SENCo October 4 General Meeting at 7pm

Hi Ya’ll. Happy Fall. Hope you’re enjoying the lovely turn of this season!

Our upcoming October General Meeting will feature our Liaisons Extraordinaire giving us important news we can use about City services in the South End, & all four Council Member candidates running in both South End districts 4 & 5 have been invited to join us and share their platform with you!

If you haven’t shared your thoughts on what exactly is needed to make the South End better, please do so ASAP by filling out this quick SNAPs survey. Your voice is important & we want to hear from you!

We Heart You South End! Hope to see you soon! Here’s the Zoom info:

Topic: SENCo October General Meeting

Time: Oct 4, 2021 7:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting Online:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7832409538?pwd=dmtBb25STXgxUVFSQmhXWDBYOFpZdz09

Meeting ID: 783 240 9538

Passcode: 236276

JoinZoom Meeting via Phone:

253 215 8782 (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 783 240 9538

Passcode: 236276

Tidy-Up Tacoma: Lincoln District

Tidy-Up Tacoma 2021

South End Location #1: Lincoln District 

When: 10am-2pm on September 28, 2021

Where: Meet in front of Starbucks at S 38th St &  S G St at 9:45am

This past year and a half has been tough on all of us, and for our local businesses. We’ve seen the trash piling up and graffiti piling on around the area. Want to help do something about it? Well, SENCo is here for you because we‘re all in this together. It’s time to Tidy-Up Tacoma!

From September to November, the City of Tacoma’s Tidy-Up Tacoma program will be sending out crews to local business districts to clean up litter/debris, perform graffiti removal, right-of-way landscaping, street sweeping, and more!

The first Tidy-Up Tacoma event in the South End is on September 28th in the Lincoln District. (See below for the full schedule.)*

To show our support for the Lincoln District, SENCo will meet up at 9:45am in front of Starbucks on S 38th St & S G St and help out from 10am to 2pm. You’re welcome to join us! We’ll have bags, gloves, vests, and masks available for you.

Any questions? Visit the city’s website or contact us at TidyUp253@gmail.

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*SENCo is working with the city to make sure the areas from S 56th St to S 96th St along Pacific Ave S will also be included.

SENCo General Meeting via Zoom TUESDAY September 7 @ 7pm

Happy September, South Enders!

First, a heads up! Due to the Labor Day holiday, the upcoming general meeting will be held on TUESDAY, September 7th at 7pm. You can find a copy of the agenda here, and see below for Zoom login information or follow us on facebook to watch live.

SENCo General Meeting
TUESDAY Sep 7, 2021 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting Online

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7832409538?pwd=dmtBb25STXgxUVFSQmhXWDBYOFpZdz09

Meeting ID: 783 240 9538
Passcode: 236276

Join Zoom Meeting by Phone

1 253 215 8782

Meeting ID: 783 240 9538
Passcode: 236276

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kb9vpkgSdy

We’re looking forward to the September meeting with three great guest speakers and a lot of information about upcoming events and what’s going on in the South End!

We hope to see you there!

SENCo AUGUST CLEAN-UP THANK YOU!!!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who showed up to show the South End some love for the August SENCo Summer Fun Clean-Up along Hosmer today! Special shout-outs to Blueberry Park (who donated their weekly Sunday clean-up) & Stafford Safe St groups who came out in full force today! You all were awesome!

We collected about 25 bags of litter in 2 hours! If you missed this one but ❤️ the South End like we do, stay tuned for our next clean-up in September & join us! We’d love to see you there!

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2021

A big virtual round of applause to the Blueberry Park, Fern Hill, & Larchmont neighborhoods for putting on a great outdoor National Night Out (NNO) event this year! SENCo was great full for the invitation to attend & see you all safely!

Thank you to everyone in the South End who stopped by, as well as Darren & Amy from Safe Sts for supporting the community, SENCo board member Penny was representing Pierce Transit with great information & treats, & last but not least, a huge thank you to Jubilee Restaurant owner Jose Chavez for donating a $25 gift certificate to SENCo for the We ❤️ the South End coloring raffle prize.

We’re already looking forward to next the festivities next year!

❤️ SENCo

District 5 (South End) Opening on Planning Commission !

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Do you live in the City Council District 5 area of the South End? Would you like to help shape Tacoma’s future? Consider joining the Planning Commission!

The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill one position on the Planning Commission for the South End’s District No. 5.

