There has been a lot of activity recently focusing on the liquor license renewal for Waid’s Haitian Lounge at 1212 East Jefferson Street. Waid’s features live and recorded music seven nights a week. According to the Seattle Stranger, Waid’s is “A Haitian bar and neighborhood hangout with tasty food, strong drinks, and DJs and dancing on the weekends.” Although several citizens enjoy this nightclub, for several years the surrounding neighbors have stated concerns about late night noise, violence and other unsettling activities in and around the establishment.
Our EastPAC February agenda will feature an update about Waid’s (and other nightclubs, should you have questions) and the opportunity to voice your concerns and ask questions. We have invited Officer David Stitt, the Washington State Liquor Control Enforcement representative for our area, and Bill Reddy, who coordinates the City of Seattle Nightlife Premises Regulatory Enforcement Unit.… Continue reading…
Don’t forget to attend THIS Thursday’s EastPAC meeting! Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant will be our special guest. Kshama has been an avid advocate for the issues most impacting working people, youth and the poor in our communities… From wages to rent, cuts to Metro and other social services that impact poor and working-class citizens; as well as democratic public accountability addressing policing practices.
Will Kshama be our candidate for Council District 3? The boundaries of the East Precinct are nearly identical to District 3, and we need to be prepared for identifying our priorities as this representation becomes policy.
Also, meet our new East Precinct Captain Mike Edwards!
EastPAC Community Meeting
Thursday, January 23rd, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Seattle University, Chardin Hall, room 142
1020 East Jefferson
(enter at 11th and Jefferson, park free in front of building)
Please be on time so you won’t miss anything…
Neighbors and Citizens:
We are honored to have Cm. Kshama Sawant as our featured guest at our 6:30 PM January 23rd EastPAC meeting!
Kshama will speak about her vision for the issues most impacting working people, youth and the poor in our communities… From inadequate wages and skyrocketing rent, to cuts to Metro and other social services that disproportionately impact poor and working-class citizens. She will also talk about the impact these cuts have on public safety and the importance of democratic public accountability addressing policing practices. There will be plenty of time on the agenda for your questions and input, so don’t miss this important meeting!
Be mindful that the East Precinct boundaries are nearly identical to the newly approved Council District 3, so we need to be prepared for identifying our priorities as this representation becomes policy.
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Lots of folks have had experience engaging with the Seattle Police Department. Some experiences are good, some are not. Others fall somewhere in-between.
After several unfortunate incidents with SPD, the US Department of Justice handed down a mandate that SPD and the City should create and sustain a Community Police Commission. Mostly made up of community leaders, the CPC plays a key role in creating and presenting reforms that will then become policy, particularly around use of force and biased policing.
In order to develop reforms, the CPC needs community input. This is what we’ll focus on in Thursday’s meeting:
East Precinct Advisory Council
Thursday, October 24th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Chardin Hall, Seattle University, room 142
1020 East Jefferson (11th and East Jefferson)
Free parking in front of building
So this is your chance to say something.… Continue reading…
The Community Police Commission (CPC) was created to provide a vehicle for community input into the police reform process now underway as part of the settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The CPC has been working over the last few months to develop policy recommendations in a number of areas, specifically bias-free policing, stops and detentions, in-car video recordings and use of force.
The CPC plays a key role in the reform efforts. The CPC’s charge is to seek community input and represent a broad range of community perspectives in their recommendations to the DOJ.
We will have the opportunity to voice our opinions, experiences and perceptions about the Police Department’s procedures relating to racial profiling, use of force and other key issues. … Continue reading…
Please come to next Thursday’s (August 22nd) East Precinct Advisory Council Community meeting! We are meeting at 6:30 PM at Seattle University’s Chardin Hall, at 1020 East Jefferson.
Several of you have had questions and concerns about if, when and what to say when calling 911.To address your concerns, we have invited Rob Montague, a 911 call center trainer, who will be able to address any issues and questions you may have.
In other news, we’d like to thank and bid farewell to our operations Lt. Matt Allen, who’ll be leaving us to join the SWAT Unit. Lt. Allen has been a dedicated presence, always taking the time to understand and care about the needs of our community! Thank you, Lt Allen and best to you in your new assignment!… Continue reading…
Happy Summer, East Precinct Neighbors!
Our monthly EastPAC Community Meeting is this Thursday, July 25th, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The meeting is at Seattle University’s Pigott Hall, Room 200. (See below for directions)
This will be a good meeting, and I encourage you to attend!
- Sargent Jason Diamond, third watch George Sector, will be attending to update you on the 26th and Spring area, and Lieutenant Gregg Calder will be giving updates on other East Precinct concerns.
- Also on the agenda are representatives from the Seattle Human Services Department. At a recent EastPAC Board meeting, the Board discussed the continuing violence, gang activity and nuisance crime that doesn’t seem to change significantly, especially from our perspectives as residents.
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In the midst of the Mayoral Campaign and summer (sort of) the week of the fourth Thursday happened faster than I anticipated! For those of you that missed the Citywide Precinct Advisory Council’s (CPAC) Mayoral Candidate Forum on Public Safety last Saturday, you can see it here: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=5551311&file=1
Please be reminded that this Thursday is our EastPAC Community Meeting. We are meeting in Piggott Hall in room 200 (https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&authuser=0&tab=wl). Sorry about the inconsistent meeting locations, we are diligently working with Seattle University to establish a regular meeting room…Meanwhile, we very much appreciate their hospitality and partnership-and your patience!
The Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, under the leadership of Capt. Ron Wilson, has done an excellent job of responding to crime.
The police can’t do it all, prevention and intervention are key components of reducing criminal activity. … Continue reading…
How does the development of Micro-housing impact you and your neighborhood?
There has been a lot of concern about this increasingly upward trend of Micro-Housing, also known as “APODments”, small, single occupancy units sometimes with shared kitchens. The Capitol Hill Community Council has been addressing this issue for some time, and the City Council has hosted forums to explore citizen concerns.
The micro-housing movement has been expanding beyond Capitol Hill into the Central District, First Hill and other East Precinct neighborhoods. With a rising demand for affordable housing, these units provide a way for young singles, professionals and retired folks to actually be able to live in Seattle, close to work, restaurants and entertainment venues, and also bring rich diversity to neighborhoods.… Continue reading…