Advocating for a New Full Service Community Center

Seattle City Council Hearing attended by Lake City Youth Leadersyouth-at-council

City Council chambers were packed yesterday, October 25, 2016 as people with important causes from all over the city poured in to give testimony on needs and how the City should spend our money. Among the crowd was an incredible showing by some of our Lake City Youth advocating for a new full service community center in our neighborhood. Sporting signs created by families and children from the North Seattle Family Resource Center the group waited their turn to speak to council on this crucial need.

You can view the youth testimony on this link from the Seattle Channel – Public Comment  –    The youth’s testimony comes in at about the 135.57 mark. youth-at-budget-hearing

I was able to speak earlier in the evening and relayed Sandy and Tim Motzer’s great work on a budget summary regarding how a new center can be funded. Fellow LCNA board member Abdi Hussein also spoke to the need. Testimony was  paired down to one minute because of the large crowd that had turned out and the amount of those that wished to speak on a wide range of important issues. Thanks to John Lombard, co-chair of the North District Council, who also spoke, in part, regarding the community center effort. The true stars of the evening were our Youth Leaders who, guided by Mark Mendez, are truly demonstrating their powerful voices for the benefit of us all.

Lake City Young Leaders

Visit with Local Business

LCFF had the great fortune to work with youth community members on a variety of projects this summer. Our hope is that we can continue to partner with them on their experiences in Lake City and share with the community on This is the first installment of a five part series on visits that the youth made to five local restaurants in the neighborhood where LCFF paid for lunch and asked that the group come back with a little bit about what they learned from the business owner.

Thanks to Denait, a junior at Nathan Hale, for providing a little glimpse into their experience when they went and enjoyed Jose’s Taqueria.


“You don’t risk you don’t gain”, that was what Alberto Morales thought before opening his famous Lake City Taqueria. “Jose’s Taqueria” (named after Alberto’s brother and son) has been located in the heart of Lake City since 2013.  Jose’s Taqueria has authentic Mexican food and his tacos are only a whopping $1.50!  Not only does Alberto sell Mexican food, he sells a wide variety of others like a mean philly cheese steak and some tasty hot wings. It’s everything a girl could ask for!

We asked Alberto what he thinks his customers favorite dish was, he replied “everything”. Alberto has been cooking for 35+ years and I wasn’t surprised at all.  My first bite I could tell he was very experienced in the culinary world, before opening his restaurant in Lake City he had one in Everett.  All I could say is I’m very pleased he came to Lake City.  So if you want very reasonable prices, an authentic meal, and some delicious food; come to Jose’s Taqueria, I’m sure you won’t regret it!

– Denait

Just the Beginning

Youth Leaders Unveil LC Mural

EBB Mural Community gathered on Wednesday to celebrate the dedication of the Mural Project created by Lake City youth as part of the Parks and Recreation’s youth leadership program organized by Lake City’s Mark Mendez. In partnership with local artist Andrew Miller, who donated his time to the process, the group created a wonderful expression of their experience in Lake City. With the tag line “We Are Lake City” the youth demonstrated that they are both leaders now and leaders for our future by bringing their voice and perspective to this community in such a thoughtful and creative way.

Brent Norton and Elliott Bay Brewery continue to show their commitment to Lake City by offering up their North Wall for the project. After the dedication the youth were treated to a meal at Elliott Bay to celebrate the day. Mark’s programming and the youth involved have already made a huge impact on Lake City from the STEP programs “Vacation In Lake City” film advocating for a new Community Center and more recreational opportunities to this expression that is hopefully and very likely the beginning of many more murals to come.

EBB Mural Plaque Continue reading “Just the Beginning”

“Vacation in Lake City”

Watch the Movie!

Vacation in LC Event
August 22nd Film Showing

On August 22nd it was standing room only as Lake City community members came out to support and watch the Seattle Parks and recreation’s STEP program’s short film “Vacation in Lake City”. In the movie the STEP program members take a “vacation” in Lake City only to find that there are few options for recreation and resources for teens within the community. The film is a combination of interviews, comedic moments and poignant commentary on their experience here in a neighborhood without a full service community center and a place for them to gather and socialize. The youth followed the presentation of the film by urging the community to advocate for a new community center and by fielding a handful of questions about the process of making the movie. Take a moment to enjoy the movie and feel inspired by the youth that are finding their voice here in our community.

Enjoy the Movie – “Vacation in Lake City”

STEP Movie Still
Still from “Vacation in Lake City”