North Highline Unincorporated Area Council – Thursday, June 3rd mtg – 7pm

The Opportunity to Be Informed, Be Involved and Be Heard!

Where?    North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting

When?     Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 7 pm

How?       Join Zoom Meeting at: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87572299021?pwd=L3Y4d21RUUMrbjI4L25VY3pLSHYwZz09

Meeting ID:     875 7229 9021             Passcode (case sensitive):      NHUAC2021 

      Unable to join via Zoom?  Please Call:      1 253 215 8782 

Meeting ID:    875 7229 9021             Passcode:       545542019

NHUAC’s June 3rd meeting is going to be the last before our summer break.  Our guests will discuss a variety of topics including local youth, parks, roads, permitting and taxes.

Please join us as we welcome Lina Rose of King County Parks; Darlene Sellers of the Teen Program at Steve Cox Memorial Park; Marissa Jauregui of the Coalition for Drug-Free Youth; Danielle de Clerc, Deputy Director of Local Services; and Mark Rowe, Deputy Director of the Permitting Division. 

Be there or be unaware! 

Knowledge is power.

Learn, share, and help make North Highline a better and healthier place.

June 3, 2021 at 7 pm – Tell a Neighbor!

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Mtg: Thursday, May 6, 7m

The Opportunity to Be Informed, Be Involved and Be Heard!

Where?    North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting

When?     Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7 pm

How?        Join Zoom Meeting:                       https://kingcounty.zoom.us/j/98750682577

                                                                        Meeting ID:    987 5068 2577
                                                                        Passcode
(case sensitive):      NHUAC2021

                   Unable to join via Zoom?              Please Call:      1 253 215 8782 

                                                                        Meeting ID:     987 5068 2577                                                                                                            Passcode:        956569157

Happy May!  We made it!  After all the stress and uncertainty, are you ready to be inspired? If so, this month’s NHUAC meeting is the place to be! 

We will be joined by the first judge of Samoan heritage in Washington state! Judge Masaniai (pronounced: Ma Saw Knee Eye) made history when he was unanimously appointed by the King County Council to fill a vacancy on the bench of the Southwest District Court.  Not inspired yet?  You will be.  Judge Masaniai’s story is one of a poor kid from an immigrant family who beat the odds through perseverance, hard work, and the love and support of family and community.  He grew up in San Francisco’s inner city  before moving to the South Delridge area and graduating from White Center’s Evergreen High School in 1987.  YAH Wolverines!  YAH Judge Masanaia!  Do not miss this chance to congratulate and learn from a homegrown role model.   

Role models offer us a vision of what the future can be.  Nicole Sanders, a planner with the Green Building section of King County Permitting, will help us visualize a healthier future.  She will help us understand how climate change harms communities like North Highline, what can be done to reduce it, and ask for our help reducing it.  If you want more information prior to the meeting, it can be found at:  Legislation for public review and comment – King County 

Technically, comments were due on April 30th.  However, comments made by May 14th will be included when the proposed code is transmitted to the King County Council for consideration.  Please bring your questions and join the discussion!

And, of course, Deputy Bill Kennamer, will share what KCSO has been doing in North Highline. 

                                                            Knowledge is power.

Learn, share, and help make North Highline a better and healthier place.May 6, 2021 at 7 pm – Tell a Neighbor

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Mtg – Thursday, 4/1 – 7pm


The Opportunity to Be Informed, Be Involved and Be Heard!

Where?    North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting

When?     Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7 pm

​​​​​​Meeting ID:    987 5068 2577 
​​​​​​Passcode (case sensitive):      NHUAC2021 

​       Unable to join via Zoom?  Please Call:      1 253 215 8782 

​​​​​​Meeting ID:   ​987 5068 2577​​​​​​​​​Passcode:      ​956569157

As North Highline continues to have one of the highest COVID-19 positivity rates in the county, the virus continues to evolve. Last month’s NHUAC meeting was packed with information, but it was a month ago.  What has changed?  What should we know about the “Three V’s” – virus, variants, and vaccines? To answer these questions and more, we will be joined by Becky Reitzes, Educator Consultant with Public Health of Seattle & King County. Becky has been working on the COVID Community Mitigation Response since the beginning of the pandemic.  Please bring your questions and join the discussion!

The shortage of adequate funding for capital projects, services and programs is an on-going challenge in North Highline.  As our local government, one of King County’s primary responsibilities is budgeting – deciding where and how our tax dollars are spent.  

King County is taking a different approach to budgeting than it has used in the past.  It is calledParticipatory Budgeting (PB).  PB was first used in 1989 as an anti-poverty measure in Brazil where it successfully helped reduce child mortality by almost 30%.  According to Participatory Budgeting Project’s website, “Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over real money.”   Imagine what North Highline can be if people with personal knowledge of our community make decisions about how tax dollars are spent in our community.  Sounds like a perfect fit for a NHUAC meeting, doesn’t it?  Now imagine that you or a neighbor was one of those decision-makers.  Join us as John Taylor, Director of the Department of Local Services, explains how King County will approach this chance to expand democracy and opportunity in North Highline and how you could become part of the Community Investment Committee.

