Mayor Harrell holds public forum to discuss Creating a Safer Seattle

March 20, 2024. Mayor Bruce Harrell hosted a public forum on March 14th to discuss his vision for creating a safer Seattle and to hear directly from community members on safety challenges, accomplishments, and opportunities. Other city leaders joined him in the Creating a Safer Seattle forum, including:

Chief Adrian Diaz, Seattle Police Department 
Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Seattle Fire Department
Chief Amy Smith, Community Assisted Response and Engagement (CARE)
Director Tanya Kim, Human Services Department (HSD)

To watch the forum, click here.

Technology Assisted Crime Prevention Pilot Project – learn more, provide comments

March 20, 2024. Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell is proposing a pilot program for the Seattle Police Department (SPD) to explore and evaluate the use of new technologies to assist in crime deterrence and prevention in specific locations where gun violence, human trafficking, and persistent felony crime are concentrated.

As proposed, the group of new technologies will help the City’s public safety response to aid victims, locate and preserve evidence and hold accountable those responsible for gun violence, alert real-time crime center staff to a serious criminal event, see multiple streams of information overlaid on a map view and convey that information to officers who are responding in the field.  

The city is nearing the end of a public comment period and encourages residents to learn more about the proposed technologies. You can learn more here, view a PowerPoint presentation, and provide your comments by Friday, March 22, 2024.

Mayor Harrell to hold Public Safety Meeting – March 14th, 6 pm to 7:30 pm

March 14, 2024. Public safety is not just the first charter responsibility of Seattle’s city government, it is the top issue for the Seattle community today. Mayor Harrell is hosting a meeting March 14th starting at 6 pm with constituents to hear concerns and ideas, and to share the actions the city under the Mayor’s leadership are taking, Seats are sold out, but you can watch on the Seattle Channel here.

In a press release on March 12th, Mayor Harrell says. “I am proud of our work to diversify public response options, address gun violence, and improve response times. But I know – we all know – that there is still more work to do. Community engagement, collaboration, and conversation is essential to our One Seattle vision for a safer city, because we can only make progress together.”

In case you can’t make the meeting tonight, there will be similar forums in April in each of the five Seattle Police Department Precincts. Magnolia is in Precinct 5. We will keep you informed, or you can check in with the Mayor’s office website and social media accounts for updates in the weeks ahead.

Free Mental Health First Aid Program Available to Employers

March 14, 2024. The Mental Health First Aid – or MHFA program – at Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care is partnered with King County to provide mental health first aid training that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training benefits organizations like the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce and its members by equipping employers, employees, and volunteers with the necessary tools to recognize when they, or someone they know, may need mental health support. 

The MHFA program offers one-day mental health training at no cost to employers. MHFA teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults. Participants build the skills and confidence they need to reach out and provide initial support to struggling people. Training participants also learn how to help connect them to appropriate support. To learn more details about the youth and adult training, click here.

The MHFA training is offered to employers on weekdays and Saturdays and is available in person and virtually. Currently, training is scheduled, and anyone can join. MHFA is also working on scheduling additional training dates for the remainder of 2024. The following are trainings currently scheduled:

English led trainings:  

  • Saturday, March 30thadult virtual class, click here to register 
  • Friday, April 5thadult virtual class, click here to register                             
  • Wednesday, March 20thyouth virtual class, click here to register
  • Thursday, April 11thyouth virtual class, click here to register

Spanish led trainings: 

  • Saturday, March 23rdyouth virtual class, click here to register
  • Saturday, April 6thyouth virtual class; click here to register 
  • Saturday, March 30thadult virtual class; click here to register 
  • Saturday, April 13thadult virtual class; click here to register 

In-person trainings:   

  • Friday, April 5th, in-person Youth training in Kenmore WA, click here for more information and to register.
  • Thursday, May 2ndAdult (English) class in Renton, WA; click here to register.   

If you’d like to learn more, have questions, or are interested in setting up a training, you can find more information and all upcoming trainings on the Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care website.  

Scam Alert from state Attorney General – heads up for small businesses

February 7, 2024. Washington State Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, is alerting organizations statewide to a recent Consumer Protection Act enforcement action his office filed against a scammer targeting Washington small business owners.

Washington Labor Law Poster Service is deceptively posing as a governmental agency and sending hundreds of thousands of solicitations to Washington businesses. They advertise an Olympia address but are based out of Michigan. They mail the letters in envelopes with threatening language about legal consequences for not immediately purchasing the advertised poster products for $79.50 or more. These posters are available from government agencies free of charge.

This scam is likely targeted at some of our members. The Attorney General reports that more than 1,500 Washington businesses have fallen for this scam, which might be much higher.

We are linking the information provided by Attorney General Ferguson so you can learn more and protect yourself and your business from fraudulent and illegal scamming activities.

Information on Ballard Bridge & 15th Ave NW & W Safety and Paving Project

January 22, 2024. On Wednesday, January 17th, Seattle Department of Transportation representatives joined Magnolia Chamber members and guests to learn more about the Ballard Bridge & 15th Ave. NW & W Safety and Paving Project (the project). The project is slated to begin once final contractors are selected.

We thank SDOT’s Jules Posadas for his responsiveness and organizing the meeting held at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, who graciously opened their meeting hall for the information-sharing session. We also thank SDOT’s Marilyn Yim, Nyles Green, and Neftalie Gonzales for attending the meeting and providing information and support.

