holden/16th corner have improved that area (Zippy’s and Java Hut) and increased community presence.

We have overbuilt on condos that are not filled. We have way too much traffic and not enough parking. We have drug dealers galore and a new homeless population, that are sometimes overly aggressive and inappropriate in public. (i.e. screaming at people with children, urinating in public, etc.)

There seems to be more community involvement for the bettering of the neighborhood. Vacant buildings/land are being identified and re-purposed. Delridge has not always been known as being a great neighborhood to live in, I think we’re starting to prove that stigma wrong.

Westwood/Highland Park Summary:

Who did we hear from?
There were 168 people who responded online versus 15 who participated in the neighborhood discussion. There was a general optimism about the direction the neighborhoods were headed, with notable appreciation for new parks, trails, and businesses. Additional improvements to the pedestrian and bicycle system would support an already increasing number of people who want to getaround the neighborhood without a car. Respondents recognized that some growth and change in the neighborhoods is good, but the downside is that some of the infill development – especially townhouses – is of poor design, creates on-street parking shortages, and removes a lot of nice trees.

What did we hear?
• “Yuppification” is setting in, but the area is still relatively affordable and new households are moving in and fixing up older houses.
• More pedestrian and bicycle facilities are going in and many people are walking and biking, but traffic safety is a concern.
• Longfellow Creek improvements and trail access – plus other park enhancements - are appreciated.
• Zippy’s!
• New development has its plusses and minuses – loss of trees and open space is a concern, but the vitality of new businesses adds value to the neighborhood.
• The Sealth/Denny Recreation Complex Master plan is not functioning well.
• Public transportation could be improved.

What are the similarities between the in-person and online responses?
• Demographic shift - more families with children are moving in, as are domestic partner households.
• New businesses of higher quality and variety are welcome in the neighborhood.
• Westwood Village upgrades are appreciated.
• Longfellow Creek restoration and access – together with other pedestrian improvements – have been great for the neighborhood.
• Traffic is increasing, and related concerns about pedestrian safety.
• While there is a lot more walking and bicycling going on, there is an ongoing and increasing need for better pedestrian and bicycle facilities and connections.

What are the differences between the responses?
• Comments about townhouses – the design, quality and parking impacts were common online comments, not so much at the open house.
• There was much concern voiced at the open house about the relationship between the School District and the City and the issues related to the redevelopment of the Sealth/Denny site for community uses.
• Several online respondents mentioned that crime was an ongoing concern, but both online and at round-table discussions, people commented on an overall perception of decreased crime in the neighborhood.
• The updated library scored high online but wasn’t mentioned significantly in the round-table discussions.

In their own words... How has your neighborhood changed?

seems to be improving -- more young families with children moving here. Seems safer. I don’t mind telling people where I live quite as much. I’m proud.

HP & Westwood are both becoming more unique, so connection the 2 (in NP) is becoming more difficult. HP more young families & couples — need for more walkable destinations. concerns are: 1. Crime. 2. Traffic, especially on Holden.

"The Monthly Connection" - Seattle Office of Emergency Management

Forwarded by Ron Angeles at the Delridge Neighborhood Service Center:

The newsletter includes
  • Earthquake in Haiti - Links to Information Sources and Relief Agencies
  • Tip of the Month – Prepare Your Valentine!
  • Calendar Announcements


We’re now on-line! Here’s the link to the latest edition of the Monthly Connection, including a place to sign up to be on the regular e-distribution list for upcoming skills training, safety advisories and/or other preparedness news. Please feel free to pass on to any and all.

Thanks, as always, for helping us get the word out about preparedness and your continued support.

Debbie Goetz
Emergency Preparedness Training Specialist
Seattle Office of Emergency Management
105 5th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104
206-684-0517, office
206-255-7327, cell
206-540-7663, pager

"Disaster ready ... prepared people, resilient community."

Nature Consortium second annual benefit brunch March 14

You are Invited...
Nature Consortium's second annual
Benefit Brunch
Sunday March 14, 2010
The Hall at Fauntleroy
9131 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136

West Seattle KOMO: Duwamish Longhouse to celebrate first birthday

From West Seattle KOMO:

he Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center will celebrate its one year anniversary this Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You're invited to come hear about the past years’ events and upcoming ones as well as the many visitors to the longhouse. The history of the tribe will be portrayed in the film “Princess Angeline” by Upstream Productions at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. There will be free refreshments and a commemorative t-shirt, first come first served.