Applications due by end of day Friday, September 10, 2021.

The Commission reviews zoning reclassifications, urban design, historic district designation, pre-annexation planning, and transportation and capital facilities programs. Meetings held monthly on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 5pm.

More information on the Tacoma Planning Commission can be found here.

The City is committed to creating an equitable and anti-racist community and wants our committees, boards, and commissions to reflect our diverse community. For these vacancies, Black and Indigenous community members, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, seniors, immigrants, and refugees are especially encouraged to apply.

For questions about the application process, to request the application in an alternate format, or to submit additional documents please contact Katie Foster in the City Clerk’s Office atservetacoma@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5505.

Tacoma’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group Seeking South End Representation!

 

Love Transportation? Always wanted to help make decisions about the transportation in Tacoma? Now is your chance!  Check it out & apply below.

About The Bicycle Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group (BPTAG)

Link to the City’s BPTAG website here.

BPTAG focuses on making it safer and easier to use active transportation in Tacoma, which includes walking, using an assistive mobility device, bicycling, skating, and riding a skateboard or scooter.

Representatives from City Council Districts 3, 4, and 5, Black and Indigenous community members, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities, seniors, immigrants, and refugees are especially encouraged to apply.

BPTAG Board Member Duties and Responsibilities

BPTAG advises the Transportation Commission on active transportation-related matters, and focuses on making it safer and easier to use active transportation in Tacoma, including walking, using an assistive mobility device, bicycling, skating, and riding a skateboard or scooter.

Members of the BPTAG play an essential role in:

    • Prioritizing new bicycle and pedestrian projects throughout Tacoma.
    • Providing feedback on the design of active transportation projects.
    • Developing new policies to improve active transportation safety and access. Giving input on active transportation programs and events.
    • Bringing community concerns to the attention of City staff and leaders.

To apply, fill out the application form at this link.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Friday, August 13, 2021. 

Contact the Active Transportation Coordinator, Liz Kaster at lkaster@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5380, if there are any questions about the application process, this information is needed in an alternate format, or accommodation is needed in the application process. 

G.R.I.T. The Guaranteed Income Initiative in Tacoma

Information:

If you’re interested in applying for the new G.R.I.T. Guaranteed Income Initiative in Tacoma, or if you know someone who may interested, the applications are open for one week only, so now is the time to apply! Applications are due by 11:59 pm on Monday, August 16th. 

Per the United Way website: “Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, 40% of Tacoma households were struggling to make ends meet… …and the pandemic only worsened these percentages, with many more families facing unemployment, possible eviction and hunger.”

Find out more information by visiting the United Way website & in this TNT news story from May of 2021.

Eligibility:

    • City of Tacoma Residents currently residing in Eastside (98404), Hilltop (98405), South Tacoma (98409) and the South End (98408) Not sure what District you live in? Here’s a map.
    • Single parent or guardian households with children living in the home up to age 17, children with disabilities up to age 21.
    • Meet the Alice definition: Asset Limited, Income Constrained while Employed. ALICE households costs are between 100% and 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). See below for FPL chart.

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BPTAG openings are not district-specific, so this opportunity is open to all Tacoma residents – but increasing representation from District 5 is a priority. The City is committed to creating an equitable and anti-racist community and wants our committees, boards, and commissions to reflect Tacoma’s diverse community. For these vacancies, Black and Indigenous community members, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, seniors, immigrants, and refugees are especially encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to reach out to the City’s Active Transportation Coordinator, Liz Kaster, at lkaster@cityoftacoma.org or 253-591-5380.

SNAPs Outreach!

Thank you to everyone at Wapato Park today who took a break to fill out the SNAPs survey!

Congratulations to raffle winner Tanea for a $25 gift certificate to Jubilee Restaurant! Thank you to everyone who entered.

Have you filled out the SNAPs survey yet? Add your input to help us determine our goals for the future of the South End! What areas in the South End generally need improvement? What are the places we value? These questions and a few more can be answered here. Make sure your opinions are counted!

Need help with the survey? Email senco253@gmail & we’ll be happy to help.

At the next SNAPs focus group meeting on Saturday, August 14 at 10am, we’ll be discussing specifics for the areas that need improvement. Join us!
Registration Link: https://forms.gle/2h8juyLPuNsTKNXg7
A zoom link will be sent out to all registered participants.

We hope to see you there!