For those seeking detailed minutes from the meeting, please click here. Many thanks to Chamber board member Melanie Audette for taking thorough and informative meeting notes.

Other key documents and tips for staying informed and engaged:

Magnolia ranked the friendliest neighborhood in the U.S., finds new report

January 19, 2024. A just-released report from the home improvement services website All-Star Home named Magnolia the #1 most friendly American neighborhood. The report notes that a friendly location like Magnolia, which tops the list above 19 other high ranking neighborhoods in cities across the country, has qualities like easy access to a local shops, businesses, and services. Indeed, the report’s data shows that nearly 20 percent of reviews for businesses in Magnolia were described as “friendly.”

The All-Star Home list of the most friendly neighborhoods across the nation was developed by looking at the 200 most viewed city neighborhoods on Zillow in 2022. The report then analyzed nearly 150k Google reviews for businesses in those neighborhoods. They analyzed businesses in ten categories: banks, bars & pubs, beauty salons, car-repair shops, convenience stores, dry cleaners, grocery stores, pharmacies, and post offices. They then looked at the average number of reviews with the word “friendly” in them and Magnolia led the way! The report has been picked up by several news outlets across the country, including broadcast, cable, and print media.

We are delighted that the report found what we already know. Magnolia has the most friendly, accessible, and available shops, stores, businesses, and services not only in the city, but the state and now, the entire U.S. Pat yourself on the back Magnolia, and smile – let’s earn the #1 friendliest neighborhood in the U.S. moniker every year!

SDOT Meeting on Jan. 17th – Ballard Bridge, 15th Ave W. & NW Safety & Paving Project

The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce is holding an information meeting on the 15th Ave NW & W and Ballard Bridge Safety and Paving project (the project) with the Seattle Department of Transportation on Wednesday, January 17, from 6 to 7 pm at the Episcopal Church of Ascension, located at 2230 Viewmont Way W.

The event is in response to several Chamber members wanting to know more about the project, which is slated to begin in early 2024. The meeting will provide an opportunity for SDOT to explain the project that will create traffic challenges at different times for those entering 15th Ave W., primarily from the Emerson Street and Dravus Street bridges. Attendees will be able to ask questions from SDOT officials and seek a better understanding of traffic management in anticipation of lane closures, varying construction hours, and how SDOT plans to manage traffic in and out of Magnolia, primarily for those traveling on 15th Ave W & NW in and out of Magnolia.

The project is part of the Levy to Move Seattle, passed by voters in 2015. The project will be one of the last projects funded by the nine-year levy, which is set to expire this year. The project aims to restore the road condition of a critical piece of Seattle’s transportation network, extend the useful life of one of Seattle’s busiest streets and bridges, and contribute to a safer and more comfortable travel experience for all road users.

Please RSVP to Jason Thibeaux, Executive Director, at if you will attend the January 17th information meeting. For more information, contact Jason at 206.618.1589.

Magnolia Bridge eastbound lanes to be closed for 2 to 3 days starting Dec. 23rd

Dec. 22, 2023. Starting on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 7 am, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDoT) will close the eastbound Magnolia Bridge and the south sidewalk on the bridge. The closure is for essential repair work and is expected to last two to three days. More detailed information can be found on the SDoT blog

People driving eastbound from Magnolia should plan to use alternative routes, including W Dravus St., during the 2 to 3-day closure. Additionally, SDoT is working closely with King County Metro to implement any necessary detours for bus routes 24 and 33, which use the Magnolia Bridge.

You can find more information about changes affecting transit routes on Metro’s Service Advisories webpage

SDOT owns 125 bridges and nearly 1,500 roadway structures like retaining walls, stairways, and underground support walls. Ongoing maintenance and inspections of the Magnolia Bridge continue in coordination with the Port of Seattle. SDoT performs regular maintenance, frequent inspections, and 24-hour monitoring to ensure the Magnolia Bridge remains operational.

For the latest information about this work, you can follow SDoT on X (formerly Twitter) at @seattledot

Washington’s Maritime Industry sails in importance, impact

November 27, 2023. The Washington Maritime Federation (WMF) released a study documenting the tremendous impact of maritime businesses and activities on Washington State’s economy. The average annual compensation in maritime-related jobs is $112,000 including benefits. The study details an industry – a culture of commerce and trade that was built and continues on the ports of Puget Sound – that is a foundation of our state’s economy and a leader in innovation and sustainability. 

“The Economic Impacts of Washington’s Maritime Industry” was conducted for the WMF by McKinley Research Group in association with High Peak Strategy. 

Overall, Washington’s maritime sector contributes more than $382 million including direct and indirect/induced impacts to Washington State revenues. Maritime Logistics and Shipping have the largest impact, with Shipbuilding Repair and Maintenance second, and Commercial Fishing and Seafood Processing third.

The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce is proud of all our maritime companies and the sector. We have many maritime related members and proudly count Fishermen’s Terminal as an integral business district in Magnolia. The report helps solidify that the maritime industry is not only a key economic engine to Seattle, but essential to the state of Washington. To learn more about the maritime sector’s commitment to innovation & sustainability, visit Maritime Blue, located in NE Magnolia.