Land Use Committee Tuesday on HALA

HALA
HALA Engagement

The GCC land use committee will meet at 7:00 this Tuesday at the Couth Buzzard.  The topic is HALA Engagement.

In a follow-up to our previous meeting, we will review the report issued for the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) that puts forward 65 recommendations to consider. In response to the HALA report, the Mayor has issued a “roadmap” to make Seattle affordable, including 20,000 new homes for low- and moderate-income people, over the next decade.  Potential changes included rezoning within urban villages and expanding urban villages, among many others. The City is also currently soliciting participants for HALA focus groups.

Greenwood Community Council Transportation Committee Meeting, Feb. 1, 7:00 PM – Growth, Congestion and Parking

Change is afoot in Seattle. That’s the refrain that precedes a lot of conversations these days whether the topic is housing; public safety; business development; or transportation. Where many of us feel the stresses that growth and change put on the city is through our day-to-day movements and in dealing with the increased congestion of more cars and more limited parking. 

So what is to be done? What are the common goals for mobility and access that we all share?

Join members of the Greenwood Community Council and the Phinney Ridge Community Council on Monday February 1st at 7:00 PM at 74th Street Ale House for a discussion around mobility and specifically parking for personal vehicles. We’ll use examples from the neighborhood as a jumping off point to discuss existing city parking policies.

We hope to see you there!

GCC meeting Tuesday will vote on backyard cottages letter

Open GCC Board Meeting – All Welcome
Tuesday January 19 at 7PM
Greenwood Public Library

This month’s Greenwood Community Council meeting will be an open board meeting covering a number of topics.  Anyone is welcome, and there will be time in the meeting to speak to any issue you feel the community council should be following.  

We will also vote on proposed correspondence about pending legislation on backyard cottages.  You can see a draft here, and your opinion will be welcomed at the meeting.

Proposed Agenda

  1. Committee business and meeting plans
    • Transportation
    • Safety and Health
    • Engagement (no report)
    • Land Use
      • Proposed letter on accessory dwelling units/background cottages
      • Aurora-Licton Springs urban village expansion?
  2. Plan to engage community in discussion of HALA and Comp Plan
  3. Discussion – is committee structure working and how to improve/change it
  4. Open mike for community concerns
  5. Review upcoming membership meeting plans
  6. Volunteer opportunities and board openings
  7. Adjourn

Land Use Committee Tuesday on Affordability

Obrien ImageHousing Affordability in Seattle

The GCC land use committee will meet 7:00 next Tuesday at the Flying Bike brewery.  The topic is Housing Affordability. 

The debate over housing affordability rages on as rents, property values, and cost of living continues to rise for most people in Seattle.   Affordability and livability have increasingly become drivers of public policy as terms like “Grand Bargain”, “living wage”, “HALA”, “rent control”, “incentive zoning” and “equity” join the vernacular.  We will explore the recent trends in housing cost and  availability to inform a discussion of solutions and tradeoffs that have been proposed by community groups, the City, and developers alike.

Update on Greenwood Community Council Transportation Committee

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Greetings friends! The Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee has been on hiatus for a while from our usual monthly meetings, BUT, we’re going to gear-up and get rolling once again in 2016!

Please take note that our next meeting will be held on Monday, January 4th, 2016 at the Flying Bike Brewery

The topic for this meeting is To Be Determined, and we’d love your input as to what topics, initiatives, projects, etc. the Transportation Committee might take up in 2016. Please reach out to Ben Mitchell at bmitch1536@gmail.com with any suggestions.

Take care and have a great December and New Year!

First Meeting of the new GCC Outreach and Engagement Committee

First Meeting of the new Greenwood Community Council
Outreach and Engagement Committee  
7:00 PM this Wednesday December 2
Chocolati, 8319 Greenwood Ave N

(If you’re getting this in your email, it’s because you’ve indicated an interest in neighborhood outreach and engagement sometime over the last couple of years.  If you’re still interested, read on!  If not, you can click on “manage your subscriptions” at the bottom of this email to remove your name from the mailing list)

This Wednesday we’ll have the first meeting of a new Greenwood Community Council committee on neighborhood outreach and engagement.  This committee will focus on bringing new voices into neighborhood discussions, helping people who don’t normally go to meetings get their voice heard, and help develop common ground on issues that polarize people and problems needing resolution in Greenwood.  That’s my clumsy way of introducing it – what we actually do will depend on the interests of whoever shows up.

