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”→
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was a lovely event in Lake City
There was a wonderful turnout for the Grand Opening Celebration at the new Savoy at Lake City on Thursday, November 16th. Karen Colangelo and staff put on a great event with a fantastic selection of food and libations as well as live music. The Savoy is located at 13730 Lake City Way NE. The Savoy is a a brand new 62+, age restricted apartment complex in Lake City.
You can visit their website here: http://thesavoylakecity.com/