Standing up for safer neighborhoods: New coalition, City of Seattle weigh in on confronting homelessness

By Lindsay Peyton

A new coalition has formed representing Seattle’s Ballard, Phinney, Queen Anne, Greenwood and Magnolia neighborhoods – and the group is ready to take a stand on crime and homelessness.

Speak Out Seattle, created on Jan. 5, is part of Safe Seattle, an advocacy group trying to end neighborhood crime, drug dealing and homelessness.

“It’s a group of neighborhood associations, business owners and residents,” co-founder Harley Lever said. “Nobody’s satisfied with the situation going on in Seattle. The extremes are the voice, and I think regular people are frustrated.”

The organization clarified the “situation” in a letter to city council member Mike O’Brien, district 6, which was hand-delivered to him, as well as other select representatives and Mayor Ed Murray, on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

In the letter, Speak Out Seattle chair Elisabeth James wrote, “People belong in homes, indoor shelters and/or in rehabilitation facilities where they can get the help they need. Not outside in camps.”

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On the Go Week of 1-23-17

Sweet, Sweet Music
Fauntleroy Church 9140 California Ave. S.W.

Friday, Feb. 10, 7:30 - 9:30 pm. - A wide variety of local talent will warm this winter evening for all ages. $10 adult admission at the door (kids free) includes beverage and dessert. Fellowship Hall.

Bystander Intervention
Fauntleroy Church 9140 California Ave. SW

Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30 - 8 pm. - Learn practical, safe alternatives to doing nothing when witnessing bullying or harassment. Free in Fellowship Hall.


Join ELVIS for dinner and music at The Kenney on Saturday, February 11th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

7125 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle.
Tickets: $45.00 per person before 2/1/17. $60.00 per person after 2/1/17. Registration deadline: February 9. All proceeds benefit The Kenney Foundation. For more info or to register, call 206-937-2800. Ask for Ellen.

Discovery Shop
4535 California Ave. S.W.

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Patrick Robinson
San Juan Apartments closed in Emergency Order from the City of Seattle.

UPDATE: San Juan Apartments closed by City of Seattle in emergency order; More units added to inspection list

Update 1-23-17
As the West Seattle Herald reported first on Jan. 20, The San Juan Apartments were the subject of a closure and vacation order by the City of Seattle Department of Bulidings and Construction. The original notice posted on the front door called for the entire building but only one unit was ordered vacated at that time, unit 41. Two more units have been added to the inspection list since then and the Herald, upon visiting drew the attention of further potential health hazards and building faults to the City. The spokesperson Bryan Stevens said they would attempt to gain access to to the second floor and other areas. He also issued a statement regarding the situation and what tenants can do in the event relocation is required.

Steven's statement:

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