Please join us – everyone is welcome!  Whether or not you can make it Wednesday, if you’re interested let us know by filling in this survey monkey survey (though you can skip the questions about regular meeting dates because we’ve picked a regular meeting date – the first Wednesday of each month).  

Proposed agenda:

  • Introductions 
  • Survey results – to get conversation started
  • Interests and ideas – around the table
  • Summarize, action items – what to focus on first.
  • Future meetings, meeting location, etc.

Note that I have not reserved space at Chocolati; we’ll just try to carve out enough room to sit together where we can hear.  If you arrive early, please see if you can find some defensible space for us.

 

Tuesday’s GCC Membership Meeting

Pedestrian Issues in Greenwood 

November Membership Meeting
Tuesday November 17, 7:00 – 8:30
Greenwood Library
8016 Greenwood Ave. N
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Join the Greenwood Community Council to hear from guest speakers and engage in discussion of pedestrian and safety issues including sidewalks, safe routes to schools, dedicated facilities for non-motorized transport (e.g. the Interurban Trail), Seattle’s update to the Pedestrian Master Plan, and more.
 
The recent passage of the Move Seattle Transportation levy will see new investments in Seattle’s pedestrian infrastructure; and Greenwood and North Seattle are sure to see many new pedestrian-focused projects in the coming years. Come out to hear from representatives from the Seattle Department of Transportation, as well as community members engaged in various pedestrian issues.
 
This will be a great opportunity to hear about projects that are going on right now, chime in on your issues and priorities, and find out how to be engaged. We hope to see you there!
 
Agenda
 
  1. Welcome/overview of meeting agenda (7:00 PM)
    • Overview of upcoming GCC meeting topics
    • Overview of committees and Board
  2. Committee Report Outs – Committee Chairs
    • Land use 
    • Health and Safety
    • Transportation
    • Outreach – call for interested volunteers
  3. Guest Speakers, Pedestrian Issues
    • Pedestrian Master plan – SDOT
    • Greenwood/Phinney Greenways – Lee Bruch
    • Update on Interurban Improvement Project – Keith Bates
  4. Audience Q&A
    • Poll areas of interest
    • How to stay involved
  5. Meeting Close (8:30 PM) 

 

Please note that the Library’s garage closes at 8PM, so if you park in the library you will need to move your car before then.

Sorry for bad links in the recent post on community engagement!

I’ve had comments already from people having trouble linking to the survey monkey page from the email they received on “GCC Looking for Help in Community Engagement.”  There are two problems, one of which I need help to fix. 

In the meantime, let’s try a more direct approach I hope you’ll try.  The survey is located at this address (if it doesn’t show up as a link, you’ll need to copy/paste into your browser):  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y6YGSPJ 

You can also go to the website (where this message will also be posted) and follow links from there.  Links from the website are working fine; it’s only links from mail messages that are not.  The website is located at http://greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org

In case you’re wondering what’s wrong, there are two problems.  One is that people who follow the link from the mail message are getting a page of error messages in their browser.  This seems to be happening all of a sudden for all links from GCC email, including the “manage your subscriptions” link.  This looks like a website database problem that I’ll need help to fix.

The other problem some people are having is that links in community council email messages link to the GCC website, which then redirects to the website the link points to.  Some people’s browsers give them a message in this case warning of spam.  It isn’t, but I will look into whether there’s another way to embed links.

Sorry (and embarrassed) about the inconvenience!

GCC Looking for Help in Community Engagement

The Greenwood Community Council exists to facilitate and amplify neighborhood involvement and engagement.  I always have a slightly different answer when asked my personal opinion about what the Greenwood Community Council does, but this week I’m thinking we’re about place-making and community-building – which often involves dialogue and advocacy with the city and developers.  

