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Meeting the community in Beacon Hill

This year Mayor McGinn is hosting a series of town hall meetings in neighborhoods all over Seattle. It’s an opportunity for people to speak to the Mayor directly about their concerns or ideas and get information from City department staff. Every town hall begins with an information fair with booths staffed by people from departments. They are there to answer questions and build relationships with people in the community so we can team up to solve problems.

As Mayor McGinn said last Tuesday at the Beacon Hill town hall, “I’m not the only person in City government who should be directly responsive to you. It’s my view that all of City government should be directly responsive to you and your concerns. Standing in front of the public and answering questions keeps us honest and holds us accountable to your values and what you care about.”

The Tuesday night town hall in Beacon Hill kicked off with a performance by the Jefferson Community Center Lion Dancers. Judith Edwards, chair of the North Beacon Hill Community Council, was on moderator duty.

Questions ranged from neighborhood-specific concerns like access to high-speed internet in Beacon Hill, to city-wide issues like parking rates. Some questions the Mayor can answer on the spot, with help from department staff up on stage with him, but others require a little research. One Beacon Hill resident wanted to know how the neighborhood could get classified as an alcohol impact area. That’s a pretty complicated process, so the Mayor committed to have his staff follow up with him after the meeting.

Any questions that we don’t have an answer for are researched fully, and the answers are sent out to everyone who provided their email address at the sign-in table.

Check our events calendar for upcoming town halls, neighborhood walks and other opportunities to engage with the Mayor and his staff. In the meantime, check out this video of the Beacon Hill town hall and remember, you can always get in touch with Mayor McGinn by emailing him at

Our next town hall is in Magnolia on Tuesday, March 1. It will be held at the Catharine Blaine K-8 School cafeteria, next to Magnolia Community Center, at 2550 34th Avenue West, starting at 5:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Posted by: Words: April Thomas, Pictures: Jen Nance


Comment from Simba
Time February 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm

UPTUN a local community group is hosting a meeting Monday March 7th @ 7:00p-8:30pm Beacon Lutheran Church, 1720 Forest Street South 98144, Beacon Hill neighborhood.

“Internet/Cable TV Nightmares & Opportunities” to discuss with city officials WHY we feel we are under served with poor internet/TV and phone service and WHAT and HOW citizens believe it needs to change. YOUR ALL INVITED to this meeting to address technology improvements for underserved neighborhoods in Seattle, with several noted technology leaders as panelists: Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council; Bill Schrier, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle; and Henry W. McGee, Jr., Seattle University School of Law.

*Underserved neighborhoods include the Central District, Beacon Hill, Leschi, parts of Capitol Hill, Queen Anne and Pioneer Square. For more information, contact, 206-322-8613 or visit

Check out the Central District News Blog about this

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Comment from Alexa
Time February 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm

See you Tuesday!

Comment from Simba
Time March 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Hey all, before we meet with some members of the city on March 7th, we’d like to gather stories from you on what your experiences have been like with cable / broadband services. Please comment on’s blog and leave your story. (Yes, it’s not just broadstripe, I know… qwest is pretty bad on Beacon Hill too). We’d love to hear from you!

Also, we’d love to see you at the meeting with the city. The more people that participate, the better. Details for the meeting can be found here: (or in one of the previous emails to the group).

Mon., March 7, 2011, 7 – 8:30 PM
Beacon Lutheran Church (Beacon Hill Neighborhood)
1720 Forest Street South 98144

Comment from Simba
Time March 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm


Listen to Ross Reynolds discuss the issues with broadband service with Sebastian Kohlmeier, a member of Upgrading Technology for Underserved Neighbors, which advocates for broadband equality.

Not–So–High–Speed Broadband: Residents in Seattle’s Central District and Beacon Hill neighborhoods are fed up with the lousy broadband services they’re stuck with. These areas have limited choices in high–speed Internet. Citizens are trying to get the city to listen to their concerns.

Comment from Simba
Time March 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Is there is digital divide in Seattle? Watch a special Public Exposure with Tracy Bier of Upping Technology for Underserved Neighbors (UPTUN) discuss how technology differences is a new form of redlining. Monday, February 28 at 6:00 PM, and Tuesday, March 1 at 3:00 PM, cable channels 77/23 in most of King County. Or watch it online at”

Feel free to let people know about the show.
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