Tickets on Sale for the West Seattle Garden Tour

West Seattle Garden Tour’s 2017 Gardens & Ticket Info Announced Seattle, WA – April 27, 2017 – The 23rd annual West Seattle Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 9 AM to 5 PM. This year’s tour will feature 10 stunning private gardens, and shine a spotlight on one of West Seattle’s beautiful P-Patches. From waterside gardens with sweeping views of Puget Sound to pocket-sized tribute garden rich with emotion and personal history, the variety of gardens on this year’s tour will offer something special for every gardener looking for a little inspiration.

Purchase tickets and get more inforamtion at westseattlegardentour.org

JuNO News on West Seattle HALA upzone

The Junction Neighborhood Organization is one of many neighborhood organizations in the city that is beginning to take an active part in the conversations around development and land use. In May, any day now in fact, we are expecting the city to release its Environmental Impact Statement on how the proposed upzones are projected to affect the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Following this release, there is going to be a comment period.

If you haven’t heard about the proposed upzones in the West Seattle Junction neighborhood and haven’t been involved in this process, here is JuNO’s latest newsletter. To receive this newsletter, contact JuNO’s Land Use Committee at LUC@wsJuNO.org

WEST SEATTLE JUNO

Land Use Committee

HALA NEWS – March 2017

 

We know it’s not easy to keep track of everything related to the proposed expansion and upzoning of our urban village. That’s why we’ve summarized the most important things below and called things you can do things to make a difference. Thank you for raising your voice on behalf of the neighborhood we all call home!

Procedural Status of City Proposed HALA/MHA Upzones

The City is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) that will set forth its findings on how the proposed upzones will impact the quality of life in our neighborhood. It is scheduled to be released in May. After this release there will be a 30-45 day comment period in which people can challenge the City’s findings.  If the EIS is approved, the proposed rezones will be submitted to City Council for approval.

What You Can Do. It will be critical to object during the comment period if you disagree with the EIS.  Once the EIS is released, the JuNO Land Use Committee will hold workshops to help you understand how to comment most effectively.  Stay tuned!

City “Door Knocking” Campaign

You may have received a door tag relating to the HALA proposed rezones.  This is in direct response to our community’s complaints regarding the City’s lack of outreach.  However, be wary of information provided by the individuals distributing the fliers.  When asked, a City representative assured one resident that the rezones would not happen for a year, there was plenty of time raise concerns and/or issues and the City’s plans are not set in stone.  This is at odds with the information our Committee has received from the HALA team (see below).

What You Can Do. Read this newsletter and if a canvasser comes to your door ask the questions that are important to you – and take notes!

JuNO Land Use Committee Meeting with Jesseca Brand of HALA

On March 9, 2017, members of the Committee met with Jesseca Brand of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and a member of the Mayor’s HALA team.  Ms. Brand advised that, at this time, Mayor Murray has directed the HALA team that, regardless of neighborhood input and/or the findings set forth in the EIS Statement, the HALA team must recommend to City Council that all single family areas with the Junction Urban Village (and in all Urban Villages throughout the city) be upzoned.

What You Can Do. Let Mayor Murray know the City must keep the promises set forth in the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan: that it engage in bottom-up, collaborative neighborhood planning not top-down decision making by the Mayor.

Letter Submitted by JuNO Land Use Committee to City

On March 8, 2017, the Committee submitted a letter to Samuel Assefa, Director of the Office of Planning and Community Development and head of the HALA team.  The letter advised that (1) the proposed rezoning is at odds with the West Seattle Junction Neighborhood Plan, the City’s Comprehensive Plan, and the Seattle Municipal Code; (2) the City’s engagement with the West Seattle Junction neighborhood has shown that the neighborhood does not support the HALA rezones in their current form; (3) West Seattle has already absorbed and is projected to continue to absorb significant density without the proposed HALA rezones; and (4) any rezoning should be carefully coordinated with the coming of light rail, which will itself require significant upzones, coordination that has taken place in other neighborhoods.  The letter was also submitted to all City Council members and the Mayor; you can view it at JuNO LUC Letter Submitted 3.8.17.

What You Can Do. The City’s stated policy in the Comprehensive Plan is that it will collaborate with a neighborhood in the event the City is proposing a course of action that conflicts with the Neighborhood Plan in order to resolve the inconsistency.  While Director Assefa promised a response within a few days to the issues we raised, nothing has been provided to date. When we receive one, we’ll let you know more about what you can do next.


 

Potential Legal Action

The Committee has met with potential attorneys to explore alternatives in the event that an acceptable solution cannot be reached with City.

What You Can Do. In the event that legal action is required and/or desired, the Committee will provide information about how you can assist with building a neighborhood legal defense fund.

Public Records Requests

The Committee has made a number of Public Records Requests to understand, among other things, whether and how the City is taking into account the Junction neighborhood feedback.

What You Can Do. As the Committee receives information, we may come to you with specific requests for action.

 

Stay Informed & Take Action!

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Email the Mayor (ed.murray@seattle.gov) the Seattle City Council (council@seattle.gov) or
Planning Director Samual Assefa (Samuel.Assefa@seattle.gov)

Should you no longer wish to receive updates from the JuNO Land Use Committee, please send an email titled REMOVE to luc@wsjuno.org.

JuNO Land Use Committee

LUC@wsJuNO.org

How Solar Is Transforming Seattle


By the Numbers – How Solar Is Transforming Seattle

On the surface, Seattle doesn’t seem like it would be a hotbed for solar power. After all, the city is infamous for its clouds and rain, so deriving power from the sun doesn’t make much sense, right? Well, not necessarily.

In terms of climate and sunlight, Seattle is not all that different from a slew of European cities that have embraced solar power far more than most American cities. Just because Seattle doesn’t have 300 days of sunshine every year like Florida doesn’t mean that solar power can’t work in The Emerald City.

How Much Sunlight

To be fair, Seattle is on the low end when it comes to the average annual solar radiation value compared to the rest of the country. However, despite significant disparity over the course of the year, Seattle does receive quite enough solar radiation during the summer months to make solar panels worthwhile.

From May to September, Seattle averages around 5-kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) or better. Over the course of the year, Seattle has an average annual solar radiation value of around 3.75 kWh/m2//day. This doesn’t compare well with other west coast cities of comparable size, but it’s enough to make solar worth exploring.

Costs and Perks

The biggest drawback to solar power is the large upfront costs for equipment and installation. However, there are both federal and state incentives that can help reduce the upfront costs of moving to solar power. It’s also possible to get financing on solar panels to defer some of the costs.

Once installed, solar panels can generate enough power to reduce or eliminate the amount of power a household must purchase from their local power company. In Seattle, the solar radiation during peak summer months creates enough of a surplus to make up for the winter months, allowing everything to even out over the course of the year.

In some instances, solar systems are grid-tied, so that any excess power can be moved back to the grid and the owner of the solar system is given credit towards future months when they may use more than they produce. Essentially, owners of solar systems are paid for the energy their panels produce, allowing them to pay little towards the monthly energy bill, or in some cases eradicating the ongoing cost completely.

The Future

In the event electricity prices increase, those with solar panels are going to be in a much better position, as they will produce most if not all their own electricity. Investing in the upfront costs of solar makes sense if you believe the cost of fossil fuels will increase in the decades to come.

Most importantly, utilizing solar power lessens the need for fossil fuels and therefore reduces the strain on the environment. This reason alone is enough to make solar power an intriguing possibility, even in a cloudy city like Seattle.

Timebank Garage Sale

 

 

WHO:            West Seattle Timebank

 

WHAT:          Garage Sale

              

WHERE:        Julie Garbutt & Hannah Love’s Home                

5242 41st Av SW, Seattle

 

WHEN:          West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day                  

Saturday, May 13, 2017

                       9:00-4:00pm

 

WHY:     Funds needed for WSTB to obtain tax exempt

      nonprofit 501 (c) (3) Status

Support the Tool Library Garage Sale!

The West Seattle Tool Library is excited to participate in the West Seattle Community Garage Sale on May 13th. Our sale will run from 11am – 4pm in the parking lot of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center: 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

We will feature an assortment of garden tools, small power tools, and manual woodworking tools. We’ll also have a free tool table, so be sure to stop by early for the best selection. All proceeds from the sale to benefit the West Seattle Tool Library Community. Hope to see you there!

Meaningful Movies Saturday May 6th

Saturday, May 6

West Seattle Meaningful Movies 

and West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice

present

 

COMMAND AND CONTROL

A riveting documentary about an accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas, in 1980 that almost caused the detonation of a nuclear weapon 600 times as powerful as the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

1 hour and 32 minutes

Directed by Robert Kenner, 2016

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCPlm-mQ9Kk

Mary Hanson, from Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, will speak briefly after the film and be a resource for the discussion.

6:30  doors open for refreshments and social time

7:00 – movie, followed by optional facilitated discussion

At High Point Neighborhood House

6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle 98126

Bus numbers 21 and 128

 

NO CHARGE, but donations gratefully received.

www.westseattlemeaningfulmovies.org

www.facebook.com/westseattlemeaningfulmovies?ref=hl

www.meaningfulmovies.org

King County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Market: May 5th and 6th

King County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Market

UW Center for Urban Horticulture

3501 NE 41st St., Seattle

Friday, May 5, 4-8 PM open to public

For the Friday Preview Party, tickets available online

Saturday, May 6, 9-5 PM

NO SUNDAY

This is the King County Master Gardeners 2-Day Sale.

The weekend starts with the Preview Party a fundraiser for the MG Foundation of King County, Friday, May 5. Tickets are available.

Tons of tomatoes, veggie starts, fragrant herbs, perennials, natives and specialty vendors with garden art. Master Gardeners will help to to choose the right plants, find easy-to-grow plants, and give advice on planting and maintaining your garden throughout the year. Join us to get your garden growing this year.

NEW this year. Garden Education Talks on Saturday, May 6th. Open to the Public: Ciscoe Morris, Karen Chapman, Bill Thorness, Elaine Sherbrooke.