Read the full story

Forest Steward Orientation March 13

Forwarded by Adam Jackson at King Conservation District:

Forest Steward Orientation

We would like to invite you to attend the Green Seattle Partnership Forest Steward Orientation on March 13, 2010 from 10am-3:00pm at Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center. This is an opportunity to be a part of an exciting, innovative and nationally recognized partnership between the City of Seattle, its residents, and the Cascade Land Conservancy. The purpose of the Green Seattle Partnership is to restore, maintain, and steward Seattle’s forested parklands. We will build on restoration work that is already underway with a citywide goal of restoring 2,500 acres of forested parkland by 2025. Meeting this goal will be a tremendous effort, but it also has the opportunity to bring extraordinary benefits to all of us who live in Seattle. Forest Stewards play an integral role in the success of this effort. We hope that through this program, we can assist volunteers in making their efforts even more effective and rewarding.

The orientation will cover:

  • The purpose, structure and benefits of the Green Seattle Partnership.
  • How to prioritize your restoration sites (basic urban forestry).
  • How to create and implement a volunteer forest restoration project.
  • Volunteer event protocols, appropriate paperwork for planning and reporting events.
  • Seattle Parks Volunteer/Forest Steward Registration

Once a Forest Steward has attended the orientation they will work with the GSP Project Manager and Parks Staff to develop a restoration project and a system for tracking their project progress. In return, the Forest Steward will be eligible to receive tools, materials, technical assistance and specialized training needed to implement a successful community based forest restoration project. Forest Stewards also have opportunities to network with more than 75 other Forest Stewards working in parks across Seattle.

We have attached a more detailed description of the Forest Steward’s duties for your review.

If you are interested in being a Forest Steward but do not have a particular park in mind, please go to our website to find parks in need of a Forest Steward.

REGISTER HERE or go to by March 8, 2010. Please be sure you are available to attend the Forest Steward Orientation on March 13, 2010 from 10am-3:00pm at Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center.

Thank you for your interest in restoring our urban forests and making our amazing city an even better place to live!
If you have any questions about the program contact Joanna Nelson / 206-905-6913


The Green Seattle Partnership

Green Seattle Forest Steward

Green Seattle Project Manager

Seattle, WA

Volunteer, with (ideally) two year term of service

The Green Seattle Partnership is a 20-year effort to restore 2,500 acres of forested parkland in the City of Seattle. Green Seattle Partnership Forest Stewards will lead volunteer restoration work in a forested parkland, bringing together the needed volunteers, materials, technical knowledge, and other resources to make on-the-ground forest restoration a reality. Individual stewards wishing to adopt a forested parkland area may apply or Community Forest Stewardship Groups, also known as “Friends of” or “Adopt a Park” groups, may nominate one or two representatives to serve as a “Forest Steward” and Green Seattle Partnership representative.

· Serve as key contact person for the Green Seattle Partnership
· Coordinate volunteer forest restoration events and activities in your forested parkland
· Manage event and material requests, sign-in sheets, and work logs
· Coordinate with GSP staff to develop site restoration plans
· Attend annual training event

· Ability to attend at least one training event per year
· Ability to coordinate and lead at least 4 volunteer events per year (events can range from 3-5 friends or family members getting together to larger work parties with many community volunteers)
· Ability to organize and manage diverse activities and set priorities; flexible under pressure
· Ability to develop a positive working relationship with staff, volunteers, donors, and community supporters
· Ability to work under physically demanding conditions, including cold and wet weather

· Experience coordinating and leading volunteer events
· Knowledge of forest restoration and invasive species removal practices
· Experience working with or teaching youth, young adults and adult volunteers in an environmental education setting
· Good organizational and computer skills

Joanna Nelson / 206-905-6913

For more information on Cascade Land Conservancy and the Green Seattle Partnership:

Highline Times: $200,000 Paul G. Allen grant awarded to White Center Community Development Assoc.

At Highline Times:

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has awarded a $200,000 grant to the
White Center Community Development Association for a green jobs initiative that
will take advantage of federal stimulus funding to train youth in the White
Center and South Seattle in home weatherization as a foundation for additional
education, training, and employment security.

See the full story.

Congrats to WCCDA!

Food and Fitness Initiative Newsreel

From Maggie Anderson at the King County Food and Fitness Initiative:

View the full newsletter.



Meeting: TBD
Please stay tuned - this Team will be springing into action again soon.

