Sunday, January 30, 2011

City Hall Open House 2011: NDNC Report

Did you know that 1% of City Utility Bills fund the City’s Art Collection? The collection furnishes the offices, hallways and lobbies of City Hall. The Collection will show at the Seattle Art Museum for free from May 10 – October 23, 2011.

That was just one of the many things we learned during the City Hall Open House on Jan. 29th. We (Amanda Leonard and Holli Margell) represented the NDNC during the City Hall Open House. Prior to the Mayor’s speech, we visited the City partner’s tables where various offices and organizations both within the city and community provided information. We made some key contacts for future projects. Amanda also made contact regarding old trees in disrepair, those ones that impede street parking along Delridge Way. She has one to deal with outside her front door.

During Mayor McGinn’s speech he outlined some goals for the city. His speech focused on the goal of transparency in the running of City Hall. He also shared how important it is for everyone to help make this city great. As he encouraged folks to get engaged and volunteer, he said, "Let me be very clear about this, we need you to help us meet our vision for the city."

After the speech, we went on the Mayor’s Office Tour, which provided a brief opportunity to preview a new online Pothole Reporting System that will go live on Friday. Their goal is a 95% response time within 3 days of receipt of a report. We also visited the Mayor’s office, and he spent a few minutes listening to specific problems, offered some solutions and promised to follow up. He also encouraged folks to leave him a message on his white board. Amanda posed next to it for me.
We didn’t have a chance to get a word or photo with the Mayor, but found the City Council Office Tour to be very productive. We visited the office of Tom Rasmussen, Mike O’Brian and Sally Bagshaw. Tom Rasmussen listened as Amanda described the need for traffic calming in Delridge, and more specifically the fact that we need cross walks.

If you have further questions, or want to get involved with the North Delridge Neighborhood Council, please join us during our monthly meetings: Second Monday of the Month (yes, this Feb. 14th) at the Delridge Library, 5423 Delridge Way Southwest, from 6:30-7:45pm in the Conference Room.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Changes to Department of Neighborhoods staffing for the Delridge District

The West Seattle Blog has run a few stories about how the Department of Neighborhoods is dealing with large budget cuts.  Here's their most recent post on 12/30.

What this means for the Delridge District is that we get to keep our stalwart Neighborhood Service Coordinator Ron Angels, though he will now also be helping to staff neighborhoods in the rest of South Seattle.  This is an interim arrangement; we'll see what happens the rest of the year. 

I believe Department of Neighborhoods Director Stella Chao will be at the next District Council meeting to discuss these changes.  Please join us Jan 19, 7:00 at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. 

Here's the full text of Pamela Banks' letter: 

December 30, 2010

Dear Community Partners,

With the adoption of the 2011-2012 City Budget in November, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) is in the process of making changes to our programs and services, namely, the Neighborhood District Coordinators Program and the Neighborhood Service Centers (NSCs). Effective January 4, 2011, three Neighborhood District Coordinator positions will be cut and as of December 30, six Neighborhood Service Centers will close. These resources, staff, and facilities have been heavily utilized by community members such as yourself over the years, enhancing your connection to City government.

As part of the budget process, Seattle City Council developed a Statement of Legislative Intent (SLI) requesting the Mayor to respond to questions about DON’s outreach and engagement work, specifically identifying a reconfiguration plan of the Neighborhood District Coordinator Program. The Mayor will involve DON, the community, and other stakeholders in providing a response to the SLI which is due to City Council by July 1, 2011.

The changes in budget require a change in DON’s short-term and long-term approach to serving the greater Seattle community; therefore, while the SLI response is being developed, an interim service model has been designed and will be implemented beginning January 5, 2011. The model is described below:

Neighborhood District Coordinators (NDC) Interim Service Model:

The 10 NDCs will serve the city through a team approach over three large geographic areas:

• The South area consists of 4 districts (Southeast, Greater Duwamish, Delridge and Southwest) and will be served by the South Team (NDCs - Ron Angeles, Steve Louie, Yun Pitre, and Ed Pottharst).

• The Central area consists of 5 districts (Central, East, Downtown, Lake Union and Magnolia/Queen Anne) and will be served by the Central Team (NDCs - Christa Dumpys, Tim Durkan, and Stan Lock).

• The North area consists of 4 districts (Northeast, North, Northwest, and Ballard) and will be served by the North Team (NDCs - Karen Ko, Rob Mattson, and Beth Pflug).

The remaining Neighborhood Service Centers are being reorganized for drop-in work space for the NDCs. They will also have drop-in work space in DON’s offices at the Seattle Municipal Tower.

The new team approach to serving neighborhoods and community partners is intended to continue providing the connection between you and the City. However, due to the fact that there are three fewer NDCs, there will be a decrease in the amount of time or depth of efforts any particular NDC will be able to spend with you and your group.

As we stated in the beginning of this letter, the six non-payment Neighborhood Service Centers (Greater Duwamish, Downtown, East, Lake Union, Queen Anne/Magnolia and Northwest) are closing as of December 30, 2010. One of the impacts of this loss is free meeting space. Neighborhood District Coordinators have been and will continue to be a resource for assisting community groups in finding alternate community meeting space.

A “Frequently Asked Questions” document is attached with information on how community members will be served by the interim service model.

Change can be difficult, and although the City overall and DON specifically, must make changes based on the reduction in budget, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods remains committed to the community and to supporting and empowering community members to engage with City government for the benefit of their neighborhoods.


Pamela Banks

Neighborhood District Coordinator Program Manager

January NDNC Meeting Agenda

Our next meeting will be held next Monday January 10th at 6:30pm at the Delridge Branch Library. We are excited to announce two great guests that you many be interested in meeting.

Call to Order and Introductions

Guest: Holly Krejci, Georgetown Community Council       
Greatest challenges?
How to overcome?

Official Pea Patch Sign

Guest: Minh Chau Le, Pea Patch Coordinator   
Pea Patch issues and discussions
What can we do to improve?

Topic of Interest:
Constance asks: What is a Community?

Committee Chair Reports

This should be a busy and interesting meeting.  We hope to see you there.

Our Potholes Are In The News

The City's pothole problem was on King 5 news last night.  For those who missed the clip, here is the video...

For the full story, click here

I was surprise to hear that it took three days to only do Delridge Way.  Unfortunately, there are approximately another 1,000 potholes on backlog.  Hopefully, your pothole is not on that backlog list.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

The North Delridge Neighborhood Council continues to meet monthly.

When: Second Monday of the month, the next meeting is January 10th from 6:30-7:45pm.

Where: The Delridge Library, 5423 Delridge Way S.W., in the conference room - from the entrance, it's the first door to the right.

Why: Because we can all make a difference! Our projects have ranged from Adopt-A-Street clean ups to building a new playground at the Delridge Community Center, and we welcome newcomers to help.

For more information about how we're organized or to check our calendar, please visit our website: