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North Delridge Action Plan Resolution; Neighborhood Street Fund Voting; Creative Economy Report; In-District Office Hours

North Delridge Action Plan Resolution

On Wednesday, the Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee passed a resolution recognizing the North Delridge Action Plan. This resolution memorializes the many years of effort by community members in North Delridge to develop their neighborhood plan. I want to thank David Bestock, representing Delridge Neighborhood Development Association/Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Lynda Bui, representing the Vietnamese Cultural Center and Parie Hines for taking the time to come and present the Action Plan for North Delridge to the PLUZ Committee. 

The Action Plan identifies six priority areas:

  • Diverse and engaged communities
  • Dynamic neighborhood destinations
  • Access to affordable, healthy food
  • Active transportation choices
  • A healthy Longfellow Creek basin
  • Supportive parks and cultural facilities

The Resolution also requests that the Executive review and make recommendations regarding the action items identified in the six priority areas.  You can review those action items here. Finally, the Resolution requests that the Office of Planning and Community Development review and make recommendations relation to these proposed amendments, as identified by the community in the Action Plan, in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan for consideration in 2020.

Many thanks to the community members who participated in the development of this Action Plan.

Neighborhood Street Fund Voting

Voting has begun for the Neighborhood Street Fund.

Over 300 project ideas were submitted, followed by community prioritization to help narrow the number of projects.

You can vote through May 5th online, or any Seattle Public Library branch, or at pop-up events, including Wednesday, April 24 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at Safeway (9620 28th Ave SW). 

Voting is open to anyone age 11 and up who lives, works, goes to school, worships, receives services, volunteers, or is part of a program in the City of Seattle.

You may cast one ballot per City Council district and may choose up to five (5) projects in your district. If you mark more than 5 projects, your vote will not be counted.

You can research projects at www.seattle.gov/NSF. Votes will determine which projects move forward for final selection by the Move Levy Oversight Committee.

Creative Economy Report

The Office of Economic Development, Office of Film and Music, and the Office of Arts and Culture have released the first-ever Creative Economy Report.

The report, the first to quantify the value of Seattle’s creative economy, notes that Seattle’s creative economy is strong, with above-average growth compared to other sectors; however, disparities exist along race and gender lines.

From 2012-2017, growth in creative occupations was 15% to 23%. A median hourly wage for creative occupations is $30.76.  Creative industries in Seattle contributed 18% to our gross regional product, compared to 4% of the U.S. gross domestic product.

The report covers fields including computer occupations, the arts, design, entertainment, and media, which vary in wages. In most fields, people of color are underrepresented, and women are overall underrepresented.  The disparity varies by occupation, particularly in higher-paying occupations.

Computer-related occupations have the highest earnings; arts, design, entertainment and media occupations have the lowest earnings.

The report notes 67,350 creative jobs in Seattle during the period of study.  The top five occupations were software development, photography, graphic design, writing, and computer programming. The fastest growing occupations are web development, software and app development, acting, library technicians, and writing.

The report speaks to the need to invest in skills and competency-based education and workforce development programs to prepare young people, and to the need to understand the barriers to entry.

Many thanks to Kate Becker, the recently departed Director of the Office of Film and Music, for all her work on this and music and film issues over the years.

In-District Office Hours

On April 26, I will be at the Southwest Customer Service Center (2801 SW Thistle St) from 2:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.  The final meeting of the day will begin at 6:30 p.m.

These hours are walk-in friendly, but if you would like to let me know you’re coming in advance you can email my scheduler Alex Clardy (alex.clardy@seattle.gov).

Additionally, here is a list of my tentatively scheduled office hours. These are subject to change.

  • Friday, May 31, 2019
    South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Avenue S
  • Friday, June 28, 2019
    Senior Center of West Seattle, 4217 SW Oregon St
  • Friday, July 26, 2019
    Southwest Customer Service Center, 2801 SW Thistle St
  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Avenue S
  • Friday, September 27, 2019
    Senior Center of West Seattle, 4217 SW Oregon St
  • Friday, October 25, 2019
    Southwest Customer Service Center, 2801 SW Thistle St
  • Friday, November 29, 2019
    South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Avenue S
  • Friday, December 20, 2019
    Senior Center of West Seattle, 4217 SW Oregon St
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