Category Archives: Calls to Action

Tonight, 7:00 PM Election of Officers, 7:30 PM Annual Meeting

Wednesday May 26

7:00 PM Officer Elections

Members of the Wallingford Community Council only, check your inbox for an email message with the correct information on how to register to vote. Due to changes in the Zoom meeting configuration, the previous registration link sent was incorrect.

7:30 PM Annual Meeting – All are Welcome

Please register here to attend the Annual Meeting. This is a separate Zoom meeting from the Officer Elections meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Annual Meeting.

Program:

  • Welcome by current President Jenny Ring-Perez.
  • Guest Speaker: Remarks by Representative Frank Chopp.
  • Question and Answer session with Representative Chopp.
  • Adjourn

Nominations for the Board of Directors Election, Wednesday May 26

Reminder: Annual Meeting

The Wallingford Community Council holds its Annual Meeting and Officer Elections virtually on Wednesday May 26, 2021 at 7 PM. Our guest speaker is Representative Frank Chopp.

Report of the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee recommends the following members for office:

  • Jenny Ring-Perez for President.
  • Miranda Berner for Vice President.
  • Mark JoHahnson for Treasurer.
  • Bonnie Williams for Board Member-At-Large.
  • Lee Raaen for Board Member-At-Large.
  • Ted Hunter for Board Member-At-Large.

At present, we are still seeking a candidate for Recording Secretary! Please email us if you would like to serve.

Officers

As a member, you may run for one of the elected officer positions. There are seven positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and three Board Members-At-Large. If you would like to be a candidate, please email us. In addition, at the virtual Annual Meeting, any member may nominate any consenting member for any office during the election.

Reminder: Annual Meeting and Officer Elections, Wednesday May 26

The Wallingford Community Council (WCC) holds its Annual Meeting and Officer Elections virtually on Wednesday May 26, 2021 at 7PM. Our Guest Speaker is Representative Frank Chopp.

Voting

This year we are extending the eligibility to vote to all members who have joined since October 2019 and to those who join by today Tuesday May 11, 2021. This is the last day to join the WCC as a member to be able to vote at the Annual Meeting. Find out your membership status by logging into the My Account page. Visit the Membership page to become a member.

Nominations

As a member, you may also run for one of the elected officer positions. There are seven positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and three Board Members-At-Large. Please see our Bylaws, Article V – Officers,for descriptions of each position. If you would like to be nominated, please email us.

In advance of the Annual Meeting, we will send out a notice by email 10 days before with a report of all those who have been nominated. In addition, at the virtual Annual Meeting, any member may nominate any consenting member for any office.

Community

It has been a long year with ups and downs and hopefully some silver linings for each of you. As we come together again in May, we ask you to bring your questions and ideas. We look forward to your participation at the Annual Meeting!

Annual Meeting and Officer Elections, Wednesday May 26

Every year for more than 50 years, the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) holds its Annual Meeting and Officer Elections in May. Because of the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors had to cancel this annual tradition last year.

Now, one year later, we will host the Annual Meeting and hold our Annual Elections virtually on Wednesday May 26, 2021 at 7PM. We are still lining up our featured guest speaker, and we are also inviting our members to run for election to one of the Officer positions on the Board of Directors.

Our commitment

For the past year, we have connected with our community virtually and personally as neighbors. We have hosted our City Councilmembers Alex Pederson and Dan Strauss for community discussions as well as our Seattle School Board representatives, and directors of nonprofits that provide essential services for our unsheltered neighbors.

In our Board meetings, we have also held tough conversations about racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and about how to help directly and support both the people and the organizations that are helping our unsheltered neighbors.

Our membership – You!

We can and do make a difference together. As we launch another year, we invite you to participate in the upcoming election, and, if you are looking for a leadership role, we invite you to run for an elected officer position.

Eligible members – This year we are extending the eligibility to vote to all members who have joined since October 2019 and to those who join by Tuesday May 11, 2021. And, as a member, you may also run for one of the elected officer positions.

Elected Officers of the WCC board – There are seven positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and three Board Members-At-Large. Please see our Bylaws, Article V – Officers, for descriptions of each position. If you would like to be nominated, please email us.

Nominations – In advance of the Annual Meeting on May 26, we will send out a notice by email 10 days before with a report of all those who have been nominated. In addition, at the virtual Annual Meeting, any member may nominate any consenting member for any office.

Elections – We will hold online elections and voting during the meeting – only members can vote. We are still investigating how this will happen online. Please let us know if you are not able to use a device to connect through the Internet, and we will see how we can accommodate your participation in the election.

It has been a long year with ups and downs and hopefully some silver linings for each of you. As we come together again in May, we ask you to bring your questions and ideas. And we are looking for volunteer support with communications, the website, and community engagement.

We thank you tremendously for participating this past year in the WCC and in the community. If you are not a current member, we invite you to become a member! Visit our Membership page to join.

Vote on subdivision with no minimum lot size, Wednesday August 12

The Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee of the Seattle City Council is considering Omnibus bill CB 119835 this Wednesday August 12 at 9:30 AM. This omnibus bill is supposed to be for minor editorial corrections, but several provisions will change all Single-Family lots into Multi-Family lots with no minimum lot size. We urge you to contact your Councilmembers and ask them to remove these provisions.

