Friday, May 31, 2013

Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 7 p.m.
Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Avenue South  98144
[This beautiful facility with free parking and a grand view of Lake Washington is just three blocks east of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S. and one block south of S. Jackson Street]


TV cable and telephone choices?  What can be done about it?
A roundtable of invited speakers, with audience participation
Designation of the 18-acre Battelle/Talaris property as historic

Internet, cable TV, and telephone access in Seattle and throughout the United States is more expensive, with less data capacity and less consumer choice than in many other countries--and the gap is widening.  Just a few companies control the glass fiber lines needed for better telecommunications, and they are minimizing improvements and maximizing profits while lobbying to keep their monopolies.  What solutions can Seattle seek in Washington, D.C. and Olympia?  What can Seattle do itself to promote more competition and investment?  Join in this roundtable, which will include the latest on Seattle’s agreement with Gigabit2 to install ultra-high broadband in 14 demonstration neighborhoods. 

Friends of Battelle/Talaris will brief the group about their nomination to the Seattle Landmarks Board for historic protections of the 18-acre open space site complex between NE 41st and 44th streets, just south of where NE 45th turns in to Sand Point Way in Laurelhurst.  Learn about the process and share your views.

The May 28 meeting will include our monthly Round Robin with the opportunity to share news about your neighborhood’s issues and projects.  If you have informational materials to distribute at the meeting, please bring them or e-mail electronic copies or links to

7:00     Introductions/Minutes /Treasurer’s Report / President’s Report
7:10     Why does Seattle (and the U.S.) lack low-cost, high bandwidth internet, TV cable, and telephone choices, and what can be done about it?
8:05     Possible Landmark designation for Battelle/Talaris property
8:40     Round Robin of issues and projects in your neighborhood
9:00     Adjourn

The Seattle Community Council Federation ( is one of the nation’s oldest and most active coalitions of community associations.  It was founded in 1946 to facilitate resettlement of Seattle’s Japanese-American residents who had returned from wartime internment to reclaim their homes and businesses; and to help Black veterans coming back from the war.  Over the decades, SCCF has grown to cover the entire City.  Its monthly meetings are open to the public, and suggestions for agenda items are always welcome. Yearly dues for member groups are $50, and new groups are always welcome.  Individual donations are also welcome, and go very far, as SCCF is all volunteer.  Please mail your check to SCCF, 2370 Yale Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102-3310.  For questions, contact Treasurer Chris Leman at 206-322-5463 or

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