Ultimately we’re effective only to the extent that we engage all sorts of people and understand the many perspectives among our neighbors. And here’s a surprise — most people don’t like meetings!  Face-to-face dialogue is still important and far more conducive to dialogue, learning and solutions than polarized, anonymous blog comments – but we also need to break out of the meeting paradigm and find other ways to engage people in the way they’re most comfortable, and to reach people whose voices may be neglected.  

To that end, we are looking for people who are interested in helping to engage the community more broadly than we can through traditional meetings.  If you’re interested, please take a few minutes to fill out this surveymonkey survey.

The survey asks what types of activities and outreach you’re interested in or think are needed.  It also asks whether you are willing to be on an engagement committee (I know that’s ironic) and will sample availability to find possible meeting times that could work out for everyone.  If you have other thoughts after filling in the survey, let me know that too.
 
On another note: We are looking for a new chair of our outreach and engagement committee. (We are also looking for a new community council vice president.) If you have any interest in taking on either of these, please let me know.  The committee chair is responsible for setting up committee meetings (or delegating that of course) and participating in monthly board meetings.
 
Thanks!
Rob Fellows
Greenwood Community Council

Candidate Forum Monday

Meet the candidates who would represent our neighborhood on the new district-based city council.  Please help get the word out!

Candidates for City Council districts 5 and 6 will face off This Monday at the Taproot

7:00 – District 5 candidates
Debora Juarez and
Sandy Brown
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7:45 – District 6 candidates
Catherine Weatbrook and Mike O’Brien
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The Taproot Theatre is located at 212 N. 85th Street in Greenwood.  Sponsored by the Greenwood Community Council.

Greenwood Land Use Committee Meeting – 7PM Tuesday, October 13th

Reminder our next meeting will be 7PM Tuesday, October 13th, at Couth Buzzard.

Response to Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan

The City (DPD) released the Draft Comprehensive Plan on July 8th for public review and comment through November 20th.  On Sept. 15th, the GCC general meeting was primarily dedicated to presenting an overview of the draft comprehensive plan.  The goal for next Tuesday’s meeting is to review the comments received from GCC members , discuss commentary and analysis by others, and develop a response to bring forward to the GCC for the general meeting on November 17th.

DRAFT AGENDA:

7:00 Begin Meeting and Introductions

7:10 Review GCC comments from Sept. 15

7:20 Review analysis and commentary by others (see links below)

7:40 Develop outline for response from GCC to DPD

8:15 Assign action items for individuals on responses

8:30 Adjourn

RESOURCES:

City website for background: http://2035.seattle.gov/

Policy Comparison by DPD:  http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cs/groups/pan/@pan/documents/web_informational/p2329332.xlsx

Analysis by others:  http://eastlakeseattle.org/?page=CompPlan

GCC Overview

Continue reading Greenwood Land Use Committee Meeting – 7PM Tuesday, October 13th

Districts 5 and 6 Candidate Forum Next Monday at the Taproot

[Please forward with reckless abandon!]

Candidate Forum at the Taproot
for City Council Districts 5 and 6

7PM, Monday October 12
Taproot Theatre, 212 N. 85th Street

Taproot

This is Seattle’s first modern election of city council candidates to represent districts – meaning there will be a council member who’s job is to represent Greenwood and other nearby neighborhoods.  Greenwood is split between two new council districts generally along N 85th St., with District 5 to the north and District 6 to the south of 85th.  

Come meet the candidates who want to represent you and bring your questions!  Here’s the schedule:

6:45 – Doors open
7:00 – District 5 Candidates
               Sandy Brown and Debora Juarez

7:40 – Break
7:45 – District 6 Candidates
               Catherine Weatbrook and Mike O’Brien

8:30 – Adjourn

Many thanks to the Taproot Theatre for again providing their fantastic space.  Donations to offset their expense will be gratefully accepted.

And whatever you do, please remember to vote!
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Next Monday: Forum on the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle

The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle
Monday, October 5th, 7:00-8:30 PM
Location: Works Progress
 
In 2006, Seattle voters approved a nine-year $365 million transportation levy, known as Bridging the Gap, which will expire at the end of 2015. For the last eight years, this levy provided the Seattle Department of Transportation with nearly 25% of it’s funding with funds being used to address maintenance backlogs, improve transit service, rehabilitate bridges, and implement pedestrian safety projects throughout the city. 
 
This November Seattle voters will vote on a new transportation levy that will replace Bridging the Gap. The replacement levy proposal, called “Move Seattle,” will fund an array of transportation projects throughout the city with the goals of reducing congestion, increasing safety, and improving aging infrastructure. 
 
The $900 million Move Seattle levy would be paid for through a property tax that would cost the median Seattle household (approx. $450,000) about $275 per year for nine years.
 
The Greenwood Community Council Transportation Committee will host a meeting on Monday, October 5th at Works Progress to learn about the Move Seattle levy proposal. We will be hosting a panel of representatives from the Let’s Move Seattle campaign who will make a brief presentation of what is in the levy proposal and what projects are specifically planned for North Seattle. We will also reserve plenty of time for questions from the audience.

GCC Meeting Tuesday on Seattle’s 2035 Comp Plan

September Membership Meeting
Tuesday September 15, 7:00 – 8:30
Greenwood Library
8016 Greenwood Ave. N
 
Seattle 2035 – Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan is out – 
What Comments Should Greenwood Send In?
 
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The City (DPD) released the Draft Comprehensive Plan on July 8th for public review and comment.  It’s 159 pages + appendices and maps is intended to provide “long-term guidance that will help the City make decisions about managing growth over the next 20 years and providing services to make the growth for all of the city.”  Comments on the plan are due this month (though there are rumors the comment period will be extended).  
 
The Comprehensive Plan is required under the state’s growth management act to identify where growth should occur and ensure that schools, streets, parks and other city investments will be in place to accommodate it.  The comp plan provides broad policies about growth and investment, including the future zoning plan.  Seattle policy is to concentrate development in designated “urban villages” to encourage walking and healthy business districts.  Over the past couple of years battles have been raging over rapid growth, how Seattle can remain affordable, and transportation, parking, school and public space impacts.
 
At our membership meeting this week Joel Darnell, our Land Use Committee Chair, will:

  • Provide an overview of the Comprehensive plan history for context, overall themes, and schedule for review and adoption.
  • Summarize the proposed Draft Plan relative to the Draft Environmental Assessment Alternatives from earlier this summer
  • Outline key points of the 2035 Draft Plan and related land issues
  • Discussion of goals for Greenwood neighborhood for review of Comprehensive Plan policies
If you’d like background on the Comp Plan prior to the meeting, follow this link to the comp plan website.
 
Proposed Agenda
 
7:00 Introductions and Agenda Review

7:05 Speaker: Joel Darnell, GCC Land Use Chair
             – Overview of the Comprehensive plan history for context,
                    overall themes, and schedule for review and adoption.
             – Summary of the proposed Draft Plan relative to the Draft
                    Environmental
Assessment Alternatives from earlier
                    this summer

             – Outline of key points of the 2035 Draft Plan and related
                     land issues

7:45 Open Discussion: Goals for Greenwood neighborhood for
            review of
Comprehensive Plan policies

8:15 Update on Community Council Committees
             – Land use
             – Transportation,
             – Outreach/website,
             – Safety/health

8:30 Adjourn

 
Please note that the Library’s garage closes at 8PM, so if you park in the library you will need to move your car before then.

Social Event at Naked City
(No membership meeting this month)

Tuesday August 18, 7:00
Naked City Brewery
8564 Greenwood Ave N

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I know what you’re thinking – you can’t come to a social event on the third Tuesday of the month because that’s when the community council meets.  But the Greenwood Community Council is taking the month of August off – so what a great opportunity to have a night out!  Please join the community council board and members in the screening room at Naked City instead.  Open to all – please come even if you’ve never attended a community council function; this is a great time to find out who you’ve been getting all these messages from.  Bring a friend.  Hope to see you on Tuesday!