  • The Legislative Analysis of these provisions states: “However, the proposed omnibus language introduces ambiguity into the Code that could lead to unintended consequences for future development of vacant lots that are created through a unit lot subdivision process.”
  • The City Council should not be passing bills with ambiguous language.
  • Any single-family parent lot could be redeveloped with a house and an ADU and a DADU then subdivided in three unit lots that could be sold separately (as multi-family housing).
  • Unit lots have no minimum lot size requirement.
  • More trees would be cut to make way for these redevelopments.
  • The price of single-family lots would increase further reducing the affordability of housing.
  • The City Council should use a separate bill with a full public engagement to consider this major change in land use code.
Example of 4960 SF parent lot redeveloped into 2000 SF, 1150 SF, & 1800 SF multi-family unit lots.

Call to Action: Public to be removed from Design Review

Tomorrow Monday April 13 at 2 PM, the Seattle City Council will vote on CB119769, an emergency ordinance to expedite affordable housing during the COVID-19 crisis. The bill curtails public Design Review meetings for the next six to eight months to accelerate project approvals. Instead the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections will conduct only internal administrative reviews.

Administrative Design Review is where the developer can promote variances to set backs and allowances for roof-top structures for their projects. See the Downtown Residents Alliance post for further discussion of the bill.

Express your concerns to the City Council or your Councilmembers. We emphasize these concerns:

  • A better option is to eliminate Design Review for the crisis period. All developers would have to follow the land use code without exception.
  • Only projects with significant affordable housing units on-site should be given this exemption. Market-rate and commercial projects can wait.
  • Six to eight months is an excessive time period for a crisis that may ease in one to two months.

Financial Help in Washington State for the COVID-19 Crisis

The King County Council has published a bulletin of useful resources for families, employees, and small businesses facing financial hardship from the COVID-19 crisis, and bulletins for how to apply for Unemployment and/or Workers’ Compensation. We were made aware of this information in a newsletter from Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles sent Monday March 16. The contents of the Helpful Financial Resources section are republished below. As the bulletins note: “Due to the rapidly evolving nature of state and federal programs, this information may change unexpectedly.”

Please practice social distancing. We wish good health to everyone during these challenging times.

Best Regards,
The Wallingford Community Council

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43rd District Town Hall, Saturday February 22

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave

Join Senator Jamie Pedersen, Representative Frank Chopp, and Representative Nicole Macri for a town hall meeting.

  • Get an update on the 2020 Legislative Session.
  • Share your comments, concerns, and questions.

More information is available from the Representative Macri.

Route 44 Planning Drop-In Sessions, Thursday, November 21

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro have kicked-off the early planning phase of the Route 44 – Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor project. They are working to enhance safety, and to improve transit speed and reliability throughout the Route 44 corridor. SDOT and Metro anticipate implementing these upgrades to the Route 44 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor in 2023, prior to Metro’s future delivery of RapidRide.

Join SDOT and Metro at one of three drop-in sessions in the University District, Ballard, and Wallingford. The drop-in sessions are a good opportunity to learn more about the project, talk to the project team, and provide feedback on early concepts. Drop in any time; the information presented will be the same for each session.

University District
Tuesday November 19
2:00 – 3:30 PM
University Bookstore
4326 University Way

Ballard
Wednesday, November 20
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Leif Erikson Hall
2245 NW 57th Street

Wallingford
Thursday, November 21
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Wallingford Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, #140

The Wallingford Community Council (WCC) is committed to working with the City on safer streets and smart designs, and has been involved with Route 44 improvements for many years. The WCC promoted the present in-lane bus stops, supported queue-jump signals and reduced bus stops for faster Route 44 bus travel through Wallingford. The WCC maintains its support for Wallingford businesses that could be impacted depending on the proposed changes to the corridor.

Please attend a session, review the project, and comment on the proposals.

City Council Poised to Gut Environmental Reviews, Monday October 7

On Monday October 7 at 2 PM, the City Council is rushing to take a final vote on CB 119600. This legislation will substantially weaken requirements for the environmental review of projects and policies under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

In the opinion of the Seattle Times Editorial Board:

“Don’t be fooled by [the] greenwashing. It does the environment no favors to weaken the State Environmental Policy Act… This will mostly benefit real estate investors trying to further cash in on the Amazon boom.”

“Seattle’s environmental community should also urge the council to reject this faux-environmental policy. They must resist the siren song of developer-friendly think tanks, telling tales of how the earth will be saved by bulldozing houses, cutting trees and replacing them with big apartments.”

“This [legislation] is about weakening policy written to protect the environment and quality of life for everyone. It reduces costs for the few who profit off land speculation.”

We urge you to contact all City Councilmembers with your concerns about CB 119600, and ask them to delay this legislation for consideration by the newly-elected Council next year. (Contact information is below.) You can further express your concerns by testifying at the City Council meeting on Monday October 7 at 2 PM in Council Chambers at Seattle City Hall.

There is no reason for the City Council to rush. Under state law, the City has until April 2021 to consider and adopt more reasonable and more environmentally friendly provisions. When our big issues are climate change, equity, and human health, the SEPA process should be strengthened, not weakened.

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