Our Storefront Deputy, Bill Kennamer, will join us once again to share what he and his fellow deputies have been working on in North Highline.  

 Knowledge is power. 

Learn, share, and help make North Highline a better and healthier place.

April 1, 2021 at 7 pm – Tell a Neighbor!

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Mtg- Thursday, March 4, 7pm


The Opportunity to Be Informed, Be Involved and Be Heard!

Where? North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting
When? Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7 pm
How? Join Zoom Meeting:  ​kingcounty.zoom.us/j/98750682577

​​​​​​Meeting ID:  987 5068 2577
​​​​​​Passcode (case sensitive): NHUAC2021 

Unable to join via Zoom?
Please Call 253.215.8782
​​​​​​Meeting ID: 987 5068 2577 ​
Passcod​e 956569157

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been an exhausting and ongoing, yearlong natural disaster unprecedented in its duration, damage and pervasive impact on our lives.” (Dr. Jeff Duchin, King County Public Health Officer, 2.26.21)

North Highline has certainly suffered. According to the county’s COVID-19 Data DashboardDaily Summary, North Highline continues to have one of the highest positivity rates in the county. In recognition of the reality that the battle is not yet won, much of NHUAC’s March 4th meeting will focus on COVID-19, what we can do, what lies ahead, and the role social equity might play in crafting a winning response. 

We will be joined by Matias Valenzuela, currently a Director with Seattle-King County Public Health and formerly Director of King County’s Office of Equity and Social Justice; North Highline Fire District Chief Mike Marrs; and Art Hendricks, manager of King County’s Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Group. The Sheriff’s Office was busy in North Highline in February. Major Jeff Flohr and Deputy Bill Kennamer will join us for what is sure to be an informative meeting. 

Have you heard? COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics will be held at Evergreen High School (830 SW 116th) in White Center on Wednesday and Thursday, March 3rd and 4th, from 10 am to 4 pm. These Vaccine Clinics are for White Center residents (and nearby neighbors) who fall into Phases 1A and 1B1 of the state’s vaccine prioritization schedule because they are: 65 or older; 50 or older and living in multigenerational households; residents of long-term care facilities; high-risk first responders; healthcare workers; or high-risk workers in health care settings. If a neighbor fits these criteria, please share this link and information with them. 

kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated?vaccineGroup=ehs

In Step 1 (the location field), type 98146 to get to QFC-FM-CHAMBER-EVERGREEN HS(Clinic Event at 830 SW 116th St.) and make an appointment. If there are appointments available, walk-up registration will be done on-site. 

​ Learn, share, and help make North Highline a better and healthier place.

March 4, 2021 at 7 pm – Tell a Neighbor!

North Highline Unincorporated Council Meeting

The Opportunity to Be Informed, Be Involved and Be Heard!

Where?    North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting

When?     Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7 pm

HOW:      Join Zoom Meeting
https://kingcounty.zoom.us/j/97919005010

Meeting ID: 979 1900 5010
Passcode: NHUAC2021 (case sensitive)

Dial by your location
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 979 1900 5010
Passcode: 030143620

Good News!  2020 is over and 2021 offers new opportunities to support a healthy community that does not back away from our struggles.  At our last meeting with Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon and Sen. Joe Nguyen, we heard that the White Center Food Bank (WCFB) may soon be displaced from its home near Dick Thurnau Memorial Park. WCFB’s Associate Executive DirectorCarmen Smithwill join our first meeting of 2021 to update us on this essential  community organization.

Because North Highline is an unincorporated area (not part of a city), King County serves as both our regional (county) and local (municipal) governments.  Many of the decisions that will form our future are being made by King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council and implemented by King County Local Services.  King County government is a common denominator for the people of North Highline. Its impact includes:

COVID-19 to public health to economic and ethnic justice to segregation and discrimination to displacement, fair housing and opportunity to schools, parks and open spaces to density and permitting to roads and infrastructure, police, and public safety to fireworks and cannabis shops to taxes and the budget…

That is why NHUAC is pleased that we will also be joined by King County Councilmember Joe McDermottand John Taylor, the Director of the Department of Local Services

The King County Sheriff’s Office is another essential part of our community.  This month we will be joined by Major Jeffrey Flohr and Deputy Bill Kennamer.

Knowledge is power.
Learn, share, and help make North Highline a better place.

Thursday, January 7th, 7pm

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting – Thursday, Dec 3, 7pm

The Opportunity to Be Informed, Be Involved and Be Heard!

                                                        North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting

When?     Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7 pm

How?        Join Zoom Meeting:  https://kingcounty.zoom.us/j/93688219357

                                                                        Meeting ID:    936 8821 9357
                                                                        Passcode (Case Sensitive)
:  NHUAC2020!  (please note that there is an  exclamation point (!) after 2020 that you must enter in the passcode)

                   Unable to join via Zoom?      Please Call:    (+1) 253 215 8782 
                                                                      Meeting ID:    
936 8821 9357                                                                                                                                                                     Passcode:        4810516954

Good News!  It has been a long time coming, but King County is going to do something about stormwater in North Highline.  Water Planner Jessica Engel will discuss the Green Stormwater Infrastructure strategy and ways it can be used to help improve our community.

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon and Sen. Joe Nguyen will also be joining NHUAC’s last meeting of 2020.  NHUAC has asked them to think about ways to improve the health, lives, and opportunity for our North Highline community.  In 2018, at the county’s annual Town Hall, NHUAC delivered a Petition to King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council.  It started:

(1)        Opportunity gives people access to what they need to succeed.

(2)        According to a 2011 Opportunity Mapping Analysis, White Center is a “low opportunityneighborhood” with “some of the worst health outcomes in King County… ranking number one for diabetesrelated deaths, infant mortality, and heart disease….”  The report also cites “academic achievement and poverty challenges.”  “School poverty has serious implications not just for students, but for districts, communities and the region.”

We, the undersigned:   

Ask King County to conduct a Fair Housing Assessment and Opportunity Analysis of the

 North Highline community as part of White Center’s “community of opportunity” designation.

Unfortunately, King County has not given any indication that it intends to conduct either analysis. We hope that Sen. Nguyen and Rep. Fitzgibbon can help us around this quandary.

NHUAC is always happy to see White Center Storefront Deputy Bill Kennamer, who will be joined by Major Jeffrey Flohr and Community Engagement Specialist Manny Apostle.

Knowledge is power.   Learn, share, and help make North Highline a better place.

December 3, 2020 at 7 pm – Tell a Neighbor!

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting – Nov 5th

When     Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 7 pm
How       
Join Zoom Meeting: 

https://kingcounty.zoom.us/j/94310110478  Meeting ID:    943 1011 0478
Passcode:        NHUAC2020!

                   Unable to join via Zoom?       
Please Call:    
(+1) 253-215-8782
Meeting ID:   
943 1011 0478           Passcode:      7581259731

We did it!  NHUAC’s October meeting was different in its format, but still full of important information.  Now that we have our first Zoom meeting under our belt, we want to assure you that you can still be an informed and involved community member despite COVID-19.  Although Zoom allows  more accessibility, it is not your only option. You can call in, too.  Our North Highline community is worth the effort! 

Have you applied for a loan lately or know someone who relies on payday lenders in times of need?  Have you heard of Community Development Financial Institutions or CDFIs?  They go back to the 1970s and the Community Reinvestment Act. The CRA was needed because of the lack of access to responsible and affordable credit and capital in low-income communities.  Does North Highline need access to a CDFI?  Rick Thomas of Credit Union Strategic Planning will join us to discuss this important topic.

David Goodman of King County will update us and gather our feedback on the evolving North Highline Subarea Plan. The plan will guide development in North Highline over the next 20 years.  According to the county’s vision statement:  “North Highline is a diverse, inclusive, and family-friendly community that supports a thriving small business community, enjoys proximity to urban amenities and green space, and provides opportunities for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds to live, work, and thrive.”   The big question is:  How do we get there from here?

NHUAC is always happy to see White Center Storefront Deputy Bill Kennamer, who will update us once again about police activity in our community.

Knowledge is power.   Learn, share, and help make North Highline a better place.

November 5, 2020 at 7 pm – Tell a Neighbor!

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council – October 8th Meeting

2020 has been a year of many challenges and the creation of many new norms.  With that said, NHUAC will not be holding a meeting on the first Thursday of October, and instead will be holding the meeting on the second Thursday, October 8th.

With continued Social Distancing recommendations, the meeting will be held via Zoom.  You will also have the option of calling in on your phone.  We will send out info on how to join the meeting, as well as info on our guest speakers as we get closer to the meeting date.

Please plan on joining us as we will be discussing issues that are very important to the future of our North Highline Community.

So fire up your computers and get ready to Zoom.

Community Matters

Stay Informed, Stay Involved, Be Heard

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council – No July and August meetings:

As in our prior years, the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council (NHUAC) will not be holding July and August meetings. We will resume meetings on Thursday, September 3rd. Wishing everyone a safe, happy, warm, summer –
In the meantime, please see the info below regarding mask and hand sanitizer distribution that the North Highline Fire District in partnership with NHUAC and King County, will be handing out on July 4th.