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Coach Ron Onyon of the Interbay Eagle youth football team showed with some of his players to demand that the City Council take action to keep homeless people, and especially drug users from camping out on the field used by young players. The City Council committee on the issue has yet to vote on bills proposed by Councilmember Mike O'Brien and Sally Bagshaw.

Will we see homeless campers in our parks? Rancorous City Council meeting airs the issues

By Shane Harms

The issue of homelessness in Seattle has been coming to a head as both the Seattle Mayor's office and the Seattle City Council have grappled with how to deal with homeless encampments. The recent clearing of the "Jungle" an area under Interstate 5 near Airport Way South resulting in the death of a homeless man when he was shot in an altercation with Seattle Police. Media reports on homeless people camping out on playfields, near schools and in other public lands leaving behind refuse, human waste and syringes have raised the ire of the public and officials who have yet to come to a satisfactory way forward with this complex problem.

The Seattle City Council held a committee meeting Oct 14 to discuss enacting Council Bill 118794, the bill that would allow homeless people to camp in over 5,200 acres of city parks and greenbelts.

Councilmembers Mike O’Brien and Sally Bagshaw wrote different versions of the bill for consideration. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and Columbia Legal Services drafted the original bill.

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Seattle Emergency Hub at Alaska Junction will open Oct.23

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Junction Neighbors Organization (JuNO), Hope Lutheran Church, West Seattle Be Prepared, supporting local businesses and the City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund, a new Seattle Emergency Communications Hub will open at Hope Lutheran Church on Oct. 23.

Please stop by to learn more about how to prepare for emergencies, what the hub will do in the event of a disaster and how you can be a volunteer to help others at the hub.

Grand Opening Seattle Emergency Hub at Alaska Junction / Hope Lutheran Church
Sunday, Oct 23, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Hope Lutheran Church, 4456 42nd Ave SW, with information tables in the Hope Lutheran Church parking lot, at the corner of 42nd Ave. SW and Oregon Street.

For more information, contact Cindi Barker,, 206-933-6968 or visit the West Seattle Be Prepared website at

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Morgan Junction Community Meeting will look at zoning for HALA

The Morgan Junction Community (MoCA) meeting coming up on Oct 19. Organizer hope to have the map for Morgan Junction which will show the initial suggestion for zoning changes on all property inside the Morgan Junction Urban Village boundary.

The suggested changes are the first round of zoning change discussions being led by the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development. These changes are being made as part of the proposed Mandatory Housing Affordability initiative which is part of the Mayors Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). These are for review but there will be a formal “Open House” scheduled later this fall to collect community input.

If you own property inside the Morgan Junction Urban Village, your land is proposed to be rezoned. Come to the meeting for more details, or watch for the posting of the maps and additional information on the City’s HALA page at

Orchard Street Ravine Work Party

Saturday, Oct 8, any time between 9:00 and 1:00.

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