Meadowbrook Community Council

Supporting community spirit and creating a connected environment in NE Seattle's Meadowbrook community and surrounding neighborhoods.

MCC Meeting Announcement for: 9/8/15 Meeting, 7pm

Greetings Meadowbrook Area Community Members,

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

For our September MCC meeting, we are going to get political. We have invited our two City Council candidate primary winners for District 5, Debora Juarez and Sandy Brown, to speak to us at our meeting and they accepted!

Although elections are a bit far off yet, Nov.3rd, we are fortunate to have secured their willingness to visit with us as their campaign schedule is rapidly getting booked up. So give some thoughts to a few questions as after we hear their “stump speeches” we will take a few questions. Big topic areas are public safety, transportation and affordable housing.

In addition, updates and reports on the following will also be provided:
1- Report on the Greenways status;
2- Status of crosswalk installations by SDOT at the three crossings around Jane Addams and Nathan Hale schools;
3- Community Garden and Orchards: current status (harvest pounds to food bank and others) ;
4- Public Safety: (Aundie Collison);
5- Status of planned D5 and at-large candidate Forum, and;
6- November meeting topic.
As usual, an agenda will be provided at the meeting.
THIS IS A BIG ONE! Looking forward to your attendance…Dan Keefe, President

Press Release: MAYOR TO MOVE FORWARD ON ACQUISITION OF NE 130TH ST BEACH

SEATTLE (August 13, 2015) Mayor Ed Murray today announced that the City plans to purchase portions of two properties that make up the former N.E. 130th Street beach from the current owners and restore waterfront access for the public.

“For decades, generations of Seattle residents enjoyed lakefront access from the N.E. 130th Street beach,” said Mayor Murray. “I have directed the Parks Department to begin the process of restoring that access by acquiring the properties using all tools at our disposal.”

The two properties lie at the end of N.E. 130th Street and Rivera Place, near the Burke-Gilman Trail in the Cedar Park neighborhood in the Lake City area. Earlier this year, the private property owners restricted the public from accessing the waterfront. Seal of the City of Seattle

“This parcel bordering Lake Washington has been used by the public to gain access to the water for over 80 years. It was very unfortunate to have access denied,” said Councilmember Jean Godden. “It’s great news that the City is now taking affirmative steps to restore this property to the public and to neighbors who know how much it matters to save this beach.”

“Privatizing public property based upon an 82 year-old records error is a disservice to the neighborhood,” said Councilmember Nick Licata. “I commend the Mayor for joining the Council in reclaiming what has long served as the only public access to Lake Washington between Matthews Beach and the northern city limits.” Continue reading

CLIMATE CHANGE: ASK A SCIENTIST!

CLIMATE CHANGE: ASK A SCIENTIST!

Have you wondered… Is this heat going to come every summer now? How can we distinguish between normal fluctuation in temperatures and long-term trends? What is wrong with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? Don’t the plants need it? Is “the greenhouse effect” the same thing as “global warming”?
ask a scientist

Climate scientist Dr. Dargan M.W. Frierson, Associate Professor, UW Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, will be on hand to answer questions about the science of global warming. Visit the Farmers Market (3-7 p.m.) out front and then drop in to the Lake City Branch Library (12501 28th Avenue NE, Seattle) on Thursday, August 6, any time between 6-8 p.m.

Sponsored by Cascadia Climate Action (cascadiaclimateaction.org) and 350seattle (350seattle.org).

Wedgwood Meaningful Movies presents DIRT! The Movie (2009, 86 min)

In honor of gardening season, Wedgwood Meaningful Movies presents DIRT! The Movie (2009, 86 min). Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, this film takes a humorous but substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will return to. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

Please join us for the film’s showing, Friday, August 14, in Jubilee Hall at Our Lady of the Lake Church, 8900 35th Avenue NE . It’s FREE (donations for screening rights welcome) and open to the public! Doors open at 6:30 P.M. Parking is available on NE 89th and NE 90th streets. The film begins at 7 p.m. with a facilitated community discussion to follow. More information at wedgwoodmeaningfulmovies.org.

