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Archive for January, 2011

January 28th, 2011 in Community, Events, Housing, News, Partners, People, Politics, Youth | No Comments


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THANK YOU to the 20+ volunteers (White Center residents and business owners, students and community partners) who showed up this morning to volunteer for the annual One Night Count of the homeless. We will connect this work to Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day in Olympia on Monday, February 14.

For more information on the One Night Count, please visit:

http://www.homelessinfo.org/one_night_count/

Check out our Twitter page and Facebook page to see similar updates for this event.

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January 27th, 2011 in Business, Community, People | No Comments


These meetings have been happening since last year and it is a great opportunity to network with local business and shop owners. Please see the flyer below for the next meeting’s agenda. Thanks!

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January 27th, 2011 in Community, Events, People, Youth | No Comments


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January 25th, 2011 in Arts, Community, Education, Employment, Events, Health, Housing, Immigration, Partners, People, Video, Youth | No Comments


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CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTO SLIDESHOW

CLICK HERE TO VIEW WHITE CENTER COMMUNITY SUMMIT VIDEO

Photos by Sincere Born, Video filmed and edited by Jerome Buenaventura

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January 25th, 2011 in Community, Environment | No Comments


wchbridge1_forblogA pedestrian footbridge at King County’s White Center Heights Park, damaged and closed to public access since early summer of last year, will be repaired this year and is expected to be open by this fall.


The suspension bridge was constructed across a small pond in September 2009 as part of a series of improvements to the park. To protect the public, King County Parks closed access to the footbridge in June 2010 after the bridge was discovered to have lost several of the many bolts that hold the complex structure together.


The County’s bridge engineers examined the damaged bridge and analyzed its design. They identified design flaws, and proposed solutions to safely return the bridge to service. Last week, an outside peer review of the County’s engineering study concluded that the proposed solutions would fix the identified flaws.


The County proposes to retrofit the bridge by beefing up the arch and portions of the deck with additional steel to stiffen the structure, and installing several “dampers” or suspended weights to help the bridge absorb vibrations and reduce its range of motion.


The bridge was designed and built by Sahale LLC in a partnership with King County, the Cascade Land Conservancy and the White Center Community Development Association. Funding was provided by the Washington State Community Trade and Economic Development Grant Program.

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January 25th, 2011 in Employment, Housing | No Comments


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January 11th, 2011 in Community, Education, Partners, People, Video | No Comments


Video made for the White Center CDA’s annual fundraiser, September 2010. Created by Youth Media Institute.

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January 11th, 2011 in Community, Environment, Housing, News | No Comments


Subject: Powerful Neighborhoods Program Expanding to Southern Suburbs
For Immediate Release:
12/22/2010 8:56:00 AM For More Information Contact:
Scott Thomsen (206) 386-4233

Participants Get Free Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Installed

SEATTLE - Seattle City Light will expand its Powerful Neighborhoods program to install free compact fluorescent light bulbs in the areas of Burien, White Center, North Highlands, SeaTac Tukwila and Skyway served by Seattle City Light starting Jan. 3.

Powerful Neighborhoods started in South Seattle in April as a pilot program designed to reach out door-to-door to seniors, non-English speaking households, low-income residents and other customers who might not have participated in energy conservation programs.

“We want to remove any barriers that have kept people from taking steps to increase the energy efficiency of their homes so they can reduce their energy consumption and save money,” Interim Energy Conservation Director Glenn Atwood said.

Response from customers has been overwhelmingly positive with more than 96 percent of those who completed a satisfaction survey saying that they would definitely recommend the program to their neighbors and friends. According to one recent participant, “The representatives were courteous, considerate and very time efficient.”

In 2010, installers worked with more than 7,000 families to install nearly 140,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs. The energy savings adds up to more than 24 million kilowatt-hours and will save customers roughly $2.2 million over the lifetime of the bulbs. That’s about $60 a year for the average household.

Seattle City Light is working with Ecos Consulting , Cascadia Consulting, the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS), and Working Green to hire and train installers, schedule home visits, and deliver and install the products.

All installers have undergone background checks and drug-screening. Installers fluent in Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Amharic, Cantonese and other languages will be available to visit homes where those languages are primarily spoken. All staff will carry Seattle City Light identification.

Installers canvass neighborhoods door-to-door. If an interested resident is home, they install the energy efficient light bulbs and provide low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators or schedule a more convenient time to visit. If the resident is not home, installers leave a notice regarding how to contact the program to arrange a visit.

To qualify, a resident must live in a single-family home or 2-to-4-unit apartment or condo. To make an appointment, call 206-449-1132 or send an email to SCL_install@seattle.gov.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

POWERFUL NEIGHBORHOODS (click on link for more information)

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January 11th, 2011 in Community, Education, People, Politics, Youth | No Comments


School Board Vice President Angelica Alvarez (L) and President Sili Savusa (R).

Sili Savusa was elected by her fellow board members to the post of president of the Highline School Board for 2011. Savusa was initially elected to the board in November 2009. She served as board vice president in 2010.

via Highline Public Schools

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January 6th, 2011 in Arts, Business, Community, Environment | No Comments


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The White Center CDA is proud of the community effort that enabled the creation of multiple street banners, currently on display in White Center’s business district (north of Roxbury). There are 25 banners total with 5 different designs. The banners incorporate “Growing a Global Village” brand and logo of White Center and the 9 most common languages in White Center. This project contributes to the marketing and promotion work as a part of the White Center Commercial District Revitalization Plan, spearheaded by the White Center CDA. The designs were vetted through community meetings: WC Business District Mixers, WC Chamber of Commerce meetings, a White Center/South Delridge Safety Coalition meeting, and others. The banners were made possible with a grant from the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development; the graphic designer is Kathi Wheeler of Noise without Sound, and the manufacturer is SuperGraphics, Inc.

Additional information about the designs: the rat design shows our pride in the pioneer history of White Center, the 16th/Roxbury designs refers to our main intersection, the building design is the façade of the Skate Rink - a WC icon, the fish/chili talks about our destination for delicious global food, the blue sky statues/multi-colored rings refers to our diversity and progress, and the building/circles design refer to the vibrancy and multiculturalism of our business district.

Next step, the White Center CDA has secured funding to install more banners to the south of Roxbury and the rest of the White Center business district. For question regarding this project or volunteer opportunities, please contact the White Center CDA at nhan@wccda.org.

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