Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

Stanley Tsao

Stanley Tsao Joins Community Liaisons Team

Stanley Tsao is a recent addition to our Community Liaisons program team. He serves as a project manager focused on transportation related projects such as Vision Zero and Transportation Equity.

Get to know a little bit more about Stanley on our blog.


Free Tickets Available for The Shape of Trust: Based on stories of racism, racial equity, resilience and belonging collected from the City of Seattle workforce, The Shape of Trust examines ways racism and its intersections with sexism and other forms of oppression are embedded in the culture, norms, practices and policies affecting the workplace environment. (more)

Volunteers Needed for Big Day of Play: Make new friends and bond with your community while helping make this annual event a success. Big Day of Play will be held on Saturday, August 17 from 11am-5pm at Rainier Community Center and Playfields. (more)

Managing Seattle Congestion in a Fair and Equitable Way: The City of Seattle has started exploring congestion pricing to address traffic congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, & create a more equitable transportation system. (more)

Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise (FEPP) Levy Investments: Approximately $115 million dollars will be directly invested in Seattle schools through K-12 School-Based awards. (more)

Results of the 2019 Food Access Opportunity Fund: 18 projects will receive funding to support a number of efforts such as urban farming and increased access to healthy foods, farm stands, strategies to reduce sugary drink consumption, and healthy food and nutrition education. These projects are designed and led by the people most impacted by race, social, health, and environmental injustices. (more)

Learn How to Plan an Accessible Event: The Northwest Universal Design Council and community partners invite you to a forum on May 30 focused on planning events that are welcoming and inclusive to all ages and all abilities. (more)

Nominations are Open for the 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards: Nominate a person or an organization who you think should be recognized and celebrated! Submission deadline is June 3 and nominees will be evaluated by a panel of Seattle Arts Commissioners and previous award recipients. (more)



Xiao Ling Chen at the ACRS Food Bank in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District

“A warm bowl of rice is always important”

The Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) Food Bank in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District is the only food bank in the state to regularly provide foods catered to Asian American and Pacific Islander diets, including healthy and nutritional staples like rice, tofu, soy milk, noodles, canned proteins and produce.

In this article from the International Examiner, some clients and volunteers share their stories on how the food bank impacts their lives.



Community Invited to Participate in Design for Fairmount Playground: Join Seattle Parks and Recreation at a public meeting on May 30 to learn about the project and provide input to the design team. (more)

A Rainier Valley Freestyle & Safety Event: Join local artist, Aramis Hamer, on June 3 as she leads activities, community artwork, & interactive art that will empower & inform your travel behaviors. (more)


  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting: May 28, 5:30pm (more)
  • Duwamish Roundtable Meeting: May 29, 6pm (more)
  • Fairmount Playground Renovation Public Meeting: May 30, 6:30pm (more)
  • 2019 Beacon Hill Festival: June 1, 11am (more)
  • Southwest District Council: June 5, 6:30pm (more)
  • White Center Refresh: June 8, 8:30am (more)
  • Lakeridge Playground Improvements Public Meeting: June 8, 12pm (more)
  • South Park Neighborhood Association: June 11, 7pm (more)



Magnolia Bridge Study: Examine the Seattle Department of Transportation's four alternative scenarios and the results of their study. They will also be hosting a public meeting to share the planning study results and answer questions on Thursday, June 6 at 6pm. (more)

Community Volunteers Needed to Advise on Zoning Modification to Coe Elementary School: Volunteer to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant a modification to a City zoning regulation affecting Coe Elementary School. The committee will convene up to three evening public meetings at or near the school over a three-month period. (more)

Westlake and Occidental Park Use Survey: The Downtown Seattle Association, along with partner organizations, has been working to develop these parks into fun, safe urban gathering spots. They want your feedback on what's working and what isn't. (more)

E Union St Protected Bike Lane: Seattle Department of Transportation is building a protected bike lane on E Union St, to help grow the city's bicycle network and provide connections between Capitol Hill and the Central District. Learn more about this project and provide your input by May 31. (more)


  • 2020 Census Job Recruitment Fair: May 30, 10:30am (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting: May 30, 5:30pm (more)
  • City of Seattle’s 7th Annual Pride Flag Raising: May 31, 3pm (more)
  • City-wide Emergency Communications Hub Drill (Magnolia): June 1, 9am (more)
  • City-wide Emergency Communications Hub Drill (Queen Anne): June 1, 9am (more)
  • Judkins Park Community Meeting: June 4, 6:30pm (more)
  • West Edge Neighborhood Association: June 5, 6pm (more)
  • Queen Anne Community Council: June 5, 7:30pm (more)
  • Magnolia Bridge Study Public Meeting: June 6, 6pm (more)
  • There Goes the Gayborhood! Panel Discussion: June 8, 10:30am (more)
  • Indigenous People Festival: June 8, 11am (more)
  • Parks & Rec Fest: June 9, 10am (more)
  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee: June 12, 6pm (more)
  • Belltown Community Council: June 12, 6:30pm (more)



Serve on the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board: Mayor Durkan is seeking either a Ballard historian or a person having a demonstrated interest in the Ballard community to serve on the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board. (more)

N 40th St Safety Treatments Survey: As part of the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving and Multi-Modal Improvements Project, N 40th St will receive sidewalk repair, new curb ramps, rapid flashing beacons, and a repaved road. Seattle Department of Transportation is considering additional crossing safety treatments and would like your feedback. (more)


  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting: May 30, 5:30pm (more)
  • Parks & Rec Fest: June 1, 10am (more)
  • Phinney Ridge Community Council: June 4, 7pm (more)
  • Northeast District Council: June 6, 7pm (more)
  • Haller Lake Community Club: June 6, 7pm (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee: June 11, 6:30pm (more)
  • Ballard District Council: June 12, 7pm (more)