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QACC seeks community-minded residents for board member positions

November 26th, 2014 by Laura

QA sign smallAre you looking for a way to have an impact in the community? The Queen Anne Community Council currently has 3 open board positions, one 2-year position and two one-year positions. Current board members will vote on candidates for new board members in a special election at the December 3rd QACC meeting. 

All Queen Anne residents, as well as owners or employees of Queen Anne businesses, are welcome to submit their candidacy for a board member position.

What’s required of a QACC board member? You must attend the monthly 2-hour board meeting held the first Wednesday of the month. Board members must also attend one committee meeting a month – committees include Transportation, Parks, and Land Use Review, and Emergency Preparedness/Public Safety.  Monthly committee  meetings last about 1-2 hours.

If you’d like to run for a position on the QACC board, all you need to do is contact Ellen Monrad via email with a 50-word or less statement about why you’d like to be considered.

The December 3rd meeting takes place at Queen Anne Manor, located at 1st N and Crockett, at 7:30pm. Even if you’re not running for a position on the QACC board, you can still attend the meeting to stay in tune with information that impacts Queen Anne.

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Registration for QuickStart Tennis program open now

June 8th, 2014 by Laura

quickstart pictureThe QuickStart Tennis program for kids ages 7-10 is open now for registration. The classes are run through Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Queen Anne Community Center and are taught at the David Rogers Park tennis courts.

The summer program is for beginners ages 7-10 years – smaller rackets and low pressure/foam balls are used on smaller courts designed for younger players. Kids learn via fun drills and games. The program runs from June 23rd though August 13th with practices held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7pm for 7-8 year olds and 7-8pm for 9-10 year olds.

Starting in July the kids will get to play in local matches against other community center teams. The program costs $35 per player and all equipment is provided.

If you’d like to sign up your future phenoms, contact the QACC 206-386-4240 or stop by to sign up directly. (There is no online registration available.) You can also contact Jeannie Shek via email or at 206-684-4764 if you have any questions or to register.

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The (egg) hunt is on at Queen Anne Community Center Saturday

April 18th, 2014 by Laura

2013 Egg HuntThis Sunday is Easter, and so far, we only have one Egg Hunt to report – the Queen Anne Community Center will host a Spring Egg Hunt tomorrow, Saturday, April 19.

The search begins at 10am and the festivities are free and designed for kids 10 and under. Bring the kids and something to gather up the eggs in (basket, reusable grocery bag, etc.), and meet the Easter Bunny too.

If you know of another Egg Hunt, let us know. Last year there was one at Rodgers Park, but no word on a repeat this year.

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Queen Anne Community Council meets Wednesday, grain silo public art on the agenda

April 1st, 2014 by Laura

The Queen Anne Community Council meets at 7:30pm Wednesday, April 2 at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). In addition to the usual committee reports, Betty Winfield will speak about a public art proposal for the Pier 86 grain silos. For an example of public art on grain silos, check out San Francisco’s Pier 92.

Here’s tomorrow’s agenda:

  • 7:30-Adoption of Agenda
  • 7:35- Open Forum- Comments
  • 7:45 -Mercer  Corridor Update-SDOT
  • 8:10-Pier 86 Silos, A public Art Proposal- Betty Winfield
  • 8:45 Committee Reports
  • 9:20- New Business
  • 9:30- Adjournment

The meeting is open to all, if you’re interested in any of the topics or want to learn more about the proposed Pier 86 grain silo art, join the meeting at 7:30pm

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Queen Anne Community Council committee meeting tonight – SPU lights on the agenda

November 18th, 2013 by Laura

The Queen Anne Community Council’s Land Use and Planning Committee (LURC) meets tonight at 7pm. Tonight’s meeting has one agenda item, proposed new lighting to Seattle Pacific University’s Wallace Field.

The meeting will be held at Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St. Details on the SPU lighting are as follows:

SPU Wallace FieldSeattle Pacific University
Site Address: 3414 3rd Ave W

Land Use Application to install six 60 ft. tall light poles at Seattle Pacific University’s athletic field (Wallace Field). Pedestrian lighting included on 3 poles located at the north end of the field. Review includes request for minor amendment to Major Institution Master Plan.

