NEWS GLEAMS: White Center Fire Recovery, SPL New Hours, & More!

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Photo of Burnt exterior of the wood yard bar, Rat Town tattoo, and the Boxing Gym Westside in White Center.
A two-alarm fire that quickly spread through businesses near the intersection of 16th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Roxbury Street in the heart of the White Center in the early hours of Monday, July 5, 2021, had a devastating effect on six local businesses. (Photo courtesy of King County Fire Protection District No. 2.)

King County budget includes $2 million for White Center fire recovery

King County Councilman Joe McDermott hailed a $2 million amendment to the additional $672 million county budget approved last week. The money will be directed toward the economic recovery of the White Center, which has suffered a series of fires and burglaries this summer. McDermott brought in the funding as an amendment to the Budget Act.

“This investment in economic recovery will have a tangible impact on how the county supports the White Center community in the year ahead,” McDermott said in a press release from his office. “From the pandemic to the long-standing challenges to legacy businesses, this year’s fire emergency economic situation has heightened the need to ensure that the White Center can maintain a just and prosperous community in the years to come. I deeply appreciate the support of my colleagues for this community that, while now struggling, is He has amazing potential.”

The county’s funding came after White Center residents and small business owners expressed frustration with the county’s response to the fires, burglaries and vandalism that hit the downtown core. Saturday, December 4 “We invite all White Center community members and storefront supporters to this Memorial Walk Against Commercial Exodus on Saturday, December 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. starting at 16th Avenue Southwest and Southwest 98th Street.”

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Sourced from Find Ventures: Find Ventures, a Washington state-based non-profit organization whose mission is to fund entrepreneurs, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, today launched a new Accelerator for Fair Innovations to support the start-up community in the first stage of business development. This program aims to make “entrepreneurship For All” is a reality by prioritizing entrepreneurs from disadvantaged and historically marginalized communities.

“The Equitable Innovations Accelerator is the first of its kind to offer 10 tech startups up to $100,000 in non-dilutive charitable grants, programming, and access to mentors and coaches. First funding rounds for a completely new startup founder are hard to come by, especially if they’re Black, Latino, Indigenous, people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ or non-binary.Elizabeth Scalone, co-founder of Find Ventures, said that accessing startup funding is impossible for those without connections to mentors, investors, and talented people. and resources.”Find Ventures wants to change this model.”

The application for the Equitable Innovation Accelerator can be found at Business founders and entrepreneurs who may have difficulty accessing traditional sources of capital are particularly encouraged to apply.

Two optional information events are scheduled for potential applicants: December 6, 2021 and January 14, 2022. Find registration links here: “

Amazon future engineer Scholarships with a 25 January final date:

Sourced from an Amazon Future Engineer press release: “Did you know that only 50% of schools in the United States teach computer science? Amazon Future Engineer works to increase access to computer science education for children and youth from underserved and historically underrepresented communities.

If you know a student who is interested in pursuing a degree in computer science, the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship provides students with a $40,000 scholarship and a paid summer internship at Amazon. Interested students—including Amazon kids—are now eligible to apply to amazonfutureengineer .com/scholarship by January 25 2022. “

A view of the exterior of the Columbia City Library branch in Seattle
Image attributed to javacolleen via Flickr (Creative Commons license, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Seattle Public Library to restore pre-pandemic open hours at most libraries on December 6

Starting next week, the Seattle Public Library (SPL) will expand opening hours at most locations, including the Rainier Beach and Columbia City branches. With this expansion, 20 of the 27 SPL sites will return to their pre-pandemic operating schedules, and each site will be open at least six days a week and offer evening hours at least two days a week. A full list of SPL locations and hours can be found here.

Due to ongoing staff shortages and other operational hurdles caused by the pandemic, the full expansion of opening hours in seven libraries will be postponed until early 2022. The Central Library, which currently offers evening hours on Wednesdays until 8pm, will provide additional evening hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m. 8 p.m. but Monday and Tuesday evening hours won’t be added until 2022. You can find more details and updates from the Seattle Public Library reopening webpage here.

The county is seeking feedback on the future of the White Center and surrounding communities

King County is seeking community feedback on its North Highline Community Service District subdistrict plan and amendments to its land use and zoning maps, and important planning documents that will guide land use and zoning decisions to White Center, South Park, Greenbridge, Top Hat, Glendale, and Roxell.

“The Subarea Plan expresses the community’s vision for the future and establishes policies that will guide decisions affecting the neighborhood for years to come,” the county said in a press release. “Your feedback is vital to ensuring that the collective wisdom of the community is part of this plan. You provide input by taking this survey. Your feedback is vital to ensuring that the collective wisdom of the community is part of this plan.”

Comment period has been extended from November 28th to December 19.

Here are the many ways to share your thoughts on the plan:

  • Complete the survey at and follow the process for providing feedback on sub-district plan and modifications to land-use and zoning maps. This site also provides information and accepts comments in multiple languages.
  • Send an email to Please ensure that the subject line contains “North Highline”.
  • us mail:
    Jacqueline Reed
    35030 Douglas Street SE, Suite 210
    Snoqualmie, WA 98065-9266
  • Phone/Voicemail: 3000-263-206”

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