The LCC Executive Board was very frustrated that the proposed moorage contract was not brought to the wider community in outreach meetings. Instead, it seemed to have been hustled through the City Council process and voted on without much public input. We had no time to hold a meeting and no venue to collect public comment. The best we could do is for each person on the Board, who could make it, to show up to the Council hearing and request a public meeting in the community BEFORE taking a vote. And of course, that did not happen.
Therefore, the next best thing was to ask the parties (Parks and Marina Maintenance) to come to our regular meeting and tell us what the contract does and does not do. There was a good turnout, but of course influencing something that has already been accepted is not an easy thing to do.
At our October meeting, some residents brought this up and felt we needed to provide some way for their voice to be heard. We took this to the Board meeting and our Vice-President Trevor Menagh felt that he could develop a Google group, which would meet the needs. And Trevor is here to introduce his plan:
Trevor here, your friendly Leschi Community Council Vice President! At the last LCC meeting, we got a comment that it would be nice for folks to have a place to communicate about official LCC positions on activity in the community and discuss how we should react to situations in our neighborhood. So, the LCC Executive Board has created the Leschi Community Council Public Forum for just that purpose!
Sign up for the Leschi Community Council Public Forum at https://groups.google.com/d/forum/leschi-community-council -public-forum! This is a public forum to discuss Leschi Community Council positions and sign up for notifications about upcoming events. This is also a place to bring together people in the community to unite around causes we care about. After signing up, please send an email to the group introducing yourself, including where you live and how you want to get involved in the community!
CODE OF CONDUCT
The Leschi Community Council Public Forum is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.
This code of conduct applies to all Leschi Community Council Public Forum spaces, both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the Leschi Community Council Executive Board.
Some Leschi Community Council Public Forum spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants.
Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.
~Trevor Menagh and Diane Snell