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Fixing the MHA Grand Bargain, Saturday January 12

The Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability, & Equity (SCALE) is hosting the following event. Please forward this invitation to friends and family who live in less active neighborhoods and who would be greatly impacted by MHA:

Please attend “Fixing the MHA Grand Bargain”

Dear Concerned Neighbor,

The Seattle City Council has an aggressive schedule to adopt the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) legislation by the middle of March. They will discuss amendments to the MHA and to the Comprehensive Plan in January. The single Public Hearing will be held on Thursday February 21.

This will change our city forever! The Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability, & Equity (SCALE) remains concerned that MHA does not truly address affordability, destroys the livability of our homes, and provides no equity for non-wealthy residents. Unfortunately, the Appeal of the MHA Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was not successful, except for requiring the City to more fully examine the impact on historic properties.

Now is the time to push City Council, especially your Councilmember, to make the MHA Grand Bargain the Right Bargain. SCALE is hosting an educational forum, “Fixing the MHA Grand Bargain” on Saturday January 12 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave S.

The agenda will cover:

  • The urgency for action now!
  • The MHA legislation schedule.
  • The results of the MHA EIS Appeal.
  • What was learned from evidence presented at the Appeal.
  • Amendments being proposed to correct deficiencies in the MHA legislation (for both citywide and neighborhood specific issues).
  • The action plan to get amendments into City Council for discussion and adoption.

An optional background session covering “What is MHA?” will be held at 9:00 AM before the main meeting.

There is no need to RSVP. Coffee and light snacks will be provided. The closest bus routes are 14 and 27. Questions? Contact SCALE at info@scaleseattle.org.

Use your power to save our beloved neighborhoods and City. Please get involved and attend the forum!


The Ruling of the Hearing Examiner does not address the wisdom of the MHA legislation. Please see the editorial “A wake-up call for Seattle neighborhoods”, The Seattle Times editorial “Mayor must work with neighborhoods on Seattle’s growth and affordability plans”, and David Horsey’s cartoon “Shattering Seattle’s great neighborhoods”.

Play Area closing at Wallingford Playfield

New play equipment in Wallingford Playfield for ages 5 to 12.
New play equipment in Wallingford Playfield for ages 2 to 5.The play area in Wallingford Playfield will close on Tuesday November 6 for renovation and improvement. Construction fencing will be installed and demolition of the existing equipment that has been compromised because of termites will be removed.

Seattle Parks and Recreation anticipates opening the renovated play area in early 2019 after the new play equipment is installed and improvements made. The new play equipment will meet current safety standards, and ensure accessibility to all children ages 2 to 12 in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Defend Your Neighborhood; Support the MHA Appeal

Dear Neighbor,

Last year, the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) joined the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability & Equity (SCALE) in filing an Appeal of the MHA Final EIS. The City’s “Grand Bargain” fails at increasing affordable housing, accelerates displacement of residents, and does nothing for livability.

This city-wide volunteer coalition of community organizations has raised $200,000 to pay legal expenses, and has put in many hours doing research and preparation work to keep costs down.

The Hearing Examiner’s ruling is expected in early November. As the end of the Appeal process nears, it is important to continue funding this effort. Please help SCALE raise an additional $20,000 to cover legal summary briefs and counter briefs for final arguments.

Please donate, and ask your friends to do the same!

Online:
www.scaleseattle.org/donate.html

By Check:
Seattle Fair Growth Appeal
2442 NW Market Street, Box 487
Seattle, WA 98107

(Pay to the Order of: “Seattle Fair Growth”; Memo: SCALE member group you support, or your neighborhood.)


Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability & Equity Accomplishments

Dedicated volunteers from 29 neighborhoods and organizations, working with a legal team of 2 paid and 6 volunteer attorneys, have:

  • Appealed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the City’s proposed Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) ordinance, documenting MHA’s acceleration of displacement, contempt for neighborhood planning, devaluing of historic resources, and indifference to impacts on trees, open space, and land use.
  • Met weekly since November 2017.
  • Reviewed over 100,000 City documents.
  • Presented SCALE’s legal case during 18 full days of Hearings.
  • Engaged 6 Expert Witnesses.
  • Wrote an Opinion Editorial published by the Seattle Times.
  • Testified in multiple Seattle City Council meetings.
  • Strengthened community connections across Seattle.

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Monthly Meeting, Wednesday October 3

Time: 7 PM.
Location: Room 202 of the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.

