Keep Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) in the City Budget
Lake City Neighbors – Please consider sending a letter to the Seattle City Council to support the inclusion of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) funding in the final budget. LEAD’s proven method of helping people in crisis on our streets is critical to our neighborhoods. Supported by many homeless advocates, service providers and the Seattle Police Department, “LEAD is designed to improve community health and public order by allowing officers to redirect people engaged in street-level drug possession, sales or sex work to community-based services instead of jail and prosecution whenever appropriate”. The program is already having a profound affect in West and East Seattle and there is money allocated to expand but we need to drive the message home.
Earlier this year LCFF convened a meeting with SDOT and local business owners Annie Stocker (Two Dog Yoga), Joel Calvert (All State Insurance), LC Greenway’s Monica Sweet and LC’s own Chuck Dickey to discuss the condition of the Lake City Way medians and to advocate for them to get on the maintenance schedule. While it took some time and some follow up, the medians are getting some much needed attention.
Thank you so much to Darren Morgan with SDOT for being our point person on this effort. I asked Darren to provide a little bit about the current work and what we can expect going forward. Darren offered the following;
“LCW medians are getting some TLC after a whirlwind Summer of 2017! Gary Hren, our landscape supervisor, and I are working closely together to really nail down tactics for tough arterial median locations this Fall. We are emphasizing timing and getting staffing numbers optimized to execute litter pick up, pruning, mulching and herbicide applications as efficiently as possible. Gary and I visited the medians again on Friday and actually walked one of them to take a close look at the plant conditions, mulch levels and weed populations. We agreed that the next step was to finish the pruning on the north median and use the break in weather to spot spray Autumn’s push of weed growth between desirable plants. (This happened yesterday) We also agreed that in a few weeks (after herbicide is absorbed by weeds) we will need to return to mulch areas where the desirable plant material has been lost. Longer term, we are now seriously considering bringing in new plant material to help outcompete the weeds in the bare areas (north and south of the older median which are relatively weed free due to soil compaction and tree competition). This can help improve aesthetics and further minimize herbicide use. We have not yet decided on species or quantities, but we would like to select something that is already doing well in the medians, such as heather and sword fern- but we are considering others. This last step is not yet fully planned, but I can say that we are committed to the follow up mulching by the end of November. Also, I have given direction to remove all un-permitted temporary signage in the medians when we are onsite performing maintenance.”
“World of Tastes in the Heart of Lake City” Passport Winners Awarded!
Thank you to all the wonderful businesses and all those that took part in the 4th year of our business promotion program, “The World of Tastes in the Heart of Lake City”. This years partnership with the Seattle Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Foundation helped to increase the awareness of the program.
This year our fist place winner was Mike Wotring. Mike admitted that his wife had done most of the work and that he benefited by “being along for the ride and all the great food Lake City has to offer”. Our 2nd place winner was Kerri Martinez who will enjoy one month of free yoga at Two Dog Yoga, a $25 gift card to Manila Manila and a $50 gift card to Elliott Bay Brewery. Third place went to Julia Engel who brought the whole family down to pick up their $50 gift card courtesy of the Seattle Farmer’s Markets. The first 20 people that turned in their passport with seven or more stamps also received $10 gift cards to the Farmers Markets.
Thank you to our sponsors, Kaffeeklatsch, Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Market, Two Dog Yoga, Manila Manila, and Elliott Bay for their generosity.
This program is a way to bring awareness and support to our local eating and drinking establishments at no cost to them. All part of “Enjoying Lake City”.
Look for some changes next year as we continue to try and engage more people in the program.
Working through Seattle Department of Transportation’s “Pavement to Parks” program, 28th Avenue NE is receiving a vibrant street mural in addition to painted crosswalks to bookend the street to provide safer pedestrian passage.
A huge thank you goes to LCFF Planning and Development Co-Chair Ray Robinson for shadowing the project and providing the final designs as well as the incredible advocacy and support from Janine Blaeloch and Monica Sweet of Lake City Greenways. Thank you to Lake City Farmer’s Market director, Molly Burke and Two Dog Yoga owner Annie Stocker, for their engagement. Special thanks to Mark Mendez and his Lake City Young Leaders Program and all the residents that gave their time to have input on the design.
Lake City Future First brought additional attention to the potential project to SDOT through the Only in Seattle grant initiative in 2017 and was able to secure funds to make it a reality.
The project will improve pedestrian safety and enhance our collective experience in front of our Lake City Library and Community Center.
Record Numbers of Kids and Families Turn Out for 25th Annual Trick-or-Treat Walk
The North Seattle Family Resource Center in partnership with LCFF saw a big uptick in local business participation for the 25th Annual “Lake City Fright Night and Trick-or-Treat Walk”. Over 30 business took part this year but the big surprise was the over 700 kids and parents that came out for the event to fill Lake City way with little princesses, pirates, witches, super heroes and beyond. It was amazing to see so much participation and to watch as the Lake City Mini Park became abuzz with families from all over the neighborhood.The Lake City Lions did another amazing job of transforming the community center into a fun filled party with pizza and treats and lots to look at.
On Sunday, October 29th the fun continues with the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Palooza at the Kaffeeklatsch. LCFF again teamed up with Kaffeeklatsch, the LC Farmers Market, Hunger Intervention, North Helpline and the Watershed to bring back this fun event where we provide healthy snacks and pumpkin decorating for the kids.