August 11, South Park; Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal Public Commentary; Seattle Redistricting Commission Releases New Draft Map, August 9 Public Forum

Seattle West Bridge Update

The West Seattle Bridge repair remains on track for completion the week of September 12.

Work continues on the final phase of epoxy crack injection and carbon fiber packaging.

SDOT has published the checklist indicating what work has been completed, at the request of a constituent which I have shared with SDOT:

In addition to the repair work on the bridge, other major maintenance work is taking place in parallel; here is a photo of the work to replace the panels suspended on the bridge:

Police Chief Search Meetings Added: August 11, South Park

The Mayor’s Office announced two additional in-person meetings to inform the search process for a permanent police chief. The announcement is below and includes a meeting on Thursday, August 11 in South Park hosted by Duwamish Valley Youth Corp and Villa Comunitaria:

Seattle residents are invited to attend two more community-led, in-person conversations to inform the ongoing search process for Seattle’s next police chief. Facilitated in partnership by City staff and community organizations, these sessions will build on previous forums held in July, create a space for community members to share the priorities and values ​​they would like research to elevate.

The first conversation will take place Wednesday August 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Holgate St. Church (2600 S Holgate St, Seattle, WA 98144). Community partners The Village of Hope, White Center Community Development Association and King County Equity Now will be present and will moderate the conversation.

The second conversation will take place on Thursday August 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at South Park Hall (1253 S Cloverdale St, Seattle, WA 98108). Community partners from Duwamish Valley Youth Corp and Villa Comunitaria will be present and will facilitate the conversation.

Both conversations are open to the public to make their voices heard and help inform the ongoing research process. These conversations will be informed by a community survey made available from the start of the research here in seven different languages: English, Spanish, Amharic, Somali, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese.

In April, Mayor Harrell announced a search committee representing a diverse range stakeholders and community leaders tasked with identifying and selecting the final five candidates to advance to the competition phase required by the Charter. In addition to the survey, committee and forums, community engagement will continue throughout the research process.

An overview of the scheduled forums, as well as regular updates on the search process and timeline for police chiefs, are available on the Seattle Police Chief’s Research Webpage.

Time and date Location
Wednesday August 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Holgate St Church, 2600 S Holgate St, Seattle, WA 98144
Thursday August 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. South Park Hall, 1253 S Cloverdale St, Seattle, WA 98108

Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal Public Commentary

WSDOT Ferries has released the public comments received during the Level 1 Screening Public Comment Period for the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal Project: Level 1 Screening Community Engagement Summary.

Washington State Ferries is conducting its Tier 2 analysis at least later this year.

Seattle Redistricting Commission Releases New Draft Map, August 9 Public Forum

The Seattle Redistricting Commission released a new draft map for the 7 Seattle Council districts. The is shown below. here is a PDF of the map and here is a internet card which lets you zoom in for a block-by-block view.

Public comment on the proposed new boundaries is open until the date the Commission files the district plan, currently scheduled for November 8, 2022, and no later than November 15, 2022.

You can submit written comments here.

The Commission will hold three public consultation meetings; the first is August 9:

Public Forum #1: Tuesday, August 9, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Meetings will be announced for September and October on dates yet to be determined.

Beginning August 8, hard copies will be available at City Hall at 600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. You can request a paper copy of the map here.

The Commission website notes re: the Commission’s work is guided by relevant laws, including an amendment to the city charter passed by Seattle voters to establish ward elections:

District boundaries will be drawn in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, including, but not limited to, the following rules.

city ​​charter

Subdivision D. COUNCIL REDIRECTION (3) and RCW 29A.76.010(4):

  • Boundaries should be drawn to make districts as compact as possible and geographically contiguous.
  • Districts should not be manipulated and demographic data should not be used to favor or oppose any racial group or political party.
  • The districts should be as populated as possible from each other; the population of the largest district must not exceed the population of the smallest district by more than one percent [of the population of the smallest district]. This means that the population of the largest district must not exceed 101% of the population of the smallest district.
  • The new city council district boundaries will not be based on anyone’s residence. When drawing up their map, the Commission and the GIS consultants must not take into account the residence of any person.
  • Where possible, new boundaries will follow existing district boundaries.
  • Where possible, new boundaries should follow recognized waterways and geographic boundaries.
  • Wherever possible, the new borders will preserve Seattle’s communities and neighborhoods.
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Amanda J. Marsh