Procedures not followed by City in sale of public land

unfairA petition addressed to Mayor McGinn is circulating. It is in regards to the Greenbelt land located along MLK that the City of Seattle sold without following established procedures such as notifying neighbors within 1,000 ft of the borders of the property about the proposed plans to sell the public land or future plans for the property. People are not happy that the Department of Financial and Administrative Services proceeded with the sale process without notifying neighbors or asking for input. The land was sold through a realtor and not made transparent through a fair bidding process either by sealed bidding or by auction. The fact that the price dropped from $121,000 to $40,000 at the request of a developer bidder was not communicated to anyone other than a few interested parties and was not posted on a Notice Board or realtor’s website. Neighbors did object to the manner if how the bidding was conducted but the FAS continued to move forward with the sale. Neighbors strongly object to how unfair the sale was handled and feel betrayed by the city. They also feel that the sale is null and void due to the City’s actions in conducting the sale. It is asked that if you agree with the petition that you email or call Mayor McGinn and let him know.

Third Annual Financial Fitness Day

Seattle Public SchoolsIf you are interested, Madrona residents should not miss the Third Annual Financial Fitness Day, Saturday, March 9th, 10am to 3pm at the Rainier Community Center. Free money management services to all Seattle area residents.  You’ll be able to get help filing their tax returns, printing free credit reports and reviewing them, opening bank accounts, creating household budgets, developing plans to get out of debt, understanding options to foreclosure, applying for benefits, such as child care, food stamps, utility assistance, student loan assistance, and veterans’ benefits, learning to write a resume or apply for a job online, starting or growing a business, planning for retirements, getting legal advice on consumer rights and bankruptcy, and shredding confidential documents.

Free workshops throughout the day will cover credit reports; homeownership; dealing with debt collectors; money management, job readiness and employment resources; planning for retirement.

All services are free, so don’t miss out. This event is co-sponsored in part by the Seattle King County Asset Building Collaborative, City of Seattle, United Way of King County, and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

That’s the FREE Financial Fitness Day, Saturday, March 9th, 10am to 3pm at the Rainier Community Center in Seattle.

For more info or to register, click

Trees for Neighborhoods

Photo Courtesy of: reLeaf Seattle

Seattle’s reLeaf Program is giving away:

  • Free trees (up to 4 trees per household)
  • Watering bags
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • A coupon for GroCo compost
  • Ongoing care reminders and free workshops.

The program is designed to help Seattle residents plant trees around their homes and most importantly keeping Seattle Green! You must be a Seattle resident in order to apply. The trees that you receive can be planted anywhere on residential property, but they must be planted on the at the address on the application. Permits are required if you’re planting street trees. Permits are not guaranteed. Tree supply is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis, so apply early!

For more information and applications, visit their website!