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Two upcoming town hall meetings

Please join Mayor Mike McGinn and representatives from City departments for two upcoming town hall events:

Thursday, June 23: At the Hiawatha Community Center, located at 2700 California Ave Southwest. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., City departments and community groups, including the mayor’s Service Plan partners, will have information tables and volunteer opportunities. A quick performance by a youth group will kick things off at 6:30 p.m. Then, an open discussion with the mayor will start and go until 8 p.m. The Hiawatha Community Center is located near the 51, 58, and 128 bus lines.

Saturday, June 25: At the Garfield Community Center, located at 2323 East Cherry Street, at 12:30 p.m. The Garfield Community Center is located near the 3, 4, and 48 bus lines.

Community solar project makes renewable energy available to all

Renewable energy sources like solar provide the opportunity to reduce our impact on the environment and protect the quality of life in our community. Not everyone can install a solar panel on their homes, but would still like to purchase renewable energy and help build a sustainable community. In order to fill that need, Mayor Mike McGinn announced yesterday that Seattle City Light customers can now purchase solar energy even if they can’t install solar panels on their homes.

City Light and Seattle Parks and Recreation are working together to install solar panels at Jefferson Park in Beacon Hill. The solar panels double as new picnic shelters at the park. The Community Solar project will allow up to 500 people to buy portions of the array’s electrical output through June 2020 for $600 per portion. Visit the Community Solar website to learn more and to sign up!

Paid sick leave ordinance moves forward

Mayor Mike McGinn joined Councilmember Nick Licata and a coalition of community activists and small businesses yesterday to unveil a new ordinance that would help workers get paid time off when they are sick. By providing paid sick leave, we can promote public health by ensuring that people have options for staying home when sick, and gives businesses flexibility for meeting their staffing needs. It helps remove a barrier to economic opportunity and helps workers share in our city’s prosperity. This proposal is the result of advocates and businesses listening to each other and working together to craft a solution that meets each other’s needs.

Youth commission presentations getting under way

The Seattle Youth Commission exists to ensure that local elected officials are able to hear directly from teenagers about the issues that are important to them. For their 2010-2011 year, which ended earlier this month, the commissioners chose to focus on four issues—Transportation, Education, Youth Violence, and Race and Social Justice. You can watch their end-of-the-year presentations to the City Council here, or read each committee’s year-end reports here. The 2011-2012 Youth Commissioners were confirmed last week, and they’ll begin meeting later this summer. To get updates on major Youth Commission events, text FOLLOW SYCUPDATES to 40404.

Families and Education Levy workshops begin this week

The City’s Office for Education will be holding a series of workshops starting on Thursday, June 23, and running through early October to better prepare potential applicants for the Levy’s Request for Investment process. The three core workshops, Outcome 101, Tracking to Results, and Results Contracts, are highly recommended for anyone thinking of applying for funds from the Levy. Registration is free but required. For a full list of times and locations, or to register online, please visit Those without access to a computer can get more information and register by calling 206-233-5118.

Upcoming Events (for more see


June 23: Parking Sounding Board, 8:00 a.m., Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4050/4060, 700 5th Avenue

Mayor’s Town Hall, 5:30 p.m., Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Avenue Southwest

June 26: Seattle Pride Parade, 11:00 a.m., 4th Avenue from Union to Denny.

June 28: Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update Meeting, 6:30 p.m., South Shore School, 4800 South Henderson Street

What we’re reading:

Let’s Move! Cities & Towns Celebrates One Year of Promoting Healthy Living

Making Sustainability Legal

Students eating up lessons on healthful food


Posted by: Robert Cruickshank


Comment from cubic
Time November 8, 2011 at 7:06 am

its greate thanx.