The Tenth Annual White Center CDA Dinner & Auction will feature Keynote Speaker King County Councilmember Larry Gossett. Born and raised in Seattle, Larry Gossett has been a dedicated servant of the people for over 40 years. He is currently serving his seventh term on the Metropolitan King County Council and serves on several committees including Law, Justice, Health and Human Services; Government Accountability, Oversight and Financial Performance; and Growth Management Planning Council.
In 1993 he was elected to the King County Council, representing District Ten (currently District Two), which encompasses most inner-city neighborhoods in Seattle and unincorporated King County in the Skyway neighborhood. He was overwhelmingly reelected in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007. In 2007 Gossett became just the second African American elected to be chair of the King County Council.
In 1999, 13 years after the 1986 change of the County’s name to honor the slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Councilmember Gossett spearheaded the campaign to change the King County logo from an imperial crown to an image of Dr. King. In 2007, the King County Council unanimously adopted the change, becoming the only governmental entity in the nation to have as its logo the likeness of Dr. King.
Councilmember Gossett is a highly respected community leader who has advocated for the underrepresented and underprivileged in King County for his entire career. He has long been an advocate for programs that help inner-city youth and reduce racial and class disparities in our local criminal justice system. He has also led efforts to eliminate black-on-black violence and other manifestations of self-hatred by poor and disenfranchised populations. White Center CDA Executive Director Sili Savusa is excited to welcome Gossett saying, “We feel it is fitting that Councilmember Gossett is our keynote speaker with our theme of ‘10 Years of Action,’ his actions over his career are what we as an organization aspire to!”
This year’s dinner & auction will take place on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 6pm-9pm at South Seattle Community College. Tickets are $65, buy yours at wccda.org/tickets.
For more information on King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, please visit: http://www.kingcounty.gov/Gossett/Biography.aspx
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How do you feel about King County and their budget? You still have time to weigh in on the King County Budget.
Community Wide Forums has extended the deadline of the King County Budget Survey: Achieving Sustainability Together to Oct. 23rd. What are your spending priorities for the county? What is your opinion on Metro Transit and other budget issues? Help the county make decision on the budget. This survey takes a high level look at the budget while focusing on Metro Transit. “The key question is how can we create a sustainable budget that avoids ‘crisis mode’ budgeting and maintains vital services?”
Here is a link to comments and thoughts from your neighbors around the county: http://communityforums.org/current-topic-video/#StartComments
You can participate in this online survey until 11:58 PM, this Sunday, October 23.
Share your opinions and raise your voice on your County’s Budget and transportation system.
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Participate in this online Opinionnaire® survey about creating a sustainable budget for King County: http://ccfkc.communityforums.org/en/index/survey/
Your responses provide valuable insights to the King County Council and the County Executive on long-term budget solutions. In addition, when you select White Center CDA from the list, you will help White Center CDA earn a grant (from $250 - $5,000!) Please remember you can take this survey once, and we encourage you to tell your friends, family, and neighbors to participate as well.
Things to remember:
-The final date to complete this survey is October 16th
Countywide Community Forums (CCF) is a volunteer-based organization that promotes public engagement and community discussions about issues impacting King County. Previous CCF forum topics have included Public Safety, Equity & Economic Opportunity, Budget, and Public Transportation. CCF’s mission is to reach out to diverse communities and promote citizen participation and eduation in government. CCF is overseen by the King County Auditor’s Office, and receives no tax dollars. The program is privately underwritten by individuals, businesses, foundations, and Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants as part of their commitment to community service.Post a comment
White Center CDA staff joined residents from the Greenbridge neighborhood and Family Connections staff (Mt. View Elementary and White Center Heights Elementary) to advocate for the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries at the King County Library System’s (KCLS) board of trustees meeting in Issaquah last night.
A large contingent of White Center’s community attended last night’s KCLS board of trustees monthly meeting to advocate against the closing and consolidation of the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries. Among them were residents from the Greenbridge neighborhood to provide their perspectives on how a potential closure will effect them and their families. Lan Le and Anab Abdulle from Family Connections provided interpretation in Vietnamese and Somali, respectively.
The experience for our Greenbridge neighbors was a new one - many of them had not been to Issaquah but were eager to speak in front of the board. They spoke about access, how their families utilize the libraries, and how closing the libraries will have an effect on the Greenbridge library (located inside the YWCA learning center).
The board heard from many other White Center representatives, notably the White Center Library Guild, who have been longtime advocates of the libraries and leading a campaign to “Save Our Libraries”. Over 1,700 signatures were collected by the Guild and community partners, which was presented to the board by Astha Tada of the Guild. King County council member Joe McDermott was also in attendance to reiterate his support of the community.
The KCLS board of trustees decided to defer their decision of library consolidation of the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries until a decision about annexation is made by the City of Burien. We will provide more information about the library situation on this blog (as well as Facebook and Twitter) as it develops.Post a comment
The White Center CDA supports the current efforts of the Save Our Libraries campaign, led through the grassroots community efforts of the White Center Library Guild. Below is CDA’s message sent out to the community to attend the next King County Library System’s Board of Trustees meeting on June 28. The next Guild meeting is on Monday, June 20, 1:00pm at the White Center Library.