GCC Membership Meeting Tuesday (7/21)

July Membership Meeting
Tuesday July 21, 7:00 – 8:30
Greenwood Library
8016 Greenwood Ave. N
 
Public Art, CGG Capacity Building, 
Design Review Process and Updates
 
This month we are taking a break from single-topic meetings discuss several items.  Note that we will be asking the membership for a decision approving a letter on the design review process (see below).
 
To see the agenda and meeting minutes, click to 

Continue reading GCC Membership Meeting Tuesday (7/21)

Seattle At Work in Greenwood (And a chance to meet with the Mayor and his staff)

Greenwood residents and businesses –

Please note! This Saturday, 2:00-4:00 at the Greenwood Senior Center, Mayor Murray, his staff and department heads will here be in Greenwood to focus on city accomplishments and neighborhood needs.  

Please don’t miss this opportunity to engage with Seattle to learn about city programs and activities – and make sure city leaders understand what’s great, and what needs improvement, here in Greenwood, in Phinney Ridge, and in Aurora-Licton Springs.

Seattle at work in Greenwood

GCC Looking for Volunteers for Outreach and Engagement

The Greenwood Community Council is looking for volunteers (and has a few paid activities) for
 
OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT
 
We are forming a new outreach and engagement community to improve our ability to reach and hear from our Greenwood neighbors and involve them in neighborhood activities and dialogue.  This new group would (1) plan for and participate in events representing the community council, (2) coordinate plans for election forums – especially this year with district city council races, and (3) put all sorts of content on our website that’s useful and interesting that aid in community awareness, discussion and advocacy.  Volunteers have met over the winter to improve the website*, and it’s almost good – but now it needs actual content.  The committee would usually meet monthly wherever it’s comfortable for everyone, but probably one of our local coffee shops or taverns.
 
If you like to write, meet people or help people get involved in their community, you‘ll enjoy this.
If you’re interested, here’s what to do:
We are also looking for short-term paid help for the following 
(using grant funds for website improvement):
  • Improving our website – if you have ideas, send thoughts or a proposal
  • Adding useful links to our website to make resources more easily available.  
Please respond by email if you’d like more information.
 
*My many thanks to the volunteers who stepped forward to help improve the website:  Katie DeLuew, Rose Marcotte, Daniel Stoner, my wife Diane Kasparek, and Liz Talley

GCC Meeting Tuesday on Social Service Needs

Greenwood Community Council
June Membership Meeting
Tuesday June 16, 7:00 – 8:30
Greenwood Library
8016 Greenwood Ave. N
Social Service Needs and Responses
in Greenwood
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The economy has turned around in Greenwood.  Businesses are filling storefronts that sat empty two years ago, cranes are on 85th St., million dollar houses are going in. Amid this prosperity though, there are many in need. The picture above isn’t from Greenwood, but it looks a lot like my alley lately – people in need are more visible in the neighborhood, and there are many others who are out of sight.
 
So who is attending to the social service needs in our neighborhood?  What trends are they seeing, and how well are public, non-profit and police working together to address the needs?  And what are gaps that aren’t being attended to?  This month’s membership meeting will address health and safety issues in the neighborhood and steps needed to do better.  
 
To see the agenda and meeting minutes click to 

Continue reading GCC Meeting Tuesday on Social Service Needs

Aurora-Licton Springs Meeting Monday

The Aurora-Licton Springs “Urban Village” 
Needs a Voice!
 

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Special Community Meeting
Monday June 15
7:00 PM at Lantern Brewing
938 N 95th St.
 
