By Peggy Sturdivant
I wasn’t going to write a column this week. Then on Thursday, January 21, Ballard News-Tribune reporter Shane Harms asked if I could cover a one-hour meeting that started in two hours. He had to work his other job as bartender. He owes me.
To sum up seven pages of notes in three words: people are angry. It had been dark for hours with over two inches of rain but the Odd Fellows’ Ballard-Alki Lodge #170 was packed at 7 p.m. Seattle District 6 City Council member Mike O’Brien had accepted an invitation from Stop Ballard Pods Apts. to discuss micro-housing, congregate housing, Single Efficiency Dwelling Units (SEDUs), parking exceptions and impact fees.
At Ballard District Council I wondered where are all the upset residents I see online? I have my answer. They had been at a Magnolia meeting on public safety a week earlier, Wallingford Community Council meeting the night before and they were at the lodge on Thursday night.
So this is yet a report on a meeting I didn’t plan to attend in a column I didn’t plan to write (at least this week).More ›