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Flex Your Civic Muscle: October Opportunities!

Monday, Oct 15, 7-9pm

Greenwood Community Council Election Forum

Hear from both sides of 3 important initiatives on the November ballot. Each initiative will feature a speaker from the Yes and No campaigns, who will make opening and closing statements, but the rest of the time is devoted to answering your questions. As with last year’s election forum, the discussion will be moderated by local blogger and Greenwood resident Steve Scher. (Taproot Theater, 204 N 85th St, Greenwood)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1091423451020203/

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Sun, Oct 21, 2-4pm

District 6 Office Hours: Budget Edition

Join Councilmember Mike O’Brien and staff for “a conversation between neighbors so that we can determine budget priorities together. I will give a short presentation about the budget process, review the Mayor’s proposed budget, and share changes that I am considering. I then look forward to the opportunity to hear your input. If you are not able to attend, please call or email your suggestions or attend one of the public hearing opportunities at City Hall.

http://www.seattle.gov/council/obrien

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Tues, Oct 23, 6-8pm

Ballots & Baristas

Join the League of Women Voters for coffee, free cupcakes and good conversation. LWV volunteers will facilitate discussion about what measures will be on the ballot this November. Learn more about the measures on gun regulations, a pollution fee, changes to police training and use of force, and a ban on taxing groceries. This is an opportunity to meet your neighbors and enjoy a “Night Out” for civic engagement. (At Cupcake Royale, 2052 NW Market Street, Ballard)

https://www.facebook.com/events/546533362464670/

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Wed, Oct 24, 7-8:30pm

County Budget Town Hall

A public Town Hall meeting to discuss the King County budget, led by County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who serves on the council’s budget leadership team. (at Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market St, Ballard)

http://www.myballard.com/2018/10/10/upcoming-ballard-town-hall-with-county-councilmember-jeanne-kohl-welles/

Provide online feedback on the county budget here: https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/262/Issue_6757/survey_responses/new

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Thurs, October 25, 6-8pm

Get the Scoop on Early Community Outreach for Design Review

Learn more about a new program that came into effect on July 1st, 2018, requiring developers to notify residents and businesses of new multi-family, mixed-use or commercial projects in their neighborhoods and elicit community input early in the design and permitting process. (At Good Shepard Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, in Wallingford)

http://frontporch.seattle.gov/2018/10/08/get-scoop-early-community-outreach-design-review/

Mayor Durkan visits Ballard

On Saturday, March 31st, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan came to the Ballard Community Center to discuss on how we can work together to create a more affordable, inclusive, and vibrant Seattle.  Before the community discussion, they also held a resource fair, so residents can work directly with our City departments on essential services and solutions

Where do we go from here?

The Ballard District Council met December 15, 2016.  Members indicated they want to continue to work on behalf of Ballard and our member organizations.

District councils across the city feel the same way.  On November 20, 2016, The Ballard District Council hosted members of the District Councils from across the city and members of the City Neighborhood Council to discuss our combined interest in neighborhood-based advocacy.

We recognize the loss of the City of Seattle Neighborhood District Coordinators, who assisted in preparing agendas, invited guest speakers, and publicized meetings through City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods email lists.  We appreciate these individuals, whose role was to provide a conduit between neighborhood interests and the public outreach agendas of city, county and other agencies.  This is no longer the case, and we are forced to continue without this assistance, that has been in place since 1986.

In some ways this forced severance from the City is freeing for our neighborhood District Councils (whatever we may call ourselves in the future).  Our advocacy role is no longer tied to city processes. Outreach in the hands of citizens is freed up to grow into something new.

The underlying need for neighborhood groups to organize and communicate effectively remains.  Mayor Ed Murray and certain council members are acting upon a concern for inclusivity.  District Councils recognize that inclusivity is important.  Equally important is advocacy that arises from the grassroots.

Our work going forward into 2017 is to retool the district council neighborhood groups to increase meaningful civic participation.

Meaningful civic participation is urgently needed at a time dialog with public agencies is flattening out to internet-based polls, push technology and hand-picked committees.  We do not think these types of dialog represent a full- spectrum of citizen involvement.

There is no substitute for the hard work of finding out what is really going on at city hall, and communicating what you think needs to be done with your elected officials.  This is the heart of democracy.  Meeting face-to-face with people for information exchange is essential to this process.

Seattle is a beautiful, people-friendly city precisely because its identity is rooted in its unique neighborhoods. The Ballard District Council stands on the shoulders of feisty grass roots activists who came before us.  Ballard is a neighborhood with deep civic roots. We are not about to give up now.

-Jalair Box, Member, Ballard District Council
representing Canal Station and Canal Station North Condominiums

BDC Neighborhood Street Fund Applications

Ballard Neighborhood Street Fund applications for 2016 include:

2016-04  Pedestrian side walk, curb, parking, concrete retaining along the West of 13th Avenue N.W. between Holman Road
and new intersection at 95th for the children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens to safely walk to the Crown Hill park,
overpass, buses and business.

2016-32  Pedestrian activated signal on Holman Road overpass at Dick’s.

2016-33  Shilshole Avenue Pedestrian Crossing

2016-35 75th Ave NW and 32nd

2016-50  Pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements from Burke Gilman Trail to Leary and 8th Ave NW

2016-55  28th Ave NW Festival Street Project

2016-58  Completion of sidewalk project from 85th to Holman Rd along 13th Ave NW

2016-60 Safe Sidewalks 32nd Ave NW

2016-72 Golden Gardens Drive Sidewalk

2016-78  Safe Streets to School. West Woodland 6th Ave NW Corridor

2016-141 Repaving 80th NW between Earl & 27th Ave NW

Please attend the Ballard District Council meeting Wednesday, May 11, 2016 to learn more.