MoCA Goes Social!

We have a new Secretary, Kate Gill de la Garza, and within a month, she’s brought us into the 21st century by setting up a Facebook page for the Morgan Community Association.  Now you can post about our neighborhood – check it out!


Transportation changes at California Ave SW & SW Othello Street and California Ave SW & SW Frontenac Street.

From an email sent to MoCA, on the agenda for the Jan 19th MoCA meeting: 

SDOT is finalizing the design for the pedestrian improvements at California Ave SW & SW Othello Street and California Ave SW & SW Frontenac Street.  For your information, I’m attaching the design.

In summary, the improvement at SW Othello Street will build a curb bulb on the eastside of the street at the existing crosswalk to shorten the crossing distance on California Ave SW and improve visibility for pedestrians waiting to cross.  No trees will be impacted during construction and the existing driveway will be rebuilt to tie in to the new curb bulb.  A new overhead crosswalk sign with flashing beacons will also be installed. 

In addition, parking will be restricted on the eastside of the street just south of the existing marked crosswalk for several reasons:

  • No parking is allowed within 20’ of a crosswalk.  While only one of the legal crosswalks is marked another crosswalk exists where S Othello Street enters California Ave SW from the east.
  • No parking is allowed within 5’ of a driveway
  • No parking is allowed at an intersection (since this is a “T” intersection no parking is permitted through the entire intersection from S Othello Street coming in from the east and S Othello Street coming in from the west)

At SW Frontenac Street, SDOT will upgrade the existing curb ramps to current ADA standards on the three corners shown.

SDOT anticipates that construction will occur during the Seattle Public Schools February mid-winter break as SW Othello Street is a designated school crossing. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Thérèse Casper

Seattle Department of Transportation

(206) 684-8764



(ed. note: the Southwest and High Point Community Centers are the closest to the Morgan Junction area) 

As a result of challenging budgets, Seattle Parks and Recreation has been asked by the City Council to re-think how community centers are operated. This process will include public meetings and the creation of a Community Center Advisory Team.  Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for community members to participate on the Advisory Team 

Advisory Team meetings will occur twice a month from January to May. The team will be exploring innovative ideas for operating the City’s community centers. Team members will consider the way the centers currently operate, review what other cities are doing, consider alternative operating models, evaluate public input, and assess options for partnerships.  

Ultimately the Advisory Team will review and provide advice on the report that Parks will submit to City Council by June 1, 2010. In addition to representatives from the general community, members of the Advisory Team will include representatives from the Board of Park Commissioners, representatives of employee unions, employees, the Associated Recreation Council, and City Council and City Budget Office staff. 

Seattle Parks and Recreation is currently seeking community applicants for the team. Those interested in serving on the Community Center Advisory Team are invited to apply.  Parks is especially interested in those with past involvement with a community center, and those who are able to work in concert with others for the greater good.  Please submit a statement (no more than 1,000 words total) addressing the following questions: 

  • How and where have you been involved with a community center?
  • Please give an example of your most recent involvement.
  • What will you bring to the table?

Please submit your statement via e-mail to Susan Golub:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.The deadline is Monday, January 10 at 5 p.m.

Parks operates 26 community centers throughout the City that welcome nearly 700,000 participants a year. In conjunction with our non-profit partner, the Associated Recreation Council, Seattle’s community centers collectively operate the largest childcare program in the region. Most community centers are co-located with other facilities and services, such as schools, libraries, pools, playgrounds and playfields. 

Contact:          Joelle Hammerstad, 206-684-8020

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