The Ravenna-Bryant Community
Association and the Laurelhurst Community Club will jointly host
a candidates' forum on October 20, 1997, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
in the Ravenna Eckstein Community Center. The following candidates
have accepted our invitation to come and answer questions about
what they will do if elected: King County Executive candidate
Suzette Cooke, and a stand-in for Ron Sims; Mayoral
candidates Paul Schell and Charlie Chong; City Council
candidates Sherry Harris and Richard Conlin (Position
2), Thomas Goldstein and Peter Steinbrueck (Position
3), Nick Licata and Aaron Ostrom (Position 6) and
Richard McIver (Position 8).
Candidates for County Executive
will speak at 7:30 p.m., candidates for Mayor at 8:00, and candidates
for City Council at 8:30. The meeting will adjourn between 9:30
and 10:00 p.m.
Our neighborhood faces some
big issues. The Legislature has directed the University of Washington
to grow by almost 10,000 students in the next six years. This
will place incredible strain on housing, parking and street use
in the surrounding neighborhoods.
This past summer RBCA and
twelve other community groups met with the University to re-negotiate
the City-University-Community Advisory Council (CUCAC) agreement.
In it the University and surrounding community groups established
a framework in which we can try to resolve some of the inevitable
conflicts which will arise as the University's need for growth
pushes it into the surrounding neighborhoods. That agreement
is now being sent to the City, which must decide whether to join
it or to force the neighborhoods and the University to work only
through the Major Institutions Code. The Code is much less appealing
to the neighborhoods, which would prefer to sit directly at the
table with the University. Will the new mayor and city council
members recommend signing the new agreement?
This past session the Legislature
also authorized funds for a study of traffic crossing Lake Washington.
While the outline of the study is still nebulous it seems clear
the options are to either reduce the demand for roads by improving
mass transit and making it too expensive to drive, or to force
a widened freeway onto a neighborhood that doesn't want it. The
City has not yet allocated money for staff in its transportation
department to work on this issue. How knowledgeable are the candidates
about this issue? Are they willing to commit City resources to
make sure this study is not dominated by other cities?
Some reports are in on the
proposal to daylight Ravenna Creek. King County, through the
strong efforts of Councilwoman Cynthia Sullivan, has committed
several million dollars to the project. The City must now agree
to maintain the creek if it is daylighted. The county must decide
if there is support for any of the three suggested routes and
if the dollars can be found to make it happen. Will the candidates
support the creek? Will they put money on the table?
These and many other issues
face our neighborhood in the very near future. Come ask questions
and hear what the candidates have to say. The meeting room will
open at 7:30. Lucky early arrivals can help set up chairs and
meet neighbors. Laurelhurst has promised to bring cookies and
Ravenna-Bryant will fire up the community center coffeepot. We'll
see you there.
Ravenna Urban Village residents,
business owners, and property owners have been working hard to
define what is most important to our community, how to make it
a better place to live, and how to absorb the growth that is happening
RUV is one of the three "urban
villages" that make up the University Community Urban Center
(UCUC). RUV is bounded (roughly) by 22nd NE on the West, NE 55th,
26th NE, NE Blakeley, and NE Union Bay Place on the North and
East, and NE 45th on the South. The area includes Ravenna Springs,
the Ravenna Woods, UW Student Housing, and the University Village.
We have held four big workshops
so far, each preceded by major outreach efforts to businesses,
residents, and property owners. The response has been very good,
and participants have produced excellent ideas for improving the
neighborhood. These ideas include specific proposals for acquiring
and preserving open space, new P-patches, traffic and transportation
improvements, pedestrian safety enhancements, new transit routes,
parking improvements, and building design and zoning policies.
At the most recent meeting,
held on September 15, the collected ideas were presented in survey
form, discussed, then given priority ratings. Using this information
we now must produce a plan which the neighborhood will ratify,
which integrates with the UCUC plan, and is written in a language
that can also be ratified by the City Council.
UCUC will host a Community
Planning Open House on October 21, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m, at the
University Branch Library, at NE 50th and Roosevelt NE. RUV will
have a display there showing what we have done so far.
For more information, call
Kit O'Neill, at 524-6192, or Pete Fiddler, at 525-2012.
Representatives of the Ravenna-Bryant Community and the Seattle Police Department's Crime Prevention Division will host a meeting open to Ravenna-Bryant residents and business owners. The Crime Prevention Division wants to work with people who are interested in forming a neighborhood committee to work on crime and public safety concerns in our area. Block watch captains are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be on Wednesday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E. Call Diane Horswill (Seattle Police Department) at 684-7711 for more information.
The Washington State Department
of Transportation has begun a study of travel across Lake Washington
(by expanding the 520 bridge), or around it (by building a new
highway through Lake City). It is being coordinated by the Office
of Urban Mobility in Seattle (phone 464-5878).
The RBCA board needs interested
residents to join us in representing our community during this
important process. Please call Al Rasmussen, at 525-9147, for
The engineering feasibility
study that has been in process in some form for nearly three years
is now complete. Daylighting Ravenna Creek is feasible-but expensive.
The Ravenna Creek Alliance is seeking time and a partnership
with the City of Seattle and Metropolitan King County to use the
currently allocated three million dollars as matching funds to
raise the remaining funding necessary.
The preferred route for the
creek is no longer through the University Village. The proposal
is for it to flow South along the Burke-Gilman Trail as the Trail
heads toward the UW campus, then under the 45th Street viaduct.
A public hearing is being
held on October 9, approximately when this newsletter goes to
press. The hearing represents the final stage of the feasibility
study, and provides an opportunity for the community to testify.
Meetings involving both the
wastewater (former Metro) and the surface water (former Surface
Water Management) sections of the County Department of Natural
Resources, and the Ravenna Creek Alliance are in process now.
A meeting of the Ravenna Creek Alliance with the Parks and the
Utilities Committees of the City Council is scheduled for the
end of October.
So after several years of
suspended animation as far as the community was concerned, things
are starting to happen! For detailed, up-to-the-minute information,
see the Ravenna Creek Alliance web site at http://weber.u.washington.edu/~ravenna.
The Department of Neighborhoods'
Youth Working in Communities Fund provides money for young people
to plan and implement projects in their neighborhood or school.
The fund gives young people the opportunity to be valued and
respected as contributors to the betterment of the community.
The fund accepts applications
for a maximum of one thousand dollars for each youth-led project.
Young people are encouraged to use their skills, talents, leadership,
and work ethic to develop a group project that can make a difference.
Project applications awarded from the Youth Fund must propose to do at least one of the following:
Assistance in planning a project
and submitting an application is available on request.
To request an application,
call 684-0464. Garry Owens is available to answer questions or
give assistance at 684-0718.
The RBCA is working on ways
to share important news more quickly, improve communication in
our neighborhood, and add to our sense of community. Here is
what we are doing:
Ravenna-Bryant now has a home
on the web, at http://www.scn.org/neighbors/rbca (using
space provided by the Seattle Community Network). So far the
home page includes an event calendar, copies of recent newsletters,
links to interesting sites, and, of course, a plea for contributions
and help with newsletter delivery. If you know of any relevant
or interesting web pages we should link to (maybe your own?) please
call Pete Fiddler, at 525-2012, or send e-mail to email@example.com.
E-mail news distribution list
We are compiling an e-mail
distribution list for Ravenna-Bryant community members, through
which we will broadcast time-critical community news. If you
would like your e-mail address added to the list, please send
it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (You can resign at any time, and information
about you will not be shared with any other organization.)
We are also looking for ways
for all Ravenna-Bryant community members to share information
electronically with their neighbors. One idea is to set up a
service exchange system on the web. If you have any ideas on
improving neighborhood communication by electronic (or any other)
means, we would like to hear from you. Call Beth Williams, at
(425) 957-5152, or send e-mail to email@example.com.
The Seattle Community Network
(SCN) offers free e-mail accounts. You can get a brochure that
tells how to apply at any Seattle Public Library branch, or see
SCN's home page, at http://www.scn.org. Then, also free,
you can use terminals at the library to send and receive e-mail.
Free e-mail classes
The library offers free e-mail
introduction classes. Sign up for a class at the downtown library
by calling the Seattle Public Library Quick Information Center
at 386-4636, or sign up for a class at the NE Branch library (at
NE 68th and 35th NE) by calling Beth Williams, at (425) 957-5152.
The Sand Point Environmental
Stewardship Committee and the Seattle Adopt-a-Park Program are
sponsoring a native species planting party at Magnuson Park.
Volunteer work parties throughout the spring and summer have been
preparing the area for planting. Now the fun begins. Meet on
Saturday, November 1, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., West of Kite Hill
at Magnuson Park. For more information, please call Catherine
RBCA and its members work hard on issues important to you. We want new contributing members, and need volunteers to distribute the newsletter and work on projects. Annual dues are only $10.00. Your dues allow us to continue distributing this newsletter and keep you informed. Return this form with your dues to: Ravenna-Bryant Community Association, Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115. You will receive the newsletter and other special mailings, and know that you've made a contribution to help your community.
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