Upcoming Events

WORK PARTY IN THE COLONNADE OPEN SPACE UNDER I-5 – THURS., SEPT. 20 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the west entrance of the Seattle Park Department’s I-5 Colonnade Open Space (near corner of Franklin Ave. E. and E. Blaine St., by north end of the off-leash area). Wear sturdy shoes. Gloves and tools provided. For further information: info@eastlakeseattle.org.

CLEAN UP AND CELEBRATE AT GOOD TURN PARK – FRI., SEPT. 21 10 a.m. to noon (Martin street end, 3149 Fairview Ave. E.). Wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves. Also welcome: shovel, pruner, saw, and/or food or drink to share. For further information: info@eastlakeseattle.org.

OPEN HOUSE ABOUT THE BLAINE AND HOWE ST. STAIRS AND A POSSIBLE SIDEWALK BETWEEN THEM ON LAKEVIEW BLVD. – SAT., SEPT. 29 11 AM - 1 PM Drop-in event at Streissguth Gardens (halfway up the Blaine St. stairs). For background: https://www.streissguthgardens.com/stairs and 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.

EASTLAKE ANNUAL ELECTIONS MEETING – TUES., OCT. 2 at the Agora Conference Center, 1551 Eastlake Ave. 6:30 p.m.: Eastlake Community Council annual meeting and elections. 7 to 9:30 p.m.: pro and con on state and local ballot measures, and debates between candidates for the state legislature.

EASTLAKE FALL CELEBRATION – TUES., OCT. 9 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Cicchetti, 121 E. Boston St. Have fun and meet your neighbors. Sponsored by ECC. For further information: info@eastlakeseattle.org.

BOREALIS FESTIVAL OF LIGHT — OCT. 11-14 A magic light art event featuring first-in-the-U.S. video mapping technology at South Lake Union’s Museum of History and Industry and surrounding locations. Visit www.borealisfestivaloflight.com for details. Contact: kim@borealisfestivaloflight.com.

PUBLIC MEETING ON EASTLAKE TRANSPORTATION ISSUES: BUS, BIKE, PEDESTRIAN, PARKING – TUES., OCT. 16 7 p.m. at Pocock Rowing Center, 3320 Fuhrman Ave. E. Please send suggestions and questions to info@eastlakeseattle.org

PUBLIC MEETING ON LAND USE AND HOUSING ISSUES IN EASTLAKE – THURS., NOV. 8 7 p.m. at Pocock Rowing Center, 3320 Fuhrman Ave. E. Please send suggestions and questions to 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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