Agenda:

  • Welcome / Call to Order.
  • Now coming in November, due to an unexpected conflict: K C Dietz and Amalia Walton, Lake Washington Rowing Club, on maintaining public access to Lake Union at Waterway 23.
  • Ruth Harper, Seattle Department of Transportation, presents the results of the southeast Wallingford area Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) study.
  • Update on the the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving project which includes N/NE 40th Street.
  • Public Review of a new building at 1624 N 45th Street replacing the burned-out Kitaro’s Restaurant.  (Under the City’s new Design Review process, this is the only opportunity for public comment.)
  • Committee reports.
  • Announcements:
  • Good of the Order (anything people want to bring up).
  • Adjourn.
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Sharps (Needles) Pick-up Training, Tuesday October 2 & Wednesday October 10

Training for the Community

Have you been finding syringes on the ground when you walk your dog, walk yourself, walk your child? Before you pick it up, come learn how to do so safely.

Tuesday October 2, 6:00-6:30 PM
B. F. Day Elementary School, in the Library
Childcare provided (in the Gym)

Wednesday, October 10, 6:30-7:00 PM
John Stanford Elementary School, in the Library

Come learn from the staff at Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) how to safely pick-up and dispose of used needles, a.k.a. ‘sharps’. Safely for you; Safely for the garbage collector.

Alison Steinbacher of SPU will also cover how to safely clean up trash associated with illegal camping, and how to safely clean up human waste.

To learn more about sharps disposal, please visit:
www.seattle.gov/util/sharps

If you find a syringe, report it to:

Sponsored by the Wallingford Community Council and the Fremont Neighborhood Council. Special thanks to the B. F. Day Elementary School staff and PTSA, to the John Stanford Elementary School staff and PTA, and to SPU.

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Sharps (Needles) Pick-up Training, Wednesday September 26 & Tuesday October 2

Training for the Community

Have you been finding syringes on the ground when you walk your dog, walk yourself, walk your child? Before you pick it up, come learn how to do so safely.

Mid-day:
Wednesday September 26, 11:15-11:45 AM
Boys & Girls Club on N 45th Street

Evening:
Tuesday October 2, 6:00-6:30 PM
B.F. Day Elementary School, in the Library
Childcare provided (in the Gym)

New Evening Session:
Wednesday, October 10, 6:30-7:00 PM
John Stanford Elementary School, in the Library

Come learn from the staff at Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) how to safely pick-up and dispose of used needles, a.k.a. ‘sharps’. Safely for you; Safely for the garbage collector.

Alison Steinbacher of SPU will also cover how to safely clean up trash associated with illegal camping, and how to safely clean up human waste.

To learn more about sharps disposal, please visit:
www.seattle.gov/util/sharps

If you find a syringe, report it to:

Sponsored by the Wallingford Community Council and the Fremont Neighborhood Council. Special thanks to the Boys & Girls Club, to the B.F. Day staff and PTSA, and to SPU.

Your Voice, Your Choice; vote by Monday July 16

Vote for your favorite park and street improvements! Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets is a participatory budgeting initiative in which Seattle residents decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements.

Each voter may cast one ballot per City Council district, and may choose up to three (3) projects per district. (Voters are verified by a text message to a cell-phone, or by an exchange of email messages.)

Speak up for Lincoln High School (BEX V)

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) want input from you!

In February 2019, Seattle voters will be asked to renew two  levies to fund Seattle Public Schools — a Capital Levy and an Operations Levy.

Planning is currently underway for the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy. The six-year levy would replace the expiring Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy approved by voters in 2013. BEX V would fund capital improvements including projects to modernize or replace aging buildings with modern, operationally efficient educational facilities. BEX V would also fund technology for student learning, district systems, and infrastructure and security.

The district is also planning for the three-year Operations Levy, which would replace the current Operations Levy approved by Seattle voters in 2016. This levy helps fund day-to-day operations and pays for critical programs and services that are not fully funded by the state.

SPS wants our input. We ask that you attend one of the three meetings being held next week, and/or write to Seattle Schools.

 Here is some information about Lincoln High School:

  • Lincoln HS is not currently on the District’s list of priorities for inclusion in BEX V.
  • On the District’s facilities assessment documents, Lincoln HS is ranked second on the high school facilities needs assessment list.
  • The eastern part of the Lincoln campus is not included in the current renovation. This includes the auditorium (theater) and the gymnasium, which students will use once the school is open. These are to be upgraded in a Phase 2 renovation.
  • The District currently has no timeline for the Phase 2 renovation.
  • It has yet to be resolved if the gymnasium and auditorium are seismically safe.
  • To address the lack of athletic fields for the school, it has been suggested that Phase 2 could include an elevated athletic field built over the existing parking lot on the north side of the building – to both provide parking and an athletic field.

