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.
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.
Ship Canal Water Quality Project Wed, Dec 11, 5-7pm at Ballard Library — drop-in session re: the major sewage and stormwater project based at 24th Ave NW and Shilshole Ave NW, including a new 24th Ave Pier
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!
Please consider taking the 2019 Seattle Public Safety Survey. Conducted by Seattle University, the data is used in conjunction with Seattle Police crime data to direct police resources and services to target unique needs of Seattle’s micro-communities.
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.
BDC board members posed questions to the candidates and then opened it for audience Q&A. Topics covered include homelessness, transportation, affordable housing, parks, criminal justice reform, public health, and more.
Following are minute marks for various topics to help people zero in on specific candidate responses:
0:00 BDC President Tom Friedman gives brief overview of King County government scope/budget
3:00 Candidate opening statements
9:25 Seattle has 30% of the county’s population, but 70% of the county’s homeless people. What would you propose and support to geographically broaden services so public safety and health burdens are not concentrated so heavily in urban areas like Seattle, and specifically Ballard? How do we approach as a more county-wide effort?
14:27 King County is building modular housing on Elliott Ave, which has faced delays in opening on schedule. Given the state of emergency and available budget, is modular housing an appropriate option? What do you recommend for taking things to scale and acting more urgently?
18:10 How should the county respond to RV parking for those whose home is the RV? Is sleeping in vehicles a good strategy for the county to pursue (vs providing an indoor bed with vehicle parking outside)?
21:35 Re: light rail to Ballard, what is your position on a tunnel and underground station near 20th and Mkt St vs an overhead connection to a surface station east of 15 NW?
26:33 About 5 years ago Metro eliminated all off-peak bus service up and down 32NW, resulting in NO bus service midday, nights, and weekends. This has left the Sunset Hill neighborhood with no access to the public transit system other than in peak hours weekday. Similarly residents along Seaview Ave do not have ANY access to public transit. Yet residents in these areas continue to pay transit taxes. What would you propose to provide access to these residents to public transit?
31:55 follow-up on Sunset Hill / Seaview routes (reroute 40 bus? subsidized Uber/Lyft vouchers to connect to route access points?)
34:15 Part of the crux of the issue is how do city, county, state, federal government cooperate so we actually get affordable housing. Also there is a cycle where the city needs more taxes so it encourages property development to get the taxes, which leaves us with less affordable housing. How can the County work with the City to assure a better housing mix?
40:46 In August, King County voters overwhelmingly approved an $810 million parks levy. What is your vision for using that money?
45:14 Last week city businesses released a report that criticized the city for not prosecuting repeat offenders for misdemeanors and minor felonies. This is likely also an issue in the county. What’s your vision for how the county can better respond to this repeat offender issue?
49:27 As our criminal justice system reforms and non-traditional programs like LEAD continue to expand, how can the county provide better public reporting and accountability on local impacts and outcomes?
53:05 What’s your position on sanctioning Safe Consumption sites in the county? If you support them, would you me amenable to locating them outside of Seattle, in other areas of the County?
56:24. Have you looked into how Snohomish Co. is approaching this issue?
1:00:18 Pea patch & green space question
1:04:16 Center City Streetcar (funding priorities) question
The agenda will include a brief overview of King County government, opening statements from each candidate, a selection of questions from Ballard District Council’s board, and then time for open Q&A with attendees. Please bring your questions for the candidates.
This will be a less formal event than last week’s city council forum — a great chance to interact on a variety of topics (transportation, homelessness, public health, affordable housing, sewer infrastructure, water quality, etc.)
Please help us spread the word to other community members.
Wed, Oct 9, 7-8:30pm at Sunset Hill Community Club (3003 NW 66th St)