Friday, January 29, 2010

Seattle Energy Policy is Announced and Approved!!! Siging Event - Community Action

Subject: Green Jobs Legislation Passes City Council

As many of you are aware, and in partnership with many of your organizations, the City of Seattle has been working hard for the past two years to establish new policies and programs that will help us meet our ambitious goals to reduce the energy consumption of Seattle’s buildings by 20% by 2020, create new green jobs and save our residents and businesses money on energy bills.

On Earth Day 2009, we announced the Green Building Capital Initiative – a suite of policies developed in partnership with the Green Building Task Force. We're very pleased to announce that we've made great progress over the past year in implementing many of those recommendations, including passage by Seattle City Council, as of yesterday, January 25, 2010, of the non-residential and multifamily energy performance disclosure ordinance.

This ordinance requires annual reporting of energy performance for all non-residential buildings over 10,000 SF and all multi-family buildings over 5 units on an annual basis, as well as disclosure to potential residents, buyers and lenders upon request. We believe that providing this information to building owners and tenants is an important first step in encouraging greater energy efficiency in the market place. Our economic analysis shows that building energy retrofits inspired by this ordinance will create 130 jobs.

Please join us on February 1st, 2010 at 4 PM for a bill signing with Mayor Mike McGinn as well as updates on all Green Building Task Force recommendations.

When: February 1, 2010

Time: 4 – 5:30 PM

Location: 1301 Second Avenue, Executive Conference Room

Agenda: First Annual Update on Green Building Capital Initiative

Bill Signing


Many thanks again for your commitment and service to this important work, and for helping to maintain Seattle's leadership position in green building and climate protection policy and implementation. We look forward to seeing you on Monday. Please RSVP to Jeanie Boawn at



Michael Mann

Acting Director

Office of Sustainability and Environment

City of Seattle

Friday, December 11, 2009

Property Rights Bill HB 1490 Back on the Table!!! Alert!!

In 2006, the City of Seattle attempted to declare southeast Seattle "blighted". The designation of "blight" would have made home loans more difficult to obtain, raised insurance rates, and threatened property values. The city's intent was to use the "blight" designation in order to assert the power of eminent domain, as provided under the state's Community Renewal law. A coalition of non-profit housing developers led the effort to impose "blight" upon southeast Seattle. Both non-profit and for-profit housing developers stood to benefit from the implementation of the Community Renewal Act.

Had the city's efforts succeeded, private property rights would have been taken away from many thousands of residents. Those precious rights would have been transferred to city leaders who would have had the ability to condemn property, forcing the sale and displacement of residents and businesses ---but only in southeast Seattle. Residents, property owners, and business owners fought back and forced the city to shelve the plan to implement eminent domain.

Futurewise, Great City, Transit Choices Coalition, Cascade Land Conservancy, the Sierra Club, and a host of other similar groups will be lining up in Olympia in January 2010 to demonstrate broad support for resurrecting and passage of HB 1490 in the 2010 legislative session. This is the second attempt to pass this piece of legislation. The legislation died in committee last year due to strong opposition from residents of southeast Seattle. Undeterred, the proponents of HB 1490 are back for another try.

If HB 1490 is adopted, southeast Seattle will be ground zero for this terrible legislation. Thousands of privately owned properties will be subject to a different and lesser standard of property rights. This will stigmatize our community and have a detrimental impact on property values. As has occurred in other cities, the condemnation and large-scale redevelopment projects will forever alter organic growth and demographic patterns for the benefit of a handful of special-interest developers. Affordable housing will be demolished to make way for newer, more expensive housing. Every city and town in Washington State is potentially at risk, but the greatest impact will be felt around the light rail station in southeast Seattle.

The power of eminent domain should be reserved for public uses such as schools, highways, and libraries, and not to payback favors to influential friends and wealthy developers who are on the 'in' with our elected leaders.

I hope you will mark your calendar for January 14th. You are invited to attend the press conference in Olympia. We will be working to arrange carpools and other transportation.

Please share this with your sphere of influence.

The press conference is scheduled for January 14, 2010 at 10 a.m. in the Senate Rules Room located in the Legislative Buildingon Capitol Campus in Olympia. The Senate Rules Room is located inside the entrance to the Lt. Governor’s Office. Visitor parking closest to the Legislative Buildingis the South Diagonal and North Diagonal parking which costs $.50 per hour.

See designated parking areas on map .
Driving directions are as follows:

- From I-5 Southbound:Bear right on ramp at sign reading "Exit 105A to State Capitol. Continue on 14th Ave SE through tunnel and onto the Capitol Campus. The Legislative Building is the domed building straight ahead.
From I-5 Northbound: Bear right on ramp at sign reading "Exit 105A to State Capitol". Take left lane of exit. Continue on 14th Ave SE through tunnel and onto the Capitol Campus. The Legislative Building is the domed building straight ahead

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Small Org Development Grant Announcement!


From: Barbara Fane
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 11:06 AM
Subject: FW: capacity building opportunity for small faith and community based organizations


Great news for capacity building for small faith and community-based organizations!

Please read below for information about Project Empower. A Request for Investment will be coming out in the next week or two. This is a great opportunity for small faith and community based organizations who have time to invest in capacity building. The RFI will be available through NAC and WCCDA and on their websites. This is all the information we have right now but NAC and WCCDA want to share information so folks will be prepared to respond to a RFI soon.

Please read carefully below to see if your organization is eligible and forward to those that may be.

