News Gleams: Public Set to Weigh in On Vacant Council Seat, Immigrant Legal Defense Network, and Rainier Valley Radio Launch

collected by Antonio Foster 

Public Gets a Say in Filling Vacant City Council Seat

Local community groups will host a forum on Tuesday, October 3 for community members to meet and ask questions of applicants seeking to be appointed to Seattle City Council’s Position 8. The position was vacated after previous position holder Tim Burgess accepted the interim mayor position late last month.

Seattle City Councilmembers are currently in receipt of applicant’s resumes, cover letters, and financial interest statement forms. The application process closed on Sunday Oct 1.. Seattle City Clerk Monica Martinez Simmons indicated that a copy of these materials would be available to the public online no later than 12:00pm on Tuesday, October 3.

The forum will begin at 5:30pm in City Hall’s Bertha Knights Landis’ Room and will be moderated by Fairworks Center Executive Director Nicole Keenan.


Rainier Beach McDonald’s Renovation Means Sporadic Drive-Thru Service

Curious passers-by in the Rainier Beach neighborhood may have noticed an unusually packed McDonald’s parking lot contrasted with a deserted drive-thru.

This disparity is due to the fast food restaurant undergoing a major renovation. Drive-thru service will operate sporadically from now until the end of October when the lobby will then close. At that time, the location will only be operating drive-thru service as the building’s interior, including dining areas, will be completely renovated.

A McDonald’s representative said the more than 40-year old Rainier Beach (9304 Rainier Avenue South) location will then re-open its interior in mid-November complete with a community party.


Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network services now available

On Monday, the Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network (LDN) announced that it was available to provide legal aid and information to vulnerable immigrants and refugees.

To qualify for FREE Legal Defense Network assistance, one must:

  1. Be an immigrant in detention, facing deportation, or in danger of losing their immigration status;
  2. Live or work in the City of Seattle or live in King County; AND
  3. Have a household income below 200% of the federal poverty level.

The LDN consists of three nonprofit organizations acting as community navigators that can provide general information and eligibility screenings for immigrants. In addition, three nonprofit organizations in the network provide the direct legal services for qualifying applicants.

Immigrants wanting to see if they are eligible for free legal services, should first call one of these community navigators:


Legal services are provided by:

The network is funded by both the City of Seattle and King County. As President Donald Trump heightened attacks against immigrant and refugee communities earlier this year, Councilmember M. Lorena González and then-Councilmember Tim Burgess announced their intent to pass legislation creating the Immigrant and Refugee Legal Defense Fund (LDF).

This $1,000,000 from the general fund would be for community-based organizations providing legal defense and community navigation services. King County later authorized a $550,000 investment bringing the total amount of the Legal Defense Fund to $1.55 million.


Atlantic Street Center Gets New ED

Non-profit Atlantic Street Center (ASC) has hired a new Executive Director, Someireh Amirfaiz. Amirfaiz will fill the vacancy created by Edith Elion when she retires after forty years of service to ASC at the end of the year. 

“We are delighted to announce this appointment,” said Bob Vivian, Atlantic Street Center Board President. “As we build on more than a century of legacy and services to our communities, Someireh’s proven leadership, experience, creativity, and commitment to equity made her a clear choice to lead our organization into the future.” Her appointment initiates an exciting new phase for Atlantic Street Center as the organization continues to deepen its services to meet the changing needs of a growing community.

Someireh holds Degrees in Psychology from the University of Washington and Seattle University and is currently completing her Doctorate Degree in the College of Education at Seattle University.

Someireh’s non-profit experience includes twenty-five years of advocacy, leadership development, administration, communications and community mobilization. She previously served as the Executive Director of Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) for twelve years where she led the agency through tremendous growth and expansion. Someireh has served on numerous Boards and Committees to increase awareness about the causes of disparities and inequities facing communities of color. 

ASC provides educational, family support and mental health counseling services for children, youth, and their families -primarily serving low-income African-American and other families of color who reside in central, southeast and greater Seattle area.  


Rainier Valley Radio (KVRU 105.7 FM) Officially Launching October 7

Currently broadcasting, KVRU 105.7FM (Rainier Valley Radio) will be hosting its official community launch party at its station headquarters (3642 33rd Ave S, Suite C-5, Seattle, WA 98144) on Saturday, October 7. Community members will be able to tour the station as well as record a station ID.


Arrests in Illegal Gun Possession Case

Seattle Police officers from the South Precinct arrested two suspects at Franklin High School the night of September 30, after Seattle Schools Security reported alarm trips inside the school.  After detaining both suspects, SPD found a loaded .45 caliber handgun on one. Records later showed the gun to be stolen. SPD also found a silver revolver in the suspect’s vehicle. SPD took both into custody, booking them into King County Jail.

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