Please visit website for times and more details: mgfkc.org

 

 

Guide for sustainablewestseattle.org: Environmentally safe cleaning methods.

 

Easy Changes, Big Impact: How to Make Your Cleaning Routine Better for the Environment

Trying to be more eco-friendly as a busy parent can sometimes seem like a struggle – you already have so much on your hands, how can you find the time? If you’re looking for simple ideas that can really make a difference to the environment – and your family – then why not start by reassessing what’s in your cleaning cupboard? It can be as easy as picking up a different product in the store, but having a real impact; studies by the Environmental Protection Agency show that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outside air due to toxic chemicals from cleaning products.

Better for the Environment

Thousands of deaths of marine animals yearly can be attributed to toxic pollution from synthetic chemicals entering the natural water system. The plastic packaging from the products contributes to this further; large patches of garbage floating in the ocean have reached the size of US states. This scale of impact throws out the balance of entire eco-systems – all to get that sparkling finish on your counter tops.

Better for Your Family

Closer to home, studies have also shown that conventional cleaning products can increase the risk of asthma in children; and many scientists support the ‘hygiene hypothesis’ that using chemical cleaners which are “too effective” limits the exposure of children to germs. This means that their immune systems fail to build up defences against harmful bacteria and become hypersensitive, often causing lifelong allergies to things like dust and pollen.

How to Make Your Cleaning More Eco-Friendly

Fortunately, it’s easy and simple to switch to environmentally conscious cleaning products and methods, without sacrificing the results. Many of the solutions can be homemade, and are far cheaper than branded alternatives. Get creative and think about where else you can apply the principles: how about cleaning your car or pet’s crate?

·         If you have limey water prone to scaling up in your bathroom and kitchen, try something acidic like vinegar, lemon juice or diet soda to remove the deposits.

·         Stains on ovens, sinks or cookers respond well to bicarbonate of soda.

·         Open your windows regularly for a blast of fresh air rather than spraying harmful aerosols or using air conditioning units.

·         Use natural wax or oil for cleaning and polishing furniture.

If you’re struggling to go 100% eco-friendly straight away, don’t worry – try and cut out the most toxic chemicals first. Ammonia and chlorine are too big ones to watch out for; and by doing so, you’ll be helping the environment and your family.

Celebrate the start of spring!

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Celebrate the start of spring!

This month we officially say goodbye to winter and welcome the the start of spring. This means that it’s that time of year when our forests will be getting greener, giving us all the more reason to get outside. Check out how we are celebrating the spring season by spreading awareness about invasive species and learning about Washington’s early bloomers.

Invasive Species Awareness Week

Last week, we celebrated Invasive Species Awareness Week by featuring insights from local ecologists on their “favorite” invasive plants. Click HERE to see what Seattle Parks and Recreation’s own Bridget Kelsh has to say about invasive blackberry and her time spent tackling it on Seattle’s Natural Areas Crew.

See it? Report it!

The Washington Invasive Species Council has created an easy-to-use app to report sightings of invasive plants, animals and other pesky organisms anywhere in Washington State. Just take a photo and upload it to the app, and your report will be sent directly to the right agency. Learn more about the app HERE.

Signs of Spring

It may be hard to believe, but the official start of spring is just two weeks away! Forterra wants you to know which native plants will be blooming in the month ahead, and to get to know Washington’s true first signs of spring. Click HERE to learn about Washington’s early-bloomers, and get to know more about our state’s native plants.

UPCOMING WORK PARTIES

Kick off the start of spring by getting outside and giving back to Seattle’s forests! Check out some upcoming events below, and many, many more can be found here online.

Hitts Hill Park

(S. Brandon St.)

Sat, March 11

10am

RSVP!

Martha Washington Park

(Warsaw St.)

Sun, March 12

10am

RSVP!

West Duwamish Greenbelt

(12th Ave. SW & SW Myrtle St)

Sat, March 18

10am

RSVP!

Licton Springs

(97th & Ashworth)

Sat, March 11

10am

RSVP!

SW Queen Anne Greenbelt

(12th W. & W. Blaine)

Thur, March 16

9:30am

RSVP!

Ravenna Park

(NE 55th St.)

Sat, March 18

10am

RSVP!

It’s time to come out of winter hibernation and get out into Seattle Parks! We hope to see you in the forest this spring.

– The Green Seattle Partnership team

Images: Green Seattle Partnership, Forterra, Nicole Marcotte, Ben Mawhinney

Visit the West Seattle Nursery Garden Stage!

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You probably already know, but if you don’t, the West Seattle Nursery and Garden Center is a wonderful place to get plantings, supplies and advice. They employ great people that are very knowledgeable about what to plant, where to plant, and when to plant it. This cool garden shop is sponsoring (and decorating!) the GreenLife Garden Stage this year.

Picture: fragrant hanging baskets, nice lush saplings, a billion 4″ plantings…and BEAUTIFUL music bellowing about! That’s what we’re picturing too! Come on by and visit, both the Nursery and the stage.