Your Presence is Requested for the April 8th Meeting

At the last Squire Park Community Council quarterly meeting in January, several dozen neighbors showed up to hear about ways residents of local communities-- neighborhoods on the scale of Squire Park--can work together to prepare for and deal with emergencies.  The second stage of that discussion will be at the next SPCC quarterly meeting on April 8.

This will not be a discussion about how government agencies can deal with natural disasters affecting communities, but a discussion about how all of us can work together to help each other under circumstances where many have needs and others have the ability to help. 

If you live in, work in, or go to school in or near the area bounded by E. Union Street, 23rd Avenue, S. Jackson Street, and 12th Avenue, SPCC is the Central Area community council for you. 

We meet quarterly on the second Saturday of January, April, July, and October at 10 AM at Centerstone, the Central Area’s historic fire station on 18th Avenue.  We share information and work together to build community, not just to prepare for a possible mishap, but to work on efforts to make our community more vibrant.

We work on neighborhood grants to improve parks and other community spaces.  We meet with developers and institutions proposing development projects in the neighborhood.

Squire Park is changing rapidly, and there are hundreds of new people living here who have arrived in the last year or so.   If you are a relative newcomer, the SPCC meeting is a place to meet your neighbors, learn more about the Central Area, and learn how you can help strengthen the community.

You may have read that Mayor Murray recently made a decision to cut City government support for District Councils.  District Councils are different from community councils such as SPCC, and the Mayor’s decision does not relate to SPCC.  Community Councils have never received regular City staff support and funding. 

The newsletter you are reading is an ongoing project by your community council.  It’s delivered by volunteers to more than 3,000 doorsteps four times a year.  Nothing would make those volunteers happier than knowing that the newsletter inspired you to come say hello at the April 8 meeting.  Whether you have lived in the neighborhood for 30 years or three months, your presence is welcome.

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Supporting our immigrant communities – Casa Latina

If there was ever any doubt, it’s now gone: President Trump’s policies result in those who need the most receiving the least. This is especially true of the immigrant community. Men and women who came to the US looking to build a better life are finding themselves to be the targets of unjust policies and hateful rhetoric. Yet even as this injustice grows, we are surrounded by strongholds of progressive values.

Casa Latina is one of those strongholds. Casa Latina is a vibrant, immigrant worker rights organization that empowers low-wage Latino immigrants through employment, education, and community organizing. Programs include day labor and housecleaning dispatch, English classes, job skills and safety trainings, and community organizing for almost 750 worker members—all of these take place at Casa Latina’s three-building campus at the southern edge of Squire Park and are now, more than ever, essential to helping immigrants in our community feel welcomed, safe, and empowered.

Since President Trump’s inauguration, Casa Latina staff have organized know your rights workshops and immigration forums to educate its members about how to protect themselves and advocate for themselves. This and other work supporting the immigrant community will continue indefinitely, but it’s not possible without considerable support. If you are interesting in contributing to Casa Latina’s work, please consider:

  • Donating at https://casa-latina.org/donate. Your gift fuels Casa Latina’s work welcoming, defending, and empowering Latino immigrants in our neighborhood.
  • Hiring a worker at https://Casa-Latina.org/get-involved/hire-worker.When you hire an immigrant worker from Casa Latina, you hire him or her with dignity at a fair, living wage. This act of solidarity with the immigrant community puts dollars directly in the pockets of those who need them.
  • Finding Casa Latina on Facebook at https://Facebook.com/casalatinanonprofit to learn more about their work and to be connected with opportunities for action.

While the current political climate attacks the immigrant community, THANK YOU for raising it up and celebrating it as irreplaceable and essential to the prosperity of our neighborhood, city, and country!

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Survey on Seattle Townhome Design, Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI), Seattle Design Guidelines and Municipal Codes

Many Seattle neighborhood residents express their concerns with the evolving look and feel of Seattle's low-rise residential areas. In response to those Seattleites interested in the appearance and livability of higher density townhome and rowhouse developments, a 20-question online survey was prepared to gather some collective feedback from anyone who would like to participate.

Why bother?

A community-wide collective voice is always helpful during the City's 'early design guidance' reviews conducted on selective multi-family developments.  As you may already know, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) typically invites the public to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues which the public believes should be addressed in the design relative to a given project. After a two-week comment period, the SDCI Director then proceeds with his review of the submission.

It is anticipated that with this survey, the collective thoughts from Seattle residents reflecting on some of the area's townhomes might promote a more thoughtful scrutiny of low-rise multi-family development submissions.  The Seattle Design Guidelines and Municipal Codes have been somewhat effective in raising the bar overall compared to residential developments from a couple decades ago. Yet there are still some examples where it appears that guidelines and regulations have been waived or bypassed. The collective voices will help to instill the significance of the City's attention in design and density reviews.

How can you share your opinion within 10 minutes?
Here is a link (https://tinyurl.com/SeattleTownhomes) to a brief online survey for those in the community to provide their thoughts regarding the recent townhomes and rowhouses being built throughout the city.

Single-family, midrise and high-rise residences have not been included for this particular survey. Please provide your feedback by May 1st so the results can be shared with those involved in the multiple design reviews at the SDCI.  Please visit: https://tinyurl.com/SeattleTownhomes

Download Preliminary Results

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