Neighbors invited to First Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk

(Photo: Rachel Greenberg)

Mayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leaders. The fourth walk this year will be held in First Hill on Tuesday, July 11.

  • Sign-in, refreshments, and volunteer opportunities from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Program and walk from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Walk begins at First Hill Park at 1201 University St (map)

 

First Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk
Tuesday, July 11

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sign-in, refreshments, and volunteer sign-up opportunities with various City programs.

6:00 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.
Walk commences (view the route map)

7:25 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Walk concludes at the intersection of 9th Ave and Jefferson St

 

 

Participants can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app on the walk. This smartphone app offers mobile users one more way to report selected issues to the City. Make sure to download the app before the walk.

In partnership with Cities of Service, the city will offer up to $3,000 in grants for community-led projects to each 2017 Find It, Fix It Walk neighborhood. The First Hill Community Project Grant Application is available at www.seattle.gov/finditfixit until July 25. If you have an idea for a project in First Hill, apply today!

For more information on the Find It, Fix It Community Walks program, contact Paige Madden at paige.madden@seattle.gov or visit www.seattle.gov/finditfixit.

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Meet Our Community Involvement Commission (aka Equity Champions): Julie Pham

The Mayor and Seattle City Council recently announced the initial 13 appointees selected to serve on the City of Seattle’s new Community Involvement Commission (CIC). The CIC will ultimately be comprised of 16 equity champions who will work to ensure that our City departments are creating and implementing equitable engagement strategies that lead to more relevant and impactful public participation. They will also provide feedback on the development of City departments’ community involvement plans. All the appointments are subject to City Council confirmation.

 

Julie Pham

Julie Pham
Mayoral Appointee: At-large Member

Julie Pham is co-owner of Nguoi Viet Tay Bac-Northwest Vietnamese News, the founder of Sea Beez, a capacity-building program for Seattle’s ethnic media, and the VP of Community Engagement and Marketing for the Washington Technology Industry Association. Julie graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught History at UC Berkeley, managed the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, and earned her PhD in History at Cambridge University as a Gate Cambridge Scholar. She volunteers on the board of directors for the Seattle Chapter of Social Venture Partners (SVP) and previously served on Seattle’s Economic Development Commission. In 2011, she was named to the “40 under 40” business leaders list by Puget Sound Business Journal and voted as “Innovator” in the Verizon Wireless Asian Pacific American Heritage Community Roast Awards.

 

What inspired you to serve on the Community Involvement Commission?

Having grown up here and gone away for ten years (1997-2008), I’ve seen Seattle change A LOT. Through the changes, one thing remains true: Seattle is full of smart people who want to reach the same destination–living the values of equality, inclusion, and openness. But we are not always rowing in the same direction or at the same time of day. From my experience, I think collaboration is hard because different groups don’t know how to talk to each other. They have different priorities, perspectives, and approaches. They are not only speaking in different languages, but in different verb tenses. I often watch leaders from tech companies and social justice non-profits talk past each other. My hope is that this Commission will help figure out how to get our diverse communities to row in the same direction.

Often, when government provides forums for public feedback, the groups that respond are those that are available and capable of engaging. Already, many groups don’t participate. Of those groups that do, they don’t converse with each other beforehand. In public forums, community leaders are expected to speak on behalf of their own groups, not to try to find ways of collaborating with other groups to find new solutions. As a result, the groups with the loudest voices get heard in influencing policies.

 

We’ve taken to calling our Community Involvement Commissioners “EQUITY CHAMPIONS!” Do you accept this superhero moniker and what does it mean to you personally?

Yes, I accept the challenge. I went from working in a dying industry to the fastest growing industry—from newspapers to tech. I believe our region is so rich in resources and our economy is so diverse that we can all prosper here and achieve equity. But we need to find ways to get different parts of our community to co-create solutions. Creating a formal Commission is one step toward building those bridges.

 

What is your unique real-life superpower?

The unique quality that I am most proud is my ability to connect with people of all ages and different professional, national, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic class backgrounds. I feel equally comfortable convening small business owners of color in Rainier Valley as I do with tech and government workers in downtown Seattle. Because I know the pain of having to whittle away employees’ hours to save $100 in payroll a week to make ends meet (from when I ran my family’s Vietnamese newspaper), I can relate to entrepreneurs. As both a board member of Social Venture Partners and an executive at a non-profit, Washington Technology Industry Association, I understand the tricky dynamics of granting and asking for funds to do mission-based work.

 

What do you hope the Community Involvement Commission will bring to the City?

My hope is that we move beyond just representing our own communities’ interests. My desire is to learn about other communities from the other Commissioners and to build trust with one another. My interest is in helping the City expand its listening systems so they don’t just exist as a channel from the City to individual groups that City departments must manage, but can evolve into a self-sustaining network across different communities.

 

Which local organization or person do you consider to be a true superhero and why?

