Upcoming Events

Drive for the U District Food Bank — Dec. 10 - Jan. 10 Collection barrels are at Grand Central Baking Co. (1616 Eastlake Ave.), Lake Union Mail (117 E. Louisa St.) Pete’s Super (58 E. Lynn St.) and Sebi’s Bistro ((3242 Eastlake Ave.). Food items needed include canned fruit; canned chicken, tuna, and salmon; soups and stews; peanut or other nut butters; shelf stable milk and milk alternatives; cereal; and cooking oil; and baby formula. Also needed are toiletries (bar soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, safety razors, shaving cream, etc.), diapers (especially for older babies), reusable shopping bags, and pet food.

Holiday cruise on the Islander – Sun., Dec. 23 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Join the parade of lighted boats in Union and Portage Bays and the grand finale concert in Lake Union. [Still in planning: watch this space for news]

Public meeting featuring authors Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard on “Seattle and Eastlake Now and Then” — Tues., Jan. 15 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Agora Conference Center, 1551 Eastlake Ave. E.

Public meeting about the fight over Seattle’s tree ordinance — Tues., Jan. 23 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E.

Public meeting on Roosevelt Rapid Ride, bikeways, parking, and other transportation issues — Tues., Feb. 12 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E.

Public meeting on land use and housing issues in Eastlake — Tues., Feb. 26 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E.

Public meeting with open mike to dream about and discuss Eastlake priorities — Tues., March 12 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E.

Need for volunteers to help make a sidewalk happen on Lakeview Blvd. between the Blaine and Howe and Howe Street stairs About the history of the stairs, see http://www.streissguthgardens.com/stairs. About the proposed sidewalk and for download of a petition that you and others can sign, see http://eastlakeseattle.org/?page=lakeviewsidewalk (the latter also available in column at right). For questions or to volunteer: info@eastlakeseattle.org or phone/text 206-322-5463.

Fill out the Public Safety Survey to tell the Seattle Police Department about Eastlake’s needs Seattle University administers it to help the Seattle Police Department make our neighborhood safer and more secure. Take the survey at publicsafetysurvey.org from now until Nov.30. For questions: info@eastlakeseattle.org.

Opportunities for civic action regarding the proposed upzone of Eastlake and other neighborhoods. The Seattle City Council is considering a Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) ordinance to upzone every residential and commercial lot in Eastlake, and many others throughout the city by (1) changing most lots to higher intensity zones; and (2) increasing the potential height that can be built in all zones. Every lot would have a height increase–some by one story, some by two, and some by three stories. The result would be a huge change from the Eastlake that we know and love.
For background on the upzoning issue, and contacts for written comments, see the HALA web page in column at right.

There you will also find info about an urgent way to participate: On Nov. 27 SCALE (Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability, and Equity), a coalition of 26 non-profit organizations including the Eastlake Community Council, filed an administrative appeal to the Seattle Hearing Examiner, challenging the City’s analysis of the MHA ordinance’s impacts on Eastlake and other neighborhoods. To support this effort, your donations of any size are urgently needed. Please make checks made out to Eastlake Community Council, specifying in the memo line “MHA-EIS appeal”; mail or drop off to: ECC, c/o Lake Union Mail, 117 E. Louisa St. #1, Seattle 98102-3278. If you donate on-line at https://www.scaleseattle.org/donate. Please specify that the donation is on behalf of the Eastlake Community Council.

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