Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

Laura Jenkins

Hey Neighbor: Meet Laura Jenkins!

Laura is one of our amazing Community Engagement Coordinators. In the latest installment of Hey Neighbor, hear about what keeps her coming back to work, her favorite spot in Seattle, and the scratch and sniff swag that had her and her coworkers cracking up.

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Mayor Seeks New Member for the Landmarks Preservation Board’s Structural Engineer Position: The 12-member Landmarks Preservation Board makes recommendations to Seattle City Council for landmark designation and reviews all proposed physical alterations to designated features of landmark properties. (more)

Public Comment Period Open for West Seattle, Ballard Light Rail Project: You are invited to share your feedback online or in-person at an upcoming open house. Comment period ends March 18. (more)

Buses to Leave Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel: On March 23, seven bus routes will shift from the transit tunnel to surface streets to accommodate the Washington State Convention Center construction and future Link light rail expansion. (more)

Executive Order Aims to Take Action on Displacement and Gentrification: Learn more about the executive order, which aims to combat residential displacement in neighborhoods across Seattle and create more affordable low- and middle-income housing. (more)

Get the Latest on Pothole Repairs: Get the scoop on Seattle's pothole situation caused by the recent storms and what Seattle Department of Transportation is doing to tackle the problem. (more)

Digital Equity Study Reveals Seattle Residents Are More Connected Than Ever: Study shows nearly 95% of Seattle households are connected but there’s room for improvement in digital equity. (more)

Apply for Fresh Bucks Vouchers: Starting March 4th, Seattle residents can apply online for Fresh Bucks. Vouchers can be used like cash to buy fruits and vegetables at any participating Fresh Bucks retailer. (more)

Technology Matching Fund Grant Applications Open: Community organizations and nonprofits are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each. Funding will be awarded to projects that work to improve digital literacy, provide affordable devices, and increase access to free or low-cost broadband. Apply by March 26. (more)

Become a Seattle Urban Nature Guide: Help inspire change through education, enrich the experience of park visitors, teach school students outside in nature, and share with your community! Apply online by March 21. (more)



Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Original Van Asselt School: The public is invited to attend the March 20 meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Give Input on Lakeridge Playground Improvement Project at March 6 Meeting: This project will make needed playground and playfield renovations including new play equipment, new field grass turf, irrigation and drainage renovation, court resurfacing, retaining wall study, and access improvements to meet ADA standards. (more)

Share Your Thoughts on the Proposed West Seattle Junction Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ): The proposed RPZ would prevent all-day parking by commuters on blocks with RPZ signs. (more)


  • Southwest District Council: March 6, 6:30pm (more)
  • King County Grant Funding Opportunities Fair & Open House: March 7, 2pm (more)
  • South Park Neighborhood Association: March 12, 7pm (more)
  • Families, Education, Preschool & Promise Levy Info Session: March 13, 6:30pm (more)
  • Transit Talk - 10 Years of Link Light Rail: March 14, 6:30pm (more)
  • Georgetown Community Council: March 18, 7pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice - Project Development: March 19, 5:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice - Project Development: March 20, 5:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice - Project Development: March 21, 5:30pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Job & Resource Fair: March 23, 12pm (more)



Discovery Park South Beach Trail Public Meeting: Join the Friends of Discovery Park and J.A. Brennan Associates for a public meeting on Wednesday, March 6 to learn about alternative design options for the South Beach Trail. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider the Nominations of Knights of Columbus Building and the Conover House: The public is invited to attend the March 6th meeting and make comments regarding the nominations. (more)


  • Queen Anne Community Council: March 6, 7:30pm (more)
  • West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions Open House: March 7, 5pm (more)
  • Seattle Central College Standing Advisory Committee: March 7, 6pm (more)
  • Lid I-5 Study Area Walking Tour: March 9, 10am (more)
  • Swedish First Hill Standing Advisory Committee: March 11, 5:30pm (more)
  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee: March 13, 6pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice - Project Development: March 21, 6pm (more)



Attend the NE 130th and 145th Station Area Planning Open House on March 13: The NE 130th & 145th Station Area Planning project is an opportunity for the community to come together and create a vision for the area surrounding the future light rail stations. (more)


  • Public Meeting on The U District 2020 - 2030: March 6, 6:30pm (more)
  • Northeast District Council: March 7, 7pm (more)
  • Haller Lake Community Club: March 7, 7pm (more)
  • Advocacy Workshop 2 - Landmark Nomination: March 9, 10am (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee: March 12, 6:30pm (more)
  • Meadowbrook Community Meeting: March 12, 7pm (more)
  • NE 130th and 145th Station Area Planning Open House: March 13, 6pm (more)
  • Ballard District Council: March 13, 7pm (more)
  • Aurora Licton Urban Village: March 14, 7pm (more)
  • Training And Resource Fair at University Branch Library: March 15, 1:30pm (more)
  • Northwest Hospital Standing Advisory Committee: March 18, 6pm (more)
  • Seattle Children's Standing Advisory Committee: March 21, 6pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice - Project Development: March 23, 1:30pm (more)