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Help Shape the Future of Access Transportation

We need your input! Metro wants your feedback to help shape the future of Access Transportation, Metro’s ADA paratransit service. Your feedback will inform Access staff as they plan for new Access contracts that will take effect in 2018.

In this first phase of outreach, we want to hear about how we’re doing with Access service, what’s most important to you, and your ideas for improvements. Please share your critiques and commendations.

Metro has an online survey and an invitation for those interested to apply to serve on a community advisory group that will provide guidance to this effort between now and the end of the year. We invite you to help engage seniors, people with disabilities, and those who care about them in sharing their feedback and applying to serve on the community advisory group.

Here is how you can ensure your voice is heard:

If you have comments or questions about this project, please forward correspondence to DeAnna Martin, DOT Community Relations Planner, at or 206-477-3835.

Best Starts for Kids (BSK) Aims to Provide Equal Opportunities for All Children, Youth & Families

Brother's KeeperBest Starts for Kids (BSK), a six-year levy King County voters passed on November 3, 2015 is expected to raise approximately $65 million per year, and to invest those funds in prevention and early intervention to assure opportunities for all King County residents. It will be the most comprehensive approach to early childhood development in the nation, starting with prenatal support, sustaining the gain through teenage years, and investing in healthy, safe communities that reinforce progress.

Half of the revenue raised through BSK will be directed toward children under five years of age, pregnant women, and new parents. Research indicates the earlier we invest in the lives of infants, children and their families, the better the outcomes. There will also be funds targeting programs for children and youth ages five through twenty-four. Since human brain development continues throughout this time, it is critical to implement measures around mental health and substance abuse during this span.

I want you to be engaged and be a part of the process with Best Starts. Public involvement and engagement are central parts of Best Starts for Kids. You can sign up for the newsletter, follow the BSK blog or follow the process with the Children and Youth Advisory Board.

There will also be funding for Communities of Opportunity (COO), a placed-based initiative to improve economic opportunities, safe neighborhoods, affordable housing, and healthy food, among other environmental factors. COO is a rather unique partnership between King County and The Seattle Foundation. Research indicates strongly that, yes, place matters, just as race matters in the equitable outcomes of residents. For more information on BSK & the Implementation Plan that was sent to the King County Council on June 1, 2016 please go to:

King County Takes on Racial Disproportionality in our Juvenile Justice System

In 2001, King County implemented the Juvenile Justice Operational Master Plan, or JJOMP. Its intent was to decrease the number of juveniles being detained in King County’s Youth Detention Center. While we were successful in drastically reducing the Average Daily Population (ADP) from approximately 200 in 2000, to our current ADP of approximately 60 youth, racial disproportionality increased in catastrophic ways.

For example, fifteen years ago, about 36 percent of youth in our detention facility were African American. Today, African American youth account for over 60 percent of the ADP. These numbers are beyond unacceptable, and call for a new paradigm shift in our system. As a result, in the fall of 2015 we convened the Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee (JJESC), a group of activists, organizers, and community members unlike any King County government has organized in the past. Many of the members of the JJESC represents our incarcerated juvenile population in terms of race, ethnicity, life experience, and cultural expertise.

While dismantling racial disparity is our top priority, it is just one part of a paradigm shift we are undertaking in our Juvenile Justice system. We need to stop criminalizing our youth, since studies show the longer and deeper a young person sinks into our system, the worse the outcome. This is not only counter to what our systems are SUPPOSED to do, it is counter to our stated principles of Equity and Social Justice. For more background information on this effort please visit:

Community input on our workgroups will be critical to our success! Please check for the time and place of the JJESC monthly meetings.

What’s Happening in District 2

Summer is here! There are a number of events throughout the district you may enjoy.

University District Farmers Market
Saturdays, year round
9 am - 2 pm
University Way NE (the "Ave"), between 50th & 52nd streets, Seattle 98105

The award winning University District Farmers Market is a part of the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance founded in 1993. The University District Farmers Market is open year round and committed to supporting and strengthening Washington's small family farm businesses by creating and operating vibrant, successful neighborhood farmers markets. Come out this summer for the “Ready, Set, Go…Cook!” annual chef contest on Saturday, August 13. The contest is simple, but challenging. All ingredients must come from the farmers market for under $20, and there are three secret ingredients from the U-District Food Bank thrown in to challenge the chefs. For more information, visit or contact the NFMA at (206) 632-5234.

Columbia City Farmers Market
Wednesdays, May to October 2016
3 pm - 7 pm
37th Ave S & S Edmunds St, just off Rainier Ave S., in South Seattle, 98118

Columbia City Farmers’ market is a part of the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance founded in 1993. The market offers fresh produce, local venders, and entertainment. Visit for additional information.

Diversity & Inclusion Industry Panel and Resource Technology Career Opportunities Event
Thursday, July 21, 2016
5:30 pm-8 pm
Rainier Arts Center, 3515 South Alaska St. Seattle, WA 98118

Come hear directly from technology professionals, employers and education/training providers about new and exciting opportunities and resources for more Women and People of Color to enter our local technology workforce Snacks & light refreshments will be served. Networking & Snacks at 5:30pm; Program 6:00pm – 8:00pm. SPACE IS LIMITED! REGISTRATION REQUIRED @ OUR EVENT PAGE

Please feel free to contact our event organizer, Dan Bernard, Communities of Opportunity WorkSource Integration Manager, Department of Community and Human Services (; 206.477.7005) for additional information.

East Precinct Community Picnic
Saturday, July 16, 2016
1 pm - 4 pm
Barnett Park, 352 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Seattle 98122

Picnics in the Precincts are fun activities held every year that provide an opportunity for the business and residential communities to come together and enjoy a day of celebration with their local police. The Picnics include booths hosted by groups and agencies that engage in crime prevention activities, and/or provide services in the community. Free and open to the public.

Pista sa Nayon Festival
Sunday, July 31, 2016
9 am – 8 pm
Seward Park Amphitheater, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S., Seattle 98118

Pista sa Nayon is a one-day festival celebrating the very best of being Filipino. Pista fills Seattle's Seward Park Amphitheater with food, live entertainment, information/arts and crafts booths and children's games. It's a fun event with something for the entire family to enjoy. Contact: Cindy Cawaling at

Umoja Fest
Friday, August 5 – Sunday August 7, 2016
11 am – 8 pm
Judkins Park, 2150 S Norman St., Seattle 98144

Umoja Fest brings the soul to Seafair! Celebrating the best of the African American community and African diaspora culture in the northwest featuring music, food, culture and family fun. Attractions include the Africatown Heritage Parade, Children’s Day & Family Fun Village, Soul N the Park, Roots Stage, Heal the Hood Basketball Tournament & Hip Hop 4 Peace stage. Enjoy delicious flavors of the African diaspora from restaurants and food trucks, vendor marketplace and community resource fair. Contact Wyking Garrett at for more information.

Caribbean Sea Fest
Sunday, August 14, 2016
12 pm - 9 pm
Seward Park 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S., Seattle 98118

The purpose of the Seattle Caribbean Festival is to bring together the culturally and linguistically diverse members of the Caribbean Community in the Pacific Northwest along with those interested in learning and experiencing Caribbean cultural expressions to share in a day of cultural performances, cultural expression, and cultural exchange. The secondary purpose, and the reason for holding it at the Seward Park Amphitheater, is to encourage community members to connect with the natural environment. We will have a green theme throughout. This is a family-oriented event; children are most welcome. It will be grassroots, vibrant, and participatory.

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