Thanks to the volunteers at the D5 Community Network for bringing our city-wide council members and deputy neighbor to the neighborhood on May 31.  Here’s what D5CN president John Lombard had to say in follow up:

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s District 5 panel discussion with citywide Seattle councilmembers Lorena Gonzalez and Teresa Mosqueda and Deputy Mayor Michael Fong.  We had about 160 people there and a good substantive discussion of issues of widespread interest across City Council District 5, including the future of the North Precinct, homelessness, housing affordability, public safety issues, community development, funding for the Lake City Community Center, and more.  For the first time, we taped the meeting, streaming it live on the D5 Community Network Facebook page, where you can see a complete recording at: https://www.facebook.com/D5CommunityNetwork/.
One item that I would like to clarify is the absence last night of District 5 Councilmember Debora Juarez.  This was by mutual agreement between Councilmember Juarez’s office and the D5 Community Network Coordinating Committee.  We were both concerned that Councilmember Juarez’s presence would distract from our ability to hold a direct community conversation with our citywide representatives.  Councilmember Juarez does her best to advocate for D5 with her colleagues at City Hall.  The D5 Community Network works collaboratively with her, but we are an independent, community-based organization.  We both believed that District 5 concerns would receive the strongest boost from our meeting if the citywide councilmembers heard them directly from the community.  Councilmember Juarez’s Chief of Staff and her District 5 Aide both attended the meeting, and agreed with me afterwards that the meeting was a success for that goal.