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President’s Message

Happy 2017!

For me, this new year comes with a new role with the Leschi Community Council. As still a relative newcomer to the Leschi community, I wasn’t expecting to find myself in this position so soon. But in a few short months, I’ve already learned what a wonderful community this is, and with such a rich and storied history. I am lucky to be surrounded by an amazing and knowledgeable council who deeply cares for this community. I’d like to give a huge THANK YOU to Yousef for his leadership as President over these past several months. The amount of work he’s done behind the scenes has been remarkable, and I hope to continue to build upon the momentum. We are all lucky that he isn’t going far and will be continuing on with us in the capacity of Vice President!

If I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you yet, I hope to very soon! I live in the Central District with my husband, Kyle, but I work here in Leschi. I had the distinct pleasure of joining the Edward Jones Leschi branch in the spring of 2016, moving from my initial branch location on Capitol Hill. Admittedly, my path to Seattle is a story all too familiar in this city, as I moved here in 2009 for a job - but Kyle and I also have some family history in Seattle. As such, my objective this year on the council is to continue to be the voice and support of a gracefully evolving community - to both welcome the Seattle and Leschi newcomers finding opportunities and a new life here, while respecting, supporting, and learning from those who have built this neighborhood to be what it is today.

As a council, we will continue to make progress against our 2016-2017 goals. The payoff of Yousef’s efforts to improve communication channels, including a revamped website, email communications, and social media, will be available in early 2017. We will continue the stairways & String of Pearls maintenance projects, bring more visibility to the Leschi Business District, and explore new ways to increase membership and involvement with the LCC, per the goals initially outlined in mid-2016.

We welcome your ideas, questions and comments - as always, you can reach us at, or follow us on Facebook. Watch for Facebook notice of launch of new website!

~Yuki Igarashi

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