Next Meeting: Feb.
8th, 4-5:30pm @ White Center CDA(1615 Cambridge St SW, Seattle, WA 98106)
At our last strategy action team meeting, we discussed both the School Food & Fitness Coordinator job description and the Focus School Partnership grant application. Revised drafts were sent out to the team, and feedback on both draft documents has been requested. We'll keep momentum going and approve these on February 8th.

Next Meeting: Feb. 2, 4-5:30pm @ Delridge
Library (5423 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106)
At our last strategy action team meeting we discussed holding a focus group with FEEST youth to determine some marketing strategies for our Healthy Corner Stores (Delridge) and Produce Markets (White Center) work. We'll move forward on finalizing a workplan, timeline, and activity descriptions for healthy food retail pilot projects at our next meeting.

*For more on Strategy Action Teams and strategies for improving healthy food access or environments that promote physical activity, please visit our website at

JANUARY 27: FEEST Community Potluck - 5-7:30pm @ Youngstown
FEBRUARY 1: Healthy Food Retail Action Team - 4-5:30pm @ Delridge Library
FEBRUARY 8: School Food & Fitness Action Team - 4-5:30pm @ WCCDA
Every Wednesday - Youth FEEST & All ACCESS 3:30 @ Youngstown

  • changes at WSU Extension
  • related news and events

Read the full newsletter

US Census Jobs - testing today in South Park

From Hallie Savannah via yoursouthpark:

I am a South Park resident and a recruiter for the US Census Bureau. We are in need of South Park residents to work for the Census. This is a temporary position. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 206.427.7751. We are giving a Spanish test as well which will be followed by an English proficiency test. Look forward to seeing you all there!!

You are invited to apply for temporary work with the Census Bureau. We will be
conducting employment testing at:

South Park Neighborhood Association (The old firehouse)
10th and Southern
Seattle, WA 98106

Tues 1/26
Test (Spanish) 1:30 pm
Test (English) 4:00 pm

Please call 253-449-1150 to schedule an appointment or just show up. Other dates and times available. *Please bring two forms of I.D., such as your driver's license and social security card, passport, resident work visa, etc. Also, we have a definite need for bilingual applicants. All are welcome.

Thanks for all your time!!

Hallie Savannah

Highland Park Action Committee meeting and officer elections

From Dan Mullins at Highland Park Action Council:

Hey Neighbor,

Well the Holidays are behind us and it's time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work.
Please come to our monthly Highland Park Action Committee meeting and pot-luck at the H. P. Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St. , this Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00 PM (Pot-Luck at 6:30)

Along with neighborhood events and announcements we will have nominations and elections for the 2010 HPAC board (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) and we will also have a surprise Local Business Spotlight and Raffle that you won't want to miss.

So if you can, bring something yummy and spend some time with your neighbors and let's start thinking about a new vision for the neighborhood.

Dan Mullins
HPAC Chair 2009

Monday, January 25, 2010

Delridge Skateboard Park levy vote approved!

The City Council just passed the bill funding the Delridge Skateboard Park! Three cheers!

Neighborhood Service Centers no longer accepting election ballots

At Front Porch, the Department of Neighborhoods newsblog.

Neighborhood Service Centers no longer accepting election ballots

Due to recent budget reductions, King County Elections has eliminated all but two ballot drop-off locations. Neighborhood Service Centers no longer serve as ballot drop box locations and cannot accept ballots.

There are two 24-hour ballot drop boxes available to voters who want to return their ballot without postage—one at Elections Headquarters in Tukwila and another at the King County Administration Building in downtown Seattle. Exact locations and operating hours are listed in the voters’ pamphlet and on the Elections website at

Farewell reception for Delridge Library Manager Karen Spiel

From Ron Angeles at Delridge Neighborhood Service Center:

The public is invited to attend a farewell reception from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, to honor the 20 years that Karen Spiel has served as manager of the West Seattle Branch of The Seattle Public Library.

The community-sponsored reception will be held at the branch, 2306 42nd Ave. S.W. Refreshments will be served and a brief program will begin about 3 p.m.

Spiel has been promoted to manage eight Library branches in Central Seattle. A longtime West Seattle resident, Spiel has managed the West Seattle Branch since 1990. For 5 years of that 20-year span, she also supervised the Delridge Branch.

For more information, contact Carol Vincent at 206-937-6744 or

Friday, January 22, 2010

South Park Information and Resource Center Grand Opening

From Front Porch - the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods news site

South Park Information and Resource Center Grand Opening

The South Park Information and Resource Center (SPIARC) will host a Grand Opening Event Saturday, January 30th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at their new location – 1408 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108. SPIARC offers a variety of valuable services reaching out to people who might otherwise feel cut off from the community.

A multi-lingual resource for many of South Park’s immigrant population, SPIARC serves as a place where community members can connect with one another and obtain vital information. More than 100 people visit the information center each month. Services include environmental education for homes and businesses, employment assistance, English as a second language classes, translation services, childcare and connections with programs and services with Seattle and King County.

Duwamish Alive! April 17

One of the region's biggest single day efforts at land stewarship takes place right in and around Delridge on April 17. Check it out and sign up to participate!

From People for Puget Sound:




Last year's Duwamish Alive! Fall restoration work day drew approximately 450 volunteers. Each site was led or co-led by 11 member organizations of the Duwamish Alive! Coalition. Across all the sites, volunteers removed invasive plants such as Himalayan blackberry, common tansy, Scot's broom & English ivy and planted over 1500 native trees and shrubs. With the help of a kayak cleanup crew and the volunteers at Gateway Park North, 1250 pounds of garbage were removed from the River.

Volunteers are needed at all of the sites listed below. To sign up or get more information contact us 206.382.7007

April 2010 Restoration Project Sites
Herring House 4460 W Marginal Way SW
Park at Westbridge Parks Dept.: 4209 West Marginal Way SW Work with Seattle Parks Department to plant native trees and shrubs around this large habitat site next to Kellogg Island.

West Duwamish Greenbelt 16th & Brandon
Park at the North Parking Lot of the South Seattle Community College: 6000 16th Ave SW 98106Work with The Nature Consortium and Earth Corps removing invasive plants and caring for native tree in Seattle’s largest urban forest area that’s part of the Green Seattle Partnership.

Urban Forest Restoration-Longfellow Creek 26th Ave SW & SW Brandon St.
Join KCD and the Green Seattle Partnership to help restore habitat on Longfellow Creek in West Seattle. Longfellow creek is one of only four salmon streams in Seattle. Come join our ongoing efforts to replace invasive ivy and blackberry with native trees and shrubs.

Gateway Park North 7699 8th Ave. S
Work with Georgetown Community Council, CleanScapes and EOS Alliance -- meet at the street end park at the end of 8th Avenue South to help remove invasive blackberry, remove trash from the tideline, mulch native planting areas, and work to keep the street's pedestrian areas clear of weeds and debris. Learn about native plants, the street's history and future community and business partnerships. For more information contact Katie Collier at CleanScapes.

Kayak River Cleanup 7900 10th Ave. S
Work with Alki Kayak Tours, Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, and Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition to remove debris from the river's tidelines. Meet at Duwamish Waterway Park. Kayaks/equipment/instruction provided for free! All experience levels and personal kayaks welcome, but reservations are required and space is limited.

Roxhill Park SW Barton and 29th AVE SW.
Work with Friends of Roxhill Bog to remove invasives, pick up trash and restore the bog that is the headwaters of Longfellow Creek.

Hamm Creek Estuary
The Veterans Conservation Corps and I’m-A-Pal, will be working to remove invasive plants, mulch and plant native species. VCC affiliates only.

Duwamish Riverbend Hill On S 115th Street, one block east of E Marginal Way S
Work with Friends of Riverbend Hill and Cascade Land Conservancy to continue stewardship of the hill with native plantings and mulching.

Codiga Farm 12535 - 50th Place S, Tukwila, WA
People For Puget Sound will be hosting this large restoration event, along with the City of Tukwila. We will be completing a large salmon restoration project by removing invasive weeds, planting native vegetation and mulching. Come help us restore the riverside, and make this a beautiful place to get close to the river.

Go to the Duwamish Alive page at People for Puget Sound for more details and reports and pics from previous events.

Healthy Corner Stores on KOMO 4 News

The United Way of King County has been an imporant supporter of the Healthy Corner Store Project that DNDA is organizing with partners the King County Food and Fitness Initiative and the Seattle Good Food Project. The United Way brought KOMO 4's Elisa Jaffe out to Delridge this morning to take a look at our work and talk to a couple of neighbors.

Many thanks to Mr. Singh, Joseph Munnerlyn, and Jose Lopez, who agreed to go on camera; and to Marie Reyes and Phillippia Goldsmith, who did a terrific job rounding folks up.

See the video here.


SEATTLE -- The number of people relying on food stamps in Washington state has more than doubled in the last two years.

To help meet the growing demand, the United Way of King County is taking on hunger and health at the corner store.

Joseph Munnerlyn is a connoisseur of corner store meals.

"I'm hungry. I'm trying to get something fast, grab me a bag of chips," he said. "Oh, I love it all -- the wings, breasts, burritos, jo jos."

Munnerlyn picks fast and fried over fresh fruit.

"I know it's not healthy, but hard for me to pick up an apple when I only got two bucks and I've got to feed myself for the rest of the day," he said.

The United Way is helping one convenience store in West Seattle fill the nutritious needs of strapped neighbors. There's no grocery store within easy reach for the home-bound or folks without cars. Now, a new refrigeration unit at the store offers space for healthy choices.

"You've got lettuce, limes, lemons, and cucumbers -- stuff that a family can go home and make a salad and a fresh meal for their family," said Lauren McGowan of United Way.

Jose Lopez also buys meals at mini marts.

"No steady work and I don't have no home," said

Lopez says it's not easy eating healthy when he calls a van home.

"I like to have these fruits, but they don't take your food stamps," he said.

To help people like Lopez, the United Way is trying something new, working with the Delridge community in West Seattle to get food stamps accepted in 22 convenience stores over the next few years. The owner of one store says half of his customers ask to use food stamps.

Next week, the United Way of King County kicks off Hunger Action Week to raise hunger awareness. One idea: try to eat 3 healthy meals for $7 a day, the maximum food stamp benefit.

White Center Now: White Center/South Delridge Community Safety Coalition meeting next week

From White Center Now, an updated on the White Center/South Delridge Community Safety Coalition, including meeting date/time/location:

The basic details:
Location: DSHS offices, 9650 15th SW (map).
Date/time: Thu 1/28 at 6 pm

More at White Center Now

Duwamish River News - January 2010 - Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition newsletter

From Thea Levkovitz and Cari Simson at Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition:

Happy New Year from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition!

Thank you for being involved in the Duwamish River cleanup and restoration - your continued participation is critical to guide our work with the environmental regulators and responsible parties as the cleanup progresses. You can participate by attending tours, coming to meetings and events, volunteering at a habitat restoration event, forwarding our newsletter to others, or making tax-deductible contributions to support our programs. Click here to donate to DRCC, in any amount.

Visit for more information about our activities and programs.
Become our Friend on Facebook: Click on this link to view and join our Facebook page.
Thank you, Thea Levkovitz, Coalition CoordinatorCari Simson, Program ManagerDuwamish River Cleanup Coalition206-954-0218

Riverwide Superfund cleanup progress: "Feasibility Study (FS) Update"The Draft FS is the document prepared by the Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs),[Boeing, King County, City of Seattle, and Port of Seattle], submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposing how and where the cleanup of the river bottom and banks will take place. The next draft of the riverwide cleanup plan has been delayed; the good news is that DRCC is working closely with EPA site managers to ensure that the next cleanup plan draft has addressed the communities’ previous concerns.We hope to see another draft FS later this year. Please see the DRCC Superfund web page for details about the cleanup documents. YOU have a voice to express how you want to see the river cleaned up through the DRCC – please share comments with us: or 206-954-0218.

T-117/Malarkey Asphalt "Early Action" cleanup site progress: The Port of Seattle has released Draft Final Revised Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) for Terminal 117 Early Action Area (cleanup plan for T-117/Malarkey, located at 16th and Dallas Avenue in the South Park neighborhood.) The Port has also hired Anchor Environmental to design and construct habitat and public access at the site after the toxic materials have been removed. You can see the plan at this website. or check T-117 web site for more information.DRCC is reviewing the document and will provide comments to EPA and on our website.

Upcoming Events:

January 26, 2010
Every year, the environmental community identifies priorities to rally resources and support around during Washington State’s legislative session. The Environmental Priorities Coalition chose 3 critical environmental priorities. Help us reach 600 advocates in Olympia working to pass the priorities, click here to sign up.

January 30, 2010
DRCC's Thea Levkovitz co-presents a workshop session about environmental justice and the Duwamish River at an all-day joint interfaith conference, exploring thoughtful stewardship of the Earth. Follow this link to learn more.

February 3, 2010, 12-2pm
ARCADE Journal, DRCC and guests from Seattle's architecture and design community guide a two-hour tour of the Duwamish River Superfund Site, linking their latest issue, “Aquatic Dysfunction,” with restoring our critical water resources. Tickets are $20 to cover charter costs and a small donation to both Arcade Journal and DRCC. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Duwamish Alive! Restore our River!
April 17, 2010 from 10am-2pm at multiple sites
Restore critical salmon and other wildlife habitat within the Duwamish watershed at multi-site volunteer work parties. Tools, instructions, and snacks provided! No experience necessary, and work, school, communities, or social networking groups are encouraged to volunteer together.
DRCC and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance are co-hosting a kayak river cleanup to remove plastic and other debris from the water and tide lines.

Georgetown Community Council, CleanScapes, and DRCC are also co-hosting a restoration site along 8th Avenue in Georgetown to install additional native plants in an 'industrial strength' rain garden, and other street cleanup activities.

Or join work parties at any of the 12 sites within the Duwamish watershed! Sign up for a site Today:

Nomadic Duo blog: BJ Cummings, the DRCC Coordinator from 2001-2009, has embarked on a year-long journey around the world with her son. Click here to read her ongoing travel blog.

Press Release - LaFarge and Saint-Gobain clean air settlement

Press release from the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency, as forwarded by Heather Trim of People for Puget Sound.

The summary for Delridge, according to the Seattle Times: "Two of the biggest polluters along Seattle's Duwamish River corridor will reduce dirty air emissions over the next year as part of a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department. Saint-Gobain Containers, which makes jars and glass bottles for beer and wine, and the Lafarge North America cement plant have agreed to install new emissions controls that will cut back pollution by about 1,400 tons a year by Feb. 1 of next year." Read the full story.

Many thanks to the Washington Department of Ecology and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for joining in the class action, and to People for Puget Sound and a number of other folks for their advocacy.

Here's the press release:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 EPA (202) 564-4914
WWW.JUSTICE.GOV TDD (202) 514-1888


WASHINGTON—The United States today filed two major Clean Air Act settlements to reduce air emissions from container glass and Portland cement plants throughout the country, announced Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division and Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

The settlements cover 15 U.S. plants owned by Saint-Gobain Containers Inc., the nation’s second largest container glass manufacturer, and all 13 U.S. plants owned by the Lafarge Company and two subsidiaries, the nation’s second largest manufacturer of Portland cement. These settlements are the first system-wide settlements for these sectors under the Clean Air Act and require pollution control upgrades, acceptance of enforceable emission limits and payment of civil penalties.

The facilities are estimated to reduce a combined 41,000 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and particulate matter (PM) each year. SO2, NOx and PM can trigger respiratory difficulties and asthma, and environmental harms such as acid rain, visibility impairments and water quality impacts.

“These two settlements are excellent examples of businesses working with government to achieve compliance at their facilities around the country, which will benefit the health of local communities and the environment,” said Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “Enforcing the Clean Air Act's new source review program is a priority, not just in the coal-fired power plant industry, but also in industries like cement and glass manufacturing that have been identified as major sources of air pollution. Companies in these industries should strongly consider the benefits of these types of settlements as we intend to aggressively enforce compliance with the law.”

“Consistent with Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s seven priorities, these settlements call for tough new controls and innovative technologies to cut down on harmful air emissions that threaten the health of millions of Americans,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “I am also pleased that 17 states and two local governments have joined as signatories to these actions.”

These settlements are part of the federal government’s focus on improving compliance among industries that emit significant amounts of air pollution, including cement manufacturing, glass manufacturing, acid production and coal-fired power. The settlements also reflect the seven key themes EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson outlined last week to guide EPA’s work. Installing tough new controls and technology at these facilities will greatly reduce air pollution in the communities that are downwind of the facilities covered by the settlements. The settlements also build on strong state partnerships as 17 states and two local air control agencies are joining in the settlements.

Saint-Gobain Containers

Saint-Gobain Containers Inc. of Muncie, Ind., has agreed, in a consent decree filed today in federal court in Seattle, to install pollution control equipment at an estimated cost of $112 million to reduce emissions of NOx, SO2 and PM by approximately 6,000 tons each year. The settlement covers 15 plants in 13 states. Two of the 15 plants have been closed by Saint-Gobain for independent business reasons.

This is the federal government’s first nationwide Clean Air Act settlement with a glass manufacturer that covers all of a company’s plants. The states of Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin, as well as the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District, joined in today’s settlement.

