City of Seattle
The Mandatory Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda meetings coming up Nov. 29 at the Highland Park Improvement Club (sponsored by MOCA) and Dec. 7 at Shelby's Bistro in the junction will discuss changes the new policies will introduce aimed at making these areas more affordable.

UPDATE: Rezoning meeting on affordability for District 1 responds to requests for more room

Originally set for Shelby's Bistro, the Uptown Espresso has been added for capacity

UPDATE 12-1-16

The HALA meeting set for Dec. 1 at Shelby's Bistro has drawn a lot of attention and The Dept. of Neighborhoods, concerned that there would not be enough capacity has added the Uptown Espresso across the street for those wishing to attend.

Here's their announcement:
"We heard concerns about having enough room for our West Seattle Open House at Shelby’s (capacity is 80). Uptown Espresso has graciously offered us additional space at their café, just across the street. We will now be at both locations on December 7th, 5:30-7:30. Time is at 5:30 to accommodate the Southwest District Council Meeting which begins at 6:30pm."

The Morgan Community Association held their own meeting Nov. 29, drawing a lot of interest in the community.

Original Post 11-28-16

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On the Go - Week of 11-28-16

Discovery Shop
4535 California Ave. S.W.
Nov. 25–Dec. 3. All items with yellow tags are $1.00 starting Nov. 27 and all items with pink tags are reduced 50% starting Dec. 1. On Dec. 3, pick a candy cane at check-out to determine your discount. Our shop is decorated for the holidays from the window to the back door and we have just what you need to decorate your home, some festive clothing to wear and a store full of unique gifts for everyone on your list. The all volunteer run non-profit American Cancer Society shop is open every Sun. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., all other days 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Follow our blog at


Grace Church
10323 28th Ave. S.W.
Every Sat. from Sept 10–Dec. 3, 10 a.m.–Noon. Grace Church, in West Seattle, will host a 13-week GriefShare recovery support group for those that have lost a loved one by death. You are free to start at any time. A one-time $15 charge will cover the cost of your workbook. For information please contact Grace Church, 206.937.8400 or Barb at 206.932.7459.

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Gwen Davis
On Tuesday evening, attendees were provided with a condensed presentation of the city's new Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program. They were also shown maps which detailed how their neighbored would be impacted.

New rezoning and affordability rules in District 1 — do you know what’s going on?

By Gwen Davis

It’s no secret. West Seattle is growing. Within the next 20 years, it’s projected that 70,000 more households will move to West Seattle. Many of those people will need affordable housing or they will not be able to live in the area. Therefore, the mayor and city has hustled in coming up with a plan to allow growth while including an adequate amount of affordable housing.

On Tuesday evening, city policy volunteers hosted a large open house of over 100 people to present the city’s new plans: the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program.

The open house was hosted at the Highland Park Improvement Club.

The first part of the meeting provided a presentation of the MHA. In the second half, attendees looked at maps, so they could see where the changes would occur in their neighborhood.

Deb Barker, a volunteer involved with city policy, opened the meeting.

“What we’re learning tonight can lead to lots of opinions and feelings,” Barker began. “Take time and take notes.”

Attendees were given packets so they could follow along the presentation.

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