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.
Here is a form letter you can use to send to Council: LEAD Expansion Letter
Please send your email or call council Today!
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SDOT: Maintenance for LCW Medians
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.”
Neighbors Come Out on Beautiful Autumn Day to Shine Up Lake City
On Sunday, October 15th, LCFF wrapped up a great year of neighborhood Clean Up efforts starting back with our “Spring Clean” in April. About 60 participants came out to enjoy conversation, some tasty snacks and the feeling of doing something tangible for the Community.
It was amazing to see so many families and young people join the effort. Keep an eye out for the Clean Up’s to return in Spring!
A huge thank you to our Clean and Safe Committee Chairs, Annette from Kaffeeklatsch and Annie from Two Dog Yoga for all their hard work. Special thanks to Jonathan Neufeld at GLA, Nance Blase from East Lake City Collaborative, Chuck Dickey with Lake City Lions and LCFF Board Member Molly Burke from the LC Farmers Market for help with set up and staffing the locations. Big gratitude goes to Kaffeeklatsch and Elliott Bay Brewery for providing sandwiches, cookies and coffee for the participants.
Join Us for LCFF’s Fall Clean Up
Sunday, October 15th
Meet us at one of three locations:
- 125th and Lake City Way – the Lake City Mini Park
- In front of the Lake City Library
- At God’s Lil Acre on 33rd Avenue
We provide all you need to take part. A great way to make connections and to feel good about your neighborhood. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions