Seattle City (spot)Light: Alfred Love

Alfred Love has been at City Light for three years, but just celebrated 20 years of service with the City of Seattle. He began his career in the Parks and Recreation department and is now the Credit and Collections Supervisor in the utility’s Customer Care division. “People hear the word ‘collections’ and think negatively, but that’s not the case for us as the customer is the one making contact,” Alfred explained. “We deal with closed accounts, move dates, unreceived bills and finalize open transactions.”

A longtime resident of the Northwest, Alfred grew up in Rainier Beach. He lives in Kent, but is still active in the Rainier Beach community. Alfred and his fiancée, Ashanti, have five children and one grandson. In this week’s (spot)Light, Alfred talks about his volunteer work in the community and why he enjoys customer interface.

Alfred with his team

“I used to go to the Rainier Beach Community Center when I was a kid. I was always there to play basketball. Eventually, I started coaching which led to a position working in the after-school program. I was in high school at the time, so it was a part-time position, but eventually I applied for a full-time position as a recreation attendant. I’ve always enjoyed positions that were customer facing.”

“I’m still very much involved with the Rainier Beach Community Center. I’m the head coach of two basketball teams and the founder of the Seattle Youth Recreation Foundation (SYRF), which is a non-profit organization for the youth. I created the organization to help the kids at the community center have a better team experience. We take the kids to an annual travel basketball tournament and other monthly outings. It gives them the experience of being on a team without having a certain level of skill or finances to support the endeavor. It’s a recreational team. I’ve been running SYRF for nine years. It’s a wonderful experience. I’m also a minister at Spiritual Blessings Christian Church which also keeps me going.”

“I’ve been coaching basketball for 30 years. I’m now coaching kids of kids I use to coach! I’m still running plays from my early years of coaching and my previous players, who are now parents, are recognizing those plays! It’s funny how it comes back full circle. But the play still works, so why not?! I’m a basketball guy; a community guy. I just love to do what I do and keep it going.”

“My desire to serve and help others ties into my role here at City Light. I like coming up with process improvements and looking at things from different perspectives. It helps to serve our mission of customer service. We don’t want our customers to go to collections. That’s not our goal. Our goal is to prevent them from getting there. There are different programs we implement to help streamline the process. I’m always looking at ways to update that process and make sure that things are in a constant state of improvement. Like I said, I’ve always enjoyed positions with customer interaction.”

Power Outage Affecting 7,300 Customers in Renton/Skyway

City Light crews are responding to an outage in Renton/Skyway affecting approximately 7,300 customers. The outage started at 5:30 p.m. and is affecting two circuits and appears to be tree-related. The early estimate for restoration, based on historical data, is midnight. Customers can get more information at: http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/

Seattle 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. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

 

Volunteers Needed for the Green Dot Middle School Seattle Departure Advisory Committee

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) is seeking seven community members to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant a zoning modification needed for development of a 40,000-square foot school in the Hillman City neighborhood.

The Washington Charter School Development, Inc. (WCSD) is requesting a modification (known as a “departure”) from a select City zoning regulation for the development of the Green Dot Middle School Seattle located at 6020 Rainier Ave S. The modification is to allow “Greater than allowed building height.”

The City of Seattle allows schools to be constructed or expanded in all areas of the city in lieu of a specific “school zone” land use designation.  However, schools are subject to the development standards (setback, height, lot coverage, etc.) of the underlying land use zone. In most cases when a school is being built, renovated, or expanded, it will likely not meet the existing land use requirements unless the school requests an exemption from the existing zoning provisions. The departure process allows for the community to gather information and provide feedback on potential impacts from school construction to the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI). The departure advisory committee ultimately makes a recommendation to SDCI on whether to grant, deny, or condition the departure request.

The committee will convene one to three public meeting(s) in South Seattle during a 90-day period beginning when the committee is appointed. At the meetings, the committee will receive briefings from the WCSD, and gather and evaluate public comment on the departure request. Following these meetings, the committee will forward a recommendation to SDCI to either grant or deny the requested modification. The committee may also recommend relevant conditions to be applied to granting this change to minimize its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. SDCI will make the final decision.

Those who can apply to the committee are neighbors who live or own a business within 600’ of 6020 Rainier Avenue South, residents in the surrounding neighborhood, representatives of city-wide education issues, and parents of potential future Green Dot Middle School Seattle students. Other committee members will include a representative from WCSD and the City of Seattle.

To apply, please send a letter of interest to Maureen Sheehan at Maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov or mail to:

Maureen Sheehan
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

 Letters of interest should be received by January 13, 2017. For more information contact Maureen Sheehan at Maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov or 206-684-0302 or visit our website.

 

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in its boards and committees; women, young adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are highly encouraged to apply.

The Major Institutions and Schools Program provides a way for neighbors of Seattle’s hospitals, universities, and colleges to be directly involved in the development plans for those institutions to ensure neighborhood concerns are considered when those plans are made. It is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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IT’S HAPPENING!!! Youth Voice, Youth Choice’s First Project!

You asked for it, youth of Seattle!  And, now, with unprecedented ‘City’ speed, we just rolled out the first of many Youth Voice, Youth Choice projects.  To refresh your memory, Safe Routes to Schools was one of the projects that you prioritized via Youth Voice, Youth Choice with YOUR VOTE this past May.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has just finished construction on one of the three Safe Routes to Schools projects by installing a painted curb bulb at S Henderson St and 53rd Ave S near the Rainier Beach High School.  And not just any kind of paint, but a checker board pattern of blue and orange.  Go Vikings!

That’s right, Rainier Beach High School students, just in time for your first day of school in September.

As for the other two Safe Routes to Schools projects, installation of speed humps on S Kenyon St/Way near Wing Luke Elementary School and a raised crosswalk at the intersection of 16th Ave SW & SW Myrtle St, these will be built in 2017.

Stay tuned for more details on those projects in the coming months!

Full list of 2016 awarded projects:

IT’S HAPPENING!!! Youth Voice, Youth Choice’s First Project!

You asked for it, youth of Seattle!  And, now, with unprecedented ‘City’ speed, we just rolled out the first of many Youth Voice, Youth Choice projects.  To refresh your memory, Safe Routes to Schools was one of the projects that you prioritized via Youth Voice, Youth Choice with YOUR VOTE this past May.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has just finished construction on one of the three Safe Routes to Schools projects by installing a painted curb bulb at S Henderson St and 53rd Ave S near the Rainier Beach High School.  And not just any kind of paint, but a checker board pattern of blue and orange.  Go Vikings!

That’s right, Rainier Beach High School students, just in time for your first day of school in September.

As for the other two Safe Routes to Schools projects, installation of speed humps on S Kenyon St/Way near Wing Luke Elementary School and a raised crosswalk at the intersection of 16th Ave SW & SW Myrtle St, these will be built in 2017.

Stay tuned for more details on those projects in the coming months!

Full list of 2016 awarded projects: