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Reminder: Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight will discuss business recovery and safety issues one year after natural gas explosion

March 21st, 2017 by Doree

Reminder: The Greenwood Community Council’s March meeting tonight will focus on reviewing the aftermath of the Greenwood natural gas explosion last year, recap the neighborhood’s recovery efforts, and discuss concerns over safety going forward.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. today (Tuesday) at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., in Fellowship Hall. (Note: The meeting is in a different location than usual, because the Greenwood Library is closed for renovations.)

A representative from the Phinney Neighborhood Association will talk about the results of the neighborhood’s fundraising efforts; Chaco Canyon owner Chris Maykut will discuss the ongoing recovery efforts of affected businesses; and a representative from Puget Sound Energy will discuss natural gas safety issues and whether our neighborhood is safer now.

The Council also will take nominations for its annual election of officers. The election will be at the April meeting.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting Tuesday will review safety in the wake of last year’s natural gas explosion

March 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s March meeting will focus on reviewing the aftermath of the Greenwood natural gas explosion last year, recap the neighborhood’s recovery efforts, and discuss concerns over safety going forward.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., in Fellowship Hall. (Note: The meeting is in a different location than usual, because the Greenwood Library is closed for renovations.)

A representative from the Phinney Neighborhood Association will talk about the results of the neighborhood’s fundraising efforts; Chaco Canyon owner Chris Maykut will discuss the ongoing recovery efforts of affected businesses; and a representative from Puget Sound Energy will discuss natural gas safety issues and whether our neighborhood is safer now.

The Council also will take nominations for its annual election of officers. The election will be at the April meeting.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting on homelessness is Wednesday

February 28th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council will host a special forum on homelessness at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

This meeting will discuss:

  • Who are the homeless?
  • Why is homelessness growing?
  • What would one-term solutions look like
  • How can communities help?

Speakers include:

  • The Mayor’s Director of Homelessness George Scarola
  • The Executive Director of Aurora Commons Elizabeth Dahl
  • A representative from Speak Out Seattle!

After their opening statements panelists will address questions from the moderator and from the audience. George Scarola’s introduction will include recent news announced by the Mayor last week about new initiatives to address homelessness in Seattle. Bring your questions!

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Greenwood Community Council hosts forum on homelessness next Wednesday

February 21st, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council will host a special forum on homelessness at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, March 1, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Hundreds of people are living on the streets in Seattle today, with more arriving all the time. There have been several local meetings on new encampment plans, but this one has a different focus: Who are the homeless, why is homelessness growing, what would one-term solutions look like, and how can communities help?

Our three speakers on the front lines responding:

  • The Mayor’s Director of Homelessness George Scarola
  • The Executive Director of Aurora Commons Elizabeth Dahl
  • Arepresentative from Speak Out Seattle!

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Help Greenwood Community Council decide on areas of transportation advocacy and action at tonight’s transportation committee meeting

February 20th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee meets tonight (Monday) at Flying Bike Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., to discuss what issues to advocate for and take action on this year. Everyone is welcome.

You can see feedback the committee has already received and add your own thoughts.

At tonight’s meeting the committee will look at the list of suggested items and drill down into specific actions it might take in the coming year.

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Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee will discuss what issues to tackle at Feb. 20 meeting

February 6th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council is still looking for feedback on what transportation issues it should focus on for this year.

You can comment online and/or attend the February Transportation Committee meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, at Flying Bike Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N.

Meeting attendees will look at the list of suggested items and talk about specific actions or advocacy the GCC might take on in the coming year.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight: ‘Weigh In on the Biggest Citywide Land Use Change in Decades’

November 15th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at Razzi’s Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N., in the downstairs meeting room. On the agenda is the city’s plan to enact zoning changes that will affect housing throughout the city.

Seattle is preparing to make city-wide changes to zoning that will change the allowable height of all multi-family buildings by one story, change single family zoning within designated “urban villages” into a new zoning category, and alter what massing and designs are allowed in specific zones, among other things. Added height is part of a “grand bargain” with developers in return for dedicating roughly 6% of new housing to affordable units, and the other changes are aimed at increasing Seattle’s density to increase walking and transit use.

On Tuesday the Greenwood Community Council meeting will help understand what is proposed, provide time for community discussion on the issues. Join us in a special location – downstairs at Razzi’s – for pizza and a slightly extended meeting to digest some complicated material (and I’m not talking about the pizza.) At the end of the meeting we will ask whether GCC should weigh in on the proposed changes and how.

Please join us! If you’re able to contribute for pizza, that will be appreciated.

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Greenwood Community Council hosts election forum Tuesday at Taproot for District 7 House and Sound Transit 3

October 17th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Greenwood Community Council will host an election forum from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

The forum will be moderated by former Seattle Mayor (and Greenwood resident) Mike McGinn, and will cover the race for District 7 U.S. House of Representatives and Sound Transit 3 ballot measure:

  • 7-7:10 p.m.: Welcome and Introductions
  • 7:10-7:50 p.m.: District 7 U.S. House of Representatives candidates Pramila Jayapal and Brady Walkinshaw (including audience Q&A)
  • 7:50-8:30 p.m. – Sound Transit 3 (including audience Q&A), with representatives the Yes and No campaigns confirmed to attend
  • 8:30-9 p.m.: Informal networking

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Greenwood Community Council election forum Oct. 18 at Taproot Theatre

October 7th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council is hosting an election forum from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

The forum will be moderated by former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn (a Greenwood resident), and will cover the race for District 7 U.S. House of Representatives and Sound Transit 3:

  • 7-7:10 p.m.: Welcome and Introductions
  • 7:10-7:50 p.m.: District 7 U.S. House of Representatives candidates Pramila Jayapal and Brady Walkinshaw (including audience Q&A)
  • 7:50-8:30 p.m. – Sound Transit 3 (including audience Q&A), with representatives the Yes and No campaigns confirmed to attend
  • 8:30-9 p.m.: Informal networking

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