The Aurora-Licton Springs area (shown in yellow above, and in another map at the end of this email) has been designated by Seattle as an “urban village,” where new development should be focused.  When the urban village concept was adopted 20 years ago, the policy was to recognize where development was most likely and to focus city attention and infrastructure on making these places high quality safe and walkable urban neighborhoods. The primary strategies in the adopted Aurora-Licton Springs Neighborhood Plan (in 1999) were “designation of the … urban village, establishment of a community center in conjunction with an excellent educational center at the Wilson-Pacific site, creation of one or more neighborhood commercial centers, enhancements to the business area and streetscape along Aurora Avenue North, and establish a comprehensive network of safe and attractive pedestrian connections.”
 
In 20 years it’s not clear much of that has occurred, yet development has proceeded faster than anticipated.  One potential reason for city inaction may be that the neighborhood has not had an effective voice.  The Greenwood, Licton Springs, Haller Lake and Broadview community councils intersect at 105th and Aurora, and none of them has focused on the specific needs of the Aurora-Licton Springs neighborhood.  In Greenwood, where I’m president of the community council, the focus has always been on … Greenwood, and I’m not well equipped to speak for the needs of the quarter of Aurora-Licton Springs that is located in our boundary.  So this meeting is my personal appeal to form a community group whose primary focus is on dialogue within the Aurora-Licton Springs neighborhood and a proactive voice for the neighborhood.
 
Proposed Agenda
 
 
7:00 Welcome and Introduction
  – Meeting purpose
  – Urban village concept and history
  – Current issues in the neighborhood
  – Community councils in the area –
       who represents Aurora-Licton Springs?
 
7:20 Open Discussion
  – What are key problems in the neighborhood?
  – What would you like to see changed or improved?
 
7:50 How Can Neighbors be Proactive and
        Get Changes?
  – How to be heard at city hall on neighborhood
       issues and needs?
  – How to provide a vision and guidelines for
       development?
  – How to work with local businesses on a better
       business district?
  – How to help neighbors be safe?
 
8:15 Call for Volunteers and Next Steps
 
8:30 Adjourn

Tuesday’s GCC Meeting on Seattle 2035

Seattle 2035 ImageMay Membership Meeting
Tuesday May 19, 7:00 – 8:30
Greenwood Library
8016 Greenwood Ave. N

Seattle 2035 – Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan
The Draft EIS is Finally Available —
What’s Seattle’s Plan for Greenwood – and What’s Ours?

 

Almost a year ago a lot of people in Greenwood responded to a call to develop a Greenwood 2035 vision and follow Seattle’s comprehensive plan update process Seattle 2035. We formed study groups and got set – but then the process got started more slowly than expected. Now the city has produced an environmental impact statement (EIS) examining the impacts of four alternative distributions of new residential and business growth over the next 30 years. Comments are due in June, so now is the time to pay attention and chime in.

The EIS examines what the impacts would be if development could be directed in different ways, with different levels of density occurring in urban villages, urban centers or around transit. It’s an interesting thought experiment, because other than the zoning code (which has capacity for any of these options) there are few levers the city can pull to implement one alternative over another. In the end, debates over the comp plan will probably focus more on the policies and measures to implement one of these alternatives, and those actions are not yet clearly known.

Some of your fellow community council members are beginning to pore through the EIS document, so this will be a good opportunity to get an overview of what’s at issue. But we’ll also want to think through the policies and improvements needed in Greenwood over the next 30 years to make sure a neighborhood vision will be reflected in the final plan. At this meeting we’ll start that discussion – hope you can make it!

For agenda and minutes,  Continue reading Tuesday’s GCC Meeting on Seattle 2035

Greenwood Community Council Meeting Tuesday

Council DistrictsApril Membership Meeting
Tuesday April 21, 7:00 – 8:30
Greenwood Library
8016 Greenwood Ave. N
 
How Will City Council Districts Affect 
Neighborhoods and Community Councils?
 
Sorry for the late notice for this month’s Greenwood Community Council meeting, which is tomorrow – or maybe today by the time you get this.  
 
