(from Macy's press release)
Nov 23, 2009
(from Macy's press release)
Nov 22, 2009
Our City's Department of Neighborhoods sponsors the Neighborhood Matching Fund, which helps neighborhood groups fund and administer public service projects, large and small. Our neighborhood has benefitted in larger (Miller Fountain) and smaller (traffic circles) ways from this innovative way to get neighborhood projects accomplished. (Go here and search for Miller Park to see a list).
A recent letter from the Department Director, Stella Chao, lists recent changes in the program to make it even easier to use. Maybe this will prompt some Miller denizens to leap into action. Stella notes:
Over its 21 years, the Neighborhood Matching Fund team has made continuous improvements to the program. Following up from a formal assessment in which several of you participated, we have identified improvements, and I’m pleased to announce the following changes to the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) beginning in January 2010.
· The NMF guidelines are now clearer and easier to navigate. In fact, all four NMF funding programs are covered under the same guidelines document.
· The value of volunteer time has increased to $20 per hour keeping up with Independent Sector research on average volunteer time value.
Fund Category and Dollar Limit Changes:
· The Outreach Fund is now combined with the Small Sparks Fund, which will continue to provide support for community building projects with small funding needs, along with the enhancement of more flexible guidelines.
· To keep up with rising costs, fund request limits have increased for the Small Sparks Fund up to $1,000 and the Small and Simple Fund up to $20,000 per project.
· The forms have been redesigned to be easier to use, along with simplified questions, fill-in electronic formatting, and simpler work plan and budget forms.
· Signatures documenting community match pledges are no longer required for the application stage.
· To increase our outreach and assistance to projects, the Neighborhood Matching Fund staff will hold one to two technical assistance workshops every month at various locations around the city.
· Our website has been revamped to ease navigation and provide clearer information with the inclusion of a “Frequently Asked Questions” section. Watch for the launch of our new webpages on December 1. Our website will continue to expand, allowing community members access to NMF advice and technical assistance – any time, any day.
As mentioned earlier, our team is continuously looking at ways to enhance our program. We are excited about these improvements and trust you will find them helpful as you, your organization or your neighborhood participate in the NMF.
Stella Chao, Director
Department of Neighborhoods
PO BOX 94649 Seattle, WA 98124-4649
T: (206) 684-0465
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 6:41 PM
1) The City invites you to Adopt A Drain and keep it clear of leaves and debris. I told you of this program two years ago, and applied for a set of tools to share with the neighborhood......still waiting!
Ann Donovan noted (Capitol Hill Yahoo Group):
With the leaves falling in mass and the rains starting storm drains
start to clog. It is a great time for volunteers to help out by taking
a few minutes to remove any debris blocking the drains.
If you find a drain in need of further servicing (I found one yesterday
blocked with dirt) then use the form on the Seattle Public Utilities
site to report it in for service -- noting location of the problem.
2) City Light tells us:
City Light is launching a new streetlight maintenance program. Instead of relying on streetlight trouble reports, crews will replace, clean and adjust lamps for maximum illumination every four years to ensure proper maintenance. With a regular replacement schedule, repair times will improve for most problems individually reported by customers.and then in the next paragraph tells us how to report burnt out bulbs:
To report a burned out or flickering streetlight, call (206) 684-7056 or go online to www.seattle.gov/light/streetlight. Please be prepared to provide the pole number (yellow numbers 6 to 15 feet above the ground) and the nearest address.A while ago I suggested that we share in the task of noting and reporting burnt out streetlights, via a sort of "Adopt a Streetlight" program. Now that the dark is upon us again, perhaps it's time to revisit that idea and to get more of our neighbors to take part.
See map below, which shows which streets have been adopted, and see the original post for instructions.
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Posted by Andrew Taylor at 6:00 PM
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 1:00 AM
Nov 19, 2009
(from a press release)
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 10:15 PM
Nov 8, 2009
(There's more! click on title of post to see it all)
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 10:45 PM
Seattle 2030 and Beyond … meeting the challenges and opportunities of a new world
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 10:26 PM
Nov 7, 2009
Captain Mike Meehan was the commander of the East Precinct from 2004 to 2006ish and was very helpful in our ongoing struggles with the street crimes that emanated from Deano's Bar / Club Chocolate City.
Since then he's been in charge of many SPD divisions, as summarized in this SPD Blotter posting from July:
Captain Mike Meehan, a 23-year veteran, is leaving the Narcotics Section to take over the Violent Crimes Section, which consists of overseeing the Homicide, Robbery, CSI, Gang, Polygraph, Bias Crimes and Fugitive Units. Captain Meehan has previously commanded East Precinct, Narcotics, Vice, Field Training and Audit, Accreditation and Policy.Yesterday I was contacted by a reporter from the Berkeley Daily Planet (a free twice-weekly paper): their paper had just broken the story that Captain Meehan will (assuming he's OK'd by their City Council on Tuesday) be the next Police Chief in Berkeley, California.
I hope you will join me in congratulating Captain Meehan on his promotion. I note that (while the East Precinct has had many commanders in my time here), quite a few of them have gone on to more senior positions: John Diaz (SPD Interim Chief), Nick Metz (SPD Assistant Chief), Landy Black (Davis, CA Police Chief), and now Captain Meehan.
More details of Mike's promotion may be found on Capitol Hill Seattle and on the Seattle PI blog, or by a quick Googling:
PS: One way to follow Captain Meehan's progress in Berkeley will be via the Berkeley Daily Planet's reporter's tweets, which of course remind Seattleites of this song.
Update (11/20/09): The Berkeley university newspaper, the Daily Cal, has an article about Captain Meehan, with quotes from me and from Stephanie Tschida, chair of the East Precinct Crime Prevention Coalition.
The Berkeley Daily Planet has another article about Captain Meehan, with quotes from me and from Dominic Holden of the Stranger.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 7:30 PM
Nov 4, 2009
Advocacy Chair, Friends of The Seattle Public Library
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Posted by Andrew Taylor at 9:26 PM
Nov 2, 2009
Your ballot's around the house somewhere. Remember that it has to be postmarked by TUESDAY (good luck finding a pickup after 6 PM). A stamp (remember stamps?) is 44 cents. Safeway has 'em.
Voters' pamphlets, locations of 24 hour drop boxes, etc is all right here.
Nearest drop box: Central Area Neighborhood Service Center, 2301 S. Jackson
Ballot drop boxes will close at 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.
You all did so well last November. Please get out those ballots and make us all proud.
PS: You really will MAKE A DIFFERENCE
PPS: Running late? Latest mailbox pickup I could find was 7:30 PM. You're better off going to the drop box at 23rd & Jackson. BE THERE BEFORE 8PM!
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 9:16 PM