by Michael Sarko
- The Capitol Hill Times -
Has it been this long already? This week marks two years of federal oversight of the Seattle Police Department following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the SPD’s history of excessive force. Mayor Murray convened a public safety summit recently to get reports from all parties involved, including federal monitor Merrick Bobb, who will file his second-year work plan this March.
It’s time again for the Neighborhood Matching Fund to take applications for large projects. The fund provides up to $100,000 in grants for neighborhood improvement projects that can generate significant local interest in the form of donations, materials, and volunteer hours. All applicants are required to attend at least one application workshop. In our neighborhood, that means coming to the Miller Community Center on Thursday, April 10 at 6 p.m.
Speaking of neighborhood goings-on, this Saturday is Neighbor Appreciation Day. For the past 20 years, this has been a day to participate in small projects to clean up and beautify neighborhoods around Seattle. Our own increasingly active stakeholders in the Melrose Avenue community are reaching out for help on Saturday morning starting at 10 a.m. They’ll be cleaning up litter on the Mercer and Republican access steps and planting new bushes along Olive Way and the Melrose Triangle.