Upcoming Events

Public comment opportunity on-line on Mayor’s proposed increase in height of new buildings in Eastlake and other neighborhoods To see and comment on the Mayor’s height increases for every land lot in Eastlake, go to http://hala.consider.it/?tab=Draft zoning changes, and scroll down to Eastlake. There you will also find the Mayor’s case for the upzones. For independent background and analysis challenging the Mayor’s approach, see below and/or go to http://seattleneighborhoodcoalition.wordpress.com/hala-mandatory-housing-affordability-mha-reference-material. You can cast a vote on-line–a process that requires you to first establish an account. For links to the City’s HALA web page and to ECC’s background on how to post a public comment, see the HALA page at right (http://eastlakeseattle.org/?page=HALA). Or to register and make a public comment, go directly to the City web site at http://hala.consider.it/?tab=Draft zoning changes and scroll down to Eastlake.

Change.org petition to save the parking lot under I-5, a block south of the University Bridge The Pocock Rowing Center, Movement Systems Physical Therapy, Seattle Spine and Sports Medicine, and Wallace & Solhaug Family Dentistry are asking the public to sign their Change.org petition “to convince WSDOT that we need the parking at the north end of Eastlake to preserve our community’s heritage, the health and welfare of our patients, and the economic viability of the Eastlake neighborhood.” WSDOT is considering excluding all parking from the lot for five years, and use it instead to stage construction materials for the SR-520 expansion project. To reach the petition, click here or visit Change.org and search for the petition under “Eastlake parking”. More than 1300 people have signed so far.

Public meeting with Police Department representatives about Eastlake’s public safety priorities; planning for July 4; and emergency preparedness — Tuesday, June 13 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Avenue East. The West Precinct community policing team regularly asks Eastlake residents and businesses for our policing priorities. Please come to offer yours, but also send them now to ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org. Also at this meeting, you will be briefed and have the chance for questions and suggestions, regarding the Police Department’s planning for crowds, traffic, and parking in Eastlake on July 4. We will also review ongoing efforts and opportunities to make Eastlake safer in emergencies and disasters. For further background on these various topics, see links in column at right.

Work party to save the Colonnade redwoods — Thurs., June 22 9 a.m. to noon. Location is the west side of the I-5 Colonnade Open Space, where the grand California redwoods need to be saved from invasive ivy, clematis, and blackberries. We’ll meet at Colonnade’s west entrance near the corner of Franklin Avenue E. and E. Blaine Street, near the north end of the off-leash area. Employers are encouraged to authorize employees to spend part of that work day morning “on the clock” restoring some of the tallest trees in Seattle. While pre-registration is not required, ECC would be grateful to hear from employers who are participating and their estimates of numbers, so we can arrange enough tools for everybody. Participants are asked to bring drinking water, gloves and sturdy shoes—and if you have long-handled pruners or a saw, so much the better. To contact the Eastlake Community Council: info@eastlakeseattle.org or 206-322-5463.

Wed., July 5 clean-up Between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, join other volunteers in cleaning up our streets and shores after the July 4 fireworks and crowds. Meet at Louisa street-end park (2401 Fairview Ave. E.) to pick up empty bags and drop off full ones on Fairview Avenue E., a block south of Roanoke Street; we may also have some extra gloves. Sign up (not required) at http://www.pugetsoundkeeper.org/th_event/seattle-summer-sweep-fireworks-cleanup. A picnic lunch will be provided at Lake Union Park following the cleanup. Sponsored by the Eastlake Community Council, Puget SoundKeeper, and SeaFair.

Memorial event to celebrate the life of Barbara Heather — SunFallday, July 9 , 11:30 a.m. at the University Unitarian Universalist Church, 6556 35th Ave. NE. For an article about Barbara Heather’s life, see the fall 2016 Eastlake News (available in column at right).

Eastlake Summer Cruise on the Islander– Thurs., July 13 Tour the Ship Canal, Lake Union, Portage and Union Bays, and Lake Washington on the historic ferry the Islander. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. at 1611 Fairview Ave. E., with departure at 6:30 p.m., and return at 8:30. Price is $20 (kids up to 6 years are free, but only if they are pre-registered). Includes dinner, salad, and dessert (vegan options). Tickets are available on-line by clicking here (or search on brownpapertickets.com for Eastlake Summer Cruise), by phone at 1-800-838-3006, or in person at the Brown Paper Tickets office, 220 Nickerson St. Questions are welcome, to info@eastlakeseattle.org. Sponsored by the Eastlake Community Council, which will be accepting donations for the University District Food Bank for the needy in Eastlake and nearby neighborhoods.

Free outdoor movie, “Shaun the Sheep the Movie” — Sat., July 15 In Rogers Playfield, 2500 Eastlake Avenue. Picnics and fun start at 7:30 p.m., movie at 8:35. Bring a blanket or low chair to sit on, and a jacket to keep warm. This hilarious, touching, and award-winning 2015 movie is by Aardman Studios, masters of stop-motion animation. A sheep takes the day off to have some fun, but gets mixed up in a big-city adventure instead. For more about the movie, see http://shaunthesheep.com/movie or on Wikipedia. The trailer can also be seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQvwiOWpj7o. Sponsored by ECC and supported financially by local businesses. See you at the movie in the park, on the lawn, under the stars!!

Public forum features candidates for Mayor and for City Council position 8 — Tues., July 18 7– 9:30 p.m. at the Pocock Rowing Center, 3320 Fuhrman Avenue East. With Mayor Murray and Councilmember Burgess not running for re-election, their open seats are hotly contested by a large field of candidates as the August 1 primary draws near. Come hear them debate at the Eastlake Community Council’s election forum. And please send to ECC your suggested questions for the candidates, to info@eastlakeseattle.org. For more details on the format and ground rules, click here.

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