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March 29th, 2011 in Partners | No Comments


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We visited World Vision’s warehouse in Fife to gather supplies for our White Center Spring Clean event, and are thankful for our partnership. We will be back soon! In related news, World Vision recently gave away 13,000 pairs of new shoes to the Highline School District. Read about it here!

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March 25th, 2011 in Health | No Comments


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March 24th, 2011 in Housing, Politics | No Comments


Learn at Lunch

Join the Housing Alliance for the first of the “Learn at Lunch” conference calls:

Perspectives on the Federal Budget: Implications for Housing and Homelessness

The Housing Alliance will be joined by federal budget experts
Meagan McCarthy and Douglas Rice.

Thursday, March 31
12-1pm

To RSVP and to receive the call-in number,

please contact Alouise Urness (206-442-9455 ext. 203)

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!

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March 24th, 2011 in Community, Faith-Based, Partners | No Comments


In January, Pat Thompson of YES Foundation connected the White Center CDA to the Union Gospel Mission’s (UGM) Department of Volunteer Outreach Services. UGM visited the White Center CDA office shortly after to discuss possible opportunities for UGM’s volunteer base. It’s no news that UGM is eager to get involved in White Center, so when they came to us we were happy to connect them with events and other faith-based organizations. We are excited to work with UGM in the next few months and look forward to partnering with them in the future. Here is a short list of activities that UGM will be involved in:

What: White Center Search and Rescue
Where: Westwood Assembly Church, White Center
When: Saturday Nights, 6:30-9:30pm

What: White Center Spring Clean
Where: White Center Community Development Association
When: Saturday, May 14th 8:30am-2:30pm

What: Mt. View Elementary PTA’s Multicultural Night Dinner (courtesy of Family Connections, a White Center CDA program)
Where: Mt. View Elementary School, White Center
When: Thursday, March 31st 5-9pm

What: Habitat for Humanity/White Center CDA Housing Repair Project Surveys/Outreach
Where: TBA (various local businesses and groceries)
When: April 2-3, various shifts

For more information about Union Gospel Mission, please visit www.ugm.org.

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March 22nd, 2011 in Education, Health, Youth | No Comments


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Interpretation in Cambodian/Khmer, Vietnamese and other languages will be available, according to Mike Graham-Squire, Drug Free Communities coordinator.

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March 21st, 2011 in Education, Health, Youth | No Comments


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Family Connections, a program of the White Center CDA, always puts on great events to help bridge school to home learning opportunities.

Learning Through Cooking is just one of the many family centered social networking gatherings central to Family Connections.  Always planned by teachers and parents together, our literacy and math events bring new ideas about health and learning to White Center families.

The most recent school based activity helped to build stronger relationships between teachers and families through pasta salad and yogurt parfaits. The activities reinforced early numeracy through fractions and measurement, and further embedded literacy skills with reading, reporting and listening components. And it was delicious!

There are two more Learning Through Cooking nights scheduled for this school year, along with other important Early Learning and Parent Engagement events. Hope to see you out there in the community!

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March 18th, 2011 in Annexation, Politics | 1 Comment


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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.

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March 16th, 2011 in Uncategorized | No Comments


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White Center 8th Annual Spring Clean - Saturday, May 14, 2011

“Together for a Clean, Green and Healthy White Center”

(White Center, WA) - The White Center community is gearing up for its annual Spring Clean, an event that brings together volunteer youth and elders, business owners and residents, and diverse people together to work, clean and improve the neighborhood’s physical environment.

“I hear people all the time say this is the event they look forward to each year, and we’re proud of how its grown to be truly driven by community interests and people power,” said Aileen Balahadia, Executive Director of the White Center Community Development Association.  The White Center CDA is a catalyst for a healthy community and new prosperity in White Center- so it’s a better place to visit, shop, and live. Asked why she participates in the Spring Clean event, White Center resident Julia Bautista Salinas said: “Everyone in White Center benefits from events like Spring Clean because it helps create a clean look for the community and helps erase negative nicknames. This event makes me proud to say I am from White Center”

In 2010, over 400 volunteers turned out for the Spring Clean event. Some of our projects were painting one block-long mural previously plagued with graffiti, picking up litter in the business district and around the community, giving out 25 planter boxes to businesses, removing invasive plant species at three parks, helping elderly and disabled families with trash removal, and hauling away four tons of garbage. Volunteers covered 70 neighborhood blocks and completed 19 individual beautification projects developed by local residents and groups.

The White Center CDA thanks our sponsors for their contributions to this year’s event: King County Housing Authority, King County Parks and Recreation, King County Food and Fitness Initiative, Impact Capital, Seattle Public Utilities, Waste Management and the White Center Chamber of Commerce.

Volunteers are needed! To sign up as a volunteer, contact Nhan Nguyen, Neighborhood Revitalization Program Manager at (206) 694-1082 or at whitecenterspringclean@gmail.com, and fill out the attached registration form. To register online, visit http://whitecenterspringclean.tumblr.com and you will see the link to register. Volunteers will receive a complimentary t-shirt, light breakfast, refreshments, and lunch.

http://whitecenterspringclean.tumblr.com

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March 15th, 2011 in Annexation, Community, News, Politics | No Comments


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:
http://clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/~public/meetingrecords/2011/regional20110318agenda.pdf

Call to Order

1.   Chair’s Report
(5 minutes)

2.   Public Comment
(10 minutes)

3.   RES. 31282
Adopting guiding principles and economic development actions and strategies for strengthening and growing the City of Seattle’s economy and creating jobs.
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE VOTE (20 MINUTES)
Presenters: Steve Johnson, Office of Economic Development; Traci Ratzliff, Council Central Staff

4.  RES. 31283
Potential Annexation of North Highline - Calling for the annexation, by election, of contiguous unincorporated territory to the City of Seattle, referenced as the North Highline Annexation Area, and generally lying in an area south of the corporate boundaries of Seattle, west of the corporate boundaries of Tukwila (but not including unincorporated territory lying along the western bank of the Duwamish River and north of S Director Street or a line extended eastward from the eastern terminus of S Director Street), north of the corporate boundaries of Burien, and east of Seola Beach Drive and 30th Avenue SW.
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE VOTE (30 minutes)
Presenters: Doug Carey, City Budget Office; Kenny Pittman, Office of Intergovernmental Relations; Christa Valles, Council Central Staff

5.  Industrial Development District Update
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (20 minutes)
Presenters: Roque Deherrera, Office of Economic Development; Steve Johnson, Office of Economic Development

6.  Duwamish River Corridor Master Agreement (Bluefield) - Public Outreach and Design Response for Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Sites 1, 2, and 3
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (15 minutes)
Presenters: John Layzer, Seattle Department of Transportation; Meg Moorehead, Council Central Staff

7.  C.B. 117126
Relating to the Natural Resource Trustees; authorizing an agreement with the Natural Resource Trustees for the assignment of a Restrictive Covenant setting out conditions under which the City of Seattle will guarantee the preservation of habitat to be created on City-owned property by Bluefield Holdings and authorizing the jurisdictional department to sign such a covenant when conceptual approval for the project is issued; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts.
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenters: Judith Noble, Seattle Public Utilities; Meg Moorehead, Council Central Staff
Supporting Documents: Seattle Public Utilities

Adjournment

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March 14th, 2011 in Education, Health, Youth | No Comments


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White Center Heights Elementary School’s Food and Fitness project is a school wide effort to get our kids moving more and eating well. Always on the lookout for local opportunities to walk that talk, Wellness Coordinator Rob Frisholz put together a team of runners who blasted through the rain. On March 13, several students took part in Burien’s Cove to Clover fun run. Event sponsors not only waived the race fee for our students, but also bought each of our runners a new pair of shoes.

Special thanks to Wellness Coordinator Mr. Frisholz and ELL Coordinator Mr. Huppe for organizing the day for WCH students. The White Center CDA was able to help provide transportation, documentation and cheerleading  for our awesome runners. Great job, Dolphins.

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