Eastlake Community Council events March/April 2017

The Eastlake Community Council offers notice of the following events and opportunities. Background is in the links and also the winter Eastlake News—on-line by clicking here

Tomorrow’s City Council public workshop soliciting public comment on the Mayor’s proposed one-story plus increase in allowable height for all residential and commercial lots in Eastlake —  Mon., March 13, 6-8:45 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. (in cafeteria). Childcare, snacks, and drinks are all provided. Official announcement is here.  

Don’t miss this last best opportunity to tell the City Council right here in Eastlake what you think of the “mandatory housing affordability” upzones throughout Eastlake of an additional floor or more in allowable height. The City has done very little publicity about this event, and may be trying to stack the attendance at an Eastlake public meeting by reaching out to pro-upzone advocates from elsewhere in the City.  Reservations not needed, but pre-registration is encouraged, by clicking here.   For the documents on these events in other neighborhoods click here (but the City is WAY behind in the postings),.  For independent public interest archives of links (including the City links), commentary and analysis, click here and here.


To see the height increase proposed for your lot or your block, click here, and type in Eastlake.  In November, 2016, the City released a 28-page report purporting to show the economic feasibility of its proposed Mandatory Housing Affordability program.  In fact the report shows the opposite.  With the City loathe to acknowledge how its own report uncovered such serious flaws, a citywide public interest committee of neighborhood leaders and local developers (including Eastlake’s own Linda Alexander) conducted an independent analysis of the City’s figures, showing that the program won’t perform as the City claims.


Eastlake renters will be particularly hard hit, receiving little or none of the resulting subsidized housing–which in any case would go only to the very poorest and would be located in parts of Seattle far away.  No one with a moderate income would receive subsidized housing.  Fees collected from developers in cash-cow Eastlake would subsidize rents in other parts of the City, while the frenzy of development attracted to Eastlake by the increased building size would not be affordable and would cause the destruction of most of Eastlake’s remaining older buildings with currently affordable rents.  The results would be neither affordable nor livable, and would worsen an already unsustainable parking situation.


Based on the 14 previous workshops in this series held in other neighborhoods around the city, there is growing doubt about the timeliness and fairness of the summaries that City-paid contractors will produce about each breakout group.  Eastlake volunteers are needed to prepare independent notes of their breakout group; if you can help in this way, contact ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org or just take notes and send to this address soon after the event.  But most importantly:  if you attend just one public meeting this year, make it tomorrow’s Mon., March 13 City public workshop, 6 to 8:45 p.m. at the cafeteria in TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. Childcare, snacks, and drinks are all provided.

Public meeting and slide talk featuring historian Paul Dorpat about Eastlake’s and Seattle’s past Wed., March 22, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. The Eastlake Community Council brings historian/documentarian Paul Dorpat back for another illustrated talk on the past and changes in Eastlake, Lake Union, and Seattle. His slide talks, presented with empathy, passion, and humor, offer unforgettable insights, and are simply not be missed. The author of many books, Dorpat also partners with Jean Sherrard on the long-running Seattle Times Pacific Magazine column with photos and commentary on the same place “now and then.” They share a wonderful web site: click here.

Celebration of the life of Cheryl K. Thomas 1934 – 2016,  Sun., March 26, 1-3 p.m., Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street.  Tribute to a dear friend of Eastlake.

Eastlake Tree Walk, led by Arthur Lee Jacobson Sat., April 1, 10 a.m. to noon, beginning at Roanoke Street-end Park (corner of Fairview Ave. E. and E. Roanoke St.). The Eastlake Community Council has engaged the renowned Arthur Lee Jacobson, author of Trees of Seattle and many other books. Refreshments begin at 9:30 a.m. If you want Jacobson’s quick take on identification or diagnosis of trees, shrubs, and other plants, he encourages you to bring a twig or photo.

What to do about Eastlake’s land rush and building frenzy Tues., April 4, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. Find out what City policies are fueling the destruction and how they can be changed to protect livability, affordability, and parking.

Eastlake egg hunt and fun run Sat., April 15 at Rogers Playfield, 2500 Eastlake Ave. Hunt begins at 11, and is followed by the fun run. Donations are welcome ($5 suggested, on-line at http://eastlakeseattle.org). Volunteers are again needed to assist the Bunny in hiding eggs for kids to find. To help or if you have questions call 206-715-8762 or e-mail christyelton@gmail.com and info@eastlakeseattle.org. Sponsored by ECC.

Earth week shoreline cleanup work party Thurs., April 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet in front of Lake Union Drydock, 1515 Fairview Avenue E.  Employers are requested to allow their employees to stay “on the clock” while picking up litter and restoring the shoreline habitat. For information: info@eastlakeseattle.org.

Trees in Eastlake: Why are they disappearing? Wed., April 26, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. Experts will talk about the benefits of trees and how various current public policies are threatening trees in parks, along streets and other public rights of way, and on private lands.

Wildlife issues in Eastlake: Raccoons, rats, otters, opossums, muskrats, owls, eagles, geese, crows, starlings, etc. Tues., May 9, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. The first speaker is Brook Zscheile of the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services branch; the second speaker is Don Pace from the rat control program of the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health.

Public meeting on public safety, emergency preparedness, and planning for July 4 Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School.

Please circulate the above info to others.  For more about the Eastlake Community Council and how to help make and keep Eastlake a great place to live, work, and play:  http://eastlakeseattle.org.  To see or contribute photos of Eastlake scenes: http://instagram.com/eastlakeseattle.  ECC seeks volunteers to help strengthen its Facebook and Twitter presence.  Contact ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org.


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