Magnolia Queen Anne District Council Meeting – November 9

  • South Magnolia CSO Control Project Update
  • King County Wastewater Treatment: Join Us To Dig Into Seattle’s Past – November 19
  • Murray, Constantine, City Council Declare Emergency, Announce New Investments to Respond to Homelessness
  • Magnolia American Legion Veteran’s Day Service
  • Help Redesign SDOT’s Website Survey
  • City Seeks Youth Members for Participatory Budgeting Committee Project
  • Take the Pedestrian Master Plan Update Survey
  • Alert Seattle Emergency Notification Sign Up Information
  • Community Crosswalks Program
  • Take the Seattle Public Safety Survey
  • See Salmon Run at Piper’s Creek in Carkeek Park
  • New Commissioners Sought For Seattle Design Commission
  • Seattle Center Festal:  Hmong New Year Celebration Commemorates “40 Years in America”
  • Seattle Department of Transportation On the Move – Traffic Advisories

Magnolia Queen Anne District Council Meeting

Monday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. at Bayview Manor, 11 West Aloha

 Agenda includes:

  • SDOT Presentation on Aurora Bridge Project
  • Neighborhood Public Safety Discussion
  • Weekend Food for Kids Program

October 30, 2015

King County’s contractor, Stellar J, is continuing construction on the new Magnolia Wet Weather Storage Facility at Smith Cove. This 1.5-million-gallon underground tank will store excess flows of stormwater and sewage when heavy rains fill pipes, reducing untreated overflows to Puget Sound.

Storage Facility site:

The week of November 2nd, Stellar J plans to re-install a Seattle City Light street light in front of the storage tank site on 23rd Avenue West south of the Magnolia Bridge. The light was temporarily removed to accommodate construction.

What to expect during work on 23rd Avenue West

  • Work will occur on the sidewalk and parking strip on the east side of 23rd Avenue West
  • As needed flaggers will direct people around this work
  • Work hours will be weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Crews are also installing equipment in the building that sits atop the storage tank, and landscaping at the site is expected to begin in November.

32nd Avenue West:

In the coming weeks, King County’s contractor and a Seattle City Light crew will add power to the underground flow structure on 32nd Avenue West.

What to expect during work on 32nd Avenue West

  • Crews will work mostly near the shoulder on the east side of the street. A Seattle City Light truck will be here during portions of this work.
  • As needed flaggers will direct people around the work area
  • Work hours will be weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thank you for your patience during these activities.  For more information, visit and search “South Magnolia CSO”.

Monica Van der Vieren

Community Relations Planner

Department of Natural Resources and Parks

Wastewater Treatment Division

201 South Jackson Street, KSC-NR-0505

Seattle, WA 98104-3855


Community meeting- join us to dig into Seattle’s past!

You’re invited to explore some of Magnolia’s history and learn about the field of archeology. On November 19, 2015, King County Wastewater Treatment Division invites you to learn about our award-winning efforts to protect history, and to hear archeologist Alicia Valentino share the story told by remnants of Seattle’s Finntown.

Before the presentation, you can:

  • Learn about how archeologists have recovered and protected cultural resources on King County’s project sites in Magnolia
  • See artifacts from Finntown and replicas of artifacts from the West Point Treatment Plant site in Discovery Park
  • Visit with the Magnolia Historical Society and learn about their work to chronicle the area’s history

In 2014, King County’s contractor unexpectedly unearthed clues to a pre-World War II shantytown during construction of the new Magnolia Wet Weather Storage Facility.  Over a month, archeologists recovered over 2,400 artifacts from a site that turned out to be remnants of Finntown.  Finntown, a low-income, multicultural community, clung to the tideflats of Smith Cove around 1920-1940.

Do you have a personal story from Seattle’s past you would like to tell? From 5:30 until 7:00 p.m., you can provide video or audio stories to our team! Give me a call or drop an email if you are interested.

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015

Open house and storytelling- 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Presentation- 7:00 p.m., followed by Q &A

Where:  Catherine Blaine School, in the cafeteria

2550 34th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199

Please contact me for special accommodations at this meeting.

Monica Van der Vieren

Murray, Constantine, City Council declare emergency,

announce new investments to respond to homelessness


SEATTLE (Nov. 2, 2015) – Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine have declared emergencies, and joined by Seattle City Councilmembers Mike O’Brien, Sally Bagshaw and John Okamoto, outlined new investments to respond to the growing crisis of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Seattle and King County.

