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Entries from May 2017

Mayor and City Council nominate appointees for Community Involvement Commission

May 24th, 2017 by sarawilly

by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin at our sister site, MyBallard

Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council announced their appointees to the City’s new Community Involvement Commission (CIC). The commission was created by Executive Order 2016-06  issued by Mayor Murray last year, the 16-member commission will advise the City on priorities, policies, and strategies related to equitable civic engagement and publicparticipation in City decision-making processes. It will also provide feedback on the development of City departments’ community involvement plans.

“In order for Seattle to reach its full potential, all residents including those representing underrepresented and underserved communities must have the opportunity to participate in the City’s decision making and planning processes,” says Mayor Murray.

Nearly 300 individuals applied for 13 CIC positions to be appointed by the Mayor and City Council – six selected by the Mayor and seven by City Council (by Council District). One additional Mayoral appointee will be selected through the Get Engaged program, and CIC members will nominate individuals to fill the two remaining positions later this year. All the appointments are subject to City Council confirmation.

“We have a creative, diverse, geographically representative group of appointees who will help strengthen the way neighborhood participation occurs in 21st century Seattle,” says Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide).

Below is the list of the newly appointed members of the Community Involvement Commission:

Mayor Ed Murray Appointees:            

Julie Pham

Alex Hudson

Bereket Kiros

Sonja Basha

Emily Kim

Jenna Franklin

City Council Appointees:

District 1: Jennifer Calleja

District 2: Thais Marbles

District 3: Natalie Curtis

District 4: Alison Turner

District 5: Mark Mendez

District 6: Ben Mitchell

District 7: Patricia Akiyama

The City Council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Finance Committee will discuss and possibly vote on the CIC appointments at its May 26 and June 7 meetings.

The meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m. in City Council Chambers, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2.

For more information or for questions, contact Sara Belz at (206) 684-8696 or email sara.belz@seattle.gov. You can also learn more about the Community Involvement Commission online.

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Seattle Animal Shelter reminds pet owners of hot car dangers

May 22nd, 2017 by sarawilly

With our weather looking amazing this week, SAS says protect your pets, especially on 70-degree, sunny days.

Spring weather has finally appeared for Seattle, which means open windows and more time outdoors. As people start to enjoy time outside with their pets, the Seattle Animal Shelter is reminding pet owners that, even on 70-degree days, it is not safe to leave their furry loved ones in vehicles.

Even if the ambient temperature is cool, studies have shown it’s a sunny day that can cause a car’s interior temperature to rise by an average of 40 degrees within an hour, said Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter acting director.

“When the day starts out overcast and cool, pet owners sometimes have a false sense of safety,” Graves said. “But an overcast day can turn to a sunny day in the blink of an eye, and cars will get hot, very fast – and cracking the windows doesn’t help. It’s not worth the risk to leave your pet in a vehicle, on overcast days and especially sunny ones.”

A 2015 Washington state law makes it a violation just to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle or enclosed space, if the animal could be harmed or killed by exposure to excessive heat or cold, lack of ventilation or lack of water. Penalties under this law are in addition to potential animal cruelty charges. Graves reminded the public that the shelter’s humane law enforcement officers responding to calls about animals left in hot cars will utilize all means necessary to access vehicles to remove the animals if they believe the animals are in distress.

The Seattle Animal Shelter offers the following tips for protecting pets on sunny days and during hot weather:

*         If you must travel with your pet, carry water. If a trip requires you leave your pet in the car at any point, think about saving that for another day. It’s not worth the risk.

*         Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked vehicle. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting. Vinyl, leather and even cloth seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws.

*         Never leave your animal tethered or kenneled in direct sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide access to cool water.

*         If you leave animals indoors, open screened windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water and, if possible, leave them in a cool location.

*         Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but obesity, old age, underlying disease and previous bouts of heat stroke can predispose an animal to the condition.

*         For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

If you see an animal that may be in need of assistance, or if you have questions, contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-PETS (7387). Click here for more information.

