Rainier Beach Community Members: Be sure to join Rainier Beach Moving Forward and Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition for the Rainier Beach Town Hall on April 24

Note: This message is from Gregory Davis, one of the organizers. The Neighborhood Matching Fund helped to support the project.

One of the recent methods used (since 2004) to monitor and implement activity in Rainier Beach was the Rainier Beach Town Hall Meeting (RBTHM). On hiatus in 2011- 2013, the RBTHM has been one of the few venues in Rainier Beach that has welcomed all to come and share in lending a voice to what’s going on the neighborhood.  As a result of the event, a document was published and distributed that lists priorities representing Rainier Beach residents and stakeholder interests. With your help, we will re-establish the tradition of a RBTHM. We see it as an activity to renew and enhance our connection and move forward together with our shared priorities.


Landmarks Preservation Board to consider landmark nomination for T.T. Minor Elementary School Building

The Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the T.T. Minor Elementary School Building (1700 E. Union St) at its meeting on Wednesday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by May 6 at 3:00 p.m.:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649 (mailing address)

A copy of the Landmark Nomination will be available for public review at the Douglas-Truth Branch Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way (206-684-4704) and at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Office at Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (phone: 206-684-0228). The nomination is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website, www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/landmarks.htm, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”


Learn About the Seattle City Council Districts

In 2013, Seattle voters passed a measure amending our city’s charter to establish City Council districts. In 2015, voters will elect seven out of the nine City Council members by district. The remaining two positions will be elected “at-large” (city-wide) in positions 8 and 9. Find out the district you live in by clicking on the 2015 Council District Interactive Map and entering your address. Visit this website to learn more about the Seattle City Council Districts.


Artist Proposals Sought for STG’s 2014 Nights at the Neptune

The Neighborhood Matching Fund is reminding all artists seeking an opportunity to present work at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre for the 2014 Nights at The Neptune: A People’s Theatre Joint to submit proposals to Seattle Theatre Group before April 25. Be a part of this cool series in which the Neptune Theatre is made available for free to artists and community organizations interested in creating and performing a public arts event of their own design. Learn more here.

Meet the New Neighborhood Matching Fund Staff

(L to R:) Ed Pottharst, Minh Chau Le, Juan Martinez

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program is pleased to announce the addition of three new project managers who joined the team in March. Each one brings with them a unique set of skills that will perfectly complement and enhance the strengths of the program.

Minh Chau Le brings eight years of experience as a P-Patch community garden coordinator. She possesses a wealth of experience and working knowledge of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) NMF Program and P-Patch Community Gardening Program. She previously assisted several community gardens with implementing their NMF-awarded projects. Prior to working in DON, she worked for a market garden-based work training program for low-income  and homeless youth.

Ed Pottharst is thrilled to join the Neighborhood Matching Fund team. As a neighborhood district coordinator for 13 years, he has worked in Queen Anne and Magnolia, Lake City and other North Seattle neighborhoods, and South Seattle neighborhoods. In addition, he helped plan and implement the People’s Academy for Civic Engagement (PACE). He looks forward to helping build stronger connections between DON’s wonderful programs and the communities we serve.

Juan Martinez has been a dedicated advocate for low-income families and underserved communities. He has a worked for a community organization that advocated for a progressive tax system to benefit working families. He was also a financial service specialist for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services where he worked with homeless families. Additionally, he also serves as a Commissioner for Seattle Housing Authority and was formerly on the board of directors of the Seattle Central Community College Foundation.