Congratulations to New SENCo Vice Chair Tyler Whitemarsh!

Please join us in welcoming Tyler Whitemarsh to the SENCo Executive Board as our new Vice Chair! Tyler has served on the Board since May of 2018, and has been an engaged member on the SENCo team in advocating for the community in the South End, serving on both the Election and Bylaws Committees. He is also active in the neighborhood as the local leader of the HAWCS Safe Streets group, where he recently organized the National Night Out BBQ for the neighborhood, as well as the Giaudrone Neighborhood Clean-up here in the South End.

We are grateful Tyler has stepped up to take on the roll of Vice Chair for SENCo, where his skills as a community organizer and advocate for residents in the South End will be a great addition to the Executive team.

Thank you to everyone who came out to our recent meeting for this vote, and to all the nominees who volunteered for the Vice Chair position.

Congratulations, Vice Chair Tyler Whitemarsh! 

August 19 2019 General Meeting & Back-to-School Backpack Drive

You’re all invited to join us at our upcoming August General Meeting where we will not only provide a lovely array of Teavana teas for you to enjoy during the meeting (courtesy of our friendly neighborhood Starbucks here in the South End, thanks to Store Manager Larissa Yuhasz and her team!) but we also have two fantastic guest speakers joining us this month:

Dan Enbysk from Earth Corps will give updates on current projects, and a representative from the Health Department will tell us about a Tacoma Creates initiative here in the South End.

We’re also looking forward to supporting the backpack drive at Giaudrone Middle School this year, and we will be collecting school supplies during the meeting if you’d like to contribute by bringing a donation in any amount of the following five items:

  • 24-count crayons (Crayola required at many schools)
  • #2 Ticonderoga pencils
  • Composition notebooks
  • Elmer’s glue (and/or glue sticks)
  • Erasers (pink large and regular erasers, as well as pencil toppers)

All this in addition to regular reports from our local City of Tacoma liaisons who keep us all informed and are available to address any questions and/or concerns you may have. It’s going to be a great meeting, and we hope you will join us!

Kiddos are always welcome; coloring station in the room available for all to enjoy.

Your SENCo Chair, Athena Brewer

 

Photo credit: Athena Brewer, 2019

 

July 15th 2019 Candidate Forum General Meeting

Your hardworking neighborhood council volunteer board members of SENCo have an exciting agenda planned for our upcoming Candidate Forum at our General Meeting on July 15th at 7pm. As always, our meetings are held every month on the 3rd Monday at Fire Station #8 located at 4911 South Alaska Street. Please come and join us! Hot tea donated by our local Starbucks at 38th & G is provided for us all, and children are always welcome; there’s even a coloring station set up in the back of the room.

This month we have quite an impressive line-up of guest speakers! Along with our own 27th Legislative District Representative Jinkins, who will be giving her constituents here in the South End a report on the most recent session, we will also have seven candidates running in four races that have a direct impact on SENCo neighborhood residents:

  • City Council At-Large Position 7
  • City Council At-Large Position
  •  Tacoma Public Schools Position 2
  • Civil Service Position 3

So far, we are pleased to announce the following candidates will be joining us Monday: Courtney Love for At-Large Position 7, Kristina Walker and John O’Loughlin for At-Large Position 8, Kristopher Kerns, John Marsden, and Incumbent Enrique Leon for TPS Position 2, and Amy Heller for Civil Service Position 3. All candidates will have five minutes to introduce themselves, followed by a question and answer period for community members at the end. It should be a lot of fun, and we hope you’ll join us in getting to know these candidates for our very important primary election coming up on August 6th.

You can sign up to vote until 8pm on election day if you go into the Auditor’s office at 2401 S 35th St #200, and you can sign up in advance online, or by mail (call 253.798.VOTE and they’ll send you a ballot) until July 29th, eight days before election day.

Thank you all and we look forward to seeing you this Monday at 7pm!

Your SENCo Chair, Athena Brewer

 

 

Photo credit: Athena Brewer, 2019

May 20, 2019 General Meeting

Please join us for our next general meeting on Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Please click here for the agenda.
 
Our guest speakers for May include Shirley Shultz with the City of Tacoma Planning Department to discuss the Grand Pacific development and Jennifer Kamerzoll to discuss Zoning. We’ll also have a representative from the City of Tacoma Public Works (Speaker TBA) to discuss Safe Routes & Physical Infrastructure.
As always, the community is invited to share concerns and ideas during public comment.
We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food for Nourish Food Bank.
We will also announce the Winner of the Monthly Photo Contest. Entries for the photo contest will be accepted through 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19. All submissions should be emailed to senco253@gmail.com. Please include photographer name, phone number, email address, location photo was taken, year (recent submissions only unless otherwise requested), and confirmation that we may share your photo whether selected or not. If a portrait is submitted, please ensure you have the subject’s permission beforehand. 

Photo Contest Rules: Contest open to residents of South End Tacoma. Photos submitted must be the property of the person who submits it for consideration. Photos submitted may be displayed on SENCO’s website and social media; if used, the photographer will be credited. The winning photo will be selected by the Board. If there are no eligible entries, prizes will be distributed the following month. This is a neighborhood council contest: please use your best judgment about what is appropriate to submit. If you are under 18, please ask your parent to submit your work on your behalf. {Rules subject to change.}

 
Please share with friends in the South End Neighborhood. See you soon!