Request for Investment (RFI) to Strengthen the Organizational Capacity of Small Grassroots Faith and Community based Nonprofits

Through Project Empower, the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC) in partnership with the National Community Development Institute and the White Center Community Development Association will be releasing a Request for Investment (RFI) targeting grassroots faith and community based organizations:

• With budgets of $500,000 or less

• Based and serving targeted low income communities in and bordering SE and SW Seattle (including White Center, Boulevard Park, Skyway, Renton, SeaTac, Tukwila, and Burien.)

• that provide services to assist:

a. Low income individuals gain greater access to state and federal benefits and tax credits.

b. Low income individuals find and retain employment, earn higher wages, and better quality jobs.

c. Low income individuals in need of financial assistance or credit counseling and help them access Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) and other asset building strategies.

d. The Homeless

e. Elders in need

f. At risk youth including Native American Youth; and/or

g. Families in transition from welfare to work.

The Request for Investment (RFI) will have more detail and specifics regarding eligibility and minimum requirements to participate.

Project Empower is a 12 month collaborative project designed to strengthen the infrastructure and program delivery capacity of 15 faith and community based organizations selected through a competitive process. Organizational selected will receive a package of on-site, individualized, culturally competent capacity building support that builds on existing assets while addressing the four core areas of 1) Leadership Development; 2) Organizational Development; 3) Program Development; and 4) Community Engagement.

NAC is planning to release the RFI between December 1 and 15, 2009. Fifteen faith and community based organizations selected through the RFI will receive an array of capacity building support and a grant of $10,000 - $15,000 to address specific capacity building needs. Each organization must designate staff and board members to participate in individual technical assistance as well as group training and peer-learning activities. The RFI will be posted on the NAC website at For an electronic copy, please email and write in Project Empower RFI in the subject line.

Project Empower is funded by a Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) grant award from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families’ Office of Community Services.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Food Justice Alert!!

Friends, please take 2 minutes of your time THIS WEEK-END to support food justice locally: we just got word that WSU Extension has been cut from the King County Council budget. This is an outrage. Please join me in sending a strong message TODAY to ensure they fund a solution to this!

& I will make this easy for you!
1. All Council members' emails:,,,,,,,,

Phone etc below. Want to know who your council member is?
Enter your address here:

2. I include here an email I sent. Feel free to use or change!

& Find more background info below. Thank you for taking action for food security and food justice,

I am very concerned to hear today that the budget for WSU Extension has been cut out of the County budget. This is particularly troublesome since they just received a sizable grant - $1.2 million - from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to implement the Community Action Plan, that they will be unable to use if they are cut.

The Council must find a solution: Extension provides so many essential services to our region's farmers, low income families needing nutrition education, community members who need gardening education, and the invaluable Puget Sound Fresh Program of Cascade Harvest Coalition.

Did you know that this week the USDA announced a national trend of increased hunger in the US? In the face of this disturbing news, why is the Council cutting the budget for the very services that contribute to food security in the Northwest?

WSU Extension provides vital services that must not be cut from the budget.
I look forward to hearing about your solutions to this crisis.

Heather Day
Director, Community Alliance for Global Justice

403 29th Ave E
Seattle WA 98112
Contact your councilmember:

Bob Ferguson
Council Vice Chair, District 1
Member since: 2004
Current term: 2006-2009

Larry Gossett
District 2
Member since: 1994
Current term: 2008-2011

Kathy Lambert
District 3
Member since: 2002
Current term: 2006-2009

Larry Phillips
District 4
Member since: 1992
Current term: 2008-2011

Julia Patterson
District 5
Member since: 2001
Current term: 2006-2009

Jane Hague
Council Vice Chair, District 6
Member since: 1994
Current term: 2008-2011

Pete von Reichbauer
District 7
Member since: 1994
Current term: 2006-2009

Dow Constantine
Council Chair, District 8
Member since: 2002
Current term: 2008-2011

Reagan Dunn
District 9
Member since: 2005
Current term: 2006-2009
NOTE from Tammy Morales:
Folks it looks like the cuts may be permanent. Unbelievable. Please contact your council members and ask them to find a solution to this. Extension provides so many services to our regions farmers, low income families needing nutrition education, community members who need gardening education. It supports the Puget Sound Fresh Program of Cascade Harvest Coalition. AND it is the host for this $1.2 MILLION grant from the Kellogg Foundation. Is the council really going to walk away from this?
Make the calls! Send the emails! This is for real.

Note from W.K. Kellogg Foundation:
Yesterday afternoon we received word that WSU King County Extension was eliminated from the King County budget. The repercussions of this action means that WSU Extension will be forced to decline the recently awarded $1.2 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to implement our Community Action Plan.

At this time we do not have a 'plan b' for how to handle this situation - as the zero-ing out of Extension came as a surprise. Your support is vital as we face seemingly uncertain times.

ACTION REQUEST --> Please do what you can to educate your local council member that eliminating Extension also eliminates the opportunity to pursue this work. Extension Director, Brad Gaolach, is working with council staff to find a solution, but your support will be critical during these final days.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

GREEN EXPO in Georgetown Seattle!!!!

Save the Date!!!

Green Expo at Georgetown Campus
Friday, October 9

Greetings PSIEC Coalition Members -

Join OSPI Superintendent Randy Dorn, electric car owners, biofuel
experts, Cool Schools and your colleagues at the second annual Green
Industrial Business and Career Expo, Friday October 9, at South Seattle
Community College's Georgetown Campus.

To Register Click

Learn more: go to the Expo web site at

I look forward to seeing you at the event.

Joe Hauth
Director, Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center

Georgetown Campus, South Seattle Community College
6737 Corson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 764-5838