This is your hardest question because there are so many great organizations and super hero leaders. I’m going to say the civil rights activist Al Sugiyama, who just passed away in January at age 67. People say he empowered the Asian American community, but I think he empowered all communities by connecting people. He was the first Asian American to serve on the Seattle School Board, he founded the Center for Career Alternatives, and he generously mentored many people. He was a bold and fearless voice for social justice. At the International Community Health Service Lunar New Year 5k Walk, many of us wore Superman capes in honor of Al. He really was a super hero.

 

Learn more about the Community Involvement Commission at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/community-involvement-commission.

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Neighbors Invited to Wallingford Find It, Fix It Community Walk

Mayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leaders. The first walk of this year will be held in Wallingford on Tuesday, March 14.

Wallingford Find It, Fix It Community Walk
Tuesday, March 14
Sign-in and refreshments from 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Program and walk from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Meet at the SE corner of Woodland Park at the intersection of N. 50th St and Green Lake Way N.

Schedule

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Sign-in and refreshments at the SE corner of Woodland Park.

5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

  • Welcome remarks from Mayor Ed Murray.

5:45 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.

  • Walk commences along the following route (map):
    • SW on Green Lake Way N.
    • on Stone Ave N.
    • on N 48th St.
    • E. on Stone Way N.
    • on N. 45th St.
    • on Densmore Ave. N.
    • Enter Wallingford Playfield.
    • on Wallingford Ave N.
    • on N. 45th St.

6:55 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • Walk concludes at Murphy’s Pub.
  • Department representatives and City staff available for follow-up questions.

 

In partnership with Cities of Service, the City will offer grants for community-led projects to each 2017 Find It, Fix It Walk neighborhood.

The Wallingford Project Grant Application is available at www.seattle.gov/finditfixit until Tuesday, March 28. If you have an idea for a project in Wallingford, please apply today!

Participants can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app on the walk. This smartphone app offers mobile users one more way to report selected issues to the City. Make sure to download the app before the walk.

For more information on the Find It, Fix It Community Walks program, contact Paige Madden at 206.233.5166 or paige.madden@seattle.gov or visit www.seattle.gov/finditfixit.

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Join Mayor Murray for This Year’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks

Mayor Ed Murray recently announced the six neighborhoods where he will host his annual Find It, Fix It Community Walks. Now in its fourth year, these walks bring City officials, business owners, and community members together to address each neighborhood’s needs.

Mayor Murray will lead the Find It, Fix It Community Walks in the following neighborhoods: Wallingford (Tuesday, March 14), Little Brook, Northgate, Highland Park, North Beacon Hill, and First Hill.

Each walk will follow a route determined by community members on Community Walk Action Teams convened by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Specific dates and locations will be announced at least two weeks prior to each walk.

Are you interested in participating on a Community Walk Action Team to help plan the walk in one of the six neighborhoods? Contact Lemmis Stephens, Find It, Fix It Program Coordinator, at Lemmis.Stephens@seattle.gov or call (206) 386-1907.

The City will continue to offer Community Project Grants for every walk. These grants provide support for community-led revitalization and beautification projects. In 2015 and 2016, 209 community volunteers, with assistance from City staff, completed 20 projects across the city.

Mayor Murray spearheaded the Find It, Fix It Community Walks in 2014 in partnership with Cities of Service, a national nonprofit that works with cities to provide support and training to encourage civic volunteerism.

Whether or not your neighborhood is part of this year’s walks, community members can report safety needs or city maintenance issues anytime with the Find It, Fix It mobile app. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

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Business Customers Rate Seattle City Light Highest in Customer Satisfaction

Business customers rated Seattle City Light highest in customer satisfaction among western region midsize electric utilities in the J.D. Power 2016 calendar-year study released today.

“Providing excellent customer service in the delivery of reliable, low-cost, environmentally responsible electricity is what we strive for every day,” Seattle City Light General Manager and CEO Larry Weis said. “I’m proud of our employees for the effort they consistently bring to make that goal a reality for our customers.”

City Light’s score in the survey increased 44 points over the previous year, with improvement in every category of the survey. Throughout the past year, J.D. Power asked business customers to rate their satisfaction with utilities related to power quality and reliability; corporate citizenship; price; billing and payment; communications; and customer service.

City Light received a score of 782 in the survey, which was 27 points higher than the national average. Following City Light among western midsize utilities were Idaho Power, and then a tie between NorthWestern Energy and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

We believe City Light’s efforts to increase safety, its environmental initiatives and their familiarity with energy efficiency programs among the reasons for their satisfaction.

Safety was a focus area for City Light in 2016. The utility is a national leader in environmental stewardship and energy conservation. In 2005, it became the first utility in the country to fully offset all its greenhouse gas emissions and has maintained its carbon neutral status ever since. City Light has supported energy efficiency and conservation programs since 1977, helping its customers to use less electricity and save money.

City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents.