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Dear Neighbor,  

This weekend marks the beginning of Spring, bringing with it longer days and warmer weather! This is the perfect time to get out and start enjoying Seattle’s Street Cafés. I’ve been so impressed with businesses as they adjust and innovate to create safe environments for customers. I first proposed Street Cafés in May of last year, and am proud to be working with SDOT to make them a permanent option for businesses throughout Seattle. Any way we can support small businesses on the road to recovery through this pandemic is critical.  

Next week I will be joining the Fremont Neighborhood Council meeting on Monday March 22nd for a conversation about issues impacting the neighborhood. If you would like to join or learn more about the Council please check out their Facebook page here: Fremont Neighborhood Council | Facebook 

The Clean City team has been hard at work removing garbage and needles in our parks and neighborhoods. I am thankful for all their work and last week the team removed 151,875 pounds of trash and 9,341 needles. If you know of an area of the city that needs attention from the Clean City team, please report it by calling the Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-CITY or you can submit your request through the City’s Find It, Fix it app, you can learn more about the app and how to download it here: http://www.seattle.gov/customer-service-bureau/find-it-fix-it-mobile-app. The City triages cleanups through these tools, so it is the best way to have the City address an issue.  

 In this week's newsletter I will discuss:

  • Ballard Permanent Support Housing Community Meeting
  • The passage of the Bringing Business Home Bill
  • How to become RainWise
  • Increased COVID-19 vaccination sites and Phase Three of the State's recovery plan
  • New speed limits on Aurora Avenue North
  • How to submit questions to my month Q&A with MyBallard Blog
  • How to sign up for my weekly office hours on Thursday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Wishing you a happy start to spring.  

Best,  

 


--Dan

Community Meeting - Permanent Supportive Housing  

Community Open House for Ballard Crossing
March 29th 
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm via zoom 

Learn more and register here: https://tinyurl.com/PlymouthAtBallard 


Plymouth Housing is building critically needed permanent supportive housing in Ballard and hosting a community meeting on March 29th. Ballard Crossing will be located on 15th Ave NW and NW 64th ST, and will include 79 studio apartments for single adults who have experienced homelessness. If you are interested to know more, you are encouraged to join the upcoming community open house for the project.

Bringing Business Home

On Monday, the City Council passed my Bringing Business Home bill. Bringing Business Home provides small businesses the flexibility they need to operate as a home-based business, and give entrepreneurs the opportunity to launch and incubate a new business from their home. 

We know that many of the most successful businesses in our country were started in garages. Unfortunately, the land use code has not kept up with business owners’ creativity, and it wasn’t written with life during a pandemic in mind. Our land use code cannot be the barrier to vibrant neighborhoods and a strong economy. 

The passage of Bringing Business Home also means that Greenwood’s beloved Yonder Bar can now stay open. I was happy to pay Yonder a visit on the day of their reopening, and saw first-hand the sense of community and togetherness they are bringing to the neighborhood. 

The changes in Bringing Business Home will sunset after one year. This will give us the time to better understand whether long-term changes should be made and make any necessary adjustments. 

RainWise in Seattle

As a life long Ballardite and avid kayaker, protecting our regions waterways is extremely important to me. 

As stated on the Raiswise's website, “As we replace forests and natural areas with buildings, streets, and yards, we still need to manage the runoff from rain, storms, and snowmelt. We can accomplish this by taking cues from nature itself, using green storm water infrastructure (GSI) to clean runoff before it arrives in our wastewater system and waterways.” 

One helpful step many can take is to integrate a rain garden into your yard or parking strip to help address storm water runoff into Lake Washington and Puget Sound. In some neighborhoods, Seattle and King County will even cover 100% of the installation costs.

Check your eligibility for rebates for a RainWise rain garden here: Eligibility | 700 Million Gallons.  A Rain Garden helps protect our shorelines, beaches and wildlife such as our hungry sea lion neighbors.  

For additional information about how you can become RainWise, visit king County’s website here: Be RainWise - King County 

COVID-19 update-Vaccines, Phase Three  

Last Saturday was the first day for the Seattle COVID-19  mass vaccination site at the Lumen Field Event Center. The site is slated to vaccinate 5,000 people each week, and at full capacity could vaccinate 150,000 people each week as long as supplies were available. I appreciate the partnership between the City, Swedish and First and Goal Inc. for making this site possible and the largest civilian-led vaccination site in the County. First and Goal Inc. is providing the Lumen Event Center rent free and offering free parking for attendees in the Lumen Field garage.  

If you are eligible I encourage you to visit this site to learn more about how to register for a vaccine appointment. Additionally, you can call Seattle’s Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489 for assistance in scheduling. According to data by King County, 21.9% of people 65 or older from North Seattle and Shoreline have not yet received their first vaccine dose.   

The City is operating two additional vaccination Hubs at:  

  • Rainier Beach Community Vaccination Hub (8702 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118) 

  • West Seattle Community Vaccination Hub (2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126) 

You can learn more about these sites and sign up to be notified when there are openings here: The COVID-19 Vaccine in Seattle - Mayor | seattle.gov 

We can all sing, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” once more with Governor Inslee’s announcement that Washington will be moving to Phase Three of the State’s recovery plan on March 22nd. Included in the phase will be 25% occupancy at sporting events at outdoor venues where there are permanently affixed seating, including professional and high school sports. Other changes will include 50% occupancy at all indoor facilities including restaurants, Gyms and Theaters.   

Additionally, as of Wednesday that State has increased the eligibility of vaccines, moving Washington to Phase 1B Tier 2. To read more about who is eligible in vaccines right now and additional details to the state’s recovery plan, visit this site.  

Please visit Seattle and King County Public Health's COVI19 Dashboard to track the recent COVID-19 trends in King County. You can also watch a briefing by King County's Chief Health Officer, Dr. Jeff Duchin on Seattle King County Public Health's Facebook page here

I am hopeful that our region is on a path to recovery. Please continue to practice good hygiene practices, wash your hands and wear a mask.

 

New Speed limits on Aurora Avenue North 

You may have noticed a change to the speed limit along major routes on your commute this week. In an effort to increase safety across the city, Seattle’s Department of Transportation announced this week that speed limits will decrease 5 miles per hour (MPH) on several sections of the state routes city-wide. Updated speed limit signs are being installed every quarter mile to ensure people are aware of the changes.  

Sections along Aurora Ave N are part of the first phase of changes, N 85th St to N 109th St will decrease from 35 mph to 30 mph, N 115th St to N 145th St will decrease from 40 mph to 35 mph. These decreases are aligned with the City’s efforts towards Vision Zero, Seattle's plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on City Street’s by 2030. Small speed limit reductions will only impact drivers commute by a few minutes, but can save lives and reduce traffic caused by accidents.  For additional information please visit SDOT's Blog which covers the speed limit changes on all State Routes within Seattle.

 

My Ballard Monthly Q&A

Today I spoke with Meghan from MyBallard as part of my monthly Q&A article.

If you have a question you would like Meghan to ask me - please submit your questions to: tips@Myballard.com.

I look forward to my next interview with Meghan in April and if you missed last month's write up, my most recent Q&A is available here. 

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