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Dear Neighbor,

Like so many in Ballard and Northwest Seattle, I began this week by celebrating Syttende Mai, Norwegian Constitution Day. It’s one of my favorite days of the year, it was great to join the informal car parade with so many people, and I can’t wait to be back with everyone celebrating with the largest Syttende Mai parade in the world (outside of Norway) next year. 

In other news, I want to applaud residents on our vaccine efforts! As of yesterday, 70% of residents 12-years or older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in King County. This is substantial progress, and we need everyone to join their friends and neighbors in getting vaccinated to truly put this pandemic behind us. We still have vaccines available at the City-run vaccination sites for anyone 12-years old or older. Appointments are not required, and are available if you would like to schedule a time. You can learn more about the City’s vaccination efforts and sign-up here. Vaccines are also available at neighborhood pharmacies and other locations. Find vaccine appointments at any provider in the state here. 

Until enough of our community is vaccinated, King County has asked that everyone, vaccinated or not, continue to mask up when indoors in a public space to protect children and those with weakened immune systems. 

In this week’s newsletter I will update you on my efforts to preserve mobile homes, the extension of free café street permits, upcoming events in our community, and several relief funds that are open to renters, restaurants, and folks who need help affording internet access.

Best,

--Dan

Saving Senior Housing and Preserving Manufactured Home Parks

Last week I partnered with Councilmember Debora Juarez to announce legislation that will save affordable senior housing by preserving the last two manufactured home parks in Seattle. These communities allow people to purchase affordable homes, and this legislation ensures that the land those homes sit on won’t be sold out from underneath our seniors. You can learn more about our proposal here. 

Councilmember Juarez and I are also introducing legislation next week to extend the current temporary moratorium on redeveloping mobile home parks for an additional six-months to protect these affordable homes while our long-term legislation is considered.

Street Cafes - Pathway to Permanency

The City Council passed my legislation creating a pathway to permanence for Café Streets on Monday. As we head into our first summer with café streets, I am excited to see how this program grows when we give businesses the certainty they need to invest in outdoor spaces and begin to recover from last year. 

This legislation extends free café street permits for an additional year, and sets a timeline for permanent regulations to be considered by the City Council. You can learn more here. 

Our small businesses are the fabric of our community, and supporting them through this challenging year has been one of my top priorities since taking office. Extending café streets builds on my other work including passing the Bringing Business Home small business stabilization bill, securing funding for small business stabilization grants, and prioritizing aid for restaurants in the City budget.

Click here to watch the press conference on Monday.

Welcome to Ballard, Sacred Circle!

Ballard welcomed a new small business last month as Sacred Circle Art Gallery opened on Ballard Avenue. Started by the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and the Daybreak Star Cultural Center, Sacred Circle offers both an art gallery and gift shop and features Native American art from artists based here in the Northwest and across North America. All proceeds support the artists and the United Indians of All Tribes. 

Founded in 1970, the United Indians of All Tribes opened the Daybreak Star Cultural Center in 1977 after the occupation of Fort Lawton led by Bernie Whitebear and Bob Satiacum. Today, United Indians of All Tribes continues to provide services and programming to the urban native community in King County.

Phinney Neighborhood Association Events

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is an incredible asset in our community, and they are hosting a number of exciting events in the coming weeks. From garage sales, to celebrating Pride, to art walks, PNA has something for everyone! Here are some of the upcoming events to check out: 

 The PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day is this Saturday, May 22nd from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Join your neighbors as you hunt for bargains amongst the 83 participants in this year's yard sales. There is an interactive map for you to plot your path here. Happy hunting!

The 9th annual PhinneyWood Pride Rainbow Hop is on Saturday, June 5th. While PNA's usual Pride gatherings cannot happen this year, neighborhood businesses are coming together to decorate storefronts and sidewalks to celebrate. Half of all sponsorship proceeds will support the Robert Eagle Staff Middle School Queer-Straight Alliance and the Whitman Middle School Pride Club!

The 2nd PhinneyWood Art Sale & Stroll is on Saturday, June 12 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and you can register to participate until Friday, June 4. Artists, crafters, and makers will be set-up in yards around the neighborhood for you to appreciate and even purchase.

Building Safety Month

May is Building Safety Month in Washington State and across the world! While we may not spend much time thinking about it, the work of local building code officials protects us all and gives us the assurance that buildings we step into are safe, sustainable and livable. As the Chair of the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee, I get to see these dedicated public servants work up close, and I thank them for their contribution to Seattle. 

At City Council, we are celebrating Building Safety Month by considering new grading codes and updates to our construction codes. Governor Inslee also signed a proclamation declaring Building Safety Month.

Services You Can Use

Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program

King County has reopened its Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program to applications from tenants who need help paying rent. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit families in our community hard, and many households are behind on rent or struggling to make ends meet. 

King County is working to prevent evictions by using $145 million to provide financial aid to residents who are behind on past rent, or unable to pay current or future rent. Preventing evictions avoids devastating impacts on our neighbors and helps keep people in homes and off our streets. Learn more or apply for assistance here.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Federal Communications Commission is helping households afford quality internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit provides up to $50 per month to pay for broadband service, and $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Households may also be eligible for $100 to help purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. 

To learn more, check eligibility, or to apply for the program, visit www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit or call 833-511-0311.

Restaurant Revitalization

Applications are now open for the Small Business Administration’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund! Established by the American Rescue Plan Act, this fund is open to restaurants and other food-service related businesses who have lost revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will provide financial assistance to eligible businesses equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss, up to $10 million per business or $5 million per physical location. Learn more or apply here

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If this email was forwarded to you by a friend, I encourage you to sign-up for my newsletter! Every two weeks I send out a newsletter about the happenings in our district, updates from City Hall, and progress reports on the work we are doing to make life better for all of us in Seattle.

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District Office Hours

Every week I meet with D6 residents to hear about issues impacting you daily. I love talking directly to D6ers, it is often the best part of my week. If you would like to meet with me, please use this form to set up a time. I meet with residents during the day and evening too. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

Videos on My Website

Every Monday morning, I update the City Council on issues in District 6 and the work my office is doing that week. These updates are a helpful way to follow along with our work. I also post these videos weekly on my website and social media. You can view the latest updates and past videos on my website here.
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