Sunday, January 22nd
“After a 2 month winter hiatus, a few of the dedicated LCFF clean up crew spent an hour picking up garbage Sunday afternoon.
A few needles, lots of recycling, discarded clothing and food packaging were the majority of the items. And we reported to the city once again the pothole at the SW corner of 30th NE and NE 127th”, reported Annie Stocker, our Clean and Safe Committee lead.
We are working on strategies to ensure that more volunteers will come out and lend a hand on these clean up efforts. Lake City surely could use some extra cleaning right now. We will plan to ramp up the effort again in spring and will look for a larger community effort as part of the City’s “Spring Clean” initiative. If you have an area of Lake City that you would like to see targeted for a community clean up please send your thoughts and ideas to director@lakecityfuturefirst. We make the process very easy by providing all that you need and it is only an hour of time. It makes a huge difference, it makes connections and it feels good to do something tangible.
More on Annie’s report: Continue reading “Clean and Safe Report”
Join Us for the First Community Conversation of 2017
Topic: Hate Crimes
We will hear from Jim Ritter with the Seattle Police Department’s SAFE Place initiative along with representatives from the Department of Justice on how the government is dealing with these issues. We will also be hearing the personal story of one of our own local businesses. Time has been allotted for questions and public comment.
Free Food will be provided courtesy of Lake City Future First from 6-6:30 with the Awareness Forum beginning at 6:30.
Response to Recent Hate Crime in LC
Many of us by now have heard that one of our long time businesses here in Lake City recently experienced a threatening and hate-filled note on the windshield of their car. The issue exploded on Nextdoor and the result was a great deal of support from the community and conversations about how we as a community will not tolerate this in Lake City.
Working with Christa Dumpys from the Department of Neighborhoods, LCFF had the opportunity to sit down with Aaron, the owner of Emerald City Tattoo, Jim Ritter from SPD’s Safe Place campaign, Sgt. Diane Newsom of the North Precinct, Knight Sor with the US Department of Justice and Diane Haugen from the North Seattle Chamber to discuss the incident and talk about getting our local businesses involved in the Safe Place campaign. This is a good first step toward making sure that all of our diverse business community and residents feel safe and supported.
While the Safe Place program is centered around crimes and harassment of LGBTQ community members, the decals indicate a safe place for anyone who is being harassed or victimized. The decals are prominently displayed on doors or windows of businesses that have committed to calling the police and allowing the victim to remain on the premises until help has arrived. Continue reading “Lake City – Must Be A Safe Place For All”
Rumors Fly on Local Blogs and Email
Council Member Debra Juarez puts out a statement.
“North Seattle has experienced a spike in opiate addiction rates. This spike is in line with a horrifying national trend that has seen opioid-related overdose deaths triple in the 21st century. Our community has seen a drastic rise in public drug use, discarded needles, and overdose deaths. My office has received several letters in recent days from constituents who are concerned about one proposed service model meant to counter this epidemic, a “Community Health Engagement Location” which would include a safe injection/consumption site. To clarify, I am not pursuing a safe injection/consumption site in Lake City. I am working to ensure people in District 5 have sufficient access to the medications that block the addictive power of heroin and other opiates.
Scientific consensus has shown medication assisted treatment (commonly methadone or buprenorphine) to be the only approach that has lasting effect in treating heroin and prescription opiate addiction and preventing death. My office has begun the conversation to bring more medication assisted treatment and supportive mental healthcare services to Lake City. I hope to have good news to share on this front soon.
I would also like to share with you the work of the King County Heroin and Prescription Opiates Task Force. The Task Force recently released recommendations highlighting the way forward to combat this epidemic. These recommendations address every part of the opiate epidemic, from doctors’ prescribing practices to the lack of treatment services to insufficient overdose prevention strategies. I am committed to help implement these recommendations and reduce addiction, overdose deaths, and harmful drug use in my role as your Seattle City Councilmember. It is the humane and right thing to do.”