Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Comic novella highlights achievements of Asian Americans in World War II

The OCA-Greater Seattle continues their creative narration of Asian American history with the recent project “In a Yellow Tone.” The comic novella highlights the contributions and sacrifices made by Chinese American military veterans through the lives of two cousins and their experience growing up in Seattle’s Chinatown International District during World War II. This project was partially funded by a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant.

Read more on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Response Prepared to Support Individuals Experiencing Homelessness through Potential Wildfire Smoke: As wildfires continue across the West Coast, local public health officials have started planning for cleaner air shelters if the need arises. (more)

Investment in King County Regional Peacekeepers Collective Focuses on Addressing Gun Violence: This $2 million investment is focused on building capacity, staff, and comprehensive support systems for young people at risk of gun violence and their families.(more)

City of Seattle Named Digital Inclusion Trailblazer: The National Digital Inclusion Alliance recognized Seattle as one of 16 cities working to ensure residents have the tools and infrastructure needed to thrive in our digitally-connected world. (more)

Additional Federal Funding Received for West Seattle Bridge Project: A competitive statewide federal grant program for local bridges will bring $12 million to the bridge repair project. (more

Alternate Model Proposed to Reduce Need for Armed Police Response: A new specialized triage response has been proposed to replace armed police officers with community experts for non-emergency 9-1-1 calls. (more)

Facility Rentals to Open at Community Centers Across the City: 
Limited rental opportunities for group gatherings will be open Aug 2- Sept. 12 during evening and weekend hours. (more)

In The Community

A man with a large black beard smiling and standing in front of an array of solar panels

“Tech Taco Truck” Brings Much More than Just Food to the Central District

Moises Santos has been running the El Costeno Taco Truck at an old gas station for years and said he had been dreaming about reviving the location that has been neglected for decades due to systemic issues. Recently, Santos took a big step toward empowering the community, by powering the community with a 10kw local solar power grid with WiFi and 5G service. The grassroots effort provides a 24/7 accessible resource for power and internet with an emphasis on community empowerment and education. They offer technology mentoring, weekend tech workshops, and have helped local kids access online learning opportunities.

Check out the full story on King 5 News.

Share Your Feedback

Provide Input on Plans to Phase Out Maritime Emissions: The public is invited to provide feedback on draft implementation plans for a comprehensive strategy to address climate change and phase out seaport-related air emissions. (more)

Public Feedback Needed on Sound Transit Service Plan: Learn about proposed changes to service and new line extensions for 2022. (more)