Last year voters approved a new method of selecting city council candidates, with seven members elected by district and two city-wide.  District council elections will change Seattle politics dramatically.  Three current city council incumbents have announced they will not run again, and everyone is wondering whether neighborhoods will have a stronger voice in budgeting, planning or policy, and (conversely) whether city-wide priorities will be neglected.  Greenwood is bisected by the 5th and 6th city council districts, and over the next several months we will be meeting candidates hoping to represent us.
 
For community councils, city council districts raise all sorts of questions:
  • How should we be involved in vetting the candidates?  
  • How should we work with other community councils and other neighborhood groups?
  • Does is make sense to realign the city’s district councils with city council districts?
  • Should we focus equal attention on the at-large council member races?
  • What key Greenwood issues do we want candidates to focus attention on?
We will have a general discussion about how the community council needs to change and react to the new district council context.  We will also hear from a group interested in promoting campaign finance reform in the city, and get an update on activities taking place on our committees and around the neighborhood.  Hope you can make it.
 
Proposed Agenda
 

7:00  Introductions and Agenda Review

7:10  Regan McBride, New Honest Elections Seattle Campaign
           
– Presentation on a proposal to create a public finance

              system for Seattle city elections
            – Q&A, Discussion

7:30  How should GCC adapt to new City Council Districts?
         Open Discussion

8:10  Updates and announcements – around the table
            – GCC committee activities

            – Other announcements

8:30  Adjourn


Please note that the Library’s garage closes at 8PM, so if you park in the library you will need to move your car before then.
 

[See Meeting Notes below the fold] Continue reading Greenwood Community Council Meeting Tuesday

Our New Board

GCC New Board mar-15Here are our new community council officers.  From left to right,

Back row:

  • Adam Goch, Vice President 
  • Chris Rule, Treasurer
  • Rob Fellows, President
  • Joel Darnell, Land Use Chair
  • Kelly Kasper, Health and Safety Chair
  • Robert Cruickshank, Secretary

Front row:

  • Rick Klingele, past Vice President*
  • Angela Cherry, Outreach Chair
  • Ben Mitchell, Transportation Chair

*We don’t really have a past VP position, but the Past President one is vacant and Rick is a good fit.

GCC Meeting and Elections Tuesday

Reminder – the March Greenwood Community Council meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday) with former Mayor McGinn.  
(See the meeting notice in previous post.)  Our former community council president will reflect on how his perspectives have evolved over his time as mayor.  Whatever your views of his administration, he’s had a unique view of Seattle and its government that will be interesting to hear.
 
We will also have community council elections.  
I hope some of you reading this will think about running for our board or getting involved in some other way that fits your interests and availability.  This year the community council has expanded its activities and members, and there’s a lot to be done.  We now have three active committees – land use, transportation and outreach – and we’re working on a fourth to address health and public safety.  Change seems to be accelerating in Seattle, and district city council elections next fall will change neighborhoods’ relations with the city.  It’s an interesting and important time to be active in the neighborhood.
 
We’re recruiting for eight elected board positions as described in our bylaws.  The board positions are defined, but are also flexible. Board members are expected to attend membership meetings when possible and a board meeting every so often (probably every other month) that is usually over beer or coffee.  The ideal board member will make it a priority to answer emails when meetings need to be set up or decisions need to be made.  Any balance or diversity you bring will be valued.  While these positions are for two years, a one-year commitment is requested.  There will be a sign-in when you arrive at the meeting where you can indicate your interest in a position, then after former Mayor McGinn is done we will begin the election and you will have another chance to nominate or to shift to a different position.  The board will meet soon after selected to figure out how to organize itself. 
 
