General Meeting this Thursday, 4/10!

Hi Neighbors and Friends,

It’s been a very busy winter for GSNC since our last posting, what with hot issues like the Dakota Substation and the Genesee Hill School, plus board elections, 2014 planning, and more. We were not able to update the website as often as we would have liked, but did send out e-mail announcements and information to our e-mail list. If you haven’t yet signed up to receive our e-mails, please do so to ensure you get our latest news and updates!

General Meeting this Thursday, April 10 (or, Do You Know Where Your Nearest Emergency Communications Hub Is?)

Please plan to join us this Thursday evening from 7 to 8:30 in Howell Auditorium at the West Side Presbyterian Church for updates on all of the above topics. In addition, we are looking forward to hearing from Cindi Barker of West Seattle Be Prepared on the topic of Emergency Communication Hubs. The GSNC board identified emergency preparedness in our neighborhood as one of the group’s priorities for 2014, and Cindi’s presentation will be a great kickoff to the year’s activities. She will share just how communication between residents and the city’s emergency responders is expected to happen in the event of a major earthquake or other disaster that takes down the usual modes of communication such as cell phones. Multiple volunteers are needed to staff the Hubs should a disaster occur, and training is available twice per year, with the next one coming up in mid-May. Come find out more and consider getting involved!


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October General Meeting is Tonight!

(Apologies for the late posting, but this information was sent out to our members at the beginning of the week.)

Date:       Thursday, October 10

Time:       7-8:30 p.m.

Where:   West Side Presbyterian Church – Howell Auditorium, 3601 California Ave SW

Speaker:   “Keeping Seattle Walkable,” a slide presentation with Jake Jaramillo, co-author (with Cathy Jaramillo) of Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods. For more information, visit their website at


We will also have updates on the Dakota Substation and the activities of the West Seattle Green Space Coalition, as well as the Genesee Hill School and the West Seattle Transit Coalition.



Please SAVE THE DATE for the next general meeting of the GSNC:

November 7, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m. at West Side Presbyterian Church – Howell Auditorium
(Note: This is the first Thursday of November, rather than our usual second Thursday.)

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Busy week for meetings–and Genesee Hill School updates!

There’s a public meeting for everyone this week! Check it out:

Monday, 9/23, Community Conversation on the Future of Seattle Public Library services, 5:30-6:45 p.m. with City Librarian Marcellus Turner at the West Seattle Public Library. More details from the West Seattle Blog are available here.

Tuesday, 9/24 – First Meeting of the West Seattle Transit Coalition, 6:30-9 p.m.+ at High Point Neighborhood House  at 6400 Sylvan Way SW. Find out more here.

Wednesday, 9/25 – Seattle Public Schools Public Meeting on Draft Revisions to Attendance Area Boundaries, 6:30-8 p.m. in the West Seattle High School Commons. More information is available on the district website.

Thursday, 9/26 – Seattle Public Schools Community Conversation on Genesee Hill Elementary School Project, 7-8 p.m. at Schmitz Park Elementary School (in the cafeteria). Seattle Public School’s capital projects team and BLRB Architects will discuss the design progress, including “the project scope, schedule, planned construction activities, environmental (noise and dust), the removal of two exceptional trees,” and take questions. More information is available at; questions may be sent to Jeanine Gilmore, phone 206-252-0670, or via e-mail:

In addition, the 82-page Environmental Checklist for the Genesee Hill School project [prepared to comply with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) regulations] has been released for public review and comment. Copies may be obtained from the district for $12, reviewed (only) at Schmitz Park Elementary School, or downloaded (free) from the district website. Comments are due by 5 p.m.on October 14 to Pegi McEvoy, 206-252-0102. More information and a link to the downloadable file is available at this page of the district’s website.

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Deadline is this Wednesday, Sept. 18, for Genesee Hill School Departure Advisory Committee

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking volunteers who live or own property near the Genesee Hill School site to serve on a Departure Advisory Committee for the new school. The Seattle School District is requesting a waiver (departure) from city zoning regulations to accommodate the 3-story height of the planned new school at Genesee Hill, as well as continued on-street bus loading.

The role of the Departure Advisory Committee would be to seek public input on the school district’s waiver request and to recommend granting the request with or without conditions to minimize the waiver’s impacts on the surrounding neighborhood, or to recommend denial of the departures.

The deadline for applying to be on the Departure Advisory Committee is this Wednesday, September 18. Letters of interest may be sent by e-mail or snail mail; please see this notice for more details on how to apply.

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Hearing set for Oct. 2 on disposal of substation properties; written comments due Oct. 18

GSNC board members who attended Seattle City Light’s August 27 informational meeting regarding the utility’s proposal to sell the 50th & Dakota substation and others substations in West Seattle reported that the meeting was well attended, and community interest in the proposal was very strong.

GSNC strongly supports preserving green space for future use as population density in West Seattle increases, and is therefore actively exploring possibilities for preserving the 50th & Dakota substation as green space (perhaps a small park or community garden). Given that the Parks Dept. and Dept. of Neighborhoods have declined to buy the property due to a current lack of funds, the most likely scenario for green space preservation will require the community to secure funding. GSNC is therefore likely to ask City Light to delay the sale of the property and allow more time to pursue this option.

Please come on out to express your opinion when City Light takes public comments on disposition of the property at a public hearing on Wednesday, October 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the High Point Community Center; more details can be found here.

SCL will also take written comments through October 18. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to, via the SCL website ( or snail mail (see flyer for address).

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Interested in West Seattle transit issues?

Are you interested in transportation issues affecting West Seattle? Is your commute taking longer than it used to?

A move is afoot to form a West Seattle Transit Coalition (WSTC) to fight further cuts to Metro transit service and to restore previously cut service. GSNC is interested and generally supportive of this effort, but needs one or two people to take the lead in attending WSTC meetings on behalf of GSNC and reporting back to our board and members (our board members are already maxed out with other issues ).

For more information on the WSTC’s efforts to keep traffic into and out of West Seattle moving in light of past and future transit cuts, Viaduct removal, and increasing density in West Seattle, please visit the West Seattle Blog’s coverage of this issue. In addition, please mark your calendar for the date of the first meeting on Tuesday, September 24th from 6:30 pm-9 pm (open-ended if needed) at the High Point Neighborhood House ( at 6400 Sylvan Way SW. This meeting is open to everyone.

The WSTC is also asking whether we have any current data in the following areas, so if you have any of the following information, please share it with GSNC and WSTC: “Economic impacts of the Viaduct coming down (for Seattle and West Seattle)? Current bus routes? Current travel times? Projections? Anything that can give us concrete facts to back up the passions.”

We invite you to submit your information by sending us a message at and also by sending it to Amanda Kay Helmick, Chair of the Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights Community Council (and WSTC organizer) at Comments may also be left below at “Leave a Reply.”

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Concerns Raised About Smart (Wireless) Electric Meters

GSNC recently received this letter raising awareness of concerns surrounding Seattle City Light’s transition to Smart Electric Meters. We wanted everyone to be aware of this information and would like to hear your thoughts on this issue.

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