This morning, Mayor Murray signed a Proclamation of Civil Emergency and Executive Constantine signed a Local Proclamation of Emergency in response to the growing crisis.

“Seattle is facing an emergency as a result of the growing crisis in homelessness,” said Mayor Murray. “The City is prepared to do more as the number of people in crisis continues to rise, but our federal and state partners must also do more. Cities cannot do this alone. Addressing homelessness must be a national priority with a federal response.”

Murray and Seattle City Councilmembers today outlined a $5.3 million package to respond to the growing demand for services. For more information, see details of the new City investments and Frequently Asked Questions.

Executive Constantine has proposed $2 million in investments, some of which are already pending before the King County Council, to address immediate human needs and the root causes of homelessness.

Last winter’s One Night Count found 3,772 men, women, and children without shelter in King County, including more than 2,800 in Seattle – a 21 percent increase over 2014. In 2015, 66 homeless people have died in King County, including 47 on the streets and in unpermitted encampments in Seattle. The state now reports that 35,000 people in King County become newly homeless at some point during the year.

The City of Seattle already invests more than $40 million annually to assist people at-risk of or experiencing homelessness, including single adults, youth, families, domestic violence survivors, older adults, and veterans. King County invests $36 million a year to assist individuals and families at-risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Murray cited a decline in federal housing support and slim state budgets for mental health and substance abuse treatments as factors that have increased the burden on local governments. A decade ago, City resources represented less than 40 percent of the total funding for homelessness services. The City is now responsible for over 60 percent of homelessness investments.

Seattle funds over 1,600 shelter beds that serve 13,000 individuals a year. Half of those who are served in shelters do not re-experience homelessness in Seattle. But with shelters at 90 percent occupancy, today the City announced a commitment for another 100 beds.

There are 32,000 homeless children in Washington state, with nearly 3,000 homeless children currently attending Seattle Public Schools. On average, that’s more than 1 student per Seattle classroom. Bailey Gatzert Elementary, a school of 350 students, served 71 homeless students last school year.

The City is currently analyzing all homelessness investments and expanding data collection to ensure resources are targeted at the most effective strategies. Seattle is also launching a new effort to reduce administrative burden on agencies by allowing non-profit partners to provide a range of services under portfolio contracts, rather than separate contracts for each type of service.

Those interested in joining the effort to respond to the homelessness crisis should visit and review All Home’s strategic plan.

Magnolia American Legion Veterans Day Service

Wed Nov 11th in front of the Post Office on McGraw in Magnolia


Service Project lead by the Cub Scouts Pack 80 but all welcome to help–clean up side walk and put US flags in Magnolia Village

  • Bring or make thank you cards for veterans at VA hospital.
  • Bring your extra Halloween candy for veterans at VA hospital
  • Please bring gloves and or rake/brooms and or bags for leaves/street clean up


  • Hoist the US flag at the post office and have a quick speaker about Veterans Day.

Elizabeth Servey, cell 206-909-6853, email

Help redesign SDOT’s website to work better for you!

We know it’s not always easy to find what you’re looking for on our site. With your help, we’re aiming to fully redesign it to make it more user-friendly, accessible, and easy to use.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Take the online survey. It should take you about 10 minutes. It’ll be up for the next two weeks.
  2. Participate in a focus group in mid-November. If you’re interested in participating, please share your contact info at the end of the survey, or contact SDOT’s Allison Schwartz at or (206) 386-4654.

With your input, they’ll start reworking the way the site’s organized, as well as the content. They’ll do some additional testing and aim to have a new site up and running in Spring 2016.

Please contact Allison Schwartz ( or 386-4654) with any questions.

City seeks steering committee members for youth Participatory Budgeting project

October 28, 2015 (Seattle, WA) – Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking individuals interested in serving on the steering committee of the new Seattle Participatory Budgeting Project (PB). PB is a democratic process through which Seattle youth ages 13-19 decide how to spend part of the City’s budget. In the Mayor’s 2016 Proposed Budget, $500,000 has been set aside for PB in its inaugural year.

“We are empowering our young people to help create the services and resources that speak to their concerns,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This is your chance to address unmet needs, create a brighter future and support a more equitable community for all our youth.”

Along with representatives from the Seattle Youth Commission and the City Neighborhood Council, the steering committee will include youth leaders and representatives from Seattle organizations working with youth that are involved in civic engagement, empowerment and organizing, good government, research, planning and policy, community organizing, community education, grant making, social justice giving, or urban infrastructure. This is a volunteer board that will serve from November 2015 to July 2016.

“The Participatory Budgeting steering committee is a great opportunity for young people to directly shape how city money is spent, and learn how the city works—from the inside,” said Councilmember Nick Licata.

Visit to learn more about the steering committee and to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 13 at 5 p.m. For questions, contact Rahwa Habte at 206.615.2008 or

Take the Pedestrian Master Plan Update survey!

The Pedestrian Master Plan seeks to funnel pedestrian improvements to areas of the city with the greatest need. It prioritizes where to provide new sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, and many other improvements that make it easier to walk in our neighborhoods.

To inform the Plan update, we need your input on the types of pedestrian improvements you think are most important, and where you think we should build them. We will use your feedback to help identify the highest priority areas to focus improvements.

You can access the Pedestrian Master Plan Update public survey on SDOT’s home page, or directly on the project website here: It will be open through  the end of November.

Alert Seattle is the official emergency notification system used by the City of Seattle to communicate with city resident during emergencies.  Sign up now to receive free alerts from the City via text message, e-mail, voice message or social media.

To sign-up for AlertSeattle, click here

To update your existing AlertSeattle preferences, click here to access your account

Click here for more information

Community Crosswalks Program

Spurred by the popularity of Capitol Hill’s rainbow crosswalks, which were installed in June, residents can now use the existing Neighborhood Matching Fund to request such crosswalks. This will allow unique crosswalks to be approved and installed through an established process, ensuring that they are safe, reflective of community values and can be maintained.

To be eligible for an installation by SDOT, applicants will need to adhere to City guidelines for crosswalk locations and designs. Crosswalks must be sited where vehicles already stop for a traffic signal or stop sign, the design should consist only of horizontal or vertical bars, and the pavement underneath must be in good condition.

Crosswalks typically cost about $25 per square foot, depending on the complexity of the design and installation, and can be expected to last approximately 3-5 years based on the amount of vehicular traffic at the location. More information about the program can be found here: Crosswalks installed or modified outside of this process will be reviewed by SDOT and removed/repainted if determined to be unsafe.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood improvement, organizing, or projects that are developed and implemented by community members. More information about the longstanding program can be found here:

Let Your Voice Be Heard – Take the Seattle Public Safety Survey:

Seattle University is administering the citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is accessible at Seattle University is administering the citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is accessible at: from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. Please circulate this information to your friends, family, co-workers and community members and feel free to post the information on your social media. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today.

See salmon run

Being able to watch a salmon run is an incredible benefit of living in the Pacific Northwest. November and early December is the time to experience Pacific salmon in an urban stream. Coho and chum salmon run in Piper’s Creek in during this time. Drop-in stations with trained guides are set up from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 – Dec. 6, to facilitate observations of the salmon and to give out tips on how to help perpetuate these runs. No need to sign up. Just come to the lower meadow at Carkeek Park and look for the salmon stewards in the blue vests.

New Commissioners Sought for Seattle Design Commission

Mayor Ed Murray is looking for two new members for the Seattle Design Commission – an Urban Designer and Fine Artist, with terms beginning March 2016.

Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council for up to two 2‐year terms. The 10‐member commission is comprised of architects, urban designers, environmental designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, members‐at‐large, and one member from Get Engaged, the YMCA Young Civic Leaders Program.

Established in 1968, the Seattle Design Commission advises City officials on the design and environmental effects of capital improvement projects. Members also help select consultants for City projects. The Commission meets during the day on the first and third Thursdays of each month. In addition, members serve on project subcommittees and represent the commission on other advisory boards. Members work an average of 15 to 20 hours a month and cannot contract with the City on any capital improvement project reviewed by the commission. Commission members receive an hourly rate as compensation for their service.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest and resume by December 1, 2015, to:

Mayor Ed Murray c/o:
Michael Jenkins, Director – Seattle Design Commission
Department of Planning and Development
City of Seattle
700 Fifth Ave., Ste. 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124‐4019

For more information, contact:
Michael Jenkins, Director – Seattle Design Commission
(206) 386-4024

Hmong New Year Celebration Commemorates

“40 Years in America”

 Seattle Center Festál:  Hmong New Year Celebration preserves the ancient Southeast Asian highland cultures of China, Laos and Thailand, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, in Seattle Center Armory. This harvest celebration showcases Hmong musicians and artists in ways that illuminate this distinct culture.

The theme for this year’s festival is “40 Years in America,” marking the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the Hmong people in the United States. A video presentation entitled “40 Voices:  We are Hmong” plays throughout the day and features 40 Hmong individuals speaking about what it means to be Hmong, celebrating Hmong culture and offering perspectives on strengthening the community.

Bo Thao-Urabe, recently nominated by President Obama for the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, is the festival’s special guest speaker ( Thao-Urabe hosts the workshop “Maximizing the Potential of Hmong-Americans to Solve Community Challenges,” from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., in Armory Loft 3.

Moua Classical Band, a Hmong cover band from Sacramento, headlines the festival. A fashion show at 3 p.m. features traditional Hmong dress. A New Year’s Night Party follows the festival from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. in Seattle Center Pavilion and includes performances by Moua Classical Band, Narrow Nimbus and Viem Lo. Tickets are $12 presale or $15 at the event.

A marketplace serves Hmong specialties including sausage with hot peppers and sticky rice, spicy green papaya salad, eggrolls and nam vam (tri-colored tapioca in coconut milk). Festival-goers may browse booths offering traditional Hmong attire, arts and crafts, jewelry, films and music.

Spiral Youth Club, an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between Hmong generations, offers children’s workshops, 12 p.m.-3 p.m., on the Armory balcony. Arts and crafts activities include making and decorating traditional Hmong hats.

In 2015, Seattle Center Festál explores the “art of culture” in 23 celebrations on weekends throughout the year. The events, organized by ethnic/cultural organizations in partnership with Seattle Center, make use of indoor and outdoor spaces on the grounds and offer wide-ranging entertainment, food, visual displays and exhibits and hands-on learning opportunities. The annual series forms the bedrock of public programming at Seattle Center, captivating and enlightening festival-goers as they experience the distinct cultures that influence the character and course of our broader community.

 Seattle Center Festál is a program of Seattle Center Productions. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on Hmong New Year Celebration and other Seattle Center public programming, click on or call 206 684-7200.

Special Events Advisory for Friday, Nov. 6  – Sunday, Nov. 8

SEATTLE—The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers to be aware of several events happening around the city through the weekend that will affect area traffic. The Seattle Symphony Friday Matinee will cause bus staging downtown in the morning and afternoon. The UW Huskies play at Husky Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Mustache Dache Run takes place Sunday morning at Magnuson Park.


Seattle Symphony Friday Matinee Concert: Bus staging on University Street between Second and Third avenues for an afternoon performance at Benaroya Hall.  Buses will stage between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.  About 450 people are expected to attend.


UW Huskies Football at Husky Stadium: Huskies vs. Utah, the kick off at 4:30 p.m. About 70,000 people are expected to attend.


Mustache Dache: Family friendly 5K Run at Magnuson Park benefitting prostate cancer research starts at 9:30 a.m. NE 65th Street will be closed from 65th Avenue NE to Lake Shore Drive NE between 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. About 1,800 people are expected to participate.

Weekly Transportation Construction Coordination Update

Weekly Transportation Construction Coordination Update

November 7: Full closure of 1st Ave. between Spring St. and Madison St.

November 7: Full closure of Howell St. and Boren Ave. during large concrete mat pour.

November 7 – 8: Full closure of Western Ave. and Madison St. intersection.

November 7: Washington Huskies host the Utah Utes at 4:30PM at Husky Stadium.

November 13 – 16: Eastbound SR520 closed between Seattle and Bellevue; Rainier Ave. S. on-ramps also closed.

November 14 – 15: Western Ave. & Madison St. intersection fully closed.

November 14: Full closure of N. 34th St. between Wallingford Ave. N. and Burke Ave. N. for removal of a tower crane.

November 15: Seattle Seahawks host the Arizona Cardinals at 5:30PM at CenturyLink Field.


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