Upcoming Events

Eastlake Tree Walk, led by Arthur Lee Jacobson — Sat., April 28 10 a.m. to noon (refreshments at 9:30 a.m., provided by Blue Ribbon Cooking). Begins at Roanoke Street-end park, corner of Fairview Ave. E. and E. Roanoke St. Each year, the Eastlake Community Council engages the renowned author of Trees of Seattle for this popular event. Jacobson knows Eastlake trees well and encourages you to bring a twig or photo for a quick take on identification or diagnosis.

“Power Out, No Bars” preparedness exercise – Sat., April 28 8:30 a.m. to noon at various locations in Seattle. Eastlake needs to have an emergency neighborhood hub and backup communications for use in a disaster. This is your chance to see how other neighborhoods are doing it and help Eastlake do better. Saturday’s scenario is a reasonable one: abrupt, unexplained loss of electric power, internet, and cell/land line phone service. Existing neighborhood hubs will use ham radios and satellite phones to enact a response through problem solving and practice. For addresses of the eleven participating locations throughout the city and more background, see the Emergency Preparedness section on the ECC web site in column at right, click here. At the Kirke Park location in Ballard, you’ll meet some other Eastlake volunteers who will be observing. If you go to one or more of the ten other locations, please contact ECC afterwards at info@eastlakeseattle.org with your suggestions for Eastlake. Let’s make our neighborhood one of the locations for the next citywide exercise! For questions or to volunteer: info@eastlakeseattle.org.

ECC Spring Celebration — Tues., May 1 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Le Messe (1823 Eastlake Avenue E., Seattle, WA 98102, http://lemesseseattle.com). Celebrate May Day and meet your neighbors at the Eastlake Community Council’s twice-annual celebration. For this event only, happy hour is extended a half hour, with cocktail specials at $8, a wine at $7 and a $2 beer, and special prices for various pastas, proteins, and raw or vegetable plates.

City Council public hearing on proposed Citywide upzones — Mon., May 7 6 p.m. at Franklin High School. For background on this hearing, about the advisability of getting there early, how to send a written comment, and about the upzoning issue and the legal challenge, see the web page on HALA that is in the column at right.

ECC Public meeting on public safety in Eastlake and planning for the crowds and traffic of July 4 — Tues., June 5 6:30 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. Sponsored by the Eastlake Community Council. Meet with the Police Department and your neighbors on these important issues. For background, see the section on Crime Prevention and Law Enforcement in in the column at right.

City Council public hearing on proposed Citywide upzones — Tues., June 5 6 p.m. at Chief Sealth High School. For background on this hearing, about the advisability of getting there early, how to send a written comment, and about the upzoning issue and the legal challenge, see the web page on HALA that is in the column at right.

Opportunities for civic action regarding the proposed upzone of Eastlake and other neighborhoods. The Seattle City Council is considering a Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) ordinance to upzone every residential and commercial lot in Eastlake, and many others throughout the city by (1) changing most lots to higher intensity zones; and (2) increasing the potential height that can be built in all zones. Every lot would have a height increase–some by one story, some by two, and some by three stories. The result would be a huge change from the Eastlake that we know and love.
Although the nearby Feb. 12 public hearing is past, hearings in other parts of Seattle are also open to anyone who wishes to comment on Eastlake impacts. The other hearings are listed in the calendar above. And in any case, written comments to the Mayor and City Council are urgently needed. About the hearings, about the advisability of getting there early, contacts for written comment, and background on the upzoning issue, see the HALA web page in column at right.

There you will also find info about another way to participate: On Nov. 27 SCALE (Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability, and Equity), a coalition of 26 non-profit organizations including the Eastlake Community Council, filed an administrative appeal to the Seattle Hearing Examiner, challenging the City’s analysis of the MHA ordinance’s impacts on Eastlake and other neighborhoods. To support this effort, your donations of any size are urgently needed. Please make checks made out to Eastlake Community Council, specifying in the memo line “MHA-EIS appeal”; mail or drop off to: ECC, c/o Lake Union Mail, 117 E. Louisa St. #1, Seattle 98102-3278. If you donate on-line at http://www.seattlefairgrowth.org/feisdonate, please specify that the donation is on behalf of the Eastlake Community Council.

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