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UW Regents approve central campus site for Population Health building to house collaborative research and teaching

May 18th, 2017 by sarawilly

From Victor Balta at UW Office of News and Information

The University of Washington Board of Regents on Thursday approved the location for construction of a new building to house the UW’s Population Health Initiative. The centrally located site will bring together the work of the UW’s Department of Global Health, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and parts of the School of Public Health while creating easy access for collaborators from other departments across campus and guests from around the world.

“This location demonstrates the centrality of this initiative to our University,” said UW President Ana Mari Cauce. “This site will enable students and experts from a full range of disciplines across the UW to more easily collaborate on solutions to the grand challenges we face. Our vision is that the work done in this building will improve the health and well-being of people in our region and throughout the world.”

The roughly 300,000-square-foot building will be located along the east side of 15th Ave. N.E., just south of the intersection with N.E. 40th St. The location is firmly grounded in the heart of the campus while providing a gateway to future development of the west campus and the Innovation District.

The majority of the funding for the $230 million project comes from a transformative $210 million gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with the remaining $20 million coming from state funds.

The new facility will create space for ongoing collaboration among students and faculty from the six schools of Health Sciences and the rest of the University. The goal is to create innovation in Population Health across many disciplines and investigate the biomedical, social behavioral, cultural, environmental and physical factors affecting the health of populations around the world. The building will include rooms for collaborative group work, active learning spaces, technology-rich rooms to accommodate data visualization, offices and online interactive teaching and training for global partners.

Guthrie Annexes 1, 2, 3 and 4 are currently on or near the site, and programs housed in these buildings will be relocated to other parts of campus.

The UW’s Population Health Initiative builds on the UW’s public mission of service to improve health around the world and recognizes that the health of an individual or a community involves more than just the absence of disease. Issues from poverty and equity, to health care access, to climate change and government policies all combine to affect the health and well-being of populations around the world, creating health disparities between countries and even within communities.

Over the next quarter century, the Population Health Initiative will expand the UW’s ability to turn the diagnosis of patients, populations and the planet into actionable policies, reforms, interventions and innovations.

The University is strengthening its commitment to reducing the diseases, afflictions, and health disparities that detract from and shorten the lives of far too many people both locally and globally. Recognizing that factors such as air pollution and access to clean water contribute to health disparities, the UW is working toward ways to meet the challenge of environmental sustainability, particularly in those communities most likely to be harmed by climate change. And the UW is striving to address the social and economic inequities that often leave communities here and around the world mired in poverty and poor health.

 

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Public hearing notice: Student Conduct Code for the UW

May 17th, 2017 by sarawilly

A public hearing will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 320 on the UW Seattle campus.

The purpose of the hearing is to allow all interested persons an opportunity to present their views, either orally or in writing, on the proposed new Chapter 478-121 WAC, “Student Conduct Code for the University of Washington,” and the repeal of the current Chapter 478-120 WAC, as well as amendments to various cross-references to the chapter and its sections in Title 478 WAC.

The newly organized student conduct code chapter amends disciplinary proceedings based on changes to federal laws and guidance and interpretation of state law.

Advance copies of the proposed WAC rules may be obtained by contacting Rebecca Goodwin Deardorff, Director of Rules Coordination, Box 351210, Seattle, WA 98195-1210, by email at rules@uw.edu, or by phone at 206-543-9219.  Copies will also be available at the hearing.

Persons wishing to provide written comment may submit their remarks to Ms. Deardorff at the above address, or by email to rules@uw.edu, by May 25, 2017.

To request disability accommodation for this hearing, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance of the event at: 206-543-6450/voice, 206-543-6452/TTY, or by email at dso@uw.edu.

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Queeraoke and open mike night May 19

May 17th, 2017 by sarawilly

The Seattle Public Library will host an open mic and karaoke night for LGBTQ teens, young adults and their allies from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 19 at the University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-684-4063.
Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the branch parking lot.
LGBTQ teens, young adults and their allies are invited to share original songs, poems and stories at this open mic and karaoke night. Snacks and prizes will be available. Karaoke will be provided by Ggnzla Records.
For more information, call the Library at 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian.

