Mayor Durkan Signs Executive Order to Establish Small Business Advisory Council
On November 30th, LCFF Executive Director along with LCFF Board Member and Kaffeeklatsch owner, Annette Heide-Jessen, joined new Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan as she singed legislation to create Seattle’s first Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC). The signing took place at Elliott Bay Book Company in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Mayor Durkan said that the new Council would help to ensure that small businesses have a role in informing policies and programs as well as access to resources. The council will provide input on impact of City decisions, make policy recommendations, and help increase access to tools and resources available to small businesses.
LCFF looks forward to working with the new Mayor and staff to ensure that issues and needs of our Lake City small businesses are being addressed.
On November 21st, the City Council voted to approve the 2018 City budget. Below are a list of investments both in D5 and City wide that Council member Juarez shared in a recent email. In addition, our advocacy to bring the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program to the North Precinct took a huge leap forward. While the funding goal was not quite achieved for LEAD, there is still $750K identified to bring this extremely important program to North Seattle. Thank you to all who helped write letters in support of the Community Center and LEAD expansion.
District 5 – New Investments = $6,274,910
Lake City Community Center Rebuild
Hubbard Homestead Park neighborhood planning
Sound Generation: Expansion of the Lake City and Northgate “Senior Center Without Wall”
Aurora Commons: Expansion of outreach and drop-in services
Sweetened Beverage Tax – Increase funding for food banks*
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Expansion to SPD North Precinct
*Some of this funding will also be used to support food banks in other Council Districts
Q&A with Diane Haugen, former director of the Lake City Community Center and the Chamber of Commerce
Moving on to New Things
Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently visited Diane Haugen at a local restaurant to talk about a changing Lake City, the meaning of community, and the joy of Alpacas. The former Executive Director of the Lake City/North Seattle Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Lake City Community Center has moved on to new work in a different neighborhood, but says she feels she will always be part of the Lake City community.
ELC: How long did you work at the Chamber and the Community Center?
Ten years for the Chamber and five at the Community Center.
Do you miss Lake City?
I do miss the community. I drive through it every day though, and I’m not too far away, just in Meadowbrook. I go to restaurants in Lake City all the time so I really feel like I haven’t left.
ELC: What did you like best about the work?
I’ve met a lot of people and I have a lot of connections. I open windows for people. I like to put people together if they can help each other. At Chamber after hours, I’d find out what people needed — a caregiver, a salesman, etc.- and make introductions face to face. That is the part of the work that feeds me. Continue reading “Q & A with Diane Haugen, Community Connector”→