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Sound Transit Engaging Communities

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Sound Transit is engaging Seattle communities in a conversation about the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions project, which will deliver light rail connections to West Seattle and Ballard with stations in between including SODO, Chinatown-International District, Midtown, Westlake, South Lake Union, Denny, Seattle Center, Smith Cove and Interbay.

In late October, the Sound Transit Board identified additional alternatives to study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), in addition to the preferred alternatives and other alternatives the Board identified in May. The Draft EIS is the next step in the environmental review process, where we will evaluate potential impacts and benefits of the alternatives on the natural and built environment, and identify potential mitigation measures. The Draft EIS is anticipated to be released in late 2020 for public review and comment.

As part of our continuing commitment to engage communities and future riders, we’re hosting five Neighborhood Forums to share the alternatives we’ll be studying in the Draft EIS, what happens next in the environmental review process and how communities can stay engaged. There will also be opportunities to participate in small group activities to share your unique neighborhood context and discuss how that might relate to future light rail stations.

The event details are below:

  • Downtown Seattle (Includes stations at Seattle Center, South Lake Union, Denny, Midtown, Westlake, Chinatown-International District, Stadium and SODO)
    Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Central Seattle Public Library (Washington Mutual Room)
    1000 4th Avenue, Seattle
  • West Seattle (Includes stations at Delridge, Avalon and Alaska Junction)
    Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 | 6 – 8 p.m.
    Alki Masonic Center
    4736 40th Avenue SW, Seattle
  • Chinatown-International District station (Includes the Chinatown-International District station only*)
    Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Union Station (Great Hall)
    401 S Jackson Street, Seattle
  • Interbay-Ballard (Includes stations at Smith Cove, Interbay and Ballard)
    Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 | 6 – 8 p.m.
    St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
    5710 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle 
  • Delridge Station (Includes the Delridge station only*)
    Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Delridge Community Center (Gym)
    4501 Delridge Way SW, Seattle

*Events will build upon the community engagement and collaboration approach outlined in the Racial Equity Toolkit. Interpreters will be available – see web link for more details.
Learn more and RSVP today

If you’re not able to attend in person, we’ll have opportunities to participate online and learn more, starting as early as November 18th.

UW Huskies

Discount UW Basketball Tickets Offered

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The PAC12 again has extended a discount ticket program offer to our organization. They make their “Local Government Appreciation” games available for members of the 34th. Enjoy a UW Mens Basketball game at reduced price on Saturday, February 1st at 7:30pm against Arizona State. The second game included in the offer is on Friday, February 28th at 6pm. This will not only be a great way to get discounted seats, but it will also be early access to single game seats before they go on sale to the general public on December 3rd. The WSU game is one of four premium games this season! To buy tickets, visit this link: https://fevo.me/2CcY68P.

November Newsletter Published

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The 34th District’s monthly newsletter has been released. Editor Steve Butts says this issue is one you won’t want to miss! Download it and see what’s going on in the district!

Participate in our Giving Tree at the November Meeting

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Again this year we will again support the Navos Holiday Drive. Pick up a card at our November meeting/Town Hall and support Navos’ clients by donating a gift card in a value that is personal and meaningful to you. Cards from Target, grocery stores and VISA are requested. Bring the donation back to our December holiday party.

Navos’ Holiday Drive supports our Emergent Needs Fund. At Navos, 90% of the clients we serve are low-income or even homeless.  In many cases, our clients do not have the means to meet their basic needs, so we help support them by collecting gift cards that they can use to purchase necessary items, such as diapers, hygiene items, clothes for a job interview, or food for a family that just had to move out of their home due to a domestic violence situation.  This fund also helps support our clients by providing items necessary to reaching their treatment plan goals, as well as bus tickets so that clients can get to and from their scheduled appointments.  The Emergent Needs Fund covers a wide range of needs, allowing us to help provide our clients whatever they may need to help them reach recovery, from rain ponchos for our homeless clients to weighted blankets to help soothe anxiety for the kids in our Youth Residential Treatment Program.

Nominate a 34th Dem!

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Do you know someone who has made outstanding contributions to the 34th this year, a PCO who has gone above and beyond, or an elected official whose advocacy has inspired you? Nominate them for the 34th Democrats Annual Awards, to be announced at our holiday party on December 11th. Read more abou the awards and make nominations here: http://bit.ly/34demsawards. Nominations are due by November 19th.

Step Up and Be a PCO!

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We Need You! The Party Needs You!

As we hunker down to make sure that democrats get elected this year and then again in 2020, we are also looking to fill open PCO positions in the district. What’s a PCO? A Precinct Committee Officer (or PCO) is the official elected or appointed Democratic Party official for an electoral precinct under state law. Their primary responsibility is to knock on their neighbors’ doors prior to each election to remind them to vote and provide materials on endorsed candidates, but they also serve as leaders and organizers for voters in their precinct.

Looking for a way to help this year and next? Learn more about becoming a PCO today! Our chair, Nick Bonazza will provide training and support. Check out the PCO section of our site and consider making a commitment to lead your precinct. Email Nick at pco@34dems.org for details.