Important Housing Information for Seattle Neighborhoods

2015 HALA Report

2015 HALA Report


The Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) report is a very long and complex report which will help determine how Seattle works to resolve the very real problem of housing affordability and livability for years to come.

As residents of Seattle, we feel it is vital that everyone read and familiarize themselves with this report. To assist you, we are including both the HALA Report itself, as well as the Mayor’s Action Plan on how the city should proceed. Click the document thumbnails to download each PDF.

Mayor Murray's Action Plan

Mayor Murray’s Action Plan


In order to help attenuate fears and concerns regarding the HALA report, The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA), Lake City Future First (LCFF), and North District Council (NDC) will be co-hosting a HALA workshop on Saturday August 1st to educate North Seattle residents as well as gather local input about the recommendations being made.
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MCC Meeting Announcement for: 7/14/15 Meeting, 7pm

Greetings Meadowbrook Community Council members,

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council


Because of the unusually hot weather as of late, I intend to schedule a shorter meeting. Our featured presentation will be by Brian Dougherty, SDOT, on the status of the design and construction schedules of the three sidewalk segments on NE 110th, between 35th ave ne and Sandpoint Way; a Safe Routes to School project.

In addition, updates and reports on the following will also be provided:
1- Report on the Greenways speed study on NE98th nr 32nd and placement of crossing flags at various intersections (Wilma Boyd and/ or Nikki Sakata);
2- Recent intersection crosswalk work order approvals by SDOT for three crossings around Jane Addams and Nathan Hale schools;
3- Community Garden and Orchards: current status (harvest, signs, netting) (Richard Anderson);
4- Public Safety: (Aundie Collison);
5- Membership growth committee: status (Pam Bowe).

As usual, an agenda will be provided at the meeting.

Looking forward to your attendance…Dan Keefe, President

May 12, 2015 MEADOWBROOK COMMUNITY COUNCIL MTG MINUTES

At 7:10pm President Dan Keefe brought the meeting to order. There were 25 attendees at the meeting. No issues were up for a vote.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Mr. Sandy Brown, who is running for City Council from the newly created 5th District, was introduced. He spoke about a new proposed street end to be developed on city land at 135th as well as his petition to have the city use eminent domain to purchase the street end at 130th.

Move Seattle Levy SDOT Director, Scott Kubly, and Andrew Glass-Hastings (Mayor’s Senior Policy Advisor), made a presentation on the Mayor’s proposed MoveSeattle transportation levy and provided handouts summarizing the salient points. Mr. Kubly’s discussion focused on the proposed Seattle growth statistics that supported the need to have a new transportation levy, especially now that the existing Bridging the Gap levy was about to expire. He discussed key submittal time lines and that the levy would be on this November’s ballot. One of the major focuses of the proposed levy is to make the city more walkable and bikeable, which was illustrated by the Mayor’s support for the proposed Northgate Ped/bike Bridge which would cross over I-5 from Northgate to North Seattle College. Funding would come from several sources including the city, state and Federal governments. Support for Light Rail and improving Metro bus service was also discussed. (At this point the Secretary arrived and replaced the President as the meeting secretary.)

In response to a question, Mr. Kubly replied that the levy cost would be $275/year on a $475,000 house. It would provide $150,000,000 in sidewalk improvements, which would be about 150 blocks of new sidewalks on one side of the street.

Sidewalks The President noted that the proposed sidewalk improvements on NE 110th east of 35th Avenue NE were 90% designed. Also, the City has agreed to improve the crosswalk signage at 35th Avenue NE & NE 105th Street.
A representative of the Jane Addams Safety Committee as Mr. Kubly for painted crosswalks on 110th and 115th leading to the school. Another member asked for crosswalk improvements at Ravenna Avenue NE & NE 98th Street. The President noted he was lobbying SDOT for a crosswalk at 35th Avenue NE & NE 98th Street. Mr. Kubly asked for an email summarizing the requested crosswalk painting sites and the President agreed to do so.

Candidate Forum Ms. Bowe spoke about the upcoming May 18th District 5 City Council candidate forum at Jane Addams Middle School, which is being sponsored in part by the Meadowbrook Community Council. The President thanked her for her efforts in helping to organize the forum.

130th Street Light Rail Station Mr. Kubly stated the present plan does not include a light rail station at NE 130th. The plan calls for stations at Northgate, 145th, and 180th however the track will be designed to permit a station to be added in the future. He noted the Mayor supports having a station at 130th and funding for that station could be before the voters in 2016.

Community Garden Vice President Richard Anderson reported that irrigation has been installed in the Garden next to the tennis courts adjacent to Nathan Hale HS. Work parties are usually on Sundays and volunteers can take home part of the produce from the garden. The rest is donated to local food banks.
Undeveloped City Park The President suggested the MCC work to improve the City Park behind the LaVilla Dairy on Fischer Place NE and asked members to contact him with ideas.

There were 31 persons in attendance. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50pm.

Community Meeting 5/12/2015 Meadowbrook

Greetings Meadowbrook Community Residents,

I am excited about this upcoming meeting because we are most fortunate to have two important speakers from SDOT.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Firstly, the Director himself, Scott Kubly, will make a presentation on the Mayor’s new MoveSeattle Levy that we will be voting on in November, 2015. The levy is in its draft stage and Scott and his Department are seeking citizen input before they finalize it for the ballot. So, please give some serious thought to what you think needs fixing, or read the proposed levy on line @ www.seattle.gov/Levy to MoveSeattle , to help you be more informed when you come to the meeting.

MCC’s Greenways group has met and conducted a few site visits and will have some questions/requests for Scott.

Our second speaker will be Art Brochet, SDOT’s Transportation’s communications representative. He will provide the latest updates on the Northgate Pedestrian and Bicycle Project; a project he spoke to us about over a year ago. New attempts at finding funds are being made. Especially after the effort to procure some Federal funds failed.

In addition, updates and reports on the following will also be provided:
1- NE 110th sidewalk status: engineering issues to be resolved and probable construction start dates for all segments, (e.g., 39th/40th segment is at 90% design, could cost nearly $1m to build, construction to start in 2016)(Dan Keefe);

2- Report on the Greenways groups tour and status of 105th/35th intersection improvement proposal(Dan Keefe);

3- Community Garden and Orchards: current status and plans for 2015 (Richard Anderson);

4- Thornton Creek e coli issue: status of Creek and update search for major sources, especially in the Littlebrook drainage (Dan Keefe);

5- Public Safety: (Aundie Collison);

6- Membership growth committee: plans going forward (Pam Bowe).

As usual, an agenda will be provided at the meeting.

Looking forward to your attendance…Dan Keefe, President

Save The Date: Seattle City Council District 5 Candidate Forum

The Meadowbrook Community Council, in association with the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance and North District Council invite you to attend

A Candidate Forum for Seattle City Council District 5

Seattle City Council District 5 Map Thumbnail

Monday, May 18, 2015
6:45 to 8:45 pm

Doors open at 6:00pm

Jane Addams Middle School Auditorium
11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

This is the time to meet the candidates for Seattle City Council District 5 (current at the time of notice):

Learn about their background and experience, ask them questions, grade them, and challenge them to be transparent. You will be given the opportunity to create questions prior to the event-make your voice heard.

Don’t be late. Seating is limited.

For more information Contact Pam Bowe

NE 130th Beach Needs your Voice

Important message from LCNA Chairperson Sandy Motzer…

We have a new online petition that takes less than one minute to complete, asking for eminent domain to Save the Beach. A number of people came together to make this happen quickly. Thanks to Dave Pope, Sandy Brown, Peg Spiger, Sandra Perkins and undoubtedly many others. In some way (unknown to me but not to others), the petitions will all get to the Mayor and Council–electronic and/or hard copies. We need hundreds of signers.

http://savethene130thbeach.com

There are also meetings being made with the Mayor and Council.