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Beat the Bridge for Juvenile Diabetes Research

May 12th, 2017 by sarawilly

Nordstrom and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) are teaming up again to host the 35th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes event and fundraiser at Husky Stadium. More than 10,000 participants are expected to participate to help raise $2.2 million for the Northwest Chapter of JDRF to support their work in finding a cure for Type One Diabetes.

Beat the Bridge consists of a competitive 8K run and wheelchair race, a non-competitive 3-mile family walk, a 1-mile fun run, and a Diaper Derby for toddlers. Following the race, there will be an awards ceremony, vendors and food trucks located on the stadium field and concourse. Proceeds from the event, including registration fees and donations, benefit the Northwest chapter of JDRF and Type One Diabetes.

REGISTRATION INFO:
Participants are encouraged to register prior to the event. To register online and get more information about Nordstrom Beat the Bridge, click here.
*         Online Registration: $30 Regular Registration from Wednesday, now through close of online registration (11:59PM) on Wednesday, May 17
*         On-site Registration: $40 on-site at Registration Saturday, May 20th & Sunday, May 21
*         Diaper Derby Registration: No Fee (there will be a Diaper Derby sign up tent on the field)

SCHEDULE:     (Please arrive early as Montlake Boulevard closes to vehicle traffic at 7:30 a.m.)
*         8:00 a.m. 3-Mile Family Walk
*         8:15 a.m. 1-Mile Fun Run
*         8:30 a.m. Start of 8K Race
*         9:00 a.m. University Bridge goes up (time is approximate). Bridge will go up 20 minutes after the last runner crosses the start line
*         9:30 a.m. Race End and Awards Ceremony (located in Husky Stadium)
*         9:50 a.m. Diaper Derby (on field)
*         Fun on the Husky Stadium Field to follow including local food trucks

ROAD CLOSURE DETAILS:
Montlake Boulevard E north of NE Pacific Street will be closed for the duration of the event. Throughout the event, two-way traffic along NE Pacific Street will be controlled by Seattle Police, with only one lane available in each direction. On Thursday, May 18, ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted along 22nd Avenue E, E Roanoke St, Montlake Place E, 19th Avenue E, E Lynn Street, Boyer Avenue E, Fuhrman Avenue E, and NE Campus Parkway to alert drivers of street closures during the event. Participants are encouraged to carpool, take the bus or the U-Link lightrail.

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Library happenings

May 3rd, 2017 by sarawilly

The Seattle Public Library will offer open mics and poetry readings at several Library locations in May. Event details with times and locations are outlined below.

It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series – 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, May 11 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. A monthly series featuring author readings and open mics. The 331st meeting features readings from Matt Schumacher, Jekeva Phillips and Nisi Shawl. Christianne Balk will give a short lecture on the writer’s craft.

PoetsWest – 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., 206-684-7547. A monthly open mic that takes place on the second Saturday of each month, featuring readings of poetry and prose. This month’s featured poets are Betsy Bell and Christopher Bridges.

Northeast Poetry Contest: Awards Ceremony and Reading – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539. Everyone is invited to see the Northeast Branch’s poetry contest winners receive prizes and read their poems. One grand prize winner will get the coveted Wedgie Award trophy!

Poetry ‘Potluck’ – 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. An informal monthly gathering for listening to and reading poetry aloud. Attendees should bring a few favorite poems. This is a feast of poetry, not a food event.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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Teachers save at Tutta Bella this week

May 3rd, 2017 by sarawilly

Each year in the month of May, one week is set aside to honor teachers who inspire their students and make a difference in our community, each and every day.

For the past four years, Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria has found a special way to thank teachers for their incredible hard work and to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.

All K-12 teachers will receive 20% off their entire check when they dine at any Tutta Bella location between May 1-5, simply by showing their school ID.

Full details and conditions of the Teacher Appreciation promotion can be found here.

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