In addition, as part of the settlement, Saint-Gobain has agreed to pay a $2.25 million civil penalty to resolve its alleged violations of the Clean Air Act’s new source review regulations. Of the $2.25 million civil penalty, Saint-Gobain will pay $1.15 million to the United States and $1.1 million to the 10 states and two local regulatory agencies that joined the case.

The settlement covers the following 15 facilities located in the following cities: Burlington, Wis. (two furnaces); Carteret, N.J. (one furnace) (closed); Dolton, Ill. (three furnaces); Dunkirk, Ind. (two furnaces); Henderson, N.C. (two furnaces); Lincoln, Ill. (one furnace); Madera, Calif. (one furnace); Milford, Mass. (two furnaces); Pevely, Mo. (two furnaces); Port Allegany, Pa. (three furnaces) (one closed); Ruston, La. (two furnaces);

Sapulpa, Okla. (three furnaces); Seattle (four furnaces) [emphasis added]; Waxahachie, Texas (one furnace) (closed); and Wilson, N.C. (two furnaces).

Saint-Gobain has agreed to implement pollution controls, including the installation of the first-ever selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system at a container glass plant in the U.S. Saint-Gobain will also install continuous emission monitoring systems (CEMS) at all of their glass plants.

In the complaint filed concurrently with today’s settlement, the federal government and the 10 state and two local governments alleged that the company constructed new glass furnaces or modified existing ones over the course of two decades without first obtaining pre-construction permits and installing required pollution control equipment. The alleged violations were discovered after an EPA investigation that included inspections, file reviews, information requests, and the review and analysis of data obtained from the company. The Clean Air Act requires major sources of air pollution to obtain such permits before making changes that would result in a significant increase in emissions of any pollutant.

The consent decree, lodged today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, is subject to a 30-day public comment period and approval by the federal court.

Lafarge North America

Lafarge North America Inc., based in Herndon, Va., and two of its subsidiaries have agreed in a consent decree filed in federal court in Benton, Ill., to install and implement control technologies at an expected cost of up to $170 million to reduce emissions of NOx by more than 9,000 tons each year and SO2 by more than 26,000 tons per year at their cement plants

The states of Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency are joining the settlement.

In addition, as part of the settlement, Lafarge has agreed to pay a $5 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act’s new source review regulations. Of the $5 million civil penalty, Lafarge will pay $3.4 million to the United States and $1.7 million to the 13 participating states and agencies. The facilities included in the settlement are located in or near: Whitehall, Pa.; Ravena, N.Y.; Calera, Ala.; Atlanta; Harleyville, S.C.; Paulding, Ohio; Alpena, Mich.; Tulsa, Okla.; Sugar Creek, Mo.; Buffalo, Iowa; Fredonia, Kan.; Grand Chain, Ill. and Seattle.

Lafarge has agreed to install the first-ever SCR system at a cement plant in the United States. In addition, Lafarge has also agreed to install seven selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR) systems at long dry cement kilns. This is among the first application of this technology to this type of kiln in the United States. Lafarge will also install CEMS at all of their cement kilns.

In the complaint filed concurrently with today’s settlement, the United States alleged that Lafarge and its subsidiaries, or their predecessors, modified one or more of each of their facilities without first obtaining pre-construction permits and installing required pollution control equipment as required by the Clean Air Act. These violations were discovered as a result of EPA investigations and review of company submitted data. The states and agencies joining in the settlement have made similar allegations in their complaint, which is filed separately.

The consent decree, lodged today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, is subject to a 30-day public comment period and approval by the federal court.

Nitrogen oxides are one of the main ingredients involved in the formation of ground-level ozone, which can trigger serious respiratory problems. They react to form nitrate particles, acid aerosols, as well as nitrogen dioxides (NO2), which also cause respiratory problems. They also contribute to formation of acid rain, nutrient overload that deteriorates water quality, the creation of atmospheric particles that cause visibility impairment most noticeable in national parks, react to form toxic chemicals and contribute to climate change.

Exposure to SO2 can aggravate asthma, cause respiratory difficulties, and result in emergency room visits and hospitalization. People with asthma, children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to SO2’s effects. Exposure to particulate matter is also linked to respiratory problems like asthma and other adverse health effects.

Copies of the consent decrees are available on the Justice Department Web site at

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Heather Trim
Urban Bays and Toxics Program Manager
People For Puget Sound
911 Western Ave, Suite 580
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 206.382.7007 X172
Fax: 206.382.7006

Thursday, January 21, 2010

MacArthur Genius and organic farming leader Will Allen coming to Seattle

Folks who've been involved in the King County Food and Fitness Initiative, Seattle's Good Food Project, and other efforts to make our food system more just and sustainable were excited when Will Allen, urban farming leader and the founder of Growing Power, won the MacArthur Genius Award in 2008.