The President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary roles are all indicators of roles, but details can be negotiated.  
  • The president has been setting up and running the membership meetings, but would probably be happy to let others do some of that; former presidents spent more time representing the council outside the neighborhood.  
  • The VP is a totally definable role; the current VP attends district council meetings among other things and fills in for the president as needed.  
  • The secretary is responsible for getting meeting minutes written and onto the website, but could also take on other meeting logistics or website duties for example.  
  • The treasurer is like the Maytag repairman of old; we have no money, but he or she could be managing grants like the one we just received to improve our website, finding other grants, and/or maintaining our membership list.
  • And the four committee chairs are just that – we have a land use, transportation, outreach and (soon) a health and safety committee. Committee chairs are board members, and responsible for organizing and leading a committee and making sure someone keeps the committee’s section of the website up to date.
Board positions are not the only way to be involved!  If you don’t want to commit to a board position, we also need volunteers to help maintain the website, research land use and transportation activities, and monitor or organize specific projects.  At Tuesday’s meeting there will be a sign-in list where you can indicate your interest in either a board position or another volunteer activity that would fit your interests and availability.  
 
If you have any questions about any of this please don’t hesitate to contact me by clicking here.
 
Rob Fellows
Greenwood Community Council President

Next Week’s GCC meeting: Mike McGinn – and Elections

March Membership Meeting
Tuesday March 17, 7:00 – 8:30
Greenwood Library
8016 Greenwood Ave. N
 
Former Greenwood Community Council President 
Mayor Michael McGinn Reflects …
— and also —
Community Council Elections
McGinn
 
Michael McGinn was our Greenwood Community Council President for several years before he left first to form Great City and later run successfully for mayor.  Now back to private life, we’ve asked him to tell us how being mayor changed his perspective on city issues, and how in retrospect he’d advise us to be productive and effective representing Greenwood concerns in a changing political environment.  He will also take your questions.
 
We will also have the community council elections at this meeting.  If you’ve ever considered becoming more involved in the community, please give some thought to entering your name for a board position.  We hold no power; we are strictly volunteers trying to provide a means for Greenwood residents and businesses to discuss issues of common concern and represent our neighborhood’s interests in a way that makes a difference.  This weekend I will send a more impassioned plea, complete with job descriptions – but the most important qualifications are an interest in being involved in the neighborhood, commitment to stay involved for a year, willingness to meet occasionally over coffee or beer, and willingness to take on some meaningful role to keep the community council meaningful and effective.  Let me know if you’d like more information by responding to this email.

GCC Seeking New Board Members!

Community Council Elections at the March Membership Meeting

volunteerThis is an open invitation to be involved in the Greenwood Community Council leadership.  At our March meeting, members  will elect officers and board members for the coming year.  If you’ve been thinking about getting involved in the neighborhood, please consider nominating yourself! 

Elections will be open for all positions, including:

  • President
  • Vice president
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Land Use Chair
  • Transportation Chair
  • Health and Safety Chair
  • Outreach Chair

You can nominate yourself or someone else you think should consider the job.   Ideal candidates will be available for occasional meetings over beer or coffee, respond to emails so we can make decisions, and be interested in creating opportunities for neighbors to meet developers and decision-makers, shape neighborhood priorities, or make things happen in Greenwood.  

These are two year terms, but please be prepared to commit to staying involved for the coming year.  Any kind of skills and diversity you bring to the board will be appreciated.  Please give it some thought … but don’t overthink it.

If you’re interested, you’ll need to show up at our membership meeting on March 17, 7PM at the Greenwood Library.  If you have questions, please send me a message by clicking here.  [Link fixed]

March 11: Candidate Forum for Seattle City Council District 5

Broadview Community Council, in association with the Greenwood, Haller Lake, and Pinehurst community councils, presents

District 5 mapA Candidate Forum for Seattle City Council District 5

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Doors open at 6:30 for socializing
Bitter Lake Community Center
13035 Linden Ave N

Calling all community council members, neighborhood activists, business advocates, political junkies, civic troublemakers, citizens with a beef, and all other North Seattle voters!  

This is the time to meet candidates for Seattle City Council in YOUR VERY OWN District 5

Sandy Brown
Mercedes Elizalde
Debora Juarez
Mian Rice
David Toledo
Halei Watkins

Learn about their background and experience, ask them questions, grade them, and challenge them to be transparent. Decide who might get your donation and/or your vote.

Don’t be late. Seating is limited.

District 5 runs from Puget Sound to Lake Washington, from 145th St. to roughly 85th St. See the official map for details.