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WEST SEATTLE NEIGHBORS – CALL TO ACTION!
On June 8, the City released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed citywide HALA upzones. It is 800 pages long, includes brand new maps that do not yet reflect community input, and negatively impacts our neighborhood in several significant ways. Most important, we only have until July 23 to comment despite it being the summer season.
There is more information about the DEIS below. But there are three things you can do today to make your voice heard:
- Demand an Extension of the Comment Period. Email MHA.EIS@seattle.govand tell the City that, given the size of the document and the fact that it is summer and many people have prior commitments, there isn’t enough time to review review and comment on the DEIS.
- Mark Your Calendar – JLUC Workshop on July 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m, West Seattle Senior Center.The Junction Land Use Committee (JLUC) will present a summary of relevant portions of the DEIS and their impacts, detail further actions you can take, and have hosted tables to help you in identify areas on which you might wish to comment.
- Comment Online. If you cannot attend the workshop or don’t feel you can adequately review the document without a JLUC workshop, comment using the City’s online form at http://bit.ly/2sBgzJe.
About The DEIS
The purpose of this DEIS is to analyze the impact of the proposed upzones on affected neighborhoods – and to propose actions to address any problems the upzoning would create. The City is seeking comments as to whether the DEIS does a good enough job analyzing the impacts of the upzones and/or addressing those impacts. Addressing the impacts is known as mitigation.
From an initial read, the JLUC has determined the DEIS is deficient in many ways, including failing to identify negative impacts to our neighborhood and failing to propose adequate, if any, mitigation of the negative impacts it does identify. We will be submitting a detailed list of those deficiencies in a formal response to the City.
Here is a link where you can find the DEIS: https://www.seattle.gov/hala/about/mandatory-housing-affordability-(mha)/mha-citywide-eis
The 23rd annual West Seattle Garden 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 gardens 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.
Annually West Seattle Garden Tour donates net proceeds, about $25,000, to other non-profits promoting horticultural-based interests, education, and artistic endeavors. The 2017 beneficiaries are City Fruit, ArtsWest, West Seattle Bee Garden, Pianos in the Parks, Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, and Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association.
Sustainable West Seattle summer meetup at C&P coffee 5612 California Ave SW.
If it seems to you that everything is going wrong this a chance to commiserate with friends of a like heart. It is also a time to inspire. Join us and get a preview of the upcoming Greenlife Festival and hear about everything that is going right in our sustainable community. This social gathering is Tuesday evening June 27th from 6-9 pm.
Sustainable West Seattle is preparing an inspiring display of lifestyle alternatives with a spotlight on environmental solutions we can all participate in. The 2017 Greenlife Festival is a major component of the West Seattle Summerfest July 14,15 and 16th.
Greenlife 2017 is sponsored by Alki Bike and Board, West Seattle Nursery, West Seattle Natural Energy, PCC Natural Markets, Full Circle Farms and Waste Management. While attending the Greenlife festival people will see our urban farm animals, learn about home energy alternatives, learn about transportation alternatives including the exciting growth of electric bicycles, and gather information about healthy, organic food sources including growing your own in backyards or community gardens.
On Saturday July 15th at 2 pm Sustainable West Seattle will sponsor the 2017 Mayoral candidates debate on the Greenlife Stage. The debate will be moderated by Tracy Record of the West Seattle Blog.
Each day of the Greenlife Festival will have a theme starting on Friday with “Sacred Waters” featuring an opening ceremony with the Duwamish tribal leaders and a focus on the health of the Puget Sound and our effect on it. Saturday is all about transition with “Approaches to Transition” being presented throughout the day. And Sunday will culminate with a “Health and Wholeness” theme, starting at 10 am with a meditation and Yoga in the street.
There is much to be discussed and learned in our efforts to create and implement sustainable solutions. Please come join us and if you wish to help with this opportunity to engage the public. You can volunteer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The 29th annual Fremont Solstice Parade is this Saturday June 17th, and 350 Seattle, Backbone Campaign, and the Rise Up Action Band will be joining forces for a parade ensemble focused on climate change and the natural world we are committed to preserving.
This will be a unique opportunity to celebrate our successes and put our message squarely and hilariously in front of tens of thousands of unsuspecting parade watchers.
Our contingent will include a float with Trump clinging to the side of the Eiffel Tower (swatting at a swarm of harassing wind turbines), an amazing marching band, and a host of giant inflatables provided by Backbone campaign.
To pull this off – we need your help! Please:
- reply to Matthew and Shemona to let us know you can join in
- find a parade-day outfit in a single matching color of your choice
- come to the parade staging area (3rd Ave NW and NW 36th St. – where Leary changes to 36th) at 11:00 AM this Saturday – look for the Eiffel Tower float and Backbone’s electrified train cars
Peter, Shemona, Matthew, Lisa, & Les