Will is coming to Seattle on Feb 3 and will be making a range of appearances, including a visit to the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center to participate in FEEST with Delridge and White Center youth leaders.

Here are a couple of announcements from Creatives4Community and the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

DPDTalks Got Grub

Press Release 1-15-09_will Allen

JANUARY 19, 2010
CONTACT: EDWARD HILL – 206.508.1260
McArthur Genius Fellow and Urban Farmer Will Allen Speaks to Seattle Neighborhoods

“Inside the Urban Farmer’s Studio” Caps off a Daylong Series Of Events to Help Communities Strengthen Access To Healthy Food Options

(Seattle, WA)- Seattle and King County residents and community organizations have worked with municipal and public agencies for decades to protect, manage, improve, and sustain its food shed. While most efforts have succeeded in maintaining one of the best regions in the country for a self-sustaining food system, the diversity of economic participation, equity in access to its bounty, as well as the benefits of its wealth have left many groups marginalized or locked out of opportunities.

On Wednesday, February 3 at the Yesler Terrace Community Center, Creatives 4 Community will host Mac Arthur Genius Fellow and Urban Farmer Will Allen will as special guest for a "Peoples Roundtable" with invited local grassroots organizations, urban farmers and community members. The Roundtable is part of a daylong series of events featuring Allen designed to help participants brainstorm ways that Seattle neighborhoods can improve their health, empower their residents and create access to healthy food throughout our city with simple, accessible urban growing techniques.

“Will Allen is to food what Van Jones is to energy” said Eddie Hill, urban planner and C4C’s Executive Director. “We want more communities of color and low income people to take the lead in the Green Movement and Allen’s work represents the best in the United States in urban agriculture and food justice.”

Seattle has many successful emerging programs to reduce hunger and provide access to healthy, locally grown food. Allen will sit in with youth involved with Youngstown F.E.E.S.T program to address ways youth can strengthen their participation in planning their own green future. F.E.E.S.T. which stands for Food Empowerment and Sustainability Team, is a weekly youth-led roundtable where youth prepare healthy meals and learn about food.

At 7pm at the Mercer Middle School Auditorium in Beacon Hill, Allen will cap off the day with “Inside the Urban Farmer’s Studio” a free, community-wide discussion on food, urban farming and food policy to share ideas in a question and answer session with audience members.

Will Allen is the founder and president of the Rainbow Farmer’s Cooperative. One of the only African American farmers in the State of Wisconsin, Allen has struggled vigorously to alleviate the plight of the small family farmer. Allen is also the CEO of Growing Power, a national not for profit organization supporting the development of urban community food systems. He has over fifty years experience in farming, marketing and distributing food and has shared this knowledge with youth, adults, community groups, immigrants, farmers, and consumers.

Will Allen is referred to by many as a modern day George Washington Carver, a person that Allen greatly admirers. Will Allen is known as an innovator and creator of food systems that are leading efforts in getting good food to all people worldwide. He believes that food is the cornerstone in building healthy communities and that we have a responsibility to pass on our knowledge to youth and adults about food for future sustainable food systems.

8:30am – 9:00am “Morning Meet & Greet” - Yesler Terrace Community Center (Invite Only)9:00am –Noon “Peoples Roundtable with Will” Yesler Terrace Community Center (Invite Only)
• 9 – 9:30am Introduction to Process• 9:30 – 10am Asset Mapping Exercise• 10 – 11:00am Strategy Brainstorm
• 11 – Noon Will Allen + Q&A
4:30pm – 6:30pm “Young People’s Urban Ag Session with Will” Youngstown Center (Youth Only)
7:00pm – 9:00pm Public Event: Inside the Urban Farmers Studio with Will Allen, Growing Power

This event presented by Creatives4Community, Seattle Neighborhood Group, Progressive Planners Network, Youth Planners Network, FEEST at Youngstown,

About C4CCreatives4Community (C4C) is a Washington State Non-Profit Corporation that works with community and institutional partners to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate green training and community-capacity building. C4C has more than 25 years experience in education, curriculum, training, consulting, and program management.

This event is Funded and Sponsored by The City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Vulcan Inc., Seattle Parks and Recreation.