Here are suggested asks and questions to ask of SPS:

  1. Include Lincoln Phase 2 in BEX V.
  2. SPS should advocate for joint investment, with the City, in Lincoln Phase 2 to create school and community spaces like the performing arts center and the elevated athletic field.
  3. If SPS does not include Lincoln HS in BEX V, then disclose a timeline for completion of Phase 2 and the impact to students and the Lincoln budget for operating in the existing facilities.
  4. Please discuss transportation & parking as it relates to the proposed parking changes to the area around the school and
    a) the feasibility of Metro transit for all students, and
    b) the possibility of direct daily busing of students to offsite athletic fields and recreational facilities across the city.
  5. Please determine if the gymnasium & auditorium are seismically sound.  Include money to retrofit as needed.
  6. What are the City and District plans for investing in communal spaces – i.e., community center / library – to serve the needs of the 3,000 students soon to be in need of after-school support services?

Community Meetings:  please attend in person, if you can!

All meetings will take place from 6:30–8:15 PM.

  • Monday, April 23: T.T. Minor School (Seattle World School) lunchroom, 1700 East Union Street.
  • Tuesday, April 24: Jane Addams Middle School lunchroom, 11051 34th Avenue NE.
  • Thursday, April 26: Monroe School (Salmon Bay K-8) lunchroom, 1810 NW 65th Street.

Please also email and/or mail:

BEX V Capital Levy: capitallevy2019@ seattleschools.org.
Operations Levy: budget@seattleschools.org.
By Mail:  Levies 2019, Seattle Public Schools, MS 22-336, PO Box 34165, Seattle, WA 98124.

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Testify at the 2nd MHA Public Hearing, Monday March 12

Public Hearing Regarding Rezones to Implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Requirements

The second of six Public Hearings. The first hearing focused on District 4. This hearing will focus on Districts 5 and 6. Wallingford is in both District 4 (City Councilmember Rob Johnson) and District 6 (City Councilmember Mike O’Brien).

Many parcels in Wallingford would change from Single-Family to Lowrise 1, Lowrise 2, or even Lowrise 3 zoning. Testify – Be heard & be seen to let the City Council know of your concerns!

Monday March 12, 2018, 6:00 PM
Northgate Community Center (Multi-Purpose Room)
10510 5th Ave NE.

For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available starting at 5:30 PM. Get in line early in case there is a crowd.

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Be Heard at the MHA Public Hearing, Monday February 12

Public Hearing Regarding Rezones to Implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Requirements

Many parcels in Wallingford would change from Single-Family to Lowrise 1, Lowrise 2, or even Lowrise 3 zoning. Be heard and be seen to let the City Council know of your concerns!

Monday February 12, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Eckstein Middle School (Auditorium)
3003 NE 75th Street.

For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available starting at 5:30 PM. Get in line early in case there is a crowd.

MHA FEIS Preferred Alternative Map for Wallingford Urban VillageWe recommend you ask to:

  • Alter the Urban Village boundaries to spare 700 Single-Family homes from being upzoned to multi-family. The City’s affordable housing goal for our neighborhood is still met with those altered Urban Village boundaries.
  • Prevent massive developments next to houses. Many of the up-zones change building heights from three stories up to five stories!
  • Require setbacks and step-downs to preserve yards, trees, and daylight.
  • Require on-site parking.
  • Require affordable housing units to be built on-site.
  • Require true family housing in all zone definitions. Add density limits back to the zone definitions so that two-, three-, and four-bedroom units are built throughout the neighborhood.
  • Increase mixed-income housing development in Wallingford.
  • Protect our local small businesses. Require affordable leases in new buildings.
  • Require the City to track displacement of low- and middle-income residents, and small businesses.
  • Impose Impact Fees now to fund schools, parks, roads, and public safety!

The hearing will focus on changes affecting District 4:
Eastlake, Fremont, Greenlake, Roosevelt, U-District, and Wallingford Urban Villages;
Bryant, Laurelhurst, Ravenna, Sand Point, View Ridge, Wedgewood, and Windermere neighborhoods.

Public Notice:
http://web6.seattle.gov/DPD/LUIB/Notice.aspx?BID=1311&NID=26783
City Calendar:
http://www.seattle.gov/event-calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D126504168