Public meeting with open mike to dream about and discuss neighborhood projects, needs, and priorities Tues., Feb. 7, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E.. In this popular format, all comers can have some time at the “open mike” to discuss their preferred neighborhood needs/issues/questions, or react to others. Please speak out, or hear your neighbors out, on [your topic, or theirs, here].  Can’t come?  Please send your questions and thoughts to ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org.

Public meeting featuring King County Assessor John Wilson Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E.  Eastlake properties were hit hard this year by assessed value increases of as high as 60 percent. If you have experienced such an increase (or if you didn’t) please tell your story in an e-mail to the Eastlake Community Council, info@eastlakeseattle.org. Suggestions are also welcome for expansion of the ECC web page on property taxes.

Public meeting and slide talk featuring historian Paul Dorpat about Eastlake’s and Seattle’s past Wednesday, March 22, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. The Eastlake Community Council welcomes historian/documentarian Paul Dorpat 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.

Opening on the Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee—deadline Jan. 29.  The Eastlake Community Council encourages neighborhood residents to apply for a position on the Seattle Department of Transportation’s School Traffic Safety Committee.  Created by the Seattle City Council in 1975 to improve traffic safety for all of Seattle’s school children, the volunteer board advises the Mayor and City Council with respect to school traffic safety, including adult crossing guard locations, school traffic signs and signals, school safety patrols, bicycle facilities, sidewalks and student traffic safety education.  Board members serve a three-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term.  Members must be Seattle residents and may not be City employees. The board meets the fourth Friday of each month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. typically at Seattle Public Schools headquarters with occasional field meetings at school sites or school crossings.  Ideal committee members may include parents of school children, frequent walkers and bikers, people interested in pedestrian or bicycle encouragement and those with expertise in public health or child injury prevention. Submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest via email by 5 p.m. on January 29, 2017, to Serena Lehman (206-684-7577) at serena.lehman@seattle.gov. If you apply, please send a copy to ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org, as we could write a letter of endorsement.

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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