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”→
We need your help. There has been a new development in the City’s budget process that leads to potential negative implications for the Lake City Community Center rebuild.
The new budget chair, Councilmember Lisa Herbold, has signaled she may reallocate some of the Lake City Community Center’s funds toother projects. She is considering this reallocation because the Parks department has indicated they would not spend all of the funds in 2018. However, we know that any movement backwards threatens the future success of the project. We need the entire funding to remain in place. Please contact Councilmember Herbold to ensure the project receives the full $5M committed in the Mayor’s 2018 budget.
Councilmember Juarez will be discussing funding for the project at the Budget Committee meeting Friday afternoon. We want to show there is a united effort behind this project. Please start contacting Councilmember Herbold’s office at 3pmthis Friday, 10/13 and through the weekendto let her know it’s imperative we maintain the full funding commitment of $5M in the Mayor’s budgetfor a new Lake City Community Center.
On August 31st about 60 of your neighbors came out to talk with various City and LCFF Partner Organizations about issues of Crime and Safety. Mary Amberg and Officer Gardea engaged people on personal safety and 911 calls. Randy Wiger from Parks, Christa Dumpys from Department of Neighborhoods and Officer Storm led discussions on Find It Fix It, park activation and general policing issues. Continue reading “Don’t Miss the Next One”→
Please join the Lake City Community for our Next Community Conversation to discuss issues related to crime and safety in our neighborhood. Representatives from the Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct, City of Seattle Departments, and partner organizations will be on hand to provide information and strategies so that we all might better “Enjoy Lake City” . Some free snacks and kids activities will be provided.
Annie from Two Dog Yoga and Annette from the Kaffeeklatsch are co-chairs of our “Clean & Safe” Committee. Come out and thank them for all the work they have been doing with their Clean Up efforts in Lake City and find out how you can get involved.
Reminder – No Clean Up on Sunday, August 28th or September 4th – We will resume on September 11th.
Come see the best film of the year, “Vacation in Lake City”, made by the STEP program’s Lake City teens. The short film will tackle the issue of a lack of resources in Lake City’s Community Center and parks. There will be a brief discussion about what improvements the neighborhood would like to see in the future. Free PIZZA and REFRESHMENTS will be available! Everyone is welcome!
The teens from Lake City worked really hard on this video, come out and support them and help strengthen our community!