Notes from tonight’s White Center Community Safety Coalition meeting

No major headlines from tonight’s White Center/South Delridge Community Safety Coalition meeting, but we’ve got a few toplines for you anyway:

ONGOING CONCERNS: 16th Avenue Market still mostly quiet under new ownership. … Not too far away, neighbors are concerned about a 16th SW home with lots of people coming and going; Seattle Police Officer Adonis Topacio told tonight’s meeting he’ll be checking it out. … Public-drunkenness concerns: It was pointed out this page on the Liquor Control Board website has information on how to make a complaint against an establishment. … Regarding ongoing concerns about the Evolucion nightclub, King County Sheriff’s Office reps say a meeting with its owner might be helpful but there would have to be care taken that it’s not just a gripe session; they’ve had contact with him and say he’s willing to help. Law enforcers also noted that concerns about possible overcapacity crowds in Evolucion have been checked out. … Regarding a question about possible drug dealing in the business district, law enforcers note that one thing that’s made it harder to investigate this is the fact that legitimate smokers have to hang out outside bars now – used to be when smoking was legal inside, nobody much would be hanging around outside unless they were up to no good.

COUNTY BUDGET CUTS: Skyway and Boulevard Park storefronts for King County Sheriff’s Office could be in trouble, and it was suggested that if you’re concerned about the future of the White Center storefront, you’ll want to watch for upcoming community meetings (we’ll post them here when dates are set) on the budget crisis.

MORE QUICK NOTES: The coalition hopes to have a KCSO gang expert come to the next meeting for a White Center-specific presentation (he was making a Burien presentation tonight, in fact) … Patricia Julio of the White Center Community Development Association says they’re working on a youth summit next year and working with the Youth Media Institute right now in hopes of getting $500 stipends for youth to work on projects of their choice. … The new Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative was mentioned; in the southwest section of the city, it will be administered by Southwest Youth and Family Services (based in West Seattle). … The new recovery center New Traditions has opened next to the Salvation Army and includes child care for the women it serves … WCCDA is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a gala on October 25th … ACORN plans to canvass White Center registering people to vote (the county deadline is October 4th, one week from Saturday).

The White Center/South Delridge Community Safety Coalition meets the fourth Thursday of each month, 6 pm at St. James Place.

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