Permit No.  3015956

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Queen Anne Community Council election nominations due this Wednesday

September 8th, 2013 by Laura

Are you interested in having a voice in our community? The Queen Anne Community Council is holding annual elections and they’re open to “citizens for Queen Anne, including: renters, retirees, students, homeowners, and condo owners.”

As you may know from our monthly posts, the QACC meets the first Wednesday of every month for approximately two hours. The QACC board represents Queen Anne in meetings with the city, county, Port Commission, and other political groups.  Sub-committees make up the QACC; they focus on parks, transportation, neighborhood land use, public safety, planning, and social needs.

At its core, the QACC is “a sounding board for community concerns and priorities” – they’re looking out for the neighborhood, and you can have a voice in their efforts, either by attending the monthly meetings or submitting your candidacy in the annual elections.

What is the QACC looking for? “Friendly, motivated candidates interested in the betterment of Queen Anne.” Pretty straightforward requirements and all you need to do to throw your hat in the ring is submit a 50-word statement/essay on why you’d like to run for a QACC spot.

Submit your 50-word essay to Gavin Smith via email by this Wednesday, September 11th.

The annual executive board election will be held at 7:30pm Wednesday, September 18th at Queen Anne Manor.  All Queen Anne residents and business owners are encouraged to run for the board, come to the meeting, and vote for the new QACC board members – it could be you!

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Queen Anne Community Council Meets Tonight, New Queen Anne Helpline Director on Agenda

November 7th, 2012 by Laura

The Queen Anne Community Council meets tonight, Wednesday Nov 6, at 7:30pm at Queen Anne Manor. In addition to the regularly scheduled committee reports, the new Queen Anne Helpline director, Lisa Moore, is on the agenda.

No additional information was provided by the QACC, but as always, everyone is welcome and there are 10 minutes set aside up-front for public comments.

7:30 – Treasurer’s Report
7:35- Public Comments
7:45- Queen Anne Helpline- Lisa Moore, Director
8:15- Committee Reports (next individual meetings called out below)
- Communication
- LURC/Planning – next meeting 11/19, 7pm, Queen Anne Manor
- Transportation – next meeting 11/28, 7pm, Queen Anne Manor
- Parks – next meeting 11/13, 7pm, Queen Anne Manor
- Neighbors in action – no individual meeting planned
- District Council
- NAC – next meeting 11/21, 4:30pm, Port Headquarters
- Social Issues
- Police & Crime
- New Business

The next Queen Anne/Magnolia District Council meeting is scheduled for November 12, 7pm, at the Magnolia Community Council, and the next QACC meeting will be on December 5th.

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QACC Land Use Meeting postponed

September 16th, 2012 by Elyssa

QACC LURC has postponed their September 17th meeting, per Marty Kaplan:

I attended the QACC Parks Committee meeting last night and heard a presentation from Aegis and Seattle Parks regarding a potential land swap to keep the existing Aegis owned parking lot for public use.  Currently, Parks and Aegis are negotiating and waiting on individual private appraisals.  The Aegis property on the west side of 3rd W includes several residences and approximately 30 parking spaces which have been used by the public under prior permission from SPU, not binding upon Aegis.  Aegis and Parks have agreed that maintaining the public access to parking is very important to the neighborhood, especially considering the popularity of the field across the street (Queen Anne Bowl), and the related impacts of on-street parking which already filters throughout the neighborhood even considering the use of the 30 spaces.

Because of this potential transaction, no advanced designwork has been brought forward from Aegis and therefore our scheduled 17 September 2012 meeting of LURC will be postponed at least until our scheduled October 15th 2012 meeting.  We may have a few additional projects to review in October as well.

More info can also be found here

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QACC: Agenda for September 5th Meeting

September 4th, 2012 by Elyssa

Corrected: Date is Wednesday, September 5th

Sorry for the late heads up on Wednesday’s meeting at Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett Street at 7:30pm.  Their agenda is below.



7:30-Adoption of Agenda

Approval of Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

7:35- Public Comments

7:45- John Kriese- NAC

8:00- Mercer Corridor Project-SDOT ?

8:25- Picture Perfect QA-Scott Baker

8:30- Committee Reports

Election                               Mike Warren

Neighbors in action    Dan Cardozo

Transportation             Glenn Avery

LURC/Planning             Marty Kaplan

Parks                                      Don Harper

Communication           Wayne Winder

District Council             Mike Warren

NAC                                         Kirk Robbins, Jim Smith, Glenn Avery, Don Harper

Social Issues                     Kirk Robbins

Police & Crime                Allan Panich

- New Business

- Adjournment

Meeting Notices

QACC: October 3 QA Manor

Parks Committee: Sept 11, QA Manor, 7:30pm

LURC/Planning: September 17th (Queen Anne Manor 7:30pm)

Transportation: September 26th (Queen Anne Manor 7:30pm)

Neighbors in Action: TBD

NAC: September 19th (Port Headquarters 4:30pm)

QA/Mag District Council: Sept 10

QA Helpline Gala: October 27

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Queen Anne Community Council meeting tonight

July 6th, 2011 by Thea

The Queen Anne Community Council‘s monthly meeting is happening tonight, Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Queen Anne Manor, at 100 Crockett Street. There is no scheduled guest for tonight, so the meeting should conclude earlier than usual. Take a look at what’s on the agenda this month:

  • 7:30 p.m. – Adoption of Agenda, Approval of Minutes, Treasurer’s Report
  • 7:35 p.m. – Open Forum – Comments
  • 7:40 p.m. – NAC letter – Kirk
  • 7:45 p.m. – Community Center report – Jim Cunningham
  • 8 p.m. – Committee Reports
  1. Election – Nicole Pastarnack
  2. Transportation – Glenn Avery
  3. LURC/Planning – Craig Hanway
  4. Parks – Don Harper
  5. Communication – Michael Lapin
  6. District Council – Mike Warren
  7. NAC – Kirk Robbins, Jim Smith, Glenn Avery, Don Harper
  8. Social Issues – Kirk Robbins
  9. Police & Crime – Allen Panich
  • 9 p.m. – New Business
  • 9:30 p.m. – Adjournment

Here’s a list of upcoming meetings happening in the community:

  • Queen Anne/Magnolia District Council: July 11, 7 to 9 p.m. – Interbay P-Patch
  • Parks Committee: July 12 7:30 p.m. – Queen Anne Manor
  • LURC/Planning Committee: July 18, 7 p.m. – Queen Anne Manor
  • NAC Committee: July 20, 4:30 p.m. – Port Headquarters
  • Transportation Committee: July 27, 7:30 p.m. – Queen Anne Manor
  • QACC: Sept 7, 7:30 p.m. – Queen Anne Manor
  • QACC Election/Annual Meeting: Sept 21 – Queen Anne Manor

As usual, tonight’s meeting will be taking place in the social room at the Manor. Attendees are reminded to please sign in at the front door upon arrival, and exit the building as quickly as possible after the meeting concludes so as not to disturb the residents. To get to the social room, take the elevator at the end of the hall down to the basement. The room will be at the left end of the hallway.

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SPD captain speaks at Queen Anne Council Meeting

June 3rd, 2011 by Jesus Chavez

The June Queen Anne Community Council meeting last Wednesday night was highlighted by a visit from Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct Captain Joe Kessler and Sergeant Paul Gracy – both natives of the Queen Anne/Magnolia area.

The crime rates in Queen Anne remain relatively low, said Kessler.

“Overall Queen Anne is one of the safest areas around,” said Kessler.

Violent crime rates are down only a little from the same time last year, but Kessler said they weren’t that high to begin with. Car prowls and car thefts are down significantly from the same time last year. Burglaries, however, are up slightly.

“Burglaries are one of those tough ones for us,” said Kessler. “Personally, I hate burglaries. Short of a violent crime, I think one of the worst things that can happen to you as a citizen is to have a burglary.”

Burglaries tend to come in bunches and are often perpetrated by the same individuals, so that once a burglar is caught it often brings the number of burglaries down, said Kessler. The SPD has been working with the prosecutor’s office extensively to  target repeat burglars under the Repeat Burglary Initiative.

“We’re concentrating on the prolific guys that need to be in jail for a substantive period of time,” said Kessler.

Concerns over budget cuts and staffing were also discussed. The number of department staff is expected to remain stable despite budget cuts, said Kessler. SPD is firm on not cutting any of their patrol officers, and the current numbers are the highest they’ve ever been, said Kessler. However, increases in overall officers, like they’ve seen in previous years, is likely to stop.

The Crime Prevention Coordinators, who coordinate block watches and other neighborhood actions, may be phased out at the end of this year, said Kessler. It hinges on what the budget looks like for mid-year, but those positions will probably disappear, Kessler said.

“They do an incredible service, and they help the officers out tremendously,” said Kessler. “It’ll be a difficult thing for us to replace that … I don’t know how we will.”

It was encouraged by Kessler and Gracy that residents take advantage of the SPD’s online resources, in particular the SPD Crime Blotter for the West Precinct and the crime statistics on My Neighborhood Map. The King County online sex offender search was also mentioned.

Council Chair Ellen Monrad brought up the issue of the 7-Eleven the sells high-octane alcohol drinks on the hill. Gracy said officers have met with owner to discuss the problem, as well as notify the liquor control board. Stings to try to catch staff selling alcohol to minors have been performed, and they are working on an operation to address homeless buying alcohol for minors, said Gracy.

A few councilmembers discussed the problem of car speeding and drag racing along 10th Avenue West late at night. Gracy said they would make local patrol officers aware of the situation, and it was recommended that residents petition SDOT for a mobile speed monitor.

After the talk by Kessler and Gracy, the council discussed briefly the elections coming up in September, and Councilmember Nicole Pastarnack volunteered to be chair of the elections committee.

The committee reports followed, including:

  • Given the number of talks regarding traffic calming, Transportation Chair Glenn Avery said he would see about getting representatives from SDOT to talk to the group at next month’s meeting.
  • John Coney discussed the Interbay Neighborhood Association, who are mobilized to combat the possibility that a tent city would move to Interbay on a Seattle City Light site. Monrad said the office of Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell said they will not put a tent city there.
  • Jim Cunningham, member of the city’s Community Center Advisory Team, said there will be public hearings on June 15 and 16, one at the Bitter Lake Community Center and one at the Jefferson Community Center, to present Seattle Parks’ latest ideas addressing the future of community centers in Seattle.
  • Communications Chair Michael Lapin spoke briefly about the opening of this year’s Queen Anne Farmers Market. There is not expected to be a significant amount of competition with the new farmers market in Interbay’s Whole Food’s parking lot, said Lapin. Internal challenges persist with the administration of the Queen Anne Farmers Market, and a solution to the controversy between the different stakeholders is still being sought for next year’s market.
  • The Queen Anne Helpline‘s annual Queen Anne Fun Run will take place Saturday, July 9, and the organization is looking for people to register, volunteer and donate.
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    At the QA Community Council meeting tonight

    June 1st, 2011 by Thea

    The Queen Anne Community Council’s monthly meeting is happening tonight, Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the social room at Queen Anne Manor, located at 100 Crockett Street. Here’s a look at what’s on the docket for this month’s meeting:

    • 7:30 p.m. – Adoption of Agenda, Approval of Minutes, Treasurer’s Report
    • 7:35 p.m. – Open Forum – Comments
    • 7:45 p.m. – Captain Joe Kessler, Seattle Police Department
    • 8:30 p.m. – Committee Reports
    1. Transportation – Glenn Avery
    2. LURC/Planning – Craig Hanway
    3. Parks – Don Harper
    4. Communication – Michael Lapin
    5. District Council – Mike Warren
    6. NAC – Kirk Robbins, Jim Smith, Glenn Avery, Don Harper
    7. Social Issues – Kirk Robbins
    8. Police & Crime – Allen Panich
    • 9:25 p.m. – New Business
    • 9:30 p.m. – Adjournment

    Here’s a look at upcoming community meetings and events happening in the neighborhood over the next month.

    • District Council: Monday, June 13 , 7 to 9 p.m., Queen Anne Community Center
    • Parks Committee: Tuesday, June 14, 7:30 p.m. Queen Anne Manor
    • NAC: Wendnesday, June 15, 4:30 p.m., Port Headquarters
    • LURC/Planning: Monday, June 20, 7 p.m., Queen Anne Manor
    • Transportation: Wednesday, June 29, 7:30 p.m., Queen Anne Manor
    • QACC: Wednesday, July 6, 7:30 p.m., Queen Anne Manor
    • QAHL Fun Run: Saturday, July 9

    Attendees are reminded to sign in at the front door at Queen Anne Manor Manor, and bring questions on any neighborhood safety issues to pose to meeting guest Captain Kessler.

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