Start of message:
There has been a proposal at the King County level to possibly close/consolidate both the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries. In response, the White Center Library Guild launched a “Save Our Libraries” campaign to advocate for these libraries and to stress its importance to the community. The Guild has created a petition that can be signed in front of the libraries and at various community events. Read news coverage about it here: http://tinyurl.com/SaveOurLibrariesWCBP.
The King County Library System Board of Trustees will be meeting on Tuesday, June 28 to further discuss this issue. Join the White Center Library Guild, White Center CDA and concerned community members to let the board know how important these libraries are to you, your family and your community!
WHO: Supporters of our White Center / Boulevard Park Libraries!
WHAT: King County Library System Board of Trustees meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 5:00pm
WHERE: KCLS Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, 98027 (TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED, INFO BELOW)
WHY: To advocate for our libraries, our youth, our neighbors and our neighborhood’s future!
The first 30 minutes of this meeting is open to public comment. Those who wish to speak may sign up at the beginning.
We understand that transportation may be a barrier, so please call (206) 694-1082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you need a ride to the meeting and back to White Center. Meet us at the White Center CDA office at 3:00pm. Our White Center CDA van and other vehicles will leave the White Center CDA parking lot at 3:30pm.Post a comment
Last night’s White Center Business District Mixer event was successful, complete with community announcements, networking and great food from Banh 88 Restaurant and 3.14 Bakery. The hot button topic around medical marijuana dispensaries opening up in the business district was also addressed. Brionne Corbray from the G.A.M.E. Collective and Chris Cody from Herbal Legends were on hand to introduce themselves and to address any questions/concerns regarding their businesses. Overall safety was a large concern, with other topics around legislation and operations.
Here is a statement from the White Center CDA board of directors regarding these businesses:
The CDA supports new businesses that contribute to a healthy, robust economy in White Center. We support businesses that operate responsibly, follow the existing laws and serve our community. With the new medical marijuana dispensaries open in the downtown core, we offer the same support. Just like other community-minded businesses, we’d love to see active community participation from medical marijuana dispensaries, including but not limited to: participation in regular CDA business mixers, Chamber of Commerce meetings, contributions to community events, in-kind support of community projects and other volunteerism efforts so they are part of the White Center revitalization efforts.
However, if after careful watch we gather data and see a negative impact on our community, such as over dispensing or illegal/wrongful prescription abuse, the CDA may change this position. We recognize the varied emotion these businesses elicit amongst our community and look forward to working with the new owners, the White Center Chamber of Commerce and other organizations to work toward a positive outcome.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, 4/21/11: Senate Sends Medical Marijuana Bill to Gov. GregoirePost a comment
Our series opens with a very timely topic: Perspectives on the Federal Budget: Implications for Affordable Housing and Homelessness. Meaghan McCarthy, Senate Appropriations staffer to the Transportation & Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee and Douglas Rice, Senior Policy Analyst for Housing at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will be on the line with us for the lunch hour to share their insights and to answer your questions.
Watch for emails and updates on upcoming “Learn at Lunch” sessions. Possible topics include: Federal Advocacy 101, Sustainable Housing, the Low Income Tax Credit Program, Federal Homelessness Policy, Section 8 Voucher Reform, Transforming Rental Assistance, What does the Community Development Fund do for you?, Strategies for In-District Advocacy, and Making Social Media Work for Advocacy. And feel free to contact us with suggestions for additional topics or guests.
Please join us on the 31st for a lively and informative hour with the experts!Post a comment
The Seattle City Council’s Regional Development and Sustainability Committee gathered today to discuss annexation, amongst other topics. Above is a photo we took right outside of the Seattle Council chambers after giving individual testimonies regarding annexation. Even though everyone knows that we love White Center, we had to show it too, by wearing our “I Heart White Center” t-shirts in solidarity!
Councilmember Richard Conlin announced a new resolution calling for a decision on annexation by February 2012. The entire City Council will consider this resolution on March 28. You can view today’s committee hearing in full on www.seattlechannel.org.
Pictured, left to right: Peter Chum, Virgil Domaoan, Patty Julio, Sylvia See, Kate Stannard, Mohammed Al-Shimari and Julia Bautista. Photo by Ian Dapiaoen.
UPDATE, 3/21: View the aforementioned resolution here, download the PDF version here, and view/download the North Highline Potential Annexation Area map here. You can view this hearing at the Seattle Channel by clicking here. We also added a screen shot of Mohammed, 15, speaking at the hearing (see above).
UPDATE, 3/29: At the 3/28 full council hearing, City Council voted to move ahead with making a decision about annexation in February 2012 for a possible vote in November 2012. The Council also agreed to not get in the way of any efforts that Burien may want to make in annexing White Center. You can read yesterday’s resolution here. You can also watch archived video from yesterday here.Post a comment
Courtesy of City Council Office:
There will be a Special meeting of the Seattle City Council Regional Development and Sustainability Committee on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. The agenda is attached and copied below.
The agenda is also available online:
Call to Order
1. Chair’s Report
2. Public Comment
3. RES. 31282
4. RES. 31283
5. Industrial Development District Update
6. Duwamish River Corridor Master Agreement (Bluefield) - Public Outreach and Design Response for Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Sites 1, 2, and 3
7. C.B. 117126
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