"Mr. Sundquist stated that the “revised” map will be announced on November 3rd, presumably at a scheduled meeting at the John Stanford Center Auditorium in SoDo at 4 p.m."
So, true to Dr. Goodloe-Johnson's word, nothing will change at these meetings or until the introduction of the plan on November 4th. (The introduction is on November 4th, not the 3rd as the above participant states.) Then the final vote is November 18th.
So here's the issue. We all have concerns about various mapping issues. The only area I haven't heard about mapping concerns is the SE but I'm sure they have some as well.
So how to get these, in a coherent fashion, to the Board? Here's what I would suggest:
- that if you are from a region, you ask your PTA to join with any other like-minded PTAs to create a map of SPECIFIC changes to your area. (This is mainly so we don't have millions of full-size maps floating around confusing the issue.) Also, the more people who sign on to an idea, the more play it will get.
- Make sure the Board gets a copy. They seem to be a visual bunch (Sherry Carr asked for an overlay of current reference boundaries with the new ones and Harium had asked for a chart as well). Get them what they need to help visualize the issue.
- Offer to take them out on a tour. Many of you know your neighborhoods and why some streets don't work or walk zones are not usuable.
- If tours won't work, make a video of the walk zone to whereever your issue is and send that to them.
- Give them real reasons why they should make the change. I don't think saying it divides neighborhood kids is enough (not that it isn't a reason but not enough of a reason to make a change). I would just say that my son didn't go to the same middle school as some of his best friends (one was at Whitman and one at a private school) and they are still good friends to this day. I look forward to attending several high school graduations, not just one. Make it about safety and natural geography/traffic patterns than what you want for your child.
I mean, staff did say something amusing at the Work Session presentation on boundaries. They told the Board that they could give changes up to the day of the vote. Nonsense. The staff would buck any new idea or change within 48 hours of the vote. The window of time gets smaller and smaller.
Maybe we could start, in the comments here, a list of issues and see what we come up with. I know already people are unhappy with/concerned about:
- the whole Sandpoint zone
- a small chunk of Bryant down in the southwest around U Village
- the border on 6th Ave NW dividing Greenwood and Whittier
- the north end of Green Lake
- where the high school boundary should be between Ballard and Ingraham