Sue-May Eng (Chong Wa Benevolent Association); Aldeir Sotelo (ICHS); Lisa Nitze (Property Developer); Cindy Wong (Mayor’s Office); Julie Neilson (InterIm); Gary Lee (ISRD Board Member); Natalie Hutson (CID Community Safety Coordinator); Monica Ly (CID Liaison with SPD). Not Pictured: Steven Strand (SPD Capt West Precinct); Sokha Danh (Department of Neighborhoods); Jacqueline Manalastas (property manager Little Saigon). Not Pictured: Steven Strand (SPD Capt West Precinct); Sokha Danh (Department of Neighborhoods); Jacqueline Manalastas (property manager Little Saigon). Courtesy

This year, the Chinatown/International District (CID) Public Safety Council is undergoing a self-evaluation about how we can better improve the lines of communication especially around community and public safety within the CID community. As part of this effort, we are pleased to launch a monthly column in the International Examiner to provide ongoing updates, resources, and information about the CID Public Safety Council especially as representatives of the CID community.   

The CID Public Safety Council has been in existence since 2016, forming as a coalition of community and City representatives to carry out the work of the CID Public Safety Task Force convened by the City of Seattle after Donnie Chin’s murder in 2015.

The CID Public Safety Council is significant and unique in a large sense because the level of accountability and collaboration between community and city partners on public safety had never been tried before in the CID. The fact that this representative body of diverse CID stakeholders is still pursuing the completion of task force recommendations is a testament to the courage and unwavering stance on the need to understand and address community and public safety issues for the CID community. 

It’s also clear that the work of the CID Public Safety Council (and its predecessor, the CID Public Safety Taskforce), and the CID community has a great deal to be proud of. Just one example is the creation of the Public Safety Coordinator position that originated and modeled first here in the CID and is now a continuously funded model by the City of Seattle in other neighborhoods including South Park and Ballard. We know that the work that the CID Public Safety Council is doing is special because it has not only benefited our community, but the city as a whole. 

The current goal of this monthly column by the CID Public Safety Council is to create and build foundational lines of communications and engagement to the wider CID community. We want to improve the way that community and public safety information, accomplishments and updates can be shared with you. We believe that we’re all in this together and hope that you’d write to us regarding your questions, concerns and successes that you see regarding improving public and community safety conditions in the neighborhood. Each month this column will select questions asked by community members and seek to have them responded to by either community representatives on the CID Public Safety Council and/or city representatives working on the very issues or areas that you have questions about. 

Thank you so much for giving us a chance at a new model of community engagement and outreach! Please direct your questions or comments to: [email protected]

Signed,

CID Public Safety Council

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Sue-May Eng (Chong Wa Benevolent Association)

Aldeir Sotelo (ICHS)

Lisa Nitze (property developer)

Cindy Wong (Mayor’s Office)

Julie Neilson (InterIm CDA)

Gary Lee (ISRD Board Member)

Natalie Hutson (CID Community Safety Coordinator)

Monica Ly (CID Liaison with SPD),

Steven Strand (SPD Capt West Precinct)

Sokha Danh (Department of Neighborhoods)

Jacqueline Manalastas (property manager Little Saigon). 

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