SENCO Neighborhood Moment

The South End Neighborhood Council is pleased to announce that our newest Neighborhood Moment is now available. Thank you to our guests, Michael Collier, Board Chair of the Tacoma Refugee Choir, and Alisa O’Hanlon, Vice Chair of Tacoma Community House’s Board of Directors, for talking with us about resources in our community.

 

Click here to watch the South End Neighborhood Council Neighborhood Moment.

 

To learn more, please visit https://www.tacomacommunityhouse.org/ and https://www.refugeechoir.org/ .

 

We’d especially like to thank David Gordon and his great team at TV Tacoma for all their help and for putting this together for Tacoma’s Neighborhood Councils!

“the moment” by NM3792 is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 

Your voice matters: South Sound light rail extension open houses and online feedback forum

Light rail is coming to the South Sound!

The Tacoma Dome Link Extension (TDLE) will extend the regional light rail system from the Federal Way Link Extension (opening in 2024) to south Federal Way, Fife, and Tacoma by 2030.  In spring of last year, Sound Transit asked South Sound communities for ideas on different route and station locations. In September 2018, we gathered feedback on a focused, but broad set of route and station alternatives (and received over 700 comments!).

Your input now through May 1 on the latest station and route options during this public comment (or “scoping”) period will help the Sound Transit Board determine which alternatives to study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

This is an opportunity to learn about and comment on the:

  • Latest route and station alternatives
  • Topics to study in the EIS
  • Project’s draft Purpose and Need

More information, including details about three public open houses in April is available at tdlink.participate.online.

 

Tacoma open house:

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Time: 6-8 p.m. (PST)

Location: Greater Tacoma Convention Center

Address: 1500 Commerce St., Room 315

April 15 2019 General Meeting Agenda

We hope to see you at our April 15, 2019 General Meeting. Please click here for the SENCo April 2019 Regular Meeting Agenda.

As a reminder, we will be collecting food for our community partner, Nourish Food Banks. We will also discuss updates on the Logo Redesign Contest being held in partnership with Lincoln High School. And we will announce the winner of the first monthly SENCO Photo Contest.

If you have any questions, please contact us at senco253@gmail.com. We appreciate your help in sharing this information with other residents and business owners in the South End Neighborhood.

Thank you.

Logo Redesign Contest

We are pleased to announce that the South End Neighborhood Council is hosting a contest for Lincoln High School students to redesign our neighborhood council logo.

The deadline for submitting a logo is April 15. First, Second, and Third place will be awarded $300, $200, and $100 respectively. We will also share the top designs on our website. Interested students should contact Lincoln High School instructor Reid Callan for details: RCALLAN@tacoma.k12.wa.us

 

South End featured partner: Nourish Pierce County

As part of SENCo’s work plan for 2019, we are actively supporting Nourish Pierce County’s efforts to make sure that no one in our region goes without food. A few facts that you may not know about our partner organization:

  • Nourish Pierce County’s headquarters are in SENCo’s district service boundaries.
  • Nourish Pierce County was formerly known by the name FISH Food Bank, but was rebranded under the organization’s new leadership.
  • Nourish Pierce County has a mobile food bank location at Giaudrone Middle School, 4902 S Alaska Street every Monday from 4:30PM – 6:30PM. (Important note: the food banks will be closed Monday, May 27th in observation of Memorial Day.)

“Nourish Pierce County provides nutritious food and support services to people in need with compassion, dignity and respect. Through our network of seven food banks and two mobile food banks serving seventeen additional sites, we provide food directly to people in need across Pierce County, Washington. In 2018, Nourish shared 6 million pounds of food with 61,000 individuals, meaning that 7% of the Pierce County received food from one of our food banks. In Tacoma alone, we served more than 25,000 people last year, 12% of the city. In the past six months, we started service at two new locations within Tacoma, at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and at Tacoma Community College.”

At SENCo, we are proud to sponsor monthly food and monetary donations collected at our community meetings held the third Monday of the month, 7:00PM, at Tacoma Fire Department Station #8.

To learn more about Nourish Pierce County and how you can get involved through donations or volunteer efforts, please contact Travis Weller, Grants and Communications Manager by email travisweller@nourishpc.org, calling 253-383-3164, or by visiting their website https://nourishpc.org/.

Community Council of Tacoma

Per the City of Tacoma Municipal Code, the Community Council of Tacoma (CCOT) is a coalition of the independent Neighborhood Councils meant to serve as a forum for discussion of issues of broad interests. While each Neighborhood Council may send up to 3 representatives to the CCOT, community members are always welcome. Click here for the March 28, 2019 CCOT Agenda.

The next meeting is this evening, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St, Tacoma, WA 98402), Room 16 at 6 p.m. The Executive Board is holding elections, and the 2019 work plans/ budget will be discussed.

Unable to make tonight’s meeting? The CCOT meets every 4th Thursday at 6 p.m. (Room subject to change.)