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Contact Info for New D6 Councilmember Dan Strauss

Here is contact information and updates from new District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss:  

Dan Strauss’s In-District Office

Councilmember Strauss has an  in-district office, at the Ballard Customer Service Center, located next door to Ballard Library. In his first email to constituents he stated:

We will hold hours both during and outside of normal business hours, with availability on some (not all) weekends. This is in addition to us being present throughout the district at community meetings, coffee hours, and at your house. Please use this form to schedule a community or constituent meeting.  

Happy New Year from Ballard District Council

In keeping with our mission of providing a forum for community engagement, discussions and information sharing, this past year we’ve hosted three well-attended candidate forums and offered a wide range of meeting topics.

2019 meetings have included:

  • city council and county council candidate forums
  • the Crown Hill Upzone
  • the Interbay Armory project (with Rep. Gael Tarleton)
  • Seattle Police Community Service Officer (CSO) program
  • Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC)
  • a meeting focused on elder care
  • a visit from the Department of Neighborhoods
  • as well as updates from the new Kaiser Permanent Clinic, Ballard Senior Center, the Ballard P Patch, and Our Redeemers Safe Parking Program

To access archived videos and meeting agendas, click here.

For 2020, we’ll start the year with:

We have many more topics in mind for other upcoming meetings, but we would love to hear suggestions from the Ballard community — what civic topics are important to you? Please let us know via email or Facebook messenger.

Also, please help spread the word that Ballard District Council is a great place to come together — sharing and learning as a neighborhood civic community. All are welcome.

We hope to increase and diversify attendance, during this era of tremendous growth and change, and we rely on active community members to make it happen.

Thank you and happy new year from BDC!

Video of Seattle Community Service Officer (CSO) Presentation 12/11/19

At our December 2019 meeting, the new Seattle Police Department Community Service Officer (CSO) program gave their first-ever public presentation and answered questions from the community. Video is available.

Sergeant Kevin Nelson was joined by CSO supervisor Christopher Inaba and newly hired members of the CSO team. Seattle Community Service Officers are unarmed, noncommissioned officers who will help respond to noncriminal police calls and help connect people with social services. The program operated in Seattle for 33 years until it was cut from the budget in 2004. The CSO uniform and vehicle style (still to be unveiled) will be clearly distinguishable from traditional police officers. CSOs will begin working in communities beginning in early 2020.

The CSO employees who spoke at the meeting represented an impressive range of experiences and backgrounds, including Downtown Seattle Association ambassador program supervisor; union worker; parking enforcement officer from the RV remediation team; Mary’s Place youth outreach; security officer for Swedish Medical Center and Seattle Public Library as well as football/basketball/baseball coach; and a criminal justice graduate with lengthy experience working for community court program, Department of Corrections, and municipal court probation (with a focus on connecting people to community college programs). All expressed a strong commitment to serving community and collaborating to further define the CSO program.

By March 2020, the CSO program is planned to include three teams of 5 officers and 1 supervisor each. It has funding to expand as the year unfolds. They welcome inquiries from other community groups around the city.

Here is a flyer that was handed out at the meeting:

Video of Incoming Councilmember Dan Strauss at BDC 12/11/19

At our final meeting of 2019, incoming District 6 city council member Dan Strauss joined us for an informal post-election visit, one of his first public appearances since the campaign ended. Video is available.

Dan mentioned that he has his staff picked out (confirmed that some live in District 6) and is close to signing a lease on a district office, all soon to be officially announced. He will be sworn into office in January 2020.

Questions from the audience included how to support businesses impacted by current and upcoming construction on Market Street, legislative impacts on small landlords, his position on the north precinct, his approach to working with other council members, council committee assignments (no announcements yet), whether he will partner with other north end council members on public safety issues, and requests for mitigation of property crime and chop shops.

Community Service Officers (and Dan Strauss) at our December 11 Meeting

We have a wonderful agenda for our final meeting of 2019, anchored by a presentation from the new Seattle Police Community Service Officer (CSO) program and featuring a visit from incoming District 6 councilmember Dan Strauss.

Note that we’ll have holiday cookies to share (feel free to bring a few more, if you’re inspired), we’ll be voting on 2020 BDC board members, and we are asking for donations of men’s and women’s pants, socks, and underwear in support of Bridge Care Center.

Visit the Event page for more information — help spread the word to other community members and please join us on Wednesday, December 11, at 7pm at Sunset Hill Community Club (3003 NW 66th St).

December Public Meetings in Ballard

Don’t miss out on opportunities this month to get updates and ask questions about large-scale local infrastructure projects:

NW Market Street Repaving – Information Session 12/3/19

On Tuesday, Dec 3, the City is hosting a drop-in information session on the NW Market Street Paving Project, between 15th and 24th Ave NW.

The project team will share information about the updated project plan and answer any questions people have.

Ballard Library
5614 22nd Ave NW
Tuesday, December 3
5 – 7 PM

The scope of this project includes:

  • Full concrete reconstruction of NW Market St between 24th Ave NW and 15th Ave NW
  • Curb ramp upgrades and replacements
  • Sidewalk repair
  • Tree pit expansion
  • Water main upgrades
  • Stormwater drainage improvements

Additional information available on the project web site.

Questions? Email

Ship Canal Water Quality Project – Public Drop-In Session 12/11/19

Join Seattle Public Utilities at a drop-in session on Wednesday, Dec. 11, to learn about major construction coming to Ballard in early 2020. Chat with the project team, find out what impacts you can anticipate, and provide feedback on the 24th Ave NW right of way (south of NW 54th St) and street end design.
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019
5 – 7 p.m., no formal presentation, show up anytime!
Ballard Library
5614 22nd Ave NW
(Note that you can mosey over to our Ballard District Council monthly meeting afterward, from 7-8:30pm at Sunset Hill Community Club. We’ll soon be announcing a great agenda for end of year.)
Can’t make the SPU meeting?
Visit the Ship Canal Water Quality Project website from Dec. 9 – Jan. 10 to take a survey about the 24th Ave NW right of way and street end design and, after the meeting, go online to review the materials.
Questions or comments
Please email with questions or comments.

Join us at our November meeting

Switching gears from our October political forums, for BDC’s November 13 meeting, we have a three-part agenda:

Presentation on Assisted Living/Care Facilities
Mac McQuade, the Community Relations Director for Merrill Gardens (an Assisted Living/Care Facility in Ballard), will talk about how to research and find suitable facilities for aging relatives, as well as what questions to ask as part of the search. Following the 20-minute presentation, there’ll be time for Q&A.
Sneak  Preview of the New Ballard Kaiser Permanente Clinic

Rhenda Meiser & Dr. Hannah Burdge will give an overview of the new Kaiser Permanente medical facility opening this winter on the 5th floor of the Ballard Blocks 2 building (1401 NW 46th St), next to Ballard Bridge.

An Update from Ballard Senior Center

Founded in 1973, the Ballard Senior Center provides a wide range of programs and services to seniors in the Ballard community and beyond. Mary Webster will briefly outline the mission and the services offered to more than 4,000 seniors annually (including food programs, fitness, social work, health and wellness education, partnerships with local theater groups, and more).

Council Business — Also note that next month, a selection committee will nominate the board of directors for 2020. Let us know if you’re interested in serving on the BDC executive board. The board usually meets monthly in addition to the regular BDC meeting. A primary purpose of the board is to set the agenda for BDC meetings and to help in arranging speakers and running the meetings.

Join us and help spread the word to other community members!

The meeting is Wednesday, Nov 13, 7-8:30pm at Sunset Hill Community Club (3003 NW 66th St).

Each Ballard District Council meeting begins with a few minutes of community introductions and announcements. The district council is a great place to share information and develop relationships on a variety of civic topics in the greater Ballard community. All are welcome.